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I’m still processing the title up there. Sydni is getting married. SYDNI IS GETTING MARRIED! I’ve known Sydni her entire life and I could NOT be happier right now. Her momma, Keri is one of my life long friends and Sydni is the same age as my daughter Summer Zoe. They’ve literally grown up together, as in right down the road from each other. She fell in love with Braden and they are planning a July wedding. Guess who gets to photograph it? YEP. ME. I’m the lucky photographer.
How did you two meet? High school 💗
How cute is that? High school friends that are now getting married.
Who kissed who first? I kissed him first 😎
Girl made the move and it totally paid off.
The moment you “knew” you found the one? Braden would say when I cooked for him 💗
Okay, now I wanna know…what did you cook? And I don’t think she’s ever cooked for me. Hello! Now her momma has and she’s a great cook! Cooking is important. One of you should be able to do it.
A song title that describes your relationship? Or your favorite song. Hmmmmmmmmm let me think.
What do you do for a living? We both are in the real estate industry. Flips, buy and sell, Buying a property management company this month.
That’s some major “adult-ing” right there. IMPRESSED.
What do you secretly wish you did for a living? We both LOVE real estate and plan on doing this forever!
I would have answered Victoria’s Secret Model. Jut so I could have the body. But then I’d totally be in love with myself.
Favorite thing you do together that I can talk about on my blog? Ummmmmmm our ideal night is to sit at home cook dinner and chill on the couch watching tv :)
Love + Laughter,
This picture above makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Does it you? That feeling when you find someone you simply enjoy and love being around? And then, when you decide to commit and spend the rest of your lives together? Well, that’s just icing on the cake. These two? They are TOTAL icing!
I just love photographing people in love. It is the BEST job! Meet Kolton and Kayleen. This precious couple is getting married this summer and I’m so in LOVE with the two of them! For one, I’ve watched Kolton play ball out at Cooper and have photographed him many times. Then, I got to meet the girl he wants to marry and I fell in love with her sense of style and those LONG LONG LEGS she wears so well. HELLO! I’m totally #jelly. I feel like long legs make everything look better. Don’t you? And she looked AMAZING!
When I prepare for engagement sessions, I always requests pics of planned outfits. It helps me decide colors and areas that may compliment what the couple is wearing. Also, I scout locations based on weather and yesterday? WIND. What else? These two were troopers about it though and we found areas tucked away from the wind.
Another part of engagement sessions that I love is when I found out a bit more about the couple and how well they can tease and laugh together. These two? No exception. We photographed for a couple of hours, but it only felt like minutes. There was some football game being played last night, I think? Right? We wrapped up our session just in time to make it by half time.
Enjoy the sneak peek!
Fran and David celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big celebration at Caprock Winery. Their family and friends came out to celebrate despite the cold and icy roads and they filled the room with love! I was invited to photograph the event and was so happy to do so!
Congrats you two on a lovely celebration and better yet, BEST WISHES FOR MANY MORE YEARS OF LOVE AND FUN!!!
Payton played basketball with my girls at Cooper. That’s how I know her or rather how I met her. I got to know her because she became a very good friend of our family. Yes. She’s drop dead gorgeous, but she’s also a total goofball who’s so sweet and funny that you only want the best for her. So, when she fell in love with Colton and he proposed, I of course, wanted to meet him. You know, to make sure he was the BEST. Well, after spending a lovely afternoon with him, I’m convinced. He is the best for her. These two are lovely to look at, lovely to be around, and so dang fun together!
When life gives you a 2nd chance, it’s just THE best! It truly is. And it’s even better when I get to photograph it! Haley and Ryan are getting married next year in April at Horseshoe Knot Event Center. We met one gorgeous evening to make a few pictures together. I even got to photograph their kids, which was a total treat for me. This empty nest, living with only a dog and husband is killing me. I need someone’s kids to chase around now and again, so YES! Bring on the KIDS!!!
Q + A
How did you two meet?
