When I photograph weddings I get to meet wonderful people. The bride and groom from this wedding, Valerie and Jon, were so great. They are selfless and thoughtful of others, and they are beautiful examples of showing Christ's love.We were honored to drive to Hobbs, New Mexico and be the first to photograph them as husband and wife.
Stephanie is a stunning bride. Her beauty is beyond gorgeous. I mean can we all say "WOW"!! I also received the sweetest email from her and it blessed me tremendously. (below) Thank you a thousand times over.
"The pictures are positively stunning!! I'm so thankful that I got the chance to work with you. You were the best decision we made for the wedding. I keep finding myself going back and looking at the pictures over and over again because you couldn't have done a better job at capturing the amazing moments that Kirk and I will always cherish. From five years ago at my sisters wedding, to the family portraits, to my own wedding, you continue to be an inspiration and a blessing in our lives. God has truly blessed my family with you and your amazing talents. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being such a wonderful part of this special time in our lives!!"
This bridal shoot started off with a little surprise from the bride's father. As she walked the halls in Hotel Clovis, she didn't know he would be there, and when she walked out the tears started flowing from both of them. (And me too) It was such as sweet moment.Samantha is a stunning bride and I'm so thankful to work with people like her. I know God sends me clients for a reason, and she has been a blessing to work for. She illuminates beauty from the inside out. Thank you Samantha for choosing me to photograph your bridal shoot and your wedding day. Both events were so enjoyable to be apart of.
Here is what she had to say when she saw her wedding photographs:
I just wanted to let you know how unbelievably grateful I am for you!! You absolutely captured the beauty in our big day so perfectly! I'm blown away by all the beautiful shots that you took. You're the bomb dot com. Thank you so very much for being one of the biggest parts of our wedding day. Because of you, we will have photos to cherish and remember every detail of that day. Thank you so much again!"
It has been a wonderful year celebrating with you all. Thank you for choosing Cristy Cross Photography to photograph your fabulous and memorable day.
Who better than to learn about styling a wedding than from the lovely, Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings. It was kind of amazing. The dresses were fabulous, the models were stunning, the flowers were perfect, and the stationary pieces were the best.Flowers: Tic-Tock Florals
Dresses: Sue Wong
Stationary: Gourmet Invitations
I'm super pumped for Emily and Dustin's November wedding. Thanks for coming all the way from Midland, Tx to Clovis, Nm for your engagement shoot. I kind of think you two are awesome!
Congratulations to Amy and Chris on getting married this weekend. It was a beautiful wedding fully centered on God. Praise His name for this beautiful couple, and the relationship He has made between Amy and Chris.
I am so excited Sarah's dress, my photograph, is featured in the"Going to the Chapel" Etsy email today. Go check your inbox if you get Etsy emails, and if not, check it out here and here. It's under "Best Dressed Guest"...Blushing Elopement Gown. And, its for sale if you want it!
And because it was featured today, I am reposting the shoot. Enjoy!
I had a dream...well maybe not a dream, but a vision. I wanted to create a styled shoot, something that would showcase my work, and other talents in my small town. I wanted to do an elopement shoot, and I wanted a storyline to go with it. So here is the story...
Guy meets girl. Girl and guy fall in love...they want to get married, but on a budget, and just the two of them...an elopement.
In preparation for the wedding, she sketches out ideas for her dress, but didn't want a typical wedding dress. She has a talent with a needle and thread, and makes it herself. She wanted something that said,"I'm beautiful" with a little sparkle, and something that would look great with her red hair. While she prepares in her way for the wedding, he prepares in his way and uses his handyman skills by making a wall that would symbolize an alter for the small and quaint wedding.
She meets him at their favorite spot carrying their wedding cake she made with love, and he takes her as his bride, with his grandmother's charming coral ring. The end.
Credits include: bride/Sarah Elizabeth Pattison, groom/Jarrad Doerr, photographer+stylist/Cristy Cross, stellar tune/themusicbed.com, assistants/Callie Parr+Casey Pitts, set construction/Ben Cross+Justin Lewis+Barry Weaver, fashion consultant+dressmaker/LovelyMaid of http://www.etsy.com/shop/LovelyMadeinNM, video+post-production/Jenna Richardson Pryor of Perch Productions, Floral Artist/Cristy Cross, Cake Artist/Cristy Cross.
The video is at the bottom...make sure you watch it too. It will give a more cinema effect to the story.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this with me. I couldn't be more thankful, and more grateful.
I love the preperation time on a wedding day. Mother and daughter, laughter, tears of happiness, excitement, and sweet memorable times with close friends and family.There are lots of emotions on a wedding day, and sometimes I catch myself crying, laughing, and excited as I watch it all unfold. When I look back through these, I can feel time stand still. I feel the moment again, and remember what it was like for them in those few seconds and minutes.
That moment when your parents give you away at your wedding.
She wears beauty so well.
