Krista & Emmett’s Agave Estates wedding this weekend was nothing short of beautiful.

Krista first contacted me earlier in the summer to shoot her wedding. I think it was meant that I work with Emmett & Krista, as they’re wedding date was the only date I had left this month. What I loved about their Agave Estates wedding was that it the day was all about them, and their personalities. It wasn’t about the “fluff”  or pretending to be something they’re not. They were themselves, and because of that, I was able to capture some really amazing and genuine moments.

Emmett & Krista, thank you for letting me document one of the biggest days of your life and trusting me enough to allow me into your inner circle for a few fleeting hours.

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Eric & Allie’s California Mountain wedding in Big Bear Lake was nothing short of amazing.

I first met Allie almost 10 years ago. I was living in Vegas and just started my career as a wedding photographer. I attended a church on Vegas’ North-side and opened my home for a Wednesday evening small group. Allie was the small group’s babysitter and after meeting her I thought, “This kid’s like 14 going on 40.” Our relationship was that of a big brother/little sister.

One day Allie told me, “Ron! You’re going to shoot my wedding one day when I find the perfect husband!” and I’m certain I rolled my eyes in response. Over the past decade, Allie and I have remained close. I’ve formed friendships with her family and I don’t believe a week has ever passed where we haven’t checked in on one another through a text or phone call. Allie has been a really great friend to me.

A while back Allie text me, and filled me in about this “cute boy” she met while working as a bank teller. Allie then proceeded to tell me that she was going to marry him. [Insert more big-brother eye rolls here.]

“OK, Allie. Sure. Whatever you say,” is what I thought. But then, I met Eric and I thought, “Alright, maybe Allie does know what she’s talking about.”

I’ve been able to watch her and Eric grow as a couple, start their own family and then finally become engaged.

Allie’s dream wedding was to get married on a mountain, so that’s what she and Eric did. They rented a massive cabin in Big Bear Lake, California and invited their closest family and friends from all over the States and Canada (Eh!). What I loved about their wedding was the communal feel of it all. It was a real celebration of Eric & Allie’s love and there was such an awesome energy on the mountain that day. The communal feeling of the day was an example of how awesome Eric & Allie are, how much they’re adored by their friends and family and how much they love and adore one another.

 

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  • TaylorOctober 3, 2017 - 12:18 am

    This is so rad!ReplyCancel

  • VanessaOctober 3, 2017 - 3:58 am

    These photos couldn’t more accurately depict this amazing wedding which celebrated a special kind of love between two amazing people. Ron’s talent and gift shines through in these photos and demonstrate his ability to capture the entire feel and vibe of Allie and Eric’s special day. The candid shots so accurately depict how much fun everyone had just the way Allie and Eric wanted. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

Kelly & David’s beach elopement is full of the feels, amazing light and an awesome couple. After spending 11 years together, and many ‘life things’ happening they realized there really isn’t a ‘best’ time to get married. Clearwater seemed like the perfect place for them to have a beach elopement so with the help of a family friend, they were able to secure a private and secluded spot on the beach.

I arrived in Clearwater on July 4th, and hung out with David & Kelly. They travelled from Indianapolis sans friends and family to forgo all the typical wedding stuff to make their ceremony about the two of them. We watched fireworks together, drank beers and I even sang a little karaoke. On their wedding day, we started out at the  local county clerk’s office so they could get their marriage license, then the ‘getting ready’ began.

The original plan was the have a sunset beach ceremony followed by an intimate first dance in the sand then photos. Only 1 of those things happened because as you’ll see in the photos, a massive storm blew in. It was actually quite intense. As their priest started the blessing, the thunder began to strike and lighting lit up the sky, which turned a post-apocalyptic shade of orange and pink. The winds picked up but the ceremony pushed on and as they were pronounced husband and wife, the sky unleashed whatever moisture it was carrying and drenched all of us.

Honestly, it was awesome and I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

After heading for cover and drying off at a friend’s house, we headed to the restaurant to cut some cake and have a private first dance.

I really had an amazing time with David & Kelly and can honestly say I made two life-long friends over the holiday. Kelly & David, THANK YOU for inviting me into your lives and letting me bear witness to such an amazing event.

Beach Elopement Location: Private Residence // Clearwater Beach, FL
Floral: Petal & Vine
Cake: Astoria Pastry Shop
Hair & Makeup: The Spa @ Salon West

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  • KateJuly 29, 2017 - 12:20 am

    Oh, my dear friend. You are the most beautiful bride I have ever seen!!!! I am so incredibly happy for you and David – and he is such a lucky man to have you for Always. This was the perfect wedding, and I am so glad you were able to do it your way. ReplyCancel

If you’re thinking of having a destination elopement in lieu of a traditional wedding, go Nike and just do it.