We had mutual friends introduce us at their cinco de mayo party!
Who kissed who first?
He kissed me first. 😁
The moment you knew you found the one.
I can't think of a moment, we just kind of "knew".
Favorite thing you do together that I can talk about on my blog?
We love to do things with our kids, watch movies, snorkel, kayaking.
What do you do for a living? And what do you secretly wish you could do?
Ryan owns a carpet/tile/air duct cleaning business. He secretly wishes he built hot rods.
I am a mortgage loan assistant and secretly wish I was a dental hygienist.
A song title that describes your relationship? Or favorite song.
I'm still trying to think of a song. That's a hard one.
God Gave Me You, by Blake Shelton
Thank you, both of you, and your sweet boys for hanging with me. Let’s continue to make beautiful images together.
This is Maddie and Bryce. I've watched these two grow up in Slaton, meet at school in Southland and fall in love. And guess who gets to shoot their wedding? YEP!!! I DO!!! Can I get a "woo hoo"? Hello! I'm a happy girl. And we need some applause for that dress up there. Golly!!! It's gorgeous!!!! It rained the day we met to take photos. We ducked into the greenhouse on campus and quickly broke out into sweaty humans and decided that screw the rain, let's shoot anyway. It didn't last long and we played behind the library a bit and then made our way to Slaton, USA. Bryce is a fireman so we just had to make use of the Engine House there on the square. I love the energy these two have and how much they laugh together. It makes me all warm inside and very happy that they have each other.
I adore this kid on the right, I truly do. I've watched him grow up and I've prayed for him throughout his life. I'm pretty tight with his momma + daddy. And I'm very happy he's found his forever girl. His FOREVER GIRL!!! She's the. pretty one on the left. But I selfishly cried, just a bit, when I heard the news of their engagement. Yep. I cried. I was secretly hoping that one of the Houcin boys would marry one of the Bednarz girls and then me and Emily, Koal's momma, could REALLY be related. We'd be like outlawed inlaws! How cool would that be? And you can't blame me for thinking this. Honestly you can't. The entire town of Slaton was thinking this way back in the day. In the early 2000's, our kids where chosen to be the sweet little Homecoming Kings and Queens by the town of Slaton. See? They thought it as well!!! I have the photo proof. Somewhere... I'll dig them up in just a minute and post them. So, keep coming back to this blog because I'm going to blow it up soon. But back to my crying.
So, I cried when I heard that Koal and Courtney were engaged and getting married. There goes my dream of Summer + Koal. BOO HOO!!! But then I got super happy when they asked me to photograph them. Like truly happy. I've known and watched Courtney grow up a bit as well. And she's a keeper. She loves Koal and you can obviously see it when the two are together. I'm happy that my family of Houchins is bringing in a new member to the fold. Welcome sweet, beautiful Courtney!!! No worries here. Me and Emily will still be friends and maybe one of my girls can wait to fall in love until Kutter, Koal's baby brother? That might be weird now, but not in 10 years or so. I won't give up the dream!! LOL
Back to some kick ass photos...
Enjoy your sneak peek, you cuties!! And thank you for basically going along with Emilly and not letting anyone else photograph the two of you. I love you both!! And just so you know, I'm still praying.
When you find "the one", you just know. You truly just know. These two found each other and are getting married this December. I'm so happy I get to be a part of their big day! Heck, big wedding weekend! Natalie and my daughter, Kalyn Marie grew up together. They became good friends when they both attended Cooper and even graduated together. She's such a sweetheart and I couldn't be happier for her! Now that I'm back in the country farm house, her mom and I are neighbors again and HELLO! We have so much in common that we didn't know we had. A good road trip will give you that. Excited to be neighbors and excited that these two found each other.
