Austin City Limits Festival, from the sky.

On a rare occasion, I get to do something truly incredible.  This weekend, I went up in a helicopter to photograph ACL Fest from the sky.  With much internal squealing and butterflies in my stomach I was lucky enough to circle the festival several times to shoot it from all angles.  Then, much to my delight (and for reasons I will never quite understand because it had nothing to do with the festival), the pilot flew us up Congress Ave THROUGH THE BUILDINGS, around the Capitol, the to campus and we circled the UT Tower as well.  Again, I have no idea why, but I’m really thankful we did!!

Those photos are coming soon.  But here’s the shot of the festival and beautiful Austin, Texas:

Gluten-Free Goodness

Most of you don’t know this about me, but I’ve been gluten-free for five years.  While this is a great challenge sometimes, if you’ve suffered from having gluten allergies or from Celiac disease, you know how a gluten-free diet is worth it.  Soooo worth it.  People ask me if I miss bread.  The answer is always a firm “No.”  I don’t feel terrible all the time, so who cares about bread?  However, sometimes I miss cookies.  Cakes….what can I say?  I’m human.

My genius baker friend (and gluten-free compadre), Karen Morgan, has written a cookbook that focuses on all those little treats we normally have to admire from afar.  Her company is called Blackbird Bakery and is based out of Austin.  She makes the most delightful, delicious baked goods that she is now sharing with the world.  Trust me, even if you’re NOT gluten-free, you’ll adore these delectables.  

My super talented friend, Knoxy of Knox Photographics lovingly shot all of the images for the cookbook too.  The result is a truly gorgeous and inviting cookbook.  How lucky am I to have such talented friends???

In addition to the book being available on Amazon and other bookstores across the country in October, it’s also available now at Anthropologie!!

Congratulations @blackbirdbakes and @knoxphotogrphcs!!!  I’m so proud and excited.  I’m also going to attempt some of the recipes although I’ve never been much of a baker….

I’m off to Anthopologie now.


Emma & Simon – first post

So…I love this wedding.  A LOT.  Emma and Simon were married in Emma’s parent’s house in Austin’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood.  The ceremony took place in the backyard with a well-loved garden as their only backdrop.  After the ceremony, they walked down to the end of the block where the reception was held.  Those pictures are coming tomorrow.  If you love wedding and design, you’ll not want to miss it.
Stay tuned….

Emma & Simon, but first the dress.

Yes, I will be sharing this entire wedding with you.  But first, we must talk about this dress.  THIS DRESS.  Before you all email me at once (and literally for months to come, like you did with Sarah Senter) the dress is made by Lanvin.  The bride and groom live in Switzerland.  So the bride, Emma, was fortunate enough to buy her dress in Paris, France.  Dreamy, huh?  I actually met the dress before I met Emma.  Yes, I just said that I “met the dress.”  Margot, Emma’s mother showed it to me when she returned from Paris.  I literally gasped when I saw it.  What IS that color?  It hung and moved like a dream.  I regularly thought about this dress for months.  It was perfect for the wedding: understated, elegant…clever, even.  Much like Emma herself.  I have never seen such a calm bride on her wedding day.  
This whole wedding was delightful for us to photograph and again, I will be sharing it on photosmashing.  But here’s a teaser: the ceremony was held at her parents house in the historic neighborhood in Austin, Texas.  The backdrop for the ceremony was simply a well loved garden.  The backdrop for the portraits was a barn from the late 19th century that somehow exists in the backyard.  The reception was a street party with dancing and cocktails in the middle of the street and a gorgeous tent in an empty lot at the end of the block which the guest enjoyed a three course meal.  Gumbo was served as the main course to honor the bride’s family being from New Orleans.    This tent had the most perfect lighting.  A vintage pick up truck blocked off the street.  A wall of sweet peas had been planted months ago in preparation and provided a low wall for one side of the tent.  A giant chalkboard served as the seating chart and more!
And then there’s this dress….
P.S. Sarah Senter’s dress is John Galliano She got it at Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Jennifer and Rick, portraits and ceremony

Jennifer and Rick were married on the most perfect of Autumn days.  There were butterflies flyig around during the ceremony as well!  One landed on Jennifer’s dress and stayed there through the duration of the ceremony.  It’s said that if a butterfly lands on you it’s good luck.  What great luck indeed!