top 10 2015 | the winners!
top 10 2015 | the winners!

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

Engagement: Natelee & Josh. There is something super timeless and perfect about a couple hugging while the dude makes his girl giggle.

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Rings: Melanie & Aaron used these drinks during their ceremony. I’m glad their ring photo was able to include them as well.
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Brides: Liz braved the stupid hot afternoon June heat for her bridal session. It was worth it. (Right Liz?)
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Random: I LOVE this shot of the bride’s sisters and mom documenting their day.
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Mug Machine: Hair makes the best prop.
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Wedding: Breelyn & Tyson had the most perfect outdoor wedding ever. It’s only fair that their perfect outdoor photo win.
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Each year it’s so hard for me to narrow down the categories and pick only 10 photos per section. This year I’m giving you a little peek behind the curtain at some of my other favorites that were not able to make the cut in wedding related categories.

Lots and lots of eye candy below. Enjoy.

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Thanks to everyone who voted and a HUGE thanks to all my 2015 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 2015 | mug machine
top 10 2015 | mug machine

It’s that time again. It’s time to look back at some of the best photos from 2015. Everyday we’ll be taking a look at a new category. Voting is open till 8am and the winners will be announced Monday. The winning entries will each receive a 16×20 print.

Today’s category: Mug Machine

I love me some Mug Machine. It’s such a great way to get more of your guests involved in your wedding reception. Everyone has a blast in this thing and really…. what better way to celebrate your wedding day by taking a few awkward photos of your friends?

Take a look at the entries then vote at the bottom of this post.

1. Shoulders
Adventuresome groomsmen are the best.
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2. One Sec.
Sometimes the photo while people are getting ready are my favorites.
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3. Bump
Because babies are awesome.
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4. I Am Your Father
You see what she did there, with the hand.
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5. Whip
Because awesome.
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6. Face
Bride & Groom share an tender face sucking moment.
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7. Princess
Everyone loves a good princess movie.
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8. Family
Because family portraits are hard.
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9. Fall
When kids fall onto the backdrop it’s always a fun moment.
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10. Emoji
#kidsthesedays
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The easiest people in the history of the world to photograph. (Breelyn & Tyson)
The easiest people in the history of the world to photograph. (Breelyn & Tyson)

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Sometimes my job is way, way too easy.  Seriously.  All I did was follow these two around all day while they looked amazing, dressed amazing, and acted amazing.

The amazing started at the The Dry Bar in Dallas.

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That monopod you see belongs to Matthew Lee Moore.  Killer videographer based in Colorado.  Check him out.

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We then all headed over to Chapel Creek Manor in Waxahachie.  A gorgeous little venue where Bree & Tyson had perfect weather. (Of course they did.)

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Tyson even looks smooth when he leaves his shoes 1 hour away from the venue.

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First Look magic.  Yes.  Magic.

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I LOVE when guys do the spin around look.

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Slow clap for Platinum Petals.  They knocked it out of the park.

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Tyson & Bree even have perfectly awesome little people at their wedding.

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You may remember from her bridal session that Breelyn wore her mother’s wedding dress.

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Here is what she had to say about the dress.

It’s true that there is something ineffably fascinating, magical almost, about stepping inside a gown that has been worn and loved in the past… Especially by your own Mom.  When I was really young I used to stare at the picture my Mom had hanging in the hallway and dream about the day when I would look as beautiful as her.  When my time came to “dress shop” my mom took me in her room and told me she wanted to show me something.  There’s this old cedar chest that my parents have always kept at the foot of their bed that is filled with hundreds of heirloom from our family. She had jewelry, handkerchiefs, pictures, and newspaper clippings from my Mimi’s day along with her own items already placed in a bag for me to have.  I was in total disbelief that she still had these items considering we didn’t have much of Mimi’s things.

Then she pulled out her own wedding dress.  We both are teary eyed at this point and she said, “You don’t have to wear it – I just wanted you to see it.” – I immediately put the dress on and as she’s zipping me up it fit like a glove.  I walked around her room for a few minutes and looked at my Mom as she was smiling so big at me… I knew it was the one.  I told her right then I didn’t need to look for a dress, I had it.  A wedding dress symbolizes so much about marriage, and I couldn’t imagine anything more special that carrying on the legacy of love that my parents have for each other.  I love my Dad with my whole heart – they have fought for their marriage of 29 years and I admire them so much for that.

