Jessica & Jasen | Elopement at the Prairie

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“This is,” Jessica told me, “an honest-to-goodness elopement. Nobody knows.”

Four people.

Jessica, Jasen, Jasen’s brother Harrell (the officiant), and myself. Those are the people who were in attendance at Jessica and Jasen’s tiny elopement in Round Top. To say I was honored would be an understatement. These two beautiful people had been planning a big wedding, but life got in the way, and their plans were scrapped. And then… they just decided to go for it. They told their folks they were going to a nice little B&B out in Round Top for a weekend getaway, and orchestrated a gorgeous little wedding on the steps of a renovated barn. A fresh strawberry-rhubarb wedding pie from Royer’s completed the day.

I could gush on and on about how much I loved this teensy wedding and being a part of this lovely couple’s amazing day, but I’ll just let some of my favorite photos do the talking. And since their parents and friends know now, I can share freely! Congratulations, you two :)

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More credits: Venue is The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell in Round Top, TX; Jessica’s dress by Ruche & her wedding ring by Brilliant Earth; pie by Royer’s; florals by Tricia Barksdale Designs


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