Angie&David

The O’Connor wedding was O’Mazing; Angie and David are so much fun! Filled to overflow with laughter, their East Texas Wedding was such an infectious environment. We can’t wait to invite you in…

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For their dream day, Angie and David chose a venue that was 30 miles southwest of Tyler in the small Texas town of Murchison. We pulled into town early that October morning, eager to see what this venue had in store! Quiet and quaint, Murchison is the picture of small-town-USA, and Stone Oak Ranch captured the best pieces of its country charm and combined them with a truly grand vision! A shimmering pond, majestic shade trees and breathtaking chandeliers made it clear that Stone Oak Ranch would be a venue to remember!

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We love October weddings; because, Fall is one of our favorite times of year! In Fall, people naturally draw closer together, give thanks and serve one another! It is the time of the harvest, the time when we can celebrate the abundance of blessing that has come from our season of labor.

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Fall speaks loudest in its smallest details.

And Angie and David’s details were so unique! We ate them up!!! Undisputed favorites included Angie’s birdcage veil, her antique mirror and the timeless Fall floral arrangements that Angie WON at a bridal fair during her engagement!

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Once the boots, the birdcage, and Angie’s beautiful dress were on just right, we took a few moments to capture some individual and small group portraits with the bride and groom. Angie radiated so much joy!

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The kids at this wedding shined! So. Darn. Cute.!

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Soon it was time for the ceremony!!

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Shout-out to our wonderful second shooter, Sarah Clark, for capturing the tears that welled up in David’s eyes as his bride made her way down the aisle! Wedding days are defined by the emotions of these moments!

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The entire day was such a beautiful picture of two families becoming one!

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There’s nothing quite like a husband-wife sunset session! The whole atmosphere of the evening felt bright and airy! Perfect weather, dreamy light and the overwhelming joy that Angie and David shared together made for some of the best shots of the day!

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Thinking back on this reception, we could easily talk about the good friends, good food and sweet dance moves, but one of the things that stands out most in our minds is the cake! Extravagant and intricate, detailed and all around GORGEOUS, this was one of our favorite cakes we have ever photographed! Take a look!

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Angie and David,

Thank you so much for choosing us to be your wedding photography team; it was such an honor to be able to capture these precious memories for you guys! We hope that your first year of marriage has been so sweet! We are praying for you both as you continue in you lives together! We love you guys!

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Thank you to all of the vendors who served alongside us on this special day! You all serve the brides of East Texas so well!

Flowers: Fantasy and Fairytale Floral Designs; Rings: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry; Hair and Makeup: Brittany Langford; Pastor: James Bray, Sensational Ceremonies; DJ and Photobooth: Complete Weddings; Cake: Kool Kakes by Dylan; Catering: Danny’s BBQ Athens; Venue and Coordinating: Rhonda, Stone Oak Ranch; Draping/Decor: A Touch of Nature

Krysta&AJ

Don’t you just love it when something feels RIGHT? When baby giggles fill the air, happy tears seem to be contagious and everywhere you look you see someone you love…those are the days that we live for. On those days, no poet can say it and no artist can paint it; because, it’s already perfect. Krysta and AJ’s Austin wedding set the scene for just that type of day.

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September weddings display the perfect balance of the light and freedom of summer and the anticipation and joy of the harvest, and on this perfect day in the Texas Hill Country, every beautiful wedding-day-detail was in just its right place at just the right time! Elegant place settings, flowing floral arrangements and timeless ivory heels whispered a soft but clear message…this was going to be an unforgettable day!

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One thing that was clear from the moment we met AJ was that he is CRAZY IN LOVE with Krysta! Rather than having cold feet, this groom was bubbling over with excitement and anticipation…he could. not. wait. to see his girl in her dress! Those feelings came to a head as Krysta made her way down to the end of the long driveway where AJ stared out across the rolling hills, shuffling his feet and waiting for his first look!

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After a few sweet moments alone, the couple emerged, smiling from ear-to-ear…perfectly timed for their portraits! Gorgeous vistas and infectious laughter highlighted the remainder of the portrait sessions, and while Krysta and AJ were definitely the stars, their son, Zayvin, gave them a run for their money! He is so stinking cute!!!

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From there, the family and bridal party retreated back inside the Red Ridge Reception area to rest and retouch before the ceremony while we made our way to the ceremony spot. Towering oaks and glowing lights provided the perfect canopy for the black iron gazebo as it sat, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom!

