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The Kingmas | Party of 7

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The Kingmas | Party of 7

Meet the Kingmas.

Tiffany & Jeff Kingma were some of the first people my husband and I met after we moved and joined our church, Bethel Church Austin. I was amazed by them instantly because like THEY HAVE 5 CHILDREN. FIVE KIDS. Some people might be unimpressed, but the fact that they have 5 children that they care for equally, divide their love and time with equally, are training them up to be strong and powerful adults in the Lord one day is REMARKABLE. This family is clearly set apart for His glory, and all of the kid’s names have meaning, and I love that. We have: Evening, Ocean, North, Gray, and Ever. Hearing Tiffany talk about that process of praying and choosing each name is beautiful, and they fit each kid perfectly (even though I swore she said they all came to her in dreams. Nope? Oh my bad lol.)

Tiffany actually intimidated me at first because of the way she carries herself. She is quiet, but boy is she strong. After being asked to join her women’s home group, I’ve gotten to know Tiffany, and she is a deep, deep well of wisdom and realness. My life is very different because of the love Tiff has shown me. Her valiant husband, Jeff, is just about the kindest and most gentle man I’ve ever met. But once again, he exudes a strength I haven’t seen before. Jeff leads and carries his family with such a grace while simultaneously champions on other musicians and friends in his life. Like, I WANNA BE A KINGMA, Y’ALL. I loved getting to photograph this wild bunch in the fall, and I hope you love their sweet little faces like I do.

Confession before you scroll further: while shooting this session, I made it a goal to get one smiling/candid shot of each kid. Totally expected of a *professional* photographer, right? Well, guys, I missed one. I MISSED A CHILD. I thought I had surely gotten all 5 kiddos, and while I was culling later, I realized I had missed sweet, sweet Ocean. I photographed a wedding a few weeks later that the Kingmas were attending, and Ocean happened to be wearing the same shirt as from the session! So I pulled him aside and got a few individual shots of him. Unlike Tiffany & Jeff, I forget children. They include them all. God bless them.

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This image CRACKED me up. Because little Ever is exhibiting what it’s like to be the youngest of 5. Holding on for dear life.

This image CRACKED me up. Because little Ever is exhibiting what it’s like to be the youngest of 5. Holding on for dear life.

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I told them, “Guys, I want you two to get your faces in reaaalllyy close. Yeah, like that. And just pretend like you’re not dripping in kids.”

I told them, “Guys, I want you two to get your faces in reaaalllyy close. Yeah, like that. And just pretend like you’re not dripping in kids.”

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Tiffany also is a STYLISH MOMMA!! She has her own fashion instagram where she does something called "#tiffanysfirstlook, and honestly I’m so inspired. If you want to know what that is, see amazing outfits she puts together, and the deals she finds items at, give her a follow! Tiffany Kingma Style

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The Meyers | One Eleven East

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The Meyers | One Eleven East

GAHHH-LEEEE. Kentlee & Zech are the Meyers.

Kentlee inquired with me to shoot their One Eleven East wedding back in September, and from the moment we started emailing, I felt a connection with her. I had to meet this gal and love on her and Zech for their wedding day. Thankfully after a delicious first date meeting them & my husband at North Italia in The Domain in Austin, TX, they pulled the trigger and booked me. SCORE. Honestly, I don’t know who was more blessed in this deal. Kentlee & Z getting beautiful wedding photos or Pierce and me making some beautiful new friends. Either way, their wedding exuded their macth-made-in-heaven type of love from the moment it began. Kentlee got her gorgeous gown from Unbridaled in Austin from the Goddess By Nature line, and customized it a bit to fit her style. She rocked it so well, the dress company designer to launch it as a new gown and name it the KENTLEE gown. HOW PERFECT IS THAT? The whole venue dripped with fresh buds from the killer Remi + Gold team, and their coordinator, Allison Cruz, is the best calming spirit I’ve met in the coordinating world. You go, girl.

Aside from all of the killer team that made this day possible, Kentlee & Zech were really what it was all about. Kentlee was so chill getting ready and the tears flowed when she saw her girls and dad that morning. I loved how elegantly she released her emotions throughout the whole day. Speaking of emotions, Zech and his band of… clowns kept me rolling all day long. Their hilarious banter and games they played while getting ready was a true sign of his deep friendship with these guys. Zech couldn’t wait to see Kentlee, and when she finally came down the aisle, I think he about passed out. He was so in awe of her and what they were doing, he quite literally froze. His face said it all. He couldn’t keep his eyes off of her all night. How could he?? After a yummy dinner + the most heartfelt speeches, we made out way to first dances and THE TEARS FLOWED. K + Z’s best friends sang their first dance song (“Best Part” by Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.) and it was flawless!! The pipes on these people!!! I’d pay money to see it again.

At the end of the night, they said their goodbyes to friends + family and was sent off in a cloud of sparkles to their honeymoon. I couldn’t start editing this wedding quick enough. All the love, gorgeous people, and emotions of this day were so authentic. These two deserve all the happiness in the world because they give it from themselves so purely. I love you, Meyers! Thanks for letting me be a part of your lives.

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