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    Hello there.

    Thank you for visiting our blog. I am Lauren Aves, and my husband Will and I are Aves Photographic Design. About five years ago (what?!? Not sure how that happened so fast), we moved our studio to 4909 Camp Bowie Blvd in Fort Worth, TX, (soon after which our photography business sort-of exploded; yay! This is only thanks to our God and Savior for giving us EVERYTHING; it's so obvious-how could I not state it before?), and we love our home in Dallas/Fort Worth.

    Contact us if you have any questions at all. We love new ideas, and we are so blessed to be able to work with people who really "get" the kind of work we do. We can't wait to meet you. Thank you all for this enormous blessing, and stay beautiful!

    Now scroll down for the REAL stories! Bookmark us and check back often.

    Portrait Availability: Due to our weekend wedding schedule, we only accept portrait sessions on weekdays. We keep all upcoming weekends open for weddings and the events that surround them. Our portrait schedule books up at around 4-8 weeks out (further in advance for popular portrait times of the year), so we recommend that you schedule your session as soon as you have decided you would like us as your photographers in order to have the best selection of dates.

    XOXO, Lauren and Will

Two things:

1) Katy and Tyler, if ever there were a couple who we more wanted to be like, it would be you; and

2) WHOA. Just whoa.

{….Okay, that’s not enough. AMAZINGPERFECTBEAUTIFULWONDERFULGORGEOUSAWESOMEFUNBESTDAYEVERANDSWEETESTWEDDINGEVERRRRR!!!}

…{…Okay, and}…..

3) EVER.

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We’ve been working on your Sneak-Peek, and I must say. I picked sixty pictures. I was trying to pick two. So there’s that.

Annnnd, your “actual” Sneak-Peek is going to be ginormous! Annnnnd it is almost ready*. But I just couldn’t wait any longer.

So here is Sneak-Peek #1! Enjoy these which I picked out of my giant folder for immediate sharing, and more will be forthcoming very soon…

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The next image to grace a very beautiful and sophisticated bridal magazine, such as Grace Ormonde Weddings.

….In my opinion, anyway.

The light! And the cutest kiss ever (…until the next one ;).

I had to throw in this adorable wedding blooper, because……just look at Tyler! So fancy.

….Now there’s the debonair Tyler that we know and love! Dipping his adorable bride and making everyone collectively “Awwwwww!!!” (Special Note: I would like to thank you, Sir, for the number of dips you gave Katy during the dancing portion of the evening. This made for many incredibly awesome shots. Not because of us, but because of you two and the cuteness of the dipping!! So perfect!).

We are incredibly excited to share more where these came from! The second, more extensive Sneak-Peek is on its way!

Love you guys SO much, and all of your friends and family, too!!

XOXO,

Lauren and Will

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Wedding Peeps who helped make this day gorgeous and who you should check out if you’re ever in Houston. Or anywhere in Texas, for that matter:

Lauren Carrillo with Something to Celebrate. Seriously, we LOOOOVE her and her team!!! So many things that day were efficiently and beautifully taken care of by you guys without even having to bother the bride and groom, which is very admirable and proficient. Very intentional about her work, and she honestly cares about the couple and making their day absolutely perfect.

Dr. Suzanne Reedstrom, Officiant. Because she was so wonderful and amazing that day!!

– Dress: Romona Keveza from Joan Pillow in Houston

Makeup Texas

Maxit Flower Design

Cakes by Gina

Lakeside Country Club Houston

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Houston

TOP Band (SOOOOO good!!!! Trust us.)

Nathan Willis Wedding Films (We need y’all to move to DFW so that we can be friends!! Loved working with this couple!! Also, SOOO good! Yes, I can say that a second time.)

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*Sorry for the extra letters, but they emphasize my point.**

**…And you can’t make a word sound longer without extra letters. Duh.***

***…I’m a mouse. Duh.****

****{For those who have memorized the movie “Mean Girls”}.*****

*****I am incapable of thinking or saying “duh” without adding, “I’m a mouse” before it, but my mom reads my blog so I have to explain since she is probably the only one actually reading to the bottom of this post who hasn’t memorized Mean Girls. Teeheehee-Love you, Mom! ;) Don’t worry; you don’t have to actually memorize Mean Girls just because it is so culturally significant, but you probably should at least get it on DVD and watch it five to ten times in a row for your future students in case they go around saying, “I’m a mouse-Duh”.

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{OnWednesdaysWeWearPink!!}

 

Hello, lovelies! Today marks one year before Megan and Shaun tie the knot!!! What an exciting coincidence that we totally didn’t even plan! But should still take credit for, so we will…. :)

These were taken at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, at the Fuller Garden and the Rose Garden. The light was AMAAAAZING! Beautiful job being cute as ever, Megan and Shaun! We are sooo excited for a very special day exactly one year from now, and we would not want to be anywhere else that day.

We hope you feel as beautiful in these as you look. Love you guys!!