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And in case you need a little more proof that these two are perfect for one another…scroll down to the kiss!!!!

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This day ended more happily than it began, which is saying a lot! The reception had everything a party should: an in-house DJ, a lot of family, a lot of fun and one of the best reaction shots we’ve ever captured (AJ, thanks for “feeding” Krysta a piece of your wedding cake in such an unforgettable fashion)!!!

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Krysta & AJ,

We are beyond thankful for you! It is a joy to be around you both, and your marriage has been a joy to watch since it began. Thank you for trusting us to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments for you; it really was an honor to be part of your team on your wedding day! Beyond just being your wedding photographers, we hope you know that you can always come to us as friends; we love you guys! We are praying for the two of you and for Zayvin as you continue to build your lives together as a family. Happy first anniversary!! We just know there will be many, many more to come!

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In addition to the amazing vendors we mentioned earlier in the blog, we'd also like to give a shout out to the other wedding professionals who served alongside us on this beautiful day! Thank you for serving our Texas brides so well!

Jeweler: Zales; Dress: Amour Bridal; Food: Black’s BBQ; Cake: Johnson’s Bakery; Bride’s Hair and Make up: Turquoise Salon and Spa (Brandon-hair, Melissa-make up); Bridesmaids’ hair and make up: Bailey Brown

Lucy's Bridals

Lucy was one of those dream brides…beautiful inside and out. We knew after our first coffee-shop-meeting that she would be a friend, even after the wedding!

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We are fast approaching TWO YEARS since we first sat down with Lucy! Since then, we have captured her engagement season, these breathtaking bridals, and her gorgeous wedding, plus additional images for Lucy and her family (you can find those engagements and the wedding in earlier blog posts). And while we love to celebrate her and Luis as a couple, today we wanted to honor Lucy just for being the strong, vivacious, joy-filled, stunningly-beautiful woman that she is!

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2019 will be a year that brings a new and exciting chapter for Lucy and Luis as their sweet family grows from 3 to 4! If you think Lucy is glowing in these bridals, you should see her now; 25 weeks looks so good on her! And we are beyond honored to be capturing her maternity photos in the coming weeks!

We would be remiss to post a bridal blog and not bring attention to all the gorgeous details that made Lucy unique as a bride, including her lavish train, intricate dress detail, timelessly beautiful hair and amazing florals! Set all of these among the classic scenes at the Casabella, a Mediterranean style villa in Andrews, Texas, and you can’t help but feel all the fairy tale feels!

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To all of our upcoming 2019 KH Brides,

This is a perfect example of the value in trust! Lucy’s trust that we would be there, be prepared, and be ready to serve her helped produce some of our favorite photos of 2018! Our aim is to earn your trust as your dream day approaches; because, through this season and all the ones to come, we are on your team!

And to Lucy,

We can’t thank you enough for letting us in! We truly feel like part of your family and we hope you know that you guys are a part of ours! We are praying for your marriage and your babies, and we love you! 2019 is going to be the best year yet!!!

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Lacie&Billy

Set in the sands, surf, and sunset of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Lacie and Billy vowed to be each others teammates forever and always in the most beautiful beach wedding EVER!

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This particular wedding was extra special for Tyler and I; because, Lacie is truly one of the most amazing human beings we've ever known! Originally from New England, Lacie has traveled the world following her adventurous spirit, a spirit that found its perfect partner in Billy who is a professional pilot!

Lacie and Billy now plan to call Costa Rica their home, but for Tyler and I, this was a destination wedding! And whether we are photographing a wedding in Lufkin, Texas or on the Pacific sands, we LOVE getting to capture all the little details that make each couple's day unique to them! From driftwood, to a dreamy white dress, the whole day was full of just the right details!

After a morning of getting ready at the amazing beach house, we loaded into shuttles for a short drive to the ceremony site, a secluded cove outside of Tamarindo. It was so cool to see how many people flew in from the states to support Lacie and Billy on their wedding day! Family and friends filled the seats, while iguanas strolled through the surrounding brush and howler monkeys played in the treetops directly above the ceremony!

The sun had almost hit the horizon as the ceremony came to a close, so after capturing a few family photos, we stole Mr. and Mrs. Billy Haines away to a spot on the beach to capture these precious moments! We love these images so much; because, they will forever hold the joy that these two felt on the most important day of their lives!

