kristen&josh {happily ever after}

Happy first anniversary, Kristen & Josh!! 

Tell me about your wedding:

1. What was your most memorable moment?
Kristen: The first look was very memorable & special. It made me much more relaxed & even more excited about marrying Josh. Our first dance was also unforgettable – it was to the song that Josh sang to me when he proposed.

Josh: For me, the first look was also very meaningful, as it was the first time I got to see my beautiful bride in her wedding dress, & our brief interaction calmed my nerves & helped me focus on Kristen & me rather than the logistics of the day. Another memorable moment was watching Kristen come down the aisle. Even though I had imagined the scenario many times prior to the wedding, the actual event was surreal.

2. What were the inspirations for your wedding? themes? Why did you pick this time of year? 
We wanted something simple & timeless. I've always loved antiques & vintage-style things. We had just gone through some of my grandmother's silver that she received from her wedding, & I wanted them to be a special part of the decor. We ended up putting some of the silver pieces on the tables. Tying more into the vintage theme, we had my sister use her calligraphy talents to create table numbers with fun facts about me & Josh.

We wanted a spring or early summer wedding because it would be cooler. April was also a month of wedding anniversaries on both of our sides so it was also a sentimental decision.

3. Was there anything that was not worth fussing over? In other words, did you have a bridezilla/groomzilla moment over something that was insignificant?
We are both pretty laid back so we really didn’t have any issues or ‘zilla moments over anything. Toward the end, we both were ready to be married & to not have to make so many decisions! 

4. Any advice for those planning now?
Kristen: We did a pre-marital counseling course through our church. It gave us great insight & tools & helped us talk through important aspects of our upcoming marriage. We learned that patience, communication & looking at things from each other's perspective are all key to building a strong marriage. We would advise any couples getting married to take some sort of pre-marital counseling or go through a book or questions together.

Decide on what is really important to you & what you want to keep/remember from your special day. The other things need to be planned but don’t need as much attention.

Josh: Don’t stress about things you can’t control. Ultimately, things will happen that are unplanned. In our case, our original wedding venue flooded six days before the wedding, & we were forced to relocate. Then, on the day of the wedding, we had to move the event indoors, as it started pouring just an hour before the ceremony. In short, there were a lot of circumstances that could have soured our special day, but Kristen & I tried hard to stay focused on what truly mattered. Ultimately, we got married, so I’d say things turned out pretty good!

Tell me about married life!

1. What has been the easiest & hardest parts about adjusting to married life?
Kristen: The easiest thing about being married is having fun together. Josh is my best friend, & I get to spend most of my non-working time with him, so we’ve had so much fun together this year, including holidays, weddings, road trips, etc.

One hard thing about marriage has been my planning out legitimate meals. When I was single, I would eat cereal a few times a week for dinner. Now that we are married, I have to think about dinner for two – which is a good problem to have! Josh is a great help in the kitchen so the cooking & cleaning go faster with two sets of hands.

Josh: For me, the easiest part of adjusting to marriage has been the amount of time we spend together. Originally, I had wondered how often I would feel as though I needed “alone time.” To my surprise, however, I don’t really enjoy “alone time” as much anymore. Being around my best friend is way better!

The most challenging part of being married has been training myself to think about my decisions as affecting not just me, but also my wife. Every decision I make now carries a bit more consequence.

2. What's been the most surprising thing you've learned about each other?
Kristen: When I met Josh two years ago & introduced him to my cat (George), he said he wasn’t a “cat person.” Now, Josh can’t wait to come home every day to his “buddy.” I can’t believe Josh loves George as much as he does!

Josh: Kristen is way more patient with me than I thought she would be, & she’s also skilled at getting me to do stuff. For example, I have a bad habit of taking off my shoes by the couch & not taking them upstairs to the closet. Instead of getting upset with me, though, Kristen will just say ever so gently, “Hey, when you go upstairs, would you like to help me take your shoes up there?” With that kind of gracious directive, it’s hard to say no!

3. What do you guys do to spend time together? Do you have weekly dates? something nightly? monthly? 
We enjoy trying new restaurants & returning to favorites at least once a week. Another activity we enjoy would be exploring different areas of Houston, especially driving around looking at fun houses & shops.

