When I first met Ashley & Wesley over coffee last winter, I instantly fell in love with them. I couldn’t wait to journey with them and capture their special day. Ashley chose The Springs Event Venue in Anna, Texas and even though it was one of the stormiest days in August, everything was simply beautiful. I loved the details and all the work that Ashley and her mom put into the day. There were personal touches everywhere! When it came time for the ceremony to begin, the storm was at it’s most intense so Ashley made the decision to move the ceremony inside which was still absolutely beautiful. I loved Wesley’s face when he saw Ashley for the first time that day. The precious moments continued as both families gathered together to pray over the couple. One of the things I loved most about the day was when Ashley and Wesley, as the first act of their marriage, chose to wash each other’s feet representing the ultimate act of service and love to each other. OH MY GOODNESS!!! These are the moments that I love!!! The entire day was such a display of love, joy and precious moments and I couldn’t have been more honored or blessed to document the beginning of their love story! Today is Ashley’s birthday, and I couldn’t think of anything better to give her then a peak into some of my favorite moments of their day! Congratulations guys, and Happy Birthday, Ashley! XOXO, Rebecca

Many thanks to the vendors who helped make this day possible:

The Springs Event Venue, Anna Texas

Plano Florist

Red Raspberry Cakes

Hutchins Barbeque

Makeup: Janet Guzman

Assistant Photographer: Keli Melo
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Chelsea & Sam’s wedding day was simply beautiful. I love getting to know my couples and documenting their love story specifically describing their style, personality and love for each other. Sam & Chelsea’s love is beautiful and a joy to watch. Words mean a big deal to these two, and this was clearly evident to everyone who shared in their precious day. Every detail was creatively themed to their love of literature. Chelsea’s bouquet, was made from the pages of her favorite Harry Potter book, and her bridesmaids carried flowers made from the pages of Alice in Wonderland.

It was hard to shoot through my own tears as Chelsea and Sam read the letters they wrote to each other – so much beautiful love expressed by these two! Guests arrived to the Secret Garden at Chandlers Gardens in McKinney, Texas and walked down a tree lined pathway through the woods which led them to a beautiful, towering 200 year old oak tree. Sam wasn’t the only one in tears when the doors opened and Chelsea and her dad entered! What a vision she was! Chelsea and Sam wrote their own vows, which had us all in tears! My favorite part of the ceremony was when the family gathered together and prayed for the couple and just as the prayer was ending, the clouds rolled away and the sun beamed down on them and lit up the entire wedding party! Such a gorgeous moment!

The cocktail hour was set among the “Circle of Trees” where guests played Giant Jenga, Cornhole, wrote notes of encouragement on beautiful stones, and drank a special cocktail made just for Chelsea & Sam by Chelsea’s brother, Chandler! When it was time for the reception, everybody made their way into the beautiful, new Event Center and found their seats by locating their name on a card from the card catalog which also led them to their novel-themed table! How creative is that!? Every detail was carefully thought out and made with love! The party continued with fabulous music and ended with a homemade S’mores bar designed and crafted by the bride’s father, Clay!

This was a wedding I won’t soon forget, but greater still, I am blessed and honored to have had a part in telling their love story, not just in words, but in precious moments shared on their first day as husband and wife! Congratulations to you both! What a beautiful love story!

Many thanks to the fabulous team of vendors who helped make this wedding beautiful!
Venue | Chandler’s Gardens, McKinney Texas
Wedding Cake | Sweet Art Bakery
DJ/Entertainment | Andrew Figueroa, Everlasting Sounds
Hair/Makeup | JM Glamour
Catering | 3Dimensional Catering
Chelsea’s Gown | Anonomously Yours
Videography | Mason Ponder
Wedding Planner | Crystal Reeves, Elite Wedding Coordination
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There are certain people that God brings into our lives for a short season but because of who they are, the impact they leave is huge. Jenna & Stephen and their families are those people. I’ve known Jenna and her family for years, but met Stephen over Skype back several months ago and from our very first meeting, I knew this couple was not only meant for each other, but would be a huge blessing to work with and get to know. Jenna & Stephen met back in 2014 when they both attended the same Bible Study, and as soon as Stephen set eyes on her, he knew Jenna was “the one”. What he didn’t know though, at the time, was how hard he was going to have to work for her! You see, Jenna was not looking for a relationship and stubbornly avoided falling for Stephen. But, he kept pursuing her, even openly expressing his love for her, and slowly, over several months, Jenna’s heart was won over, and they both fell in love.