Seriously.

Catherine & Brent wanted to do something a little different and felt I was the perfect photographer for their destination elopement in Austin. We have a lot in common too. Catherine is originally from Edmonton, one of my favorite places on Earth. She also used to live right around the corner from a bar I used to perform at in LA. And Brent…he lives in Lubbock, birthplace of Buddy Holly, my favorite musician EVER.

After having an immediate connection on our initial phone call, I got pretty damn excited to shoot their elopement and after seeing the photos, you’ll see why. They invited only a few family and friends to meet them in Austin, an east destination for everyone to get to. The ceremony location had the most amazing sun and the reception venue, The Roosevelt Room, crafted some killer cocktails.

Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Groom’s Suit/Tux: 
Billy Reid custom
Wedding Planner: Vintage & Lace // Heather Girotti
Hair & Makeup: Dionne Liddiard
Floral & Decor: Petal Pushers
Ceremony Venue: Chapel Dulcinea
Reception Venue: The Roosevelt Room Austin

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  • Catherine CrosslandSeptember 6, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    Thank you Ron — we love these photos and are so very grateful you were there to capture our day 🙂  Now I just have to decide which ones to frame!!!ReplyCancel

I love how authentic these engagement photos are.

When I first met Nicholas & Christina at a local coffee shop (OK…fine. It was Starbucks) we ended up sitting there and chatting for over 90 minutes about life and eating food and how much they didn’t want the same engagement photos as everyone else. Both Christina & Nicholas wanted really natural pictures of them, just being themselves. We started out at Smither Park and finished up in EaDo just after a killer sunset and just before a storm rolled in.

My favorite photo was taken while we were in EaDo and Nicholas & Christina were in the middle of a kiss. A car passed by and the driver honked their horn and started shouting “Congratulations.” Christina & Nicholas at the same time made gestures towards the car.

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Every month, I’m contacted by same-sex couples here in Houston who are planning gay weddings. I’m thankful that Amber & Ginger were one such couple.Having been together for well over a decade and after raising their two children they figured that a wedding was a great reason to throw a hell of a party for their friends and family. Not wanting to make their wedding a stuffy affair, these two kept it laid-back. With the ceremony and reception at Houston’s Avant Garden, they catered the reception with a food truck.

I gotta be honest. The tacos were great.

Wedding Planner: Avant Garden // Mariana Leiva
Hair Stylist: Marbella Salon
Makeup: Marbella Salon
Floral & Decor:Avant Garden // Mariana Leiva
Cake: Cakes by Gina

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House on the Hill hosted Jean & Nick’s wedding and the circus that followed. And trust me, I mean circus in the most positive way possible.

You may recognize Nick and Jean from their aerial silk engagement session in Austin. One of their photos was also given the honor of being one of the World’s Best Engagement Photos for 2017 by Junebug Weddings.

The day started like all other wedding celebrations, exchanging vows in front of family and friends at Austin’s House on the Hill wedding venue. The ring bearer, Mr. President was also present to deliver the rings custom made by Christopher Taylor Timberlake. After the ceremony, the courtyard was transformed into a aerial performance stage with the help of friends and the other members of the Ascent Aerial Productions team. After a quick practice run, guests returned to the newly transformed space and drank and watched in amazement. For the next hour, they were wow’d by the troop performing in the aerial silks and the lyra.

After Nick and Jean completed their solo performances, they started their “first dance” in the air. In the middle of the routine, Nick jumped down, grabbed a guitar and laid down a guitar solo over the backing track.

Needless to say, jaws had to be picked up off the ground.

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  • StephanieMay 17, 2017 - 7:22 pm

    DAMN! This is a badass wedding!!ReplyCancel

A hipster indie album cover engagement session is what we’re calling this, and for good reason. When Jordanna initially wrote me an email she said, “Ron…your photos are beautiful, natural, and dare I say slightly hipster.”

After some back and forth email exchanges we finally got to talk on the phone. Keith & Jordanna said they wanted to go for a hipster indie album cover vibe for their engagement session. I was 100,000% on board with what they wanted and we set a date. The weather this weekend was beyond perfect. It was warm and not humid. The skies were partly cloudy and a little hazy and that played right into what I wanted to capture.

While Keith & Jordanna totally killed this session, it was the lighting that took it to the next level.  You just can’t Photoshop in the quality of light we got to experience.

Now…I really need to warn you as to just how cute these two are together. It was a constant stream of laughter and smiles and Jordanna & Keith even had to take a brief break because their cheeks hurt so much.

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