Kristin + Juan Garduno Wedding | The Ranch at San Patricio | Corpus Christi, Texas

A little over a year ago Kristin emailed me to schedule some engagement photos. It was one of those connections that was just instant and by the end of their engagement session she said “I want you to do our wedding!”. Like heck yes!!!! I can honestly say it was a complete honor to get to work with Kristin and Juan. Their love is the easy kind, easy like Sunday morning I think was once said.

Their wedding day was filled with personal sweet touches, like handwritten letters to each other that they read pre-ceremony. Juan’s letter to Kristin, which she didn’t read out loud except for a small little bit written on the outside of the folded up treasure had ALL of us in tears. Thank goodness she waited until after to get her makeup done… the rest of us weren’t so lucky!

Their ceremony ended with a butterfly release was a first for me to get to photograph. It was so fun seeing the reactions on guests faces and getting shots of Kristin with her butterfly before it took of into the sky.

I will save all the details for a more formal blog post when I have gotten all of their photos finished and gallery delivered. For now here is a slideshow with some wedding highlights and just a glimpse of their love filled incredible wedding day!

Venue: The Ranch at San Patricio

Dress: Enzoani purchased from Olive Grace Bridal in San Antonio

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Videography: TWINS Medie

Catering: Marco & Co Catering

DJ: E.M.Z. Entertainment

Invitations: Dreaming in Paper

Makeup: Vivi LaGrand

Men’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Cakes: Pretty One Cake Co.

Corpus Christi Bridal Session | Heritage Park


Chelsea might be the most beautiful middle school math teacher ever. Am I right?!? She got in touch with me just a couple of months ago to schedule some bridal photos. She already had a wedding photographer, and was getting married in New Braunfels but thought she would like to have some bridal portraits done to display at her reception! We decided on Heritage Park in downtown Corpus Christi. The sweet pastel colored historic houses and garden courtyard feel seemed to fit Chelsea’s soft, full, and fun gown perfectly! Her fiancé also requested that she get some photos in her gown by the water so we made a quick last stop at one of the Miradores on the Corpus Christi Bay near the American Bank Center. One of the reasons Chelsea chose this dress was because it was FUN! So of course we had to make sure her bridal photos showcased that which meant a lot of twirling, and showing off the movement of the layers and layers of tulle! I am so excited to finally be able to share these photos and hope you love them as much as I do. Wishing Chelsea and her new hubby all the happiness in the world and safe trip on their honeymoon!!! Can’t wait to work on future sessions and life milestones <3

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Adrienne + Michael - Art Center Corpus Christi Wedding

Last year Adrienne contacted me looking for a photographer to cover her wedding celebration. She explained how she and Michael had gotten married at the courthouse when he was working out of state. Now her dad wanted them to have a wedding reception so all the family could celebrate together!

Their wedding day was very laid back and simple. They decided last minute that they would have a ceremony too. We started out with a few shots of the beautiful floral details and décor. Then headed to the little park nearby for some family group shots. Being a Corpus Christi wedding photographer has gotten me incredibly used to dealing with wind, but this day was exceptionally windy so we adjusted the plan and continued the group photos at the beautiful staircase in the courtyard at the Art Center.

I asked Adrienne to come up to the breezeway for a few quick bridal photo’s, which she totally rocked! Then it was time for their quick ceremony before moving right on to the party! A sweet first dance followed by mother/son dance and father/daughter dance, then cake cutting led straight into dancing the night away with their friends and family!

It was clear how loved and supported they are by their entire family and such an honor to be able to document their beautiful celebration of love.

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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!

5 Tips for the Perfect 1st Kiss Photos - Corpus Christi Weddings

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There you are in your fancy gown, the love of your life staring lovingly into your eyes. Your closest friends and family there to bear witness to your commitment of life and love. The officiant proclaims "I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride."  At last!  

Your FIRST KISS marks the beginning of your journey into married life.  Brides love to have this iconic moment to share on social media, announcing their marriage officially.

Here is a list of photographer approved tips to help you ROCK your first kiss and get the perfect first kiss photos.

* Make sure your hair is out of your face - nothing ruins a 1st kiss photo like not being able to actually see the kiss!  The bride traditionally stands on the left side which means the right side of your face will be to the camera.  Be sure to ask your hair stylist to keep any hair that will be down to the left side.  If you will be having an outdoor ceremony don't forget the possibility of WIND. I highly encourage my outdoor brides to have their hair styled up or half up.

* Have a 2nd photographer - there are a plethora of reasons having more than one photographer at your wedding is important and your first kiss is one of them. Having a photography team means more angles to choose from. This moment happens so quickly we only get one shot at catching it. Which brings us to the next tip.

* Take it SLOW - take a moment before going in for the kiss... take a breath, move in slowly, and kiss longer than 3 seconds. Not only will this help your photographer get to take a couple more shots but your guests will be taking pictures as well and cell phone camera shutter speeds are much slower. You will get clearer sharper photos if you limit moving in and out quickly!  If you aren't comfortable with a long slow kiss with such a large audience, opt for a 2nd kiss or a 3rd. It is your wedding afterall!

* Just the 2 of You - Before the ceremony ask your officiant to move to the side before the kiss. Having them in the photo doesn't always ruin it but many times if they stay behind we end up with unidentified limbs coming out from behind the kissing couple.

*Mind your hands - the most successful 1st kiss photos have the couple with their hands purposefully placed. Hands grabbing the face always looks romantic in the movies but in the real world and for photo purposes they look much better when gently placed on the hips, upper arm, or chest of your significant other. Keeping them away from the face ensures we get a clear shot of that marriage sealing kiss.

I hope this leaves you feeling confident and ready for YOUR 1st kiss. Don't be scared to practice. I'm sure your fiancé wont mind.

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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!!