XOXO,

Lauren and Will

 

 

 

 

PS-Not at all a shameless plug, but a true-for-real-piece-of-advice for all of you brides-to-be out there: Megan owns De Ma Fille, a bridal boutique in Fort Worth off of Park Hill, and it is absolutely exquisite. You must go there if you are getting married. It is a requirement.

That is all.

 

We love these guys! Emily and Taylor came all the way down from “Up North” (to us Texans-teehee! Just kidding; we’re not that hickish, Taylor! I PROMISE!!) to Fort Worth to do their Engagement Session, and we are so glad they did. We had a great time getting to know them and hearing about their engagement and the wedding plans they’ve got in the works so far.

We started out at the Kimbell Art Museum and that surrounding area, and then headed on over to the Stockyards for some non-Stockyardish photos ;). Haha. It wasn’t actually at the Stockyards; it was right next to them with the pretty riverbank we love to use and the cool-looking area next door that looks like it is just made for photography.

Emily and Taylor, thank you for being so gorgeous and model-like in the pictures and for such a fun afternoon! We are SO excited for the big day coming up in August. Now that you’ve checked the Engagement Shoot off of your wedding list, you may get on to the bigger and better stuff. You know, like, getting the the marriage license. And stuff.

Details, details…

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Oh! And everybody: Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get a little hint about an upcoming event we’re going to be a part of!

 

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An exciting little pre-announcement-announcement that Will and I are SUPER-pumped about and wanted to give everyone a little hint for: We’ve been invited to be a part of a very special Wedding Event coming up on May 2nd at Domain XCIV (which is right down the street from us on Camp Bowie), and you are invited! If you are a future bride, an MOB, or a happily engaged/pre-engaged couple, you’ll enjoy dropping by to browse all of the best Dallas/Fort Worth vendors (I say that because we’re included, of course-haha! J/K ;). We’ll be there along with Creme de La Creme, Lucia Bitnar from Foster & Blue, Sage Fine Flowers, De Ma Fille, Chanticleer Wedding Art, and from the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, Christopher McGuire; Artistic Director.

Email us at info {at} avesphotographicdesign.com for an exclusive invite and details, or stay tuned and we’ll be revealing a little more as it gets closer! The big announcement comes soon, and we can’t wait to share what is in the works for us! So here’s Hint # 1: It has to do with weddings….

XOXO,

Lauren and Will

Yay, yay, yay!!! I am so excited to finally get to post Melanie and Blake’s wedding on our blog. This has been a long time coming (like, for real. These have been already prepped in the cute way and in the “perfect” order {that I’m all OCD about ;)}, with our logo and the curved edges I just really like for some reason, just waiting and ready in our blog drafts for me to write down the words. This post was {and I already knew it would be} a really big deal for me, though, because…Well, it’s hard to explain, but I just don’t know if I could ever do the wonderfulness that is Blake and Melanie’s relationship to each other and to their families justice with my words. Just by looking at them that day, you could tell that their wedding day was beyond anything they could {or would} have ever imagined, and every feeling that washed over me while witnessing it was joyful and thankful. Because that is exactly how it was). Ohhhh, the pressure of wanting it to be perfect, to a fault! Haha. Same thing happened with my cousin Tanner and my cousin Sarah’s weddings {TBP…to be posted}! I can never do the people I love justice because no words are good enough to describe how much respect I have for them.

So this was one family that we just felt so close to, and now I get to {attempt to-haha} fully explain how beautiful and perfect it truly was. Not just their wedding day, but their entire marriage and the foundation it was built upon.

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The first time Will and I met them, we were very excited about the wedding process and getting to be a part of a year of their lives that would mean so very much to them. I have always known that I would be blogging Melanie and Blake’s wedding (as I have many that I haven’t blogged yet but have posts floating around in my head for!), because Melanie has been a long-time blog follower of ours for years and has always supported our business from the beginning. Meeting someone who already has complete confidence in us before we even meet and is really excited to get to have us as her photographers meant a lot to us. There’s a big {HUGE} boost in the wedding pictures when we have a good connection with our clients because having your photographers (and also videographers and other vendors…Tip #5879 for future brides) emotionally invested in your wedding is something that really takes your wedding photographs (or video, music, Ceremony, etc.) to the next level. I cannot stress how important this is.

It was wonderful to get to slow down and really enjoy the whole process with people we completely love! I will also say that we truly felt like family the entire time we did the Engagement/Bridal/Wedding photographs (and as a side note, you HAVE to see the Engagements/Bridals. AHHHH-SO PERFECT!). We’re getting ready to reveal our new website and they will be on it; that’s for sure!

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So here it is. A curating (curation?) of our favorite images from their wedding day and why we loved everything about it so much! I would also like to note that Melanie and Blake had an excellent team of Dallas/Fort Worth vendors, and we loved her hair and makeup artists so much that I even asked her after the wedding for their info because they did such a gorgeous job on Melanie’s hair and makeup. I have a vendor crush on them now. I don’t say that about a lot of hair and makeup people, so you should just know that.

Getting Ready Location: The Renaissance Worthington, Downtown Fort Worth (We love it for the large rooms!)

