Thy & Jonathan | Nylo Hotel
Thy & Jonathan | Nylo Hotel

Thy & Jonathan are the best.   We started the session at the Nylo Hotel.  AMAZING location.  (More like this please.)  Then we headed over to Top Golf for some fun on the driving range.

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Thanks for making me hit that little white ball a few times.  I’m not sure if I’m hooked, but I’m definitely interested in trying again.

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Candace & Covy | Year 1
Candace & Covy | Year 1

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Candace & Covy were married a little over a year ago.  I asked her to drop some dimes of knowledge on us about what that first year has been like for them.  (And, as a bonus, her wedding day gets one more blaze of glory on the blog.)

Q: What do you miss most about the single life?
A: I don’t!

Q: Give us your best cheapo/fun married date idea.
A: Anything outdoors – fishing, working out, beach, picnic, gardening, playing with Rex, etc. There’s something about just the solitude in nature and making your own fun without cell phones, laptops, television interruptions. “Just you and me, enjoying us”

Q: What have you like most about being married?
A: Being a team, having someone else’s support and love to come home to everyday

Q: Whats the hardest part about being married?
A: We both work full time so finding the middle ground on the dreaded chores!  (I’m more of a deep clean while Covy is a surface clean.)

Q: What was the biggest thing you were nervous about? How has it turned out?
A: Buying our first home, one that we can start a family in, and that it would feel like “home” to us. It was meant for us, we are such homebodies now!

Q: Do you have any advice for couples about to take the plunge?
A: Enjoy every single second, and let loose! Those memories you will look back on and will smile ear-to-ear. And write notes to each other the day of, exchange, save and open on a special anniversary – it will be so special to look back on how you were feeling, and what you projected.

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Marriage Monday | Same Person
Marriage Monday | Same Person

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The coolest & hardest part about being married is spending day after day after day after day together.

There are two ways to deal with that:
1.  Grow bored with each other and start to look away.
2.  Keep looking towards each other and find new little things about your spouse you didn’t know were there before.

Danielle is a thousand times more interesting and wonderful to me than on the day we were married.  Those things were there all along, it’s just taken me years to discover them.

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Suzanne & Ryan | Winner! Winner!
Suzanne & Ryan | Winner! Winner!

Suzanne & Ryan are doing a destination wedding in Florida later this year.  They had already booked a photographer out there and spent most of their budget, but didn’t end up having enough left for an engagement session.  That’s when Ryan stepped up to the plate with his awesomeness.  He found me online, called me, booked me, and printed out some of my images and surprised Suzanne with a session.  50 bonus points for him!  Way to go Ryan.  He’s a keeper!

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My favorite part about their story is that they met at work and had gone on one or two dates.  Then Ryan got a promotion and he became Suzanne’s direct report.  ;)

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He actually proposed out in Vegas.  We were not able to go to Vegas for this session, but he did track down this slot machine rental place that let us use their inventory.

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Thank you guys for a great afternoon.  Have fun in Key West.

 

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Justine & Karl | Smart, Young, Old People
Justine & Karl | Smart, Young, Old People

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Justine & Karl are my new best friends.  (I just need to double check with them and make sure that’s ok.)  I loved hanging out with them and love their story so much.  I’ll try to do it justice, but you should just take my advice and become best friends with them, too.

They met in the rainforest of Borneo while they were studying abroad.  Not a bad start, right?  Anyways, after a few months together there, they knew they were perfect for each other.  Eventually, Karl would move to Texas for medical school and Justine would continue her education in North Carolina.  They have had a long distance relationship since then and have made it work.  (With a few flights back and forth to see each other in real life.)   Well, this past weekend Justine was in Dallas so the three of us headed down to Klyde Warren Park for their session.

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True Story: Justine did not know how to play checkers.  So Karl taught her while we were shooting.  How great is that?

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Both of them have huge giant brains that are extra smart.  Justine’s is just a tad bigger.

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When I asked them what they like to do when they hang out, Justine mentioned that they like “old people things”.  A few months ago they were on their way to take some archery lessons and instead ended up learning to play pétanque.  How perfectly random is that?

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Justine is not a fan of diamonds so of course Karl designed her a custom engagement ring with her birthstone and favorite color.

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Justine is a bit of a geek.

OK, “a bit” might be selling her short.  Let me try again.

Justine kinda invented her own strand of DNA that can trace if water in wells has been contaminated.  BOOM.  Just like that.

Anytime she talks about it, she gets really excited and I get really confused.  So I may not have described it 100% accurately, but you get the idea.  So of course we had to hit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

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They could have spent hours in this place.  I kept having to pull them away from the exhibits so I could do my job. :)  When I was done shooting I left them in the museum.  They might still be in there right now.

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Super cool exhibit that tracks your body movements and replicates it in 8-bit format.  Here is an 8-bit version of them making out.

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Thank you guys for spending your July 4th with me.  Nothing says “America” more than an Army doctor dude and a lady scientist from L.A. falling in love.  (Go Lakers!)

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