tori & aaron ~ stone oak ranch ~ murchison, texas destination wedding

Stone Oak Ranch wedding by elopement destination wedding photographer Shipra Panosian 

Hello!  I”m back after a long, long, long hiatus! But after a lazy summer and the fact that for the first time in years, I’m actually sort of caught up on my current editing schedule, I thought I’d finally blog this sweet little destination wedding.  Tori and Aaron were married at the Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison, Texas all the way back in 2012!  It’s one of those weddings filled with heart and laughter under a backdrop of a hot Texas summer day (so much so that there was a heat advisory) that I always meant to share but never quite got around to.  Hope you enjoy it.

stone oak ranch wedding entrance

mismatched china dishes for serving dinner

black and white wedding dress ruffle details

bridesmaids helping bride get her dress on

bridesmaids watching bride put her dress on

bride putting her garter on

smiling mother of the bride

horse and ranch photographed on film

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wedding wildflower centerpieces in colored glass jars
wood details for a barn wedding
groom waiting to see bride for the first time
destination wedding photography first look
emotional first look between a bride and a groom
bride and groom portrait photographed on film
blonde bride with rose bouquet
laughing and shy groom
parents praying with a bride and groom
wedding prayer
emotional prayer time with family at wedding
quiet moment with newlyweds
soft pink and blush rose bouquet
rustic wedding sign
stone oak ranch ceremony chapel
blush and pink bridesmaids style
outdoor texas wedding venue
outdoor wedding in texas with a barn reception
rustic wedding ceremony in texas
first kiss between bride and groom
contax 645 film photography
wedding medium format film photographer
fuji 400h film wedding details photographed on film
book and teacup wedding centerpieces
pie instead of wedding cake
introduction of husband and wife
laughing couple during the first dance
tearful wedding speech by a bridesmaid
father and daughter dance at a wedding
mother and son dance at a wedding
bouquet toss by bride
sparkler exit and a kissing couple

September 28, 2014 - 10:53 am

Michelle Guzman - Why are you so incredibly talented!? :)Your photos are breathtaking! Love these!

September 29, 2014 - 7:46 am

Whitney - This wedding is absolutely one of my favorites. The location is amazing and all those gorgeous vintage details! The couple is radiant with joy and love for each other. What a fantastic event this must have been to capture!

December 8, 2014 - 4:19 am

David Woodcock - These are beautiful wedding images and it is so nice to see some in black and white.

December 10, 2014 - 4:23 am

David Woodcock - Beautiful wedding photography in a lovely rustic setting.

December 12, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Rob Dodsworth - Love these. So full of energy and emotion and you’ve captured some really tender little moments. That’s what it’s all about. Great work!

January 1, 2015 - 6:19 am

Che Birch-Hayes - its not just how amazing these photos are, its the sheer amount of them! WOW

January 13, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Cassandra Crooze - Great photos! Beautiful mixture of emotions and details of decoration and surroundings. Very storytelling!

January 18, 2015 - 8:44 am

Juan Gavira - A touching story.
Congratulations!

January 26, 2015 - 6:59 am

Cassandra Crooze - Beautifully captured wedding! The location is awesome, very rustic. Love the candid photography style!

March 4, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Victoria Christophe - Amazing quality of photography, I really love the overall consistence of tonality through the whole set of images

March 12, 2016 - 5:58 pm

Victoria Christophe - Excellent job – these images are stunning.

Lori on film ~ Orlando Portrait Photography

Lori modeled and I used film for the shoot.

All images were photographed on Fuji 400H film with my Contax 645 and Canon AE-1 cameras.  Film developed and scanned by the good people at Indie Film Lab.

Oh Lori.  Lori, Lori, Lori.  You are divine!

Also, this is at an abandoned house I have passed a gazillion times in Winter Garden, Florida.  We braved spiders and broken glass and the sticky August summer to shoot here.  So perfect.

shot several things on my phone too juuuuust in case I bombed with the film…here are a few of those…

December 3, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Jason Mize - Good Gracious Ship, those are stunning!

December 3, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Rudy - These look awesome! Kudos Nate.

December 3, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Meredith - Oh my wordddd, I loooooooooooooove these! Yes, loooooooooooove. And that last phone picture?!?!?! Amazing.

December 4, 2013 - 7:29 pm

cara - what an incredibly stunning set of photos.

December 20, 2013 - 12:28 am

Lam - Love the natural poses and style. great set.

January 6, 2014 - 7:03 am

toni raper - jeez, these make me desire to shoot with my AE-1 so much more! These are simply magical, I adore the one where you shot composed with the aqua paint of window framing the image and several following that are amazing. all of them really, gorgeous work. Is she a dancer, she seems to hold herself beautifully x

January 6, 2014 - 2:12 pm

em - i dream of shooting in abandoned houses but sadly california has none. at least none in the bay area haha. i love this set. that first shot of her hair swinging is amaze.

April 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

gian carlo - Lori, you look so stunning girl. Shipra, as one of your biggest fans all I can do is sigh on this side of the keyboard but I will save you from the repetitiveness of those side on your end. Great work!

May 4, 2014 - 8:44 am

Cassandra ~ Aruba Weddings - Amazing how many different and unique portraits you produce with just one location and one model! Awesome work!

May 14, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Santi - Amazing pictures!!!

July 10, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Rob Dodsworth - Lost for words – simply stunning!

