Elegant wedding at The Driskill Hotel

We photographed this lovely wedding at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas.  It was such a beautiful use of the space on their Mezzanine, where most weddings take place.  And the bride, Jessica, was pretty dreamy to photograph!

This gorgeous wedding was brought to you by:

Ashley Garmon Photographers

Creative Consultants

The Driskill Hotel

Blackbird floral

ILD Lighting

Marquee Rents

Simon Lee Bakery

Amsale Bridal

Heirloom

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Read more.. Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Looking for the PERFECT bridesmaid gift?

We have started selling larger orders of Heirloom Hangers as brides are now starting to buy them for their bridesmaids.  And I may be a little biased, I mean MAYBE…but they make great gifts!

See?  They really like them!

Contact us at heirloom-shop.com for more information about placing orders.  Soon, very very soon, we will have an online store for easy ordering.

Smash

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Read more.. Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Esa and Mark’s Laguna Gloria Wedding

In the span of my career as a wedding photographer (which is 15 years) I had the task of capturing many of my friends’ wedding days.  These weddings have been shot in a variety of ways.  Once I was the maid of honor/photographer.  This took place at the Silver Bells Chapel in Las Vegas, so it wasn’t a big deal to wear both hats.  I’ve also been a bridesmaids and had members of my photo team cover the wedding.  Sometimes it’s just me and a handful of our close friends.  Sometimes it’s a collective of friend/photographers covering the wedding.  But more often than not, it’s me and and my team, doing our thing.  I treat my friends’ weddings like any other client.  I consider it an honor to be asked to participate in anyone’s wedding day.  Whether they are clients or friends, I bring the same level of professionalism.  It isn’t until after the wedding, when I’m editing and really looking that the images that I could get emotional.  Usually.
That was not the case when I shot Esa and Mark’s wedding.  I couldn’t stop myself.  I got choked up when she put on her dress.  I got choked up when I watched Mark see Esa for the first time.  And during the ceremony….well lets just say thank goodness for auto-focus.  I was crying all over my camera.  Another friend who was a guest, came to say hello after the ceremony.  I literally tried to pull the old “my allergies are wrecking me” card.  He didn’t buy it.  Oh I cannot imagine why.  With my puffy eyes, nose – face in general. I was a visual snotty, emotional,  blubbering disaster.  But, you know, in a good way.  I even cried during the toasts!!  I was such a happy, crying mess.  Such is life, eh?

Esa and her sisters have been friends of mine for a very long time.  I feel like they are extensions of my family.  I have often felt like another sister to them.  The special thing about these ladies, beyond their general sweet natures, collective beauty, and fun spirit is their closeness.  They would prefer to be with each other than anyone else.  Themselves and of course, now Mark.

Congratulations again Esa and Mark.  I love you both!  And no I am totally NOT tearing up while I write this too. I’m not!  Stop looking at me!

Sniff,

Smash

Last but certainly not least, the amazing vendors making this wedding possible:

Ashley Garmon Photographers

Lizze Belle Event Planning, Aimee Villa lizzebelleplans@gmail.com

Westbank Flower Market

Illios Lightning

Marquee Events

Primize

Coco Paloma Cakes

Make up – Mandy Morrison and Ashley Van Dusen

Hair – Jean Barton

Dress Hanger – Heirloom

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Read more.. Monday, July 15th, 2013

Wedding photos from the Holga camera

They’re moody, inconsistent and always a surprise.  But I still enjoy the images I get from my Holga camera.  Which is sometimes absolutely nothing, but sometimes, little gems…

Have a great weekend!

Smash

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Read more.. Friday, July 12th, 2013

Harper & Dave’s Hill Country Fete

Harper and Dave tied the knot last Spring at a private residence in Driftwood, Texas.  The house had two enormous greenhouses built onto it.  It was a stunning backdrop for their wedding:

From the bride:

“Dave and I really wanted more than just a wedding, we wanted to have a celebration of our entire relationship. We’re  42 players, we love to dance, we love the outdoors, and we love a good time with family and friends.  All of these things were part of our love story, so we wanted all of them to be a part of our wedding.

We really wanted the feel to be a big glowing dinner party filled with things we love in everyday life – Chicken Picatta, Coors Lite, white wine, dancing, koozies from our neighborhood bar, and of course, dominoes!
Dave and I knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding. We’re both fairly emotional people, so we wanted to spend a few quiet moments to enjoy what was about to happen before the whirlwind started. I give Dave an obnoxious bunch of balloons on his birthday every year, and it drives him crazy, but he secretly loves it. I thought this would be a fitting day for a little inside joke as well and I’m so glad I went through with it. They definitely weren’t just a prop, it meant something to us.
Since day one of Dave and I dating, we’ve been great 42 partners. Dave’s grandparents also play dominoes, we play with them from time to time. It’s rare to find couples who play together and especially couples who’ve played together so long! We wanted to take time to sit with them at the wedding and play a few hands. It was a great way for us to actually be able to play 42 at the wedding and also get a little time with them to talk about the evening. It meant a lot to them, but I think it meant more to us!
One other thing that really mattered to us was not limiting our speakers at the ceremony by content. My brother is my oldest friend and because of that, he was my Man of Honor. Dave’s best friend from college stood with him and instead of assigning readings or something of that nature, we asked them to say whatever they wanted. Of course, that can go so many directions, but we were never stressed about it, and they both knocked it out of the park. Their words meant so much more to us than anything we could have come up with. They were honest and thoughtful and from the heart and that candidness really set the tone for the rest of the night.”
Here is the list of talented vendors involved with the wedding:
Florist: Westbank
Caterer: 34th Street
Coordinator: Ryann Collier
Videographer: Sean Greenberg
Ceremony Band: Hill Country Strings
Invitations: Arts and Recreation
Hair & Make up: I Love You, Pink
Rentals: Marquee
Dress Hanger: Heirloom
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Read more.. Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Elena & Andrew on Style Me Pretty today!

I was excited to shoot this wedding waaaay before the day ever came.  When the day came, it did not disappoint!  Head over to Style Me Pretty to see all the prettiness and the list of talented vendors that made it all happen…

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Read more.. Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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