Lindsey and Jarrod wanted to do something really unique for their engagement session. So, we did what anyone would do, went to Nashville to use her uncle's hot air balloon! Obviously. I don't know if I've ever been so excited/terrified on a shoot before! We went high... real high. It was incredible!
A few months later, they got married at Preston Wood Baptist Church in Plano, TX, and topped it off with an unreal reception at the Dallas Museum of Art (which is also where we shot Lindsey's bridals). Wow. Warm, welcoming, full of life, and adventurous is how I would describe Lindsey & Jarrod. Definitely two of my favorites, love these two!
When Hayley and Kyle started dating they pretty much knew right away that they had found their match. After a few months they started talking about buying a house. Little did Hayley know, after seeing a particular house, Kyle bought it. He then carved "will you marry me" in the tree in the backyard and moved Hayley's favorite porch swing from her partent's house to the tree. He surprised her with a house and a ring. It was such a special place that they decided to get married in the backyard! It was an incredibly personal, intimate wedding filled with love from family and close friends. I was so blessed to be part of such a special day. Thank you, Hayley & Kyle!
Breezy and Alex's story spans half the country. We did their engagements in Norman, OK where they were living at the time while Alex finished up school. For the wedding they brought me out to South Lake Tahoe, CA, Breezy's home town. They had an early morning wedding on a perfect little ranch in the mountains. The scenery was breathtaking, and their love was tangible. Their wedding was filled with so many personal touches, from their cook book party favor that they made, to their typewriter notes that the guests typed to the couple, their wedding was a reflection of who they are and what they love. Thank you, Alex & Breezy, for bringing me such a beautiful place to capture your equally, if not more beautiful, love story!
I'm not really sure how to describe what I experienced when shooting Michelle and Antonio's wedding. First, I got to go to Central America and experience a different culture, which is one of my favorite things to do anyway. Second, Antigua is probably the coolest city I've seen with gorgeous, historic architecture. Third, the venue, Hotel Santa Domingo, is built around old ruins and has incredible character and history built into the very walls. Finally, not only are Michelle and Antonio two of the most beautiful people in the world, their love for each other is tangible and inspiring. Being there capturing their story was an unforgettable experience that has made its mark on me. I'm so thankful! Also, Guatemalans know how to party.
We knew within the first few minutes of Lindsey and Andrew's engagement session that we were gonna love these two. They're kind-hearted, down-to-earth, and they're oh-so-in-love (plus, she was rockin' a killer Michael Kors handbag/high heel combo that had me drooling...Shannon, not Shaun...although Shaun can definitely appreciate a nice accessory or two). To our delight, Lindsey and Andrew currently live in NYC, so that's where we shot their engagements. After a three-hour photo trek across NYC, we grabbed dinner and had a lovely evening really getting to know them. Ten months later, they got married here in Dallas. And it was wonderful. The ceremony was sweet, and the reception was a blast! Lindsey and Andrew were so relaxed and fun to be around that day, and it was especially lovely to celebrate with them. We are so thrilled to have been around for it all, and we're especially thrilled that we've made couples-friends in Lindsey and Andrew. We've had the pleasure of catching up with them an a few occasions since their wedding, and we've walked away each time renewed by their friendship and kindness.
Congrats, you two wonderful people! All our love.
Last fall, we had the pleasure of photographing this engagement session in NYC with two of the kindest and most fun-loving people we've met. These two were simply wonderful. Patina is an insanely talented actress, so the camera already loves her. You'll actually see her in a forthcoming CBS drama called Madame Secretary. It airs on Sunday evenings this fall, check it out! Her husband David is an investment genius with a kind soul and a sweet smile (you'll see). Plus, they're parents to some ridiculously adorable fur-babies (you'll see that too). Patina and David adore each other, and we're thrilled to have been a small part of their story!
