“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

- Lao Tzu

Braxton + Mackenzie

In my hometown of Breckenridge, TX - I came through to shoot the "wedding" and ceremony of Braxton and Mackenzie.

Now, why did I put the word wedding in quotations? Well, Braxton & Mackenzie, technically, were already married when we had this celebration.

The happy couple flew to Las Vegas back on August 6th and got married in sin city. So, when they got home, they wanted to celebrate and the happy couple wanted to share their love and celebrate their marriage with close friends and family. And let me tell you, this crowd did not disappoint.

I guess I should let you guys know that I have known the groom, Braxton, ever since he was at least in Junior High / a freshman. And to see him now, not only become a husband but a father to their son, Landry, who is by far one of the most respectful kids I've ever met, brings the biggest smile to my face.

So, seeing Braxton go from a crazy, high school kid that I used to spend a lot of weekends and time with to becoming what he is today makes my heart extremely happy.

The ceremony and reception went off successfully. They had an entire room FULL of friends and family just there for them - and boy did this crowd not disappoint me. As I said, I'm from this town, so, I knew the majority of the people there so it was great to see some people that I haven't seen in years.

These people came to have a good time. Drinks were flowing, the cake was cut, food was served and people were dancing to the beats of the cupid shuffle, the wobble, and mixtures of Hispanic music and dance music.

As we were outside doing photos (just the couple and myself), I noticed behind them was smoke. And as a photographer, I thought to myself "Hey, this smoke is going to look so good in the photos" but then, I realized - wait... why is there smoke?!

Let's just say that out of all the places for Braxton to throw a cigarette, it landed in a spot it didn't need to. Needless to say, nothing bad happened other than just smoke - so thank God for that, haha. And honestly, that is just typical Braxton to me - just a silly, crazy guy that only the most random things ever happen to.

And after a few words were said, laughs were had and dancing continued, the happy couple danced the night away with all the people they love most. And me of course, haha.

I am so happy, thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to shoot this special event and see that a great friend of mine growing up has hit the big times and found and married an amazing girl and is becoming the man, husband, and father I also knew he would be and was capable of.

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Diaz !!!

Thanks for reading!

---- Hunter