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Dustin & Elicia : Bride & Groom

Welcome to the first blog post of the new year, friends!

Next week is one of our favorite weeks of the year… the week when we show off a bit. 😉 We’re going to be having our usual contest to determine YOUR favorite wedding portrait of 2013, and also sharing our favorite images from everything we shot in the annual “Best Of” posts. It’s always so much fun, not to mention exciting as the voting gets down to the wire… we really hope you’ll come out in record numbers to vote this year!

But before we get there, we have one more session from 2013 to share. We met up with Dustin & Elicia last week at Turner Falls in Oklahoma for a frosty cold session! Dustin is Mack’s cousin, and is currently serving as a Marine. We were seriously bummed we weren’t able to make it to Kansas for Dustin & Elicia’s wedding… they’re a fantastic couple, and it meant a lot to us to show our support for the new adventure they’re starting. So we were thrilled they were able to meet us halfway, in Oklahoma, for a Bride & Groom session the day after they became Man & Wife.

It was SO cold this day. The winds were whipping in gusts of up to 25 miles per hour, and it was only 20 degrees WITHOUT the wind chill factored in. I was bundled head to toe and still freezing, so I need to give all the applause in the world to Elicia, who managed to still look gorgeous in a strapless gown in such extreme weather. A session at Turner Falls involves a lot of walking, a lot of hiking, and (at least when you’re with McG), a lot of being a daredevil. We loved getting to spend this time with our favorite Marine & his new wife, and we adore the images we created together.

Enjoy some favorites!


No tricks were employed to make this shot seem dangerous… that’s really a bride & groom hanging out on a sheer rock ledge. Even more impressive?? That’s a bride who’s scared of heights. 🙂


I met Dustin the first time I went to Kansas with Mack, which has to have been at least 8 years ago. I’m so impressed by what a handsome, kind, well-spoken man he’s turned into!


Turner Falls is just so stunningly beautiful at every corner…


Can someone PLEASE book us for a summertime Bride & Groom session at Turner Falls, so I can get you in that water?? Thanks, I’ll be looking forward to your call. 🙂


GAHHHHH. That’s a serious contender in our “favorite shots of 2013”, for sure.
Get your voting fingers ready, people! Starting bright & early on Monday morning, it’s gonna get crazy around here! 🙂

  1. Candice

    January 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Oh my goodness these are gorgeous!!! You guys are amazing and thank you so much for taking this time for my brother and new sister!!!

  2. Lauren

    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Gah! So pretty! You can’t even tell how cold it was. It looks like you guys found even more beautiful spots to use at Turner Falls… I hope more couples decide to use this location! Love!

  3. Dustin

    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 am

    You guys are amazing!!! These turned out incredible considering how cold we were lol. We love you guys and can’t thank you enough for everything!

  4. Elicia

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Wow!!!!! Thank you both for capturing these beautiful moments for us. Together you both made that day so unforgettable.. The cold and hanging off a cliff may have played a small factor as well 🙂 all jokes aside though I appreciate everything so much! Braving the cold was so worth it!!! It was a pleasure meeting you both and I can’t wait to see you guys again!!!

  5. Cari Holmes

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Absolutely A M A Z I N G !! Thank you both for capturing the Beauty of my daughter & new son-in-law at a location that brings back child hood memories for me.

  6. Lori

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Love love love them!!!! They are awesome. Thanks for all you did to capture the moment!!!!!

  7. Amanda

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:17 am

    OMG! I love these! it.helps when y havw a good looking couple luke them…congrats on alk u two do and i wish u both the best

  8. Sue Lancaster

    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Stunning! These memories brought tears to grandmas eyes!

  9. michele serio

    January 6th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Your work is beautiful… although my favorite is defintely Stefanie and Todd!!

  10. monique

    January 6th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    #21–Stefanie & Todd “beautiful”

  11. Paula Bradley

    January 6th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Awesome as always! Great shots of our Cousin and New Bride! Glad you were able to get together with them, especially at one of my favorite places! Beautiful Elicia and Dustin!

  12. Michelle

    January 6th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I vote for #15

  13. Jenny

    January 7th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Image 23!!! LOVE!!

  14. Shelly Powell

    January 8th, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Such beautiful pictures! I am so happy for Dustin and Elicia. I am glad you will have beautiful pictures to remember such a precious weekend. Love you guys!

  15. Janet

    January 8th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    WOW…stunning!!! Do you have a website that we can order from?

  16. Jean Jones

    January 8th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    #10, Carmen & Ryan – darling couple

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