Kallie + Eric Married | Dripping Springs, Texas

Kallie and Eric’s stunning Wedding Day is one we will never forget. There were so many beautiful stand-outs that truly makes their Wedding one of our favorites from 2013!! From Eric’s wholehearted First Look reaction, to Kallie fighting back joyful tears as she walked down the aisle – only to find Eric fighting back even more tears – their Wedding was filled with so many incredible moments to capture. When Eric was told to kiss his new bride, he swept Kallie off her feet – literally! It was such a fun sight to see. These two are exceptionally loving, kind, warm, and full of life. Kallie is a rare gem. She’s spunky, hilarious, and had us at her very first “ya’ll!” From the very first email we received from her over a year and a half ago, we instantly fell in love with her sarcasm and light-hearted personality.  On the Wedding Day, Kallie was the calm, funny, and beautiful Bride we knew she would be. And Eric was her strong supporter, who has waited for her until God’s timing was perfect – and on their Wedding Day, it was finally time for the two to become ONE.

Kallie + Eric: THANK YOU! We truly cannot express our gratitude for all your encouragement, support, hospitality, and for bringing us out to Texas! It is our desire that these photographs serve as a constant reminder of the unbreakable bond and love that you two share. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did capturing them! We love ya’ll! ;)

Sammy + Natalia

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved
is mine.” – Song of Solomon 6:3



Due to our culture’s surging obsession with all things wedding, there seems to be a lot of unecesssary pressure on the bride and groom to create the most killer, most hipster, most creative, most memorable wedding experience ever. And I will admit, I (the bride) certainly felt and gave into this pressure when Eric, my now husband, and I first started the wedding planning process. I remem
ber feeling at the start that every single detail of the wedding needed to be “cool” and “different” so as to make a noticeable statement. This stressed me out for a while until Eric spoke some sense into me. He said something to the effect of this: “Kallie, if the wedding day is focused on the wedding itself and not on the marriage, then something is wrong.” He was right. I’d been focusing so much on the stuff that was going to be at the wedding that I’d forgotten to prioritize the one thing that should be the focus: the love that holds us together. Once I made that profound shift in my mind, all the wedding planning started to fall in to place. I stopped trying to create the most epic wedding (an effort that is for self glory) and started making a wedding that was true to us, our love and our relationship.

As a couple, Eric and I are all about mixing classic elements with a little bit of vintage funk. We also wanted to create a wedding experience that made our guests feel less like guests and more like family, thus we knew we wanted it to be somewhere where we could create an inviting atmosphere. That’s why when we saw Vista West Ranch, our wedding venue, we instantly fell in love. Tucked back in the Texas Hill Country, the mix of metal and wood on the barn were to die for. Elegant yet rustic. Warm and inviting, yet assertive. Structured and raw, but still incredibly romantic and ethereal. The area and the venue itself were stunning. We also loved all the decor detail that Vista West provided with glass lanterns hanging in the trees and burlap drapes and wooden light structures beautifully filling the indoor space. It was the perfect location for us, so we booked that day!

The decisions we made on food, decorations, flowers and clothing were all inspired by Vista West. We wanted the food and the food service to retain the same elegance as the space while still being inviting and unique. Sullivan Street Catering helped us accomplish this goal flawlessly. I bet it’s not everyday you see BBQ tofu served at a wedding! We wanted the decorations and flowers to stay true to the romance and structure of the venue, which we accomplished by contrasting the softness of big, full flowers against the strong edges of the books and glass vases. And as for our clothing choices, we wanted our wedding party and ourselves to look vintage and ethereal. This was achieved by using grey and charcoal for the groom and groomsmen (rather than black, which is too harsh) and ivory and indigo for the bride and bridesmaids (ivory rather than white since which is also very stark).

Overall, we feel our wedding far exceeded our expectations! We and our guests  had an ABSOLUTE blast! The venue looked amazing, the food was so fresh and scrumptious, the flowers were simply elegant, the dance party was a rager, and above all else, the focus was without a doubt, the Love that holds us together. All praise be to Him who is love and is the love in us (1 John 4:8)!


Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch www.vistawestranch.com

Vintage Indoor Accessories (farm tables, vintage chairs, burlap decorations, indoor baby’s breath floral arch): Petal Pushers http://petalpushers.us/

Incredible Photographers: Closer to Love www.closertolovephotography.com

Food and S’mores: Sullivan Street Catering www.sullivan-street.com

Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts www.cocopalomadesserts.com

Flowers: done by a family friend

Dinnerware Rentals: Hill Country Event Rentals www.hillcountryeventrentals.com

AMAZING Wedding Coordinator: Bonnie Beck – she is a freelance event coordinator in Austin, Texas and the best way to reach her is through email atbonzi04@yahoo.com

Table Decorations: vases from The Guild Shop www.theguildshop.org and books from Goodwill www.goodwill.org

Wedding Dress: BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Wedding Shoes: Seychelles (it’s the “I Do” shoe) www.seychellesfootwear.com

Bridal “Get Away” Dress: Kate Spade from the “Wedding Belles and Whistles” line www.katespade.com

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddings by Debbie www.weddingsbydebbie.com

Mother of the Bride Dress: dress from Weddings by Debbie www.weddingsbydebbie.com and pearl shawl from BHLDN www.bhldn.com

Grooms and Groomsmen Suits and Ties: Jos. A. Bank www.josbank.com

Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Inspired Wedding Session

This year has been an incredible year for Closer to Love.

We have traveled the world doing what we absolutely love to do! God
has and continues to answer our every prayer. Since March, we have been
photographing nearly every weekend, documenting Love from all walks of life.
From Solimon Bay, Mexico to Montego Bay, Jamaica – and various states close to
home, we have been blessed to be invited to some of the most beautiful Weddings
in the world. In January, we’ll find ourselves in Oahu, Hawaii – documenting the
I DO’s of an absolutely beautiful couple and that will begin the adventures and
set the tone of a brand new 2014 Wedding Season! With all that to say, we
attribute all our success to our Heavenly Father who not only has blessed us
with such amazing opportunities, but strengthened us every step of the way!

If we can be honest, we must confess that being busy, traveling, and
constantly working can some times have its struggles. Creatively, it has always
been our goal to push ourselves to greater heights with each Session and with
each Wedding that we photograph. And sometimes, the way to do that is to stop,
rest, AND plan! And that’s exactly what we did! :)

After watching the new “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie trailer earlier
this Summer, Natalia and I were inspired to contact our favorite Vendors in the
Southern California area to help create a Hunger Gamers Inspired Wedding Session with a
romantic twist. We were hungry for an opportunity to be a part of a Session
that we could call our own. A Session where time was on our side, allowing us
full creative control with the couple and with all the stunning details. Ashley from
Life In The Sunset surpassed our EVERY expectation, incorporating bird
feathers, rustic jewelry, white roses, arrows, and antique clocks which she
meticulously and beautifully combined into the design. Wanting the Session to
have an Autumn feel, Ashley integrated fall-inspired hues organically into the
design – the results were simply perfect.

Our model Bride and Groom – Kirstie and Trevor – are a real engaged
couple, getting married in just a few months! Ultimately, it was the love
between Katniss and Peeta that inspired us to create a Session that was so
romantic, organic, and full of timeless love. We truly hope you fall in love
with this Session as much as we did! We cannot thank every one involved enough for all
your hard work! Without your teamwork, input, vision, and creativity, this
Session would not have been a possibility. Endless Thank You’s will never be enough! – Sammy

Closer to Love
– Photography: closertolovephotography.com
in the Sunset – Styling and Design:
by Danika – Makeup:
Henningsen – Hair and Headpieces:
Le Faye – Dress:
– Groom Suit
Vintage Rentals – Tableware:
Tables Rentals – Furniture:
Design – Paper Products:
and Fox – Arrows:
Bloom Floral – Florist:
Babies Cupcakery – Cupcakes and Cake Pops:


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