I had so much fun with these two as we walked the streets of downtown Dallas and then finished with a sunset session over the water. They are getting married on April Fools next year in her home state but wanted some Dallas engagements so I was happy to oblige! Neither of them are native Texans (which I secretly love) but their paths brought them both here to the city and not long after, those paths crossed. They have so much fun together, are at ease in each other's arms and were a joy to photograph. We toasted with champagne as the sun set in celebration of their love and journey together. Their April Fools Day wedding will be a blast, I have no doubt!
Oh Internet, today's Take Me Back Tuesday post is an all new one for yours truly. You see, I'm stepping out into a new adventure that is really going to rock my world and also require so much more of me than I'm used to giving. You see, I'm 'going back to school.' (Don't worry, I'll still be doing all things Mary Fields! I'm just exploring a new adventure as well!)
Now, to set the stage for this, I must give you a little background. You see, I've always loved school. I love to learn and I was always that kid who was self-motivated in her schooling. You know, the annoying kind that was always panicking and swearing that she would fail...only to get an A in the end and make every one of her classmates roll their eyes. Yeah, not proud of it. I wish I could say this was because I was brilliant and a little Miss Smartie Pants but the truth is my pants are just normal. Not really a lot of Smartie just a lot of eagerness to see that A on my report card and a 'do whatever it takes to get it' kind attitude. Some might call it an unhealthy amount of perfectionism (cough cough). But we will call it eagerness....So, I was the good student.
Here's the thing, every time I do a bridal session, I get so anxious to post something but then of course, I catch myself. Wouldn't that be terrible!? Instead, I have to wait until after the wedding to show anything. Well, guys, I've been busting at the seams to show this bridal session! Caroline is absolutely STUNNING! Seriously, one of the most beautiful people and her dress was gorgeous. Literally, every shot I took I thought to myself 'They are going to have such a hard time picking their favorites.' What is even more special about Caroline though, is how her outer beauty is equally (if not more) matched by her inner beauty. She radiates the joy of the Lord and is such a witness to who He is and the work He is doing in her. Truly, she is a joy to be around.
Well, I have finally gotten around to finishing my Italy post...yep, almost three months after we returned. Let's just say my only good excuse is that I took a BAJILLION photos so going through them all and deciding which ones to show has proven to be more challenging than I thought.
Nonetheless, here is the last half of our trip that I am lovingly calling, 'The Honeymoon Redo.' For the second half, we traveled north to the Tuscan region which is breathtaking. We loved our time out in the countryside. We went to all the Medieval towns, went to a winery, rode horses and just relaxed. It was wonderful. And yes, we did eat lunch with a peacock at our winery...no joke. We then headed to Florence and spent the last part of our trip seeing the art the city had to offer, eating lots of gelato, strolling the streets, meeting new people and truly just taking in the city. It was probably our favorite stop.
These two are getting married on Saturday and I can't wait! I've been meaning to post their engagements for forever and so I figured why not post it the week of their nuptials! So, here it is...
I had heard of both Caroline and John long before I had met them because of mutual friends. My husband had been in a bible study with John and thought he was such a stud. Some dear friends of ours worked with Caroline at their church and had nothing but the best things to say. So, naturally, when they emailed me to talk photography, I was pretty excited! We met for a consolation and I could immediately tell all of people's praises were so true. This couple is the real deal.
Oh, these two make me smile from ear to ear. Seriously. I remember when Taylor and I skyped for the first time to discuss me shooting their wedding. I got off the computer and told my husband, 'I feel like she and I would be good friends. We just clicked.' Well, when I met Mark, I felt the same way. These two made me feel like I had known them for years and they were so much fun to photograph...especially since their session included a sunset canoe ride!
Tears rolled down both of their cheeks as they read each other's notes just before the entered the chapel to become husband and wife. They were in different rooms and had no idea that the other was reacting much the same. Sweet words of love and affection were written on those pages and they both shed tears of joy. Blessed. That is what they felt and what they expressed in their written words to one another. To marry each other was in their minds, one of God's greatest gifts to them and they didn't want to leave it unsaid.
Buongiorno! That's Italian for good morning and so fitting because today, I'm taking you on a walk through Italy. Well, part of it anyway. After weeks of thumbing through my 4,000 images (not even joking) I've finally narrowed it down enough to do some posts. It's still kind of long but can you blame me!? I'm dividing it up in two (maybe three posts) so hang with me if you're interested in seeing snapshots of our Italian adventure. We had the trip of a lifetime and I fell in love with this amazing country and culture.