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Lauren & Nathan’s Downtown Celina Engagement Session | Dallas Wedding Photographer

Rustic downtown Celina engagement photos with Lauren and Nathan by Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.

Today is my 4th wedding anniversary with my amazing husband, Russell, but we celebrated early because today is also the wedding day of wonderful couple, Lauren and Nathan.

I was introduced to them by another couple of mine, Brittney and Tanner. (You may remember Brittney and Tanner from their engagement photos in Downtown McKinney. Feel free to check those out!) I love working with friends and family of existing clients because I already know that they will be great. Lauren and Nathan are the perfect example of this.

I met Lauren, her daughter Shaelyn, and her mom Melinda earlier this year over coffee at Bonnie Ruth’s in Watters Creek in Allen. These three ladies are a prime example of Southern charm and you can’t help but immediately feel like you’ve known them for ages. They are warm, inviting, funny and as sweet as could be. I was hesitant going into the meeting because I knew the wedding date was on my anniversary and I wouldn’t shoot on that date for just anyone. They had to be awesome. Knowing that they were referred by some of my favorite clients, I figured they were most likely pretty great! Meeting them just proved my theory right, and I am truly blessed to be their Dallas wedding photographer!

I didn’t get to meet Nathan until their downtown Celina engagement session, and honestly with grooms, I usually don’t expect much as far as being “into” pictures, but he did a great job! Most guys are okay and smile for the camera for the first 20 minutes, but then they’re kind of over it. haha With Nathan, his smile got bigger any time he looked at Lauren, and he was such a natural with Shaelyn that I got a little emotional. (I’m such a girl!) I told Lauren and Melinda this over some yummy Mexican food recently, but when I saw the three of them together, I knew that they had something special. These three are meant to be a family and they come together like three peas in a pod. Seeing them together makes me smile, and I know that being their Dallas wedding photographer is going to be such an absolute  joy.

Today I will be taking photos of their Heritage Springs wedding all the way out in Anna, Texas, but as for now, I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos from their downtown Celina engagement session.

Happy wedding day, Lauren and Nathan! I’ll be there in a few hours!

 

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January 16, 2014 - 7:10 pm

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The Artists’ Wedding at the Parson’s Table | Dallas Wedding Photographer

H and J’s artistic wedding at the Parson’s Table in Aledo, Texas; shot by Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.

 

Where do I even start with this one? This is easily one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life and I’ve been staring at these photos for the longest time, afraid to choose the wrong ones and not do this wedding justice. My Dallas wedding photographer friends pick on me because I pack so many images into each blog post, but I get so attached to these weddings, shoots and people that cutting images feels like I’m losing a tiny bit of history, even though my clients already have all of the images. haha I just want to share each and every bit of these experiences with you and show you the things I see. This wedding made my heart go pitter-pat on a whole new level. As an artist myself, walking into this wedding felt like walking into a warm and familiar place where I could just be. Not only was everything lovingly and creatively selected and made, but so many things that they had displayed held personal meaning to them as well. Every centerpiece had a theme that related to the bride and groom, as well as their families, where they’ve been, and what they do. It was immediately obvious to me that H (the bride) and I were brain twins and if I had to do my wedding over, this is exactly what it would look like. That is… if I had 1/8th of the patience that she has to hand select and create each and every detail of this wedding. Even her dress was custom!

When I snapped out of the wedding fairy land that was going on in my head after laying eyes on all of her amazing details, I was able to begin my favorite part of being a Dallas wedding photographer: people watching. To be a fly on the wall with this bunch was impossible because their family and friends pulled you in and made you feel like you were instantly one of them. I can pretty much always feel the love with the couples I photograph, but at this wedding, it was coming from every. single. person. If I could shoot this wedding over and over again, I would, and I would never get bored because the venue, the details and the people were that amazing.

