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4th of July Styled Shoot


Ideas are only ever ideas until they are executed.

I’m so excited that this idea became reality and I can share it here!

I photographed this super fun 4th of July elopement shoot at Arlington Hall at Lee Park in Dallas, and it was beautiful!

You may recognize our cute couple, Katherine and Josh, from a shoot in the Bishop Arts District a few weeks ago…

Our amazing creative team:

Event Designer:  Jen Rios Design
Floral Designer:  Red Sole Events
Reception Venue:  Arlington Hall
Invitation Designer:  Palm Papers Stationery Studio
Cake Designer:  Sugar Bee Sweets
Equipment Rentals:  Period Charm Rentals
Makeup Artist:  Beauty and the Blush
Dishware: The Vintage Dish

Ideas and how to make them happen


I’m an idea girl. One of my favorite activities is sitting with a blank notebook and coming up with ideas, whether it’s for a shoot, for a blog post, or for my business. I’m all about the ideas.

But sometimes, I need to be wrangled. I need to held accountable. I need to make my ideas happen.

At the beginning of the year, I stated an idea about doing a particular shoot, and that I wanted to have it completed by the summer. Luckily, I shared my idea with someone, and she kept me accountable. Thank you, Lisa!

Several weeks ago, she contacted me, nudging me along with this shoot idea. Keeping me accountable for my dreams, ideas, and goals. Amazingly, it was brought together in record timing and I can’t wait to share!

Until then a little taste…

How to take some of those ideas you may have and turn them into a reality:

Focus on what you want to make happen.

Write it all down.

Tell a friend and have them keep you accountable.

Break down your idea/goal/to-do into actionable steps, and tackle each step.


Happy Wednesday!


Maple Manor Wedding: Samantha & Jon


She said she would marry him.

Samantha had seen Jon across the room, working as a personal trainer, and she knew. She told her friend Amy, “I’m going to marry him.” And Sam was right.

Samantha and Jon were married at the Maple Manor Hotel in Dallas. Surrounded by family and friends, they tied the knot in the courtyard, and in addition to exchanging rings, they also exchanged vows that they placed in a box which they will open next year on their first anniversary. And to say that their reception was a mere party, would be an understatement. Their reception was fun and full of dancing!

Sam and Jon, thank you so much for entrusting your wedding day to me. I had a blast!

This photo of Sam & Jon characterizes their wedding day:  fun, laughter, and a PARTY!

Jon’s nephew stole the limelight with his dance moves.

Sam and Jon exited to a vintage 1949 Rolls Royce.

Vendor Team
Planning: After Yes
Floral: Branching Out Events
Lighting & Drape: Astounding Sounds
DJ: Uptown Sound
Cake: Panini Bakery
Photography: Catie Ronquillo Photography

Thanks to my awesome second shooter, Amy!


McKinney Cotton Mill Bridal Session: Samantha


So before I moved to Texas, I didn’t know what a bridal session was. Simply because they aren’t common in California. I quickly learned that bridal sessions are a fun Southern tradition.

Samantha and Jon tied the knot this past weekend at the Maple Manor Hotel, and while I work on those photos, here is her Bridal session at the McKinney Cotton Mill.

The day before her session, it was one of the rainiest, wettest, and stormiest days I had seen this year. We had a backup plan in place, and I was glad Sam chose the Cotton Mill since it has plenty of indoor spaces, especially in the event of rain.

Luckily for her, the rain held out and it turned into a beautiful, sunny day, so we had the chance to go outside as well. She’s wearing a gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown from Mockingbird Bridal

Stay tuned for photos from their wedding at the Maple Manor Hotel!


2011 Details


When I’m not photographing people, details are my favorite. Hands down. I just love the time, talent, and creativity that goes into a design for a wedding or event. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into a unique wedding, designed from the ground up. In 2011, I had the privilege of shooting lots of amazing details by many talented Dallas designers.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

The Adolphus Hotel

Floral Design: Lilium Floral Design

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