The Jersey Shore has a huge part in their relationship. Stephen proposed as the sun rose over the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ and since Jenna had always dreamed of getting married on the beach, Windows on the Water, in Sea Bright was a perfect choice for their wedding.

The day started out in the gorgeous historic victorian mansion, The Strandvue, in Ocean Grove. The mansion was a perfect place for the bridal party as they got ready and all that gorgeous light pouring in the windows made for some beautiful photos! So many precious moments were shared with her mom, first look with Dad, all the way through to the end of the day, that I had to work hard to keep from crying myself! And this was NOT easy!! 😉

With every couple I work with, I ask them to write down their love story for me. It helps me to get to know them both better and I get to hear what’s important and means the most to them. I loved the perspective Stephen wrote and sums up this couple and their beautiful hearts…

“With God before me and Jenna beside me, I have everything. Little did I know walking into that Bible study that I would meet the love of my life and my future bride. Our relationship to this point has been like a book that I don’t ever want to put down, and I’m perfectly okay with taking my time to read it till the end.” This couple is JUST PRECIOUS and I was both honored and blessed to be a part of their special day! Congratulations, guys! Love you both! XOXO, Rebecca

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Thanks to the amazing team of vendors that helped make this dream wedding possible:

Cake & Desserts: Palermo’s Bakery

Band/Entertainment: Red Hot Productions

H&MU: Paolo Cuppari Hair Design

Venue/Catering: Windows on the Water, Sea Bright, NJ

Wedding Gown: Anthropologie

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Groomsmen’s Attire: Banana Republic

Videography: Bringas Media

 

  • Doryce - May 22, 2017 - 2:34 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful job. Thanks for letting the rest of us feel like we were there. xo : )ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca - May 22, 2017 - 8:09 pm

      Thanks, Doryce! I appreciate it! It was surely a beautiful day! XOXOReplyCancel

   

I love it when my seniors are up for anything. Abby was totally game for getting in the water for some of her photos during her senior session at Prairie Creek Park in Richardson. YAYYY!!! 😉 I love beautiful, dramatic photos and when I’ve got a senior willing to play along, it’s pretty fun. Being spring, the day was pretty windy, (whoa, for real!) and though sometimes that can be tricky with long hair, we got some great shots and had fun with it! Sometimes the best shots are when the wind blows just the right way, and when it doesn’t, we just wait a minute and it shifts direction! Abby is so much fun and I loved that she brought along her ukulele and a pair of her favorite converse sneakers, ’cause that’s just her! 😉 I always say, the best things about my photos are the people in them, and when their true personality shows through, that’s even better!

XOXO, Rebecca
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  • Dana Harmon - April 13, 2017 - 6:17 pm

    Rebecca! We had so much fun with you and the pictures are perfect!!! Thank you for getting to know Abby and making this such a personal experience.ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca - April 13, 2017 - 6:48 pm

      You are so welcome, Dana! I loved spending the afternoon with you both and loved getting to know ya’ll!! Enjoy this time with sweet Abby!! 😉ReplyCancel

   

I love supporting local vendors and small businesses, and working with people who are passionate, creative and love what they do. Marie Nguyen of the Emma Collection is one of those people who has become a kindred spirit and friend! This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot a few of my AMAZING seniors who were honored to model the gorgeous new jewelry collection Marie has designed! This girl is TALENTED! Oh, my goodness – we fell in love with all of her designs and had SO much fun working together! Thanks to my beautiful Seniors who rocked this like the pros they are! Go check out the entire collection, and more coming soon!
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