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What a fun day it was for Kyle and Michelle. Their friends and family joined them to celebrate their beautiful relationship of over 10 years. They are best friends and it is quite obvious how much they love each other and how much fun they have together. The whole day was filled with beautiful moments of tears, laughter, joy and love. I could feel it everywhere. Even in the silly moments it was quite obvious not only how much they loved each other but how much their friends and family loved them as well. It was inspiring and beautiful to see so many people support them and give their best wishes for the couple. It wasn’t just another excuse for wedding cake and a party. It was a celebration of love. And I truly had so much fun being a part of this special day.

Michelle and Kyle: Thank you for loving each other. And thank you for inviting me to document your story. It was an honor and a day I will never forget. xo

See their engagement photos here.

Michelle’s hair and makeup (as well as all the bridesmaids) were done by my fabulous stylist Brandi and her team.

Michelle reading Kyle’s letter to her. I love these sweet moments. I can’t even explain how happy they make me. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about it!

Kyle reading Michelle’s letter to him. It’s these moments that give me chills. And remind me how beautiful love really is.

Almost showtime!

I love it so much that my clients trust me. The First Look is one of my greatest pieces of advice for a wedding day. It is SUCH a beautiful moment that cannot ever be explained in words or photos.

Michelle surprised Kyle during their FL with a boudoir album she had made with us at The Boudoir Vixen. He was SO surprised and completely loved it!

The First Look not only gave them time away from everyone else for a few moments of privacy, but it also gave us time to be able to take several beautiful portraits of them without feeling rushed.

Wedding time!

The First Look does NOT take away from the moment the bride walks down the aisle. See, look how excited Kyle is.

What beautiful memories were made!

Michelle and Kyle’s wedding party were SO much fun. But they were also so respectful of me. I cannot give them enough praise. They all listened to my direction during portrait time and then let loose during the reception. It was awesome.

The Phunky Monkeys played and BOY are they awesome. They kept everyone on the dance floor the ENTIRE night. I highly recommend this band.

Can you tell me what’s wrong with this photo? hahahahha… there are a couple of “people” that don’t belong. Notice the horse in between Kyle and Michelle… hahaha I was DYING laughing as they did the Wobble. Oh and don’t forget to notice the old creepy man head in the back there too. There was a pig head that also joined in at one point.

The Phunky Monkeys had the groomsmen come on stage at one point to dance to “Suit and Tie”. Oh.Em.Gee… HILARIOUS. I was crying laughing that’s how funny it was.

Congrats again Michelle and Kyle. I had SO much fun your entire wedding day!! Thanks for being amazing and for trusting me with your memories!!

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  • Lizz Marie

    LOVE these shots, actually got choked up on a couple and I don’t even know the couple! Love shots and congrats to the bride and groom!

  • Cailan

    Courtney- these photos are AMAZING and makes me so sad that this wonderful day/weekend is over!! On behalf of the wedding party, thank YOU for making things so easy for us and capturing this day. We love Michelle and Kyle so much, and I know they will cherish these memories forever! :)

  • Steph

    Courtney–you are amazing–you also did my nieces wedding–Kristen Wheat King. Your pictures capture true moments and give me chills. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Mark and Linda come from two completely different cultures. Linda’s family is Vietnamese and Mark was raised in Canada, but his parents are from England. I just love that. It proves that love has no barriers. When you are meant to be together, nothing can stand in your way. It was amazing to see these two cultures and families come together on Mark and Linda’s wedding day. I felt truly a part of something wonderful and beautiful. Both of these people and their families were so kind, happy and loving towards each other and towards me. I cannot say enough good things about this couple and their families and friends.

I will let their photos tell the rest of the story.

Linda and Mark: You are both so kind, it’s truly inspiring. I am so so grateful to you for inviting me to be a part of this special time in your lives. I will forever be grateful. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. xo

See their engagement photos here.

Their wedding took place in Houston at the fabulous Chateau Cocomar.

I just love this photo. Linda getting ready to see Mark for the first time on their wedding day.

They made the very wise decision of seeing each other before the ceremony. (aka the First Look)

 

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  • Hannah Huynh

    I got the chills looking at these photos. Beautiful Wedding!!! Congrats again you two.

    -Hannah

Bridget is a hopeless romantic but never thought she would find “the one”. She was driven in life and motivated with school and work. And just wasn’t sure she’d ever find someone who valued these same things in life. Well, God knew better because he brought Mikah into her life and Bridget quickly discovered that not only did he value the same things as her, he actually added to her goals by helping encourage her in everything she wanted and dreamed of. They fell in love and just knew they were right for each other. Now they are planning their wedding for this Spring and I am so looking forward to being a part of it!!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their engagement shoot.

