Just Married : Shailey & John, part I || Schulenburg Wedding

It was Shailey’s best friend and maid of honor who went to elementary school with John and it was at that friend’s 20th birthday party when John met Shailey. He broke the ice by mentioning how much he liked her shoes. Having fun and laughing is the top priority for these darling lovers.

I traveled alone all the way to Schulenburg, La Grange and Warrenton to document this gorgeous wedding. This was the same weekend when I attended The Glow Workshop in Round Top! Shailey and John wanted me to fully document their big day, so I was there longer than usual, I believe 12 hours? Or maybe it was 10? Regardless, it was a long day. But wow…what a blast it was. And hard work nonetheless. I even photographed the rehearsal dinner at the historical Sengelmann Hall where it was thoughtfully decorated with southern charm. There was even a live country band. And a lot of cowboy boots scootin’ the night away.

The big day was filled with not only a whole lot of love, but natural light pouring in from the windows (prospective brides and grooms take note: try to pick a place where your “getting ready” area has a bountiful amount of windows…pwetty please?!). Though slightly overcast from the day’s beginning, the sun seemed to playfully peek out at the right times. They decided on doing the first look for many reasons but mostly to ensure that we captured all the group portraits they were wanting AND to make it to the reception on time to get the party started ASAP! Weddings are filled with so much emotion, it’s quite common you’ll find me tearing up behind my lens as I listen to the vow exchange or giggling at the hilarious toast…or tearing up again at the touching ones. I love the genuine emotion that comes with weddings. Oh and the happiness! Being surrounded by happy people…it’s good for the soul.

Their wedding included a few elements from several fandoms from Harry Potter to Doctor Who…by the way some of those images can be seen on Fashionably Geek. Shailey and John treated me like a friend the entire time I was there. Every one of my clients seem to leave a mark on my heart. For real.

Because it was a very long day of wedding documentation and a whole lot of natural lighting my second shooter, Zac, and I were blessed to work with, we ended up with a lot of goodies. So to save your eyes from imagery overload, I’m gonna break this one into two posts. Which I’ll post tomorrow. I hope.


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“I adore her laugh and her smile. She isn’t afraid to be different. And she understands my particular humor.” – John  

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“He makes me laugh all day every day. He takes good care of my heart.” – Shailey

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Come back soon for the part II, the rad reception filled to the brim with darling southern details and daring dancer’s dancing the night away in an old dance hall. 

|| dress – Austin Scarlett at Mia Couture Bridal | invitation – Kelcy Parrish | Griffindor garter – Uniquely Yours Bridal | Tardis Patch – La Muerte Dulce | hair – Joni from Atia’s Hair Salon | makeup – Brittany Gutierrez | florist – mother of the bride ||

You may see Shailey’s wonderful Waco bridal session here if you wish.

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  • gayle bellomy

    You totally captured the funny and tender moments of that amazing day! Thanks for sharing your talent with the mere mortals. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Steponik

    Beautiful Wedding ,church ,your dress. Every thing look perfect plus a beautiful Bride , hope you stay married for ever !! Love you, BobbyReplyCancel

  • […] second part of Shailey and John’s beautiful Hill Country wedding. You can see the first part here! I had to break it up into more than one post because there were just too many beautiful details […]ReplyCancel