NIKKI AND RYAN HAVE A BUNNY. That is when I knew we were a perfect match (it's a really great idea if you can find a wedding photographer you connect with). His name is Spencer and he's amazing. (Context: I have a bunny, too.) But this post isn't about Spencer, though Nikki and Ryan, bring me to your bunny and I'll photograph him and publish a post - scout's honor.
No, this post is about NIKKI AND RYAN!
They are amazing humans and I love them.
They laugh A LOT and when they do you feel like their best friend.
Also they realllllly like each other :)
Don't you just kind of feel like you know them? Their smiles are kind that way. I was already so happy to know them and then Ryan did this:
I love every single one of these photos. And I really love this soft focus one, too. I look at all of these and I just feel warm.
Alright, mixing it up again. Ugh, I love these two.
I can't waaaait for their August wedding where we may or may not have bunnies in attendance? Guys? Thoughts on me bringing Howie? Perfect, he'll be there.
Katie and Tyler LAUGH SO MUCH. That is my favorite. They are the kind of couple that's somehow simultaneously laid back yet also super organized. How is that even real? #Goals for sure. We danced around Town Lake in Austin, enjoying a (pretty) cool evening in June and talking about old times because I've known Katie since we were in high school youth group together. And shout out to Austin - you never fail to provide happy vibes and a really great backdrop.
I love them because they do fun stuff like this:
But also really sweet stuff like this:
The Austin skyline has changed SO MUCH in my lifetime. Austin is my hometown, so it's bittersweet to see so much change to the city. But there's also something warm and nostalgic about being there, even with all of the change. It's still my little home town with lots of trees and parks and lakes and back streets to avoid traffic. I'll always love Austin and it was really special to revisit that feeling with Katie and Tyler.
It had already been a really fun, joy-filled, pretty session, and I was happy. But then this moment happened, and I said a little thank you to my beautiful home town.
Katie and Tyler's wedding in Austin is just TWO WEEKS away and I'm pumpppped! Can't wait to celebrate with y'all and capture more joyful, happy moments!
I love Hannah and Alex. From the first moment I met them it was easy. They have this collective presence that just makes you feel at home. That's how their wedding day felt, too. The day was unique because their ceremony started at 11 am, which I really loved. It was fun to wake up with the sun and enjoy the morning light hours shooting their pretty, thoughtful wedding details at Cavalry Court.
Hannah hand wrote her vows. What a precious relic to keep forever! I think I'll suggest this to all my couples. Such a sweet idea.
This ring thoughhh oh my goodness. That is a black diamond nestled in between clusters of diamonds on either side. I wanted to use lavender in the detail shots because Hannah and Alex planned a lavender exit!
Hannah's dress is a Blush by Hayley Paige dress from BHLD and it is pretty much perfect.
Jo Malone perfume, lavender in paper bags, and another special detail: Hannah wrapped her beautiful self made bouquet (what?!) in her grandfather's scarf.
Hannah and Alex's day was unique for another sweet reason. Hannah has a daughter, Katherine, and her sister and sister in law's children were there as she was getting ready, too. Watching those little girls see their "Aunt Sunflower" in her wedding dress for the first time was way to precious to handle.
Sweet Katherine seeing her mom in her dress for the first time...
And of course, helping her primp too.
They are the sweetest mother and daughter. Hannah handles everything in life with such grace. As I watched her parent during her engagement and on her wedding day, I was so encouraged by her quiet strength. She makes me not want to take life so seriously and drink in every moment with grace, whether it's utter chaos around me or whether things are free and easy. She also makes me want to wear flower crowns and have a little girl one day so I can hug her like this.
With all the girlies prepping together in Hannah's room at Cavalry Court, it felt like the morning after a sleep over.
This is Hannah's niece, Charlotte, and oh. my. gosh. Her little face!!!
Look at these sweet girls!!! They loved to be around while Hannah was doing final touches on her make up and dabbing on perfume.
They had to get their finishing touches done, too. :)
While Hannah was doing some final touches before the first look, I went to get some shots of her groom.
This tie clip was a gift from Hannah. Isn't that a sweet idea?
Alex chose to wear maroon converse on his wedding day. I really love that.
He also picked out Hannah's wedding band by himself. I think he did a preeeetty good job.
Before the first look I grabbed some portraits of Hannah, too, and ohhhhh my heart. She's so beautiful peeking out at the ceremony spot!!
We did Hannah's bridal session in this gorgeous field outside College Station (blog post coming soon!), so it was fun to get some portraits of her indoors for a little bit of a different look.
Soon it was time for the first look! It couldn't have been more dreamy because right as Alex turned around the wind picked up and blew Hannah's amazing gown like it was a movie.
After the first look, we got some pre-ceremony portraits at different spots around the venue.
Aren't they such an attractive couple?! I love these shots by the pool. Cavalry Court has so many pretty spots and the design is so thoughtful and cohesive everywhere you go.
After some bride and groom shots, we moved on to the always-a-good-time bridal party portraits!
