Taylor and Alex: Joshua Tree Adventure Engagement

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When couples say yes to our crazy ideas, spectacular things happen. We met Taylor and Alex at the Georgetown Bridal Show even though they live in the Bay Area (as in California). Conversations ensued. We road tripped out to meet them at Joshua Tree for a destination adventure engagement.

Joshua Tree National Park is a dream location. It is the sort of place where a photographer can point their camera in any direction and get spectacular photos. We started in the Cholla Garden, hung out at Skull Rock for sunset and then watch moon rise in Hidden Valley.  Needless to say, we had a ton of fun on this one.

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Ashley & Andrew: Camarillo, California Wedding

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Escape the Texas summer heat and photograph a beautiful southern California wedding? Yes please! We were thrilled to be able to photograph Ashley & Andrew in Camarillo, California at the beautiful McCormick Ranch House venue. For the sharp-eyed blog readers, you might remember this couple from their silly bounce house engagement session. The mood of the evening was low-key and casual with personal touches and style that represented the couple well. This intimate gathering had the glow of witnessed bliss and families coming together. The music echoed off of chinese lanterns and palm tress throughout the night and the music finished with a crowd sung version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

This wedding had a couple of firsts and we saw a few new traditions that we liked as well. The first first is this was our first time in Southern California to photograph a wedding, and yes we are ready to go back and wear sweaters in the summer. It was our longest roadtrip to date, as we covered about 40 hours of driving round trip from Austin to Los Angeles and back. My favorite new tradition that we saw for the first time is the tunnel run up to the cake cutting. So many times the cake cutting gets lost in the shuffle, but this tradition brought everyone out of their seats in an inventive way from the dance floor to the cake service. The reception also saw an excellent Dirty Dancing mashup played on an electric ukulele, another first for us. The last first is the promoted use of the instagram hashtag “#aandatietheknot” Search that term and you can follow along with the weekends action from everyone instagramming the wedding (and it makes sense of the group shot about halfway down)

As always thanks to the wedding professionals who make our day so easy. A big shoutout and thank you to Joelle Duff from A Charming Occasion, she made us feel welcome and gave us some good local pointers. Thanks Joelle!

Wedding Day Vendors
Photography Team: Josh Baker & Austin McGrew from AzulOx Photography
Venue: McCormick Home Ranch
Coordinator: Joelle Duff with A Charming Occasion
Dress: J. Crew
Shoes: Tom’s
Floral Flower Power
DJ: Total Entertainment DJ’s
Catering: Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
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California Travels

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Took the family out to San Jose to visit the newest addition of our brood. Spent a week in San Jose with day trips to Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The low humidity and lower temperatures made for an excellent summer getaway for these Texans. Didn’t spend a whole lot of time making pictures outside of babies doing cute things. But we did manage a few.
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