We love seeing Kate & Marcus’ Ranch wedding featured in the latest issue of the national Knot Magazine on newsstands now!
We love seeing Kate & Marcus’ Ranch wedding featured in the latest issue of the national Knot Magazine on newsstands now!
We’re so honored to have Brynne & Andrew’s gorgeous Houston wedding featured in the latest issue of the Knot Texas Magazine! I can’t wait to share more images–and sweet memories from Brynne– about their stunning and unforgettable wedding soon…
Most if all, I remember…I knew there was something different about my and Matt’s relationship very early on. It was just so comfortable. The lifetime type of love. Then after about a year of dating his mom passed away very suddenly, and while we were sitting in his car after her funeral he just looked at me and said, “I’m just so sad she didn’t get to see us get married.” That was the first time either of us vocalized what we probably both felt about our relationship from the beginning – that it was forever. And from that moment on I knew for sure. About six months later he proposed at a restaurant downtown and then he surprised me with an impromptu engagement party with all our closest friends that night.
What I remember from the wedding how nervous I was before the ceremony. I think I was literally shaking walking down the aisle. But when I got to the end and the paster started talking I put my head on my dad’s shoulder, looked at Matt, and the most overwhelming sense of joy came over me. I was just so incredibly happy to be marrying this man. I remember the energy I felt walking into the reception and how my girlfriends and I danced through dinner. I remember my family dancing through the entire song of “We are Family” in a big group hug. But most of all I remember how humbling it was to see all the people that took time out of their busy lives to come and celebrate with us and just how special it felt to have all of our favorite people in the world in one room.
Six years ago I really thought that I loved Matt as much as I possibly could. But now I know now that I had no idea just how deep that love would grow. I had no idea how I would get teary eyed just thinking about one minute without him as my partner, closest ally, and center of this life we have created as the Gentles. Six years ago I also thought that having him as my husband was the greatest thing in the world, but seeing him as a father to our two sons brings me more happiness than I ever could have imagined. I am just so proud of him. And I am certain his mom is proud too.
We’re thrilled that this photo of Natalie & Brandon was published today as part of Junebug Wedding’s Honorable Mention – Romantic and Intimate Images collection on What Junebug Loves!
I’m remembering and celebrating an absolutely unforgettable night at the Esperanza Resort one year ago today with Amy and Michael.
Happy Anniversary, you two!
Most of all, I remember…I had wanted to get married in Cabo for as long as I could remember, and it truly could not have been a more beautiful or more perfect day. It had rained the night before, so when I woke up that morning and pulled the curtains back, I was thrilled to see that it was gorgeous out. The sun was shining and the ocean was sparkling below, and I just knew it was going to be the best day of my life.
My suite overlooked the site where our ceremony was going to be held, so I got to watch it all come together while I was getting dressed. My sister, and maid of honor, and all of my best friends joined me for champange and some treats from the hotel while I finished preening, and everyone was kind enough to stand in awe when I finally walked out in my dress!
My father passed away when I was in high school, so I had asked one of my very best friends’ dad to walk me down the aisle. It was the perfect choice and I couldn’t have been happier to have him at my side. When I finally met Michael at the altar, the feeling was unbelieveable. I was so excited to see him and couldn’t wait to say “I do.” During the planning, I had made an effort to make sure that our outdoor ceremony still felt like we were in a church. The Beesons had been kind enough to fly our Episcopalian minister in from Houston to officiate the service. The florist made us a custom floral cross that was breathtaking and even had pillows made just for me and Michael so that we could kneel during the Lord’s Prayer. All of those details really made the ceremony so meaningful to both of us and I am very greatful to everyone for making it happen.
We said our vows again with just our families in front of a Mexican Justice of the Peace with one of Michael’s best friends translating. For something that was a mere formality to make things legal, it turned out to be pretty special too and I loved getting to say “Si!” when she asked if I would take Michael as my husband. We joined everyone for cocktails and danced to our first song, “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding, while everyone took their seats for dinner on the terrace. We even had a super moon overhead to provide some spectacular waves crashing on the rocks. There may have been a bit of a splash zone, but it was all so beautiful, no one cared.
My Mom gave the most perfect toast before dinner, of course aimed at telling Michael just how lucky he was to have found me. We had an amazing meal, followed up by wedding cakes, two fire-works shows, and a hell of a good time on the dance floor. It was magical and I couldn’t feel luckier or prouder that it all actually happened.
