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.
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.
At around noon, we headed back to home base and took a few shots in our parents’ beautiful yard, nervously eyeing the darkening horizon.
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.
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.
As we made our way down the lakeshore, we finally got some beautiful backlighting!
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.
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!
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!