Ceremony: Robert Carr Chapel, TCU

Reception: City Club of Fort Worth

Wedding Gown: Bliss Bridal, Justin Alexander

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Bliss Bridal, Mori Lee

Groom/Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Paper Products: Magic Pen

Bridal Hair: Sam Walters, Old World Salon (Could it BE more soft and romantic????!??? Um, no.)

Bridal Makeup: Ryan Bushman

Florals: Out of the Garden, Grapevine

Officiant: Casey Lewis from First Baptist Keller

Cakes: Opulent Cakes

DJ: Michael Sanderson (Boom! That’s my addition to his title) with Randy Ro Entertainment (You guys. Randy Ro Entertainment is one of the BEST. For real).

General Prettiness and Feeling of Excitement: Melanie and her BFF Bridesmaids, who made the day even more fun, times a million!!

Oh, and Will wants me to mention that Blake and his Groomsmen were so incredibly fun to hang out with, and funny, and that he thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them and pretending he was a groomsman (Should I maybe photoshop a picture of Will into one of Blake’s groomsmen’s photos? Well….yeah. I think it would make him feel extra cool. Will, not Blake. Probably only if I use one of our wedding photos, though, because Will says he “was still hot” back then. Bahahaaa. Okay, Will ;).

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There’s a lot of prettiness that occurs when you put all of your wedding details in a box and let me take them to the beautiful light to photograph them at the beginning of the day. I was very happy about all of these…

The hair flower! The hair flower!!

And the bows! Ahhhhhhh, the bows!

{I don’t know how to do an upside-down arrow that points downward at this picture, but} The makeup vendor I have a crush on! Or. Not, like, a CRUSH-crush. A vendor crush. I explain it above. Nevermind.

The invitation suite was just breathtaking.

An adorable flip-flop gift Melanie received that she’ll always remember! And will get to continue to wear until they start to get all curvy! Then, once she rubs the words off, she’ll still have the pictures of the note. Genius.

Beautiful, Melanie! Your eyes simply radiated blue that day. They are always blue, but they were REALLY blue on your wedding day. Do you think they might work like mood rings or something?

This precious gift from Melanie’s Dad, which made her cry, was a 2014 penny and a penny from the year that he and Melanie’s mom got married (I think those were the two significant dates, anyway. Hopefully I didn’t just botch that one).

Ohmygoodness, this beautiful girl was ready to be the star of the show in her princess dress! And she was. There was an audible “AWWWW!” when she entered the Ceremony.

Meanwhile, with the Groom and his Groomsmen…

 

This was part of the extra fun Will was talking about. Apparently everyone, while of course being dashingly handsome (my words, not Will’s) was also hilarious and upbeat. The perfect guys to have stand by your side on the day you get married.

 

If someone doesn’t pin this and label it “The Perfect Wedding Hair”, I will.

Okay, I will anyway…

Everyone was in love with her florals. Out of the Garden = perfection.

Even though Blake was probably really nervous at this moment, he didn’t show it. Instead, his joy and excitement permeated the room as he got to have his family congratulate and spend these special moments with him before he’d see Melanie for the first time that day.

This moment with his mom turned out to be one of my favorite images from the entire day.

Blake and Melanie both have wonderful relationships with their families. I’m sure they already know what a blessing this is!

Back-of-the-dress-perfection!!! As the two girls helped Melanie make her way to the front of the church, Blake stood inside the chapel at the end of the aisle, his heart practically beating out of his chest out of anticipation to see his almost-wife.

The doors opened, and the gleeful smile broke out over her face.

Blake patiently waited as she approached. Even though it suddenly felt like an eternity.

The moment heightened the closer she got. You could literally feel how sweet this moment was about to be.

This. This right here is why every bit of the butterflies were completely worth it.

A spontaneous princess twirl that makes a girl feel just like Cinderella…

One of the most special things about Blake and Melanie’s First Look was that they got to spend the entire thing together, without any rushing/pressure/worry that they needed to be somewhere else.

They were exactly where they needed to be right now.

Having a prayer together before becoming husband and wife.

This one is just to accentuate the fact that I am OBSESSED with the back of Melanie’s dress. Obvs.

Yeah, you’ve already seen the bouquet. What of it?

It looks pretty here.

Another really cool thing about them doing the First Look with plenty of time to spare was that instead of rushing around after the Ceremony to try and get to the Reception quickly, they got to spend quality {wedding-day-excitement} time together during their Bride/Groom photographs, too. Because of the fact that they’d JUST seen each other for the first time, had cried and prayed together, and felt completely on top of the world at this very moment, all of their Bride/Groom photos turned out to be completely real and genuine.

There’s no faking this feeling.

Tee-hee…I just caught myself smiling fondly at the screen. WELL, DO YOU BLAME ME??

Will’s close-up versions of my full-length favorites.

Okay, here are more florals just to make your day!

How can I HAVE so many favorites???

The first step is admitting that I have a problem.

Here are the absolutely STUNNING one-shoulder full length blush colored bridesmaids gowns. Besides the one-shoulder part, my favorite part is the sparkle at the top of the sleeve.

Goodness, these florists knocked it out of the park!!

