In Category: ‘Marriage’

It was a cloudy and moody day as we prepped for Stacy & Elliott’s wedding. And yet, to look at them both you’d never see anything but sunshine. These two love birds had such an emotive celebration. I’ve not seen a groom cry tears of joy so pronounced in a good little while. And as per usual, I cried too. Here are a few snippets from the day. More from this sweet wedding will be posted soon.

 

001 Ashton Chapel Daytime Houston Wedding Photographers Plum Tree Studios Ashton Gardens North Wedding Sneak   Stacy & Elliott

 

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There is a place in the woods where love grows tall. It’s so tall, in fact, that it almost touches a great, expansive sky.

 

The Lodge photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

I love shooting there.

 

It’s called Lake Crescent Lodge, and it’s part of a very majestic part of our nation named The Olympic Peninsula. Turns out, our world is a very small place. And it was through a chain of several, related little incidents that the Phillip family called upon me for Jess & Daniel’s Destination Wedding.

 

I arrived the day before the ceremony, a little weary for the wear. The night before I’d just shot another wedding in Houston (my home town). But it never fails that I step off that plane near Seattle, take in a deep breath, and feel my senses renew. Destination Weddings are always a way to see the world a little different – even more so than I try to do on the regular. A few hour’s drive over bridges and mountains I found myself back in my favorite part of the country – my second home – The Pacific Northwest. There, by the edge of Lake Crescent, a little crowd began to collect for a wedding rehearsal.

 

Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Smiles and laughter echoed in the air. Children played. So did adults. The energy of a wedding is always building, like bubbling in a corked bottle.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Ring Bearer photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Jess and Daniel stole their little moments in between the bustle and I began to get a sense of what their love looked like.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA 001 Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Bride Groom photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Everyone worked to practice for the wedding ceremony. Amazingly, the littles were super committed to their roles.

 

Ceremony Rehearsal Flower Girl photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

As the day wore on, we settled in for dinner. And I was taken in as family. Into the fold I went, absorbing their stories and hugs. These folks have stolen a little piece of my heart. I couldn’t tear myself away and soon found that the light had gone.

 

After Sunset photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Nighttime photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

After nightfall, I was invited to the shores of the lake for friendship and s’mores. The men lit the fire, and in the darkness we huddled awaiting the growth of flames.

 

Friends and Smores by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

Friends by the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Lake Crescent Lodge WA Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

By the Campfire photograph by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

A Blood Moon greeted us that night, making it’s way over the mountain. I only caught a tiny bit of it after the eclipsed had passed. But it reminded me of the fleeting nature of life. The importance of cherished moments and of seeing the little details as much as we can.

 

Blood Moon Image 2015 from Lake Crescent Washington by Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographer Lake Crescent Washington Sneak: Jess + Daniel

 

There is so much love in this story. To see the full event, check out the full wedding photo gallery.

 

 

What do you get when two, super-sweet lovebirds come together with an amazing group of friends and family for a wedding? Answer: an Epic Party and an incredibly joyous day.

Jaclyn & Alex hosted the very first wedding at Katy’s brand new wedding facility: Palacio Maria. It takes an incredibly confident and sweet bride to be the first at any venue, and Jaclyn is just that. Palacio Maria did an outstanding job. And I have loved working with this family so very much! Here is a quick little sneak of just a few on my favorite photos so far. More to come soon!

 

Jaclyn is a stunningly beautiful bride, and on wedding day she took my breath away even more than usual.

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Alex the eager groom, can’t help but tug a little at his bride’s arm during the give-away. Dad, on the other hand, is not quite done with his hug. I love that stunning iron-cast door that frames their ceremony area at Palacio Maria.

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201502 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex Sneak

 

My lovebirds at the conclusion of their beautifully sunny, outdoor ceremony: Can that wide-eyed grin of hers get any bigger?

Palacio Maria Wedding Photographers Houston Plum Tree Studios JA201501 Palacio Maria Katy Wedding   Jaclyn & Alex Sneak

 

Stay tuned for a link to the full gallery. More photos wedding day photos are coming soon!

 

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!

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Ceremony First Kiss KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Sneak Peek: Kernita + Jason

 

001 Haak Vineyards Winery Weddings Bride and Groom KJH2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers Sneak Peek: Kernita + Jason

 

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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002 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

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:

 

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

002 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

003 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

004 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers First Look BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

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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:

 

007 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

008 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Ceremony BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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012 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

012 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Tent Dance BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

013 Lake Crescent WA Wedding Photographers Reception Tent Details BHMT2014 Plum Tree Studios Destination Wedding Photographers   Lake Crescent, WA: Bethany & Mike

 

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

Wedding Photographers Houston First Look LMOB2014 Plum Tree Studios 001 Wedding Photographers Houston: Leasha + Owen Sneak Peek

 

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

 

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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!