October 2, 2014 - 9:19 am

JP Pratt - Hey! I know her! Great job, Shipra! These are amazing.

Thanksgiving

Over dinner this year, going around the room and sharing something that we were each thankful for, my youngest child, my 4 year old daughter said simply, “I’m thankful for everything.”  She summed it up perfectly.

Reflecting on that and the things that I’m grateful for this thanksgiving, I wanted to put up a blog post of images that are snapshots into my life, things that make up why I have so much for be thankful for.

(Many images have already made an appearance on my instagram feed and all were taken on my iphone and edited with the VSCO Cam app (so good!))

December 4, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Tiffani - So many incredible moments!

December 7, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Ashley - These are so beautiful!

Molly & Graeme ~ Cruz Building ~ Coconut Grove, Florida ~ Wedding

As far as ‘the details’ go, this wedding was one of loveliest I’ve ever attended. From the dramatic and vibrant florals, to the grand elegance of the historic Cruz Building to the classy Carolina Herrara gown the bride wore with such grace…this was one of those weddings that was eye-candy from first to last. But if all of that was taken away and if it had just been Molly and Graeme facing each other in a quiet corner with nothing significant to mark it, this would stil have been one of the lovliest weddings I’ve ever been to. I say this because I’m quickly learning with each wedding I photograph that the true measure of a beautiful wedding is the honest and raw caring that a couple pour out on each other.  The way Graeme looked at Molly as she smiled her way down the aisle towards him was a gift to all of us watching.  His face told a story of such joy and gratefulness and gosh, if you’ve ever doubted in a wholehearted love, his face would have restored your faith.

Before the ceremony when we were at Molly’s mother home in Coconut Grove, she showed me Graeme’s wedding gift to her, a hand-bound (by him) book of film photographs titled “A Letter to Molly” that he made of their life together in their home in NYC.  At the end, or maybe it was the beginning of it, there was a hand-written note that said simply, “Molly, you make me want to live forever.” And that my friends, is why I am so blessed and grateful to do what I do, because wedding stories like this deserve to be told.

Molly and Graeme, you were both a delight to photograph.  Thank you for trusting me and giving me the chance to be a small part of your history as you live out this life together as husband and wife.

(See Graeme’s  photography work including images from “A Letter to Molly”  on his site at Graeme Mithchell.com)

fountain
elegant white and grey centerpiece
indoor ceremony by a scultped fountain

Thank you to the incredible wedding team that I had the privilege of working with ~

Venue: The Cruz Building, Coconut Grove, Florida
Wedding Planner: Cymbidium Events
Assistant photographer: Merari
Caterer & Cake: Suzanne Michael
Florist: Avant Gardens
Guitarist: Bob Folse
DJ: Rock with U Entertainment
Hair and Make-Up: Kerstin Jaeger
Stationary: Minted

November 26, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Caroline Lima - This is amazing!!!!!!! And what a gorgeous dress!!!

November 26, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Jason Mize - WOW Ship, you did not hold back on this one! This is superb sista!

November 26, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Merari - Perfection! I am so honored I got to be there with you. They really were the loveliest.

November 27, 2013 - 10:11 am

Dustin Prickett - So beautifully captured Shipra, one of my favorites. Good looking couple as well!

November 27, 2013 - 11:07 am

sarah der - Oh goodnesssssssssssssssss what a ridiculously sweet, thoughtful post. So many quiet moments, THAT COUPLE IS RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE, and the day seemed so joyful and fun. Really beautiful work, friend!

May 26, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Mathew - Such incredible imagery! Your photography skills are simply amazing, fantastic work!

November 27, 2013 - 3:15 pm

graeme mitchell’s wedding pics | Mr. Diggles & You - […] the only wedding i have ever cried at. see all the pics here. […]

Alex & Matt ~ Blue Springs State Park, Florida

When Alex and I talked about her engagement portrait session with Matt, she knew she wanted to pull in some activities that would speak to their personalities and reflect some of the things that they value as a couple.  We met at Blue Springs State Park where they canoed, strolled along the wooded walks, and relaxed by the water reading and laughing together.

After our portrait session, we stayed a few minutes and came up with a super amateur but oh-so-fun stop-motion video which I can’t figure out how to upload to my blog but you can still see here on Facebook.  They  waded into the cold springs fully clothed and it was brilliant!  So grateful for their quirky and willing hearts and for being up for anything I suggested.

When we finished up, they gifted me with hugs, homemade cookies, and a book of love poetry (they’re both talented poets.)  Do I  have the sweetest couples or what?!

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October 15, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Jake - Once again… Incredible stuff Shipra!

October 15, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Merari - So lovely and romantic!

October 15, 2013 - 6:03 pm

tiffani jones - One of my fav sessions! Love the colors and connection!

October 15, 2013 - 6:31 pm

sarah der - Oh gooooooooooooooosh I love this session and this couple so, so much! So much beauty and peacefulness and joy. (!!!!!!!!) Can I come shoot their wedding with you bwahahahaha….(…but seriously.)!!!

October 17, 2013 - 11:56 am

Whitney Bilodeau - Beautiful Shipra! Your talent never ceases to amaze and inspire!

November 14, 2013 - 12:02 am

britney gardner - This is so beautiful! The moss on the tree, the first shot of them in the canoe on the water… ah, I just want to be them and have photos like this.

November 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Rob Lythe - wow, What fantastic images. I love the way you capture a sense of fun with the couple.

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