Oh and Katherine was there to make sure everyone was looking sharp. :)
I got to know all of these beautiful bridesmaids quite well. It's really cool to meet the people my bride and groom select to stand with them on their wedding day. It takes a tribe to do life, and Hannah and Alex have a really great one.
Before we knew it, it was time to get Hannah and Alex back into their rooms before guests arrived for the ceremony! Just a few moments left for laughs, final prepping before the ceremony, and prayer.
The outdoor ceremony spot at Cavalry Court is quite lovely. It made for a sweet space for the day to slow down for Alex and Hannah's ceremony. This is always one of my favorite parts of the day. I love hearing vows, watching friends and family laugh and cry in joy, and of course witnessing the whole reason for this day, the marriage!
The absolute coolest thing: the wind picked right as Hannah's brother, Jacob, opened the ceremony in prayer.
Yay they're a family! Time for more pretty portraits!
I stole the bride and groom away for another quick minute to get some just yay-we're-married shots!
There is a Texas flag made of books at The George. I'm sorry, what?!?! Hannah and Alex started to sing the Texas pledge and I was ashamed to discover I didn't know it...
Endless endless endless spots for photos at this venue.
Hannah and Alex used to go on weekly dates to restaurants in Century Square, so she wanted to get a few photos out there. Isn't that special?!
Eek they are so happy! Time to play at the reception.
Cute Katherine was excited to stand next to the Best Man and Matron of Honor during their toasts, and I thought it was just to add in little quips...
But I'm pretty sure she was just waiting for her chance to share a toast herself.
This precious girl talked about how, when she learned Hannah and Alex were getting married, she was afraid of losing her mom. My breath caught when she said that at first... but then she said she realized she wasn't losing her mom, but gaining a Dad. Katherine just turned eight. Eight! Oh my goodness my heart absolutely died listening to her sweet little voice on the microphone, talking about how happy she was for her new family.
This might have been my favorite moment of the day. I'm not sure how I made it through without crying honestly, haha.
After toasts the reception commenced with sweet greetings and a herd of happy, precious children stealing the show on the dance floor.
Ugh my heart. Katherine in the arms of her Dad!!
Soon it was time for Hannah and Alex to head to the honeymoon, and the lavender!!! The whole courtyard smelled like heaven!
But before hopping in the car, a sweet goodbye to precious Katherine.
MARRIED! Congrats Hannah and Alex. Your day was perfect and I was blessed to be a part of it!
Bridal Shop: BHLD
Dress Designer: Blush by Hayley Paige, "Hayden Dress"
Bride's Rings: Diamond Cutters International
Groom's Ring: Averie Jewelry (Etsy)
Venue/Catering: Cavalry Court / The George
Bride Flower Crown: Kochetova (Etsy)
Videographer: Tiny Forest Films
Photographer: Emily Boone Photography
I am giddy over Ashley and James.
Ugh they're so cute. And this is one of my fav shots. Butttt I love the one below too.
They are fun.
They are kind.
They are happy.
And they love each other.
Their December wedding at Peach Creek Ranch is sure to be beautiful, and their engagements at the venue were a sweet taste of what's to come. I laughed so much with them.
I was already really enjoying their engagement session,
AND THEN WE FOUND A FIELD OF WILDFLOWERS.
I love this one because James is cheesin so dang hard, haha ^
Also there's a firetruck in the field.
Also they brought their pups. :)
Peach Creek Ranch has so many pretty spots!
And shout out to Texas for awesome sunsets and ridiculously pretty country colors.
Also shout out to James and Ashley for being *supa* fun humans.
I'm looking at the photos and writing this post and I literally miss them haha. Can't wait until I get to take Ashley's bridals (MY FAV) in the fall, and then hang with these two again for their wedding in December!
Paige and Ryan are so. cool. Paige loves horses. Ryan loves outside. They love each other. Boom.
They were up for an adventure for their engagement session and drove out to my neck of the woods to find some awesome, secluded spots for their shoot. Their cute smiles kill me. What is it about guys smiling at their girl? Gahhh.
Also, we found a pink tree. A PINK TREE.
This is one of my favorite shots ever ^
Thank you Navasota back roads for your gorgeous country scenes. Could pass on the pot holes though tbh.
They laugh a lot and I really love that.
I reminded them they're getting married and this is what happened ↓
I'm so excited for their wedding in March that will now doubt be even more smiley and happy and fun! YAY.
Oh my gosh these two are good people. Their July wedding at Hus Encampment is going to be sweet and quaint, like a big happy family reunion but with dancing and a pretty white dress.
We ventured to downtown Bryan for their engagement session which made it really fun, because not only was it gorgeous, but I saw several friends while down there which made it feel even more small town homey. Bryan/College Station is such a cool area because though it is growing, it still has managed to retain that kind, friendly small town Texas feel.
Aren't they sweet? They are just so excited to be a family.
I love me some urban vibes, but you know we had to head to the nearest park to catch some nature scenes.
And I'm really glad we did, because then this happened:
Also we saw ducks, which is always an upper.