Jordan and Emily are a straight-up incredible couple. I knew from the moment I met with them and their family to talk about photos that we were going to be great friends! They live in Colorado, but Jordan is originally from Dallas, so they decided to take a little vacation to Dallas to see family and do their engagement photos. Then they brought us out to Aspen, CO to shoot their entire wedding weekend that started with a killer rafting trip! It was an incredible weekend and so wonderful to see two people that are so in love and surrounded by such wonderful friends and family that show intensely their love and support. Jordan and Emily, you guys are the BEST!
Thanks to my great friend, Andrew Shepherd, for 2nd shooting with me on this epic wedding weekend.
Let's just say there are not a lot of people I would wake up before the sun comes out to do a session for. BUT, Lauren and Kyle are just that cool. They are both so natural in front of the camera and we just had a blast! The wedding day was a perfect day. From their first look to their last, private dance, these two people were locked in on each other and so happy to be marrying each other. It was truly an honor to witness it.
I've known Brad for a few years now and I can honestly say that he is the real deal. Completely down to earth, completely genuine, and unbelievably caring. And wouldn't you know it, Molly is the same! The met while working for the same company in two different states. They went on a couple dates when one of them was in town for work in either city, and before they knew it Molly was making plans to move from Spokane down to Dallas to take the next step with Brad. We shot their engagements in Dallas, and then they invited me to photograph their incredibly personal wedding in Molly's home town, Spokane, WA. It was a weekend of close friends and family in a perfect little winery in this northwest town.
I met Samantha years ago when my band played a string of shows in NY, where she and Scott live. We had kept in touch and when Scott asked her to marry him she called me and asked me to come to photograph their destination wedding in Miami. It was such a blast to see Samantha again and finally get to meet Scott! These two made us feel right at home in their crew and treated us like family. They and all their friends like to have a good time and it was a non-stop party from the start of the day all the way through the after party. Thanks for having us, Samantha and Scott, we were thrilled to be there!
Kristn and Tyson are extremely down to earth and laid back. After five minutes you feel like you've know them your whole life. They are the type of people who just want to take you out to brunch for their engagement session. So, we did. After brunch, we went to their new loft in downtown Dallas they had just moved into. They loved the idea of capturing photos in their new home as they started their life together. They decided to do a destination wedding in Sonoma Valley, CA at a unique winery covered in art installations and, of course, grape vines. The entire wedding was incredible, but the highlight of the reception was definitely Rock Star Karaoke. Basically all the guest had a chance to sing karaoke with a live band! It. Was. Awesome! I'm so thankful for Kristn and Tyson and look forward to many more Sunday brunches!
Going into the client meeting, I didn't realize how incredible Stacey and Matt's wedding was going to be . As Stacey described to me what their vision was I was IN. Matt is the CEO of a restaurant group that owns and operates 3 of my favorite restaurants in Dallas; Eno's, Oddfellows, and Union Bear. And what did they plan for their wedding? Ya know, the usual... to close down the Bishop Arts District and have the wedding in the middle of the street in front of Eno's!! It was a day to remember. Not only was their wedding perfect, but Matt and Stacey are incredibly kind people with huge hearts. What an honor it was to capture their story!
If you travel to the south of Austin, TX you'll find all sorts of small towns that are so much fun to visit and experience. Liz and Brian are from Dallas but really wanted to have a small-town Texas wedding. They found a beautiful little venue in Wimberley, TX that was perfect. I loved being there with them and photographing them. Liz runs a direct from farmer organic grocery store, Brian programs video games like a boss, both of them are into cycling, and when you put all that together it means that we are all best friends forever. I loved how simple and meaningful their wedding was. From the hand made decorations, to the bridesmaids buying all the flowers uncut and arranging them themselves. The day was filled with personal, meaningful touches. It was undoubtedly amazing!
We thought we'd show off a selection of images from some of our amazing weddings from 2013! It was truly such an honor to be invited into the inner circle of so many amazing couples to share their stories. From the depths of our heart we thank each and all of our of incredible couples for showing us such beauty through your love!
-Shannon & Shaun