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A Starlight Canyon Wedding | Katie + Dalton

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When these two are together, there are smiles all around. They make each other smile effortlessly…followed by a true belly laugh and then, well then everyone around them can’t help but break into a big grin as well. Their love, their laughter and their joy is contagious.

Marriage is such a beautiful thing because it is really you and your best friend. What I love about these two is that when they are together, they are completely at home. They are truly each other’s best friend and it shows on their faces. They get each other, they enjoy one another, they make each other laugh like no one else can and they understand that this kind of love and affection…this kind of relationship is a gift.

When I first met Katie, it was over Skype and we talked all about how she and Dalton met, fell in love and got engaged. It was clear that this lady was made up of pure joy and while I think a lot of it was because she was marrying the love of her life, I had a sense that more than that, she was just truly a joyful person. The more we talked the more I was sure of it. When Katie is in the room, you can expect to feel completely at ease and you can expect to laugh. Well, when I met Dalton, this made even more sense. He was just the same. Brought effortless laughter and smiles, making anyone feel right at home. Watching them together was even more fun because they only brought that out more in each other. These two were so excited to get married and to start their lives together. In fact, I can remember clearly at the end of their engagement session as Katie and I were talking about the logistics of the wedding. I turned to Dalton and asked him what he thought. He replied with absolute resolve. ‘As long as I get Katie at the end of all this, I’m good! Doesn’t matter to me!’ 

Well, their wedding day was beautiful, set at Starlight Canyon in Amarillo, TX, close to the famous Palo Duro Canyon. The canyon walls surrounded the venue creating the perfect setting for them to say ‘I Do.’ It was a hot day but the evening cooled with the most lovely light and they celebrated amongst family and friends. Vows were said, toasts were given, hugs exchanged, and everything left on the dance floor. If I could have bottled up all the laughter…I would have. It was an evening to remember.

Dalton and Katie, you truly are a special couple and a blessing to be around. You love each other well and you bring a crazy amount of joy to the people around you. I know that your marriage will only cause that joy to increase! Thanks for letting me be part of such a wonderful day in your lives and I look forward to watching the rest of your journey unfold!

Enjoy some of my favs from their Starlight Canyon wedding!

Happy Monday!

*If any of you are Steel Magnolia fans…you will definitely want to check out the slideshow at the end. Katie surprised Dalton with something fun from that movie…

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TMBT | Drivers Do the Ozarks

Lee_0068 It’s a place that I love and hold dearly in my heart. A place that helped shape me in more ways than I count. It’s not magical and it’s not glamorous, but it reminds me of things that matter. Beautiful creation, the quietness of nature, the slowness of a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and relationships that last. I lived there for only 3 years but so much of my heart is there so naturally, when I fell in love and got married, it was important to me that my husband see it and have some frame of reference for my life in that season.

We had tried to make it happen a long time ago but each time, it never seemed to quite come together. So, several months ago we put it on the calendar and said we are making it happen! It was the beginning of fall so the leaves were not in full color but just beginning to change. The air was crisp, the roads winding and life was just slower. All things that I miss about live in the Ozarks. We visited people who I love, breathed in the quietness, explored places I had always loved to explore and toured Kanakuk Kamps, the place that had taken me there in the first place. Branson, MO and the Ozarks are places that are a kind of home to me and taking my husband there was so very special. I turned to him and said, ‘I feel like now you really know me.’

It was a sweet weekend and a very important introduction.

So, in the name of fall colors, Ozark hills and important introductions,

I Say, Take Me Back!

 

Lee_0052 One thing I love about the Ozarks is the beautiful scenery…something Dallas is greatly lacking. So, I really wanted to show Jimmy one of my favorite spots to hike, Whitaker Point or better known as HawksBill Crag. The weather was perfect and the view stunning.  Lee_0053 Lee_0054 Lee_0055 Lee_0056 Lee_0057 Lee_0058 Lee_0059 Lee_0060 Lee_0061 Seeing Kanakuk, the place I love so dearly! This dock is where I would come to spend time with the Lord. So many prayers and promises took place in this very spot.  Lee_0062 Oh the days that I spent in this little office. So many wonderful memories! Lee_0064 Lee_0065 Found my name on the wall… Lee_0066 In the girls church, one of my favorite spots in kamp.  Lee_0067 Oh, how I love this photo. An important introduction.  Lee_0068 Got to show him the house I lived in while I was there which was so very special. The people I shared it with made it one of my favorite places in all the world. They have since moved on to new adventures but being here reminded me of days that I will cherish forever.  Lee_0069 Found this quote on their chalkboard and thought it was so fitting. My season in the Ozarks was such a wonderful one and each time I come back, I am tempted to want to linger in the past. I am thankful, though, that the real treasure is to hold on to the greatest things.  Lee_0070

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A Slate at II Creeks Wedding | Lori + Blake

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They met in the 9th grade but it wasn’t until the 10th grade that they really got to know each other. They were coincidentally placed in the same choir class and started to hit it off. That makes it 1o years since these two met and began their journey together! In both of their words, they know each other well! In that 10th grade choir class, she noticed his smile and how wonderfully goofy he was, a trait that she continues to value as she never is wanting for a laugh. He too noticed her smile, falling for the way she sang and her sense of humor. Friendship turned into high school romance, leading into long distance as they attended separate colleges. Distance had its challenges but as she said, ‘we just couldn’t stay away.’ He balances her out and pushes her out of her comfort zone, reminding her to be proud of who she is. She balances him out too, knowing him so well that she can give him advice on what is right for him to do even before he can realize it. They have grown up together, walked many miles by each other’s side and thus, provide each other with easy comfort. They are each other’s best friends and most certainly, each other’s true love.