 

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

 

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

 

Michelle and Kirby had an amazing wedding at the beautiful Agave Real – sister venue to Agave Road. If you’re not familiar with Agave Estates, their beauty, and all of the services they offer, I urge you to get acquainted. In my book, they are one of the best venues in the surrounding Houston area to host a wedding. Here’s a photo of Agave Real shot at nighttime on this wedding day:

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

I love the stucco walls with their vibrant color, their lighting throughout the grounds and their gorgeous landscapes. Day or night, I never tire of shooting here because it’s always breathtakingly beautiful.

 

On this wedding day the ceremony was set to be outdoors, but the weather was iffy, wavering and uncooperative – typical of a February in Houston. And this is another reason that I love this venue: the staff is always on point. They moved everything indoors without a hitch and it was just as beautiful, but now I’m getting ahead of myself!

 

This shot was taken by Kevin who tagged along to shadow me for the day. Thanks Kevin!!

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As usual, there are many stories to tell from wedding day. So much so that my head swims with all the things I want to tell you! How about we just start at the beginning?

 

Here’s Mr. Groom, Kirby getting ready. I’ve met some sweet grooms over these many years and Kirby is no exception. He is quiet, though he likes to laugh and often sports a smile on his kind face. He also happens to have a super phobia of speaking in public and being in front of large crowds. Needless to say, he was a little extra nervous when he realized that a wedding ceremony requires both. Yet he persevered!! Just goes to show you what love can do!

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Getting Ready Groom MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Groomsman Shoes MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

While the boys did their thing at the groom’s quarters, the girls were busy getting the bride ready as well. Michelle picked the most beautiful gown! She looked simply stunning and I loved both the rushing and small details that added the perfect touch to her dress. I caught a moment as her mom peaked into the room. There’s nothing like the love on a mom’s face when she looks at her daughter preparing to walk down the isle.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Bride Getting Ready MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Maid of Honor  gave Michelle a little sugar as the dress came on:

 

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I loved that Michelle picked dressy sandals to go with her gown. Stylish, yet comfortable make for a happy bride!

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Bride Sandals MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

One super special thing about this wedding was that Michelle’s sons gave her away, and the emotion was thick throughout the room as the boys walked mom down the isle. Michelle, above all, was absolutely beaming! I was so thankful at this time for having moved indoors because the lighting added so much to this moment. Indoors or out, a wedding ceremony is nothing but beautiful at Agave Real.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Ceremony MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Here is her little one handing her off.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Indoor Ceremony MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Happy tears abound during the ceremony while the bride and groom get sung to. I wish so much that I could remember the singer’s name. She sang absolutely beautifully.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Indoor Ceremony MK3 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

I often struggle with the following shot because I feel compelled to pray along with everyone to bless the union of my couples. Between bowed heads and whispered prayers I sometimes manage a shot.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Indoor Ceremony MK4 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

After ceremony, we reconvened to listen to the toasts. When I asked Michelle & Kirby at our first meeting about what their favorite date was, they both said in unison that it was a family day at Kemah. With this knowledge, I became aware (long before this day) how important their family & friends where to them. And the day didn’t disappoint. There was so much laughter, love, tears, and goodness in the room!

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Wedding Toast MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Wedding Toast MK2 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Wedding Toast MK3 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

First dances are also my favorite. I wish more people would stand around the couple as they dance because I love to see what their faces say. Sometimes they have cameras too, which is fun. And sometimes they are having their own little moments in the background. I really loved the echo of kisses in this photo.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers First Dance MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers First Dance MK2 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Before Michelle & Kirby cut the wedding cakes I caught some photos of their rings (surprise, right? Like you didn’t know I like ring shots!). I have to say that the folks over at Edible Designs by Jessie are so ridiculously talented! Not only do their cakes taste divine, they also look so very beautiful – and they can make just about anything. I’m always blown away with what they come up with.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Cakes by Jesse MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Cakes by Jesse MK2 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

I have to thank my awesome Light Man (or Minion as we sometimes jokingly call him), Jordan for helping me get these shots.

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Cakes by Jesse MK3 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Grooms Cakes by Jesse MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

He was also essential in getting this portrait done. And yes, Little Man on the right really is that joyous! No prompting required!

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Bride Groom Portrait MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Lest we forget this was a party after all, here are a few of my favorite photos on the dance floor:

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Dance Floor MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Dance Floor MK3 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Dance Floor MK2 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Garter Toss MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

As the night drew to a close, I stole Kirby and Michelle separately to do a portrait of each. Since the rain threw our previous plans out of order, I wanted to be sure to get these photos for them. Kirby is relaxing during a cigarette break (I’m a fan of multi-tasking). ;)

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Grooms Portrait MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

And so we’ll end this post with our beautiful bride Michelle. Thank you for having us with you! I cannot wait to show you the full set of photos!! Stay tuned for the link to the complete gallery!

