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We all know the story… boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy buys ring and has big plans to propose to girl, girl says, “I’ve got breast cancer.”

Wait…. WHAT?? That’s not how the story goes!!!

Unfortunately, that was real life for Kurt & Carley. Their fairytale took a sideways spin last year, and their plans for a wedding got put on hold with Carley’s diagnosis. Treatments & hair loss were her reality, instead of dress fittings & cake testings. And WOW is that a terrible trade.

The thing is, even before he had said the vows, Kurt meant them. He wasn’t married yet, but he still meant “in sickness and in health”. And through that struggle, this boy loved this girl. And when she was triumphant, they celebrated together. And last weekend, under the cover of gorgeous trees on a beautiful fall day, they made promises that everyone present knew they were already keeping. In sickness & in health, for ever & ever amen.

Guys, this wedding was an honor to photograph… and now it’s an honor to show it off.:)


We went off the beaten path a little at Chandler’s Gardens, and I’m glad we did… chasing light almost ALWAYS leads to more gorgeous portrait locations than just using what you’re “supposed” to use.;)


Showtime!! Just as the sun was setting, the ceremony kicked off deep in the trees.


Mr. & Mrs. Huie!


Our own favorite MegB pulled triple duty at this wedding as designer, day-of coordinator, and Carley’s hair & makeup artist. How she managed to get ALL those things done so beautifully just blows my mind!

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  • carley huie - These are make me cry gorgeous!!!!!! You guys are simply the best. I can’t wait to see you again soon! Thank you for capturing our story so perfectly.

  • Lauren - OMG!!! These pictures capture the all around beauty of their love ND day of celebration!!! AMAZING!!!!! Beautiful!

  • Mad - That ceremony space is BREATHTAKING and her rings are stunning. Maybe my favorites bling ever! So much pretty!!!

  • Pam Cannon - Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. Y’all are truly amazing! I cried like a baby when I read your words. Thank you Thank you Thank you

  • Jo - Some of THE most beautiful weddings photos EVER! And, for more reasons than one…

  • Sarah - Word cannot express how beautiful these pictures are!!!!!!! I am in absolute love. I mean seriously!!!! Fantastic!❤️

  • Cathy Guess - Thanks so much for sharing the Beautiful pictures and story about my Niece Carley and her Rock of a Hubby Kurt!
    Such a “fairy Tale” wedding for sure :)

  • Miranda - I cannot get over how soft and refined the bride’s hair looks!

  • Pat Wood - Well, after reading all the comments & looking again at the gorgeous pictures, nothing more can be said except
    That I was so happy to witness this wedding !!!! All I can say is WOW !!!!! Much love & happiness to my Great Neice Carley & Kurt.

  • Vickie Cunningham - Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Kevin - Beautiful work! Love the coming down the aisle shot!

Thank goodness it’s Thursday. If I hadn’t set up a blog schedule for myself, I’d just post everything at 3 a.m. when it’s ready, instead of waiting for regularly scheduled programming. But the schedule is worth it for our excited brides who pop out of bed right at 6 a.m. on “blog day!” I have a hunch Brandi is going to be one of those gals, if the excited texts are any indication.:)

We photographed Brandi & Jimmy’s wedding last Friday at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, TX. It was a little warmer than expected for October, but I wouldn’t trade that for all the rain we had last fall… sunshine suits us juuuust fine, thankyewverymuch.

This awesome couple opted to see each other before the ceremony so they could soak up a little time alone together. That meant that when we arrived, it was feet-to-floor hustling to finish that last bit of “getting ready” before the big reveal!


So completely sweet… her dress wasn’t anything like he expected, and she looked STUNNING in it!


Camp Lucy is so full of so many gorgeous portrait locations. We’re definitely in the market for more weddings down there… I don’t feel like we even scratched the surface!


And when we’re talking about gorgeousness, we can’t leave out this ceremony site. Holy wow.


That kiss makes it official and the bell ringing makes it a celebration… Mr. & Mrs. Calhoun!!


The bride & groom worked tirelessly on a selection of home-brewed beers to serve at their wedding, and I can tell you without a doubt that their hard work paid off. YUM.


You guys bolted your way up our list of favorites the second we met you, and it’s only up from here. Can’t wait to see you again… enjoy RELAXING!!

  • Brandi Calhoun - AEWFKEJWAGJEWAKLGA SHUT UP! Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS! I also realized how unaware I am sometimes of the ugly faces I tend to make when feeling awkward and uncomfortable (like the cake cutting….) Haha! You guys are so amazing and we were so happy to have you guys. Really. That’s why you were the first person I contacted the DAY AFTER our engagement. Haha. I can not thank you guys enough. You have definitely made some bests in us :) We adore you guys!

  • Mallory Ray - Love the fall colors ! Great pictures!

  • Kevin - I love the multi-colored shirts and dresses! B&W car pic FTW!!!

We met Amy & Jon earlier this week for a little “get to know you” time… after all, we’re shooting their wedding THIS WEEKEND, so it’s time we met in person! This gorgeous couple lives in Alaska and this week in Texas is insane for them. But definitely not too insane for a little engagement mini session in the country, right guys? We’re so glad we finally got to put faces to names and get comfy with this couple, and now we’re even more looking forward to their backyard wedding on Saturday!

Blogstalkers, meet Amy & Jon… you’ll be seeing more of them soon.:)


Big blue sky for the win!! See you guys in a couple days!