Anyone else notice that Blake is already the perfect Brother-in-Law to Melanie’s sister? She’s the brunette he’s sharing his overwhelming happiness with at the moment.

Alllllmost time…..

Blake takes a deep breath and he and his mom have a laugh together. I hope that they get to look back and remember what was said at this very moment.

The ladies also had a lot to giggle and smile about behind Robert Carr’s curtain as they waited for their musical cue. How perfect is it to be able to share your excitement with your bridesmaids, who are genuinely as excited as you are???

You can almost feel how it was for her start walking through those white double doors.

Melanie’s Dad was so proud of his daughter. At this moment, he was probably the proudest Dad in the room.

Each and every moment during their Ceremony was carefully planned out and was completely thoughtful and intentional. They really wanted to show the love of God in their Ceremony and to get to put Him first in their marriage from the very first day on.

It’s really hard for Blake to hide how much he loves her. Just look at his face.

The perfect low-five-while-walking-down-the-aisle.

They got to take a deep breath and let out an I-can’t-believe-we’re-actually-married laugh once they were up in the balcony.

These are just some of my favorites from inside the chapel that day.

I love the way her dress falls, don’t you?

SO. Now we’re here at City Club. The music is already filling the room with a celebratory vibe, the lighting is a perfect blue, and the guests are enjoying getting to be a part of it.

(I just like the sparkliness of the background lights in this one. City Club is so great about having tons of places for candles and lighting.)

 

So much pretty bokeh EVERYWHERE!! Yay.

This bow on the cake matched Melanie’s bow on the back of her dress. LOVE!!

One of my favorite things about weddings is getting to see the couple being announced as husband and wife. First, when they turn around to face the guests after their first kiss; and second, when they enter the reception to a room full of clapping, beaming friends and family members. That moment is so truly genuine, and you get to see exactly how happy they really are.

I remember the moment that Will and I turned to face our guests at our wedding with more clarity than most other moments from that day. It was incredibly overwhelming, and it was such a huge blessing to get to see all of the faces of our loved ones and lifelong friends who had come to support us just because they loved us. A true thankful feeling enveloped my heart and I could feel all of the love of the ones who had come just for us.

So when I see a couple being introduced as husband and wife, knowing that they get to feel that too makes me happy. And also, getting to see their closest friends and family cheer them on with vigor (no, I didn’t look that up in a thesaurus. I just couldn’t use a different word than “vigor” because nothing else describes this as well) is a feeling that you simply can’t beat.

Melanie and Blake’s first dance as husband and wife was so very sweet.

(Side note: Can I just take a moment to love her hair?? Again??)

Cuties.

Take a bow, Blake.

Melanie’s Dad gave the welcome speech and everyone smiled. And cried. And smiled some more.

Adorable.

Another favorite moment of mine is when the couple is praying together. It is one of the few times during the day when no one (well, except for me ;) is looking. It is a moment that they get to take a breath, be themselves, hold hands tightly, and thank God for bringing them together. Melanie and Blake considered God to be a very important part of their wedding day (THE most important one there, in fact!), and it showed that He is such an integral part of their lives. As a result, the foundation of their marriage has been built on God’s love; not just on their own.

When you have the love of God in your heart and treat your spouse the way Jesus has treated you, it is a lot harder for a couple to be shaken. Even during the tough times, God is always there.

If there is any advice I could give an engaged couple who is about to be married, it is to put God first, before your spouse, for the two of you to always pray together, and to always trust in Him. If you ask any of our married couples who have had God as a priority in their marriage, they will all tell you the same thing: Having no one else above God and loving each other as you have been first loved by Him really helps the foundation of your marriage immensely.

This was the first time I’d seen this at a wedding. It is a Bible with a sign next to it that says, “Please feel free to leave a highlighted verse & well wishes for the Bride and Groom. Once you have written your note please sign and place in the Bible.” How special it must have been to get to see who gave you each verse, and to have your first married Bible to hold so many good memories and love!

There are way too many pictures below of Melanie’s Father-Daughter dance and Blake’s Mother-Son dance, but I know you’ll love them. So I couldn’t cut a single one. There were just so many emotions and so much happiness!!

After a day of on-and-off rain, gray clouds, and then sunshine, a HUGE, bright rainbow appeared right outside the windows of City Club. It arched all the way across the sky for all of Fort Worth to see.

With the excitement of everyone wanting to talk to them and to get to dance with them, I don’t know if Melanie and Blake got to stop and see this that day. But to me, it was one of the most perfect things about this day.

It felt like a promise.

At the end of the night, the guests were sent down the escalators to wish Melanie and Blake off, and after everyone else cleared out, the ballroom suddenly became a private, sparkly, romantic cove for their last dance together.

This moment was unbeatable. The soft candlelight and blue uplighting made the mood absolutely perfect.

They held each other closely and soaked every last moment up so that they could remember it forever.

 

This is one of my very favorite images from the night. City Club’s mirrors make everything look even more special.

Grasping on to the last seconds of the day and celebrating it, they let out a happy cry of excitement and joy. They were still unable to believe that they’d just gotten married. It felt just like a fairy tale, but it was real.

