James and Katy

Katy has been a part of my life since before I can remember. Being first cousins, only a year apart, and growing up in the same town, we spent quite a bit of time together. When our moms would drop us off at each others houses for the day, or on Sunday's after church, we would often play barbies in the attic or dolls in the basements, spending hours on end pretending to be grownups, just imagining what our lives would be like. When a bunch of us cousins got together, we'd often play wedding, some of us wearing our mom's wedding dress or Salvation Army bridesmaid dresses, the rest of us tucking our hair up in our brothers' baseball caps. We'd pick flowers, and find whatever rings we could, then hold a wedding ceremony in the basement, in the woods, sometimes even on the side of the road. We spent so much time playing and talking and just fantasizing about what it would be like to grow up and fall in love, to get married and start a family. And now, here we are, what seems like just a few short years later.


I remember when I first heard about James, a few years ago. Katy's eyes lit up as she talked, and, even though I hadn't met him yet, I could tell how special he was to her. And then, when I met him a little while later, it was obvious he felt the exact same way about her. The two of them have such a special connection, I now can't imagine either of them without the other. They complete each other, in a way that is so much better than anything our barbie and doll playing selves could have ever dreamed up.

Brita of Brita Caroline Photography is taking the wedding pictures in August, and when I was asked to be her second shooter, I was ecstatic! I've always admired her work, and to be there taking pictures of this gorgeous couple on their wedding day? No way could I say no.


The engagement shoot (my first ever!) happened a few weekends ago, and it was beyond gorgeous. Katy had all sorts of ideas and visions of how she wanted it to go, so we figured it was worth having two camera's going (click here to see what Brita captured through hers!) Katy and James are both photographers, which, in my case makes me insanely awkward in front of the camera, but they were complete naturals! And Brita has been doing this for years, so it was awesome to work with and learn a bit from her! The evening couldn't have been more perfect.

I laughed out loud when this one shot first came up on my computer screen, and immediately sent it to Katy. I'm not much of a hashtag person, but if I was? #WhenYoureBusyPreparingForAPicAndTheFianceJustWantsToEat

As I was going through these pictures, the lyrics from George Strait's old song You Look So Good In Love was playing through my head. "He must have stolen some stars from the sky, and gave them to you to wear in your eyes."

The child in me is crazy giddy about these rowboat images. Don't they look like they should be from a Disney scene?!

The sky was GORGEOUS as the sun was fading, so I was pumped when James let us know he's a fan of silhouettes. The last one, with Katy's ring visible?! (I'm really hoping they love that picture as much as I do!)

To James and Katy, you guys are awesome. Thank you so so much for letting me be a part of, not only this day, but your wedding day. It can't come soon enough!


And to Brita, a huge thank you for allowing me to second shoot for you! I had a blast!


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    Maryn Kramer (Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:22)

    These are amazing!! So happy for you James and Katy!