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Kris + Daniel - Cinnamon Shore Wedding - Port Aransas, Texas

Last November I was given the opportunity to 2nd shoot/assist a fantastic husband and wife Video+Photo team, Juan Jose Photography. Juan handles the videography while his wife Rebekah takes care of photography! For this wedding they needed an additional photographer to capture all the details of the day and that is where I came in! 

I was so excited to be able to cover a ceremony at the absolutely stunning Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, TX. I absolutely love this venue. We showed up to capture the getting ready and detail shots before the ceremony was to start. The bridal party was staying in one of the luxurious homes just next to the lawn where the ceremony was to be held. 

Upon meeting Kris it was apparent that this wedding would be unique, in the best possible way! I mean how fun is a Steampunk inspired wedding with a slight nautical twist!?!  Florals in pinks and maroon complimented her slightly blush lace gown and sparkling pink bridesmaids dresses to perfection.  Steampunk boots and a feather headpiece brought her wedding theme in to her wedding day attire. To die for!! 

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Before the wedding we headed out to take some bridal party photos with the *drumroll please* Rolls Royce they had rented to take them from the house to the beach boardwalk for their ceremony. Daniel had his crew in navy blue and, veering from the traditional all male groomsmen, had 1 gorgeous grooms-woman. I loved the way she was able to wear the same dress as the bridesmaids while matching the groomsmen in color! 

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Kris's love of cephalopods (fancy word for squid and octopi) was incorporated flawlessly into every detail by Jo Anne with Oh Goodie Designs. From the invitations, to the bouquet, to the favors, and even the cake!! 

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In lieu of a normal (and maybe boring) guestbook, guests signed an insanely cool globe lamp. A series of Edison bulbs glowed down the head table, which had me obsessing and wishing I could go back in time and have Edison bulbs at my own wedding!  Topping off the steampunk theme was the coolest pyrotechnic display ever! Gears shot awe inspiring flames into the night sky every so often. It was really an incredible sight.  I can not be more grateful to have been a part of capturing such a truly unique and incredible celebration of love and marriage! I can't wait for the next Cinnamon Shore wedding I get to cover.

Whether you are having a unique wedding or something more traditional, I'd love to be the one to capture your day. Every detail! I know you work hard on it all! Send me a message and let's chat about what you want out of your wedding photography experience!

Whether you are having a unique wedding or something more traditional, I'd love to be the one to capture your day. Every detail! I know you work hard on it all! Send me a message and let's chat about what you want out of your wedding photography experience!

Kristin + Juan - Corpus Christi Engagement Session

Sometimes in life you click with a person before you even meet them. Everything aligns and you just know you are meant to be together.  That was the case for Kristin and me. You thought I was going to say Kristin and Juan didn't you! LOL …  from our first email she and I both knew that I was meant to be their photographer.

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We planned outfits, coordinated dates, talked mosquito repellant, and worked through the man phenomenon that is the sunglasses tan line before we ever met. When their session date came around I was so excited to finally get to meet Kristin in person. She hopped out of the car and we greeted each other with a hug like old friends before we headed down a trail to our first photo location. We quickly realized we underestimated the mosquito problem here in south Texas and had to abandon the trail. THOSE THINGS ARE WILD.... AND EVERYWHERE! It was okay though because we found a little shady spot with some gorgeous greenery for a background before heading to the boardwalk area. I jumped right into getting them all snuggled up and cozy. 

Hazel Bazemore engagement session

What says "engaged" more than lovey dovey cuddles? Nothing. They rocked everything I asked them to do despite the swarms of mosquitos. They danced, they kissed, they strolled all while being attacked and you would NEVER KNOW IT! 

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I just love the images we captured. I think they really portray their relationship. There is an obvious and easy love between them. The kind where you don't have to try too hard. Where you are each other's best friend and can laugh and be completely yourselves. I am so honored to have been able to do their engagement session and can't wait for their wedding next year!

