Meet Erin and Jonathan…these two are going to save the world. One person at a time anyway! Both of them are going to be doctors, after a few more years of school 🙂 and I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes them!

We headed out to SMU and White Rock Lake for our session together and had such a great time! It was a little chilly back in November, unlike the 90 degrees we hit today, 4 days from Christmas, so bear with me if I begin to drift away into those chilly moments. Lucky for Erin, Jonathan has a knack for holding her close and keeping her warm, which made my job pretty easy! They have an incredible chemistry together and are just so darn good looking too! I can’t wait till the big day! Erin…you are so stunning! I don’t know what we will all do when we see you in your gorgeous gown!

Enough blabbing, I know what you’re really here for! I hope you love them as much as I do!

I love these two aerial shots. These may be some of my favorites from the whole year.


These are some of the moments that I love. True love is so sweet.

Seriously Erin, I think I speak for everyone when I say, “leave some pretty for the rest of us!”

Friends and family, you can visit the online viewing gallery to see the rest and grab some prints for yourself!

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You know those rare moments that come in life? The ones where your heart is beating and you are suddenly, fully aware of it? When I left Katie and Tanners wedding, my heart was so full of gratitude, love, and assurance in the sovereignty of my God that I had no words. Just the feeling of a full heart, slowly beating in my chest. This whole weekend was full of those moments.

I went on and on about these two back during their engagement shoot so I’ll keep this short and sweet, but…

Katie and Tanner are two of those people who captivate you as soon as your friendship begins. They love with all they have, and this draws friendships like moths to a flame. I remember seeing both of them interact with their campers at Pine Cove and these two have this unconditional, no boundaries kind of way in which they love. I am so blessed to be a part of the days when this love became one for one another.

They got married at Tanners house, beautifully situated on a ton of acres on the Brazos River. This property is STUNNING and I only hope they will make it a wedding venue one day. Covered in a frenzy of trees, laced with bays of hay, Ali and I pulled on to the property late Friday morning (naturally, after getting lost a time or two) and met up with Katie and all of her wonderful friends. We jumped hay bales, which is a blast by the way, and then I knew I had to capture these sweet moments.

I’m obsessed with all of these details. OBSESSED.

They told me I could bring “chubby” home with me. I wish I would have! Look at that face!

Those trees get me every time. Situated right next to the river, they can’t help but be tall, strong and beautiful. I think I’ve lived here in my dreams before.

The boys rode into the ceremony on their trusty mountain bikes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVED this.

(I can’t figure out the video on this thing so until I do, you can watch it by clicking here!)

You two are absolutely gorgeous. Sigh.

I wouldn’t trade being a part of the Pine Cove family for anything in the world.

Katie and Tanner, you have been blessed beyond measure and I wish the world for you two! You pulled off the most laid back and beautiful weddings of all time, I am so honored to have been a part of it! It was absolutely flawless! Don’t ever forget how much your families love you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it!

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  • Alanna - These are awesome! Everything is just so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Tamela Gentry - Tanner and Katie’s Wedding for our family was summed up “This is what God’s favor looks like”. It was perfectly perfect. Jennifer-your shots were amazing! It was like drinking in sweetness to just take in all you captured. LOVED EVERY SHOT!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Coleman - Jennefer,

    I come back regularly and scroll through each and every shot of Tanner and Katie’s wedding! I am so impressed with all the pictures and the way you have captured the feel of their wedding so accurately! Our major goal was for the Lord to be present, and He was!! Thank you for documenting it so well for us. We are forever grateful for you and the gifting the Lord has given you! We are blessed to have you in our lives!!ReplyCancel

As Christmas is drawing near, I can’t help but think about the things that make this season so special and beloved. Among precious family, friends and not to mention presents, all of my memories are laced with the smells of my grandmas cooking. The smell of great food is always music to my nose, but food made well and made from the heart seem to find a way to engrain a way into your memories. Upon stumbling on Tyler Florences Dinner at My Place cookbook, I flipped open to a recipe that made the price of the cookbook irrelevant (even though it was only 20 dollars). The lasagna seemed to jump of the page, into my mouth and scream ” I AM THE BEST THING YOU WILL EVER EAT!”, naturally I agreed with the lasagna and bought the book.

Now, let’s get real. I LOVE to cook. LOVE TO COOK! Some of the steps may be a little more advanced, but not too bad! You CAN make this. You HAVE TO make this! I regret not taking good photos the whole way through but I did take one at the end! Heres the recipe. I dare you to try it and promise you wont regret it.

