I met Erin during sorority rush in the fall of 2011, and I knew instantly that we would be friends for life. She is such a warm and caring person, and the moment she introduced me to Trevor I knew I would be attending their wedding one day! Sweethearts since high school, Trevor and Erin pledged their lifetime commitment to each other in front of family and friends, and I don't know if anyone other than Becca and I were crying because I was literally shooting through my tears.
We began the day hanging out at Vintage Villas, fawning over all of Erin's special wedding details while the bridal party was pampered to the max.
Erin's engagement ring and earrings are family heirlooms, and her family made her the most beautiful wedding dress scrapbook full of cards and well wishes. Trevor's stepdad designed and printed the invitations, and all of the menus and save the dates! That lavender comes into play a bit later on in the day...
We alternated between laughing and crying all day! Becca up there was THE WORST. I could barely look at her, because chances were she would be crying and cause me to lose my cool. :) Fun fact, Erin introduced me to Becca in college and I have since photographed her proposal, engagement photos, wedding, and newborn photos of baby Hudson! It was so great to catch up with all of my Phi Mu sisters and college friends during the long weekend!
If I can make one recommendation to anyone planning a wedding, it's to choose a bridal party full of happy and helpful friends and family! You will spend the majority of your day with your bridal party, and since timelines can get stressful at times, it's important for everyone to go with the flow! :) Erin and Trevor's bridal party was full of my friends from college so of course i'm partial, but this bunch was INSANELY fun and kept everyone laughing all day long!
Meet Harold. Erin + Trevor's ride or die. Hands down the most expressive dog i've ever met! All you have to do is scratch his head, say "Daft Punk" and "Head tilt" and he's yours. Treats and ice cubes help, too. :) He went off on a little solo excursion just moments before the first look, so Trev had to run back inside and scramble to find him! Not the first time, and probably not the last. ;)
Not to be outdone by his beautiful bride's vintage details, Trevor chose a handmade feather bowtie by Brackish to complete his look. And a Lonestar. Always a Lonestar. :)
I've said it once and i'll say it again a thousand times over. The moment a mother sees her daughter transform into a bride is hands down, one of my top 5 favorite moments on a wedding day. Erin and her momma are especially close, which made the moment that much sweeter.
Slay girl, slay. This is the face of a woman who has been waiting 8 years to marry her man!
Trevor's first look reaction was one of my favorites this year! He couldn't stop smiling and staring at his girl. :) And this was right about the time the clouds started to roll in...since I was shooting this wedding alone, I knew we had to switch into high gear to finish up portraits before the thunderstorms came! Opening up Dark Sky and seeing 100% chance of severe thunderstorms starting any minute is not exactly the most comforting feeling on a wedding day...it was also a scorching 95 degrees. So, yeah. :)
Once again, I will gush over how incredible this bridal party was. I put my bossy pants on and most likely hollered (I don't even remember I was so in the zone) at everyone to get themselves outside, and quick! :)
And then the sky opened up and the black clouds rolled in...right in time for family formals! Luckily Vintage Villas has some great overhangs!
The minute Erin and her mom stepped over the threshold, the tears were flowin'. There is something so magical about being surrounded by everyone you love while you pledge your life to your partner, and I get chills thinking about it during every ceremony I photograph!
Erin and Trevor chose a unity knot ceremony to express their love and values, with each color symbolizing something special. After they were married, guests showered them in fresh lavender and it was time to party!
Sweetwater Stems absolutely transformed the reception space into a tropical oasis! Erin sent me home with a few of the air plants, and one is as big as my head! :) From the succulents to the peonies, monstera leaves and fresh roadside peaches, Kelli absolutely nailed it!
After the first dance and parent dances, the floor was PACKED until the sparkler exit!
Natalie started us off with some killer dance moves...
Trevor and Erin's family threw them one hell of a celebration, and I was insanely honored to be a part of it. E + T, words can't describe how grateful I am to have you in my life. You make my days a little bit brighter, life a little bit fuller, and heart a little bit more kind. I wish you both all of the happiness this world has to offer, and more. LIOB.
The day after the wedding, we all headed out on a party barge on Lake Travis and I left my cameras at home. :) These two know how to party, i'll give 'em that! A few days after their wedding, I roped E +T into taking their wedding clothes for one more spin seeing as I didn't get as many portraits as i'd like to on their wedding day because of the rain! We visited some of their fave spots in Austin, and ended with fancy drinks at The Driskill downtown.
Until next time. :)
Venue: Vintage Villas
Photography: Katie Destry
Cake: Sophisticakes Austin
Dress: Lenora by Watters, The White Magnolia
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groom & Groomsmes: Vera Wang, Mens Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Katy Reddell
Florals: Sweetwater Stems
Ceremony Band: Paul Erdman
Reception Band: The Grooves
Seating Chart: Alex Middlebrook
Bulb Lights: Intelligent Lighting Design
Sparklers: Superior Celebration
Wedding Favors: Journeyman Distillery & Grandstand Glassware and Apparel
Jewelry: Family Heirlooms
Invitations: Ken Holewczynski