Wade & Brittani

We met Wade on a missions trip to Tanzania.  One of my best friends, Yusuph, led a trip to a remote island on Lake Victoria, Kome (Koe-may) Island.  It was a beautiful trip, but a brutal one too.  Half of the team got sick, myself very much so included.  Wade seemed to make it through the trip unscathed.  He even waded (pun intended) into the waters of the lake to perform baptisms.  A couple days after I proposed to Hannah in the Serengeti, Wade proposed to Brittani in the Atlanta airport with great fanfare.  He had organized for his and her families to be there.  All seemed perfect, but a month later Wade became deathly sick.  After several wrong diagnoses the culprit was finally discovered to be a very powerful parasite.  So devastating was this parasite's effect that the original diagnosis was thought to be some sort of cancer.   That turmoil became a lightning rod, a catalyst for growth for Wade and Brittani.  Over and again, their story was recounted at the wedding of how they fought there way through such a terrifying circumstance. When Wade hired us photograph his wedding I was elated.  I love photographing weddings in Georgia.  Texas and Georgia have some commonality, but there are distinct differences.  There is a true southern and colonial charm that Georgia has.  I always delight in the hills in the pines mixing with that architecture and mood.  I mean, who is not going to be excited about photographing a wedding at a vineyard in the hills of Georgia?  I have photographed a couple there and I cannot wait until our next one. SaveSave...

Michael & Paige

I believe that it is an act of God that brings us all together.  That said, it is rare that a legally defined act of God brings us together.  The story that brought Michael and Paige together involves an actual tornado as a catalyst and turning point after years of friendship.  God gave each of them time to grow in their own time and ready themselves for one another, and their wedding was beautiful, set in the industrial warehouse turned wedding venue deluxe, the Hickory Street Annex.  The sun set behind the skyscrapers in downtown Dallas during the ceremony.  Hannah and I are so very thankful for the honor of photographing Miachael & Paige Delgado.  May their household be forever blessed. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave...

RICHARD & KIM

When I returned to Northern Ireland to photograph my buddy, Richard's, wedding I was very concerned about the weather.  The Mourn Mountains, which usually adorned the horizon from Richard's family home in Rathfriland were hidden behind a thick haze in the air.  The wind seemingly never ceases to harass Eire, but of course, when I want to photograph a wedding, that's the moment the wind relents.  The haze stayed all week.  I prayed that God would give us clear skies the day of the wedding.  That night, as I lay my head down to rest, the breathless air whipped up into a howling gale.  I awoke and peered out my upstairs window out to the horizon to see the Mourns for the first time since my return to Northern Ireland.  My heart was so thankful to God for such a wonderful gift.  The day was amazing.  Photographing Richard and Kim in Tullymore Forest was the highlight for me, as it is a magical place. ...

Eric & Heather

The Promise.  That was the name of the song they danced to during their first dance as a married couple.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel's ballroom set a gilded, turn-of-the-20th century scene that something to behold.  A decade of wedding photography often means few things surprise me.  That's part of why we are exceptional at what we do.  We a re prepared and know what is coming and nothing is going to shake us.  We are ready.  Yet, in a good way, every now and then, I am surprised by an emotion during a wedding, and that is the case with Mowry wedding during their first dance.  At first I thought it was Johnny Cash singing but no.  Once the dance was over and the couple were taking a break I was so moved by the moment I had to ask who the singer was of the song.  Sturgill Simpson.  Go give it a listen and you'll be as surprised as I was.  It was a special moment to remember.   Nicholas L. Laning   ...

LOGAN & CARLY

Logan & Carly's elopement in Colorado.  All of our weddings are wonderful, but not every wedding has such a majestic and special backdrop.  I'll never forget watching Carly float slowly in her white dress across a mountain ridge out to a rocky point to wait for Logan.  Hannah and I have long wanted to photograph a wedding atop a mountain, and we finally got our chance, and it not only didn't disappoint, it only fanned the flame of our desire to do more. SaveSave SaveSave...

NATE & CAIT

Nate and Cait.  We loved them from the first day we sat down with them at a pub in Plano to discuss wedding photography.  I just sat there, marveling at the sparkle in their eyes when they looked at one another. They were fun, grounded, and laughed A LOT.  I still have a smile on my face as I remember it. We had an incredible time with them as we photographed their engagements as the sun set with the Dallas skyline in the background.  They laughed and danced and kissed. A LOT. At the very end, I asked them to say a prayer for their relationship. I had tears in my eyes as I snapped the photos of them, huddled together, holding hands, eyes closed as tears ran down their own cheeks. This is what I love about them.  They have fun and laugh and obviously enjoy each other's company, but they have a depth to their love and relationship that is so beautiful and moving to see. Fast foward to the wedding day.  We had chills as we walked up to the gorgeous chapel that was a perfect replica of a 16th-century chapel in Tuscany, and knew it was going to be an amazing day, full of emotion.  I went with Cait to photograph her getting ready, while Nick stayed with Nate and the groomsmen.  The joy that spread over Cait's face as those doors opened and she saw her groom waiting for her at the altar still brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.  Their wedding was beautiful and sacred.  We spent the rest of the night laughing, partying and dancing to celebrate the new journey these two began. Nate and Cait, may God bless and lead you and fill you with joy. SaveSave...