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"!
I'd never met Christian before the whirlwind of the shoot but I could see right away why Taylor beams so much when she talks about him. They are the most adorable couple and the way they two looked at each other...even with half a dozen camera's pointed at them...just melted my heart.
But as wonderful as these two are...let's face it...it was really their Red Heeler that was the real star of the session. And truth be told, I've NEVER liked Heelers...at all. But by the end of the session Cash had dramatically changed my opinion and I was having to eat some of my anti-heeler words.
The Virginia sky was blue and the sun shone warm and bright on a day that was supposed to be cold, cloudy and rainy. Everything for this intimate hilltop wedding fell together exactly how it needed to in preparation for the moment Audrey rode the mule she'd grown up with to her favorite spot, the place where she would become Josh's wife.
Even more meaningful and beautiful than all the pretty details and the stunning location was the way the newlyweds laughed with each other…being themselves and absolutely enjoying the best day of their lives.