Wedding Venue: Three Points Ranch
Describe your wedding in three words:
“I am not sure I can pick three words. The ultimate idea was to showcase the contradiction of a woman’s elegance against the rusticity of a man. In the end, Zach and I wanted it to be an intimate evening with friends gathered fireside, laughing and sharing stories.”
Save-the-Date, Invitation and Program – Concept–Taryn, Layout & Design–Kellyn McGarity
Cups and Koozies – The Paper Place, logo by Kellyn McGarity
Bride – Elizabeth Fillmore Gown
Bride’s Accessories – anthropologie headband and sweater
Bride’s Shoes – Steve Madden, Madewell
Bridesmaids – personal choice of metallics//neutrals
Groom – J.Crew button-up, Mountain Khaki pants, Lucchese boots
Groomsmen – Mountain Khaki button-up and pants
Arrangements and Bouquets – Concept–Taryn, Execution–Sarah Amond (with the assistance of the bridesmaids)
DIY//handmade collaboration of Taryn, friends and family
Which included an accounting ledger guest book, an altar built onsite from two gorgeous turquoise columns (found leaning against the barn at TPR), with a backdrop of various yarn, ribbon and string
DIY//handmade collaboration of Taryn, friends and family
Which included tables made by z+t, Taryn’s grandmother’s retro garage sale tables and succulent containers handcrafted in Zach’s dad’s shop
Cake: Kellyn McGarity – http://kellynbakes.blogspot.com
Smoked Brisket, Chili, Chicken & Dumplings – homemade by family and friends
The dinner setup also included a sign navigating the many combinations of food that could be piled onto the metal tray and paper boats provided along with prepackaged wooden utensils hand-tied with ribbon
Cookies and Whoopie Pies, late night S’mores and Fresh Fruit Popsicles – homemade by family and friends
Pies – Bluebonnet Cafe, Marble Falls
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate – family recipe
Megan and Kyle were married on a beautiful rainy day in Bonham, Texas (30 minutes outside of McKinney, Texas) I mean pouring rain from the day before, to continuous raining the morning of their wedding, until all the guest were gone. Like, mad crazy raining. You know, for most people they might be upset about all the rain, and all the mud it was creating. Not for Megan and Kyle. They were both easy going about it all. And that my friend is why their wedding was one of my favorites, not to mention one of my most favorite couples to work with through out the entire wedding process. I also love working for brides who are referred by a friend who is a previous bride of mine :) Thanks Carrie for the referral.
Megan and Kyle got married at her mom's pasture behind her house. The trees in the field were endless, and the glossiness from the rain on the grass made the green so vibrant and beautiful. They went for a country backyard themed wedding with soft pink and creme hues. I was in heaven!!
Krystal and Andy had a beautiful wedding at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in September. While we (Ben and I) were their scouting out locations for the bride and grooms first look, and wedding party pictures, we were surpirsed by the Native Indian dancing in the court yard along with fresh baked fry bread. It was a pleasure to see...and eat :)
Thank you Krystal and Andy for choosing us to partake in your wedding day and capture these special memories for you.
A little note from Krystal when she viewed her wedding photographs: "Oh my goodness!! You are truly amazing!! We just looked at our pictures!!! We love love love them!! :)"
I would also like to add, the cute handkerchiefs the little girls had were from my favorite wedding blog, Wedding Chicks.
Thanks to Jenna Pryor with Perch Productions for capturing the Styled Elopement Shoot on video. I am so pleased with her artistic ability to capture my shoot on video. I showed this at the bridal fair this past weekend and I am excited to share it with you.Enjoy. http://vimeo.com/57460402
At last weekend's 2013 Lubbock Bridal Showcase, I debuted this ad for prospective brides and their husbands-to-be. Credits include: bride/Sarah Elizabeth Pattison, groom/Jarrad Doerr, photographer+stylist/Cristy Cross, stellar tune/themusicbed.com, assistants/Callie Parr+Casey Pitts, set construction/Ben Cross+Justin Lewis+Barry Weaver, fashion consultant+dressmaker/LovelyMaid of www.etsy.com/lovelymaid, video+post-production/Jenna Richardson Pryor of Perch Productions.
More to come from this shoot...such as the actual pictures taken :)
Back in August Barbara and Ross had their wedding at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a beautiful and intimate wedding surrounded by family and close friends. Barbara is a talented photographer in Midland, Tx, and this girl was awesome to work for. She had it all together, all organized, all set and ready to go for me. I LOVED it. I was in heaven :) The wedding was elegantly decorated in eggplant and neutral tones. Details of the wedding were spectacular. The cake had ruffles, and the centerpieces were grand, and each guest left home with lovely succulent plants.
"She decided to start living the life she'd imagined."-author unknown
Take my breath away...
Happy Thursday! Take a look at these beauties, and their fabulous bouquets. A great tip for saving money and staying on budget is to make your own bouquets. Thankfully Taryn and her bridesmaids are super creative and artistic and Taryn used to work in a flower shot. They crafted together these beautiful works of art. Wedding Location: Three Points Ranch