Katie & Thomas's Austin, TX Engagement Session at Mckinney Falls and East Austin Succulents

As you probably know, blogging has been slow lately BUT this is the first of a few blog posts in the next week or so! And I am SO excited to share this one!! One of my favorite engagement sessions to date!! Katie & Thomas are so fun and sweet. These Austin Aggies are getting married at Broken Arrow Ranch this November, and I can't wait to be back at this gorgeous venue!

For this session, we went to East Austin Succulents and then to on of my favorite spots in Austin : Mckinney Falls State Park!! Katie had the perfect dresses for both spots, and their portraits turned out so gorgeous!! I am pumped to shoot their wedding this fall!

A Texas At-Home Engagement Session Featured on the Overwhelmed Bride

I have been holding on to these images for WAY too long, but I am so excited to finally share Liz and Cooper's session with you all! Check out their feature on The Overwhelmed Bride! And read their sweet sweet engagement story below!

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"Cooper kicked off the month of "engagement confusion" by throwing me multiple curve balls. Several times I was convinced we were getting engaged and he fooled me. One week before Thanksgiving Cooper asked me to reserve the following Tuesday for a nice dinner together. He told me to dress up so he could take me out for a nice meal. Of course, when Cooper picked me up I was prepared for a nice evening out, only to be met by the surprise of a bicycle ride across town, through Texas A&M's campus to Chipotle. Let's just say I was a little less than thrilled after a week of build up and excitement. After a couple of minutes of me trying to alter Cooper's bike riding plans, I finally gave in and hopped on a bike. We started to ride through Texas A&M's campus, where Cooper proceeded to stop at every. single. stop. Each time it was a different excuse: "I have low tires," "my seat is loose," and the list goes on... After multiple stops at different buildings and several bicycle "fix it" stations, he stopped at the final place: The Century Tree! I rode behind Cooper on my bicycle, where Cooper proceeded to tell me with a huge smile on his face, "you thought I was going to propose here didn't you?!"At this point I was so confused, and I said "no?!" We proceeded to go under the tree a second time and head to Chipotle. But this time I hear the bike's breaks screech, and Cooper fall off of his bike. It was so elaborate, I thought it was a joke. I told Cooper to get up so we could keep going. When he didn't get up, I got nervous and jumped off of my bike to go check on him. Just as I was bending down to talk to him, the lights in the tree came on and Cooper was on one knee. He sweetly asked me to marry him, and I said yes. Following the proposal Cooper had a home cooked meal waiting for us on the stairs of the Academic building. We ate, laughed, and dreamed of the days to come. Then he threw one last special surprise my way... my very best friends planned us a surprise engagement party at my home in College Station. We arrived home to find many of our dear friends, and all of our families waiting to celebrate with us. I could not have asked for a more perfect evening with my favorite person who I can't wait to spend forever with."

Photography: Shelby Tsika Photography | Venue: Studio 12 | Styling: Shelby Tsika Photography | Mugs: Target | Linens: World Market | Tableware: World Market | Submitted via: Matchology

Keely's Texas A&M Senior Session

Well, It's about that time for Aggie finals, and I know you seniors are pretty excited this is your last round!! I can't believe another school year is coming to a close. It is SO crazy. I have loved each of my spring 2018 seniors so much!!  

Miss Keely booked her senior photos with me a long time ago, and when it was finally time for her session, I felt like I already knew her! She has the sweetest heart for kids and is going to be a school teacher! She is as gorgeous on the outside as she is on the inside, and I just love her red hair!!! Campus was blooming like crazy, and it's just beautiful. Congrats, Keely, and all of my other Aggie Grads out there!! 

Emily & Kenton's Boho Home Session

Eeeek! I was thrilled when Emily asked me to photograph a home session for her and her husband, Kenton! These two cuties are moving pretty soon and wanted to document their first home together, and it is something special! This is not a styled shoot, just purely how cute their home actually is. I know, I know. I want Em to come decorate my house too!!! I am particularly smitten with their kitchen details. Check 'em out!