  • Erica - I love the sweet simplicity of this session. :-)

Jack made us promise that we wouldn’t blow the surprise of his Halloween costume (which he picked himself) this early, so we’ll still have a Halloween post coming. But we just couldn’t sit on these ones… so it’s a pre-Halloween blog!

This is officially the fastest “conception to execution” of a shoot like this we’ve ever had. On Sunday afternoon, Dorothy and I were talking about sugar skulls, and she wanted to paint her face like that. We went to the store and got our supplies on Monday, shot on Tuesday. When it’s right, it’s right!

Dorothy really got into this Dia de los Muertos idea… she even suggested a lot of the poses you’ll see in this blog! I know, I know… we’re in SO much trouble with this beauty.:)I had never done anything like this kind of makeup, so I was super nervous I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I think it turned out pretty amazing, though!

I’m so grateful that Mack dives with me into my half-crazed ideas, and that he’s so wicked talented… these images are so much more than I dreamed they would be. My very favorites of Dorothy and I EVER!






Happy Haunting!

  • JElrod - Sooooooo BEAUTIFUL! Love the idea and all of the pictures!

  • Jennifer - These look SO awesome. The photos are gorgeous, but you girls look amazing. And you can see where she gets her beautiful eyes, from Momma. What a cool shoot.

  • Ann Marie - Fabulous!!

  • Amber B. - These are absolutely beautiful and heartwarming!! I love these blogs A LOT!!

  • Giselle Huet - Dia de los muertos extraordinaire!!! It is awesome and Dot, well wow!! And I am not saying it just because this feast is so close to my heart!

  • Rachel - I have been waiting for these to hit the blog since you shared a preview image!! These are amazing! You can clearly see where Dorothy gets her beauty!!

  • LeighAnn - so beautiful and I LOVE Dot’s sassiness!

  • Tara - These are amazing! :)

  • Amanda J. - While I loved how visually stunning these were, I loved that it was a mother/daughter photo shoot even more. They’re a testament to a beautiful bond and a beautiful love. They’re just stunning in so many ways, and I love how y’all constantly strive to make your children’s creative dreams reality.

  • Marla Sanderholm - These are sturning!!! I have never seen more striking photos. I cannot say enough. Dorothy is a natural just like her mother! Amazing photos.

  • Megan Devine - These are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Dawn - This whole shoot is just aMAZing–LOVE the last set! I’m so glad you guys do so much to make Dot’s visions a reality. Beautiful family, inside & out.

  • Ambo - I cannot even put into words how amazing this is. Every time I think you guys can not outdo yourselfs-BAM, you do it again. I love these pictures so much and you are right, you guys are gonna have your hands full with that little amazing girl. Love you all!

  • Elle - WOW!!! Some of my favorite images ever. Dorothy looks so grown up. Hard to believe that 5 years ago she was just a little thing that was giving you bad morning sickness!! Such a doll!

  • M-Dawg - Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, this is just BEYOND FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Cheryl - So stinking adorable!!! Great models :) Does it help that you live next to a cemetery LOL

  • Roger - Creeps me up, man.

  • Nicole - These are beyond words! Just speechless!

  • Kevin - BAM!!!!!! Just awesome all the way around!!!

  • mandaroo - Wowza! You have a knock-out, gorgeous daughter! Beautiful photos!

  • Brandi Calhoun - This is seriously so bad ass, and when I have kids, we’re going to do it! SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL.

  • Shauna - These are sooooo beyond amazing!!!!!! What a special treat for you and your daughter and can’t wait to see the rest!!!!

This was a double-header weekend for McG, and not just any double-header… a double header for two couples we ADORE. One in Austin, and one in Celina! We spent a total of 11 hours burning up highway between Friday & Saturday, but it was totally worth it. We SO enjoyed working with both of these sweet brides & their dashing grooms, and we wouldn’t have traded this weekend for all the lazy time in the world!

As usual, I totally overdid it when it came to picking sneak peeks. Mack is going to have to start physically pulling me away from the computer on Sundays… I just get too excited! So hopefully you enjoy this MASSIVE Monday morning sneak peek blog, with a big dose of gorgeous from each event.:)

We started on Friday in Dripping Springs at Camp Lucy with Brandi & Jimmy, who were so hilariously delightful to be around all day long. The day was just exactly the laid-back affair they had their hearts set on, and we were so glad to get to help them fulfill that vision.


I mean… SHUT UP, right??? Too cool. And we got to do it all over again on Saturday!

It might have been the most gorgeous October day I’ve ever seen, and Chandler’s Gardens in Celina was a beautiful backdrop for this wedding. Carley wanted to get married in a forest, and with Kurt waiting for her at the end of that aisle, we believe she got the fairytale she always wanted. We LOVED the entire design of this day from start to finish, and can’t wait to show off more of it!


Y’all… all four of you. Thank you. You are the kind of couples that keep us rolling. You made us feel loved & appreciated all night. You gave us the space we needed to create art, and the open spirits that we needed to make sure that art was a true reflection of you. We can’t wait to show you more of what we captured for you!

  • carley huie - ALL of these are absolutely gorgeous!!! I could not be happier right now! Thank you soooo much!

  • Kurt Huie - Incredible! You are the very best at what you do!

  • Brandi Calhoun - They are so beautiful! Every one of them! Thank you guys so much for the amazing photos! I can’t wait to see the rest :) You guys are WONDERFUL!!!

  • meg-B - Beauuuuutiful sneak peek! Can’t wait to see the full collection :) :) :)

  • Nicole - These are so freakin’ GORGEOUS!!!