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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: 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!


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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Jay and Shelly’s Wedding

I was so honored when Jay contacted me a few months ago about photographing he and his lovely fiancee Shelly’s wedding. You see, Stan and I had the privilege of shooting Jay’s wonderful daughter Stephanie’s wedding to Bret in 2008 and we have continued to keep in touch with them ever since. Stephanie and Bret are one of our absolute favorite couples we’ve ever shot, so I was SO excited to reunite with Steph’s family for Jay’s wedding at Trois Estates. It was really fun to shoot and I loved seeing Jay so adorably smitten with Shelly!:)Here are a few favorites from their big day!

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Steve and Lesa’s Wedding

If there has ever been a sweeter couple in all the land, I do not know of them!:)

Steve and Lesa have won my praises and my heart – not only because of their beautiful personalities and how much we enjoyed shooting their wedding, but because of the sympathy and compassion they showed us after my dad got sick. Their wedding was the day before he went to the hospital and was the last time I remember feeling “normal”. However, I am thankful to say that I’m learning a new “normal” and it’s really not terrible – it’s just different. God has answered our prayers for grace and peace – and we’re making it through this.

Thank you to Steve and Lesa, as well as all of our other clients – everyone has been so caring and loving during this time and we greatly appreciate all of you!

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites from Steve and Lesa’s wonderful wedding at The Wild Onion Ranch. Lesa has a beautiful sense of style and every last detail was just SO nice! Many thanks to the fantastic gals at Jennifer’s Gardens (one of my very favorite florists!) for putting together the most gorgeous bouquets, table arrangements, and ceremony decor! Everything looked awesome!

Please see the following several pictures as a beautiful example of why each couple should consider a “first look” and should set aside some time for gorgeous bride and groom shots on their wedding day!:)Of course, I always tell my couples they should do what they want, but I was SOOO excited that Steve and Lesa chose to see one another before their ceremony for these fun pictures!

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Jacob and Catherine’s Wedding

Here it is . . . our last wedding before the arrival of our baby boy! We could not have asked to go out (on maternity + paternity leave:)) on a better note!

Our lives have been so enriched over the past year by our getting to know our sweet friends and across-the-street neighbors, Catherine and Jacob. These two are just wonderful together and we were so honored when they asked us to capture their big day for them. It means SO much when we get to be a part of our friends’ weddings and we LOVE shooting them!

Jacob and Catherine’s gorgeous wedding and reception both took place at Barr Mansion in Austin. Every detail of their day was beautifully overseen by Beth Walker and her crew from 36th Street Events and the incredible floral arrangements were put together by the very talented Monique Capanelli with Articulture Designs. J&C picked such an awesome team of professionals, which made the day that more smooth and enjoyable . . . thanks to everyone involved!

Jacob and Catherine: Photographing your wedding day was such a huge honor for Stan and I. We cannot thank you enough for including us and trusting us to capture all of these awesome moments and more! We love you tons and hope you’re having fun in Morocco. We’ve been picking up your mail, as promised, and only opening the really fun-looking wedding gifts!:)

Some of the gorgeous details of their wedding . . . .

OH, and Catherine found this AMAZING lady on Etsy who custom designs cake toppers to look exactly like the bride and groom – soooo cute! (I’ll get the girl’s info from Catherine and post it here asap!)

Catherine has such an amazing sense of style and she’s so uniquely beautifully and elegant.

I ADORE the way that Catherine’s mom is looking at her as she gets ready.

Catherine – I don’t need to tell you how cute you are, do I?!

I am such a sucker . . . for seer, that is!:)

Every one of these girls rocked the canary like it’s going out of style!

Wow . . . just wow.

During the ceremony, a butterfly came and landed on Catherine’s stunning dress. You could hear gasps of amazement from everyone in the audience, which were quickly followed by about five million camera clicks. I think we got a pretty good shot on the right here!:)

One of my favorite things about a wedding is watching the groom’s face as he looks at his bride and Jacob was as sweet as he could be!

Oh happy day!

This is Jacob’s fantastic brother Tucker giving a toast . . . what a cool guy! Tucker: thanks for giving Stan lots of good law school advice – you’re the bomb!
I want to marry this picture . . . . but I won’t . . . . cause that’s weird . . . . and I’m already married.

Hahahahaha – YES!

Colin – we really like you, dude!

Congratulations, you guys!

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