Ben and Krystal suuuper love each other and I'm so excited to shoot their Caldwell wedding in July!
I interrupt this feed of weddings, engagements and seniors with a gorgeous event I got to shoot back in April. People, get ready for whimsy.
All this and more is what colors the experience of Susie Davis's (aka my cute mom) Acts 246 Dinner, where women gather to break bread and seek Jesus.
Susie loves people through beauty, and this wouldn't be her event if it wasn't basically all white everything with touches of pink Geranium blooms, vintage linens, vintage china and silverware, and candles in abundance adding a little glitter to ambiance.
It also wouldn't be my mom's event if a local Austin artisan wasn't included and spotlighted in some way. She used these little turquoise ring dishes as parting gifts, which were made special for the dinner by the talented Julie Spako.
But once the tables were set and the candles lit, the real fun began when the guests began to arrive. My mom has childlike exuberance, and I think that makes people feel super loved and valued.
Little sister Sardy (Sara Regan of Davis Music) got some of those welcoming genes too.
Soon though, everyone has arrived and it's time to gather together, share a meal, and share our hearts. There was laughter. There were tears. There was joy, healing and encouragement. It was Acts 2:46.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
Though the sun eventually went to bed, we stayed late into the evening celebrating community (and birthdays) and worshipping under the stars.
If anyone out there needs a worship leader for their event, you can't do better than Sara. She can lead full band sets for huge DNow group. She masterfully ushers the Spirit into a room with a handful of women. She's gifted and anointed.
Being part of this event reminded me of the immense importance of community. I left grateful to have met and photographed so many women who deeply desire Christ-centered connection. Differences like age, interests and home addresses didn't matter. Regardless of it's packaging, every heart in attendance was seen, loved, and held gently in the arms of acceptance, encouragement and understanding.
I also left so grateful for my Mom, who cares for people deeply and loves Jesus with all of her being. If you'd like to get to know her better, I'm willing to bet the feeling is mutual. Encouragement and joy just explode out of her, and if you'd like to get some of that in your life, she hosts a podcast that is guaranteed to leave an impact. She also blogs, writes books, and is better at Insta than I am.
If you'd like to be part of the next 246 event with Susie, she has them regularly and would love to have you! Head to her website for more info.
When was the last time you heard someone use the word "affable"? Well, you're about to hear it because that's exactly what Ben is - affable. This is the most kind-hearted, fun, amiable senior guy out there. He's incredibly easy to talk to and so much fun to spend time with. Honestly, as a married woman in my twenties who spends her spare time home decorating and snuggling a bunny rabbit and taking baths anytime it gets below 80 degrees outside, my ability to relate to senior guys is pretty low. But that really didn't matter when I went over to Ben's home on Lake Travis to take his senior portraits. What you see is what you get with this one. Doesn't his smile just make you warm and happy inside? That's exactly what it's like to spend time with him. I left this session with a smile on my face, thanking God I get to do this for a living. Congrats Ben!
THROWBACK. I shot this couple's session back in early spring, before trees had color and the air was warm. Posting it today to remind myself to be grateful for heat because it brings such vibrant colors! However, winter offers a gorgeous landscape that I really love, too.
Cynthia and Cody are hilarious and fun and they love to play as you'll see below. Yes we did talk about Lord of the Rings the almost the whole session and no I do not regret that. It was a treat to spend time with these guys and find the beauty in a landscape right in the middle of a transition from winter to spring!
When spring arrived and the redbuds bloomed, I couldn't get my camera out fast enough! Small town Texas sure makes for a quaint background, doesn't it? All these old trees and pretty streets, not to mention the amazing churches, paint such a romantic backdrop for a gorgeous couple's session. Having great models helps too. :)
When Kenton and I moved to Navasota in the fall of 2015, we began to pray for friends. We knew maybe a handful of people in our new area, and soon found ourselves quite secluded in our new normal. One year later, God answered so faithfully with Heather and Joe. We laugh about how God ordained our friendship is. There are numerous overlaps in our lives. They were exactly what we needed in that season, and we were exactly what they needed in that season. God is faithful, and when we get dry, he gives us rivers in the desert.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
I can't even count the "new things" God has done in me and Kenton since he brought Joe and Heather into our lives. We are truly different people than we were before we knew them. We're new. And we're so much more aware about the extreme importance of community. God used the season of isolation for good. But when he brought these two into our lives, we grew and sharpened.
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
We love these two SO MUCH and we thank God for them constantly. Years from now, when our kids ask about our life before they came along, Kenton and I will say this:
"Well, we lived in a pink brick house in a teeny, tiny Texas small town named Navasota. Bowie was just a puppy then but his precious personality hasn't changed. For a few months we drank a lot of slurpees. We both regret and don't regret this. Mom had just started doing photography and Dad had just started his job at camp and was killing it. And we prayed and prayed for new friends, and God was faithful, because that's when we met your Aunt Heather and Uncle Joe!"
Thank you God for your faithfulness and for awesome humans like Heather and Joe!