During our initial consultation Allison & Colton told me first hand: we are awkward and not photogenic. We also don’t show emotion - so good luck getting our portraits taken on our wedding day. They must have referred to another couple because I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get these beautiful portraits. They are also the sweetest couple I know and together we explored the botanical gardens, downtown Austin, shared laughs and captured amazing memories! I truly can’t wait for their wedding day this November!
This past few homecomings I have photographed have brought home hundreds of soldiers and reunited thousands of loved ones separated by 9 long months and many dusty miles. While some families have experience this before, my darling client Danielle was a newbie at this and patiently waited 266 days to see the love of her life. I couldn’t tell who was more excited and emotional about what was about to happen: Danielle or her two beautiful daughter Vivian and Cora (or me).
This time around the homecoming time was changed so many times, even delayed by weeks, that no one had any patience left, but this was the first time when I met someone who remained calm until the last moment, never losing her mind from the constant curve-balls that the Army likes to throw.
With a cool head and a longing heart, Danielle took care of her babies and patiently waited until the buses showed up and we saw them through the glass doors. I think that was the first time it truly hit. It was finally feeling real. They were back! Just minutes away from finally being reunited. This was the moment when the tears started to fill up, and the heart started pounding like crazy.
Vivian held mommy close, while Cora wondered what what the commotion all about. All until the doors opened and the troops started to march towards us. Tears streaming down everyones’ faces (including mine, even now while I write this). It was the sweetest reunion as Danielle and the girls couldn’t hold it anymore and just darted towards their dad to finally hold and kiss him! Welcome back SGT. Rodriguez!
When Laura came for her consultation I was blown away but her soft and sweet personality, tiny body frame, and a soul filled with love for her husband Derek. We talked about her session and she asked me to capture more than just maternity photos. She asked me for couples photos - and as she said that tears started pouring down. She has been missing Derek for months as he was away training with the Army. So these photos were extra special to both Laura and Derek.
Every homecoming is different, and yet every homecoming is the same.
A homecoming is like a bare nerve- it is sensitive, it is painful, it is pulsating, and it feel like its about to tear.
And then comes that sweet moment - a white bus off in the distance - and noise falls ... time stands still, and the atmosphere changes.
Everything changes in that precious moment - because the wait is finally over.
SPC Hall - welcome home! Gaby and Payton missed you so much!
I cannot rave enough about this beautiful session with Nina! Every shot, every moment we created magic, and the more we shot, the more I got to witness the love unfold! Nina was like a mythical valkyrie that stepped on this earth for me to capture her beautiful pregnancy. Her boyfriend Demetrius, equivalent only to Mars in his grace and masculinity showed such tenderness and love towards Nina. Together, they looked like they descended from the pages of mythology books, and I wish them nothing less but amazing adventures in their soon-to-be parenthood!
I am at a loss of words of how to describe this session! It was so beautiful and so full of love, that I feel like anything I say will only take away from the true feelings in these photos. So I will leave this session with beautiful Olivia, Michael & Aubrey right here, so like me, you can witness their family love and love for each other, as they celebrate their 4th anniversary and their daughters 2nd birthday!
Thank you for making me fall in love with love all over again!
Most every girl dreams of a fairytale wedding. I can say with absolute certainty that I did but unfortunately I never got to have one, and while I wish I had my own, I got something even better! I was a part of another fairytale, and I got to capture its' every moment.
On Friday June 1st Sophia & Daren (who by now have become my friends more than clients) stepped into the Vilseck courthouse to legally become man and wife and on June 2nd their very own fairytale wedding took place not even 5 minutes away from their home in Sorgof.
That Saturday morning I could barely sleep. Nervous and excited all I could think about was: it is finally here! Their most important day! Their wedding day is today! I couldn't wait to pack up all of camera gear and head out to capture the celebration of their true love.
And what a celebration it was! Two days of love, laughter, tears, cheers, and of course absolute happiness. Two days of genuine beauty and memories. I am still in awe from how amazing Sophia&Daren's wedding turned out.
When Sophia walked down the isle, Daren could hardly hold back the tears and I doubt there was anyone in the chapel whose eyes remained dry. She was pure perfection, a true Hollywood beauty with a heart of gold walking towards a man she shares every dream with. With every word of the vows, every prayer, it felt like the room filled with light and unconditional love. As they held each other's hands you could see not a man and a woman but unity, and unconditional love. I couldn't feel more honored to be in their presence, documenting their special day.
When I think back on this weekend I realize I must have been blessed somehow! Not only did I get to shoot this beautiful rustic fairytale but I met amazing people through this journey. I can't thank Sophia enough for being some a wonderful mother and friend! And it was as if a fairy godmother gave me a special gift of my own - the day before the wedding I met another wonderful lady who helped me document the best day of Sophia&Daren's life. Andi O'Neal, my amazing second shooter, was willing and ready to help me shoot magic this weekend and I cannot express the immense gratitude I have for her! I couldn't have done this alone! Together we wish Sophia&Daren a long and happy life together as a family, we wish them compassion and understanding and everlasting love, and we are forever grateful for this amazing opportunity to meet you and now call you friends!
