AH! So this one is special.
Actually, they're truly all special. Being part of someone's wedding day is an incredible honor. But this one is special because I've known Shelby for a long time. Since I became a wedding photographer, I always dreamt of shooting her wedding. When I started doing weddings she wasn't even dating anyone yet, I just knew that one day I wanted to shoot her wedding! So when she got engaged and told me she and Ben wanted me to shoot their Austin Hill Country wedding, I was so thrilled!
Like I said, I've known Shelby for a long time. I'm not even sure how long. But our relationship has so many layers, a favorite of mine being that we worked at a church together for one summer. She basically kept me sane and alive that summer. Shelby is the kind of person you can always count on. So when I heard she had found a guy she could always count on, I was over the moon overjoyed for her!
Watching my sweet friend go through her wedding day and getting to document it for her was so amazing. She was just g l o w i n g with joy all day!!!
Shelby had her mom and Ben's mom help her put her dress on. It was such a special way to honor both of these women how are such a big part of her life.
Ben and Shelby opted not to do a first look. So instead, they exchanged notes to one another.
This was one of those wedding day moments you never forget: a mom telling her daughter how proud she is of her, how she's prayed for this day, how she's ready for marriage.
Shelby also did bridesmaid and dad reveals. The two reactions were as sweet as they were different.
These sweet friends also had note for Shelby to encourage her on her wedding day!
Then the sweetest Father-Daughter reveal!
UGH isn't Shelby precious?!
Meanwhile, back with the guys, Ben is really enjoying the hill country escape of their venue (a gorgeous private home in Austin) by chilling out by the pool!
But pool time had to end eventually and it was time for the men to dapper themselves up.
Shelby wrote a note for Ben every day in a journal, the final note being one she wrote for their wedding day. I love this idea, and it's actually what I did for Kenton when we got married!
Everyone is dressed and ready and excited for some of the happiest photos of the day: bridal party pics! This group of ladies and gentlemen were so fun to hang out with! I didn't want this part of the day to end because they were so fun to photograph!
Gotta love a group of rambunctious groomsmen.
These wedding days really fly by. Soon it was time to pray and prep for the ceremony!
They did it! Happy happy happy!
This is one of the best parts of the day: photos with the bride and groom right after the ceremony, capturing that sweet, just married feeling.
I've known Shelby for a number of years, and let me tell you: never has her smile been more joyful than when she's with Ben.
Isn't it funny how just looking at photos of Shelby and Ben you can tell how suited they are for each other? They're just the perfect match!
Brides, it will always be my goal to get a shot of your groom that makes your knees weak.
Finally it was time to for the bride and groom to eat, drink, and be merry!! But not before I grabbed some shots of their dreamy front yard reception details!
Shelby and Ben's first dance was like a movie. Lit by string lights and moonlight, they danced their first dance as husband and wife.
Okay so right before Shelby and Ben were going to leave, the sprinklers suddenly turned on where everyone was dancing!! So like any good bridal party, instead of fleeing the scene, a few stayed to brave the streams of water, and I have to say, these are some of my favorite shots of they day!
But we couldn't play in the sprinklers forever because the newly weds had to make their sparkler exit! I just loooove this photo of Shelby's mom. Isn't she precious?!
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Nikki + Ryan
A Carriage House Houston Wedding || College Station Wedding Photographer
The moment I met Nikki and Ryan I knew I wanted to 1) know them more and 2) shoot their wedding. They just radiate kindness, joy, and a love for Christ. They also radiate love for one another. Well, I sit here grateful beyond measure, because both of my wishes came true! I truly consider Nikki and Ryan dear friends of mine, and I shot their wedding! Which by the way, started with very heavy rain up until about 2 pm. Like hard core, Texas throwing a tantrum kind of rain. Yikes.
But guess what? Here's how the day ended:
Ah God is good! By 2 pm the rains had completely subsided. But even when it was pouring, you'd have never known. Nikki and Ryan had such sunny attitudes you'd have thought it was clear skies and 70 degrees outside. But rain or shine, from borrowed blue details to bubble exit their wedding day was stunning!
