Mandy and Kristin’s Harmony Chapel Wedding – Dallas LGBTQ Wedding Photographer

Mandy and Kristin’s Harmony Chapel wedding took place on a perfect, 70 degree January day at Harmony Chapel in Aubrey, Texas. It was our first wedding of 2019 and was an absolutely wonderful way to start the year! Some of my favorite aspects of this wedding were: Mandy gifting Kristin a book of love letters that she’d saved during the first look; dressing up their pup, Rosie, in a dress (she did a great job!); a super stylish bridal party; and a UNITY PIZZA CEREMONY. Yes, you read that right! Unity. Pizza. Ceremony. Instead of opting for a traditional unity candle or sand ceremony, they wanted to share a slice of pizza to symbolize their union.

2019 is going to be a great year; it has to be after starting off this way! Are you planning a wedding this year? We still have some dates open. All are welcome here, and all love is celebrated.

Congratulations Mrs. and Mrs. Neff!

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View more of our past LGBTQIA+ Weddings here!

Vendors:

Venue: Harmony Chapel
Florist: Samantha Woodall
Cake: Candy Haven
Mandy’s Hair: Mercy Marissa Hair
Mandy’s Makeup: Brittany Hererra
Kristin’s Makeup and Hair: Naomi Wisley

Sarah and Nick’s Wedding in Abilene, TX

Sarah and Nick, what can I say? They are two glass blowing artists completely meant for each other. (My) Nick and I ventured out to Abilene, TX last weekend to document their wedding day. They fully embraced the Christmas decorations at their church that they also attend. Sarah and I go way back from painting class as photography majors at UTA and also being coworkers at Chuy’s in college, so I was truly honored when she messaged me for wedding information. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know these two and see all of their friends and family celebrate their love. One creative note is their romantic bride and groom photos took place all at night time, so I was able to stretch my abilities a bit and ended up having a lot of fun with it! This is one of the many reasons why I love off camera flash :)

Another beautiful aspect of their wedding day was their interpretation of the unity ceremony. Sarah and Nick work for Unity in Glass, which takes the unity candle or sand ceremony to the next level. The bride and groom each pour pieces of different colored glass into one holder, which is then turned into a beautiful work of art to cherish forever. I can’t wait to see what they create! We are also proud to put the hand blown glass ornament they made for wedding favors up on our tree this year.

All in all, they are two gentle, kind spirits, and their wedding day truly reflected that. Congratulations you two!

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I’m currently booking 2019 weddings! We are always up for a road trip all over our great state of Texas!

Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Abilene

Reception Venue: Tangled Hearts Event Center

Casey and Mike’s Wintry Cross Creek Ranch Texas Wedding

Casey and Mike’s Cross Creek Ranch Texas Wedding took place on a frigid November day, but it was OK because we all like the cold! I have greatly enjoyed working with them over this past year, and it seems like every time these two come to town, the weather cools itself off. We ended up doing two short engagement sessions because it was freezing for our first outdoor session (never mind the fact that I kept calling Mike “Matt”), so we ended up booking an indoor studio for session number two in April (which was still freezing, rainy, and cold). Luckily for the wedding day, no rain was in the forecast! Their wedding had many lovely Jewish elements as well. They got married under a Chuppah made by Casey’s great-grandmother, and the Ketubah ceremony was heartfelt, intimate, and joyous. There was the breaking of the glass after the ceremony and the Jewish chair dance as well. The color palette of deep burgundy, blush, and navy created a warm and inviting atmosphere. Hand warmers helped, too!

Cold day, warm hearts, impeccable music taste (their last private dance song was to “Higher Ground” by Odesza – one of my favorite songs this year, so beautiful). Congratulations you two!

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Vendor List:

Venue: Cross Creek Ranch TX

DJ: Chris Brown

Cake: C Marie’s Sweets

Flowers: Katie Bug Florals

Photo booth: Traveling Photobooth

Alyssa and Nick’s Dallas Elopement

Alyssa and Nick’s Dallas Elopement took place at Hub Streat in Plano, TX, after six years together. Three of those years were spent being engaged, and when I talked with Alyssa on the phone, she said they were ready to do this thing! There were so many lovely, heartfelt moments to capture throughout this day: happy tears from almost everyone (including me!); beautiful fall color popping in the decor; Alyssa’s flower crown and bouquet; thoughtful details and family heirlooms; and a ceremony on the patio. It truly doesn’t get better than that. Plus, catching those last 30 seconds of perfect autumn golden hour light – I just can’t even!!

Thank y’all from the bottom of my heart for inviting me into this special and perfect wedding day.

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Vendor List:

Venue: Hub Streat

Hair and Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Michaela

Flowers: Dream Petals Floral

Officiant: Rick Sutherland

Photography: Melissa Claire Photography

Mercy and Steve’s Gilley’s Dallas Wedding

Mercy and Steve’s Gilley’s Dallas Wedding took place at The Loft at Gilley’s and perfectly fit Mercy’s modern, industrial vibe that she was going for! A little backstory: Mercy and I were neighbors back at our time at UT Arlington. In the years since, she’s started a thriving hair styling business, and we’ve remained friends and even collaborated on a shoot together! A lot of our friends run in the same circle as well, and Nick’s band mates, Kyle and Ali, were in this wedding as well. Kyle is working on starting his officiant business and did an amazing job during the ceremony!

Mercy and Steve are the epitome of laid back and chill. They even had their pup, Casey, as their “ring bear,” and she performed her duties extremely well (and asked for many belly rubs!). Their wedding ceremony took place right at sunset, and the Texas sky was truly magnificent as they read their own vows under the cafe lights with the Dallas skyline in the background.

All in all, it was a lovely wedding day with a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Y’all know I’m HERE for a bit of edginess!

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Vendors:

Venue: The Loft at Gilley’s
Makeup: Joshaa Flores
Hair: Mercy Marissa Hair Design and Christy Yassen
Florist: Weddings by the Kreative Consultant
Caterer: G Texas Catering
Cake: Cakes by Ruben Romero
Donuts: Hurts Donut in Frisco, TX
Videographer: Ale Bonilla
DJ: DJ Adam
Officiant: Kyle Claset