  • 1 recipe fresh pasta dough (see page 27 of Dinner at My Place) (or use up your pantry packaged lasagna noodles like I did : )

Bolognese:

  • 2 carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into large pieces
  • 3 ribs celery, cut into large pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 fresh sage sprigs, leaves only
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used black angus, we prefer this much more)
  • 1 pound ground pork (I couldn’t locate ground pork so I used spicy Italian sausage)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 750-milliliter bottle dry red wine (I only had 1/2 bottle left and used only 1/2) (Don’t worry DBU people. We made it at my parents house :))
  • 1-28 ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (I usually use Red Gold brand)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I didn’t add this, I was afraid my husband wouldn’t like it)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

Bechamel:

  • 2 cups whole milk (I used 2%, I don’t usually have whole)
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound buffalo mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

Begin by making the Fresh Pasta Dough or by soaking your packaged noodles in a bowl of hot water, turning so they can soften.

To make bolognese, put carrot, onion, clelery, garlic and sage in a food processor and process until you have smooth vegetable pulp. coat a large, heavy-based pot with oil and set over mediium heat. Add vegetable pulp and saute until fragrant and some of the moisture has evaporated, 4-5 minutes. Push the vegetable pulp to one side of the pot. Season ground beef and pork with plenty of salt and pepper, then add to the pot. Stir and break up the meat until it is brown, then dust with the 2 tbsp. of flour before adding wine, tomatoes, milk, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 1-1/2 hours, uncovered, until sauce is thick. Add parmesan and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Set aside while you prepare the Bechamel.

To make the Bechamel, set a large saucepan over medium heat. Add milk, garlic, and a bay leaf and bring to a simmer to infuse milk with herb flavors. Set a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add butter and melt, then sprinkle in flour while you stir with a wooden spoon. Once all of the flour has been combined with the butter, grab a whisk and gradually pour in the herb-infused milk, passing it through a sieve as you go to strain out the aromatics. As the sauce thickens, continue to whisk over low heat, then add nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 350F. To assemble the lasagna, cut the hang-dried pasta sheets to fit a 9x13x3″ lasagna pan; set the pasta aside. Coat the bottom of the lasagna pan with a thin layer of Bechamel. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles, trimming noodles to fit as necessary. Top the noodle layer with a layer each of Bechamel, Bolognese, and mozzarella pieces. Continue with the layers of lasagna noodles, Bechamel, Bolognese, and mozzarella pieces until you have three complete layers, finishing with mozzarella. Shower the top of the lasagna with Parmesan and parsley. Bake, uncovered, on a trap (to catch the drippings) in the center of the preheated oven for 1 hour. (If the top starts to brown, tent with foil). Let the lasagna stand for 15-20 minutes before cutting.

YUMMY!!!

By the way…be on the look out for recipes for some incredible pot roast tacos (changed my life) and some of the best carrot cake of all time! Consider them my Christmas present to you and yours! Along with a wedding and some other goodies on the way this week!

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  • Gale Wilson - It was truly one of the best meals, I have ever tasted! It was certainly worth the wait! Thankful Jenn and Michael have the patience and courage to step out and do this! Did I say excellent?ReplyCancel

Every once in a while you find friends who leave you wondering how blessed you are. Austin and Hannah are those people. I have the great honor of leading worship with Austin every week ( wait and see…he’s the next Phil Wickham..but better), and along with him comes the sweetest, most genuine person I know, Hannah.

Shame on me for taking over a month to post two pictures. I know! And I also know what you’re thinking, “TWO PICTURES?!” And my response is…yes. just two. Just two because I wanted enough to help me remember this wedding. But even more than this, I wanted to remember it through my eyes and not my view finder. I’m sure you understand. 🙂

Austin and Hannah, this day was perfect. Every detail was a photographers dream! I’m surprised I contained myself. Your love for each other is so beautiful and I am incredibly blessed to call you guys my sweet friends. I love you guys and can’t wait to see where the Lord decides to take your journey, and our journeys together.

Here are the two moments I just couldn’t miss. And seriously you guys…why are you so good looking?

Check out Shull Photography and Meshali Mitchell Photography for more photos…and for one the most beautiful wedding videos EVER check out Jonathon Link Studios! (props to our friend Alyster for writing the song on this video! Han walked down the aisle to it!)

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I love this family! We had SO MUCH FUN during this shoot! They are just too precious! Can’t wait to share the rest!

Krissy and Kyle…I just adore you! These two love birds are absolutely wonderful! We shared an afternoon of adventures that i absolutely can’t wait to share with you!!

Meet Kari and Evan! These two are so wonderful! I can’t wait to tell you all about how much fun we had on our shoot! But lets just say…we met someone famous. and awesome while we were out.

And…Do you remember the time I introduced you to two of my best friends? Or the time I took fake engagement pictures? Well! Here they are! And here’s the beginning of the real engagements!

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