Perkins Chapel-The Adolphs Hotel Wedding

The secret to an amazing wedding is to plan your heart out, choose professionals that share your same creative vision, and then let go and enjoy your day. It’s okay if something doesn’t go as planned, just relax and trust that your professionals will take care of you.

Rachel and Eric’s wedding was elegant, traditional and simply romantic.  I caught myself tearing up a few times when I saw how sweetly he looked at her.  Rachel has a heart of gold and I felt that everyone at the wedding  knew it too.Perkins_Chapel_Wedding_1

Rachel and her mom did most of the planning. They did an amazing job picking two perfect locations and wedding professionals who shared her same style. Garden Gate Floral Design worked their magic to create a sea of elegant arrangements. Jr. even dressed their precious dog.










Rachel and Eric’s amazing Professional Wedding Team

Hair: Amanda with Chad Rookstool Salon

Make up: Stormy Weather Make up

Florist: Garden Gate Floral and Design

DJ:  Uptown Sound

Video: LeVon Owens with Spinning Leaf Films

Dress: Mia Bridal Couture Houston

Bridesmaides dresses BHLDN

Groom’s tux: J Hilburn

Ceremony: Perkins Chapel at SMU

Reception: The Adolphus Hotel

Photography: Lisa Manis and Tim McCord with Texas Tradition Photography


Carrollton Wedding Photographer travels to South Fork Colorado for a destination wedding

Last year when my very dear friend asked me what I was doing the weekend of October 19th 2014, I hesitated. I like to know what someone wants me to do BEFORE I answer a question like that.  Well, the answer was I’M OPEN after I heard what she wanted me to do. Her daughter was getting married and they wanted me to travel to South Fork Colorado to photograph the wedding.

I thought the day would never come since we booked everything a year in advance.  But, finally the day came for me to board the plane. It was a LITTLE plane. And the little plane didn’t have room for my LITTLE bag full of photography equipment.  I had to turn on my charm to get the flight attendant to agree to put my bag in the closet that the attendants keep their belongings in. Since I don’t travel much, I don’t know what most professional photographers do with their equipment, but I sure wasn’t letting it out of my sight, much less let them toss my bag in with the other luggage.

Once we (the brides dad, sister, grandma and I) landed in Durango, Co, got a rental car and had lunch, we drove 2 hours to South Fork. The trees were absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t wait to get my camera out.

The morning of the rehearsal dinner, the Bride’s mom, Ann asked me what I wanted to do.  We didn’t need to be to the rehearsal until 2pm, so we had some time to sight see.  She said we could do anything I wanted. Once I made sure she wouldn’t go back on her word, I told her I wanted to do some photographs of just her and her husband before the attention turned over to their daughter.

Now, I know all of you think that a wedding is all about the bride and the groom.  And it is! It’s their very special day.  But, if you really pay attention at a wedding you will see a whole other story start to unfold. This mom and dad started out this same exact way some twenty-ish years ago. And during the last year or so, they have been watching their daughter fall in love with this man. So, tomorrow, Sunday October 19th, 2014, their daughter will marry this wonderful young man. This will be the start of her new family. This is a very exciting day! It really is, but, if you look into the eyes of her mom and dad tomorrow, there will be SO much unconditional love, SO much pride and SO much joy, that they will be over flowing with emotion.  They will be sad that this chapter in their life is over, but joyous about the new one starting. I’m sure they are wondering how it can be that their first born daughter is already getting married.

So, before the festivities begin tomorrow, I want to say to my VERY dear friends Ann and Eddy, I love you two very much, I’m SO proud of you for raising such a beautiful daughter, and thank you for including me in this unforgettable weekend. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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Dallas Wedding Couple Jennifer and John Tie the Knot on Valentines Day at The Old Bedford School

It has been rumored that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.  Once you take a look at Jennifer and John’s Valentine’s Day wedding, you will know FOR SURE that it was their most romantic day EVER!


The beautiful floral arrangements were created by my very good friend and floral designer Kevin May from May Flowers and Gifts. (shameless plug 214-507-2837) The bride was very excited when she saw how amazing they looked.


The red and white Valentine Theme was very romantic. The bride seems to have a BIG heart!


The Old Bedford School was full of historical things. Every direction you turned, there was more to see.  The backgrounds were limitless.


