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Texas State Aquarium Wedding

Bride and Groom photo in the Texas State AquariumGroomsmen walking through the aquariumFather walking Bride down the aisleBride with DadBride with Groom and ministerGuests at CeremonyAquarium CeremonyLandscape photo of the AquariumBride and Groom with minister at ceremonySand mixing during ceremonyCeremonyBride and Groom kiss at ceremonyBride with BridesmaidsBride and Groom Wedding PortraitBride and Groom PortraitWedding CakeReception Table flowers and decorationsReception Table DecorationsHarbor Bridge pictureLucky in Love table decorBrideGroom dance with momBride and Groom kissing by the cakeGroom removing the garterBride Icing the GroomGrooms brothers toasting the bride and groomBride and Groom listening to toasts

Groom on dance floor with guestsGroom dancingBride dancing with bridesmaidsGuests at Reception signing Aggie War HymnBride and Groom kiss on the dance floorBride and Groom using the Giffy GramBubbles for Bride and Groom exitBride and Groom exiting reception

Bride and Groom kiss at exitBride and Groom exit on golf cart

Hannah and Chad were so much fun at their engagement session,  it was no surprise that there wedding day was the same! We started at the Omni for a little getting ready (guys played corn hole in their hotel room), headed to the Texas State Aquarium and from there it was a whirlwind. They had their ceremony above the Caribbean Experience space and then guests moved down to the shark room for cocktails and then back up to the main room for food and dancing. The funniest part was probably when Hannah ICED Chad during the garter toss. It was a surprise for sure and everyone got a big kick out of it. This was the first wedding ceremony held in the new space at the aquarium. I included a panoramic photo from the ceremony in this blog post to give you an idea of the space and how things were setup. It was dramatic and soft at the same time, totally fitting this wedding’s look. I’d be thrilled to shoot this wedding again. The entire day was a blast!


Event Coordinator: Jo Anne Howell, Oh Goodie Designs / Flowers: Blossom Shop / Rental: Butler Rentals /

Venue: Texas State Aquarium / Decorations: Roost Decor / Cake: Simply Elegant Cakes / DJ: Dance til Dawn 

Photo booth: GiffyGram // What does ICED mean?




Port Aransas Beach Wedding

Bride and Groom Sunset Picture at Cinnamon ShoreBride walking down stairsBride hugging dadBride and ParentsBridal PortraitCeremony Chair DecorationGroom waiting for Bride at the ceremonyParents walking Bride down the aisleBride with Parents at CeremonyBride and Groom holding hands at ceremonyBride and Groom pouring sand during ceremonyGroom placing ring on BrideBeach CeremonyBride and Groom exiting CeremonyBride and groom with wedding partyBride and Groom on Boardwalk at Cinnamon ShoreBride and Groom Beach PortraitBride and Groom on Port Aransas BeachBride and Groom at Sunset on the BeachBride and Groom hugging on the beachTable Decor at LisabellaMr & Mrs Table DecorBride and Groom at Bridal TableBride and Groom Cutting cake

Venue: Lisabella’s at Cinnamon Shore / Coordinator: http://www.twodovesinthesand.com/

Veronique and Michael had a small wedding on the beach followed by dinner at Lisabella’s on the Cinnamon Shore property. It was my first time to work with the coordinator and she did a great job of  setting up the wedding site, keeping the day moving on a schedule, and keeping everyone calm and stress free. Because their wedding was small, and the timeline flexible, we were able to escape out to the beach right at sunset for portraits. It was beautiful and then the sky changed, as happens at sunset, and we were graced with a beautiful red and magenta sky. Having the time and flexibility to take advantage of the beautiful evening was probably my favorite part of the day!

