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Arkansas Small Intimate Wedding

Ashley and Erubiel had their fair share of obstacles when it came to wedding planning during a pandemic. (Can you imagine!?) But, even still — they persisted, and created the most charming scene to exchange their vows in. Their Arkansas small intimate wedding; nestled in the woods at Erubiel’s parent’s house, was one of the most perfect days I’ve witnessed. 


The Backstory:

Ashley & Erubiel met while working at Tamolly’s. She had just started the job a few weeks before Erubiel had come back for summer break. (He was schooling at HSU in Arkadelphia at the time.) But, their first impression of each other wasn’t even good! But as time passed, they became really good friends. For their first date, Ashley was working a double shift that day, and they we went to wingstop during their break. (Sounds like a perfect first date to me.) 😍

They officially started dating on November 22, 2015. One of their more memorable dates was when they went to dinner along the river walk in San Antonio during the holiday season, but their favorite will probably a weekend trip to Dallas. They had just bought their first home together and in celebration, (and NEED of relaxation) they took a mini getaway. They went kayaking together for the first time, and Erubiel was so good to her, (well… except when he kept trying to tip over their kayak. Ashely didn’t like that too much.) 🤣

Later, they got engaged on December 22, 2018. Ashley & Erubiel LOVE Christmas, so they went to Garvan Woodland Gardens for a date night. They ate at the purple cow (which is one of their favorites,) before going to see the lights. Following, they were walking around and he found a spot that didn’t have many people and he told her that he loved her, and then got down on one knee and asked if she would marry him. (He’s the sweetest ever.) 😭


Wedding Planning During A Pandemic

As time passed, they crossed obstacle after obstacle when it came to wedding planning. They had originally planned a large wedding at a venue near Texarkana, but because of the state of uncertainty regarding large gatherings. Alternatively, they opted for a smaller celebration instead. Looking at these photos, I don’t think they regret it one bit. 😉 (In fact, I recommend small celebrations over large ones any day!)


The Engagement Session:

For their engagement session, we opted for an adventurous waterfall session at Lake Catherine State Park. It was the perfect setting, because they LOVE water. Previously, she had mentioned on her questionnaire I sent over that she’d love to get in the water, so I made sure it happened. 😉  In addition, I asked them to tell me what they love most about each other. Let’s see what they answered! 💕

What Ashley loves most about Erubiel:

His gentle touch, his sense of humor, and he has a HUGE heart. He cares deeply for those he loves and it shows. I know you said 3 but he is also a family man and it just makes me excited to think of him as a future dad.

What Erubiel loves most about Ashley:

Her personality, her laugh, and her drive to get shi* done. (LOL)


Without a doubt, I’ll think they’ll be a pretty good fit for life. 😉


So without further ado, I introduce to you Mr. & Mrs. Erubiel Basurto! 🥂


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Arkansas Small Intimate Wedding | Ashley & Erubiel:


A huge thank you to all of the family, friends, and vendors that made this day possible for the Basurto’s! 🥂


bride’s dress: justin alexander at gracyn elizabeth bride • bridesmaids’ dresses: lulu’s • cake: sugar and spice catering • furniture rentals: twin city conference and event center • groom’s tuxedo: gracyn elizabeth bride • groomsmens’ tuxedos: gracyn elizabeth bride • hair: brittni layne • invitations: tori frey • linen: twin city conference and event center • makeup artist: kimberly bearden beauty • officiant: shawna watkins wedding coordinator:  •  yolanda chism  •  floral design: albertson’s



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Hot Springs Arkansas Engagement Session

This late-summer hot springs arkansas engagement session with Katie & Dalton was such a blessing. We spent the afternoon into the evening adventuring around hot springs national park.

Katie & Dalton have quite the story. They met in kindergarten, (and were actually in the same class!) Katie transferred schools, but when she came back in 8th grade, her and Dalton were yet again, in the same English class. Her and Dalton would meet up and go on walks before they ever started dating. Their childhood homes were actually right down the street from each other. So as far as their first date goes – it’d be one of those walks. 😉


How He Proposed:

“I wanted to give Kate the best proposal possible. Kate signed up for this photography workshop with one of her biggest inspirations. She always wanted it to be romantic and a surprise so I felt it was a perfect opportunity. I got with the photographer who was all on board with the idea, and just like that it was a plan. The workshop was in Fayetteville so I drove up the night before and that day, the photographer led Katie out to a spot to take “good engagement” photos and there she found me on a knee proposing.”

She was of course, taken aback and in shock. Once she got back home, she face-timed her sister and bawled uncontrollably. (Understandable, right!?) 😉


One of my favorite things to do is to ask my couples what their favorite things about each other are. Let’s see what they said:

Katie’s answer“I love his faith and heart for God and unbelievers, I love how extroverted and outgoing he is because it brings out that side of me, and I love how not only does he always make me laugh, but also everyone else. I could write a book!”

