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Trooper Bride: Emily’s Drizzly-But-Dazzling Bridal Shoot

This March, I traveled back to my hometown of Blooming Grove to photograph  my cousin Emily and her fiance, Bryan. It was to be a two-day weekend extravaganza, complete with a bridal shoot on Saturday morning, followed by an adventuresome engagement shoot with the Mr-and-Mrs-to-be on Sunday evening.

We had grand plans for the bridal shoot—horses and dirt bikes and lots of other high-action and outdoorsy shots—but most of our plans fell through when the weather turned sour. It rained nearly all day Saturday with the temperature hovering just below 60 degrees, so we spent a lot of the day waiting (and warming up, in the case of our lovely bride) in the car for the rain to slow or stop so that we could snap a few portraits before the heavens opened up again.

Despite the overcast skies and the difficulty of keeping Emily’s dress and my gear dry, the storm did provide a wonderful soft and misty backdrop for the photos that we took in this starkly-green field of crops. I’m not sure what was growing, but the wild onion growing near the roadside smelled so nice!

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After capturing those stunning images in the field, we drove out to Freestone County Raceway, where the rain continued, the wind picked up, and the temperature dropped. We were able to get several lovely shots in the very grove of oak trees where Emily and Bryan would one day say their vows before the conditions became a little too ridiculous for photographing a beautiful woman in her wedding dress! At that point, we resolved to change clothes, play with the racetrack’s resident puppies (naturally), and finish the rest of our shoot the next afternoon.

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The next afternoon, weather conditions were even worse, but Emily, Amazonian warrior princess and Tough Mudder extraordinaire, decided that we would proceed undaunted—as long as she could wear a thick coat as we moved between locations! We found a sheltered valley in the woods and finished Emily’s bridal session in style, to say the least.

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Nailed it. Ems, you trooper bride, you.

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Emily & Bryan said their vows and sealed their love on April 5, 2014 in the middle of a beautiful grove of pecan trees at Freestone County Raceway, a motocross racetrack in Wortham, Texas where Bryan has so often proved his mettle on a dirt bike. The Burnetts also gave me the privilege of photographing their wedding day, along with their engagement portraits, their wedding shower, and Emily’s bachelorette party and bridal shower.

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Dancing with Jesus: Laura’s Daylong Bridal Session

My sister Laura wanted three things in her bridal portraits: Jesus, forest and flowers. We woke with the sun on April 13, 2013 and went in search of flowers first. Any kind would do as long as there were lots of them, she said, but bluebonnets were preferable if we could find them—and find them we did.

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We had never seen so many bluebonnets at once, even having lived in rural Texas for our entire lives! And exploring farther down that same road brought other happy surprises, as exploring often does.

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At around noon, we headed back to home base and took a few shots in our parents’ beautiful yard, nervously eyeing the darkening horizon.

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We broke for a late lunch and Laura’s best friend, Emily, helped Laura with her makeup and hair while I lined the bed of our Gator (the six-wheeled John Deere vehicle, not its crocodilian namesake) with linens to protect Laura’s dress and located a step ladder that she could use to clamor into and out of the back as we chauffeured her around our family’s land to the locations we had pre-selected for the shoot.

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With Emily’s stellar attentiveness and Laura’s endearing plaid-patterned rain boots, no amount of tromping through the forest or along the lakeshore could muddy Laura’s dress that day.

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As we made our way down the lakeshore, we finally got some beautiful backlighting!

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Since most of Laura’s bridals were taken without her veil (which our grandmother sewed for her), we decided to feature the veil in some of the silhouette photographs. Laura wanted to dance with Jesus for the third time that day because he’s her favorite (closely followed by her fiancé, Scott, of course) and so she did.

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Laura, I feel honored to have had the opportunity to take your bridal portraits and I feel even more honored to know you. Your love for Jesus and for Scott is inspiring, and you were/are a stunning bride!

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On May 25, 2013, with thunderstorms all around and in the presence of many loved ones, Laura and her fiancé, Scott, pledged to adore and choose each other for the rest of their lives. The wedding was beautifully photographed by my dear friend Shelley Elena. Additionally, I took Laura and Scott’s engagement photos. See them here!