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bailey & scott | The Gasparilla Inn & Club | island wedding photographers

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Gasparilla Island is one of those laid back, quintesentially old Florida islands, and The Gasparilla Inn & Club is the heart of the small town. The Inn is lined with palm frond wallpaper and seashell mirrors… just a pretty place for a wedding. Of interest is Bailey’s veil- a family heirloom passed down through the family of President Andrew Jackson. The lace was so detailed and fine! It’s not every day we photograph a piece of American history. Congrats Bailey and Scott!

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marfa, texas | road trip photography

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Left: Arriving to the small town of Marfa in West Texas. Right: The entrance to our tepee at El Cosmico.

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The floor of our tepee was covered in cowhides.

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We stocked up on gourmet groceries at The Get Go

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Left: A lovely and tasty brunch at Cochineal. Right: Ballroom Marfa

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Left: I loved the outdoor showers at El Cosmico. Right: Piñatas and wine. Yes please.

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The surrounding countryside here is just beautiful.

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We watched the El Cosmico crew raise a third tepee!

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A pup guarding our abode

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See the bit of light at the top of our tepee? We had a downpour one evening and yes, some water fell through.

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The wonderful and controversial Prada Marfa.

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Patterns and colors of the desert town

Visiting Marfa, a small town in the desert of West Texas, was a highlight of our summer trip. None of my friends had heard of this tiny town, but lucky for me they were game for each and every stop I planned. Marfa is an interesting mix of artists and galleries, gourmet food, cowboys, and mystery lights. We ate grilled cheese on a school bus strung with twinkle lights, talked to local artists, visited the nearby cold springs, and took leisurely bike rides.

I can’t say enough good things about our stay at El Cosmico. To be sure and reserve a tepee, it was one of the few places we booked before embarking on our trip. Staying in the tepees (seriously, check them out) was by no means roughing it- we had a big bed with colorful wool blankets, two seating areas, and bedside lamps! Elsewhere on the property were refurbished airstreams, big canvas tents, and campsites.

Also of note is Prada Marfa, a land art installation about about 40 miles northwest of Marfa. It looks just like a Prada store but with nothing around it as far as you can see. You can’t actually go inside, and it’s meant to fall into disrepair and eventually become part of the natural landscape. The Texas Department of Transportation is currently deciding the fate of the installation now that it has been deemed an illegal outdoor advertisement. Read more about the debate here. Stopping at Prada Marfa was a beautiful and interesting experience for us, and I’d love to stop by in 10 years and see the work of time. Please click here to like the Save Prada Marfa Facebook page and here to take more action.

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Liliana & Victor | LaPlaya Wedding Photography

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As you can see, this was such a wonderful event to witness. Liliana and Victor had two wedding ceremonies at LaPlaya: a Chinese tea ceremony followed by a western ceremony overlooking the beach. During the tea ceremony, the bride and groom kneel before their parents and serve them tea as a way to express thanks. In return, the couple is given a red envelope symbolizing good luck. After that we stole away to a leafy path for a first sight. It must have been nice for them to have a moment to themselves between ceremonies! And how about those gorgeous flowers? What a lovely day.

Venue: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort | Dress: Kleinfeld | Floral: Botanicals on the Gulf | Band: The Brett Foreman Band | Hair & Makeup: Salon Tease

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Melissa Mentor - Origami Owl - Beautiful pictures, simply amazing, congrats!

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