I love the smell of Japan. I remember memories best with smells, and whenever I breathe in the scent of seaweed, hot rice, dry air, that sweet hay scent of tatami mats, and the heady perfume of warm soy sauce I just know that I’m back in my second home.

Our Japanese faltered, our sense of direction was awful, our reading comprehension failed us, but my sister and I had a wonderful time eating our way through central Honshu. With cousins acting as our guides, we spent three days in Tokyo and the rest of the time with our ever-growing family (and our ever-shrinking grandmother). Here are a few photos from Japan (taken mostly on a Canon EOS M & some with a Nikon D700). With captions for clarity :)

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Maria & Mitch | Trattoria Lisina Elopement

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It’s always amazing to me, to hear about people from different parts of the world, who find each other and fall in love. Maria, a Filipino living in Texas, and Mitch, a Canadian from Ontario, found each other one night in a small Texas town and felt a connection. Dating turned into a long-distance relationship, and this pair decided to go all-in and marry each other in Austin.

Their tiny ceremony at Chapel Dulcinea, attended by just his family and her family, was surrounded by intermittent downpours and then cloudy skies. The group dined at Trattoria Lisina in the Texas Hill Country, played Loteria, ate cupcakes, and sipped wine.

I can’t imagine a more perfect, low-key, and beautiful wedding day than this. It was a joy to spend so much time with these two happy families, and here are some of my favorite photos from Maria and Mitch’s small wedding.

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More credits: officiated by Sarah of Let’s Do It; gown by Kitsch Bitsch; rings by Alexis Russell (I am obsessed); hair by Eye Candy Salon; videography by Two Fish Weddings

Chris & Erica | A Downtown Austin Proposal

Hand in hand, they talked towards the beautiful Texas Capitol building. They took a few selfies in front of the building. They talked and kissed quietly. But what Erica didn’t realize was that her life was about to change. Unbeknownst to her, Christopher had picked out a gorgeous ring months earlier during SXSW and it was burning a hole in his pocket. He called her family ahead of time and asked that they fly in from Pennsylvania. Friends and family were waiting in anticipation at the Red Room downtown, sipping glasses of pre-celebratory red wine and waiting for the happy couple to burst in with the news.

On the Capitol grounds, Christopher pulled the ring out of his back pocket and got down on one knee.

Erica said yes.

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