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Favorite Details of 2012

We’re more than halfway through the week, kids! I’m never able to actually pick a favorite in the “Best of 2012” contest, but it’s fun to watch the leaderboard change throughout the week. Don’t forget to spread the word on Facebook and such if you’re in the running… last year it came down to just a handful of votes!

Today, we’re sharing our favorite detail images from last year, and boy, are there a TON! We just kept finding it impossible to narrow down, so ya know, we didn’t. This is a huge blog post. Good luck picking your favorite… but hey, a $25 Amazon gift card makes it worth it to try, right? 😉

We’ll start with some of our favorite ring shots… there were some really fun ones this year!!

And oh man, we photographed some beautiful dresses this year, too!

I never get tired of finding a fun way to photograph a bride’s shoes. Never ever ever.

We have such huge respect for wedding designers & florists. The good ones are worth DOUBLE their weight in gold, and can take an event from the expected to the WOW.

Nom nom nom caaaaaaake.

Holy gorgeousness, Batman! Thank you all SO much for letting us capture the beautiful little parts of your wedding day. We know our brides & grooms work hard and invest to make sure the tiniest details of their wedding are lovely, and we make it a priority to see that all those details are captured forever!

Tomorrow is Friday, and we’ll be sharing our FAVORITE installment of the “favorites” blog posts. Yep, that’s two-times the favoriteness. Get excited. 🙂

  1. Kedall says:

    I am still in love with those goofy/geeky cufflinks 🙂 Out of these, though, my favorites are the letters in the reflecting pool, that ridiculously gorgeous flower ring, and the book pages being blown. so pretty

  2. Geanna Chisholm says:

    Rings – #17 on the peanuts..super cute idea! Dresses – LOVE the one with the fountain in the backgroud..catching it at just the right time where the water is falling perfectly. Shoes – The red ones on the car..awesome. Flowers – with the ballroom in the background..beautiful! Cake – Picture #1..so pretty! And it can’t get any better than that (Aruba, I think) Oh. My. Goodness!

  3. Monica F. says:

    The red shoes on the balcony was my fav, but OMG I would have been so terrified if they had fallen!

  4. Kylie says:

    Another though one, but I think my favorite is the cake picture from the ranch in Stephenville, I forget the name. I love the rustic look of it, and of course the burlap!

  5. MaryAnn says:

    You know which ones I love: that ivory dress, those black and ivory shoes and that purple jewelry (particularly since I know how much we paid for that purple jewelry and shoes! haha). And of course, I love Beallara’s L & R design in that reflecting pool!

  6. Liesa says:

    Still love my shoes of the shoe shot, but being unbiased I also love the rings on the red leaf, and the dress hung from the chandelier. 🙂 Love all these details!

  7. Julie says:

    I love the baseball ring, the flower ring and the champagne cork couple.

    I’m also partial to a grape soda pin that was in one of your celebration sessions. 🙂

  8. Casey W. says:

    Hands down favorite is the butterfly resting on the bride’s dress! Beautiful moment!

  9. Keri says:

    Besides our own pictures (obviously) – the ring held up by a splinter on the log, the goomba cufflinks, the blue hydrangea centerpieces and the Aruba ceremony site.

  10. Amber B. says:

    My favorite rings are on the leaf and the tree 😉 My fave dress is #6 and I just love the cowgirl boots!!

  11. Vicky says:

    My favourite is the rings in the water!! Love that shot, but you are right, it was hard to choose!

  12. Kristan says:

    Picture #7… the rings on the the framed quote: “To carry all my love for you 100 hearts would be too few.”

    Love the quote, the frame, the vintage feel of it all… beautiful!

  13. Angela says:

    #52 – bowtie to die for!

  14. Meagan says:

    My favorite is the rings with the strawberry!

  15. Amanda J. says:

    I’ve always really loved detail shots; to me they’re the “artsiest” shots of a wedding. Fell in love with the emerald ring among the evergreens shot the second I saw it.

  16. Allison B says:

    The shoes with the stained glass shining on them

  17. Ashely says:

    i LOVE the ring shot in the coffee beans. the texture is awesome. Also love the shoes on the old fashioned sink – i have never seen a shoe shot like that before!

  18. Jana says:

    Guys your work just seems to get better everyday!!! The fluttering pages on the bible are awesome, The N at Hardway is still my favorite venue and man I want those Kate Spades WOW!!

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  20. Angie says:

    Ok, I think this is my favorite post. I always love the details of weddings! I think my favorite pictures are the wedding dress on the gate in front of the fountain, and the Bible pages blowing in the wind.