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No matter how amazing your day is… someone will always think it’s kinda boring and has gone on too long.

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Brides often give a little giggle when they put a ring on their groom.  It’s like they know.

They won.

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Who doesn’t love to flaunt their wedding ring?

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Every wedding I try and get a shot of the bride looking stunning while the groom is shoving food in his face.

Mission accomplished.

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Your toasts should always include you bending over backwards in full gut wrenching laughter.

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Let’s just say all of the paper lanterns didn’t make it into the sky.  Some may have fallen down in flames and been used to light other lanterns.

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As if their day was not great enough, they also had a killer Mug Machine.  Here are some of my favorites from the booth.

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Breelyn and Tyson. I love you.  Thank You for letting me creep on your day.

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top 10 2014 | the winners!
top 10 2014 | the winners!

Wow, last weeks Top 10 contest was the biggest ever. There were over 4,400 votes cast. (You people have a lot of friends.) The bridal category had close to 600 votes and was decided by only 1 vote. Anyway, here are the winners for this past year. Be sure and shake hands and say good game before you walk off the field. You couples that won, you can go to bed tonight knowing you are champions. You couples that lost…. you can go to bed tonight complain about the officials.

Engagement: Band
Marriage is tough.
Balancing marriage and work is tougher.
Balancing marriage and work when you work at the same high school is tougher-er.
Balancing marriage and work when you work at the same high school and both your jobs depending on how well the halftime performance goes is the toughest.

So glad that Katie & Joe trusted me to pull of this shot. I love it.

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Rings: Tweet
Nicole and Tyson met on Twitter. Yeah. Twitter. 140 characters at a time they fell in love. I would love to be there when one day they have to explain to their grandkids what Twitter was.

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Brides: Emily
I’m sure many an Aggie bride has dreamed of drinking a pitcher of beer at the Dixi Chicken in a wedding dress. Emily actually pulled it off.

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Mug Machine: Hair
Amanda and her friend had a KILLER wedding reception. It only makes sense that one of their Mug Machine images won.

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Random: Flower
This may honestly be my favorite “lucky” photo I’ve taken this past year. You can never predict what little kids will do. I never expected her to jump in the air as she tossed petals left and right.

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Wedding: Hug
It’s a bit ironic, but last year’s winning wedding image was also a hug that took place shortly after the ceremony. That’s such an unscripted time. It’s always full of so much emotion. I saw this moment unfolding and was so so glad that I was able to do it justice. Anytime part of your day involves the rebuilding of a family, I’m all in. Thank you Caleb & Sarah for trusting me with your wedding.

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Thanks again to everyone who voted. It was fun. Let’s do it again next year.

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top 10 2014 | mug machine
top 10 2014 | mug machine

It’s that time again. It’s time to look back at some of the best photos from 2014. Everyday we’ll be taking a look at a new category. Voting is open till midnight and the winners will be announced Monday. The winning entries will each receive a 16×20 print.

Today’s category: Mug Machine

Take a look at the entries then vote at the bottom of this post.

Everybody loves a good photo booth. And these photos are some of my favorites form the past year.

1. Olan: Let’s be honest. Every couple needs a great portrait. And no one rocked those better than the fine folks at Olan Mills.

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2. Wine: Because liquid is fun to photograph.

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3. Beard: I might be a bit jealous.

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4. Hair: One of the perks of being a bride is your friends will do whatever you ask them to do.

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5. Sip: Ladies are almost always so much smoother than dudes when it comes to The Mug Machine.

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6. Chest: Ain’t no swag like married swag.

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7. Disco: Disco balls are fun.

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8. Bump: Disco balls are more fun when you pretend they are your baby.

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9. Force: All wives have the ability to use the dark side of the force.

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10. Family: Every time The Mug Machine is rolling families try to nail that perfect shot. It’s almost impossible with more than 1 tiny human. Only the most talented families can pull it off.

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