Hilliary & Brandon’s Wedding on the Family Estate
Time for another fabulous wedding that’s way overdue to be blogged! Its another one from last fall. There’s no way I couldn’t post this one though because everything about it was lovely! From the beautiful weather to the J. Crew bridesmaids dresses - It was perfect! I’m going to do something a bit different and show a lot more of my photojournalism work on this blog (April’s of course will still be mixed in like always). Most of the photo journalistic images I show from weddings are shot by April, so I’m changing things up. In fact, my favorite formal portrait of the day was shot by April.
Hilliary and Brandon got married at her family’s estate in Independence, Kansas. This place was pretty much a photographer’s dream come true. Everywhere you turned was an amazing setting for a photo. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held at the home. Then a bagpiper led everyone down a short walk to the barn where there was a tent for dinner. And then the party followed in the barn. So much fun! Take a look!
This is the portrait that I love that April captured. This was right after their first look!
Oh a breezeway that I can photograph on? Yes please. I really love the variation in the bridesmaid dresses, by the way.
This was a large wedding party! This doesn’t include the ushers, kids and officiant!
Isn’t she beautiful?!
I can’t help but love this perspective of the bridesmaids waiting to walk down the aisle.
Hilliary had a baby girl just 3 months before the wedding. Can you even believe that post baby body? Unreal!
This little guy found something to keep himself entertained with during the ceremony!
These two knew their way around Grandma and Grandpa’s property. Like a couple bosses.
Lynn and her team at Lasting Impressions outdid themselves! I love that the escort cards were pinned to a bale of hay!
More fabulous paper from Paper 8. Custom designed stationery/paper is a great way to help decorate your reception.
I just wanted to post this because I think its too cool. Lynn has been the wedding planner for all 3 of these sisters, so I had to get a photo with her and her girls. Its like the final chapter in a trilogy.
Hilliary and Brandon, your wedding was truly beautiful and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it!
Kaitlin & Tommy Get Married – Christ the King Tulsa
I feel at this point its ridiculous to point out that I’m a bad blogger. Redeemed Productions – Videography blogged this wedding today and it made me realize that this one of my favorites and I hadn’t blogged it. (Click here to see the video)
So Kaitlin and Tommy. I love them. I mean, I just love them. I’m pretty sure it was our first meeting and I was saying things like “We’re hanging out after the wedding. You don’t have a choice” because I love them. They’re hysterical and sarcastic and those are 2 of my favorite things. And they are precious and wonderful together. Gush gush gush. I just can’t help myself.
They got married in the fall on the most beautiful day of the year. I’m not joking, it was stunning. We ended at a few different places throughout the day. We started the day getting ready at Kaitlin’s parents’ home, and then went next door to Philbrook. Okay, it wasn’t next door, but it was walking distance. And that made it the perfect choice for the first look and formal portraits. Next we made our way to Christ the King for a beautiful ceremony, and then ended at The Summit for the reception. Erica Weddings coordinated the day so of course, everything was pretty much seamless. I’m telling y’all, a good coordinator is absolutely necessary. Take a look at the pictures and I’ll add my commentary as I like to do.
I totally dig this picture. I was going ahead of everyone to meet Tommy and the guys at Philbrook. I was literally standing at the front door and looked back up the stairs to see Kaitlin standing on the landing finishing getting ready. Perfect!
Their first look was stinkin’ adorable and I LOVE this reaction from Tommy!! It was just so “them”.
Dear Philbrook in the fall,
I love you.
I love the contrast of the picture above that I took to the one below that April took. They were just seconds apart. It further proves how great it is to have 2 photographers. 2 completely different perspectives and looks in the same location.
This wedding party was a ton of fun! I love bridesmaids and groomsmen that are easy to work with and willing to have a fun time with things. Its no surprise to me that Kaitlin and Tommy surround themselves with people as likable as they are.
Above shots both by April, the details queen!
I love receptions at The Summit!!
Towards the end of the night I suggested we go out on the balcony for a few night shots. I’m sooo glad they were willing because this is my fave picture from the whole day! Hello sexy!!
Kaitlin and Tommy, you guys are awesome! I’m so thrilled you chose me to be your photographer. Your wedding was unforgettable!
Videography – Redeemed Productions
Wedding Coordinator – Erica Weddings
Flowers – The French Bouquet
Cake – Tracy Cobb
DJ – Zach Downing
Ceremony Location – Parish of Christ the King
Reception Venue – The Summit Club
Rachel & Blake married in Tulsa, Summit Club Reception
I’ve had some awesome weddings lately! They’re the kind of weddings that at the end of the day I’m disappointed to leave. (I only say that because after 8-12 hours at a wedding, ya get a bit tired) I was thrilled to kick off the 2014 season with Rachel and Blake’s wedding. It was truly beautiful and the day was just great!
Rachel is good friends with Aubrie (who’s wedding you’ll see if you scroll down a bit) and so a lot of the bridesmaids I knew. That always makes a wedding a bit more enjoyable. And she hired the fabulous Erica Weddings to oversee the day so everything was really seamless. Rachel has been SUCH a joy to work with. She’s sweet and she laughs at the stupid things I say and she’s not afraid to be a little goofy herself. (we don’t even need to bring up the fact that she’s GORGEOUS and soooo fun to photograph) I could go on and on about her. But I know y’all are here for the pictures, so let’s get to it.