Kaitlyn | High School Senior

Sharing a special senior session with you all this morning! Cody's little sister, Kaitlyn, is graduating this June from El Campo High school, and I can't tell you how exciting it was to be able to take her senior photos! My own brother is graduating this year as well, and Cody and I are both just a little in shock at the fact that our siblings are old enough to graduate!! I guess this means we are officially old?! 

Kaitlyn, you are so beautiful and I am so excited to see all that you do at A&M! God has big plans for you!!

Kristen & Darrell's Houston, Texas Engagement Session

This engagement session... so FUN!!! I love exploring different areas of Herrmann Park in Houston, and it was just the perfect backdrop for these two. Their love is real and so evident in the way they treat each other! They are fun and silly... and Darrell is clearly excited for Kristen to have his last name!! (Scroll down to see!) Kristen and Darrell, you two were a blast to photograph, and I can't wait for your wedding this fall!! 

Kyla & Caleb's Broken Arrow Ranch Wedding

What an incredibly beautiful and joyful day I am sharing on the blog this afternoon! Reliving this day brings my heart so much joy! Kyla & Caleb's winter wedding at Broken Arrow Ranch was so sweet in every way. It was centered in God's love, and there just aren't a lot of  people with more joy and gratefulness than Kyla and Caleb! 

This day was planned with love and intention and there were so many tiny touches that made this day special. One of my favorite's was Caleb's letters to kyla that he wrote throughout their engagement that he gave her on their wedding day! 

One of Kyla's childhood friends and bridesmaid is a June bride of mine, and it was so neat to be able to snap a photo with the both of them!! 

From their color scheme, florals, decor and venue... You can hardly get prettier! I am so thankful to have been a part in this wedding day. I cried so many happy tears with this family throughout it!!

Amazing vendors tagged below : 

Florals : Adrienne Adamson Designes 

Venue : Broken Arrow Ranch

HMU : Naturally Flawless

Tux : The Black Tux

Wedding Dress : VIP Bridal - Bryan TX

Bridal Shoes : Alex Marie

Second Shooter : Meredith Rainey

 

Summer & Hughesy's Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session

I am thrilled to share this sweet couple with you guys today! It is close too my heart in so many ways! I am from Western North Carolina, so to be shooting in Asheville was a DREAM come true. Most of you may not know this, but my dad played college golf, played professionally AND coached college golf back in the day. Brian (Hughesy to me and my dad) was on his team. I have known him since I was teeny tiny, and grew up around Hughesy and the whole golf team! He and my dad have stayed close friends ever since. Now he is marrying the most beautiful and sweet girl EVER! Summer is an answered prayer and the perfect match for Hughesy, and photographing this special time in their lives is such an honor! I absolutely cannot wait for their May wedding at the Twickenham House in North Carolina!!

Kyla | Broken Arrow Ranch Bridals

I am over the moon excited to share this sweet girl's bridal portraits tonight! Kyla and Caleb's wedding day was amazing, and I cannot wait to share that as well. For Kyla's bridals, we went to her beautiful venue, Broken Arrow Ranch! Also, how much do you guys La LA LOVE her bouquet by Adrienne Adamson?! She's a rockstar with florals!!  We had a bit of a windy day, but we made it work in her favor! MY favorite moment was when it hit Kyla's mom that her little girl was a BRIDE! Cue the tears!! These special moments are why I do this. Eeeeek Enjoy!

Jessica | Old Town Spring Bridals at Hochzeit Hall

Sharing a few of my favorites today from Jessica's classic, Old Town Spring bridal session! I just love everything about her look!!! Her and Jason's New Years eve wedding was a blast, and I am just so thrilled it is over so I can finally share this beautiful session with you all!

Lauren | Texas A&M Senior

So incredibly excited to share this senior session on the blog today! Lauren is graduating this month with a degree in architecture from Texas A&M! Not only is she the most sweet, big-hearted and thoughtful girl I know, but she is also one of my best friends :) 

We wanted some fall vibes mixed with some images on campus, and I think we nailed it with our locations! 

