Alley & Chad | Pop-Up Wedding in Mueller Park

Swathes of tulle and grand high heels. Alley swished through the grass at Austin’s Mueller Park in her layered bridal gown, as if she had stepped off a runway. Brooklyn, Alley and Chad’s pup, led the way on a leash.

They had planned on a big wedding at a lovely downtown venue, but scrapped that idea for this one: smaller. More intimate. At their favorite park where they love to take Brooklyn. With less than twenty people in attendance, and taking over a tiny corner of the grounds overlooking the duck-filled lake, Alley and Chad exchanged vows on a sunny Friday afternoon.

Here are a few of my favorite frames from that day.

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Tatiana & Daniel | Intimate Wedding at Olive & June

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Let me share one of the best moments of Tatiana and Daniel’s nighttime wedding at olive & june. The vows were read, the couple laughed throughout their ceremony, and the sun had set. Dish after dish was brought out to the long table of twenty-something friends and family gathered for this intimate celebration. Tatiana had a contingent of fellow Brazilians, and people toasted the couple with short, anecdotal speeches. Finally, Daniel stood up and thanked everyone for attending. “We’re so happy you could all be here because in eight months Tatiana is expecting…”

He paused for effect, as everyone at the table started whooping and clapping. “…to become a US citizen,” Daniel finished. The applause gave way to laughter.

And that is the kind of wedding Tatiana and Daniel put on. It was gorgeous, it was full of intimacy despite multiple languages, it was small, and it was perfect. Even looking through the photos now for this blog post, I can hear Tatiana’s amazing laughter. Love, love, and love.

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Coty & Bob | Engagement Session at the Menil

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I grew up in Houston and the Museum District became my second home for a while. When Coty and Bob suggested that we shoot on the Menil Collection’s lawn, I was ecstatic that I’d get to see the gnarled branches of my favorite tree. Because Houston has this amazing quality of light — it almost shimmers. Coty and Bob snuggled up, laughed amongst each other, and let that orange glow warm them from head to foot. I’m so excited about their wedding next year, but first, a few of my favorite photos from their engagement session…

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