Her dress was kinda awesome. I love this shot from April.
First looks never disappoint…. aren’t these two adorable?
First United Methodist downtown has to be one of the most gorgeous churches Oklahoma has. It just blows me away every time I get to shoot there.
Blake and his bothers deserved their own special shot.
Top shot by April, bottom shot by me. (see… I shoot details sometimes. )
Love even more!!!!
If I’ve said it once I’ll say it a thousand times: My favorite part of a wedding is right before a bride walks down the aisle.
April rocked it out on the ceremony shots at this weddings. Most of these are hers!
They are Ken and Barbie – brunette version.
Its always a fantastic idea to do your grand exit from the church and not the reception. You still have all your guests and everyone is full of energy and still looking great! Plus, you don’t have to pay to keep your photographer there to photograph 4 hours of the same people on the dance floor.
French Bouquet KILLED it on the florals! They were incredible!!
Pretty sure this is my favorite cake shot evah!!
Rachel and Blake… seriously. I just haven’t gotten over how much fun your wedding was. You guys are the best!! Congrats again!!
TWS Gives Back 2014
Its time for the Tulsa Wedding Society’s 3rd annual Gives Back auction event. This party is so much fun and all the proceeds go to the Little Light House. Last year we raised $15,000 and we’d like to exceed that this year! This is a charity that is near and dear to our hearts. A lot of you don’t know this but Calista’s middle son (my nephew) was born blind. We immediately got him on the waiting list for Little Light House and started to find ways that we could help them out. Through, literally, a miracle of God his eyesight has been healed the point where most people don’t even realize he has a disability. So we didn’t end up needing LLH, but we fell in love with them and what they do.
What I especially love about this event is that brides are able to do some serious shopping for their weddings and are able to write off those purchases. I mean… that is WONDERFUL.
The complete list of what everyone is auctioning is not quite up yet, but I can tell you what I’m doing.
First we are auctioning an 1.5 hour boudoir session with a custom designed 20 page album. We have teamed up with Styles by Hailey Wheeler and she’s doing a full hair and makeup (and beyond) treatment. The value of this is $1075.
Secondly we have teamed up with Primp Hair & Makeup Studio to offer a Girls Night Out for 5 ladies. Full hair and makeup and a special photoshoot with me. I feel like this would be an awesome way to start out a bachelorette party! The value on this is $1000.
I promise that this evening is a blast! So bring your fiance, mama or best friend and have a fun evening out and get some wedding shopping done!
Baby Nate’s Birth – Tulsa Birth Photographer
“For this child I prayed, and the Lord granted me my petition that I made of Him…”
I haven’t even started typing and the tears are already coming… Oh my. Natalie and Cody. I love them. They’ve been my friends for a few years now. I actually don’t remember meeting them for the first time, but I remember the 2nd time because Cody gave me the biggest hug like we were old friends. Honestly, at first I thought, “Who the heck is this guy??” but within minutes of really getting to chat with him and Natalie I realized they are one of the sweetest, kindest couples I’ve ever known. And I knew that Natalie wanted to be a mama. We talked about it from the get-go. She saw my work shortly after that and frequently we would talk about when she had a baby how I was going to photograph her maternity pictures.
What I didn’t know through the last few years, is that they had gotten pregnant a few times, and lost those babies. I don’t know that pain so I can’t fully understand what they went through. But I do understand that having Baby Nate makes him all the more special to his mama and daddy. I just feel like the verse I put above is appropriate for this story.
(Stop crying Murphy… stop crying…)
So maternity pictures were a must! And I LOVED their session!! One of my favorites!
During the maternity session the subject of birth photography came up and I was sooo glad it did. I’ve been just itching to photograph a birth since Nola was born, and to get to photograph theirs would just be an honor.
Fast forward to mid January and I woke up on a Saturday morning and thought, “I need to check in with Natalie today and find out how her last appointment went”. Itwasn’t a half hour later when I got a text from her saying it was the day!
By the time I got to the hospital the epidural had already been administered so things were pretty quiet and calm.
I actually had a bridal session booked that day that couldn’t move. So April graciously came to the hospital and was there ready to shoot in case the baby decided to come during my session. I’m glad he didn’t. After the shoot, I went to the hospital to check in. Natalie was progressing but not moving too quickly so I decided to go home and kiss my baby goodnight and get some dinner. . As soon as I walked in the door I got a text from Cody saying I better get back to the hospital quickly. (This is actually my handy-dandy trick to get any woman I’m photographing to a 10 and ready to push. Every birth I’ve photographed where I’ve decided to go home for a bit I’ve been immediately called back as soon as I walk in the door)
As soon as I walked into the delivery room, they started prepping her to push….
…and it didn’t take much. I believe she pushed through 3 or 4 contractions.
Look at that face… seeing his little boy for the first time. Absolutely priceless.
And mama’s face seeing him. Just perfect.
When photographing births before Nola, I would tear up but could hide behind my camera. Not this time. I just cried right along with them.
….there are no words.
I don’t think there’s anything I could photograph that is more amazing than a birth. I’m just blown away every time by what a miracle it is and how blessed I am to be invited to such an intimate and important moment. It truly is an honor. Natalie and Cody I love you guys and am so happy for you. Your little man is perfect.
And here’s just one from the newborn session…