As always, Leanna of Naturally Flawless does an incredible job on HMU!

Celeste + Daniel | Downtown Waco Engagement Session

This is a sweet one, you guys!

Celeste and Daniel are the most thoughtful couple. The 9th of every month is their special day - it’s the day he asked her to be his girlfriend, wife, and the day they will marry! Oh, and did I mention that Daniel gives her a sunflower (Celeste's happy flower) on the 9th of every month?! I mean, come on. Celeste & Daniel, Your love for Jesus and each other is so incredibly evident in the way you two interact! So honored to be your wedding photographer and I can't wait for your June wedding!!

Kyla + Caleb | Lick Creek Park Engagement

It's time to share another sweet STP couple this week!! This fall engagement has me just gushing over these two and their love! Also, can we talk about the golden grass Texas has every fall? We may not have trees changing colors, but ahhh this couple + this grass + golden hour = Gorgeousness!! I also recently did Kyla's bridal session and I am just so excited to share those after their wedding in January. She is the most beautiful bride!

Kyla and Caleb, you guys are the sweetest, and your love for each other is so evident in these images!! You both have the most joyful smiles! I cannot WAIT for your wedding day!!

Brandi + Jerry | A Rockport Engagement

Sharing these two cuties and their Rockport, Texas Engagement Session on the blog today!! Brandi & Jerry are the sweetest, most laid back couple I know. 10 Minutes before our session was supposed to start, Brandi calls me and says they locked their car keys in the house and her jeans are ripped! The ripped jeans alone would usually send any bride through the roof!! She handled it like a champ and they made it and we had a blast!! Despite Harvey's horrible damage to this little town, there is still beauty there! And boy, did we find it! There are so many fall vibes and beautiful colors and greenery throughout the shoot. 

Brandi and Jerry, I am so thankful for you guys and I can't wait for your wedding in 2018!

 

Cathryn & Roman | An Elegant, Small town Wedding

I am finally getting around to blogging this beautiful small-town spring wedding, and I am so excited to share it with you guys today! Cathryn & Roman are the sweetest, and their families? Even sweeter! They had the biggest wedding party I have ever tackled, and couldn't have done this day without my girl, Katie Kruger! Cathryn & Roman incorporated so many thoughtful elements throughout their day, and I have never met a more grateful, happy couple! They got married in the same church and reception hall that Cathryn's parents did years ago, and if you scroll down to a couple of the black and white images... the one with the stained glass of the church is a recreated image that her parents took on their wedding day!! Tears!! 

Cathryn & Roman, I say this a lot to my clients, but it truly was such an honor to be your wedding photographer!! I love what I do, and I am just so humbled by all of my sweet couples who trust me with there memories! 

Leah + Jared | A Golden Hour McKinney Falls Anniversary Session

A few weeks ago, Cody and I made our way to Austin to shoot an Anniversary session for these two cuties! I have had the honor of being a part in Leah & Jared's milestones since their engagement last year, and I seriously CAN'T believe it has been over a year since their wedding! We celebrated in the most gorgeous spot - McKinney Falls, you are perfection!

They are such a joy to be around and I can't wait for the next time they are in front of my camera.

Happy Anniversary, Leah & Jared!

Romantic Minimalist Editorial Featured on Glamour & Grace | Tiny Boxwoods Wedding Inspiration

I am SO excited to share this editorial shoot I did back in the Spring. I am so thankful to Skylar of Chancey Charm Houston for making my warm minimalist wedding dreams come to life. I absolutely loved working with our incredible vendors - Everyone listed below is just so awesome! The classic neutral color palette of grays and greens gets a breath of fresh air with peach and gold, adding warmth and vibrancy. I love the greenery hoop backdrop! Such a simple statement piece that will be sure to wow your guests. And that peach drip cake is just perfection!

Featured on Glamour & Grace! Wooooo! 

