Coby & Erika's Hideout on the Horseshoe Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer

The true definition of a love story! I've been waiting oh so patiently to shoot this wedding since last year and what a time I had celebrating with everyone who was in attendance. From the emotional first look to the french toast that made me feel as though I hadn't truly lived yet, Erika and Coby's wedding day was nothing short of amazing. 

How We Connected

If you checked out the engagement session I blogged about Coby and Erika you'd know that I met Erika at a Big Brothers, Big Sisters event I covered in Houston in 2017. I may have said hi to her two or three times throughout the evening as I was in 'work' mode making sure I captured everything I needed to. (You can check out the gallery from that event here.) After delivering the final product I received an email from Erika asking if we could speak further about wedding photography. The rest is history I suppose. 

After we decided to move forward they were so kind to treat me to dinner after I shot their engagement session in Houston and it was amazing getting to know more about them and how they met. Coby put the moves on Erika when he gave her a stuffed koala bear on their first date and boom! Marriage. lol. 

The Ceremony

Coby and Erika choose to celebrate their wedding day at the GORGEOUS Hideout on The Horseshoe wedding & event venue. This venue was literally next level as the upper portion of the venue was home to several of cabins and views of the Guadalupe River while the ceremony/event space was located down a long, stone staircase right next to the water's edge. The ceremony was filled with emotion as Erika and Coby swapped both vows and tears in front of their closest friends and family. Afterward, there were family photos, laughs and unscripted dog kisses by one of the groomsmen as we prepared to make the trek up the stone staircase to get the party started.

The Reception

Where do I begin! I'm not sure if I've ever enjoyed a wedding reception as much as this one. First things first, the food was on another level!! Erika and Coby brought in Root Cellar Catering Co. and they shut it down. My favorite part was the shrimp and grits and the french toast! I took one bite and the heavens opened up with a sea of angels who whispered in my ear, 'boy you better eat some more!' I'd be lying if I told you I had less than three plates. 

Don't get me started on the band. Austin Party Band (APB) brought the house all the way down and I found myself grooving while behind the camera all night. They performed renditions of lots of popular songs and Theresa, one of the lead singers, was awesome! She mingled with the crowd, cracked jokes and put everyone in the mood to party! Highlight of the evening though? When Coby hopped on stage in front of everyone and performed a flawless cover of Rappers Delight. Dude has bars!!


This was one of those weddings that after you get in your car to drive away you pause for a moment and just send a quick thank you prayer up to God. Thank you for connecting me with such an amazing couple and thank you for giving me the desire to capture such important moments for such great people. Congratulations Erika and Coby on your marriage and I can't wait to see what you two accomplish together!


Vendors

Venue: Hideout on The Horseshoe

Planning & Coordination: Clearly Classy Events

Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co.

Band: Austin Party Band

Cake: 2 Tarts

Hair & Makeup: Adorne Artistry



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Chris & Monica's CW Hill Country Ranch Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer

How We Connected

Monica and Chris were referred to me by Dustin Baker, a good friend and owner of Lone Oak Studios down in Corpus Christi. The three of us met in person at their new home and I had so much fun getting to know more about them and what they were looking for in a wedding photographer. They opted to book a package that included their engagement session and I had a blast shooting that session right in their backyard a few weeks later. 

The Ceremony

Chris and Monica held their wedding ceremony at the beautiful CW Hill Country Ranch out in Boerne, TX. It was my first time shooting at this venue and I had such a great time exploring different areas that we would use for their first look, portraits and detail shots. Before these two lovebirds enjoyed their first look, Monica sent Chris a heartfelt video message just prior to her greeting him around the back of the main reception hall where a large texas state flag was painted. The perfect backdrop for such an awesome couple. They exchanged gifts, kisses and tons of laughs as I captured them seeing each other for the last time before becoming husband and wife. 

The Reception

What more could you ask for in a wedding reception? These two had great cake (I had two slices), lots of smiles,  a fog machine first dance, hilarious toasts and endless laughs. Monica and Chris are my personal pick for couple of the decade! (Does that award exist?) Everything up to and including their glow stick exit was so fun and easygoing and I at the end of the night I love feeling like I was a part of something epic. Sometime I have to stop and remind myself that I'm so so blessed that I get to document such amazing people on their most important day. This wedding was one for the books!! 


