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Le San Michele

BUDA, TEXAS

 

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Photographer friends, these photos were shot on my Contax 645 with fuji 400h & portra 160 film.

Emily & Scott Shower

ABILENE, TEXAS

 

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This wedding shower is particularly close to my heart because the bride, Emily, is one of my very best friends! So when Emily got engaged to Scott, who I also love, I knew that their shower had to be something special. We wanted the shower to be inclusive of both guys AND gals, so we opted to throw a “couple” or “couples” shower where all of Emily & Scott’s family & friends could celebrate their upcoming marriage! Together with my co-hostesses, we opted for a Sunday Brunch at the ever-so-charming Lytle Cove Cottage and we incorporated rustic, shabby chic, vintage details along with the wedding colors of navy, blush, mint & gold. Planning & designing this couples shower, along with photographing it, was so much fun! To read more about the shower, head on over to the feature on The Wedding Chicks for a full write-up!

Photographer friends, I was in a tizzy – running around like crazy – trying to get things set-up and organized on the day of the shower. Since I was so busy & in a rush, I brought only one camera – my canon 1v – to the shower. I had a sigma macro 2.8 lens (I use it for ring shots) attached at the time so that is all I used. At the time, I wished I had my canon lenses with me, but the sigma produced pretty photos as well. Film stocks used were kodak portra 400 & 800.

Wedding Photographer | Photos by Stephanie Hunter Photography
Venue | Lytle Cove Cottage
Flowers | DIY from Blooms By The Box
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Adventures in New Mexico

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO

 

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If you’re curious, we visited so many cool places while we camped in Ruidoso. We day-tripped to the tiny historic village of Lincoln where we saw where Billy The Kid escaped from authorities. We appreciated how life once was as we strolled the streets & took in the historic atmosphere. We ventured to Cloudcroft (one of our favorite summer escapes) and some of the boys played a round of golf on one of the prettiest courses I’ve ever seen (of course I hung back, played caddy/driver/channel 9 news photographer & sipped on cerveza).  We explored Ruidoso culture and we went back to my roots and camped…we ate camp food, sat around the campfire, made s’mores, hiked & enjoyed the company of friends old & new. My dad got to hang out with some high school/college buddies, my mom got to catch up with her girlfriends, we were introduced to new friends & I got to see my old friend Robyn (and finally meet her boyfriend). It’s crazy how time flies…I used to play in the dirt with Robyn when our parents took us on camping trips in the summer. Now, we are grown. But I’ll tell you something – I sure do cherish the photos our parents took of our childhood camping trips.

Oh, and a big shout-out to my dad (who taught me how to load 35mm film as a child) for the Bogen Tripod we used for the group shots!

From Our House to Yours…

“Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

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Freddy & I would like to wish you & yours a very happy & bright Christmas! It has been such a wonderful year & we feel so very blessed. We hope your Christmas is merry and your new year is full of love, hope & joy.

All Our Love,
Steph & Freddy

A big thanks to the Wedding Chicks for the festive feature!  All photos taken by the amazing Ryan Ray. Styled by the awesome Stefanie Miles with Lavender Joy. Hair & Makeup by Lindey & Holly. First Christmas ornament from Paloma’s Nest. Succulent ornaments from Bows & Arrows.