Glo-sticks as an exit at the wedding = fun! As long as the groomsmen don’t whip you as you walk by ;). Tee-hee!!

Congratulations, Melanie and Blake!! Your wedding was almost exactly a year ago (WOO-HOO!!!), and you look just as happy and in love now as you did on your wedding day. Now that all of the elements of the wedding day live only in your memory and in photographs, we hope that these images bring the memories to the forefront of your mind and that you get to remember how each moment felt, once again.

We have been incredibly blessed by getting to know both of you and your families. Thank you for trusting us with such an important time in your lives, and thank you for always being amazing and wonderful clients (and now friends!!). We truly love you both, and we think you’re the BEST! This goes down in history as one of our very favorites because of who you are.

XOXO,

Lauren and Will

YEAAAAAAH!! We’re back to blogging now that 2015 is officially underway, all right! In a BIG and officially-official way!****

…You’ll see.

{…..As fair warning, there are many weeks’ worth of random stuff put together in and around this post which I’ve been collecting and saving for awhile, so you may or may not find the entirety of this post relevant to….itself. I probably should have split this up into several posts, but the main point was to get the word out about Bryce and Audrey (which I’ll get to below), so I’m leaving it all. Enjoy the randomness!}

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Quick lil’ post first before we begin:

….Please notice our 2015 Vendi Awards thank you to AACWP above in the “Latest News” Section! :) Not trying to claim that we won (OR AM I……? ;) Teehee…), but being nominated for the second year in a row was a really big deal to us and we didn’t take it lightly. There was such a huge pool of talent to be considered amongst, and the very best vendors and wedding coordinators in Dallas/Fort Worth have always been affiliated with AACWP, so we had to pinch ourselves when we were nominated to make sure it was actually true!

Against my better judgment I’m going to go ahead and post this pic of me and Will from last night, taken by our fabulous Wedding Coordinator friend Kristyn Hall, even though I would really like to be vain and airbrush myself/fix my glowing eyes/make the top half of my body tan/change the weird way in which I held my hand….you get it ;). But that probably isn’t socially acceptable to photoshop an iPhone picture and I don’t have time for that anyway, so you get to see us in all of our un-airbrushed glory. Bahahaa.

….Anyway, BEAUTIFUL night, AACWP! Err’body loves you! <3

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For those of you who just want to know about the Where Are They Now story of Audrey and Bryce, scroll down until you see the first image.

OR, if you don’t plan to read all of this post {because you think I’m too wordy or otherwise annoying}, just go here and you can learn about Bryce and Audrey’s story in their own words!

{…..But there’s more info below first if you do intend to read this, so don’t go there yet unless you already know you’ll be bored by my lengthy prose ;). Those of you who have followed us for years have said you like to read all of this kind of stuff, so I’m going to take that as a “you actually do like to read all of this kind of stuff” and will continue on with my normal ways since that’s what I enjoy… whether or not it’s the coolest thing to do.}

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BUT FIRST: A SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL OF OUR LOYAL BLOG FOLLOWERS {Past, Present, My Mom, and Future. This note is to every faithful reader, who we LOVE, appreciate in a way that you’ll never fully know, and to whom I’ve determined deserve some kind of medal for being so dutifully supportive as blog readers. And for being advocates for us while also providing me and Will the personal added benefit of making us feel super-important whether or not we actually are. Haha. Some of you specifically are in my mind even more as I mention this little note (which you’re going to laugh at once you read it because it totally has nothing to do with this entire paragraph, but you already know that’s how I am as long as I get to include some random lists, bullet points, bold/italic/underlined print for unnecessary-yet-necessary emphasis, extra separators and spaces in between paragraphs, the word “awesome” even though I hate using it out of repetition but apparently can’t stop {at least I don’t use the word “awesomesauce”, right? Haha. No offense if you do. But sorry, it sounds like applesauce, and applesauce is truly not that awesome}, and official-looking titles ;). If you are one of the ones who has supported us from the beginning and/or in the wedding industry, you know who you are! This little note was actually not meant to get sappy whatsoever but it totally did. Still feeling really special on the inside from getting to be considered “cool” at AACWP last night, so I’m all sentimental about it now.

{……ALSO, THIS IS A NOTE THAT I SIMPLY MUST INTERJECT BEFORE WE BEGIN IN ORDER TO SATISFY MY OCD NATURE.}

{……ANND, OKAY, IN ORDER NOT TO BE ANNOYED WITH MYSELF FOR NOT STATING THIS IN ADVANCE…FOR THE SAME REASON AS ABOVE}:

[Note Begins Here in Case it isn’t Obvious]: This incredibly enticing reward for your loyalty is hereby officially, permanently, and formally recorded on the internet just for YOU, the people who have unconditionally been the best, just by reading whatever randomness and not-necessarily-funny-rhetoric that gets posted here amongst the real things that Will and I truly care about.