Most of all, I remember…walking down the aisle and having hundreds of family and friends looking back at me with such love, excitement and support on their faces. I remember seeing my family members dancing on the lawn under the twinkle lights. I remember old friends laughing together on the porch. I remember people running towards the chocolate chip cookies and having milk mustaches. I remember I felt so alive as I was dancing with our wedding party on the dance floor. But, most of all, I remember all of the happiness. Everywhere I turned, joy radiated from each guest’s face, and that was my favorite memory.
Of course there would not have been a wedding without a proposal! Brad proposed on a drizzly August morning in Crested Butte, Colorado. He convinced me to take a morning hike among the Aspen trees and wildfires, so we set out in our rain jackets. Soon after, the drizzle turned to a cold rain shower, and I pleaded with him for us to turn around. We stopped for a rest, and I thought he was searching for water. However, he took out a small box. Kneeling with the mountains behind him, he proposed while I shook with uncontrollable excitement. After I said “YES!” we stood there, damp, cold and very happy while the showers subdued. As we finished the hike, I remembered thinking he was able to capture every idea I had ever had about my proposal, but was never able to articulate. It was perfect in its simplicity and sincerity.
Most of all, I remember… Cameron and I were neighborhood friends and attended elementary school together at Midland Christian. At the ripe age of five (or six?), Cameron became my first crush. He filled my head with dreams of wedded bliss and all that goes along with the idea of what being married is like to a five year-old. Our time together ended all too soon, however, as my family was transferred (the first of many moves) for my dad’s career. Cameron and I were too young to stay in touch, but every now and then, my parents and I would drive thru our old neighborhood and it always made me think of my “little friend”, Cameron Phillips, and I would wonder how he was doing and what he was up to.
Flash forward two decades later to Spring of 2012: I had just moved back to Midland from NYC where I had spent the last two and a half years enjoying life in “The City”. Cameron and I happened to attend the same service at Stonegate Fellowship one evening where we saw each other and instantly the attraction and sparks I felt at age six still flew at age 26. We started dating and it didn’t take long before we discovered that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. What can we say, “when you know, you know…you know?!”
Our wedding day was filled with every bit of fantasy and happiness I imagined it would be. It was a blur, but it was absolutely perfect. Never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted the events that have unfolded over the year; but they have, and for that I am forever thankful.
Most of all, I remember…When our wedding day came around and it was time for me to walk down the aisle, I had a few butterflies. But as soon as I was able to hold John’s hand I immediately felt a calm and excitement come over me. I remember holding his hand during most of the ceremony and feeling very blessed.
During the reception I absolutely loved when the costume box came out! From that moment on, everyone let their hair down and really started having a good time. I remember looking at all my friends and family and seeing their smiles and joy. It was a great feeling because I knew they were celebrating our marriage.
But most of all I remember the overwhelming love and support we received from our parents, family and friends. We were showered with kisses, hugs, and words of congratulations and best wishes. It is a wonderful memory!
Most of all, I remember… Marcus took me to my favorite sushi restaurant for our fist date. It just so happened to be his favorite place as well. When we ordered drinks, he ordered the same drink as I did. At first I thought he was just doing it to be sweet, but it really is one of his favorite drinks also! Throughout the night, our conversation was wonderful. It felt like we shared the same ideas and dreams.
I knew I would marry Marcus after that first date. I can’t really explain how I knew he was the one, it was just a feeling that I had. I remember coming home after the date was over and calling my sister and one of my best friends (who was also the matchmaker) and telling them both that he was the one. I was right!
Most of all, I remember…Harris and I’ll had celebrated our 3 year dating anniversary in February of 2010. We were definitely starting to talk about getting married but he always told me he wanted to wait until after he graduated college.On April 2nd, he took me to his parents house on the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas, about two hours outside of Austin. I was going with him to Houston to spend Easter with his family and he said he wanted to go out there just for one night to rest and have some down time before the holiday. Soon after we got there he was asking me to go on a hike that we had done before a couple of times. It’s a pretty steep hill to climb and there is a cypress wood cross at the top. I didn’t feel like going hiking so he had to convince me. He said since it was Good Friday and we weren’t going to a church service we should take our Bible’s and read. I thought it sounded great so I went with it. We canoed down the river to get to the starting point of the hike and when I grabbed for Harris’s backpack, he snapped at me and asked if I could help paddle. I was a little like, “whoa…ok, ok” but I didn’t think anything of it. We got to the top and sat and he pulled a gift wrapped box out from his backpack. He said, “I just wanted to get you a little something for Easter.” It wasn’t shaped like a ring box so I wasn’t suspicious. I opened it and it was a Bible. He had it monogrammed with my new names, “Kristin Britt” on the front cover. I read it and was so confused but when I looked up he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was so fun to sit up there and talk about how he had been lying to me for weeks getting the ring and flying to Baton Rouge to ask my parents for permission to marry me. Then we drove right back to Austin and all of our friends and his family were at a hotel bar in downtown Austin to celebrate with us. It was the perfect night!