These two give me "all the feels"! You can just feel the love between them in this photo above and that makes me all giggly and warm inside. Just like my first, grade school crush! This is Tanner + Kortnee, and they are getting married later this year down in the Houston area. Her parents are building a lake home and that's where they have chosen to host the wedding. I LOVE that! I secretly dream that someday they will pave this dirt road I'm now living on, (yes, I need to update you on the Bednarz Farm Casa, we moved!) and when they do pave it, we can host our daughter's wedding receptions here. How awesome would that be?!! You know, under the BIG West Texas Stars, dancing with twinkle lights up in our pecan trees, a band playing slow jams and kick ass country songs, and everyone having a grand time! Yep. I can dream. But Kortnee and Tanner? THEY GET THAT! They get to dream and plan and have that kind of wedding. And I get to photograph it!!! How lucky am I? Enjoy the sneak peek from their engagement session. Huge shout out to the Shannon Davis for introducing me to her niece. You made a good match.
Zach and Breanna are the coolest couple to hang with and just chill and laugh like crazy! I quickly fell in love with them both the minute we met. They are madly in love and Zach looks at Breanna like he wants to eat her up with a spoon! And she's drop-dead gorgeously photogenic! I could photograph her every day! Zach, no offense...you know I love your ginger hair and amazing blue eyes!
I can't wait for their wedding! They are planning a celebration in May.
A few weeks ago, I met Brittany and Conner at a park and we spent the afternoon together making kick-ass photos. HELLO! Just look at these two? First of all, they are super good looking. 2nd of all, they dress like movie stars, and 3rd, just check out this location!!! I was in a photographer's dreamland! Goodbye tumbleweeds, hello pretty rocks and gorgeous wildflowers!
There's a song that I love, "the Good Stuff" by who else, but my boyfriend Kenney. I'm sure you've heard it, but it talks about life and someone you share it with and how THIS, the sharing is the "good stuff". These two? They have a LOT of good stuff. And I'm the lucky girl that gets to photography it.
And just check out those trees below that are ON FIRE. HELLO! We've had such a beautiful fall for Lubbock, Texas
Ryan's mom + dad are cousins to my husband and dear friends of many in this county and beyond. When I was first dating Devin, we double dated. Our kids grew up together and went to school together at Cooper, and well, our roots run deep. I danced at Ryan and Abby's wedding last year and they wanted a quick session to celebrating their one year anniversary. I'm so glad they did.
The light was gorgeous, the mosquitos unrelenting, and the fun? ENDLESS. Thank you, Abby and Ryan, for a fun evening. They should all be filled with this much love and laughter!
Yeah, you read that right! I love a good "make out" session!
Engagement sessions are typically the first time I get to meet a couple. But not these two. I've known Grant his entire life. His parents, Peewee and Margaret, were the first couple I met when I moved to Lubbock. We double dated on a bowling date when his mom was 9 months pregnant with is big sister, Katie. I used to live "right down the road" from them. Which in West Texas means, oh a a mile or so. LOL
Grant and Lexi fell in love in Canyon. They both went to college there and they have one hell of a first date story! OMGEEEE! Grant is a lucky guy. If you see these two, buy drinks and get them to tell you the story. You won't be disappointed and you will definitely laugh a time or two. Or until your belly hurts like I did.
Life is good.
I had the honor of photographing a proposal tonight. In the rain. Yep. IN THE RAIN. My hair is still wet, and my hair is short! But a guy took the initiative tonight and just went for it! And I'm so happy he did!
Kailyn + Tyler are ENGAGED! With family and friends up in the TT club watching from above, Tyler lured Kailyn there, with a story about winning a promotion at work. She thought she was there for dinner and a photo on the field. Something Tyler had won at work. Instead? He dropped to one knee and proposed! This girl was surprised! She chunked that umbrella and hugged his neck. Which I couldn't hear, but I'm sure was a yes!
Congratulations you two! I'm super happy for you!! And hello! I hear you may be looking for a wedding photographer. (hint-hint)
PS. Cute story...Tyler still had the ticket from a game they attended here when they were students. How cute is that?!?! You'll see it below.