Dalton’s answer“1.) I love her hard work ethic, and passion for the small things in life, I also love and look up to the fact that when she wants something instead of waiting and thinking about it, or finding excuses why she can’t do something, she goes for it all in with everything she has.

2.) I love her smile, and every time I see her no matter how either of our days went, instantly my day gets better because for almost 7 years now I am greeted to a huge hug and a smiling Katie. She’s supportive of everything I do and encourages me to go and achieve the goals I have set out, and she works so hard and is talented. (And beautiful, and I love her more than any person in the world. She truly is my best friend.)

3.) The most important thing that I love about my fiancé is her relationship with Christ. I am challenged to be a better man of Christ every day by Katie and I am forever thankful for that. What means the most to me is my relationship with God, and I think it is a beautiful thing when 2 people can live to serve God and help each other out through the journey of being a follower of Christ. She has been a huge blessing in my life and God used her to bring me to the current church I am at now and it truly is a beautiful thing.”

Whew. Yeah. It’s safe to say we immediately became best friends. 😭💕

Katie is actually a freelance photographer, and Dalton is heading to seminary in a few months in Fort Worth, Texas. I can’t wait for what God has in store for them coming soon!

Their small, intimate wedding will be in January in Destin, Florida (which I’ll be shooting and I’m STOKED ABOUT.)

So stay tuned, you’ll see their faces on the blog soon! 😉 But without further ado, let’s check out all the hot springs arkansas engagement inspo below:


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Kaila & Caleb chose a secluded cabin in Broken Bow Oklahoma to exchange vows. Click here for all the intimate wedding or elopement inspo you need!

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Broken Bow, Oklahoma Intimate Wedding | Kaila & Caleb

Kaila & Caleb originally had plans to wed on the crystal clear beaches of Cabo San Lucas — but due to the unforeseen circumstances of a national pandemic, they had to have a last-minute change of plans, like so many have. They decided on an intimate wedding in Broken Bow, Oklahoma — and it was BEYOND perfect.


So basically, God knew what He was doing all along. 😉


Kaila & Caleb exchanged vows nestled in the serene woods of Broken Bow, Oklahoma in a beautiful cabin — surrounded by their closest friends and family, (and precious pup, Maverick!)


It was an honor and a privilege to be here, and I’m SO excited for this new adventure they’re embarking on as husband and wife, (and so stoked they chose to go ahead and make it happen.) Because at the end of the day, what matters most is that they’re married, and I truly believe it couldn’t have been more perfect. Honestly, if I could just photograph a Broken Bow intimate wedding every weekend for the rest of my career… I’d be happy. 🥂✨


Say hello to Mr. & Mrs. Caleb Zoda! 😍🎉




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Couple’s Anniversary Session in Okinawa | Valentine & T.J.

There’s a pretty funny story about this couple’s anniversary session with Valentine & T.J. We planned to do this session back in September, but every single time we were going to shoot it would rain. (And I don’t just mean rain, they were typhoon conditions!) We live on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so you have to take typhoons and weather seriously. 


I needed to go back to the states in October to shoot a wedding, so we decided to push the session to January when I’d be returning! January rolled around, and as we all walked into my apartment to start on hair and makeup, we found that my two husky pups, Koda and Keira, had eaten an entire bottle of Aleve-liquid gels. 😅


In case you didn’t know, those are HIGHLY toxic to dogs. Therefore, we had to reschedule yet again. I rushed my pups to the emergency vet, apologizing as I ran out the door. Lol! The next time we were supposed to shoot, Valentine wasn’t feeling well. She replied back with,”well, I just found out I’m pregnant so that’s why!” 😍 SO, we rescheduled for the last time, and the result is as follows. 💕


I’m SO glad that despite the crazy scenarios we encountered, we were able to finally meet and capture such incredible images together. They were both an absolute dream to work with, and so easy-going. I truly love and appreciate that every client I have is so down-to-earth and go with the flow-y. Without further ado, here’s what we created together! 



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Okinawa, Japan Couples Session | Cassie & Austin

I had such a blast shooting Cassie & Austin’s couples session in Okinawa, Japan! They were the cutest couple, and even though Cassie wasn’t feeling too swell on the day of her shoot, she still pulled through like a trooper and looked INCREDIBLE. See for yourself! 😉

We chose to do this session out on Hamahiga Island, which is one of my favorite locations in Okinawa. There is SO much variety for shoot spots, and there’s usually hardly anyone there! (I’m always trying to find locations with very few people, because the couple then is able to truly get lost in each other since there aren’t any distractions!)