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Travis and Kristen are truly so lovely. They are so sweet and kind. They have been such a joy and pleasure every step of the way in working with them and getting to know them. Their wedding day was gorgeous and full of love. I loved so many moments but without a doubt my favorite was when Travis surprised Kristen by singing to her! LOVED IT. So sweet and romantic. What a beautiful memory! You’ll see the photos from that down below.

By the way, be sure to check out their engagement photos here.

Kristen and Travis: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in your special day. It was an honor. xo

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A few of my favorites from my Amy’s bridal shoot!! I’m looking forward to her wedding this coming Spring.

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Whew, what a busy year!! But so full of blessings in every way. I can’t believe it’s already time for me to write this post again. It’s insane how fast time flies. I don’t like it! I want it to slow down. I remember as a child how sloooowww the weeks and months would pass and now I blink an eye, and 6 months have passed by. It’s crazy. I try so hard to slow down, breathe and take in everything. But it still doesn’t help the time slow down. It’s scary to think and I just don’t want to miss anything throughout my time on earth. I am almost 30 years old. OMG, THIRTY. It feels like yesterday I was 15. Where oh where does the time go!?

2012 was an amazing year. It was a year of hard work and hard lessons. I learned a lot in 2012. Some of it was fun, some of it wasn’t. This last year I met some amazing people and I accomplished some big goals. I had so many proud moments in this year and I look forward to pushing myself even more in 2013 to become better than ever.

One of the things I am most grateful for every day of my life is God’s unfailing love. It truly never fails… never stops. He never gives up on me and it truly blows my mind. He is so gracious and patient. Even when I am not perfect, he is there to pick me up and hold me. If it weren’t for him, I would be nothing. I could not possibly express in words how blessed I feel simply to be called his child. He plays a huge role in the woman I am, and the business I run. I really owe him my all.

My business grows every year and I couldn’t be more grateful for my clients and the many opportunities that have come my way. I absolutely love what I do and my passion only grows each and every year for my love of art with weddings and boudoir. I have enjoyed every moment I have spent with every client in 2012. You all mean more to me than you realize and I will forever cherish the memories we created together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me and believing in me.

I look forward to 2013 and working with all of my fabulous clients!

I also look forward to meeting my next assistant. Eek, yes, I am hiring again. But shhh, more on that after the new year. ; )

To read 2009′s end of the year post, click here.
To read 2010′s end of the year post, click here.
To read 2011′s end of the year post, click here.

I leave you with a small snapshot of 2012! Happy New Year to you all.

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The last wedding of the year is always a little bittersweet. I am always so grateful for all of my wonderful clients throughout the year. It is so much fun not only capturing love, but getting to know each couple and their different personalities and stories. Being in the business of love is truly a huge blessing to me and I cherish every single wedding. Kayla and Ronnie’s wedding was the perfect way to end my 2012 weddings. The weather was perfect, the couple was in love and joy was in the air. These two have been so wonderful and easy to work with. From the moment we met, they trusted me. When my clients trust me, it makes my heart so happy. Knowing I will be able to give them something that they can cherish and remember forever is something I don’t take lightly. And a client’s trust in me is the absolute best thing they can do when they hire me. It allows me to do my job so much better. I am so happy I was able to be a part of this special day.

Ronnie and Kayla: Thank you for everything you have done. Thank you for your trust and belief in me. I hope you cherish each other and the images forever.

One of the biggest suggestions I make for your wedding day is seeing each other before the wedding. I know it can seem like a crazy idea when you first hear it, but I PROMISE you it’s one of THE BEST decisions you could ever make. No one ever regrets it. The First Look is a beautiful thing.

I love they got to share this special moment in an intimate setting. With no one else around.

Because Ronnie and Kayla took my advice on the First Look, we were also able to do all the group photos BEFORE the ceremony. The family, the bridal party, etc. It also gave us time to take tons of the couple.

We wouldn’t have had time to get all of these special portraits if they had chosen to not see each other before.

Another amazing thing is because we did all the photos beforehand, Kayla and Ronnie were able to literally walk right out to their car and head to the reception. AWESOME.

Because we did the First Look, it also allowed me the chance to beat all of the guests to the reception. Giving me the opportunity to photograph the room without guests in it. AWESOME AGAIN.

It has been an awesome year. Thank you Ronnie and Kayla for being so fabulous! xo

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