Emily & Ryan | West Texas Elopement

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This post may contain multitudes. Back when the internet was new(ish), I met Ryan — a teenaged boy living on the other side of the world — on Livejournal. We became pen pals, mailing packages across the Pacific; he in Australia, me in Texas. When he visited a mutual friend (also on LJ) in Canada, I also traveled to Ottawa to meet both of them, and we flew kites in Gatineau. The 2000s internet: totally awesome.

For years Ryan has told me that I would be the one to photograph his wedding, and I assumed it meant I’d finally be able to visit Australia (a continent I’ve never been to before), but when he and Emily began planning their wedding, they chose a tiny speck of a town in West Texas, based on a chapel they fell in love with. And so. In October I trekked out ot Marfa, they flew thousands of miles to my home state, and they had a gorgeous, solitary wedding — just the two of them and an officiant — in Balmorhea.

I loved meeting Emily, Ryan’s amazing and sweet fiancée, and it was amazing seeing Ryan in person again after a decade. I will always have a soft spot for Livejournal for bringing a few of my favorite people into my life. Congratulations to my favorite Aussies ❤️

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Credits: Thunderbird Hotel Marfa (home base!); Amanda at Love Equality – El Paso (celebrant); Calera ChapelThe Wild Standard (wedding flag)

Hayley & Andrew | Modern Classic Austin Wedding

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The grins that permeated Hayley and Andrew’s faces after their long kiss and long walk down the church recessional didn’t abate for the rest of the day; from ceremony to first dance to boogying down on the dance floor, the two were so excited to be married. (Just look at those just-married smiles above!)

I loved the classical cut of Hayley’s gown, the romanesque architecture of their church, and traditional choices of white blooms and buds in their florals — but the day felt like an updated classic, with an avocado bar at their cocktail hour, a live band singing top hits, and foam glow sticks passed around on the dance floor. With nods to tradition and making the rest of the day their own, this modern-classic wedding hit all the right notes. Congratulations again, Hayley and Andrew! (Be sure to scroll down to see a list of vendors!)

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Credits: Central Christian Church; Mercury Hall; Your Wedding, Your Way (coordination); I Love Wedding Design (florals); Barton Strings (ceremony music); The Royal Dukes (band); Premiere Events (rentals); Alicia Beller (makeup); Michelle’s Patisserie (bakery); D+H Lighting; Pappasitos (catering)

Austin Proposal | Botanical Garden Proposal

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Matt completely surprised Marisa with a proposal at the local botanical garden. Her sister, who was in on the plan, urged her to get a manicure and dropped her off to meet with Matt for a beautiful weekend stroll. In a secluded spot near the prehistoric gardens, Matt had set up a small picnic blanket and a photographer — me! I love hiding in plain sight; I shot photos of the dinosaurs (not real) and trees (definitely real) as Matt settled Marisa on a stone bench and read her a letter about how much he loved her. There were tears and giggles and hugs and smiles. Best wishes to the happy couple :)

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