Here are a few of our favorites from your very special day:
MUA: Stefanie Coronas
Dress: Wolke7, Weiden
Florist: Derrfuss, Vilseck
Ceremony Venue: High Baptist Church, Vilseck
Reception: Landsknecht Stub'n, Sorgof
Cake: Pimp my Cake, Amberg
Catering: Metzgerei Humsberger, Auerbach
Groom Attire: Engelhardt & Walter, Amberg
Invitations: Weddingpaper Divas
Second Shooter: Andi O'Neal Photography
I started writing this post about a hundred times, in my head, going over and over what I wanted to say, and each time I ended up writing an essay that no one will want to read. I am faced with a problem - how can I keep to a minimum the maximum emotion that fills me when I think of Isi & Zack?
No matter what I do, I can't seem to keep it short, so here it goes.
I met Isi about a week ago and after just a few hours of shooting her portraits and chatting in the car I couldn't wait to shoot her wedding. She inspired me to do more, to be better, and so I wanted to give back.
Pulling everything together that was around the house I came up with a wedding suite for Isi & Zack that included an invite, a reception card, and a translated menu for their dinner, and decorated my whole living room in what I thought fit the wedding scene. I kept wondering how to perfect it so it matches Isabel's personality and also fits with the theme of their wedding. All this even before I met the groom - Zack...Because I only got to meet Zack a day before the wedding. How crazy is that? But just like Isi - Zack left such an amazing impression that I knew I will do everything and anything to make sure their big day is beautiful.
And it was! Not even the hail and rain could ruin the day! Isi's laughter and her love for Zack lit up the sky - the cold and grey seemed to subside, and both of them radiated so much serenity and so much love that I couldn't get enough! The way Zack would look at Isabel, the way they joked with each other, the way their hands never let go - all of it was simply perfection.
They made me tear up so many times I was embarrassed of my lack of self control.
I can honestly admit that this Tuesday I met LOVE all over again - I watched it dance, and kiss, and laugh, and fill the room, intoxicating everyone in her presence - and I was honored to document it!
Thank you so much my dear friends for letting me be a part of your day!
Congratulations again and I hope you enjoy these few of my favorite images!
I feel like I knew Franziska long before I actually met her, because she is the best friend of Stefanie owner of Stefanie Coronas - Beauty & Cosmetic Artistry so when we actually met to do her pre wedding consult I felt like we already knew exactly what we wanted. Her courthouse wedding was to be held in Weiden at the old Rathaus and I was so excited to shoot in a new location. It is such a perfect place, no matter what month of the year it is - the German architecture, vines on the walls, arches of the passages - all of it was perfect and full of inspiration.
Even though Franziska and &Jey have a beautiful big ceremony planned for August, we decided to make this day just as big of an occasion and I think it turned out just perfect! Even the rain that caught us during the portrait session couldn't ruin it! These two are so in love and so happy they stopped people dead in their steps as we photographed in the market square (with rain pouring down and all).
I am so honored to have been a part of their big day! Thank you!
Here are my favorites from their day.
Venue: Weiden Altes Rathaus
Dress: Wolke 7
Hair: Susanne Gregory
Photography: BearMoose&Fox Photography
Floral: Floristik und Geschenke Wiest
Invitation design: BearMoose&Fox
With just a few days to go before Tim leaves the Army and goes back to the United States, he and his German fiancée Isabella didn't have a choice but to expedite their June planned wedding and trade in the lush summer greens for the ice beauty of snow.
I got to meet both Tim and Isabella only a day and a half before their courthouse wedding in Vilseck, Germany simply because with so little time to plan a wedding, they did not have anyone to photograph it.
Their family friends (and my amazing clients Roxy & Oscar) couldn't let that happen so they decided to give them a chance and asked me to record their special day.
I was honored to do this for them and decide to go an extra mile and record more than just an elopement at the courthouse and I asked Richelle of Richelle Costa Photography to join me in this adventure.
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and here are our favorites from their BIG day.
Makeup: Sigrid's Nails, Hair and Spa
Ceremony: Vilseck Rathaus
Reception: Angerer Hotel, Vilseck, Germany
Back in July, when Lena first came to me looking for a prospective photographer and designer for her November wedding, I was thrilled and anxious at the same time - November is a colder unpredictable month with not much foliage or day light and with crazy weather. My anxiety however went away a lot faster than I thought, as we started to plan out Lena and Josh's invitations and soon after I forgot entirely that time was flying and November was right around the corner.
This was the first time I was going to shoot with a second shooter and choosing the right person was no laughing matter. I never realized how hard it is to find someone who matches your style of photography, your philosophy, and your work ethic. So when I found Richelle, I knew we were going to create magic.
Lena and Josh held their wedding in the 13th-century-built castle of Dagestein in Vilseck, Germany. When you talk about a legendary wedding, nothing could've beaten this location. Wood and stone of the castle are such a great combination with the lightness and happiness of the event. Lena chose her wedding to be in beautiful fall colors of marsala and sharkskin mixed in with some blush and eucalyptus green. Richelle and I were so excited to be a part of this wedding and through the process of planning we realized we couldn't have asked for a better bride and now a friend.
Here are some of our favorites from the big day!
Second Shooter: Richelle Costa of Richelle Costa Photography