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La Mirage - Port Aransas Wedding

     When I 1st got in contact with Toni & Craig it was only 2 weeks until their Port Aransas destination beach wedding! I just happened to be open that weekend and we were able to quickly get everything set for me to capture their day!  Since they were coming down to the Corpus Christi area from Oklahoma we scheduled time to meet up at La Mirage a few days before the ceremony to go over timeline and check out the venue and beach area where they would tie the knot.

     The day of the wedding was windy and sunny in Port A (it feels like all days are like that here!). The sun was beating down on these guys but they were such troopers! Some of my favorite photos were of the couple's baby girl! She looked so precious in her flower crown and clearly is SO loved.   

   

    Once we had taken photo's of the groom, some family shots, and the wedding party it was time to switch out the groom for the bride! They made sure never see each other before the ceremony.  Toni looked absolutely stunning in a form fitting strapless white lace gown.  Her hair pulled up into a curled ponytail with a cute incorporated braids was so perfect for this windy beach wedding!  

Can we talk about how lucky Craig is to have two such beautiful ladies in his life?!?!

 

      Despite the rental company being late to set up Toni remained calm cool and collected, trusting that the day would go as it should! It was really wonderful to see her so relaxed and just ready to marry her guy! A minor hiccup couldn't bring her down and when everything was set up it was well worth the wait. The mother of the bride and mother of the groom helped walk miss Gwen down an aisle lined with gorgeous flower filled lanterns. Toni's dad gave her away to a grinning Craig. The ceremony was officiated by Craig's brother in law for a personal touch and ended with a perfect kiss! Woohoo!

    After the ceremony the sun had finally dipped behind the condos and dunes and everyone could open their eyes again!  We took time to take group photos and some of Craig, Toni, and Gwen while the guests headed back inside to get ready for the reception. 

      We sent the last of the family and guests up to eat so I could take some couples portraits of just the bride and groom! This is always my favorite part of a wedding. Often times it is the 1st and only part of the day that a bride and groom get to spend some time alone to just enjoy each other and take in their new roles as husband and wife!  

   Sometimes a couple can be a little uncomfortable in front of the camera at first but that was not the case with Craig and Toni! I helped guide the basis of poses and then let them just do their thing. There is no denying the love and connection between the 2 of them which resulted in some pretty magical images! 

 

     At the end of the night I stole them away one last time for a creative dark shot on the beach. The wind made it chilly and we couldn't see a thing but the shot was so worth it!  It was such a pleasure to capture this day for them. They were a photographer's dream and I am so thankful that they chose me to be a part of it. I know this will be a wedding that I remember forever because of how easy they made my job! I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness and hope to work together again in the future!!

 

 

Proposal at Tortuga Cay

I was so excited when Alec contacted me about capturing the moment he propose to his girlfriend, Kelsey!  As a photographer I am all about "MOMENTS", and this is a BIG one!  Guys, trust me, hire a photographer to get those photos! (cough cough)

The BIG MOMENT!!!

Alec had already been to the aquarium and scouted out the perfect spot. Seas turtles are Kelsey's favorite animal so obviously it had to be Tortuga Cay at Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi! We got everything set in stone as far as where he would be, when he would be there, and who to look for and I stood in wait until it was time!

As I saw them coming down the stairs toward the turtles my heart raced with excitement and I had to remind myself to "act natural". They passed by me without a second glance (nailed it) and I was able to capture him getting down on one knee and her obvious "YES" and happy tears! Awww,  it makes me smile just thinking of it!

Sea turtles, dolphins, and starfish. Oh my!

Sea turtles, dolphins, and starfish. Oh my!

After giving them some time to just enjoy the moment and make all those important phone calls to family we met back up and took off to get some fun posed shots around the aquarium. Kelsey was such a great sport and let me take her brand new beautiful diamond ring and stick it in the touch tank with the starfish!! How epic of a shot is this?! I wish I had a picture of my ring on a cool sea creature!

Alec and Kelsey are both in the Navy so of course we had to get some shots with the USS Lexington in the background.  Taking their photos on this important and memorable day was such a pleasure and honor. They are truly some of the sweetest people and so blessed to have found each other. I wish them all the happiness in the world and hope to work with them again in the future!!

Do you have a fun proposal story? I'd love to hear yours, share in the comments section!!