When you are getting married at the rustic yet elegant Stone Crest Venue, you find some nearby spots to match the vibe for your engagement session. When Scott and Laura told me about their wedding at Stonecrest in McKinney and their vision for their engagement shoot…I was all in! They wanted to incorporate Scott’s motorcycle, have some old town charm (McKinney – yes please…right outside the Flour Mill), and come to my place for a 100 year old rustic red barn. Could the engagement pictures get any better? This photographer doesn’t think so 🙂 Here are some of the best from our day around town. I can’t wait until their fall outdoor wedding at Stonecrest Venue!
Meagan and Erik flew in from North Carolina to get their engagement photos taken…so we had no time to waste. And even though the Dallas wedding was in true form, the show had to go on! All day long we kept delaying the session in hopes the clouds would give us a few moments of dry for pictures. But it didn’t. And it wasn’t just raining…it was pouring so much that there were rivers in the fields and lakes where there was supposed to be grass.
So what do you do? You buy an umbrella, put on your rain gear, and make the best of it. We started off in downtown McKinney for some pictures on concrete where we could at least avoid the lakes and ponds of water. After some pictures there, we changed into dry clothes and headed over to The Farmhouse McKinney to wade through the water and get soaked while taking photos. We made it as quick as possible before we just couldn’t find a dry spot on us. Meagan and Erik were such troopers! And hopefully all the rain will be out of the system by the time they get married in December at Rustic Grace Estate! But if not, it will just be another adventure in wedding photography. As a wedding photographer, we always have to be on our toes!
Who has a dog they want in photos? It is a question I get a lot as a photographer: can I bring my dog. And the answer is yes! Bring your dog! We love all the relationships we get to capture and you and your dog is just that. Bringing your dog on an engagement shoot is something I have become very familiar with over the years. Couples love their dog and want to bring them along to help capture this season of their life: engaged, happy, and dog lovers. So when Justin and Marissa asked if they could bring their dogs to the engagement session, I of course said it would be great! What I didn’t realize was that these were 3 of the biggest and strongest dogs I had ever seen. When they pulled up, they didn’t just get out of the car with their dogs. They got out, went to the back of the SUV, and opened the back. Out came 3 dogs who would definitely beat me in a wrestling match. The goal was to spend about 15 minutes with the dogs getting some photos of Justin and Marissa with the dogs. What we didn’t anticipate was the dogs agenda. They didn’t get the engagement photos with dogs memo. The got the memo that there would be squirrels and smaller dogs (well, every dog is smaller) at White Rock Lake. So while we were trying to get them to look at the camera and snuggle up with Justin and Marissa….the dogs were looking at all the furry things running around White Rock Lake. Needless to say, with the help of Justin and Marissa’s friends who Kindly came to help, we were able to get a few engagement photos with dogs and send the dogs home. We spent the rest of the session without our furry friends and just walked around White Rock lake to get some beautiful engagement photos around the lake. It was green and sunny, which make for some really pretty photos! And now I am even more excited about their fall wedding at The Grand Ivory! For that wedding, we will be working with Each and Every Detail, so we know it will be a well planned and executed wedding! But for now, enjoy some of their engagement photos at White Rock Lake.
The Plano Bridal show and the Dallas Bridal show looked a little different this year. But what hasn’t, right? Covid has affected so much of what was normal. But thankfully, with following the state regulations, the bridal shows were allowed to move forward with careful precautions in place. It was at the Plano bridal show where I met Claire and Cliff for the first time. Prior to that we had exchanged some emails…so I knew they were coming to the show.
Claire is in marketing and Cliff is an engineer, so the attention to detail and style was on point. They knew what they were looking for and it turned out perfectly. We started off in downtown Plano to get a few pictures with a more city feel and with Cliff’s car. From there, we headed over to Prairie Creek Park in Richardson as the sun set.
Little did we know, but Prairie Creek Park was packed with photographers and families. I guess we weren’t the only ones with the idea for pictures there. It was beautiful weather, the trees were changing…so it made for the perfect spot for photos! Oh, and they brought their dog along for some photos, which made this park work out really well. Here is a preview of their engagement session in Downtown plano and Prairie Creek Park in Richardson. Enjoy: