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Rob and Nicole’s Wedding

I keep starting and then stopping this blog post. I keep trying to put into words how much I adore Nicole, how perfect she and Rob are for each other, how much we loved shooting their wedding, and how much I love these pictures, but I just keep getting all messed up trying to convey all of it. Instead of writing (which I love, but takes me a VERY long time), I’m going to stick with my strength, which is telling a story in pictures.:)Enjoy.

Nicole’s momma and I became good friends through the wedding-planning process. She is wonderful and you’ll see her a LOT in these pictures because . . . well, I love her and it’s my blog, so that’s what I want to do!:)Haha!

How gorgeous are these girls? That’s Nicole’s twin sister on your left.

Dang, Rob! Seriously? You’re SO handsome!

Pic on the right taken just moments before Nicole realized she was about to walk down the isle without her flowers. Notice the empty left hand.:)Whoops!

Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church is a beautiful spot for a ceremony and we were happy to be back!

Off to the reception at The Austin Club, which is one of our top favorite places to shoot!

Nicole is a dear friend of mine from college (at UT) and she, along with all these other adorable girls, was a Texas Angel. And here they are posing with a very special former Longhorn football player.:)Awesome!

We went and took a bunch of fabulous pics at the capitol right after the reception. This is my salute to all of you “jumping picture” photographers.:)I LOVE THIS SHOT because it’s just so ridiculous and silly!

Congrats, Nicole and Rob – love you guys!

Friends and family: CLICK HERE to go to Rob and Nicole’s full gallery!

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John and Allison’s Wedding!

John and Allison are married – yay! And theirs was one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve ever had the joy of shooting. Not only was the decor and ambiance just lovely all the way through, but their family and friends were also as warm and welcoming as they could be. We walked away from shooting their wedding so incredibly grateful that we were asked to be a part of it. I am 100% serious when I say that we have the most incredible couples in the universe! Somehow we always get the best of the best! Thank you, John and Allison (and Steve and Anne and Mr. and Mrs. H and everyone else!) for letting us share in your wonderful wedding day!

Before I go any further, I have two thank-yous I need to mention for people that will not show up in the photos below. First and foremost, a HUGE thank-you to Linda Dryden ((512) 327-4642) – Allison and John’s incredible coordinator. We LOVE working with Linda and think that she is simply the best! If you’re thinking of hiring a coordinator, please give her a call! She is fantastic!I also want to thank the videographers from Altared Weddings for being so great and FUN to work with! I haven’t see Allison and John’s wedding video yet, but I am sure it will be great!

Here are a few of our faves . . .

I got the “flower chills” when I saw these . . . (kudos to Westbank Flower Market!)

I love this picture! This was the sweet little flower girl watching us down below as we shot the group portraits . . . she looks like an angel, don’t ya think?:)

Seriously some of my favorite groomsmen to ever work with  . . . so funny and so sweet!

John may just be an angel, too!

Here’s sweet, beautiful Allison. I love her!

Allison . . . you have got to be kidding me! You are stunning!!

I love these pictures that Stan took of Allison about to take the big walk down the isle. Deep breath . . . and a little prayer. Precious.

John was givin’ Allison the googly eyes all day!:)

Riverbend Church’s Smith Family Chapel is SO beautiful and so much fun to shoot in. Look at the ceilings – amazing!

After Allison and John’s ceremony, we headed over to one of our all-time favorite reception venues, Austin Country Club, and got a few sweet pictures of just the two of them outside before they made their entrance.

The next two pictures are in a tie for my favorite pics of the day . . .

Okay, let me just go ahead and share some of the yummy detail goodness from their reception . . .

As always, Ilios did a fantastic job with the reception lighting. We cannot say enough about what great lighting does for the mood and ambiance of your reception, but especially for the look of your pictures . . . it’s the best often-skipped thing you can do for your reception!

The cake was SO far off the hook it wasn’t even funny!

I am in LOVE . . . L-O-V-E – LOOOOVE with this picture that Stan took. This was 100% unstaged. Allison and John were sharing a moment together just before they entered the reception. It was just the two of them talking and hugging and enjoying each other’s presence on their wedding day. For a moment, the day stood still.

I just had to show you the back of Allison’s dress . . . because I can’t get over how gorgeous it is!

Steve is one of the kindest and most incredible fathers we’ve ever worked with.

There was no twisting of arms to get these folks on the dance floor. They rocked it!

What a gorgeous couple!

CONGRATULATIONS, John and Allison! Lots of love and many thanks, Stacy & Stan

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Talkin’ BLING with Catherine Nicole!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’ve been wanting to put this blog post together for such a long time now and I am thrilled that I finally got around to it! You may remember Catherine from her wedding that was featured on our blog in September. She and Jacob happen to be our across-the-street neighbors and they are absolutely AWESOME! Shooting their wedding was so much fun and if you have a sec, you should follow the link to check out some of our favorite pictures from their big day. These two have an incredible sense of style!

Well, I have been meaning to tell you guys about what an amazingly talented jewelery designer Catherine is. Catherine Nicole is both Catherine’s name and the name of her wildly successful jewelery business. She has been designing jewelry for many years and her current line can be found in many fabulously chic boutiques across the country, including many hot spots right here in Austin. I love Catherine’s jewelery SO much that I want every single one of my brides to wear it! I decided the best way to share her with you was to have her answer a few questions right here on the blog. So without further ado, I’m going to turn things over to Catherine and let her tell you about jewelery, her wedding, bridal advice, and more! Here we go!

