Santa Fe, Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a destination wedding. But the grounds of  Haak Vineyards and Winery sure seem like a world away. We had the immense pleasure of photographing Kernita & Jason’s wedding there this fall. I cannot wait to share the full set of photos from this wedding. It was emotional, full of laughter, and happy tears. Here are just a couple of shots from my set of faves to whet your appetite. The rest will be revealed very soon!

 

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T’is the season of weddings…our final BIG push before the holidays. There’s going to be a lot of work up on the blog in the next few weeks. I’m happy to share with you a tiny sneak from Duyen & Vu’s wedding day. Serious Face vs. Happy Cake Face. Which one’s your fave?

 

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Wedding Photographers Houston Cake Shot DDVT2014 Plum Tree Studios Wedding Photographers Houston Sneak Peek: Duyen + Vu

 

I love you guys and can’t wait to share the whole wedding day set coming very soon!

 

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It’s no secret that WA is like my second home. Every chance to be here is an extra special blessing. I don’t know if it’s the sweet scent of fir and cedar that fills the lungs as soon as you leave the airport, or the intense color that makes one feel as if inside a real, live version of Photoshop. It’s just home.

 

But this trip was all the sweeter because it was a return to the wondrous Lake Crescent for Bethany and Mike’s wedding. And feel at home we did because they embraced us into the folds of their wedding day from the second we arrived. Despite never even meeting over our usual Skype/Facetime sessions that we have with our destination couples, we felt like we’d known them for eons upon the very first moment. They enveloped us with happy and bright faces, warm hugs, excitement, and the sweetest compliments from the first introductions. Such a loving group of people, happy, boisterous, joyful, and fun.

 

This is their wedding day in a collection of a few of my favorite photographs:

Dress shot by Blake

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Bethany & Mike decided to do a First Look before the ceremony – a new tradition that I’m highly fond of. We set up them up for the shots in the forest behind the lodge and then let the magic happen:

 

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What I notice about First Looks is that they never detract, but instead add a whole new element to wedding day that includes a very private, nerve-free and loving moment for the couple. I’ve witnessed laughter and tears, gasps and giggles – all of which heighten that moment that comes soon after, which is the walk down the isle. As evident in these next shots, both Bethany and Mike were over-the-moon with elation at every point of their beautiful ceremony on the shores of Lake Crescent:

 

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Here’s our awesome wedding party. I just loved the wedding colors they chose! Also, I don’t know what it is…but I seem to attract total hams for groomsmen…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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001 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Groomsmen BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

Just the four of us took the long way around to the meadow where the reception tent was set up. There’s a path this way that goes right by the water. Bethany & Mike walked ahead and enjoyed their moment – and some incredible sunshine. My heart filled upon catching these expressions of joy and love. It’s the little things that say the most about our couples.

 

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It truly was a magical day at one of the most majestic places in Washington. Bethany & Mikey, thank you for honoring us with your trust and friendship. We enjoyed being with all of you on this amazing day.

To view all photos from this wedding, please visit the full wedding gallery.

 

 

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We are prepping for the big reveal of Leasha & Owen’s late summer wedding – location to remain secret. Hint: it did take place in Houston, but we could have been somewhere in Europe by the looks of this setting. This place was super amazing! But what’s more amazing is the love these two share. They are best described as shy, quiet and incredibly sweet. I cheated a little and shot a teensy bit of their first look (which they wanted to do all by themselves). Just a couple of sneaks from their day…can’t wait to share more!

 

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Wedding Photographers Houston Bridal Portrait LMOB2014 Plum Tree Studios 001 Wedding Photographers Houston: Leasha + Owen Sneak Peek

 

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What can I tell you about Ellen and Daniel that you can’t guess from their session photos? Let’s start with a little background on their love story. They met in college, though dated much later…a fact that makes Ellen’s eyes twinkle and Daniel’s grin widen as they tell the tale. For it was Ellen that made the first move at a Black Eyed Peas concert. Sometimes a guy needs a little nudge. *wink

 

Their proposal story was equally delightful to hear – an anecdote about clever planning and the serendipity of a car breakdown. All ended well, as you can tell. They are fun, sweet, easy-going and definitely a great looking couple. I had so much fun on our recent engagement session shot at Hermann Park at sunset. Here are some of my favorites from the day.

