top 10 2016 | the winners!
top 10 2016 | the winners!

Hey hey, the people have spoken and here are the winners for this years contests.

1. Cassi & Justin: I love how competitive these two are. I also love how Justin beat her at basically every contest they had that day.

2. Rings: Erin & Aaron
This little catchphrase these two had is my favorite. They worked it into their vows and my wife and I have since worked it into our lexicon as well.

3. Bridal: Rebekah
Rebekah was a stunning bride and so so full of joy. So easy to photograph.

4. Mug Machine: Circle of Life.
I’ve been doing The Mug Machine for 7 years. I’ve never seen anyone come up with this.

5. Random: $100
Grandparents are the best. Full stop.

6. Wedding: Katherine & Josh
How amazing is it that these two had a Texas wedding in December where it was like 70 degrees and it managed to snow?

Each year it’s so hard for me to narrow down the categories and pick only 10 photos per section. Here are 100 more of my favorite images that were not able to make the cut into the top 10.

Lots and lots of eye candy below. Enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who voted and a HUGE thanks to all my 2016 couples. You guys are super generous to allow me into your lives on these intimate days. You are the best.

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top 10 2016 | engagement photos
top 10 2016 | engagement photos

It’s that time again. It’s time to look back at some of the best photos from 2016. Everyday we’ll be taking a look at a new category. Voting is open till 10:00am the next day and the winners will be announced Monday 23, 2017. The winning entries will each receive a 16×20 print. Today’s category: Engagement Sessions Take a look at the entries then vote at the bottom of this post.

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Kammoks, Calvin, & Candy
Kammoks, Calvin, & Candy

I love Chloe & Tyler so much I woke up early on Thanksgiving to blog their images.  True story.  Typically I would write all about a couple and how they met and how great their journey towards each other is, but I also don’t want my wife to hate me because I’m spending Thanksgiving at my computer so all you are getting on this post is short unspellcheked quippy remarks.  You’ll have to wait till their wedding photos to hear their story.

How great is Tyler State Park in the fall?

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How good am I at my job?  The Best.  The Best.

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These two love to Kammok and read together. I love how much of a gentleman Tyler is that he checks the Kammok to make sure it’s safe for Chloe.

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I love a lady who is smart enough to read the book Tyler is holding, yet wise enough to choose the one that she did.

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Of course they journal.

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It only took 73 gummy bear tosses till he caught one.

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You guys were too much fun.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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A Girl, A Boy, & A Beach
A Girl, A Boy, & A Beach

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30 seconds into our session, Haley & Devin were my new favorite, young people.  They were both super nervous about being photographed. But honestly, I have no idea why.  They pulled it off like the rockstars they are.

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Their very first date was a coffee date, so it seemed fitting that we would start at Sugar Bean Coffee and Cream in Galveston.
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Is it ok if I hurry up and get to their story because it’s the BEST.

Haley had finished undergrad at Texas A&M and started medical school at UTMB in Galveston.  She started attending a church there and discovered a pretty great guy named Devin.  Devin had grown up in Galveston and was attending the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.  (So they totally have a Maroon & Orange thing going.) Anyway…

They had been friends for a while. As they started to like each other more, they decided to not start a relationship because they didn’t feel they were ready.  Eventually, Devin asked Haley to be his girlfriend.  She said yes.  And, even though the timing might have been a bit off, 2 months later he asked her to be his fiancé.  She said yes to that one, too.

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These two love to just set up their Eno and watch the waves.  Not a bad life.

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Remember how I mentioned earlier the timing on Devin’s proposal was a bit off?  The reason was because right after he proposed, Haley left for the Philippines to deliver babies for 4 months. (Like you do.)  And don’t worry. Before you get all like, “Haley is such a great person. How could anyone be better than her?” Devin headed to Greece for a month to serve in refugee camps.
So yeah.  Best. Humans. Ever.

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Haley told me that the thing that she loves most about Devin is how vulnerable he is when talking to people.  I experienced that first hand. I saw just how real and honest he is right after first meeting him.  That is so comforting to hear because the thing that Danielle and I have found in 14 and 5/12th months of marriage, is that the more open and honest you are, and the more you communicate, the better off your relationships will be.

Devin went on and on about how great Haley is at listening.  “She’s so easy to talk to,” he said.

But then… then it turned to gold because he added that, “She is full of wisdom and gives great advice.”

Too many times one parter will be the talker and the other one the listener.  (Guess which one I am.)

Again, over time, I have learned that my wife is FULL of wisdom and advice. But I need to give her the space and time to share it.  Devin has already figured this out about his bride, and I know their marriage will be stronger for it.

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Thank you guys for an amazing afternoon at the beach.  Devin, thanks for opening up.  Haley, thanks for listening to me and giving me great advice on where to park. ;)

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Aggie Love
Aggie Love

Hello, I want you to meet Morgan, Trevor and their doghter Lexi.

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These two both went to Texas aTm, didn’t know each other, and then went on to Baylor law where they met.  I love that we came back here where their story started without them even knowing it.

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My favorite part of their story is how they were friends and knew each other in law school but were not dating, Trevor had invited her and other friends out to his parent’s lake house but Morgan had elected to not go.  She woke up one day to find he had changed his Facebook profile picture to one of JUST him and after some Nancy Drew type investigating Morgan figured out that Trevor and his girlfriend were no longer together.  BOOM. She called him up and said I’m heading to the lake. :)

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Trevor is a big dude, he could beat me up.  I LOVED him getting attacked by this branch.

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Thank you guys for romping all over campus with me.

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