I have to admit, Dad and I were SO EXCITED to get the opportunity to shoot a wedding near Santa Fe, New Mexico! Isaac and Jessi are such an awesome couple. :) I, personally, have known Jessi since we were in the 6th grade. So, what could be more fun that shooting a wedding for my “oldest” friend?! Nothing! :) Her wedding was held at the beautiful Hacienda Dona Andrea. It was a perfect hot summer day, nothing but blue skies and sunshine! Can’t wait to see where our next destination wedding takes us!
Ahhhhh….Jennifer and Jehon’s Crystal Bridges wedding was so dreamy. :) ( Funny enough, it was actually on my own wedding anniversary!) It was a beautiful summer day in Bentonville, AR and we enjoyed every minute of it. Crystal Bridges is such a fabulous venue for weddings and receptions. We definitely recommend it! Enjoy!
First, let me just say, that I ADORE this couple. :) I don’t get to spend as much time getting to know most of my couples as I would like, so it’s always exciting when I get to shoot for a couple like Micah and Anastacia. I’m friends with some people in Anastacia’s circle, so I’ve had the opportunity to shoot portrait sessions with her in the past and I’ve even shot a wedding for a friend of hers. So, I was SUPER excited when she told me she was engaged and asked us to do the wedding!
We shot the wedding in Kansas City, MO at The Mustard Seed Church, and the reception was held at The W Banquet Hall. What a fun day!!
Samuel and Amanda were married on a gorgeous sunny day at Thorncrown Chapel here in Eureka Springs, AR. They were such a sweet couple! We loved the fact that they gave us some extra time after the wedding to drive around town and shoot some beautiful shots of just the two of them. :) Enjoy!
Wow, guys, this wedding was SO COOL. It was just Matthew and Tahnya and they had the gorgeous Thorncrown Chapel all to themselves!! PLUS, (and this is a big plus), it was STORMING. A huge storm was blowing in, and it caught us with a downpour after about 5 minutes of shooting outside after the ceremony. It was AWESOME!!!
In addition to all that, I have to say, I LOVED Tahnya’s pink dress! The world should have more pink wedding dresses. :) That is all.
This whole idea for a shoot started when a company approached us about shooting their amazing headpieces on models for our mutual benefit. (We would get the awesome props for our shoot, they would get awesome images to show off their products.) Unfortunately, said company wanted a gazillion dollars in advance to use their super cool “fascinators”. SO, that idea died. BUT, the images in my head that I had envisioned for the shoot would not leave me alone! I decided that I had to do the shoot just to get it out of my system! lol
I knew I needed an awesome dress, and that there was no way I was going to spend a ton of money on one – just for my personal work. So, I thought about the amazing Sue Bryce and how she’s always talking about making her own dresses for shoots, and I thought…why not?
I had this vintage wedding gown I bought at a thrift store for a shoot last year ($35), and I decided that I could buy some tulle for a skirt and veil and dye them all together and make SOMETHING out them. And that’s exactly what I did. We tried to dye the dress GRAY, and it turned out purple. BRIGHT WEIRD PURPLE. (see hideous picture below) hahahaha So, we decided to cut the outer layer off of the dress. lol Also, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I do NOT sew. I’m not sure I could even sew a pillowcase. So, the skirt is sewn, but it is SAFETY PINNED onto the dress. (You can see our initial attempt of pinning the dress onto my daughter because we don’t even have a cool mannequin thing.) The belt is pinned to the dress as well, and the top is just tulle tied in the back. (I thought about covering the back with lace, but I ended up liking the tied back. :) So, this whole process (minus shopping) took about 5 hours. It was totally worth it, but I thought for a few hours that I had completely lost my mind. ;) Now that it’s done, I can’t wait to do it again!
tulle (JoAnne’s)- $13.50
jewelry (Plato’s Closet) -$12.00
accessories (Hobby Lobby) – $8.00
(We also added a corset on top of the dress and a cool necklace for a whole new look during the second part of the shoot. We will post portraits soon!)
Of course, I can’t wrap up this blog post without mentioning my amazing model, Naomi. We were introduced by her sister, and I am so glad because she absolutely brought the dress and my vision to life. She was graceful, fun, easy to work with, and completely stunning from every angle. Thank you so much Naomi, you were fabulous!!! :)
So, here it is…the first look! Thanks for checking it out – hope you enjoy it and maybe even feel inspired to create a dress for your next creative shoot! :)
Just a few years back we had the pleasure of shooting Michelle’s sister’s wedding in Altus, so we were super excited when Michelle emailed us about shooting hers! We got to shoot her bridals at the Dallas Arboretum (check them out here: https://trinityridge.wordpress.com/tag/dallas-arboretum/). Then we got to shoot their gorgeous wedding at St. Thomas Aquinas and their reception at the Old Red Museum. We even had some fun time in between to shoot some wedding party and couple shots at a downtown park!! :) Loved it!! The day was absolutely perfect…would not have changed a single thing!
So, I just have to say that T.J. and Rebecca were the sweetest couple!!! Both in the medical field, they just had the kindest most easy-going personalities. We loved working with both of them and their families (which is great because we’re shooting Rebecca’s sister’s wedding later this year)!
We were blessed with a beautiful warm day that went from rain to sunshine and perfection. Of course, no matter the weather, weddings at the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, AR are BOUND to be gorgeous! ;) And this was no exception. I have to admit, though, that it helps when you have a STUNNING couple like T.J. and Rebecca!
Reception: Fred’s Hickory Inn
Wedding Cake: Rick’s Bakery
Wedding Planner: Cindy Tignor
Oh wow, there is so much I could say about Mike and Angie’s wedding. I met them several months before the wedding and was so excited to hear that they were planning a Buffalo River wedding in Ponca, AR. Ponca is one of my favorite places on the planet, and since I own land nearby, I feel like home there. Dad and I often go on adventures out by the Buffalo, cameras in hand, like modern day explorers. ;) So, I knew we would LOVE shooting this awesome couple’s wedding. And we DID!! It was a beautiful Fall wedding at a gorgeous lodge that backs up to a creek and the woods. If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check out the Cedar Crest Lodge. It’s perfect for small weddings or family reunions! :)
Anyways, here are some of our favorite portraits from Mike and Angie’s special day. Enjoy!!! :)
Eric and Laura were such an awesome couple!! They came up from Texas to have their wedding at Laura’s parents’ house in Little Rock. It was such a lovely Victorian home – it was the perfect venue for a small Fall wedding. I have to say, I was in love with the details of this wedding. The moss, the deer, the flowers – *sigh* – perfect! After the ceremony, we headed to the Mark Twain Riverboat for a casual reception and short river tour. Our groom is licensed to drive these awesome boats, so he got to steer for a while! So cool! :)