Laguna Gloria Wedding

Laguna Gloria is a hidden Austin gem: so close to the city center, yet set near a calm river’s edge. A sanctuary full of flowers, art sculptures, and immaculately-shaped trees, Laguna Gloria is the perfect spot to host a wedding, and last spring I was lucky enough to join Caitlin McWeeney there. With the roses in bloom, a long and epic tablescape near the riverside edge covered in garlands, and a bounty of champagne and tacos, this was one fabulous wedding. I’d love to photograph another one there in the near future!

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Bailey & Jordan | Allan House Wedding

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It’s the little things: Bailey calling Jordan minutes before the ceremony, because she wanted to hear his voice before she walked down the aisle towards him. Jordan, holding Bailey’s dress train so that it didn’t get dirty. Koozies with drawings of their French bulldogs; cake toppers with their likeness and their dogs’ likenesses too.

That February Saturday shone with good weather — so good, the winter tent at Allan House wasn’t really required, but it warded off the chill once the sun set. This wedding was warm with love, bright with Stems florals, and delicious with multiple Polkadots cakes. What I loved even more than Bailey and Jordan’s obvious care for one another was their humor; every so often I’d catch them making silly faces at one another. Congratulations to these two lovely humans for getting hitched!

If you are friends and family of Bailey and Jordan, view their full gallery here.

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Credits: Allan House; In Her Shoes Coordination; Pink Avocado (catering); Polkadots Bakery; Greenbelt DJ; Stems (floral); Sarah Contey at Red Stella Salon (hair/makeup); BHLDN (dress, jewelry, hair ornament); Peg and Plum (cake topper); Steven Ross (officiant)

Iceland.

I’d never been so cold in my entire life. Who knows what compels a Texan to visit a place called Iceland in winter, during what is apparently one of the two coldest months of its calendar year? I tucked my hands deeper into my fleece-lined pockets and walked against the wind, hair whipping around like kite tails. I could feel sleet hitting my face and melting on my cheeks. Weather-proofed coats guaranteed for negative temperatures did a wonderful job insulating my middle body from the cold, but, coming from a place of inexperience and frugality, I didn’t own nor buy accessories that would mitigate the ice on exposed skin: earmuffs, woolen scarves, balaclavas.

Despite icicles for fingers, I was enamored with the visions of the countryside. Iceland is beautiful — probably one of the most beautiful places I’d ever laid my naked eyes upon. It has gained a lot of attention as a tourist hotspot, what with Beyoncé taking selfies in the snow in 2014, Bieber using the landscape as a backdrop for a music video in 2015, and countless photographers trekking there to share photos of Icelandic horses on social media. All of the hype is real. Waterfalls gushing over cliffs, mountains on one side and black-sand beaches when you turn your head; white frothy waves crashing against slate-grey basalt columns; white-out roads, clear skies salted with stars, the rippling, dancing northern lights changing color at midnight.

I traveled with a few of my favorite photographer friends: Jessica and Matt from LA, Kandise and André from Fredericton, Katie Jane from NYC, and Lauren from Edinburgh. We spent a week touring the south-west side of the island, going as far north as Reykjavíc and as far east as Vik. As far as visits go, ours is considered a shorter one, and I really hope to go back (perhaps during the summertime) to see the rest of the beauty Iceland has to offer.

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