This stunning “Just Married” session in Texas redefines how swoon-worthy sunsets on the beach can be.
Pair a killer photography session at dusk with a smooth, pristine stretch of coast, a stunning bride and groom, a horse, and sweet props, and our hearts literally skip a beat. We love the edgy, modern feel of this collection, but we’re amazed at how incredibly timeless it is at the same time. Check out the bride’s take on “Just Married” photography (also called day-after or newlywed photography sessions) and her own celebration below!
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How did you and your new hubby meet and fall for each other?
Cory and I met in high school. I actually knew who he was all throughout middle school and high school, and he had no idea who I was. One day before we began our senior year in 2009, he added me on Facebook. From then we began talking and hanging out, meeting each other’s families, becoming best friends quickly, and eventually one night at a football game, I asked HIM to be my boyfriend. I just couldn’t wait. Although it should be the other way around, things have just always worked out with us. A few times we broke up, and we would come back together and say, “Why are we not together?”
Fast forward to the time he proposed, we were in our youth group at our church where I was interning at the time (we are both youth leaders), and during service in February of 2013, a video of Cory began playing, and he was describing how we met and how he felt about me. Once the video ended, he came down off the stage and proposed! It was amazing!
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
Of course, I spent a ton of time searching Pinterest for wedding inspiration and ideas… I wanted something rustic with the whole lace and burlap vintage feel, but I wanted it to be OUR version of that very popular wedding feel. We decided to go with the colors red and purple – something you don’t see a lot of. We handmade all of our centerpieces and our wedding favors. Our venue also provided a lot for us.
Some of my favorite moments of the wedding day was having my grandparents there for both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. They are the only people I am very close to in my dad’s family, and having them there meant the world to me. I also had a special moment with my step-dad before he walked me down the aisle (with a surprise horse and carriage). It was just the two of us in my bridal suite talking while I held back nervous tears, and he just held my hand.
What inspired you to opt for “Just Married” photos?
I was inspired to do a post wedding session because I was very unhappy with my photographs from my wedding day. The photographer even left the reception before we did! Wow! But Jessi is phenomenal and very professional, and my husband and I admire her work so much! Cory and I wanted photos that we can hang in our home with pride, and with Jessi’s work, we are now able to do that.
What led you to choose a beach session at sunset?
Jessi and I began throwing around ideas for the session, and a few different ideas were discussed. We settled on a beach/sunset idea. It is just fitting for my husband and I. We are both artists ourselves, and so allowing Jessi to also use us in her artwork was a great experience!
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Images courtesy of Jessi Marri Photography at a private residence in Texas.