Checkout our feature HERE

Photography : @shelbytsikaphoto | Planning: @skylar_caitlin for @chanceycharm | Venue : @tinyboxwoods | Florist: @yellowthistledesigns | Linens: @houseofhough | HMU: @analisahastings | Dress: @unbridaled  | Tux: @generationtux  | Calligraphy & Paper: @joyfulinkcalligraphy | Cake: @sweetmariesdessertstudio

 

Trevor & Natalie | Houston, Texas Engagement

Blogging has been a little slow lately due to my crazy travels, but I am so incredibly excited to be able to share this sweet, sweet engagement session with you guys! I first met these two at their Messina Hoff Proposal last winter. Trevor had thoughtfully planned for months and had me booked way in advance for this special surprise!! Needless to say, I was extremely excited when they wanted to book me for their wedding this May!

It is such an honor to be able to photograph this entire season of their lives - Trevor & Natalie, you guys are awesome and I am so grateful for you! Can't Wait to celebrate your love at Agave Real in May!

An Interview with the Owner of Pure + Radiant, Courtney Kahla

I am so excited about this blog post today! I got a chance to hang out with Pure + Radiant owner, Courtney Kahla and shoot some updated shots of her skincare line AND even jump in a shot myself! Thank you to our friend, Shell, for snapping that pic! We have decided to do an interview style blog post - and today I am sharing her answers to my questions about her brand, her heart and everything in between!! 

Guys, I hope you enjoy this. Her heart is crazy big, and the care and attention to detail she puts into each handmade product is incredible. She does this all while being in chiropractic school!! She is such a superstar and I love being business besties with this chick!! Love ya, Court!

An Interview with Courtney

1. Tell me about the heart behind Pure + Radiant. Why skincare?

the heart and soul of Pure + Radiant is honesty, integrity, and clarity. it was birthed from a place of service. six months before my wedding I experienced adult acne for the first time and it caused emotional turmoil to my core. that is ultimately what fueled my skincare ritual because while hormone changes and high stress levels were most likely the cause of my breakout, I realized everything I was putting on my skin to cleanse, moisturize, and cover up were only making it worse. the majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants. to eliminate many toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, I began on a journey of creating organic and natural skincare products that work synergistically with my body to heal those imbalances and shared those recipes on my blog. I felt the love from my community so much that they started asking me to make these products for them to purchase! I was selling homemade face wash, serum and even shampoo to my classmates, friends and family!

 

I was only able to achieve a clear complexion after totally overhauling my beauty routine by simplifying to a few natural and gentle skincare products that I made myself specifically for my sensitive skin! I also respected that not every product works for every skin type. we are all unique and I value that so I also began creating organic and natural skincare products for the variety of skin types.

 

 

 

2. Were you fearful of anything when you started your business? if so, what and why?

I don’t feel like I even gave myself a chance to experience fear with Pure + Radiant. I was blogging these recipes and doing my thang when a friend called and put her faith in me. her belief in me instilled a confidence that never wavered. I hit the ground running and never looked back. I also never allowed any stress in the process of creating and launching P+R. the village that it took to bring this to life was full of joy, love and passion. we never had a specific launch date because we worked at a pace that was enjoyable for us. this also applies to every product I make. I am very intentional about my heart and mind when I’m making products and filling orders to make sure that your skin is being loved on every level, even energetic.

 

I can’t say that that’s true now though. there has been a new wave of fear that I’ve been experiencing lately simply because it’s a one-woman show over here! I not only make each and every product by hand (my favorite part), but I also slap every label on every bottle, cut and tie every ingredient tag, put together every box, stuff and package all orders, and manage all social media and blog posts. all while being a full-time chiropractic intern working over 50 hours a week. I was in my second year of chiropractic school and first year of marriage when I launched Pure + Radiant. I found balance while managing how to be a wife, dog mom, full-time chiropractic student, and business owner. but now I’m in an entirely new phase of life:  my last year of chiropractic school where I serve people in the chiropractic clinic and I’m in the process of finding a new kind of balance. this is why our shipping times range anywhere from 7-9 business days because I’m finding that I can only fill orders on the weekends. I’m just so grateful that the Pure + Radiant community is full of grace and patience as we grow and change to better serve their skin.

