Sierra and Devin’s Intimate Chapel Dulcinea Wedding

An Intimate Chapel Dulcinea Wedding

Sierra and Devin are two people who I would say are very authentic, lovely people. They met over common interests while they both worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a wonderful place well worth a visit if you’re ever in Austin. Their shared interest is a background and love for botany. What an awesome pleasure it has to be to get to work with your hands in the dirt and enjoy green and growing things? It has to help a person’s love and appreciation for the natural world God has made.

With a love and appreciation for all things green that grow, particularly for Central Texas flora, it is no surprise that Sierra’s bouquet, flower crown and Devin’s boutonniere were put together with the feel of Texas wildflowers. Kudos to their florist for succeeding in making that vision come to reality considering the wedding happened in winter! Sierra’s lace gown was just a perfect compliment to her: naturally simple and elegant.

They were joined by just their very closest family and friends. It was so, so emotional and sweet! Sierra’s friends were there to help her get ready. Everyone there held their rings and warmed them before the part when Sierra and Devin exchanged them—everyone was very present which is so lovely. Devin was overcome while he read his vows to his bride and the look on their faces as they’re announced husband and wife is precious. Their just-married moments immediately after the ceremony were also so sweetly joyful.

Their friends, Lindsey and Dave, brought a surprise that made the event even more touching. Lindsey played the cello for their ceremony and went a step beyond. For each guest—and the bride and groom, of course—they brought artwork that literally just came off one of their letterpresses. They had to be handled very carefully to make sure that the ink wouldn’t smudge. I love it! How awesome was it that they gifted me one of the extra?

It was an absolute pleasure to get to be there to witness their very intimate ceremony and celebration. They’re a wonderfully creative bunch and such a joy to be around. Lots of laughter. Not just smiles, but grins and genuine laughter. It was such an honor to get to capture it!

If you or someone you know and love are planning your own intimate wedding or elopement, it would be really wonderful to get to be there to capture it for you in real, lovely pictures. They may be very small guest lists but they’re just as big on emotion and more importantly, meaning. Capture that meaning. Get in touch.

Altar Ego Weddings ~ Austin Business Portraits

Austin Business Portraits for Altar Ego Wedding Planners’ Austin Team

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It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to get to photograph business headshots for these amazing ladies, Jen, Jen and Jenna.

These ladies are the Austin contingent of Altar Ego Weddings, a premier wedding planning and coordinating company operating in Austin, Hill Country and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas. Their goal is to make sure that a bride and groom have a stress-free wedding planning process. Having seen and experienced being a part of an Altar Ego wedding team, I can honestly say that this is so true! True not only for the couple, but for the rest of the vendor team as well.

I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about each of the team.

Jennifer Ashford is the core of Altar Ego Weddings. We met over coffee after she and her family moved to Austin from DFW. It’s kinda hard not to like someone if you get to meet them over coffee, at least I think so. I’ve since had the pleasure of photographing her family each year (headshots for her husband, too!) and getting to see their boys grow up like weeds.

Jen is a bottomless source of energy and ideas with a decade of experience in wedding planning and coordinating. Beyond that considerable experience, she has the designation of Certified Wedding Planner through AACWP and is one of their mentors and instructors. As if that wasn’t enough, she serves on their board of directors. Clearly, Jen knows her way around a wedding, pretty much any style of wedding. When asked what kind of weddings she and her Altar Ego team specializes in, Jen says “all of them!” The idea is that each couple is absolutely different and the goal is to come along side them and help their vision come to fruition. Jen’s planning skills and great vendor relations means clients will relish their wedding planning experience.

Fun fact about Jen: she loves to quilt. Like finished quilts. I have always wanted to do that!

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Jenna (in the ruby red dress), brings a ton of experience in event planning to the Altar Ego table. She has a background in planning and coordinating everything from state conferences, annual meetings, and holiday parties. While working on these events and continuing to develop her skills, Jenna realized she had a special passion for planning and coordinating weddings. Seriously, though, who wouldn’t love to help amazing couples see their vision come to life? Jenna is also has the designation of Trained Wedding Planner through AACWP to go along with her Bachelor of Communications from UT.

Fun fact about Jenna: she has a puppy named Chloe that she rescued through Austin Pets Alive while she was in college.

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Jen K. (in the orange dress) is a unique creative individual who adds a lot of talent to the Altar Ego Austin team. Unique in that she’s one of those creative folks who not only loves color, making lovely things and other artistic pursuits, but she also loves spreadsheets and timelines and all things organizational. She has a BFA from University of North Texas in graphic design. That means she brings a ton of skill to the team: she not only does amazing calligraphy, she also has experience with videography. Jen K. has a real laid-back vibe and wants each couple she works with to know: “no stress allowed!”

Fun fact about Jen K.: she owns a cat named Helveticat, named after the documentary. That is my favorite everything! I love cats, love that documentary the most!

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Yay! I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting this amazing team. Having worked with Jen before, I can’t wait for the opportunity to work with Jen K and Jenna in the future.

If you or someone you know has a small business that needs branding imagery and new business portraits, please get in touch. I’d love to get to know you, what you offer your clients and share your story in real, lovely pictures.

Lindsay and Jim’s Pearl San Antonio Engagement Session

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There was no reason to ask me twice if I wanted to shoot a Pearl District San Antonio engagement session. Lindsay and Jim are both architects and have designed their own home for themselves. I mean…they’re living the dream, if you ask me (but then I spend too much time looking at home plans). They’re the sweetest to each other! Lindsay’s fun-loving attitude and Jim’s ready smile were just a joy to witness.

It took us a while to not only land on a date but the right location for the session. The rain caused us to cancel a couple of times but we pushed through though the forecast was ominous. It turned out perfect! And it was a lovely excuse to get to discover a part of San Antonio I’ve never seen. Hey, I’ve been on a river boat cruise a bunch of times so I assumed I’d seen everything on the Riverwalk. Turns out that the Pearl is a real sweet spot for dining and people watching. And picture taking, of course.

They are getting married really soon and we are so looking forward to their celebration with friends and family.

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