Sydney & Bryan

I met Sydney & Bryan when I photographed Sydney's sister Bryana's wedding in June. When Sydney emailed me about her wedding shortly after, I had to resit the urge to answer with a million exclamation points. I was SO HAPPY to get to hang out with them again. Getting to know their friends and family during both of their weddings has truly been so much fun. They're a tight knit group, rich in love, affection, and tradition. They welcomed me right in and made me feel like we were old friends.

Even though Texas had a near record breaking cold front that weekend, we made the best out of the chilly weather and everyone huddled together and stayed as warm as they could. Not a single person complained about the weather and we just laughed our way through the wind gusts and celebrated their marriage. Sydney & Bryan, thank you so much for choosing me and bringing me down to your homeland to celebrate with you. Happy first week of marriage, you two!! 

 

Nina + Matt

When Nina and I met 4 years ago, I was working on a farm in rural North Carolina and she popped in for a little while to serve with us. I remember marveling at how cool, hip, and kind she was. Fast forward to a few months ago when I was SO HAPPY to get a message from her asking about wedding photography! They brought me up to Virginia to hang out with them for a few days in the super sweet little town of Ashland, just north of Richmond. The morning of the wedding I got to explore the town a bit and found a delicious little cafe to sit and make a plan for the day. 

One of the things I loved about Nina and Matt's wedding was how special the ceremony was to both of them. A lot of times the reception steals the show, but for them, the intimacy and intentionality of each aspect of the ceremony was what they wanted people to experience the deepest on their wedding day. They had an Anglican service, with scripture readings, prayers, worship, and blessings. They didn't even let not one, but TWO rowdy trains stop them from having a peaceful moment with the Lord to begin their marriage. The reception was lively, and beautiful, with wonderful food and a whole lot of dancing. They also had bubbles and games for all of the kids who attended, so of course I spent some time documenting all of their hilarity. 

I loved every minute of Nina and Matt's wedding, and wish we lived closer to each other so we could hang out! The only downside to destination weddings is that you eventually have to go home, and part with all of your new friends. Thank you both SO MUCH for your kindness, and I can't wait for you to see the rest!