Most of all, I remember… I met Brandon when I was a sophomore at Westlake High School. He was a junior at the time, and was in an art class with one of my girl friends. We were at the usual Friday night football game when she pointed out the “cute boy” in her class. We made eye contact from across the stands, and we both had an instant crush. It didn’t take long before we were “going out”, and have been together ever since.
One of the first trips we took together was with his family to their lake house in Marble Falls. While we had only been dating for three months, I told him then that I thought it would be a really beautiful place to get engaged one day. He took note of that and held onto it for nine years. After spending a day on the lake with our closest friends, we were all in the kitchen preparing dinner when he called me outside on the balcony to help him get the grill started. When I walked out, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked! Of course, I said “YES!” We went inside and surprised our friends, and called our families. The next morning we got up and drove to Austin to have lunch and champagne with our parents and siblings.
The fact that we were both in T-shirts and shorts, (and I was without make-up!) is my favorite part. I have never felt more secure than I do with Brandon. We both cherish the foundation that we have built over the years, and nothing feels better than knowing I have the unconditional support from my best friend for the rest of my life. I am incredibly blessed and can’t wait to marry him!
We’re so glad you’re here!
“Most of all, I remember,” is our brand new blog that showcases favorite JLW images and pays tribute to our clients’ most poignant memories of their wedding days, proposals, and moments that they knew they had found “The One.” We’ll also keep you updated about our recent photo shoots and appearances in national and regional publications.
Please keep checking back as we are in the midst of a big update. We can’t wait to share more with you and love hearing your comments and feedback.
Weddings are truly a labor of love. Thank you to everyone–every future and former client, vendor, editor, colleague, friend, wedding guest, and family member–who makes our work possible.
- Jenn & Jim
We’re thrilled that Amy & Michael’s wedding is featured as a destination wedding on StyleMePretty.com today! Please head over that way to see a full gallery of images and all of the details from Amy.
Most of all, I remember…The wedding was such a blur. It was a big, fun, beautiful, dreamy blur! I remember the butterflies in my stomach as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. Then suddenly the butterflies disappeared the moment the doors opened for me to enter and I saw Franklin standing there. I remember that nothing in the ceremony went as planned, but I didn’t care, it was still perfect to me. I remember the guests laughing at me because I got so excited that I did giggled and did a little hop when we were pronounced husband and wife. I remember feeling so loved when we walked down the stairs at the reception and everyone was there. I remember Franklin took a french fry off of someone’s plate as we made our way to the dance floor for our first dance. I remember all of the laughter as my Dad and I burst out in a flash-mob dance with my siblings. I remember dying over the gorgeous cake and thinking “and it actually tastes good too!” I remember dancing on stage with my baby brother, looking out at the crowd and seeing everyone having a blast.
But most of all, I remember how quiet everything was when the guests had all gone outside for our grand exit, and Franklin and I were alone in the ballroom. We just looked at each other and we were thrilled to be married. Even though it was the end of our beautiful wedding and amazing reception and the noise, fun, and people were gone – the feeling didn’t change. We were just so happy to be married. He took my hand and we walked out, through all of our loved ones and drove off into our new life.
I can’t say enough about the gorgeousness of this wedding designed and planned by Barbara Shorts of Verve Austin! Working with Barbara is always amazing and she is able to bring her clients’ visions and ideas to life in a way that never fails to “Wow” literally everyone involved. The whole vendor team was wonderful from Sylvia Weinstock to Joe Simon, and I don’t know that I have ever seen the The “Bob Bullock” Museum look quite this combination of both grand and modern. Take a peek below.
We’ll be featuring more images from this wedding soon, as well as sharing some of Chandler’s wedding memories. I can’t wait because besides the beauty of Chandler’s words and wedding, she and her family have got to be among the sweetest people in all of the world. Much happiness to you all!