Bride and groom clasp hands facing each other in a forest at Dove Hollow Estate in Longview, Texas. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.
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Dove Hollow Estate Wedding in Longview, Texas | Kristen + Mark

Kristen & Mark are the type of couple that make me LOVE what I do! I knew we would hit it off as soon as I met them at the consultation session. They’re the perfect combination of fun and laid-back. You probably remember their romantic lakeside engagement session at Laguna Gloria followed by the dock at Abel’s on the Lake. That shoot was so much fun, it was very promising for their big day.

It turned out to be true, the engagement session basically made them pros on their wedding day! Kristen mentioned that she doesn’t consider herself to be photogenic, and Mark also wasn’t crazy about the idea of having their photos taken…but I don’t think a single soul on this planet will be able to tell from their gallery! They absolutely nailed it! 

This beautiful wedding took place at Dove Hollow Estate. The whole day reflected the nature of this wonderful couple; it was so relaxed and everybody, including the bride and groom, knew how to go with the flow. That’s quite an accomplishment, since weddings can be experienced as quite stressful sometimes! One great example of this was when one of the guests photo bombed the ceremony shot, and Mark requested that this would be included in the final gallery so he could have a good laugh. Isn’t that so cool? Even the seating of the ceremony was shaped in a semi-circle around the couple, instead of the traditional seating arrangement. This again showed how much Kristen & Mark valued to have everyone be a part of their celebration.

And they sure did have a celebration with a capital “C”! Their wedding reception featured a gorgeous black and gold cake, chic farmhouse tables filled with food and laughter and a lively dance floor. The leather jacket that Kristen threw over her dress at the end of the night gave them such an awesome new look that I couldn’t help but shoot a few more photos of the happy couple.

Everybody attending their wedding could tell that this couple was entering an easy-going and fun-filled marriage! 

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Before you jump into the photos, here’s what this happy couple had to say about working with me:

“As a graphic designer I scoured the internet for weeks & interviewed multiple photographers looking for the right eye and personality fit. Nikk was exactly what we were looking for! I consider myself super awkward & not photogenic which doesn’t come across at all in the photos he took. He even got my fiance to enjoy the process (“he was worth every penny,” my husbands words)!!!! My friends & family felt so comfortable around him and his creativity continues to surprise me as I scroll through our gallery over & over again. I definitely recommend him to anyone wanting truly talented wedding photography.”

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