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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Kat & Justin | Mayfield Park Wedding

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Green, green, green. I pulled my gear through the tiny gate at Mayfield Park and was struck with the greenery. Tall trees, stones overgrown with ivy, and green-blue-flecked dragonflies hovered like glistening glances off the ponds. Kat and Justin wanted to share their tiny, intimate wedding with friends and family amongst nature, hidden near downtown Austin.

Their celebration was relaxed; a few chairs for family and the rest of their friends stood during the sweet ceremony officiated by Kat’s mother; décor was limited to perfect flowers dropped stem-first into Topo Chico bottles, and the remainder was what the earth provided: peacocks, ponds, and blue blue blue skies.

In the end, the newly married couple played corn-hole on the grass, family dealt hands of cards and giggled over Jenga. I loved being there with Kat and Justin. Here are a few of my favorites from their day.

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Credits: Mayfield Park; BCBG dress; Doug Anthony (guitarist)

Barbie & Simon | Star Hill Ranch Wedding

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A tiny sprinkling of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Barbie and Simon, two D.C. residents who decided to have their amazing wedding at Star Hill Ranch in Austin! Barbie channeled a bit of Eva Green with an unfussy up-do secured with baby’s breath, red-red-red lipstick and a radiant smile. And I’m so glad that Simon is representing the three-piece suit, which I don’t see enough of nowadays — he looked so elegant and so classy, even while he was dancing up a storm on the dance floor that night!

The celebration was huge, full of grins, and topped with gold glitter sequins and lots of heavenly-scented pies. I can’t even begin to describe it to you in words, so hopefully photos will suffice. Here are some of my favorites from Barbie and Simon’s amazing day in September.

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More credits: Star Hill Ranch; Loxodonta Events; Pink Avocado for catering and pies; Tavia at LucieMarie (makeup); A-Town DJ; Bouquets of Austin