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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Caroline & Mitch | 5226 Elm Wedding | Houston

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Caroline and Mitch packed up and moved from Houston to New Orleans after they hired me to shoot their wedding, and every photo shared on Caroline’s Instagram made me want to stroll down the streets of the Big Easy sipping drinks and soaking up the sun. We met for the first time on their wedding day at the amazing and modern 5226 Elm in Houston, but it was like we were friends already. The two invited so many of their friends and family that the venue was packed with well-wishers, along with the delicious smell of Tex-Mex, and the sounds of their live band.

I can’t get over the beautiful small touches — Caroline chose her turquoise earrings from a shop on Portabello Road in London specifically for her wedding, for example — that made this wedding so special. And who could forget the funfetti cake!!!, Caroline and Mitch’s dog “hosting” cocktail hour, and the Shinyribs rocking out the reception?

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More credits: Bloom Makeup Artistry, Culinaire Houston, desserts by Fluff Bake Bar, Hair by Liz, lighting by Impressive Events