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Nikki & Ben : Wedding

Happy Friday, everyone!:)

I ran out of blog days to spread Nikki & Ben’s wedding into two parts… so, oh darn, you guys just get one MASSIVE blog post today! I know everyone’s super upset about that, right?

This wedding was SO much fun! Nikki & Ben were joined by family from all over, people who were completely stoked to get to experience a Texas country hitchin’. Boots, baby’s breath, butterflies & blue skies… it really was the PERFECT springtime ranch event!

We started our day with Nikki at her hotel in Plano, and found a great little spot in the lobby to showcase her gorgeous gown.

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Once the party moved over to Cross Creek Ranch, it was time to get into that gown! Nikki had a great group of girls with her on her big day, and they were never short on laughs, hugs, and cold beer.:)

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A crazy storm was whipping up in the distance, but we still had some blue skies for this sweet ceremony…

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Mr. & Mrs. Waters!

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The bride’s sister and the groom’s brother both gave outstanding toasts. We hear a lot of them, and really… these were up there at the top of my favorites list.

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Nikki & Ben’s crowd ROCKED that dance party!  DJ Chris  was completely awesome, and guests packed the floor all night. I have no doubts that they’d have gone for another couple of hours if given the chance!

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Congratulations, Nikki & Ben! Your wedding was SO much fun, and we are so honored you chose us to document this journey for you (and help you navigate all the logistical twists & turns to get here;)) We hope you love these images as much as we do!

  • April 18, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Jackie - DYING!!! AHHHHH Seriously, Nikkolas, you were such a stunning bride. McG’s, yall did an incredible job capturing this gorgeous day for my friends <3

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Nikki - Chelsea & Mack, you guys did an AMAZING job! I definitely can’t pick a favorite! Almost brought tears to my eyes reliving my sister and brother in laws speech! Can’t wait for another photoshoot with the two of you :) love you both

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    Patti Waters - Such a beautiful work of art!! I did cry as I scrolled through the pics. They are so good! I can’t wait to see more. What a marvelous day, many memories, and a future together. Thank you so much McGowan’s! Awesome job! Patti (Ben’s mom (( Nikki’s new M-I-L))

Tiffany & Michael : Wedding Pt. 2

One of my favorite things about Tiffany & Michael’s wedding day was the amount of time they planned to spend TOGETHER. They made sure their First Sight wouldn’t be rushed, and then after their intimate ceremony with just a handful of family members, they planned another little private escape. While guests began arriving for the couple’s adorable backyard reception, we hopped in the car and went to a nearby park for a few more portraits in the soft sunset light. I LOVE these images of the first few moments after “I Dos”!

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So. Much. PRETTY!

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Once back at Elm Street Studio, it was time for visiting with guests, custom cocktails, and lawn games!

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The design arranged by the ever-fantastic MegB was just so quirky-perfect. All the colored glass and lanterns came together gorgeously!

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Ruth Robbins cakes NEVER disappoint. Not only was this ombre icing completely gorgeous, but it was super delicious. (Yup, we eat cake.)

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Narrowing down the scenes from this dance party was pure torture. These guests know how to have a serious good time… but of course, none so good as their fearless leader, the bride.:)

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THANK YOU guys for remembering your wedding was on Mack’s birthday! He felt so loved when you brought out the cake and everyone sang.:)

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We usually only photograph the first verse & chorus of any private last dance, to make sure our couples get some truly private time at the end of their big days…

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… but I couldn’t help shooting one more frame through the closing door on my way out.

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Overton. We love you guys, so very much, and we’re so excited to see what life has in store for you as you continue this journey together!

  • April 17, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Tiffany - Oh geez. I didn’t think today’s could beat yesterday’s… But so in love!! How do I choose?! So many profile pictures the ring pictures are crazy amazing… And again, I can’t wait to wake Michael up and pretend I’m seeing them for the first time!

  • April 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Dawn - Good LORD, this night looked like a blast! Happy for you two!

