Katie & Dan :: Stone Oak Ranch Shabby Chic Country Wedding :: Popography
  • Weddings
June 11, 2013

I was on my way down to Texas to get ready for a month long shooting spree. I hopped off the plane and felt the heat and humidity as soon as we walked outside. There was not amount of heat or humidity going to stop me from being super excited about this wedding. It was the night before the wedding and I get a phone call from the bride, Katie. She seemed a little panicked and wanted to inform me they were expecting not only rain, but thunderstorms on her wedding day. Let me back up and say that Katie is an amazing  bride. She wanted everything to go perfect and she wanted the photos she always dreamed of. Out of nowhere, my very conservative bride asks me to do a First Look. I was completely thrilled and completely shocked that my little conservative bride was willing to break old school traditions and see her groom before the alter. We completely reworked the schedule where the day would begin earlier and the photos would all be done before the ceremony. So, if it did decide to come a flood we could rest happy in knowing we did all the dream photos she wanted before the flood.

BRIDES- listen to me. There is no such thing as ‘Traditional’ anymore. It is YOUR day. YOUR way. There is no such thing as bad luck. Katie came to this realization. She had a private “First Look” with her groom and then went into a 45 minute portrait session with her man. This is really the only time of day you are alone! They held hands and stared at one another. They ran through fields laughing together. They CELEBRATED their day together. The photos really show how amazing this change of tradition is.

Katie says, “I can’t imagine my wedding without the first look. It was the one of the best decisions

I made in my wedding planning”.

Having the first look allowed us to really enjoy some extra special time with the wedding party and also knock out all the family photos before ceremony. The family particularly loved this because after the very hot and humid ceremony all they wanted to do was go inside for a cold drink! Everyone raved about the experience and I encourage all my bride’s to at least consider this amazing change of pace called “First Look”! It was a beautiful and seamless day.  Katie and Dan have a special easy going kind of love. They completely and madly love each other and know how to have some fun. There were a few moments in the day that really stand out to me. The first was when I spent time with Katie and Dan for their portrait session and Katie was so nervous to run in the field for fear of snakes. The second moment is right before the ceremony when Katie waited with her father. They stood behind two large wooden doors as they waited to walk down the isle together. It was a quiet and very intimate moment that I am so glad I got to capture. Their relationship is so sweet. And finally, me having the groomsmen drag out a super tall ladder to shoot on! Once I get my mind on an idea I want to go all the way with it! I think it was worth the sweat and time! What a beautiful day. We were so honored to share in a fabulous wedding day in East, Tx. Congrats Katie & Dan! xx Leaha & Jeffrey


  Venue: Stone Oak Ranch

Floral: A Touch of Nature

DJ: Matt E.P. with Your Special Day DJ

Cake Artist: Ganache

Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Daniel Neely

Catering: Danny’s Smokehouse BBQ in Athens, Texas



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