  21. Paige Ann says:

    The picture of the bible with the pages being blown takes my breath away. And I love the bride and groom made out of corks–so clever!

  22. megB says:

    This was tough, considering my personal ties to a few of these lovely events. Here are my favorites: shoes on the bathtub, butterfly on Jordyn’s dress, the cake table at The N (!!), the vintage military cake topper, Jon & Anna’s rings on the maple leaf, and the rings in the alligator head. Ugh, SO. MUCH. PRETTY!

  23. Kathy says:

    I’m going to say the butterfly on the backside, just because it was totally unscripted. The planned ones are all so gorgeous!

  24. HeidiBeth says:

    We LOVE the cake at the N! You knew we would be a little biased! But there are some great shots here! Y’all are amazing!

  25. debbie says:

    impossible task…. my totally biased favorites are the shoes with the stained glass shining on them, and the rings nestled in the green flower petals.

  26. Ginnie says:

    I love the picture with the butterfly on her dress, and the torn out of a notbook piece of paper with the vows. Amazing!

  27. Danielle says:

    Totally random, but I love the Alligator.

  28. peggylowrie says:

    The L & R for Leisa and Rob set the stage as the guests as the guests entered the venue.

  29. Mad says:

    Literally had to get a piece of paper and write down what I like so I wouldn’t forget. I’m all about unique rings! Love the emerald and flower rings and the baseball and leather looking men’s bands. I also love the shots of the cowgirl boots, engraved flask and the cake with orange lovebirds. The wedding dress hung in front of the fountain is stunning too! So glad you did this post!

  30. KSellers says:

    So son pretty! The shoes are always my favorites!

  31. Sarah says:

    love the shoes and the stained glass!! 🙂

  32. Lauren says:

    I love detail shots! The rings with the sun burst behind them has to be my favorite of these shots (followed closely by the rings on the strawberry).

  33. Mandaroo says:

    My favorite is the rings on the strawberry! Perfect ring shot!

  34. Tiffany says:

    My fav is the rings with the framed quote/heart! Too cute! I also love the Lulu Townsend quote & shoes!

  35. Adria says:

    My top 4, in this order: 3, 38, 84, 54.

  36. Courtney H says:

    I love the butterfly on the back of the dress pic!

  37. Dana says:

    This was very very hard but I think my 2 absolute favorites are the emerald and the beach in Aruba.

  38. Lindsee says:

    Soooooo hard to pick favorites when they are all amazing. But the peanuts with the rings, the cork bride and groom, and everything vintage is my favorite! Y’all are amazing!

  39. Willum Lackey says:

    Dark lit reception room with the stairs in the back, favorite.

  40. Jordyn Pitts says:

    Can I choose them all?? It’s impossible to choose my favorite but these are the ones that stick out in my mind after looking at them all so many times………the ring shot on the red leaf, shoes by the stained glass, red shoes hanging off the car, butterfly on my dress, the Bible pages fluttering in the wind, the beach altar shot, and if I really had to choose….I think my favorite is the last one of the birds!

  41. Chelsea D. says:

    I love the one with the butterfly on the bride. That is such a beautiful image that encompasses the feel of that wedding!

  42. bobbileigh says:

    I have quite a few. I love the rings with the sun shining through, the fabric bouquet (I am a little partial to that whole wedding but its still gorgeous), the cake (and the whole table plus background) at the ranch. I have to say my absolute favorite though is the butterfly on the dress.

  43. ann says:

    I can’t pick just one. I love the emerald ring…the dress with the fountain…love the stained glass/shoes but also love mine…also love my fabric bouquet because of the history…butterfly on the dress (oh how I wish that butterfly would have cooperated at Bobbileighs wedding!!)…flowers in the jars hanging from trees.

  44. Grace says:

    Woodsy Cake at the N Ranch and
    Butterfly on the dress.

  45. Amanda Gillett says:

    My favorites would definitely have to be all of the ring shots! They are beautiful! 🙂 I also love, love, love the second to last photo of the beach ceremony! That picture would make an awesome canvas!

  46. Katie Beach says:

    Since my new last name is Beach, I am going to have to go with the Beach picture! 🙂

  47. Amy W says:

    I LOVE my dress shot in front of the window — one of my favorite pictures from the wedding — but another one that really jumps out at me is the one with the rings laying on top of the card with the hearts on it and the quote in the middle. I really love that picture!

  48. Will says:

    The Champagne corks. No doubt.

  49. Ambo says:

    I’m gonna go with #12…the rings on the red leaf is one of my favorites ever!

  50. Angela says:

    The rings on the red leaf has to be my favorite. Very creative.

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