A Christmas Arrival | Studio Newborn Session

Little Levi arrived at Christmas time so we had to incorporate this into his studio newborn session! With white curly felted wool and a single star we put his Christmas hat on that his mom brought to his session to create a special Christmas memory for his family! I love capturing the details of a newborn…their little lips, their tiny feet, rosy cheeks and some even have hair like Levi! I also love incorporating special items that mean a lot to mom and dad. In Levi’s session, we were able to include mom and dad’s wedding rings. a special feather signifying Levi’s Native American heritage as well as a special bear made from dad’s army uniform. Documenting a newborn is a labor of love for me. This little one has been welcomed into one of my favorite families and I so look forward to continuing to create special memories for this family in the years to come!

Michelle + Javier's Simple and Romantic Engagement

Michelle and Javier will be married this fall at The RoseMary Barn venue in McKinney, an all white, shiplap barn venue that is a photographer’s dream! Michelle’s style is simple and romantic. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was the perfect spot to begin Michelle and Javier’s engagement session. Even though this was a fall engagement session, we were able to find lots of beautiful color at the Arboretum.

Michelle wore the most perfect lavender dress! I absolutely love the way Javier looks at her!

We finished up this session at the docks at White Rock Lake, Dallas. The sunset was beautiful and Michelle’s eyes caught every last ray.

I can not wait to capture this love story on their wedding day this fall!

Milk Bath + Cake Smash Fun in Studio

Kahlan is turning one!  This girl knows how to enjoy life!  She enthusiastically enjoyed each of her studio set-ups.  I can not get over her eyes...oh, and that little two-toothed smile!  So happy to have clients that I get to photograph over the seasons of their lives...truly a joy! 

Jessica + Bradon's Romantic Estate Wedding

Jessica and Bradon's Elegant Southern Plantation wedding was refined and romantic.  The Milestone at Aubrey was the perfect venue for this bride and groom to be married.  Jessica planned for lots of soft hues and candlelight to highlight her wedding day.  She explained that this was the perfect way to express her and Bradon's love story.  The day was full with friends and family coming together to celebrate.  During the ceremony, the groom's sisters read aloud a poem about Jessica + Bradon's relationship and the bride and groom recited their own vows to each other.  After dancing the night away, the couple was wished well as they exited with a sparkler sendoff.

Anastasia + Shankar's Old World Style Romantic Engagement

Anastasia and Shankar will be married in Shankar's home village in India this December.  Shankar saw Anastasia in a local hangout one evening...she was sitting all alone and he was so intrigued by her beauty that he had to talk with her.  Once he met her he knew that not only is she beautiful on the outside, but within lies even deeper beauty.  Their love story began that night and has blossomed into a deep, abiding love that shows in their engagement portraits.  In old world style, this romantic engagement session was perfect for their story.  

Jessica's Elegant Southern Plantation Bridals

Soft window light illuminated Jessica's perfect features. Her romantic updo adorned with flowers frame her face beautifully. The hushed pallet of her ivory and blush florals compliment her romantic drop sleeve lace dress.  The finishing touch of her crystal adorned cathedral veil completes her wedding day elegance.  

Featured Vendors:

Venue: @waltersweddingestated The Milestone Aubrey

Florals: @kikihollingsworth

Dress: @avasbridalcouture

MUA: @makeupbykristaann

Featured on Cake and Lace: Organic Farm-to-Table Wedding Inspiration at One Preston

I am so excited to share this organic farm-to-table wedding inspiration with you!  It is featured over on Cake and Lace!  Click the first image below to see the full feature!