I can't say anything. This boy. The one on the right? I've known him since birth...and I'm in tears just thinking about what a man he's become.
Congrats, Braxton + Kiersan!!! They are getting married!!!! I've started sending couples, grads, brides a Q + A to fill out that helps blog readers get to know the story behind the photos. It's pretty cool, the answers.
Q + A
together since when?
May 25, 2013
wow! It's been that long? I had no idea. I knew I had photographed the two of you at like, 15 Cooper proms, but you two are coming up on 4 years. That's awesome! Young love!
December 23, 2016
And I'm particularly proud of the fact that I WAS THERE! HELLO! This proposal thing is becoming my bag. I'm loving them! I've photographed 4 this year already. Guys? Thinking about "popping that question"? Call me.
July 21, 2017
I had to google this. Pretty cool place that is interested in helping kids with autism.
5 words that Braxton would use to describe you?
gorgeous, sassy, beautiful, outgoing, independent
The boy works hard. I'm sure he helps the family out with some mad farming skills, plus he runs his own business. Hello! Us Bednarz Folk work hard.
5 words that the bride would use to describe the groom?
handsome, hardworking, supportive, happy, funny
how did you meet?
We knew of each other because I was friends w/ Sydni, his sister, a couple years before we dated. He started commenting on my instagram pictures & flirting w/ me at Younglife then asked for my number & asked me to prom!
I think that's called "sliding in to her DM's, no? I'm trying to learn the young lingo. LOL
what's the most romantic thing he's ever done?
He told me to be ready by a certain time, we went to dinner then he surprised me w/ a pallet in the back of his truck to go lay & look at stars together, then we went to the drive in to see a movie!
Dude! Impressed! Braxton's got some game!
and her? The one thing she can do that "totally gets you".
Every time she tries to explain things to me, she at the end of the sentence, she turns her head a little & says "you know?" w/ this cute little smirk on her face.
nicknames? (you know, the sweet disgusting ones that make us giggle and secretly were are jealous. THOSE nicknames.)
I call him babe for the most part and he calls me babe as well, every now & then he also calls me Linda.
Linda? Braxton has some explaining to do. I have no idea blog readers. No idea.
how did he propose?
We went to "look at christmas lights w/ his family" at Vintage Township where my family was hiding! (and me...) We started to take a picture in front of the gorgeous scenery at the park & all of a sudden he started talking & got down on one knee! Both of our families were there along with a photographer! it was perfect!
Agreed...pretty perfect. And she forgot the part where the live music dude announced it to everyone and then congratulated them. Pretty darn cool. You can view their proposal pictures by CLICKING HERE.
Scroll down for all the pretty photos. I'm in love!!!
This sweet girl above? Taylor? She danced at my wedding in a way. Her mom, Leslie, was pregnant with her when I got married. I've watched her grow up in to a beautiful young lady. One of great character and sweetness that at times, I felt belonged in a fairy tale. She's just that good. Saturday, her boyfriend Tyler proposed and I had the pleasure of photographing it.
*people, I love photographing these! If you know anyone that is planning to propose, big or small, simple or extravagant, please share my name with them. It's my thing. It's my jam! I love it so!
Her mom called a couple of months ago. Tyler had a ring and had asked her dad for permission. There's a story about this involving a can of Copenhagen and ample opportunity allowed, and a road trip to Barnards, but I'll let her daddy, Lyndal tell you that one. Or Tyler. There's two versions, as there typically is with all stories.
Tyler planned this all out. This boy had signs, notes, an awesome barn, a Polaris, some cattlethat needed "caked", remember I'm not a "cattle girl" and even a box of Kleenex, because, it's Taylor after all. He knew there would be tears. I mean, this was THOUGHT OUT. I was impressed.
I met him early at the sight to see where the proposal was going to take place and to figure out my strategy. He was excited, hadn't eaten much, I think he said a snicker's bar? Anyway, he keeps his cattle on some land and there's a tree that is significant to the two of them, so his plans were all in place and he simply called her to come "rescue him" from a dead battery. She thought they were heading to dinner with his boss. The phone call went off much better then expected. No shouting, no irritation, just that she's be there.
