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It’s engagement session season for our Spring 2017 couples, and we’re SO cool with that. We’re a little over halfway booked for the year, and every single one of the couples on our roster is going to be a serious blast.

We photographed Ross & BriAnne in Granbury last week, starting in a coffee shop with sentimental value for them. There are so many lovely little nooks & crannies in that town square, and every time we shoot there, it looks a little different. And this time, exploring it while also laughing our faces off with this awesome couple, we saw new things we’d never used before.

We also got to know BriAnne in a different way… ya know, different from when she was a kid a couple years younger than me in high school… a girl who sang in the worship band that Mack played in 14 years ago. YEAH. 14 years.

Since before “the blog” was even a thing, this sweet girl has been keeping up with us. With our love story, with our family, with our business as it’s grown. And thanks to social media, we’ve gotten to do the same with her. We’ve watched her fall in love with Ross, and hurt with her when they broke up… because we know that hurt. We’ve been there. We were so happy to see that they got back together, and over the moon happy when they officially got engaged. And then, well, BriAnne called us.

It’s crazy how people grow and change, and how, in some ways, we don’t change at all. BriAnne has always been a beautiful girl with a beautiful spirit. And she still is, with a perfect-for-her guy to walk through the rest of her life with.

As always, this is just a glimpse into the full collection of images… but it’s plenty to oooh and aaah over!


“Hey… do y’all happen to have an umbrella in the car?”

“I think so, why?”

“Just because. Grab it. We’ll see.”

Thank you for being game for ideas that seem ridiculous and turn out pretty friggin wonderful.

We photographed Lacy’s bridal portraits a few months back on a beautiful morning at Stillwater Meadow in Aledo, and now that she’s officially Mrs. Sanders, we can show them off!

Together with one of the most fun bridesmaids we’ve ever gotten to play with, we worked to keep that dress glowing white, that bride from sweating, and… well… ok THEY worked together to dissuade me from any crazy ideas that involved climbing. 😉

Here’s just a handful of standouts. I very nearly just posted the whole set!


The lady was looking for drama, but still Texas… beautiful, but sexy. High five, team!
Just WAIT ’til we’re able to post some favorites from Lacy & Joe’s wedding… she managed to look even MORE beautiful on the big day!

We officially booked Sam & Adam’s wedding sitting over margaritas and nachos at Fuzzy’s, so right away, that’s a win. Add in the fact that Sam is the sister of our cool-beyond-compare associate shooter Nikki, and this one is a definite home run.

But then when Sam & Adam’s session starts, and we’re actually able to see who they are together… all the sweet moments, as well as random licking of the nose… yeah, we like them. And they like each other. And I’m pretty confident they’ll keep liking each other for the rest of their lives.

Check out just a few faves…


Anyone else absolutely drooling over that light? Because I know it’s not just us. This last set in the tall grass could have been all we shot the entire session, and I would have still considered it a victory.

Sam & Adam, you’re precious, and super fun, and although it seems like your wedding is a million years away, it’ll be here before you know it. Can’t wait to hang out with y’all again!

This will be the third time that Ronda & Brandon have appeared on our blog all loved up in someplace spectacular. And guess what? We’re going to do that again in the spring when we shoot their wedding in Mexico. I guess these gorgeous people are just our kind of wanderers! 🙂

If you missed their 2013 session on the beach in Punta Cana, it’s HERE.  And if you didn’t see their little mini engagement session that got snowed out this past March, that one is HERE.

And now, let’s look at the latest, from an absolutely delicious late summer day at Castlewood Canyon outside Denver.


She’s so little she could just about fit in his pocket, and shooting them together is SO fun.


That dress was pretty bangin’ all on it’s own, but Ronda’s shape took it next level… random hikers were staring, and that’s a totally valid reaction! 🙂

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On every single weather app at our disposal, it looked like Amy & Cody’s wedding ceremony was going to have to be held inside because of rain. An indoor ceremony at Aristide in Mansfield would have been beautiful without a doubt, but that reception space outside?? SWOON. So we all crossed our fingers & toes hoping there would be a break in the drizzle that would give this couple something they’d been dreaming about since they picked their venue.

Thanks for cooperating, Mother Nature! 🙂

The day was sweet and intimate, with a subtle nod toward the Roaring 20’s, the bride’s Disney obsession, and the groom’s superhero fixation. And even though that sounds all over the place, it worked together in a way that made this day feel completely authentic to Amy & Cody.

Check out some of our favorites…


Those dresses are my new favorites.


With the ground still wet and the clouds still heavy, the bride walked down the aisle. “If I get wet, I get wet.” LOVE that attitude!


That “just married” feeling is different for every one of our couples, but it’s never been anything short of wonderful.


The wedding cake had a bit of a split personality, and we kiiiiind of loved it.


As a surprise to everyone (except our killer DJ Kelly, who helped set the whole thing up), Cody sang to his bride to kick off the dance party. “The Way You Look Tonight”… pretty perfect for every single wedding ever. And man, he totally slayed it!


And this? This cloudy misty romanticness with which the bride & groom ended their amazing day?
Pretty in love with this.


Congratulations, you two! You have been such absolute sweethearts every step of the way, and we’re so glad we’re who you picked to capture this adventure for you. We hope your Magic Kingdom honeymoon has been, well, MAGICAL! 🙂

  • Tina Toste-Smock - LOVE! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!