I wasn't kidding about the sunny attitude. See what I mean? ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ Nikki was full of faith and just pumped to hang with her girls and marry her man!
Speaking of girls, this crew was amazing. So fun, so kind, so sweet. Spending time with Nikki and her girls as they prepped for the day was wonderful. And look how beautiful Nikki is writing her note to Ryan!!
Love these bridal suite details.
Nikki and Ryan did a gift exchange before the wedding, and Nikki's reaction to his gift is precious.
Just look at these sweet friends rejoicing at the sight of Nikki in her dress!
Then this just happened. I told you these were sweet girls!!
What a moment: a father (and brother!) seeing the bride for the first time in her dress!
Now time for some bridals!
Meanwhile, Ryan and his crew are hanging out at the other side of the venue, playing cards and getting ready!
How cute is this groom writing his note to Nikki outside alone on the porch?!
Nikki liked it.
Before long it was time to pray and head to the ceremony!!!
So, before these ceremony photos begin, I have to preface and say this was one of the most special ceremonies I've witnessed. Nikki and Ryan love Jesus passionately and opted to have a time of worship during the ceremony. I don't have a lot of words for how it felt in the room at that time, so I'll let photos speak for themselves. But to offer just a small notion, it was holy and beautiful! Also, all of Ryan's faces kill me!
One of my favorite photos: a sister looking at her brother as he's about to become a husband. And below, a mother of the bride looking at her soon to be son in law.
Ryan's face!! Just beyond elated to take Nikki as his wife.
My favorite: post ceremony bridal party PARTY!
This is a fun group of guys right here.
And of course major love for the ladies!
Nikki and Ryan decided not to do a first look on their wedding day, so after bridal party portraits and before the reception was the perfect time to give them some moments alone for these giddy, glow-y, happy just married photos!
Time to PARTY!! And I just have to say, the reception details and decor were out of this world beautiful!
Nikki and Ryan - you two are absolutely the most fantastic humans!! Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer!
I got so wrapped up in their beautiful day that I totally forgot to get a posed photo of the three of us, but my awesome 2nd shooter hubby grabbed this one for me which is probably a more accurate picture of what it's like to know Nikki and Ryan: even on their wedding day they are generous with their love and kindness and will take the time to laugh with you even during their wedding day portraits!
Venue: Carriage House Houston | Planning: My Event Angels | Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie | Bride's Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger | Bride Rings: David Garner's College Station | Groom Ring: Manly Bands | Dinner: Alicia's Mexican Grill | Desserts and Cake: Montgomery Bakehouse | Florals: HEB Blooms | Hair: Rusted Pearl Salon | Makeup: Samantha Loesch | Videographer: Lizzie Allen | Menswear: Macy's | Photography: Emily Boone Photography
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This day was just full of bright. From the moment I took the first detail shot to the last photos of the exit, this wedding day was joy-filled and SO FUN! The ever-unpredictable Austin weather was perfect (storms danced around the venue while we stayed dry and sunny) and everything went perfectly smoothly.
Though a smooth timeline is always lovely, the most special thing about Katie and Tyler's wedding day was them. They were nothing but giddy and exuberant from beginning to end. They could hardly wait to be married and were both filled with joyful anticipation, which made the day so wonderful and whimsical!
Katie's girl's were so sweet and fun, making her prep time bouncy with Beyonce tracks, duh, and special with bubbly drinks and ooh's and awe's all throughout her hair and makeup process.
Look at her cute tiny tatoo!
Katie and her mom are like Lorelai and Rory. They're dear friends as well as mother and daughter. Their first look was so sweet and special. I love the proud mother look she has in the shot below.
Katie's bridesmaids were equally sweet for their first look too!
Katie was a stunnnning bride!
Tyler and his guys were equally exuberant. Guys helping each other get ready for a wedding is one of my favorite things. I'm not sure why. It just makes me happy.
Before we knew it, the time for Katie and Tyler's first look had come. Katie made her way downstairs to meet her groom.
Tyler was so excited he couldn't not smile! He waited for her with so much anticipation.