Their first look was one of my favorites, and was so emotional that I started to tear up right along with them. The groom beamed at the simple sound of the bride’s voice before he even saw her. His eyes lit up, his smile was huge and he couldn’t keep still. Those emotions carried throughout the ceremony, the cocktail hour and into the reception. We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more. There were smiles and hugs right up until their exit in a vintage Chevy. (Swoon!) This wedding was easily one of the best experiences I’ve had as a Dallas wedding photographer and validated every reason of why I choose to do what I do!

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August 20, 2013 - 10:40 am

Havi - Shmoly! What a gorgeous wedding!!!

Lupe & Lane’s Downtown Dallas Belo Mansion Wedding | Dallas Wedding Photographer

Jewish wedding in Downtown Dallas at the Belo Mansion with Lupe and Lane as shot by Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.

Now that I have a Dallas Wedding photographer blog I am going through all the weddings I’ve shot over the last couple of years and it is so neat to thumb through the images and remember some of these awesome events that I have been lucky enough to be a part of. This particular one was actually a couple of years ago, but I wanted to share it anyway, because I haven’t shared the images with my followers before and enjoyed it so much! I loved Lupe and Lane’s wedding because they were so much fun, their venue was to die for and they had one of my favorite receptions to date! Their wedding was in the Belo Mansion right smack dab in the middle of Downtown Dallas. With views of skyscrapers through skylights, modern sculptures and unique lines throughout the venue, the Belo Mansion is nothing short of swoon worthy!

Lupe and Lane did a fantastic job of combining each of their families by having all of the traditional Jewish wedding customs, garnished with fun Latin wedding influences. For example, right after they crushed the glass and left the ceremony, you were greeted by Mariachis in the cocktail hour! How cool is that? While I shoot lots of amazing Latin events since I live in Texas, at this particular time, this was the only Jewish wedding I had ever shot, so experiencing the customs was new and exciting to me! I hope I get the chance to photograph many more Dallas Jewish weddings. My favorite part was the Ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract. Lupe and Lane’s Ketubah was a true work of art with intricate cut paper over watercolor to reveal a beautiful picture of peacocks since they had peacock feathers through their event. The emotion in the room when they were going over the contract was beautiful, and I’m pretty sure everyone cried at some point!

After their ceremony and cocktail hour, everyone was whisked into their reception where Lane romantically surprised Lupe with a song he composed on the piano before their wedding band, Emerald City rocked the flippin house!! Any time I hear that I get to be the Dallas wedding photographer for a wedding where Emerald City will be, I get extra pumped. No one stays at their table when Emerald City is playing, because they are all on the dance floor!

Here are some photos of Lupe and Lane’s mixed cultural wedding and rocking reception at the Belo Mansion!

Belo Mansion Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
Belo Mansion Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
Jewish Dallas Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
Jewish Dallas Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
Jewish Dallas Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
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Downtown Dallas Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
Downtown Dallas Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
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Belo Mansion Wedding Photos by Dallas Wedding Photographer Laura Miller
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Why do bridal photos? McKinney Cotton Mill Bridals | Dallas wedding photographer

Downtown McKinney Cotton Mill bridal photos with Nikole shot by Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.

 

One of my favorite things about being a Dallas wedding photographer is getting to do bridal photos. Bridal sessions are a unique opportunity for a bride to be to take a moment and not only celebrate the anticipation of the day, but also to take some time for herself in the midst of all of the wedding planning and craziness and get dolled up, pampered and just live in the moment.

While you will get photographed in your dress on your actual wedding day, an actual bridal session is different. On the day of, you are running around like crazy, fielding the bridal party, your parents, guests, and trying to get everything together, so you don’t always have a ton of time to get portraits of just you by yourself. The bridal session solves this.

I have three main reasons for loving bridals.

Reason 1: You

I always ask each of my brides this. How many times in your life to you get completely decked out in a gorgeous gown, with your hair and make-up done? During the bridal session, you’re looking your best, you feel amazing, you’re excited about things to come, and you have the happy “glow” to prove it. Also, part of being a good spouse is being a great YOU. I’m not saying doing bridals will make you a better person, haha, but getting your glam on and having some fun in front of the camera is a fantastic way to boost confidence and anticipation for the day!

