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A Beautiful New Family

Most of all I remember...the magical feel of Christmas that infused Elliot and Lauren's beautiful December wedding we photographed back in 2007 at the Driskill. It's hard for me to put into words how much it meant when they got back in touch and wanted me to take their newborn photos of gorgeous baby Charlotte. So today we're having our own "Throw-Back Thursday" --going back to one of my favorite images of Elliot and Lauren's dreamy and romantic first dance as a married couple.  Then, we'll share some of the images of this precious baby girl, and of how we commemorated Charlotte's entry into the world, and a new family beginning.

-Jenn

 

 

 
 

The newest Mrs. McKnight!

Most of all, I remember... I realized Mark was "the one" over time...after each date we had together, I thought it more and more! His love for his family and friends, his deep faith in God, the twinkle in his eye, his grounded nature, his ability to make me laugh, and our shared enjoyment of adventure, the outdoors, and so many things made me fall in love with Mark!

-Laura

Dress: Carolina Herrera - Shoes: Tory Burch - Hair: Suzanne Fasano from Catena & Company - Makeup: Denise Vasquez - Flowers: Westbank Flower Market

Event Design & Production: Verve Austin, Barbara Shorts

 
 

Paige & Kyle

Most of all, I remember... We traveled to London last summer with my mom and her husband to visit my sister and her husband, who had just moved there.  It was the second night of our trip and we went to a beautiful dinner located at the end of the Westminster Bridge, just the two of us.  After dinner we walked over to the London Eye, where he surprised me by reserving an entire pod with champagne and chocolate all to ourselves. When we reached the top of the Eye he turned to me and got down on one knee and asked if I would do him the honor of becoming his wife. And, of course, I said "Yes!" It was such a special moment, and I could not have dreamed of a more perfect proposal. When we reached my bottom my family was there waiting to celebrate!

-Paige

With Keely Thorne Events

 
 

Callie

Most of all, I remember... Two and a half years after our first date, Andrew and I went out to my family’s place in Hunt, Texas for a (what I thought would be) quiet getaway weekend. Right before we got there, Andrew asked if we could go to the river to see it before it got dark. I thought this was a bit strange since it wasn’t going to get dark for another two hours, and told him we had plenty of time so there was no need to rush.

We pulled up, and my dad told me we HAD to go see the progress on a project we had been working on at the river, so I reluctantly agreed. (Still didn’t suspect a thing, although I was a little annoyed at everyone’s persistence.) Andrew and I made our way to the river, and I told him that it looked like nothing had changed and that we should go back up to the house. Before I could walk away, he stopped me and said he had something he wanted to say. I finally realized what was happening when Andrew reached for his pocket, and I was so shocked and excited that it apparently took me a minute to say YES!

We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our entire families in Hunt, and it was absolutely perfect.

-Callie

Hair: Debbie Gamble - Makeup: Denise Vasquez - Shoes: Badgley Mischka - Dress: Julian Gold Bridals/Romona Keveza - Flowers: Westbank Flower Market

 
 

Ellie & Kevin are engaged!

Most of all, I remember... I knew I wanted to marry Ellie when we were attending a UT football game, and she convinced me we had to drive to College Station to watch the Aggies play that night as well. Any girl who suggests attending two football games in one day is a keeper in my mind.

Then one day, Kevin came home early from Atlanta to surprise me and took me down to Gruene, Texas. We had lunch at The Gristmill and began to walk around the antique stores. In between two of the stores, there was a clearing that Kevin convinced me was worth checking out. As I got closer, I noticed a bench under an old oak tree with flowers. At that point I knew it was coming! He proceeded to sit me down on the bench, and he read me a letter and a passage from scripture before he got down on one knee. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking old timey photos and exploring Gruene before we went home to celebrate with friends and family. It was the perfect day!

-Kevin & Ellie

Hair: Laura Wyrtzen - Makeup: Denise Vasquez - Boots worn by Ellie: Tory Burch, Wedding Planning: Verve Austin - Barbara Shorts

 
 

The new Mrs. Welch recalls her perfect Christmas Gift--a proposal!

Most of all, I remember...it was a Tuesday in December when I decided that I wanted to get my very own Christmas tree to have in my apartment. I expressed my interest to Hunter and he seemed a tad bit overly excited about the idea. So, later that night we got a Christmas tree and I decorated it with gold and silver stars. After placing what I thought was the final ornament on the tree, Hunter handed me a little stocking and said there was one more for me to hang. I glanced down at the stocking and saw a brown box. Hunter took the box out of the stocking, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I of course said, "YES!"

-Kathryn

Thank you, again, to these people who helped to make this bridal portrait session unforgettable:

 
 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. John Jinks!

Most of all, I remember... I knew I wanted to marry John on our third or fourth date. He was in Austin for the long Thanksgiving weekend and took me to a jazz club called the Elephant Room. We sat for hours in a dark corner listening to jazz music and quietly talking. We discussed our evolving friendship and the possibility of a future spent together. The entire evening just felt so natural and I remember not wanting it to end. We were completely lost in each other's company. John ended our date by telling me he wanted to make us "official." I was secretly thinking I wanted to him to be my husband. I was drawn to his ambition and playful personality and knew I couldn't let him get away. He was and is a keeper!

-Shelby

 
 

Kathryn's Bridal Sneak Peek!

I've been so excited to share some of my favorites from Kathryn's bridal portrait session along with some of her most vivid wedding day memories. In the meantime, I couldn't wait to post just this one image from our shoot. I hope it makes you feel as happy as it makes me feel!

Thank you to these people who helped to make this bridal portrait session unforgettable:

-Jenn

 
 

Robin & Jeff

Most of all, I remember... There wasn't a specific "Aha!" moment when Jeff and I knew we wanted to spend our lives together. We're lucky because we were both ready to find the right person and settle down when we met; Jeff had recently moved back to Austin after spending years in Chicago and D.C. for law school and clerkship, while I was all too familiar with bad dates and the anxious insecurity that comes with relationships that aren't meant to be.

When we started dating, I quickly noticed that I didn't spend my days wondering when Jeff would text or call, or worry about whether I had said all the right things at dinner the night before. He didn't make any secret of the fact that in his eyes, I could do no wrong, and that he didn't care if I wanted to wear day-old hair and flip flops to an upscale restaurant. One evening a few months in, sipping some wine on my couch after work, I asked him if he would ever consider going to China with me; I've been obsessed with the culture for years but hadn't yet been to Asia, and as an American-born Chinese man, I knew Jeff would be the perfect travel companion for my dream trip. He hesitated for a moment, and then confessed that he had already planned an entire two-week trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai for the Lunar New Year, which was still nine months away. He had booked the flights, the dinner reservations, and the hotel view overlooking Victoria Harbour so as to see the spectacular fireworks unimpeded. Wow.

An older married friend once told me that for marriage to work--to REALLY work over the long haul--both parties have to make the decision to be active participants in their relationship every day, and to give 100% to their marriage. Jeff is someone who consistently puts my feelings and needs before his own, and I try to do the same for him. He is the most kind, thoughtful, generous, and wonderful man I've ever known (besides my Daddy!), and the idea of being married to him feels like the most natural thing in the world.

-Robin

 

 
 

Julia

Most of all, I remember... I knew I wanted to marry Vannie back when we were nineteen and first started dating. We were at his family's ranch and I barely knew him, but I just knew somehow! We got engaged seven years later over a weekend together at South Padre Island. We had a beautiful (and inedible, since I am still honing my cooking skills) meal by the beach and we had just finished doing the dishes when I turned around for a big surprise!

-Julia

 
 
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