 

We were the last four people on the beach that night, and after taking one final breath to soak in the serenity of the scene, we loaded into Billy's truck and headed to the reception where the party was already underway! Delicious food, crazy dance moves, laughter, tears, and prayers were shared throughout the evening; it was a perfect ending to a perfect day!

Lacie,

When we first met you in Cordoba, Argentina, we knew right away what a gift it would be to get to know you! You demonstrated what life can look like when you walk moment to moment in the abundant peace and joy that only God can offer! In addition to your beautifully infectious spirit, one of our favorite things about you was how you dreamed of living the rest of your life serving God alongside the man of your dreams! After meeting Billy, we know why your heart carried this dream so fiercely. You two are perfect for one another, and we can't wait to see how God uses you to change the world together!

Thank you so much for your friendship and for trusting us to travel all the way from East Texas to Costa Rica to photograph your wedding! We love you both, and we are praying for you always! May the Lord bless and keep you, make his face shine on you, and give you peace!

Love - Kelsie & Tyler

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Stefani&Robbie

Sun soaked and beautiful, Stefani and Robbie's April wedding was the perfect way to wrap up the Spring wedding season in East Texas!

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Stefani and Robbie chose one of our favorite East Texas wedding venues to date, The Folmar, in Tyler, Texas! We spent the entire day there on the property where both the guys and the girls had their own houses to hang out and take their time as they got ready for the day's festivities! Stefani and all her girls had such a fun morning, highlighted by Stefani stepping into her BEAUTIFUL wedding gown. As if she had stepped off a page of a bridal magazine, Stefani embodied everything that is elegant and timeless about a wedding!

With every tie straightened and each hair in place, we set out to capture some photos of the bridal party and the families. While we worked with Stefani and the girls, the guys set up sound for the ceremony and traded songs on the ukulele! Then we had the privilege of capturing some of the most breathtaking bridal portraits of Stefani in the little white chapel at the bottom of the hill, there on the grounds of the Folmar.

When all of their guests had gathered on the lawn, Robbie made his way from the top of the hill down the path toward the gorgeous wooden arch he had fashioned with his own hands! He waited anxiously as the processional began, and when it was finally time for his bride to arrive, the looks on both his and Stefani's faces were like something out of a story book! The sweet ceremony was highlighted by flower girl giggles, the exchanging of rings, and an officiant who also happened to be the father of the bride!

Stefani's family and friends, along with Ashley and the rest of the team at the Folmar had done an amazing job at creating the perfect reception setting! There was a bubble machine for the kids, a taco truck for the kids-at-heart, and one of my personal favorites, cold brew coffee! Another special element was the reappearance of the ukulele as Robbie took a moment to play a special song for his new bride!

After dinner, we loaded up the golf cart and rode back down the hill to the chapel to capture a few quick husband/wife portraits with Mr. and Mrs. Zihlman! Once again, the gorgeous backdrop and gorgeous couple delivered some great images!

When the Texas sun dropped below the horizon, we made our way back up the hill to continue the reception! The night was filled with dancing and dip-kisses, toasts and sweet tears, and of course, CAKE!

Stefani and Robbie,

You two really are picture perfect! Thank you for trusting us to be your wedding photographers! Our prayer for you is that you will continue walk hand-in-hand as you trust God to bring you closer together each day! May he bless you both with the most beautiful life together, and may his grace and peace fill your home!

Thank you, and congratulations! - Kelsie and Tyler

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Vendor Credits:

Bakery: Kool Kakes by Dylan, DJ: Dee Will, Dress: DressMe Bullard TX, Food Truck: Mi Casita Longview, TX, Hair: Frank D'Antonio, Makeup: Krystall Storm Ross

Katie&Jon

Jon and Katie's April wedding was beyond special! Love, joy, and peace flooded the atmosphere throughout the day as two families became one!

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The day began with Katie, her two sweet sisters, and her soon to be sister-in-law getting ready at the Staybridge Suites in Tyler, Texas! Katie's parents also joined us at the hotel for the morning along with the most grownup little flower-girl-baby you ever did see! Meanwhile, Jon and his guys were already at the venue, suiting up for the day! As you can tell this entire group knew how to have fun!!