4. What did you do, or will you do, to celebrate your one year anniversary?
On our actual anniversary, we will be going out to dinner. However, we are also planning to celebrate one year of marriage by taking a vacation to Italy this summer!

5. Any plans for the future? Or, rather, what would you like to have done/seen/experience in the next five years?
We are looking forward to growing closer as a married couple &, God-willing, growing our family in the next few years. Besides our Italy trip this summer, we would like to travel to other fun locations like New York City & Chicago.

andrew&nick {senior photos}

I get it. Photos aren't everybody's favorite thing. Especially if you're a boy who is way too cool for school. So, Andrew & Nick decided to suffer through their high school senior portraits together. Best friends do that for each other.

I do want to take this opportunity to embarrass Andrew. I helped change his diapers. I also knew his mom was pregnant with him way before my own mom did. That's a big secret for a 5th grader.

I don't have any dirt on Nick. Too bad.

Thanks for putting up with me & your mothers' wishes, guys. #studs

spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, letter jacket, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, letter jacket, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, basketball player, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, basketball player, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, best friends, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
spring, march, high school senior boy, senior photo, tomball, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}

amanda&daniel {anniversary} bull creek park, austin, texas

What better way to kick off the spring season than with a super adorable, romantic, & fun anniversary session? Amanda & Daniel have become some of my favorite people here in Austin, & I was so excited when Daniel wanted to gift a photo session to Amanda. Their first & only request was that we did their photos somewhere that showcased Austin's natural beauty & that their great dane Willie Nelson could come along. By the time we got it planned & scheduled, they had a little surprise.

First, the romantic photos. That dress!

long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
long pink dress, gray suit, dressy winter romantic anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}

What's that, Willie? You're going to be a (huge) big brother?!

pregnancy announcement with dog, great dane, fun winter anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
pregnancy announcement with dog, great dane, fun winter anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun winter anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
fun anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
fun anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
fun anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
fun anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
fun anniversary photo shoot, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}
great dane, fun anniversary photo shoot with dog, bull creek park, austin, texas {dreamy elk photography and design}

best of 2016 {the wedding contest}

What fun I had at each & every single wedding! Some were sunny, some were rainy, some fogged up my camera lens & I couldn't take pictures for a while. I cried at every single one at some point in the day. These couples are all living happily ever after (& I know of two babies already on the way!!!)

THE PRIZE

The couple with the most votes will win a 16x20" print. Second place will receive an 8x10".

FIVE WAYS TO VOTE

You can vote for ONE photo up to FIVE times (you may only use each method one time):

+1 comment at the bottom of this blog post with either the photo number or the couples' names // comments may not show up immediately
+1 comment on your favorite photo on Facebook
+1 like your favorite photo on Facebook
+1 share your favorite photo on Pinterest from this blog post
+1 comment with your favorite's couples' names on the Instagram post (@dreamyelkphotography)

The contest will close at 11:59pm on Friday, March 10. Good luck to all!


1 // Rebecca & Logan

2 // Christine & Adam 

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3 // Courtney & Danny

4 // Kristen & Josh 

5 // Lea & Michael

6 // Erin & David

7 // Karen & Bennett

8 // Heather & Jack

9 // Whitney & Shay

10 // Katherine & Andrew

11 // Danelle & Bryce

12 // Lindsey & Kevin

13 // Mary Alice & Riley

best of 2016 {the engagement contest}

I love all of these couples! We laughed, we sweated, we laughed some more. Most are all now happily married!

THE PRIZE

The couple with the most votes will win a 16x20" print. Second place will receive an 8x10".

FIVE WAYS TO VOTE

You can vote for ONE photo up to FIVE times (you may only use each method one time):

+1 comment at the bottom of this blog post with either the photo number or the couples' names // comments may not show up immediately
+1 comment on your favorite photo on Facebook
+1 like your favorite photo on Facebook
+1 share your favorite photo on Pinterest from this blog post
+1 comment with your favorite's couples' names on the Instagram post (@dreamyelkphotography)

The contest will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 8. Good luck to all!


1 // Christine & Adam

2 // Courtney & Danny

3 // Whitney & Shay

4 // Jessie & Josh

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5 // Karen & Bennett

6 // Lindsey & Kevin

7 // Mary Alice & Riley

8 // Lindsay & John

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9 // Melanie & Garrett

10 // Ardala & Matthias

11 // Megan & Sean