Whether or not you consider the following an actual reward for your efforts is going to be irrelevant because I say it is. And also, because I am assuming you have been just biding your time up until this magical day-of-blogging {unless you’ve continued on with your life since our last blog post, in which case I guess that’s okay too but isn’t as impressive}, a-wishin’ and a-hopin’ for some wise words from your favorite photography blogger (ummm….ME???). Not in a My-Best-Friend’s-Wedding-Intro-Song sort of way, but in some other way that somehow uplifts you and makes you realize your full potential. Or something [Okay, now I just HAVE to do THIS! …….I know, right??…..Maybe you should actually just consider that link your reward because I’m not even sure if the now-suddenly-seemingly-bare reward, now that it has been over-dramatized and won’t be as cool after all of this, is even going to suffice or if it might actually annoy some people as much as it would have annoyed me NOT to post a preemptive introduction to it].

Get ready to hear this. Okay. Now I will tell you.

I’ve included a long{er than usual} series of excellently random, pointless footnote comments next to asterisks which I’ve been saving up for the past one-to-two-years {okay, really just a few days but I didn’t want to sound weird}, as well as what I consider to be funny-yet-useless information at the bottom of this post.

Yeah….That was the reward. You’ll probably like the video link better.

…..But don’t get too excited and scroll down to the bottom first to read those (it actually won’t be worth it to skip the post for those-haha), because in all seriousness, this Audrey-and-Bryce-Update is VERY important, will mean a lot to them for you to read about, and you will be really glad you read it instead of trying to go through another one of those stupid Buzzworthy-or-whatever-they’re-called list articles on your iPhone about items from your childhood that probably gave you cancer. I’m just saying. More worth your time than that drivel for sure (now about my asterisks…..that’s TBD….hahahaaa).

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Wellllll.….I guess that was possibly a leeeettle too much buildup for announcing a set of asterisks at the bottom of a post. I’m not erasing it, though. This is the kind of thing you’ll once again consistently get from me on our blog in addition to wedding photography, guys. But see, it’s a REWARD. For YOU…..This whole “reward scenario” thing is turning out to be so anti-climactic. Sorry.

Whatever. That entire section above, which I wrote and re-wrote about five hundred times for absolutely no reason, just took a ridiculous amount of time, so I’m going to move on.

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….Because I don’t want to distract from the REAL meat of this story. And this is a GOOD ONE.

I hope you’re still paying attention or that you just went ahead and skipped down to Bryce and Audrey’s story without feeling too dissatisfied over my wordiness.

…So let’s get on to the story!

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Awwwwww! Audrey and Bryce’s Wedding Day!!! One of our very favorite couples of all time!

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Our New Blog Category Idea: “Where They Are Now”

If you’ve ever wondered whatever happened to any of the couples we’ve posted about on our blog over the years {who we’ve gotten so close with, who have bared their souls to us and have fully trusted us with a time that is incredibly important to them, and who we’ve in turn written about with our favorite details from their extra-loveish-love-story-engagements-and-weddings to everyone who is willing to read more-than-is-completely-necessary-information on our blog*, whether wedding-related or completely irrelevant}, you finally get to satisfy your curiosity…..At least about one of our couples as a start!

I’d never really even fully considered this conundrum of cutting you guys off to the rest of their love stories too much until today (because I’m Facebook friends with pretty much all of our previous clients {if they’ll have me! Haha. Sometimes I do forget to do friend requests if I think we’re already friends and you guys have to friend me yourselves. Other times I can’t find you if you’re incognito to keep the stalkers at bay, so please do friend me and Will if we somehow missed the incredibly important step of becoming Facebook friends, y’all!!}, so Will and I are lucky enough to receive constant updates to get to still feel like we’re a part of their/your lives).

We share such an emotional set of moments with you, our readers, and the story obviously doesn’t end there. People need to know, I tell you!! Haha. How brilliant am I to suddenly have this epiphany of continuing people’s love stories a few years later?? (Haha*-that is totally a joke {although I am obviously brilliant. Durrrrr! ;) }, and if you know me you know that I’m not really giving myself props except in a self deprecating way that is also funny-yet-proving-I-am-in-fact-also-really-smart-so-not-completely-self-depricating-but-also-giving-myself-secret-props……Okay, sorry. Joking again and getting off-subject…Bryce and Audrey are now probably wondering if I’m actually going to share their story at all at this point).

After hearing Audrey and Bryce’s story recently and thinking it was the sweetest thing ever, we decided to create an entirely new blog category dedicated to the stories of our past wedding clients and what their lives look like now. This will include special stories that tug at your heart (or at least mine! :), things that are going on in their families and in their professions, and ways that you can help or pray for them if any of them are going through a wonderfully life-changing or even a tough time, if they email us to share that in order for support. If you are a past client of ours and would like to be considered to have your story shared here, definitely email us (Bryce and Audrey didn’t, by the way, ask us to do this. But we did get permission first!).

But don’t worry. Bryce and Audrey aren’t going through a tough time. They are going through an incredibly EXCITING new chapter in their lives! Here is their story below.