 

Agave Real Wedding Photographers Bride Portrait MK1 Agave Real Wedding Photography   Michelle & Kirby

 

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The first time I sat down with Brittany (or B-Ball as I secretly & affectionately think of her in my mind) to talk about her wedding, she told me of her vision: an elegant yet laid back affair trimmed with a red palette that included crimson-stained lips to accompany her long, dark and beautiful tresses. I envisioned her as stunning as Snow White and I have to say, my imagination was pretty spot on:

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James BD2 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

I learned that day how much family and friends mean to her and Devin…and I crossed my fingers that she would pick me to be the teller of this story through photographs worthy of that love. And to top it off, she also got giddy about a certain “zombie themed” engagement session that had me holding the edge of my chair for fear of jumping off my seat with utter excitement.

There are many stories to tell from this wedding day. But for now, I’ll share a few favorites as the rest of the edit comes to completion. Here are a small selection of the happy day:

Starting us off is our gorgeous bride. I love how much her laughter lights up a room. What a an amazing smile she has!

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James Dance Floor BD4 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

That laughter was infectious…and while Brittany dressed behind the room divider, her bridesmaids had a great & silly time:

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James Fun Bridesmaid1 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James Fun Bridesmaid2 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

On the reveal, of course, things got a little more dramatic…because our bride truly is a vision:

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James BD31 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

Outside, the boys granted Devin his wish…send a secret message to his bride. Perhaps the first, last, & only time he’ll get to be right?

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James BD1 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

And as the night progressed, the party was a lively as the rest of the day. Group hug!

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James Dance Floor BD1 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

For a portrait, Brittany had asked me to take a long exposure with sparklers. I must thank them both and my awesome lighting assistant, Jordan. It was brrrrrrr cold out on this night and it was no easy feat to stand so very still. Purple lips and shivering bodies are definitely worth the magic of Snow White’s kiss.

 

Houston Wedding Photographers Couryard St James Sparklers BD1 Courtyard on St. James Houston Wedding Photography: Sneak Peek Brittany & Devin

 

More photos and more stories from Brittany & Devin’s big day are coming soon!

I think it was late November when I got a call from Bill. We hit it off from the start as he told me of his plans to surprise his beautiful wife, Sarah, for their up-coming 5-year anniversary.

His gift? A Day-After Session.

The Challenge? Neither Bill nor Sarah were familiar with Houston because they live in Ohio! Oh, and no pressure…Sarah didn’t like their wedding photos as much as she would have liked. My heart broke a little and my stomach sank with that news. I was officially on a mission!

Truth be told, Bill had me at surprise. But I just knew I was in for for something extra special when his mom, Ann, got in touch with me to plan details for the shoot. You see, Bill & Sarah were coming to visit family in Houston for the holidays and it was during this trip that Bill wanted to surprise his wife. So over the next few weeks I exchanged calls and emails with Ann (to keep things on the super down-low) and learned so many cool things about them both. For instance, Bill works with volleyball players, and impressively his namesake is Bilbo Baggins from Lord of The Rings. True Story!

Sigh.

My inner nerd could hardly contain itself when I heard that little tidbit. Yessireebob! I can honestly say I’m Bilbo Baggins’ photographer. Well, sorta.

Sarah, on the other hand, is a badass surgeon-mom of two, who also runs marathons. Could these two get any cooler? Yep. And they did too!

I haven’t been so giddy and nervous to do a shoot in a little while. What with all the pressure of hitting a home-run for their anniversary! And when I met them at Herman Park on that very cold, second to last day of December, my belly was all a-flutter with anticipation. Boy howdy! The day did not disappoint! I’m so happy to share this sneak of their session. Cause y’all gave me a SUPER home-run!

How gorgeous are these two, eh?

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB1 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

 

Given some of the background info on their wedding photography, one of the things I wanted to do was recreate a First Look with these two. They did soooo good! There was no faking here. Check out that glimmer of luve (yeah with a U) on Bill’s face. Could only be rivaled by Sarah’s mischievous grin, am I right?

 

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We had a little fun with a tiny-running competition. Sarah highly impressed me and park visitors alike running full-sprint in that gown and heels! I can’t even remember who won.

 

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The sun’s position gave us some amazing light and I could not have asked the cloud gods for a more beautiful

 

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sky!

 

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We stopped by the fountains for a bit and caught these fun shots too:

 

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There are so many beautiful photographs from this day. But if I HAD to pick my favorite, it would be this set of four below. The drama of this light is just so beautiful to me.

 

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And so we’ll end with this one for now. Thank you guys so much for giving me an amazing shoot! I hope you love these photos as much as I do.

 

Day After Session Herman Park Bridal Portrait SBB13 Herman Park Day After Session: Bill & Sarah

To see the full gallery, please visit: Sarah & Bill • Day-After Session