How long have you been in the jewelry-designing business and why do you love it?
I have had my jewelry design business for 6 years now, and I truly love it for so many reasons (in addition to being my own boss!). You don’t buy jewelry because you need it or because it makes your butt look good or your stomach appear smaller. You buy it because it inspires you, or makes you happy, or will make someone you’re giving it to know they are loved. When I started, I had my own little boutique in Savannah, where I got to see what my designs meant to my customers. Now that I have a collection and sell to stores, I get to design with them in mind. I get to draw from everything and anything that inspires me, and translate it into something that my customers can add their own uniqueness to.

What advice would you have for brides that are choosing their wedding day accessories?

For yourself: Don’t go overboard with every possible accessory you can wear. I vote for one statement piece, like some stunning earrings, and then go dainty on the other accessories. I went simple on the earrings and bracelet and wore a long strand of pearls (which I cut from both of my grandmothers’ necklaces). … I also wore shoes with red piping though, so maybe I’m not one to talk about avoiding going overboard.

For your bridesmaids: The greatest thing about jewelry as a bridesmaid’s gift is that it is relevant to the occasion and ensures that their accessories show up great in your photographs. Plus, who doesn’t like getting jewelry?

Since you’re own wedding was so recent, what advice can you offer other brides regarding wedding details or ways to make their day run smoothly?

Never underestimate how important this day is to your families. If any one in your family has a specific picture they just can’t live without, make sure you know beforehand! Thankfully, Stacy helped us avert conflict when this happened to us.

Also, try to avoid leaving any wedding details to the last minute, and ask for help when you need it. There is a whole lot of preparation going into this day, and it would be a shame if you were too flustered to enjoy it.

Okay, just for fun: what’s your very favorite picture from your wedding and why? :)

My wedding pictures make me so happy! I now understand why they are so important. You get to see and enjoy slowly how all your ideas came together and how happy you both were.

One of my favorites is of my husband and I looking at each other and about to dance. It isn’t a special dance where everyone is watching. It was just some moment in the evening and a beautiful look caught at just the right instant.


Also, Stacy got this awesomely classic shot of us coming back down the aisle and everyone throwing rice. My husband looks like (a) nothing has every delighted him so much as flying rice, and (b) super happy to have married me!.


I love that from our posed couple shots to us shoving cake in each others faces, the pictures were definitely us and couldn’t have been just any bride and groom. Lastly (I know I was supposed to just say one!), I really didn’t think I would care or need close-ups of inanimate objects, but I just love the photos of the details that I put so much thought into. We had a ton of unique little details, and Stacy shot them in a way that really beautifully solidified the memory of them for me. (Not to mention, some of those details I never saw in real life!). I’m so grateful that Stacy was experienced enough to ignore me when I said in our first meeting that I didn’t get why people wanted those photos!

What’s your current favorite piece you’d like to see on a bride this year?

Right now, I’m loving the Scarlett earrings on brides (Just featured in Tribeza’s Bridal issue). The crystals reflect light very well, so they make everything look more radiant.

The Stacy Earrings (named after Stacy Cross!) are my favorite for bridesmaids. They are a smaller version of the Scarlett earrings and come in a variety of colors to match their dresses.

And for the daring bride with the backless dress, I recommend the Frieda Necklace worn backwards, which just made it’s Oscar Debut this week!

Thanks, Catherine! If you’re interested in getting in touch with Catherine about your bridal jewelery OR even if you’re not taking a walk down the isle and you just want to know how you can get your hands on some gorgeous jewelery, you can email Catherine: info@catherinenicole.com. Also, be sure to check out Catherine’s website for more from her collection. I’m telling you, you’re gonna fall in love!

Everyone have a great weekend! – Stacy

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Eric and Katie’s Wedding!

We had SO much fun shooting Katie and Eric’s wedding last weekend at Briscoe Manor. It was our second time to shoot there and our first time to shoot a wedding in the chapel. Katie is a loyal blog reader and a huge sweetheart! I have just loved getting to know her over the past several months and I really feel that she will be a lifelong friend!
Katie told me at their wedding that she got the idea of hiring a lighting designer for their reception from reading my blog. Brilliant decision, Katie! The reception looked just gorgeous and the pops of color in the background just give a little extra warmth and dimension to their pictures – LOVE it!:)Here are a few of my favorites from their beautiful big day . . .
The chapel flowers were gorgeous:

Katie’s friend Mary Beth (on the left below) is a very talented make-up artist and did a phenomenal job with the girls’ make-up. She was also at Katie’s bridal session, which I shot when Mary Beth and I were both about to pop out some babies!:)Her sweet little girl is only 8 days younger than Quin!
On the right is Katie’s nephew, Will – my sidekick for the day!

This was the sweetest thing . . . Katie’s niece was having her make-up done and was being tickled by the blush brush! She was squealing with delight and the rest of us girls were just giggling right along with her!

Love me some blue weddin’ shoes!

Katie’s dad acting as “granddaddy”:)

I LOVE this picture! Almost as much as I love Katie and her parents.

The lovely reception set up at Briscoe Manor. Katie’s colors, flowers, table settings – everything – just fabulous!

SO not me: I FORGOT to taste the wedding cake. WHAT?! Looks good though, doesn’t it?:)

Eric – you are a sweet and adorable groom. There, I said it!

O.M.Gracious!

Favorite moment! Favorite memory! Okay, so Eric was digging to get the garter out from under Katie’s dress when this cutie-patoot little girl walked up and wanted to know what was under there. She was very, very curious, so she decided to crawl under the dress and find out for herself!:)We got tons of pictures of her looking under Katie’s dress, but I loved this one because it was the moment just before all of this took place and I adore the look on her face!

Awesome – let me repeat – AWESOME exit!:)

E & K – Lots of love, many thanks, and HUGE congrats – Stacy & Stan
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