And I think Cassie & Austin were able to do just that… 😉



Okinawa, Japan Couples Session


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Intimate Beach Wedding in Okinawa Japan

Anna & Josh exchanged vows during a secluded, intimate beach wedding on Hamahiga Island in Okinawa, Japan on January 11, 2020. Their wedding was unlike any other — it was truly SO laid back, with a nod to the free and easy style of island living. No-one was rushed, and everyone just let it flow. #islandvibes

It was a DIY/boho style wedding — with a few pieces crafted by local vendors. Anna’s Mom made her veil, and one of her bridesmaids made the macrame in the photo booth, (that her dress is hanging from!) 

The weather turned out BEAUTIFUL, even though there were some rainclouds that appeared on the day of. At the first sight of a raincloud, Anna’s bridesmaids gathered together and prayed that the Lord would hold the rain, (at least until after the ceremony.) #girlprayergang

The way Anna & Josh lit up on their wedding day when talking about each other was the literal SWEETEST thing. You truly could just feel the love in the air, (as cheesy as it sounds.) I mean, just look at Josh’s face when he first sees Anna walking down the aisle. Oh yeah — it’s golden. 

To truly represent their faith and honor God during their ceremony, they even both led worship on the beach (yes, they’re worship leaders,) and had their close family and friends come up and pray for them during the middle of their ceremony. It was unreal. There are so many things I could say about them…



But first, let’s get a little backstory… shall we?

Josh and Anna have known each other since middle school. They met in their church youth group in about 6th grade, became friends shortly after and had a really tightly-knit friends group for years. Josh actually told Anna that he liked her via text in about 7th grade. 😂 (Fun fact: he was the first person that ever told her that they liked her!)

She says she was really awkward about it because.. well, middle school. (Can’t we all relate!?) They never acted on it, but he continued to like her through both middle and high school. They continued to be best friends, and in high school, he tried to ask her out — but she didn’t want to date anyone until after high school. Josh thought Anna didn’t like him, but then she told him that she technically never said she didn’t! 😉  That was in about 11th grade, and from that point on they knew they liked each other.

Fast forward to 2017, and Josh asks her dad for permission to date her, with the intention of marriage — so they started dating in November of 2018. After a while, they had been talking about engagement/getting married quite a bit. They basically just prayed, “Okay Lord, if it’s your will for us to get engaged this week, let us find a ring that we like!” (Turns out, they did!)

Now for the proposal, (my fav part!)

It was a really busy weekend with Anna’s graduation and Easter (they’re both on staff at the church), so the only day they had time was on Monday. She knew that he’d propose, so they just called it proposal day! (Love that!)

Josh took Anna to Aien coffee shop in the morning and they had lattes (they’re BIG coffee people,) and then he took her to transit cafe on the seawall for lunch. They were both pretty nervous so they couldn’t eat a lot. Then, he said for the next location he didn’t want to sound like a kidnapper, but he’d have to blindfold her. (LOL.)

So, they got in the car and took off to the next location and he pulled over and blindfolded Anna. Once they got there, Josh guided her out of the car. She remembers hearing music, cars, and the gravel under our feet. They were at BB Coffee which is their favorite coffee shop. (They’ve been going for years, and have a relationship with the owners). In fact, it’s where their first date was! Josh walked Anna up onto a deck and then told her to take her blindfold off.

She took it off to find her family, his family, and a few church families that have been a HUGE part of their lives and relationship for many many years. Anna immediately cried. Then, he took her hand and told her that he loved her, and that he couldn’t imagine his life without her. Then, he asked! (She said YES, of course!)

Anna and Josh both serve as the worship leaders at their church, Calvary Chapel Okinawa, and are also self-proclaimed coffee connoisseurs. In fact, they plan to open their own coffee shop together one day! (I’m totally going once they do!) 


I present to you — Mr. & Mrs. Josh Hagan! 🥂



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floral design: P style wedding in yomitan, okinawa japan

ceremony venue: shirumichu park, hamahiga island – okinawa japan • reception venue: koza baptist church • bride’s dress: the “florence ivory” from grace loves lace • wedding bands: olive avenue jewelry • cake:  manatu cafe &  jess sartore • catering: bama’s on camp shields, & the lumpia lady • calligraphy: Sartore Designs & Lettering • first dance singers: janoah benauro & bekah barnett • groom & groomsmen suits: Giorgio’s on Gate 2 Street, Okinawa • hair & makeup: salon718  • officiant: kevin johnson •  photographer: Jessica Vickers Photography in Texarkana, TX • videographer: maiko media 


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Fall Family Session in Texarkana – Cerrato Family

I don’t usually photograph families anymore, but when my own family members Becca & Joseph contacted me about shooting their very first fall family session with their 4-month-old to do it on the land we get together at for the holidays– I just couldn’t turn them down. 🙈

There’s just something about family. It’s the wildest thing, I used to always be one of the “kids” at the family get together’s (along with Joseph, pictured below.) Now that I’m 25, and we’re both older, we’re now the adults having kids. It’s the wildest thing. Here’s to the fourth generation being born in our family; and getting to capture their fall family session at the perfect place. 💕



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