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I knew within minutes of meeting Heather last year that the word “classic” would describe her to a T. She’s been sweet as pie to work with, and has that classic southern style allll wrapped up for her wedding. We knew we wanted to capture a beautiful bridal session for her more on the traditional side of things, and the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens is ALWAYS a great place to do that.

Of course, it’s still a McG session… so there may or may not have been a little bridal tree-climbing at the end. (SPOILER! There totally was.)

Check just a few of our faves!


The light, the tree, this gorgeous girl… magic happened right here!


You’re a MRS now, lady! Can’t wait to show off more images from your big day!:)

  • July 23, 2014 - 11:21 am

    April - BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • July 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Chelsea - Gorgeous photos!

Friday was the coolest day in the history of Texas Julys, and also Heather & Chris’s wedding day! These sweethearts threw the party of their lives at Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio, and a huge crowd of family and friends surrounded them with love as they danced into their new life together. As always, we’ll be sharing more images from this beautiful day toward the end of the week, but Mondays are for sneak peeks!:)


A getaway with SPRINKLES?!? Isn’t that the cutest? Heather & Chris, have a great week in Jamaica, and get excited to see MORE!:)

  • July 21, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Heather - Oh my gosh! I can’t even wait to see the rest. It was the best day of my life and you captured every single thing that I loved!!!

  • July 21, 2014 - 7:17 am

    April - LOVE!!! Can’t wait to see what other stunning images were captured of thus beautiful couple!!!

  • July 21, 2014 - 8:14 am

    jenn - LOVE!! Oh, I can’t even wait to see the rest of these images! It was such a perfect night filled with lots of laughs and love…the anticipation is gonna kill me until the end of the week :)

  • July 21, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Meagan - These are magical! Can’t wait for the rest! It was such a wonderful wedding!!

After Lindy & Devin’s ceremony, family portraits, and wedding party portraits were wrapped up, we realized something incredibly rare… we were AHEAD of schedule! This meant we could accommodate the bride’s dream of having pictures taken down by the lake, with pretty summer sun and water in the background. I mean, we obviously could have shot portraits inside the Gaylord all day long… so many gorgeous spots! But having that blue water & green grass sure was a nice little break in our day.:)


So much HAPPY!


Wedding planner Jen Rios and florist Kate Foley worked together superbly to create a design for this reception that was “simple & pretty, just like the bride”.:)


We normally focus on the bride & groom during cake shots, but come on… this little ring bearer waiting for his slice is CLEARLY the star of the show!


I would never have guessed that this small party would rock so hard… they danced for 4 solid hours, and everyone had such a blast!!


“It’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your… ” Wait… DAD?!?!?;)


Congratulations, you two! We’re so glad that fate (and your new neighbors) pointed you to McG, and we could help you have the wedding of your dreams. You’re completely precious people, and we wish all the best for you in your many years together!

  • July 18, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Lindy - LOL!!! PERFECT!!! The family has not stopped talking and laughing about all the funny dancing and ROCKING during reception!!!! You captured those moments perfectly!!!!!:) The other pictures were so amazing! Thank you all sooo much!! You definetly have clients for lifetime!!!:)

  • July 20, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Toi - Mac & Chelsea, you captured Part 2 just as you should. NOthing but happiness all around. Love the crazy dancing hair on a few people also. Great job, as usual. :)

Last weekend was seriously scorching in Texas, but it was cool and beautiful inside the Gaylord Texan resort & hotel. Lindy had always dreamed of a Gaylord wedding, and when it was all said and done, she got exactly what she wanted… the man of her dreams, and a wedding more beautiful than she anticipated. Jen Rios coordinated the entire day flawlessly, and florals by Kate Foley with antique roses were SO soft and gorgeous. An intimate guest list made the entire day feel so personal and romantic… it was a complete joy to shoot this wedding day!

I had way too many favorites to just blog once, so today I’ll share our favorites from the first half of the day. Enjoy!


Such a beautiful group of ladies!


Lindy’s niece Reese is so special to both the bride & groom, and they made sure she felt very special on their wedding day!


Isn’t that bouquet delicious?? One of my favorites in a long time.


Devin’s reaction to his beautiful gift is one of my favorite photos of the day… he was so shocked in the best way, and kept exclaiming how gorgeous his bride is!


His gift to Lindy was just as beautiful… a perfect bracelet to complete her wedding look!


Lots of happy tears once this ceremony started…


Mr. & Mrs. Meluso!


So much pretty, right?? And believe it or not, there are even more gorgeous portraits, plus a super-fun dance party coming in tomorrow’s blog. See you then!:)

  • July 17, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Lindy - I love them!!!:) I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of our little honeymoon vacation is waking up to you sweet little text saying there are more pictures on your blog!!!!:) I wipe my tired eyes and bounce up and begin my day smiling!:) not only because I wake up next to Devin but because I get to see more memories of the happiest day of my life!!!:) thank you guys so much!! We are just soo happy with the very special moments you captured!!!:)

  • July 23, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Chelsea - That sweet keepsake for their niece is absolutely precious!

We were so excited to finally meet Brandi & Jimmy. This gorgeous bride-to-be has been following our work since 2009, and her initial inquiry to us made me squeal with excitement. She & Jimmy feel like thinner, cooler, more-inked twins of Mack and I, honestly… they’re laid back and hilarious, and we feel like old buddies every time we talk to them. When it came time to plan a summer engagement session, we knew we’d have a blast incorporating some rockabilly style into some of our Fort Worth locations!

And sure enough, it was just as fun as we thought. Since we got started a little earlier than planned, we were able to take a mid-session break for a cold beer and swapping relationship horror stories, and sharing in mutual happiness that we all ended up exactly where we were meant to be.

Basically, last Tuesday rocked, and we’re excited to show you the results.



This girl can FLIRT. I need lessons!


You know what’s perfect when it’s hot outside? Ice cream. Especially ice cream from MELT. So many noms.


We love a couple who’s not afraid to get a little steamy in public.:)


Y’all, seriously. You’re so cool, and such a blast, and you photograph so superbly. We can’t WAIT for your fall wedding… it’s going to be a highlight of the year, no doubt!

  • July 15, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Dawn - I LOOOVE everything about this session! Rockabilly, colorful and vintage backgrounds, and, seriously, ICE CREAM for the win! Excited to see y’all’s wedding post this fall!

  • July 15, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Brandi - You guys were so wonderful and these are DEFINITELY amazing!!!! Thank you so much! We’re so glad to have made new friends and glad to have such talented people taking care of this for on the wedding day. We know we’re in good hands :)
    We can’t thank you enough! :)