Chelsea surprised Matt with engagement photos at Hotel Ella for his birthday - how much sweeter can you get?! They also brought their two adorable dogs, all dressed up in fancy wedding attire. Chelsea & Matt were a lot of fun to work with - and the hotel is gorgeous. Check out their session below - click to enlarge.
As a Christmas surprise, Chase & Jenn and Cassie & Tyler surprised their parents with their first ever family photo shoot! I set out to their new home in Texas hill country and marveled at the scenic drive - Texas is truly beautiful! Upon arrival I met the family dogs - who are all just bundles of love, by the way - and we got started. Here's a selection of my favorite images from the shoot - click to enlarge.
Brad & Kayla have been dating since high school, so it made sense that their wedding theme was At Last! Throughout their big day, it was evident that Brad & Kayla are meant to be together, like mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly and butter & toast. They shared the sweetest looks and the most joyful laughs. I am sure they are going to have a long and happy life together!
After arriving at the St. Michael Church, I photographed Kayla getting ready. We had some time afterwards to capture some bridal portraits while my second shooter, Alex, took some time to capture some portraits of Brad.
Brad & Kayla's ceremony was beautiful. I particularly liked the Father's message. He even asked everyone if they knew any other languages. He was very excited when Alex said he knew German and expertly worked that into his message.
After the ceremony, we took some portraits around the gorgeous church and then hopped on the bus to head to the reception. We made some stops along the way. First stop was to visit Brad's other two loves - Dolla, Brad & Kayla's beloved puppy (you may remember her from their engagement shoot - she's such a sweetheart!) and his sports car. Our second stop was along a stretch of dirt road to take some portraits in the countryside. Finally, we stopped at Brad & Kayla's favorite bar to dance a bit and play some pool.
Kayla & Brad did an excellent job of decorating their reception hall - it was beautiful! All of the little details were what really made it magical. The bridal party danced their way into the hall to cheers and applause. They got the night started off right with touching and funny toasts. Brad & Kayla's amazingly talented aunt handmade their cake - it was as delicious as it looked! After the traditional dances (first dance, father & daughter, mother & son) and the bouquet toss, Brad surprised Kayla with a dancing lip-syncing performance as he retrieved her garter! Brad makes an amazing crooner. The night ended with a consistently full dance floor, lots of laughter and even a little bit of air guitar.
Brad & Kayla - what can I say?! They are adorable - Kayla has GORGEOUS big brown eyes and Brad sports a goofy smirk. But then I met Dolla! Who also has big brown eyes, a goofy smirk and enough energy to run around a park for two hours! Dolla also has a penchant for giving kisses and inspecting my camera. After a fun session with these three, I am super pumped for their wedding in September!