As soon as Katie slipped into her stunning dress and shoes, the girls were off to catch up with the boys at their gorgeous venue, Villa Montez. Soon after arriving, we found a hidden little corner and set Jon up for his first look at Katie! As wedding photographers, we love when our couples choose the option of a first look; because, then we get to see the happy couple enjoy more of their day together, rather than apart! This particular first look was double the sweetness; because, after Jon turned around to see his beautiful bride-to-be, he then had the chance for a first look at his daughter in her flower girl dress!

Before the ceremony began, we had the opportunity to check out all the elements of the upcoming reception, and we were blown away by the amazing work Ashten at A. Lane Events had done executing Katie's vision for her dream day! Let's just say if I were to redo my own wedding today, I'd have Katie help me choose allll the details because I loved hers sooo much!!

Every ceremony has unique elements that make it special for the bride and groom, and for Katie and Jon this was definitely the case! There were two live pianists handling the processional music, friends and family performing readings and songs, and best of all, Katie's dad officiating the ceremony!

After the kiss, Jon and Katie gave their guests a chance to sit down and begin eating dinner while they peeled away for a few last minute husband/wife portraits under a dreamy East Texas sunset!

The reception for Mr. and Mrs. Stone was everything you hope a celebration will be! The venue, which doubles as a high-end Latin American restaurant during the week, catered delicious hors d'oeuvres and amazing entrées, and rather than opting for a traditional wedding cake, Jon and Katie instead provided their guests with some of the best dessert options from the Villa Montez kitchen! You guys, we eat a lot of wedding cake, but the chocolate cake at this wedding was THE BEST we have ever had!

In addition to making amazing food selections, Jon and Katie picked the perfect day for an outdoor ceremony and reception! The weather could not have been more beautiful which allowed each and every guest the chance to fully enjoy dancing and drinks on the patio under the Texas sky!

From fairy tale father-daughter dances to hilariously well-crafted toasts, to an awesome kiss under a canopy of sparklers, this party truly had it all!

Jon and Katie,

It was an honor to serve you and your families as your wedding photographers! It blesses our hearts to know that your wedding was just a small picture of the full lives you will build together! The atmosphere of love within a family at your wedding was what truly set this day apart as a special day! Our prayer is that you continue to cultivate a culture of family in every aspect of your lives. You guys are perfect together, and we are so thankful for you both!

May God grant you his grace and peace ALWAYS! - Kelsie and Tyler

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In addition to the amazing vendors we mentioned earlier in the blog, we'd also like to give a shout out to the other wedding professionals who served alongside us on this beautiful day! Thank you for serving our Texas brides so well!

Jeweler: Zales; Dress and Accessories: David's Bridal

Morgan&Ryan

Brimming with elegance and romance, Ryan and Morgan's dream wedding is one we won't soon forget! 

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The day began with Morgan and her girls being pampered by the team at the Glitz House of Beauty in Odessa Texas, a funky and fun salon where Morgan actually works part time as a hair dresser! Once Morgan and her sweet mom, Dawn, had their hair just right, they then took a few minutes to sneak away to the LaBelle Salon for their final makeup details! Meanwhile, the rest of the bridesmaids finished getting ready, donned their beautiful satin robes and poured the mimosas! Morgan and Dawn made it back just in time to share some last minute laughs and raise a glass to the coming celebration!

From there, we loaded into our cars and headed off to Parker Heights Christian Fellowship to catch up with Ryan and the guys who had already started their getting ready process! This wedding was a first for me; because, instead of my handsome hubby, Tyler, filming a wedding highlight video alongside me or assisting me with photography work, he was on best-man duty!! We are always honored to serve our couples as their wedding photographers on their dream days, but when we get to do it for old friends, it makes it even more special!

Morgan was beyond breathtaking in the elaborately detailed dress that her mom, Dawn, had worn for her wedding 30 years ago! It was so neat to see Morgan honor her family with this special touch, and Ryan was put together perfectly to be her partner at the end of the aisle! The classic church ceremony was highlighted with encouraging words from family, prayers from trusted friends and mentors, and a poignant message from Pastor Mark Bristow. Never before have we been around a bride who was so grateful that her day had finally arrived. You could tell that Morgan was living the fairy tale day she had been dreaming of since she was a little girl, and it was topped off perfectly with a grand exit, an even grander kiss, and a gorgeous getaway car!