 

 

3. Favorite product?

oh boy, don’t make me choose! let me start off by saying that I use the ENTIRE line on a daily and weekly basis. that’s where this ritual started... with what served my skin best and then we evolved. I probably use the toner for oily skin (no, I don’t have oily skin but it simply has more apple cider vinegar in it and I like that) and the skin food serum for dry skin the most. sometime I mix the serums together to get the best of both worlds. that’s the beauty of it! you have the freedom to do what works best for you and I always encourage you to listen to your body and be intuitive with your skincare. I love our new + improved face wash but honestly, I’m kinda lazy about washing my face and I also believe in skin fasting.

 

 

4. If someone were to enter into the world of clean skincare in need of advice, what would you have them do / buy first?

I think it’s important to not feel overwhelmed in this transition because it is a journey. honor that journey. take your time. if you can afford to throw all your toxic products away and spend a few hundred dollars replacing them and that’s what makes you happy, then do it! but I wasn’t able to do it that way. when I would run out of face wash, I would invest in a new nontoxic face wash or actually, I couldn’t afford most nontoxic face washes so I started using just castile soap. but then that was too drying so then I started using just honey but that was too sticky and not realistic to use on a daily basis. so I started playing around with combining them and adding other nourishing ingredients which became our suds face wash today!

 

whether you choose to invest in Pure + Radiant or not, you deserve skincare products that don’t sacrifice your health. there truly are clean products for every budget so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

 

5. Where do you want to be in 3 years with your blog and Pure + Radiant?

honestly, 3 years is a tough time frame for me because I’ll be graduating chiropractic school in one year and then I’ll begin an associateship with a pediatric and prenatal specific chiropractor in the dfw metroplex and hopefully beginning a family. I hope to continue to seek truth and share that through the Pure + Radiant blog in the areas of pure beauty, radiant living and chiropractic. I do envision opening my own chiropractic office one day. I honestly never imagined associating until this opportunity presented itself and I am beyond grateful. possibly more like 5 years down the road, I envision having a chiropractic space that opens to the Pure + Radiant Home retail shop. I will have some employees working at that shop so I can serve people in my space, but that connected space will serve as an open kitchen where you can see the Pure + Radiant products being made by hand as well as other nontoxic and natural living brands to fill the retail shelves. lots of neutrals, natural wood floating shelves and greenery.

 

okay, I shared my guts, but I think you should know the core values and priorities my life revolves around. my core values are:  Christianity, congruency, authenticity, passion, integrity and gratitude. my priorities are:  God, health, family, education and friendships. having this set-in place has helped me keep on track with my life purpose and in touch with my passion and joy. it is my belief that the body is a gift and uniquely designed by our Creator. my passion is inspiring people to feel empowered and healthy within their bodies. my mission is to educate people of all ages to take action steps toward owning and managing a life with vitalism. this is done by utilizing chiropractic care as the cornerstone of expressing life more abundantly. I know that through the eyes of our Creator we shine in divine perfection and I see and serve you and create skincare products in this same light.

Mariana + Joshua | A Boerne, Texas Wedding Published In San Antonio Weddings Magazine

I have been waiting SO LONG to share this wedding with you guys! Literally about a week after this November wedding, Mariana & Joshua's wedding film by Constante Films was noticed by San Antonio Weddings Magazine and I was contacted for the photos to be published in their July issue! Eeeeek! The magazine is finally out, and if you are in the Boerne/San Antonio Area, head to Barnes & Noble and grab a copy!! If you aren't, here is the digital copy : https://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=418953

This Cana Ballroom Wedding was worth the wait to share with you guys. Mariana and Joshua are such an incredible couple! Their fun personalities and love shines through every image, and it was such an honor to be the one to capture their day! I mean, if you just look at Joshua's reaction to her walking down that isle... TEARS!!!! They had the sweetest family who seriously made me feel like I was one of them for a day! I also LOVE these reception images and they make me smile every time I look at them! It was such a FUN party - Lumen Events killed it! Seriously, one of the best DJs! 

Mariana & Joshua, I am so thankful for you!!