The officiant knew them well. She and her husband are dear friends of Travis and Shannon’s and so their ceremony was more personal than most. After Shannon walked down the aisle, the pastors shared that these two had waited and dreamed of this day for SO so long. They were high school sweethearts and they were beating the odds. Most high school sweethearts don’t make it this far and they did!! Travis and Shannon started dating in high school and then did long distance throughout college. After YEARS of saying goodnight and leaving each other at the end of evening, the were finally getting married and those days of saying goodnight are over!!! Michael and I remember those days well. It was such a welcomed change to never say goodbye at the end of the evening and to officially live together!! Travis and Shannon have officially started their new life together and it’s exciting!
What’s even more exciting is that they were just going to have a “stay-cation” in Richmond after the wedding since they are in Grad school and a big trip wasn’t in the budget…. but their family and friends surprised them… BIG time! During the reception, a dear family friend got up to make a toast and shared with the happy couple that he just didn’t think it was right for them not to have a honeymoon. So several months ago, he sent out ONE email to their family and friends and together, they bought Travis and Shannon a cruise!! Travis knew this was coming but Shannon had NO IDEA!!!! Talk about an amazing surprise right?!!! It was so much fun watching Shannon react to all of this. Squeals, hugs and so many tears!
That one aspect of the day was incredible but there were SO many other amazing parts to their celebration! Their ceremony was so beautiful and their toasts were heart warming. Overall, Travis and Shannon had a dream backyard wedding. They were surrounded by family and friends and they danced under the twinkle lights….as husband and wife. What more could you want?! We are SO excited for them and all that God has in store for their marriage and their new life together!! We had a blast photographing these two and if you didn’t see their hashtag on my instagram post this weekend, it’s awesome!! Operation #agingerandagiant was a success!! Enjoy viewing their day from our perspective!Loving all of this lavender!! The beautiful Brawley girls… loved seeing their joy for their sister all day!! So happy!!!! I don’t remember what was said here but it was cute:) Stunning Shannon!!! Dad’s first look and Mom helping with the dress. This was quite a family affair! All day, family and friends worked together to make this wedding happen! And while the girls were getting ready, the boys were at 7-11!!! Because it was 7-11 and so Slurpies were FREE! Love this!! Models. The sweetest sisters! Tears for days…:) MARRIED!!!!!! Sarah and her sweet fiance’! It’s wedding season for the Brawleys! Love this!! And then it was GOLDEN HOUR!!! Whoop whooooop!!!!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.