Venue: One Preston Events, Gunter, TX

Photographer: Jen Symes

Planner: La Tulipe, Shore Moridi

Dress Designer: Name & Anat Bridal Couture

Bridal Boutique: The Blushing Bride, Shana Lepsis

Florals: Katiebug Florals, Katie Penfield

Videographer: Chrisbvideography

Cake: Sweetbites, Amanda Valencia

Invitation Suite: Sugared Fig Paperie, Claire Carstens

MUA: Southern Glam Makeup Artistry, Lauren Lewis

Hair: April Stuart Salon

Chef: Toasted Walnut Cafe, Joey Dawkins, Celina, TX

Vineyard: Eden Hill Vineyard, Linda Hornbaker, Celina, TX

Organic Farm: Cartermere Farms,Nelson & Sandy Carter, Celina, TX

Honey Farm: Dr. B's Honey, Becky Bender, Celina, TX

Getwaway Car: DFW Wedding Wheels, Tom & Lisa Smith, Celina, TX




Jordan + Chris marry at The Laurel

Jordan and Chris' romantic blush and navy wedding at the Laurel was a summer spectacle.  Jordan's all lace gown and crystal accented veil from LuLu's Bridal was perfect on her!  The soft and romantic florals by Anna Rayner set the scene for what was to come!  Take a look at the bridal bouquet!  The intimate chapel ceremony was followed by a love-filled reception where the toasts focused on two families becoming one.  The evening ended with a sparkler send-off and bride and groom being swept away in a classy limo!  I can't get enough of how these two look at each other!  So sweet!

Talented Vendor Team:

Venue: The Laurel, Grapevine, TX

Photographer: Jen Symes

Dress: LuLu's Bridal

Groom's Attire:  Men's Warehouse

Invitations: Minted

Planner: Carly, The Laurel

Catering: Wendy Crispin

Florist: Anna Rayner

Hair: Adriana 

Makeup: Baleigh Kerr

Wedding Cake: Tasefully Yours, Ruth Robbins

DJ: DJ Connection, Steven Williams



Kaylyn + Marcus First Christian Church Wedding

Family traditions play such an important role when two become one...Marcus gave Kaylyn her wedding band when he proposed to her as his family traditions go and she would not see her diamond until the ceremony! We were all so excited to see her reaction! She was thrilled with her ring Marcus gave to her but what touched my heart most was seeing how her gaze was fixed on her soulmate while he placed the ring on her finger! It was clear that he was much more a treasure to her than anything this world has to offer! Check out her stunning ring tho! Lucky girl! .

When Marcus proposed to Kaylyn in his hometown in Sweden the only thing he asked for was a formal church wedding.  He wore his dad's tuxedo and Kaylyn had a stunning cathedral veil.  With Marcus being from "across the pond," he and Kaylyn had their own royal wedding! Their first dance was "Beauty and the Beast" and it was perfect!  I am such a lucky girl to be able to capture this true to life fairy tale love story!

Talented Vendor Team:

Ceremony: First Christian Church, Plano

Reception: 34 Events, Plano

Planner: Hope Schmidt, 34 Events

Photographer: Jen Symes

Wedding Dress: Mockingbird Bridal

Florist: Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe

Wedding Cake: 

Invitations: Minted.com

HUMA: Kaci Strother

Videographer: by 34 Events

DJ: DJ Connection


Kaylyn's Eden Hill Vineyard Bridals

Kaylyn's bridals were shot at the local vineyard, Eden Hill.  The sun was warm and wrapping in her stunning gown and cathedral veil.  Kaylyn is such a classic beauty that we knew the symmetrical rows of curated vines would be the perfect setting to capture her bridal images.  The vineyard did not disappoint!  Bridal gown from Mockingbird Bridal, Dallas, TX.

Rachel + Luke marry at The Rose Mary Barn

Rachel + Luke are high school sweethearts who have been together since they were 16!  When Rachel transferred with her job to the Dallas area, Luke was not far behind!  Smart boy!  Their traditional romantic white barn wedding was full of friends and family who traveled from other parts of the country to share in their big day.  As a thank you to their guests, Rachel + Luke had many personal touches that showed their deep appreciation for the support and love. 

Talented Vendor Team:

Venue: The RoseMary Barn

Planner: J Longmire Weddings & Events

Wedding Dress: Sunday's Bridal

Florals: Haute Poppies Floral

Cartering/Bartending: Five Star Event Services

Cake: Butterfly Cake Factory

Photography: Jen Symes Photography

HUMA: Macie Benson

Photo Booth: Texas Magic Mirror

Invitations: BasicInvite.com

DJ: Your DJ Gus Garza

Film Workshop

This film workshop hosted by Kayla Barker at The White Sparrow Barn was truly inspiring.  Styled by the talented Rebecca Marin Shepherd with The Wildflowers with the clean backdrop provided by the white shiplap barn, each of the details of the day were a pleasure to capture on film.