  • April 18, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    mandaroo - So cute and quirky! The colors are so pretty! The last 2 dance party pictures look just like some of mine at the end of our wedding… The song “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey! :)

Tiffany & Michael : Wedding Pt. 1

What’s the best way to approach a week-long editing marathon? A little at a time. What’s the best way to blog two gorgeous weddings when I can’t narrow down my favorites? The same.:)

So we’re switching up the blog schedule a little to start Tiffany & Michael’s wedding posts today. We’ll share the second half of their day tomorrow, and a mega post of Nikki & Ben’s wedding on Friday, before we rest up to do it all over again. MAN, I love wedding season!

Tiffany & Michael hosted an adorable, intimate, personalized event at Elm Street Studio in Keller last Friday. They invited just close family to their ceremony, and then threw open the gates for dinner & dancing in a reception with friends. It was so completely perfect for them… it gave them the low-key atmosphere they wanted, while still getting to enjoy the atmosphere of a big celebration with everyone who loves them.

As you’ll see more in tomorrow’s reception post, coordinator/designer MegB did a fantabulous job pulling together the details of this event. With all the colors of the rainbow, throw pillows, paper lanterns, and vintage glass, it turned out to be the most gorgeous little backyard party I’ve ever seen.

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Remember that paper styled shoot we did last summer, with the paper dress & flowers? Well, Tiffany loved those flowers so much, she called the same company for a custom paper wedding bouquet. I’m pretty obsessed with it… Alternative Blooms ROCKS!

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First Sight Time!!

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That look on a groom’s face just NEVER gets old.

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A marimba player serenaded the small crowd with “You’re So Cool”, from “True Romance”, as the wedding party walked down the aisle. Cue McG waterworks… one of my all-time favorite movies!!

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Awwww… Man & Wife!:)So much happy!

Immediately after the ceremony we used the pretty sunset light for another set of portraits, so come back tomorrow and see those… as well as some excerpts from a pretty hilarious dance party!!

  • April 16, 2014 - 8:55 am

    BreAnn - I love Tiffany’s dress – she’s stunning. Cool bouquet, and I love that the furbabies were there :-).

  • April 16, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Tiffany - Well. I’m speechless. These are awesome. I can wait to wake Michael up so I can look at them all over again (but pretend I’m seeing them for the first time)! Love you guys- thank you so much!

  • April 16, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Michael - Amazing! You guys captured the day so perfectly. Tiffany looks so good!!!!

  • April 16, 2014 - 10:17 am

    megB - All time favorite wedding I’ve ever helped plan/coordinate/design. I can’t imagine a scenario any more perfect than the one Tiffany & Michael chose. There’s just something incredibly special about it, and I feel happy looking at these photos over and over again!

  • April 16, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Dawn - Such a sweet and colorful wedding! Tiffany, you look gorgeous, and the dress is to DIE for! Awesome job on the decor, Meg–love the lanterns! AND, as always, bravo, McG’s!

  • April 16, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Adria - HOLY MCG! I won’t pick a favorite, you can’t make me! This is one of my favorites the 3 of you (McG+Meg) have EVER done! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT! Even her makeup is perfection. GAH! Congratulations, Tiffany & Michael!

  • April 16, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Tiffany - Makeup? That’s just the way my face is…. Jk- Meg did a fantastic job painting me up to look like a real girl!

  • April 16, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Allison M - so.seriously.gorgeous. HOLY Moly. Tiffany – you are beautiful, and what a beautiful celebration. I can’t wait to see more!

  • April 19, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Melissa - OHHH McGowan Images you guys are amazing! WOW! Tiffany and MegB you put together a stunning wedding, AMAZING! Such talent and beauty in every moment captured.
    Truly in awe of the love displayed.
    Thank you so very much for letting our little bouquet be a part of your special day :)

    XOXO
    Aim & Mel

McG Spring Minis : Part 6

WHEW!

This season’s mini sessions were the craziest we’ve ever had. Rain and cold weather in March kept us from shooting them all on two days like we’d planned, so it was just last week that we finally photographed the last of our original clients. It was totally worth the wait… the weather has just kept getting prettier & prettier!

Today, we’re sharing a few favorite images from our last 6 Spring 2014 mini sessions. We’ll be offering full family sessions during the summer, and hosting another mini session event this fall. Stay up-to-date with the McG Facebook page for an announcement of that date… spots go FAST!

We’ll start with Mari & Nathan, and their delicious little nugget of awesome, Ascher. We love this family, and are so honored that they make the long trek from West Texas every year to shoot with us!