Omni Barton Creek Wedding Austin

BrideBride with BridesmaidsBridal Portrait OutdoorsGroom with GroomsmenBride and Groom at the AltarBride and Groom HuggingBride and Groom RecessionalBride and Groom Portrat in the churchTable Decor at ReceptionWedding Party Portrait OutdoorsBride and Groom outdoor PortraitReception Table DecorBride and Groom first DanceReception dancingWedding CakeBride and Groom dancing with guestsBride and Groom Exit

Event Coordinator Jo Anne Howell, Oh Goodie Designs // Flowers, Blossom Shop // Decor, Luxe Event // Cake, Haley Cakes //          Band, Night Owls 

I wasn’t expecting to have an Austin Omni Barton Creek wedding in September, but it happened. Blair and Will were suppose to get married at Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas in late September. A month before their wedding Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal bend and took out Port Aransas. Having 200 guests come in from all over the country was not an option anymore. Without missing a beat the couple assessed their options and decided to move their wedding to Austin, where they live. Their ceremony took place at the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd and their reception was in the Glass Pavillion at Omni Barton Creek. This was actually the last event (to my knowledge) to take place in the Glass Pavillion, as they are tearing it down and rebuilding. Demolition was postponed because of the hurricane so Omni was gracious enough to let Blair and Will use it for their wedding reception. The weather was perfect and the ambiance in the Glass Pavillion was beautiful. Blue and white and green and lots of candle light. Everyone had a great time with the band too, The Night Owls, who put on a great show and keep the dance floor packed the entire night. For me, it was fun to be shooting at two of the venues I used to shoot in regularly when I lived in Austin and was just starting my career as a wedding photographer. Thank you to all of the vendors, especially the coordinator, and the bride and groom, for being flexible and fun when life throws you a curve ball!

Backyard Corpus Wedding

Bride and Groom beside outdoor pool

Guest Book TableWedding GuestsBride and Groom with PastorBride and Groom during CeremonyFirst KissBride and Groom RecessionalBride and Groom and their DogBride and Groom in Backyard


Wedding Cake with Pink and White FlowersBride and Groom cutting cake

Initial Wedding CookiesWedding Favors

This wedding was so sweet! Just family and friends in the backyard, followed by a lovely brunch. The details were perfect, from the flowers, to the cookies to the guest favors (Prosecco and macaroons!) This wedding actually took place the week after Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal bend. Part of the beautiful ivy covered fence, that was part of the backdrop for the wedding, was taken out by the storm. With some labor, some sweat and some luck they got a new fence put up and added some new landscaping. I wouldn’t have known if the bride hadn’t clued me in on the quick fix they did. Everything looked great. Congratulations Lesley and Mathew!

New Year’s Eve Wedding

Bride and Groom portrait on the waterBridal Party at Salon


Bridal Party posing in front of DillardBride getting makeup doneGroomsmen outdoors BrideBride with mom and bridesmaidsMom fixing BrideBride with close friends and bridesmaidsBride reading a letter from the groom Mom and bridesmaids praying over Bride

Bride holding bouquetBride and Groom at the Alter at St. Thomas MoreBride and Groom at the Alter at St. Thomas MoreBride looking at groomBride and Groom lighting candles Bride and Groom portrait at the church Family portrait at the church Bridal party portrait outside Bride and niece portrait outdoors

Bride and Groom looking at each other Reception table decorWedding Cake Groom kissing bride on cheek Bride and Groom first Dance Reception attendees Dancing at the reception Bride with friends at reception Bride and Groom on the dance floorBride with neice at the reception with new years hatsBride Kissing groom on cheek Bride and Groom leaving the Reception Bride and Groom leving reception Wedding rings in a matchbox


Grace and Ryan chose to have a New Years Eve wedding so that they could bring all of their friends to Corpus, have an excuse to get dressed up and have awesome NYE plans! They were successful, they had a rocking wedding reception at The American Bank Center. Everyone ate, laughed and danced their way into the new year. The day started off pretty fun too, all of the girls got their hair done at Planet Sol. We then headed to the mall to get makeup done at all of the different makeup counters. It was a really efficient way to get a lot of girls dolled up at the same time. After that we headed to The Holiday Inn so Grace could put on her dress. The wedding mass took place at St. Thomas More church. It is a gorgeous church and the Christmas decorations, and decorated trees, really made a fun and unique backdrop for the wedding. Grace holds a very special place in my heart, I’ve known her since before she even liked boys, and to be part of her wedding day was very endearing. All my best wishes for a wonderful life together Grace and Ryan!


Flowers and Decor: Razzle Dazzle // Cake: Cakes 2 Dy 4

Hair: Planet Sol // Reception: American Bank Center // Ceremony: St. Thomas More Church