Amy’s dad had started coming to New Mexico to hunt elk with the Carters, a ranch family full of hunting guides. A few years later Amy followed suite and Chane was the guide that helped her get her first elk.
After meeting eleven years earlier, Austin had never stopped trying to sweep Katy off her feet. When she finally said she'd date him, he was in the process of moving from Texas back to his home state of Nevada. So she hopped in to help him haul a load north.
She'd met Jesse through mutual friends after moving to Jackson Wyoming and while he'd been hinting at more, she held him at arm's length. But he waited...oh so gently winning her heart over. Then last August he proposed with the solar eclipse. When she said in awe "Look, it really is a ring!" he held up the ring to the sun and said "Yeah, look at that ring."
I love how easy going these two are...the way they chose to keep it rustic and simple could not have been more perfect for telling the story of who they are and the life they lead. Aaaaand I think my favorite spot was where we went and shot in the little clearing where they are about to break ground and start building their home together.
Jess is an Ohio country girl who longed for the west. Fresh out of high school, she loaded up her car and started towards Arizona. Along the way she got a job on a large ranch in New Mexico and met Jim, the cowboy in the bunkhouse on the other side of the corrals. Their first date was a campfire on Valentine's day two years ago.
She's a world traveling author and speaker from New York...and he's a career military man based out of Miami. After being introduced to each other by their parents, Nelson and Nikki fell in love, had the beach wedding of their dreams and set out on a road trip of a lifetime...having sessions shot at some of their favorite places like San Fransisco, and the Las Vegas strip.
The grand organ pipes gave me goosebumps as they came to life when this beautiful bride came down the isle. And in the presence of God, family and a whole pile of Texas Techies, Kelli and Griffin promised each other life together.
Homegrown succulents. Red vintage trucks. Handmade leather accents. Turquoise Jewelry. This California Ranch Wedding at the foot of the Sutter Buttes was singing my language! But even more than the pretty venue, the gorgeous details or GLORIOUS sunset lighting...working with this couple and their kind families just made my heart so happy.
...The Groom, Father of the Bride and Father of the Groom...embolden by a little strong drink and backed-up by the Dennison County Line Band...howled out a ridiculous song about some lady in Louisiana with all they were worth. It definitely wasn't a typical "wedding song" but as I watched the three of them up there sharing a mic I was struck by the way it really spoke about the bond these two separate families have built through the journey Ricky, Alyssa and their son Max have shared bringing them all to that moment. And THAT is why this pregnant photographer got a little teary eyed listening to a song about a voodoo lady named Marie Laveau. #youwouldcrytooifyouhadthesehormones
I immediately fell in love with the legit Pendleton accents everywhere! It was so perfect for Trista's southwestern inspired theme and details! Look out "shoe shots"!