He proposed one night while taking her to Reunion Tower in Dallas. She could tell that something was up and was hopeful that he would propose. When he didn’t propose at dinner, she was little sad but little did she know the night wasn’t over. He surprised her with a beautiful walk through Dallas’ Fountain Plaza downtown and it was there that he asked her to be his bride. Her yes was easy as she was so excited to spend her days with this man.

Their wedding day was one of great joy as they stood before friends and family and committed the rest of their lives to one another. Blake kept everyone laughing and Lori was beautifully beaming from ear to ear. It was a very hot August day but the heat didn’t matter because it was a day focused on two people in love, looking forward to their future together. Vows were said, toasts were given, the dance floor was full and everyone was joyful as they sent these two lovebirds off to honeymoon and start the rest of their lives.

Lori and Blake, thanks for choosing me to capture such a special day in your lives. I still remember sitting with you at Starbucks this time last year and hearing about your love story! So fun to have walked with you until now as you have said ‘I Do’ and begun a new chapter. Wishing you all the best in the days ahead!

Enjoy some of my favs from their summer wedding!

Happy Friday!

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A Cancun Destination Wedding | Jennifer + Blake

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Oh, I have been so anxious to tell this story and to post these pictures. This love story is one that crosses continents, oceans and miles upon miles. It really is a testament to the fact that God brings together people in His perfect timing and amidst obstacles that would seem to make it impossible.

I met Jenn years before when we were both in the same bible study through our church. At that time, she was just about to quit her job to move overseas as a missionary in East Africa. While there were ups and downs as she prepared to go, her vision was set on moving her life to a country much different from the one she had known with the hope that she might help the people she would come in contact with, both physically and spiritually. She was on mission.

Little did she know, God was doing much of the same work in a young man’s heart on a different continent across different oceans. Blake had served in Southeast Asia for a few years with the same purpose. To see lives changed. He was on mission.

I remember when Jenn left to go overseas and I remember her saying to our bible study, ‘When I come back, a lot of you will probably have met your husband and gotten married!’ Little did she know that she would meet her husband in that span of time too.

After having moved to Africa, she took a vacation with some friends to Greece and while she was there, she decided to try online dating. She was matched with Blake, even though they were literally oceans apart, as he was in the U.S. finishing seminary. Well, it didn’t take long for them to see that this was special. They quickly bonded over their love for internationals and their common faith, not to mention they just became quick friends.  The rest, well the rest just fell into place.

She came home not too long after they started talking and 10 months after their relationship began, he asked her for the rest of her life. Oceans, continents, miles and miles…well they just weren’t enough.

They were married on a beautiful beach in Cancun, surrounded by dear friends and family and I was so privileged to be there to capture it. It was a day marked by relaxation and the joy of togetherness as they committed to the rest of their days. The Mexican sun shone down on them and the waves rolled in as they held hands and said ‘I Do.’ To me, it was so special to be standing by an ocean as they became Mr. and Mrs. since not even oceans could keep God’s plan for them from unfolding.

Jennifer and Blake, your wedding was beautiful but your relationship was even more so. I was beyond privileged to share in such a day and to have journeyed with you in this process. There is no telling where God will take you but I know it will be better together than apart. Looking forward to seeing it happen!

Enjoy some of my favs from their Cancun wedding!

Happy Monday!

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A Houston Country Club Wedding | Christiana + David

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I love when I photograph couples and it is just so easy to see how they fit. They are just right in being together. That is how I felt about Christiana and David. They just fit. These two are some of the most kind and friendly people I have ever met, making me and everyone else around them feel at ease. It shows in the way they interact with each other and it definitely showed in the way their guests celebrated them at their wedding.

They met through mutual friends in Dallas after they graduated college and dated for a year and a half before he popped the question at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum. When they were first introduced, the first thing they both noticed about each other was how friendly the other person was. Funny, because that is definitely the word I would use to describe them both as well. Well, friendship turned into love and love turned into forever. She loves his wisdom, the fact that he can fix anything and that he just has an uncanny way of calming her down. All good things to have in a husband. He loves her confidence and the fact that she is a woman of deep and genuine friendships. Not to mention, he loves the way she dances to herself when she eats something particularly delicious 🙂 In both of their words, they balance each other out and well, let’s be honest, that is one of the greatest things about marriage. You are better together than apart.

I had the privilege of knowing Christiana long before she met David when we met while working at summer sports camp. Years down the road, our paths crossed as I photographed a few of her friend’s weddings and it was there that I got to meet David. I remember meeting him and thinking, they are a truly sweet couple. The kind you just want to be around. The kind that make you smile at the beauty of relationships.

Well, a short time later, I got to photograph their love on a very special day, surrounded by people who love them dearly. It was a great celebration. Christiana and David, thank you for letting me share in such a monumental day in your lives. The joy was tangible and the kindness evident. Wishing you the best and can’t wait to see where this marriage journey leads you!

Enjoy some of my favs from their wedding day!

Happy Friday!

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