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Bryce and Audrey’s Story:

….{I just smile all over when I see how she looks at him! You’re a very lucky guy, Bryce! You know that, though!}

Bryce and Audrey were married in 2009 (I can’t even believe it has been that long), and we photographed their wedding at Christ Chapel Bible Church and Stonegate Mansion in Fort Worth. To view their wedding story and our favorite images from their wedding day, go here and here. You totally should if you love wedding stories because theirs was one of our most favorite weddings of all time due to the sweetness, emotion, and the purely excited/happy/wonderful feeling they had that day which came forth in the photographs so easily because it simply poured out of them.

Recently, they emailed all of their family and friends (how sweet is it that we were on the list?? Awww!) with an update on their lives and a very special request to get the word out: They have decided to adopt a baby!

Thinking about how incredibly hard it is to adopt these days and how much work and preparation goes in to it (not from our own experience, but I mean, I’ve seen the movie Juno. Haha-that was a joke….but it is also probably a partial example as to how much I actually know about the nitty gritty work of adoption, though a teeny bit back-xaggerated…), I know that they have an unknown and possibly bumpy road ahead of them in order for them to receive the precious child that God has planned for their family.

Their story really hits home to me because I’ve always considered adoption as a possibility for me and Will in the future (NOT right now, Mom! Haha. Just saying; I like the idea, okay? No getting all excited yet! And no one else get excited yet, either! Haha. ;) ….Let’s just get back on topic. This is not about us…).

Being able to rescue a child who doesn’t have able parents has always sounded so meaningful to me; to be able to take care of someone who truly needs the love and support that their birth parents aren’t able to give them. To be able to care for a tiny little human being who wasn’t planned or maybe someone who was born into poverty, who desperately needs a mom and dad to care for them.

Someone who just needs a chance. And a family.

…Soooo, since we’ve already got a bit of a platform to be able to, even if only in a small way, help them get the word out about their desire to grow their family and how others can help, we are sharing this with you: our loyal blog readers and anyone else who happens to see it who has a heart for adoption. ….Or even for anyone who knows someone who might want to help!

Ways You Can Help:

1) Bryce and Audrey are planning a huge Fort Worth garage sale in April and are accepting any gently used items, small or large, to include in the sale in order to help fund the adoption fees. The proceeds from the garage sale will go toward helping bring their baby home. They are happy to pick up any items if you live in DFW, or they can make arrangements to pick up items if you live in the Austin area.

2) Go Here to learn more, to watch the video of their adoption story, to provide encouragement/prayers, and/or even to donate if you feel the tug on your heart to do so. I am sure that any donation would be greatly appreciated.

3) Taking a moment right now to pray for God’s direction throughout the process, and to pray for them to be patient, prepared, and provided with His guidance and His will to send them a child who is in need of Bryce and Audrey specifically as his or her new parents.

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Now here are some more of our favorite moments from their wedding day. Enjoy!

This one’s on our wall at the studio! It’s the moment right as the doors open before she walks down the aisle. Such an exciting moment and you can just feel it all over!! These are the kinds of moments that I love to frame the most.

TCU Alumni photo op!

Funnest dancing EVER! And yes, “funnest” is a word.

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Hmmmmm…..Now that I’ve written the post about Bryce and Audrey’s super-sweet adoption story and have even teared up over how much I want them to adopt the perfect child for their family, I don’t know if my silly little asterisk-ed comments below even match anymore.

….But I DID promise some ridiculousness at the end for those of you who actually read all of this-teehee ;)!

…..Sooooo…..whatever. Here you go!!

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FYI and STRONG WARNING: This blog post is actually already now over (for the TLDR crowd, although if you’re part of that crowd I highly doubt you’ve made it this far. “TLDR” explained here {at some point, anyway…} in the context of me and my ridiculousness in case you’d rather hear the Proper-Lauren-Aves-Definition from me other than Webster or whoever it is that wrote the Urban Dictionary), but you can read this final section below at your own risk.

Disclaimer Continued: ….After this slice of your life has been used up never to return, you may either decide I’m the most annoying OR the most hilarious person on the face of this earth. Or you won’t actually care but you’ll have read it out of curiosity. Then you will wish you hadn’t, because it’s all completely pointless, but you will need to feel like it was a valuable use of your time so you’ll pretend you really enjoyed it and will try to chuckle to yourself, no matter how forced (notice the full disclosure on my part. I am seriously warning you, guys. See??? I truly care). Personally, I am going to go with you thinking it’s hilarious because I prefer that. I already know I’m annoying {to Will when I’m singing Celine Dion at the top of my lungs, anyway….But who isn’t? You can’t blame me for being a GIRL! There were nights when the wind was so cold. I can’t help that}, and getting to feel like I’m incredibly and inexplicably hilarious, whether or not I actually am, inflates my self-esteem in a way that I think makes me personally cooler in my own mind.

……Bahahhaaaa. That entire warning was such ludicrosity (a new word I made up). It’s really amazing I am allowed to do this for a living, isn’t it? ;) Teeheeeee……

Anyway, You’ve officially been warned. Don’t email me if you feel like I have wasted your time afterwards. But do drop me a note or a comment if you realize that this set of nonsense was the best 60-11,480 seconds you’ve spent online in the past two weeks. Or ever. It will make me very happy to hear that I am as entertainingly relevant as I aspire to be.