 

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008 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

009 Hermann Park Engagement Session at Sunset EDES2014 Plum Tree Studios Hermann Park Engagement Session: Ellen + Daniel

 

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I cannot wait to  see these guys again for wedding day. Thank you for an amazing session – your love is palpable and I enjoyed our time at the park.

If you’d like to see the full gallery, please use the following link: Ellen & Daniel • E-Session

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A sweet, tender and quiet little soul (save for his monumental toots) joined our world this September. At only a few days old, Jax let me hold him, pose him, jostle him, and take photos to my heart’s delight. You may recall our “expecting” family session with his parents and his buddy Cloud: the gentle Great Dane giant of their very loving family. But I digress. These are a few of my faves from our little newborn session.

 

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Cloud loves his little buddy for sure, but I think he wishes he was still the baby of the house….(a very BIG baby)

 

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This next photo is one of my very faves. You see, Baby Jax, Daddy & Mommy belong to a very special club and their Cane’s extended family has welcomed Baby Jax with lots of love.

 

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I’m so excited that I get to see this little guy grow up over the next year! Thank you guys for opening your home to me and my camera!

To see all the photos of our newborn session, go on over to the full gallery.

 

 

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As far as fun weddings go, Courtney and Kevin’s was right up there. But there are lots of sweet and loving moments from this awesome wedding, too. We’ll be looking at the full set of photos tonight and I can’t wait to reveal the whole thing. For now, just a couple of sneaks to help tide everyone over and get Kev & Courtney all giddy…just how I like. See you guys soon!

 

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Wedding Photographers Houston Sabine River Bridge 01CFKB2014 Plum Tree Studios St. Annes Catholic Church & Crystal Ballroom Wedding: Courtney & Kevin Sneak Peek

 

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I got one of the most exciting texts yesterday. It was from Angel who told me that Baby Jaxon is making his way into this big world TODAY!

We so much fun a couple weeks ago when Angel, Jimmy, and Cloud met us at Hermann Park for their family portrait session. The session was in celebration of baby’s pending arrival. All of us had a grand ol’ time playing around the park. And you can clearly see from all three how excited and happy they are to welcome Baby Jaxon.

Happy birthday, little man! We can’t wait to meet you!

 

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004AJCJ Houston Family Photographers Hermann Park Session 2014 Plum Tree Studios Houston Family Photographer ~ Here Comes Jaxon

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002AJCJ Houston Family Photographers Hermann Park Session 2014 Plum Tree Studios Houston Family Photographer ~ Here Comes Jaxon

001AJCJ Houston Family Photographers Hermann Park Session 2014 Plum Tree Studios Houston Family Photographer ~ Here Comes Jaxon

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A Toast to New Seasons

August 19, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything for the blog. With the new website I’ve gotten a certain sense of rebirth. And organizing photographs for the galleries has given me the opportunity to revisit many of the weddings/shoots that have graced our eyes over this past year. Truly, it has been an unbelievable rise. Last year in particular was a year of unprecedented growth in many ways. We seemed to beat records in just about every category. So, here I sit feeling entirely blessed and thankful.

 

Looking back I catch a tingle of amazement that roars into a sense wonder at just how much our clients have influenced how and what we see in life. There’s been a certain evolution that I notice through every shoot. Although the approach hasn’t changed very much, I do see a difference in the outcomes. The passion is still there in the same way at every opportunity to pick up the camera. And the interest in truly knowing people in an effort to authentically capture their essence is still the same. Yet, I see the difference in the richness and depth of the emotion in the images and in the eyes reflecting back at me. And each time I look I can’t help but fall a little more in love with the people these images portray.

 

Now that the new website and blog are up I’m looking forward to sharing in retrospect until we’re all caught up. I hope you join me in looking back, but also in gazing forward.

 

THANK YOU. Thank you to all of you that entrust us with your lives and let us create for you. Thank you for giving of yourselves, for letting us in, and for  helping us see. We are so very grateful.

 

Photo by Blake

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For Savera and Ryan. Just a little sneak from our engagement session to tide you over :). We loved shooting with you guys!

 

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