This wedding is special to me. Growing up, Michael and I were Youth Group kids. Our best friendships, our craziest adventures and the foundation of our faith stemmed from our time and experiences in Youth Group and we owe so much of our growth to our leaders. Jennifer’s dad, TJ, was one of those leaders. He never missed a mission trip. He was always down for something crazy. He was kind, trustworthy, loyal and I know he loved us and loved the Lord.
It still seems so hard to believe that he isn’t here. TJ lost his battle with cancer four years ago and we’ve felt a hole in our lives ever since. However, because TJ was one of the happiest guys we have ever known… full of energy and joy… I think he would want us to be rejoicing… especially on his daughter’s wedding day.
Paul and Jennifer’s wedding day was what a country couple’s wedding dreams are made of! They have cattle in the background of their portraits, the ceremony overlooked a small pond and their sunset portraits were taken in an open field while their reception was held in a gorgeous white barn (that has a REALLY great air conditioning system! Praise the Lord!) It was a HOT day… but it was also so beautiful.
Their wedding day was rescheduled from May because of the pandemic and so it seemed like such a win to get to celebrate with them and finally capture them as a married couple! My dad officiated the ceremony and made everyone tear up. He has a way of doing that, especially when he’s remembering a dear friend.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful country wedding of our sweet friend, hometown friend and her new husband!!!
Ps. We LOVED getting to shoot this wedding with our amazing friends Ty and Ash!!!! Don’t miss their sneak peek below! :
Ceremony | Oakdale
Reception | Oakdale
Dress Store | Annalise Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer | Anne Barge
Florist | King William Florist
Planner | Mary Jane with Oakdale
Hair | Meghan Beasley Hair Design
Make Up | FBJ Weddings
DJ | H & W Entertainment
Videographer | The Herrintons
Cake | Carytown Cupcakes
Catering | Mission BBQ
Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie
Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Warehouse
Soft Serve | Mister Softee
View Paul + Jennifer’s Engagement Session HERE!
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.
My review of the Canon EOS R6 after shooting a full wedding day is LIVE on Youtube! I was so nervous to use a brand new camera system for full wedding day… I had my Mark IV ready in my bag just in case… but thankfully, I never had to use it! I was really hoping that I would love it and feel comfortable with it….
This wedding venue may look familiar to some of you who have been following us for a while! I photographed Meghan’s brother’s wedding a few years ago at this very same farm and venue!
Natural light photographers…. (flash photographers, we know how you would handle these scenarios and that’s awesome for your style! This is for the natural light folks!)
I’ve been hoping for this day for a very long time…. but I wasn’t sure that it would ever come. That sounds dramatic but let me explain. I LOVE my website company. Showit is incredible and the more I learn about and experience other platforms for hosting and creating custom websites, the more I realize, they aren’t really, truly “custom” at all. Showit is the website design platform for the creative. Hands-down. It’s so powerful, so intuitive and so easy to use. Years ago, Showit created a way to implement a Showit theme onto a Wordpress blog!!! Genius! I couldn’t wait for my blog to be a Showit blog…. but it never happened.
If you are like me and you’re a natural light wedding photographer, you may not love using the Canon 600 EX-RT flashes. But they are so necessary!