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These two gave me my workout for the morning! They were kind and courteous, but just wanted to run… and ya know, I can’t blame them! That’s what spring makes me feel like, too! Luckily, we were able to bribe them long enough to get some sweet photos for their patient parents.:)

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We’re not dog whisperers by any means, but we DO love when people bring their fur babies to sessions. It seems like our pets relax us, and make us feel more at home… we love the feeling of this family’s images!

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We met Karyn at a wedding last year, and were so excited she followed through on her “threat” to book a mini session! Her kids were so much fun, and despite all their protests of awkwardness, I think they look pretty fab in front of the camera!

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Vanja is another of the photographers who booked a McG mini session this year! We’ve known her online for a long time, so it was strange to just now be meeting in person for the first time! We had beautiful light for her session with husband Adis and pup Bruno, which made narrowing down our “blog faves” even harder than usual.

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Our last family fought a stomach bug and crazy high school schedules to make their session happen… and they WON! This was such a completely fun bunch, right down to the rambunctious twins. We’re (not-so)secretly hoping they become mini session regulars!

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much, ALL the families over SIX mini session blogs, for putting up with temperamental weather and prioritizing your time with McG. We love these bi-annual mini session events, and we’re already thinking up something awesome for the fall event!

  • April 15, 2014 - 11:22 pm

    Monica - I love them all but I am so in love with the picture of Vanja and Bruno, it’s just so… Idk there is just something about a girl and her dog….

Tiffany & Michael AND Nikki & Ben Got Married!!

Our first Double Header Wedding Weekend of 2014!! We worked our tails off, but loved every second of it. These two weddings were so completely different, and both just exactly what our clients wanted. And really… at the end of the day, that’s what matters! You’re in love, you’re making it “forever official”, and you have a party that feels genuine. Mission : Accomplished!

As you can imagine, we have LOTS of editing work to do over the next few days before we can get started sharing all our favorite images from these events. But it just wouldn’t be Monday without a big ole Sneak Peek Blog post, so get excited… lots of pretty coming right up!

We started our weekend with Michael & Tiffany in Keller, who invited friends & family to celebrate their marriage in a quirky backyard event. Bright colors, blue skies, and lots of fun!

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And on Saturday, we hopped over to Plano for Nikki & Ben’s country affair, complete with boots & butterflies!:)

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Come back tomorrow for a round up of our last several spring mini sessions!

  • April 14, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Tiffany - Ermahgerd! Wer lerve therm!

  • April 14, 2014 - 10:09 am

    Nikki - Ahhhh!!!! How beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see the rest :) they are all awesome! LOVE YOU BOTH

  • April 14, 2014 - 10:37 am

    megB - Two beautiful couples, but you know I’m partial to the first! I can’t wait to see more – Eric and I were talking Saturday morning, and I think Tiffany & Michael’s event might be my very favorite ever. It was just so perfect.

  • April 14, 2014 - 11:32 am

    LeighAnn - Both weddings were so pretty. I am in love with the first one! The bright colors, her dress, her hair, her shoes…perfect! They are such a cute couple!!

  • April 14, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Sue P - You guys have the most creative ring pics! I always look forward to that one!

  • April 14, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Chelsea - Gorgeous! The first wedding looks like so much fun! I love the colors of the suits and bridesmaids dresses in the second wedding. Fabulous as always!

  • April 14, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    Rick Burnett - Wow – Stunning Bride! I am sorry I had to miss this event but it looked like it was and incredible Wedding!!! I am very Happy for yall!! See you when you get back so I can take yall out to dinner!

    Have a Blessed Honeymoon my friend!!

    Rick

  • April 14, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    bobbileigh - So excited wedding season is back in full force! Love the difference of these two with the colors and intimate setting of the first and the dreamy romantic feeling of the second. cant wait to see more.

  • April 14, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Christian U. - This makes me GIDDY!! I absolutely LOVE seeing the wedding details again .. SO much gorgeousness!! I am smiling at my computer screen EEK love your pictures McG :) ;)

  • April 14, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    Allison M - WOW. I waited all day to come home and drool over these. worth the wait. y’alls work is just amazeballs.