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“It snow on own wedding day.”
This is probably the story that Erica and Liam will start to tell when they talk about their wedding day. More accurately, the night before, it iced all over Austin. In true Austin fashion, the city froze up, literally and figuratively, and everything came to a halt. (I remember dumping all of the salt and baking powder available in our house in our driveway, for fear of getting my little Prius stuck in the driveway.)
By mid-morning, all the ice was melted away, but a soft layer of snow was left on the ground. The wedding day was beautiful.
Erica and Liam might talk about the weather first, but I will probably forget about the snow years down the road. I will remember how excited and nervous Erica was just before Liam saw her during the first look. Her bridesmaid calmed her nerves, and I took a photo as she was telling her to take a deep breath. This is one of my favorite photos of the day.
I will remember the sweet note that Erica gave to her parents and Liam’s parents. It was such a thoughtful, loving gesture, and something I hadn’t seen done before. Erica even asked for a moment alone, just with Liam’s parents, before the ceremony started. That really touched me — how Erica made her future in-laws know how important they are to her.
I met Erica and Liam through Janelle and Marcus, and it was fun to see Janelle and Marcus dance the night away a few months before their wedding.
Thank you to the amazing wedding team:
Venue: Barr Mansion
Officiant: I Do Weddings
Musician/Band: London Calling
Cake & Caterer: Barr Mansion
Florist: Stems Floral
Hair Stylist: Lucie Marie
Transportation: Limos of Austin
Dress Designer: Weddings by Debbie
Their engagement session came at the perfect time of year — during the tiny sliver of time when the trees bloom in Austin. Really, getting the blooming trees for your engagement session is kind of like going to Vegas and putting a fifty dollar bill on red seven in roulette. Typically, the trees bloom, and within about ten days, the blooms are gone. It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year, and I was elated that Whitney and Kyle had a chance to incorporate the trees into their engagement session.
We strolled around the UT Campus, and Whitney and Kyle had pre-selected a beautiful spot that I had never known about. The tiled-ceiling and bright colors of this secret space is now one of my favorite places on campus, and I’ll think of them every time I see it.
Whitney and Kyle also wanted to go to Red Bud Isle. While I’ve been there with my dog, I was a little hesitant about the situation. The parking can be tricky, and you just don’t know how many people will be around the area until you get there. Luckily, the parking was in our favor, and there were just a few lonely fishermen at the end of Red Bud Isle. We were able to get some really beautiful images.
I absolutely love the image of the two of them, snuggled together, looking out onto Town Lake. This image belongs above a fireplace or a special wall in their place.
Whitney and Kyle are a super sweet couple, and I cannot wait for their wedding!
Here’s just part of the proposal story from Margarita, “That Saturday I was planning my best friend’s baby shower. Before I left, Justin had said he was going to plan the day for us when I came back. When I finally got to his house, immediately after I walked in, he said, “I planned the whole day!” It started with cuddling and mimosas. I was excited to have mimosas and tell him all about the baby shower details. I went on and on and on for a good 20 minutes (he says longer). Then he said he had a surprise for me and held out his hand. He opened his hand and there was the most perfect sparkley blue box ever, handmade by my love. By the way, he also sewed that perfect little white bow together.
The way Margarita and Justin look at each other is really beautiful. They love to cuddle, and Margarita has such a gorgeous smile — I could photograph them for days on end. Thank you, Margarita and Justin, for being yourselves, and allowing us to capture all of your beautiful moments together.
Thanks to the amazing wedding team who helped make this a wonderful day. I would be remiss not to mention my second photographer, Julia Robinson. Many of her beautiful photos are posted in this blog.
Wedding coordinator:Stefanie Yandell – Your Wedding, Your Way
Ceremony Musicians:Rachel Bower
Reception DJ/Band:Texas Pro DJ
Other desserts:Cookies – Tiff Treats
Flowers:Violet Hill Floral – Grace Alvarez
Hair & Makeup:Flair Austin
Bride’s dress shop:
Brickhouse Bridal – Houston
Bridesmaid’s Dress Shop:David’s Bridal
Groom & groomsmen attire:A. Al’s Formal wear