Reason 2: Your parents and your groom… the people who love you the most.

Nice portraits with a heartfelt note of thanks for your parents or a love letter for your guy on your wedding day is guaranteed to be a hit. Parents love beautiful portraits of their little girl and your groom will always treasure images of you, the woman he has fallen head over heels for, his bride. These will be kept and remembered forever.

Reason 3: For me!

Okay I know what you’re thinking, “Ummm, Laura, I think you might be a little bit biased being a Dallas wedding photographer and all…” but hear me out! Bridals are one of my faaaavorite kinds of sessions. Why? Because it gives me a chance to show you what a hottie you are. Womens self image is immensely important to me. It is one of my goals in life to show as many women as I can how insanely beautiful they are, just as they are, right now. Not after they get more make-up, not after they lose 15 pounds… I want them to see how gorgeous they are. Now and always.

I feel like as women we are surrounded and constantly bombarded with messages of insecurity and negativity and in whatever tiny way I can, I want to show women that they are beautiful right now, as they are. When you see women in magazines, they are wearing fancy clothes, their hair and make-up have been professionally applied and they have been photographed by professionals who photograph them to show off their best features. Well, what do you do in bridals? You wear a fancy dress, you get your hair and make-up professionally applied and you get photographed by a professional who photographs you in a way to show off your best assets! So they are definitely a taste of that Hollywood treatment, and I think every woman should get in on that. 🙂

If you read all of that, you rock! As a reward, I will share a session of some of my favorite bridal photos at the McKinney Cotton Mill with Nikole.

Comment if you like them!

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Call me! (972) 256-6016 /// E-mail me!

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Downtown Grapevine Family Portraits with the E Family | Dallas Family Photographer

Downtown Grapevine family photo session with the E family shot by Dallas family photographer / Dallas wedding photographer Laura Miller.

 

Meet the E family! They were celebrating a few different things including a birthday and wanted to capture the time with a family photo session. (Not that you need a reason at all!) Regardless of the reason, I am glad they called me! Meeting this fun family of 5 was quite a treat and I felt so lucky to be chosen to be their Dallas family photographer!

Before I was off to meet Kimmi and Greg, with their three kiddos, Coralyn, Emmalyn, and Haydon; Kimmi emailed me for wardrobe suggestions. I was happy to help out, because making sure that my clients feel great about themselves and helping them make the best choices for their photos is something very important to me! Kimmi wasn’t sure what she wanted, but she mentioned that she was thinking jeans and boots, so I hopped on Polyvore and made her an inspiration board! We decided on Downtown grapevine for their family photo session, which is one of my favorite photo spots, so I knew that there were a lot of warm reds and neutrals in the area. Blues and purples compliment those colors perfectly and seem to pop off of a lot of the backdrops there, so I decided to make a blue inspiration board.

A lot of times where people go wrong with picking out what to wear for their portrait sessions is going too matchy-matchy, and that can quickly give photos a dated look and in some cases they can be super cheesy. The way to avoid this is to mix things up! You can use different shades of the same color, different patterns, different textures, etc. It can also be fun to add an accent color! In a world where you have endless options at your fingertips for any budget, putting together your photo wardrobe is a snap. <– Hehe, see what I did there? 😛

So, I sent this style board to Kimmi for an example and she pulled it off to a “tee!” <– Oops, I did it again. Get it? ……Wardrobe?  ……Tee?
Wait!
Where are you going??!
Okay, okay! If I promise to stop with the cheesy puns, will you keep reading?
Phew!
Anywho, so here is the styleboard followed by the E family’s awesome downtown Grapevine family photos. I hope they are worth you sticking around through my ridiculous puns! 🙂

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Dallas Family Photography in Downtown Grapevine, Texas.

 
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July 31, 2013 - 1:28 pm

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