Bride to be and groom to be smile as the groom to be opens a bottle of champagne that explodes as they stand on the dock on the lake of The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.
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South Congress & Laguna Gloria Engagement Shoot in Austin, Texas | Samantha + Chris

It wasn’t hard to tell that this engagement shoot was going to be amazing right from the start. I mean, when your client shows up wearing a hat from your favorite hat designer, Goorin Bros, you know it’s going to be a good day! 

I really did enjoy working with these two right from the start and for more reasons than just Chris’s taste in headwear. These two were a super sweet and genuine couple which made capturing their affection for each other an easy task. I felt like I was getting a special opportunity to glimpse into the authentic love between them and almost every moment seemed to be perfect to photograph. 

Samantha and Chris wanted to start their adventure off at South Congress Hotel which provided an opportunity for some fun and genuine moments. I loved capturing them at the bar enjoying a drink together. To me, this was a depiction of everyday love, something that can be easily overlooked, but I believe doesn’t get enough attention! And who can shoot at the South Congress Hotel without getting some eye catching shots outside in front of the iconic, tiled signage of the Central Standard Bar and Grill!? 

From there we headed over to Laguna Gloria to get some undeniably epic and inspiring golden hour shots. I’d say capturing the absolute joy and excitement on Samantha and Chris’s faces as they popped open a bottle of champaign was one of the greatest highlights for me!

I’m so happy and excited for these two and I can’t wait to be a part of their wedding this fall!

Related: Laguna Gloria Engagement Session in Austin, Texas | Kristen + Mark

Before you jump into the photos, check out what this couple had to say about working with me:

“Nikk’s work has such a unique, moody, romantic style which is what drew us to him when we started searching for photographers over a year ago. Not only is his style unique, he captures those raw, unfiltered moments that really encapsulate a wedding day vs. focusing on more staged, forced moments. We used Nikk for engagement photos and our wedding which we’d highly recommend – by the time we got to our wedding day, Nikk felt like a close friend and seamlessly integrated himself into our day. During our first meeting, we really appreciated that Nikk had opinions about some of the things we were still debating (i.e., first look or no first look) and could share his perspective as an expert in the industry. He helped us land on decisions we felt good about and made the most sense for us. When we decided later in the wedding planning process that we wanted a videographer, Nikk took it upon himself to research videographers in his network and even reached out to one we liked for his availability. The two of them collaborated so well on our wedding day that you would have no idea it was their first time meeting. Nikk also works so fast! He turned around our engagement and wedding photos so quickly compared to other friends who’ve worked with wedding photographers. We are so grateful that Nikk was able to document the best day of our lives and would highly recommend him to anyone!”

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