…..Or at least that I’m entertaining even when I’m not singing Celine Dion [WhitneyIMissYou!!].

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{Psssst! The first four asterisks you’re looking for are at the bottom of this list of asterisks b/c I’m OCD like that. Sorry.}

*….Or used to until everything exploded beyond reason in 2012/2013. I’m telling you, guys. 2015 is THE year for our blog again! Everyone {and I do mean everyone! Even randoms from Pinterest are all on the edge of their seats! Totally exaggerating that, but maybe someone will believe me***} has been asking when they will get to once again have their morning doses of wedding crack, which they used to partake in day-after-day back when our blog was all fancy-like and when I shared way too much personal information with you (haha! But seriously. Not that I mind! ;). I am insisting on getting back to my love of blogging, because seriously, people NEEED wedding photos. And other photos. They just do. I am a firm believer that if you don’t wake up and look at a smattering of wedding updates that your day maaaaaay not be as good as it would be if you woke up and DID look at a smattering of wedding updates.

But that’s just me.

-SIDE NOTE: Those of you who have been following our blog for years really make all of the hard work worth it. For real. We are incredibly thankful for you and we wish we could take you out to lunch and treat you to a super-expensive frozen hot chocolate at that awesome little shop in New York from that movie Serendipity (BEST MOVIE EVER, no?? I’ll answer for you: Yes).

**I just wanted everyone to know that I constantly write “haha” any time I want you to recognize that I’m funny. I am pretty sure it works, because how else would you know, for REAL???

***…As if Pinterest isn’t wedding crack enough! Teeheehee….

****[Side Note #2: YES, this should’ve had one asterisk instead of four because it was the first asterisk of the post and “according to ‘grammar’***** and ‘society”’ {Psshhh! Nope.}, it needs to go at the top of my list of asterisks. But do you know how annoying and practically unnecessary it is to go back and try to find all of the other asterisks and to change them just to put it in order just because I went back and added that statement at the beginning at the last minute before posting this {in order to update our loyal followers as to what to expect this year so that you can be “in the know” and to feel ultra-special while also excited to get to go back to your old {completely necessary} habit from 2014 and earlier******}??? Very (you probably DO know this if you’re still in college or grad school-haha! Dang it, my “haha”s strike again! Sorry. Not really, though. You’ll get used to it). This should demonstrate absolutely no laziness on my part because you wouldn’t want to do it either, plus I keep re-reading these intro paragraphs over and over in an OCD way {and tend to become more and more sarcastic the more and more I add}, and really just wanted to get to the meat of the story which is why I wrote this in the first place because it’s not about me!! You may or may not find my intro amusing. In a “what a weirdo” kind of way, that is. Don’t worry, I fully own that.]

*****Obviously I do actually care about the grammar if I’m willing to write a paragraph explaining why I didn’t follow it as if anyone cares. Whatever. I know someone out there wants to do the same thing on their research paper and stick-it-to-the-man! I fully support that, just so you know.

*******Good NIGHT, I have never written so many sets of parenthesis and brackets and whatever-they’re-called’s in one paragraph. I must just really be excited to finally begin regularly posting on our blog again. …..Or maybe I’m just adding too many random thoughts which you don’t really need to hear to sound as if I’m super-witty and in order to feel cool and see if anyone calls me out on it (are you even COUNTING the number of asterisks anymore at this point? I think not. Point made. Or was it….? Hmmmm……). I DON’T HAVE A BOSS, Y’ALL {well, other than my clients, but they’re really more partners-in-creative-photography-planning than anything}. So no one’s going to mess with my asterisks OR my brackets. BA-AM.

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PS-So…..best reward EVER, right??? Bahahaaa. I actually kind-of feel bad for this whole section since it was so long. It did take several back-and-forth days to write since I kept redoing it, but I’ve decided I’m done now, so I’m stopping.

PPS-In all seriousness, PLEASE take a look at Bryce and Audrey’s story in their own words and send them thoughts, prayers, comments, and support. One day maybe someone you don’t know will have it in their heart to help you, too! I don’t personally believe in karma, but I believe that showing love to others was the second greatest command in the Bible and that it means so much when someone you don’t know shows you unconditional love. I feel that it really makes a huge difference in the world to show God’s love to others; even if only in that person’s world.

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Last But Not Least!

Bryce and Audrey, it goes without saying that we love you guys and we are so proud of your decision to adopt! We hope that you are able to make a huge dent in your adoption expenses from the garage sale/fundraising, and we will be praying for you as you begin this new chapter of your lives. We’ve seen so many of our clients have children and grow their beautiful families, and it just warms our hearts to get to hear about the part of your lives that comes next after we spent so much time getting to witness your marriage from the beginning.

Also, you have no idea how much it meant to us that you came to our Camp Bowie Grand Opening party. We won’t ever forget that you took the time out to come and support a big moment in our lives, and we hope that maybe someone here will get to see this who would like to help you in an even bigger way!

Much love! XOXO, Lauren and Will