Aubrey & Mike | NYLO Hotel Wedding

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Blue sky mirrored in a blue pool. Warm sunlight reflected on warm smiles. Aubrey stepped forward while holding her father’s arm, taking her time walking down the “aisle,” a path from the eclectic palette of the NYLO Hotel to the outdoor ceremony space. The intimate gathering of Aubrey and Mike’s fifty closest friends and family was a happy bunch, and each person applauded and gushed to the couple after rings were exchanged and their announcement as “Captain and Mrs.!

The NYLO in Las Calinas was a veritable photographer’s playground, with mod furniture, textured walls, and fun lighting everywhere. After their ceremony, heartfelt toasts, a lot of cake and whiskey, and some dancing, we took the opportunity to explore and make some extra photos. I loved every bit of this wedding. Hopefully you’ll feel their happiness too.

If you are friends and family of Aubrey and Mike, you can view their full gallery of photos here.

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Credits: NYLO Hotel Las Colinas (venue & catering); A&L Floral; Tom Thumb (cake); DIY elements by bride’s brother (DJ) and bridesmaid Emily (MUA)

Alyssa & Randy | San Francisco Engagement Session

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I’ve had the honor of being flown out to shoot weddings, but this is a first: one of my couples, living in the Bay area and getting married in Texas, asked me to come out to San Francisco for their engagement session. “We love our new home,” Alyssa told me, “and would love to incorporate some of our favorite Bay places into our engagement photos.” From the bustling city center with gorgeous sun reflecting off of tall buildings, to the foggy sunset at Sutro Baths, to the place where Randy proposed (at night, on a pier at Embarcadero), this was a sweet and fun session showcasing their beautiful home and their relationship.

Super excited to see their wedding in New Braunfels this fall!

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Samantha & Lloyd | Cotton Mill Wedding

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We’ve had our fair share of intense rain this year, and Samantha and Lloyd’s wedding day started off with heavy, dark clouds and torrential rain that blew sideways as I dashed through the parking lot. Inside the McKinney Cotton Mill, Sam and her twin quietly and peacefully put on their finishing touches and hoped that the rain wouldn’t slow the guests down too much. There were some design casualties — the outdoor luminaria were drowned and soggy — but the rest of the wedding went off without a hitch. And during dinner, when the rain had let up but the clouds were bright tropical colors, the light was buttery soft and perfect. I love when the rain lets up right before sunset — the photos turn out gorgeous.

If you’ve been following me for a long, long time, one of Sam’s bridesmaids will look familiar to you: I photographed Lauren (Sam’s twin sister)’s wedding way back in 2011. It was lovely seeing Lauren and Jared again, as well as a number of other familiar faces :)

This wedding was gorgeous from start to finish. Be sure to scroll down for a full list of vendors. If you are friends and family of Samantha and Lloyd, you can view their gallery here.

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Credits: McKinney Cotton Mill; Fig Floral; Pappa’s Catering; Nothing Bundt Cakes; DJ Slo-mo; Adrianna Papell (dress); Kate Spade (shoes)