Becoming the Garza’s: First Look & Bridal Party

Sharing our second batch of wedding photos today (see getting ready photos here)…the first look and some of our bridal party! 

We got married in our home town at the beautiful venue, Hampton Hideaway. Tucked away in the mountains, it had the orchard trees and open space that I always craved, along with my reception must…a rustic barn. I was never one to plan out my wedding, but I did have two MUSTS…a barn for reception and a flower crown. 

Our wedding took place on possibly the hottest summer day of the year, with temps reaching over 100 degrees. It was hot and muggy and my sister did an amazing job of capturing these images despite us complaining about the heat. It was unbelievably hot! However, as I held E’s hand around the side of the barn, getting ready to see him for the first time as his bride, the heat melted away and all I saw was him. It was a truly magical moment! I definitely recommend doing a first look if you have the chance! 

Becoming the Garza’s: Getting Ready

Today marks E and I’s one year anniversary! I can’t believe we have been married for a whole year! While I shared our engagement story and pictures here and here, I never shared our wedding photos! This week in honor of our one year anniversary, I will be sharing our photos in a few installments! Today, are some getting ready photos! I’m leaving it short and simple today, but will fill you in on some of the wedding details on Wednesday! 

Photography by Haley Christine (my sister!) 

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 Earrings: Lisi Lerch, more amazing tassel earrings here // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff //
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Wedding Week: UP! Engagement – Part 2

 A few months back, I shared my first set of Engagement photos (here). Those photos were mostly for the save the dates, but I knew I wanted something a little more fun to put around at the wedding reception. As a HUGE Disney fanatic, I had this idea that loosely involved one of my favorite Disney/Pixar films, UP! I told my photographer/sister about it, we grabbed a bunch of balloons and decided to bring the idea to life. 

I could not be more thrilled with the way these photos turned out! I love that they are pretty simplistic (I wanted a VERY simple background) and the center focus is us. These photos will be displayed at our wedding reception (see below) THIS WEEKEND. 

Yes, that’s right…I am getting married August 1st! This will be my last post before becoming a Mrs. so I thought it only fitting to leave you with these! 

PS Sorry for the photo overload! They are just too good not to share! Check out more of my sister’s work at

Click the link below to listen to ‘Married Life’ from the UP soundtrack while you scroll:)

 (photo credit: @__haleychristine__)

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