During Christy and Brady’s wedding reception, I set my camera down and crunched across the gravel of McCormick Home Ranch to grab a glass of water from the bar. I looked down at my feet while I walked and I remember this wonderful euphoria washing over me. Not because of my feet, mind you — they were swollen and achy. My arms were sore and I had a rash from the material on my dress sleeve. My current camera strap, as much as I love it, had pinched me a few times on my bicep throughout the day.
But I felt this wonderful sense of happiness and peace like a downpour, and it was delightful.
I returned to the photo booth (where we were also storing our gear) with cups of water for me, Rhianna, Liana, Maddy, and Felicia with a big, goofy smile plastered on my face. “You guys!” I exclaimed. “I am so freakin’ happy right now!”
We had just returned from Clayton Austin’s marvelous workshop in Marfa, where Rhianna and I FINALLY met Maddy and Feli in person despite living 40 minutes away from each other here in California. They had agreed to help with the debut of the Anna Delores photo booth before we’d even left for the trip. The four of us instantly connected with each other and now we can’t seem to pry ourselves away from each other’s lives via Snapchat. Liana is a total doll and will be making many more appearances at Anna Delores weddings this summer. The photo booth was proving to be a hit and, to my delight, hadn’t encountered any hiccups.
And more than anything, I felt so crazy-lucky to be photographing Christy and Brady’s wedding day. I’d collaborated a bit with Jenn and Debbie and Candice (though the three of them did ALL the work) to bring some extra sparkle to the celebration, and it truly could not have been bestowed upon a more deserving couple. Besides being the two most photogenic people EVER, Christy and Brady are kind, joyful, and don’t take themselves too seriously (but their love is the REAL DEAL, let me tell you).
So I feel extra special that my moment of “hey, I am really, really happy!” happened during their wedding, because clients like them are part of what gives my life a robust sense of purpose and satisfaction.
I have a bit more to say about Debbie, Candice, and Jenn and the contributions they made to making Christy and Brady’s wedding an extraordinary one, but since I’ve rambled so much I’ll show you a few photos before I get to the other stuff.
Before we get into the delicious details of the wedding day, I want to give major props to Pretty Vintage Rentals for doing such a fabulous job of decking out the space! The welcome table, two lounge areas, sweetheart table, dessert display, all the little decor touches — SO GOOD! And Jennifer Jeanne Events went above and beyond by collaborating with Candice and Debbie at Pretty Vintage as well as adding a ton of extra florals and greenery to make everything extra special. Christy and Brady were in awe. It was a pretty incredible day.
A little dinner, a little dancing, a little cupcake-grabbing…
And WOW that was a lot of photos. #sorrynotsorry
EXTRA thanks to Rhianna and Liana, who helped me SO MUCH. It was a relief to know all my bases were covered by two stellar, talented photographers who were there to make sure Anna Delores nailed it with this wedding. You ladies are the BEST.
planning // jennifer jeanne events
rentals // pretty vintage rentals
catering // wood ranch bbq & grill
venue // mccormick home ranch
dj // elegant event entertainment
cupcakes // michelle hatch
second shooters // rhianna + liana
photo booth // little gem photo booth
photo booth attendants // i heart my groom
personal flowers + centerpieces // hillary heuser
additional floral design // jennifer jeanne events
hair + makeup // christine bennett from the hair lounge
bride’s dress // maggie sottero
officiant // kirk dewitt