I'm so in love with this big oak tree. We used this spot for so many shots because those branches were just too beautiful and romantic. It was like a movie.
This is the face you make when you just saw your groom for the first time on your wedding day and you can't wait for the ceremony!
But first, group portraits! Their bridal party was so fun. I have a habit of calling people "humans" in conversation, and I do so a lot when orchestrating groups for portraits. If you know me, it's familiar and part of my personality. If we've just met, it may be confusing and weird, haha. One groomsman retorted, "Humans... are you an alien?!" So, I'll take this time to say something to any future bridal party humans I'll interact with: I apologize in advance for whatever weird things I say/do to get you in a line for photos!
And finally, Katie and Tyler get what they want: TO GET MARRIED!
My dad is a pastor and I've seen him officiate many a wedding, so I've seen this funny little trick before (he did it at my wedding!), but the bride and groom's reaction is always the same. Katie and Tyler's officiant paused slightly after the final prayer, making Katie and Tyler wait to kiss and seal the deal. It always ends up being a happy, funny, final moment in the ceremony!
And they're MARRIED!!!
One of my favorite things to do is follow the bride and groom wherever they go after the ceremony because it always ends up being a chaotic hurricane huddle of giggles, happy hugs, and blurts of "OH MY GOSH WE'RE MARRIED!!!!"
Crazy, congratulatory chaos!
Another one of my favorite parts of a wedding day: bride and groom portraits after the ceremony. This is where I usually have a little more time to be creative, go with the flow of the moment, and get some really happy photos of the bride and groom with that just married glow! And Katie and Tyler were realllly glowing :)))
I also take this time to grab a few more shots of the bride because I mean can you ever have too many bridal portraits?
Okay back to bride and groom shots because you really can't have too many of those either.
These moments in front of the white house almost didn't happen. We'd actually just finished portraits and were walking back to the reception hall. But as Katie and Tyler past through that window of light I was like, "WAIT!!!!" Their sweet coordinator Debi witnessed the whole thing, haha. Sorry Debi! Glad I stopped them though, because these are some of my favorite shots of the day!
And now time for another favorite part of the day - the reception!
Katie's face kills me, haha! She's so expressive and funny. Her mom had just made a great toast joke and Katie's playing along :)
This reception was SOOOO FUNNNNN. I just love receptions. I always have. As a participant, as a photographer, I don't care - I'm just all about wedding receptions. Seriously, taking photos of people dancing with crazy neon lights and a happy-wedding-bliss-buzz is one of my favorite things!
But also for happy newlyweds ^ :)
I had ridiculous amounts of fun documenting this amazing couple's wedding day! Thank you so much for choosing Emily Boone Photography to be your wedding photographer, Katie and Tyler! Congratulations!
Venue: Antebellum Oaks | Planning: Calliope Events | Dress shop: Unbridaled | Dress Designer: Venus | Bride's shoes: Steve Madden | Rings: Wilson Jewelers | Dinner: Dagar's Catering | Desserts: Lonestar Bakery & Round Rock Doughnuts | Floral: HEB Blooms | Hair: Diana Schmidt | MU: Tatum Apel | DJ: Byrne Rock | Photography: Emily Boone Photography
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This was a camp wedding, y’all. The whole day from details to dancing was drenched in community. Aunt played coordinator, family friends made (an awesome) dinner, Dad was DJ.
Krystal and Ben are the first Hus Encampment couple to get married at the camp, and though it is a summer camp in all it’s Texas Summer camp glory, they did an awesome job making it beautiful for their wedding. So many pretty, delicate details.
As the wedding photographer, I have the privilege to spend quite a lot of time with both the bride and groom separately and together on the wedding day. I love all of my couples, and getting to spend this time with them is seriously one of my favorite parts of the job. Essentially, they hire me to stalk - er - observe them all day, and watching their individual transitions from hanging with their friends separately to the first look is the besssst every time. The difference with Krystal and Ben was so evident. They were both lovely, light hearted, and easy going all day. But when they finally got to do the first look and just be together, oh my goodness, the sweetest change. You could tell that as soon as they were together, it was like they were home. They instantly became the best versions of themselves when they were together. Isn’t it beautiful how a person can do that, make you better? Right before Krystal walked up, Ben said his heart was just beating out of his chest. Heart-eyes!