Vendors

Planner: Southern Unique Events

Venue: CW Hill Country Ranch

Calligraphy: Lazy Creek Designs

DJ & Photobooth: Look Entertainment

Florist: HEB Blooms


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Marcus & Caitlin Katzfey Ranch Wedding | Austin Wedding Photogtrapher 

How we connected

Marcus and Caitlin found me on google. They live in College Station and were planning a wedding down in George West which is a little over an hour from Corpus Christi. They said that after visiting my website for the first time they had to reach out. I'm so glad they did! After speaking over the phone, a couple days later I was happy that they decided to trust me to shoot their wedding! 

The Ceremony

Marcus and Caitlin chose to have their wedding at Katzfey Ranch, nestled close to George West. Having shot there before I knew we'd be able to snag some awesome sunset images as well as some cool shots of the venue and it's open area, ranch themed space. As violins played softly in the background, Marcus was looking ultra fresh in his prince inspired purple jacket that takes the cake for best dressed groom of 2017. His bride Caitlin wore a strapless dress with flower accents and (my favorite feature) hidden pockets. I saw those pockets and went nuts. lol. 

The sun was beaming behind them as they exchanged vows in front of their friends and family. Weddings in Bloom took it to the next level with their large, barrel floral arrangements, bouquets and table accents and Marcus and Caitlin said I do to the cheers and applause of everyone. 

The Reception

Video games! The bride and groom put together video game themed table arrangements with character coasters as keepsakes for their guests. Along with that, guests enjoyed heart shaped tins, candy bags and candles. After dinner was the best part. Great music, dancing and Marcus surprised Caitlin by singing to her! Guests loved it so much that he was greeted with chants of 'One More Song" before eventually singing a second tune. After it was said and done, the two said farewell with a nerf gun sendoff. 

These two were so much fun to work with. Patient, fun and (most importantly) completely in love with each other. One of my favorite weddings of 2017 hands down! 

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Brandon & Kindell Ranch at San Patricio Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer

How we connected

I met Kindell in the fall of 2016 at a wedding that I was shooting. She was one of the vendors there and asked for one of my business cards at the end of the evening. A few months later we scheduled a consultation and the rest is history! 

The ceremony

Kindell and Brandon had a beautiful wedding at the one and only Ranch at San Patricio, about 35 minutes west of Corpus Christi. Their ceremony was held outdoors in front of the mini chapel with an indoor reception held in their awesome ballroom. One thing I loved was the floral arrangements Kindell and Brandon had. Amazing, full bouquets for the ladies and flowers adorning the ends of the pews as well as the chapel that the bride and groom were standing in front of. Kindell’s bridesmaids all had different dresses and looked absolutely amazing while the groomsmen were suited up in blue suits with classic brown shoes and boots.

The reception

The reception was awesome! My favorite part was during the song SHOUT when everyone on the dance floor all tried to see who could break it down the lowest. I also thought it was cool that the DJ had a projector going with a slideshow of Kindell and Brandon’s relationship over the years. But the highlight of the night was during the bride and grooms first dance as they absolutely put on a show. Next level skills!

I know I say this a lot, but Kindell and Brandon are such an amazing couple and they were so easy to work with. All of their family were so welcoming throughout the entire day as well and their wedding day celebration was definitely one to remember. 

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Chad & Alyssa Courtyard at Gaslight Square Wedding | Austin Wedding Photographer

How We Connected

I was introduced to Alyssa and Chad through Chad's Sister-in law Ana, who was a client of mine earlier in 2017. Alyssa and Chad were planning to fly in to Texas from Florida and were in need of a wedding photographer. I was so happy they decided to trust me for their big day and it was great to work with The Courtyard at Gaslight Square again for another celebration of love.

The Ceremony

Chad and Alyssa held their ceremony and reception at one of the best venues in Corpus Christi; The Courtyard at Gaslight Square. The ceremony was held outdoors under the venues large oak tree as family and friends enjoyed a quick and intimate exchange of vows. We snuck away for quick formal photos while guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The Reception

The reception was held in both the indoor and outdoor spaces at the venue and as the sun went down that Texas heat turned into cool breezes and laughs with loved ones. Toasts ensued followed by dancing, drinks and memories underneath the night sky.

As always, I consider myself blessed to have yet another front row seat as two people declared their love for each other and tied the knot. I wish Chad and Alyssa many blessings as they embark on this journey called marriage!

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