We hid behind the truck, or I did, until she drove up and when he saw her, he was so nervous he thought he might throw up! How's that for romance?! I'll let their pictures tell the story. I created a slideshow below.
I just want to say, I raised two girls. And they spent some time with Taylor growing up. She was older then them, but they attended the same schools, the same church. I'm so happy she was in our lives. Is still in our lives. I couldn't be happier for her that she met a boy that totally loves and cherishes her. Plus, he's pretty darn funny at times. Not to mention, easy on the eyes. Right ladies?
Congratulations to the Hurst Family and the Norris Family. Much love!
Here's the pictures if you'd rather scroll then view the slideshow.
I'm in love with that shot above. Just something about the brick path, the leaves and their arms around each other. LOVE!
I was in Florida about a week ago to photograph these two. They are getting married this fall. Ashton's dad played softball with Devin and they RULED the city fields! At least in their league. We've stayed in touch and HELLO! Ashton + Jake are engaged and getting married. I was so flattered and happy to be invited to photograph them. Florida was great to me. And it will be again! Enjoy their sneak peek!
First session for 2017 and I'm in love! Jimmy + Mayra are getting married later this year and we spent a Sunday afternoon together. And according to my goals for 2017, I should have blogged these over a week ago. I mean, come on! I used to blog immediately after a session, and then, when my trusty old Mac Book Pro slowed down to grinding (almost halt), I stopped. What? I'm no quitter. I should never have agreed to stop blogging. It totally sucks to not have every session (131 total) not posted here and shared on my blog. Totally SUCKS! So, new year, new goal. Let's do this!
These two were absolutely precious together! They are totally in love and not worried one bit what anyone thinks. Case in point....they made out in a church parking lot in central lubbock. Yep. Not even kidding. I so love them for that!!!
And just check out Mayra's hair! It is some of the PRETTIEST hair I’ve even seen! Not even kidding an I totally asked her if I could feel it. Yep. I did. I went there. It's super thick yet soft and if she was in a tower and it was super long, I think we could climb it and it wouldn't even break or hurt. Super healthy hair that just happens to be gorgeous! This girl knows how to pose for the camera as well. I rarely had to coach her. She rocked booties, riding boots and a cute pair of blow fish kicks with blue soles. I was in LOVE! She would “get her curves on” without me saying a word. Made my job super easy.
They rolled up in a cute olive green jeep with a super cute white puppy, Maximillian. And get this...NO LEASH. I met them at the Garden and Arts and this dog was super trained and stayed right by their side. He is the BOMB.COM. My dog Kanga totally needs to take notes. Max wore his own puffy best with fur collar and even though the park was full of other dogs the entire time we were there, they didn't faze Max one bit. In fact, I think he doesn't consider himself a dog. He does get a bit jealous over these two when they get all "lovey dovey". More of a "kiss me instead" sort of thing. He did great!
The night before had been over at Hobbs. and drove in just for the sessionHis dad boxes as does his brother. They stayed over there watching a boxing tournament until 1 AM and stayed the night.
I tried a brawn new location this time, Reedemer Church. You'll see it below with the cool wood and bright blue walls. It is also close by some hills that work well for cute walks and rolls in the grass. LOL This location worked out great with their casual outfits they had planned. T-shirts and tennis shoes. What's not to love? Oh, and when Jimmy put on his cool Colorado hat? I may have called him "Glen" from the Walking Dead. He almost wouldn't wear it after that. But in my defense, I LOVE Glenn and cried like a baby when they killed him off. He’s the Hot Asian in my book and when Jimmy put the hat on? I totally felt the “hot asian” vibe.
We ended in a field with some gorgeous light! Perfect ending to a great session! I'm really hoping Jimmy brings that hat with him on his wedding day. Hope is good.