The Bride and Groom decided to have a first look in the class room. You should have seen John’s eyes light up when he saw his bride for the first time. She was stunning!


Jennifer and John met back in 1988 when they went to school together.  They used to pass notes back and forth during class.


YAY!!  He said yes!


It is very easy to tell these two are crazy in love. John couldn’t take his eyes off his bride.


The Ceremony was beautiful!  I just loved these “love” blocks on the alter.


The Bedford School has incredible character. We could have photographed this couple all night!


Gorgeous couple, Gorgeous Venue!


The Catering and the Cake were prepared by Sweet Memories.  The presentation and the food were perfect.


After a romantic private dance…


The happy couple made their exit through some wavy glow sticks. And then the most unexpected thing happened…


They gave us a box of Turtle Chocolates!!!  Alyssa and I had a very “sweet” ride home.

A Winning Combination- How amazing Dallas wedding photography and great Dallas vendors create a magnificent Dallas wedding!

When we first met Ashley and Jake it was obvious how excited they were to be engaged. There was NO doubt that they were in love! That level of excitement and love carried through their entire wedding day. They couldn’t stop smiling!



Their endless smiling wasn’t the only reason we love this couple so much. The wedding was at Perkins Chapel. Perkins Chapel is one of my all time favorite wedding venues! Perkins is beautiful, and it has endless places for photography. Ashley and Jake decided to do our version of a “first look”. A normal “first look” is when a couple sees each other before the bride walks down the aisle. For our “first look”, Ashley and Jake didn’t actually SEE each other.



Ashley and Jake talked quietly around a corner to one another right before the wedding. Ashley was having a hard time keeping it together, everything that Jake was saying was so sweet! The bridesmaids kept inching closer to hear what the couple was saying to one another.



Ashley went back downstairs with her dad until it was time to walk down the aisle. When he didn’t think anyone was looking Ashley’s dad gave her one last kiss!



It was time for Ashley to walk down the aisle and marry Jake!



The ceremony was beautiful and Perkins Chapel was filled with sunlight! After Ashley and Jake said “I do!”, we took a few minutes for some romantic images.


This is our favorite! You can see how happy they are to have just gotten married! Plus Ashley’s dress and bouquet look fantastic.



The talented Kevin May of May Flowers and Gifts created Ashley’s amazing bouquet, along with the bridesmaids bouquets, and all the boutineers. We love working with Kevin. Her work is always beautiful and extremely creative.

After our formal portraits, it was time for Ashley and Jake to join their guests at the reception in the Umphrey Lee Center just a short walk from Perkins. Jake and his groomsmen had lined the sidewalk with balloons earlier that day. This made it a festive walk to the reception.



We LOVED the Mr. and Mrs. signs Ashley and Jake had!



May Flowers and Gifts also created the centerpieces for the reception. Ashley wanted to incorporate some old books into her decor. Kevin came up with the perfect way to do that. Each table had a stack of books, hearts made out of book pages, and a floral arrangement. Kevin did a mix of tall and short florals to give the room more dimension.



Harvey, with Meringue Bakery made the fantastic cakes. Not only did it look beautiful, but the guests were raving about it!


Ashley and Jake’s guests blew bubbles as the couple made their way to their getaway vehicle.



And for good measure the groomsmen chased Ashley and Jake down the street!

We loved being invited to photograph Ashley and Jake’s wedding. They chose a great location, a fantastic florist, and an awesome bakery for the cake. With these choices Ashley and Jake enhanced not only their wedding images, but the memories they are going to have of this special day.

Jenna’s Amazing Bridal Portraits- What this Dallas Wedding Photographer LOVES to do!

I’m so excited for Jenna, she got to marry Mr. Right! I loved getting to photograph her senior portraits, and I’ve been lucky to have also done her bridals!

Here are a few of our absolute favorites!



We were so lucky that Bella Donna Chapel allowed us to take Jenna’s bridal portraits there, plus it’s BEAUTIFUL!



This Chapel was made to be photographed! There isn’t a single area that doesn’t look fantastic, we had so many great images it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few.



It also didn’t hurt that we had such a beautiful bride! Jenna’s dress and make-up were perfect!



The gates at Bella Donna were the perfect way to end our shoot with Jenna. They look wonderful and the wind was on our side! Jenna’s veil was blowing perfectly for us, there couldn’t have been a better shot!