Krystal and Ben's roots run deep at Hus Encampment, from their family to their courtship, and now to their marriage. To them, this camp is sacred, and it provided a safe, special place for them to start their life together. Even more special, the outdoor chapel where they got married is dedicated to the memory of Krystal's grandfather, a patriarchal figure at the camp.
Put me in a field that is special to a bride and a groom and I'm in my happy place. Ben told me that he once rode a bike into the pond behind this field. That is #summercampthings 100%. I think it is so cool that Krystal and Ben chose to start their marriage in a place that has been integral in their lives, both separate and together, for so long. Camp holds so many special memories and moments for them, and now it is the sacred place where they got married!
Time for good grub, home-made brownies, confetti filled Nothing Bundt Cakes, fizzy filled cheers, and happy bulb light dance parties!
Krystal and Ben did a "Grand March" entrance into the dance party, which is something I've never seen before and includes all of the wedding guests. It made for a really fun beginning to the dances and a really different, fun bride and groom first dance!
While the dance party was still hippin and hoppin, Krystal’s dad snuck up to me and told me they had a big surprise for the exit. They sent them off with a Big Bang and ended the night with an awesome light show! Krystal and Ben have the sweetest community who wanted to love them greatly as they stepped into their marriage.
Dress Shop: Joann's Bridal and Formal
Dress Designer: Stella York
Bride's Shoes: Circle G by Corral
Rings: Kay Jewlers
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Floral: Undivided Flower Co
Photography: Emily Boone Photography
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
Happy doesn't even begin to describe what Amanda and Victor's wedding day felt like. This afternoon in January was just over the top, completely ridiculous, totally unadulterated, fully engaged J O Y ! But the tender hearted affection and whole hearted love was not to be outdone either. Wow, this couple overflows with selfless, passionate love for one another. This was a wedding that had me crying laughing at Amanda and Victor's hilarious friends during bridal party portraits, and then just plain crying during the ceremony. And can you tell I don't even remember the reception?! It just flew by in such dazzling, neon, joy-filled, nonsense FUN that I look at the photos and think, "did that really happen?!" Truth: after the wedding I made a playlist featuring many of the reception songs just so I could remember what that reception felt like. You know it was an amazing wedding when even the photographer gets wrapped up in the love and joy.
Okay but I also have to address how gorgeous it was. This little farmhouse wedding is one I'll never forget. Friends of the groom opened their countryside abode, complete with white farmhouse and big red barn, while more friends and family came together with flowers and cookies and cakes to make this a knock out day. It was such a gift to be part of this wedding, and I'll look back on these photos with joy forever!
Vintage plates. Fall leaves. Whimsical florals. Maroon lips. Delicate gown. Rose gold accents.
This 'fall at the ranch' inspired styled shoot is what dreams are made of. The weather was golden delicious in the Texas hill country and local passersby wished the couple congratulations as they stood in the warm glow of 4 o'clock fall sun. From the sleepy farm table who normally resides on the ranch house porch, to the carefully collected vintage flowered plates, all things simple and shabby chic were wed together in bright, beautiful bliss for this photoshoot in the country. Who wouldn't want to share a secluded afternoon meal beneath friendly oaks on a borrowed, beautiful family of found and foraged treasures? The delicate rose gold rings, necklace and bracelet from Calvin's Jewelry add subtle glimmer, while the winsome, whimsical blooms via Earl Grey Floral anchor the aesthetic to earthy, wholesome fall tones. Audrey Rose Makeup takes our bride's natural beauty to the next level of vibrant, while Blush Bridal Lounge supplies a Tara Keely gown with the perfect amount of lace and lovely flowing lines that don't mind a little dancing when the wind decides to come and fill us all with wonder. Finally, Adeline Designs wrap the entire escapade in perfectly placed curling cursive calligraphy. And what better way to end such a delightful day than by taking a romp through the field on the John Deer at sunset?