My journey with Hunter and Nicole started over a year ago when Hunter contacted me about shooting a Century Tree Proposal. As if I needed any more convincing than that, he nonchalantly threw in his plan to go to Evans Library on campus to take some photos with a historic printing press after the proposal. Rather than tell the whole story again, I will just say that if you want to see how awesome that was, you can view that blog here at https://www.marypenaphotography.com/blog/hunter-nicole-century-tree-proposal.
After getting to spend a bit of time with them that day, I was so hoping they might inquire about my wedding packages, and my wish came true a few weeks later. I don't often travel out of town to shoot weddings, but I had enjoyed their company so much that I said "YES!" to a wedding in the DFW area.
Fast forward a year, and after pushing the date back once due to Covid, the big day arrived. I drove up to Fort Worth the day before the wedding so that I could be at Nicole's prep house bright and early on the morning of the wedding. I spent a lot of fun time styling her details while she did hair and makeup, and then it was time for the Dress. I capitalized the Dress because Nicole's dress deserves to be capitalized. I've never had a dress before that I quite literally couldn't carry by myself. It was the thickest possible layer of satin, with a train, and the satin was completely covered in shimmering glitter. The Cinderella-esque neckline added to the princess feel, and if you look at the reception decor images below you might notice a nod to that on the head table!
We headed to the reception venue, The Bowden, to do a first look with Hunter and Nicole. They enjoyed spending time with each other and taking some fun portraits before heading to Messiah Lutheran Church to say their vows. Then, it was back to the Bowden for the party!
Their day had started early, and so Nicole and Hunter said goodbye to their guests a little before 8 pm, making their exit through a tunnel of sparklers.