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)

Kelly & Joseph | I Luv Video Engagement Session

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Whenever couples and I discuss engagement session locations, it’s usually a matter of what places are important to you? not just what places do you think would make a good backdrop? Joseph and Kelly check movies out of the (very) Austin video-rental spot, I Luv Video, and they often eat at Komé Sushi on Airport. So we made a little date out of it. Indoor photos during the hot summer months? Check. Some warm sake sipped throughout an air-conditioned engagement session? Check. Two laughing, smiling, happy people making photos in places that are near and dear to them? Check, check! Super excited about seeing these two again this fall for their wedding!

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