Megan and Anthony’s Wedding

Saturday, April 20th, Megan said “I do” to Anthony at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas and became Mrs. Loeffel. We started photography at Megan’s parent’s home.
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Megan’s mom has this same pose in her wedding album with her two brothers kissing her.Dallas Wedding Photography-3Ryan and Allison (couple on the far right) are a past wedding couple of ours.  To have a past wedding family seek us out again, means a great deal to us and we greatly appreciated the honor.Dallas Wedding Photography-4

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Back at the church, Anthony is helping his guys get ready.Dallas Wedding Photography-9 Dallas Wedding Photography-10 Dallas Wedding Photography-12 Dallas Wedding Photography-13

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Here she comes, both father and daughter beaming.  Dallas Wedding Photography-15 Dallas Wedding Photography-16

Aren’t these angels there at the altar special, like a reminder that we are surrounded by grace as this couple pledges their lives to one another.Dallas Wedding Photography-17 Dallas Wedding Photography-18 Dallas Wedding Photography-19 Dallas Wedding Photography-20

Ready to party the night away at the terrific Gleneagles Country Club.Dallas Wedding Photography-22 Dallas Wedding Photography-23 Dallas Wedding Photography-25 Dallas Wedding Photography-26 Dallas Wedding Photography-27 Dallas Wedding Photography-28 Dallas Wedding Photography-29Dallas Wedding Photography-30 Dallas Wedding Photography-31 Dallas Wedding Photography-32 Dallas Wedding Photography-33 Dallas Wedding Photography-34 ConDallas Wedding Photography-35

Congratulations Megan and Anthony!  This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the photos we took so lots more to come your way!


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Kristie and Trey

Kristie and Trey were married Saturday, April 6th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with a terrific seated dinner at the lovely Park Cities Club afterward.  Here are a few of their special moments.

Family and heritage are very important to Kristie and Trey.  With this in mind, they incorporated several family aspects.  Kristie wore her mother’s gown which had been updated for her height and those amazing purple stacked pumps.
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As some of their family came from other parts of the world, Kristie and Trey surprised their guests with a piper playing as they departed the church.Gray-0418  Gray-0451  Gray-0465  Gray-0473  Gray-0509 Gray-0947
Kristie and Trey ended their night with a quick walk to the Park Cities Hilton for their first night married.  It was the perfect night for the short walk.Gray-0963  Gray-0973

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Michaela and Chas

Michaela and Chas were married two weeks ago at the Omni Park West Hotel on the edge of Dallas.  Here are a few quick slideshows for your sneak peek until the couple releases the photos for their friends and family to see.

The wedding…

After the wedding…

The beginning of the reception…

The dancing starts…

Then as the night ended…

It was a great wedding and we are excited about Michaela and Chas’ future together!

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Photography Locations Around Town

We are often asked about some favorite photography locations around the Metroplex.  So what better time to unearth some of our past photos to bring these locations back into mind.

Austin Ranch, Grapevine


Red Barn – Grapevine
      Fort Worth Stockyards

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Laura and Martin – Engagement Photography

It was a clear and slightly brisk afternoon when we met Laura and Martin for their engagement session.

We started at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano where apparently everyone on that side of town had decided would be a good place to spend the afternoon.  But we managed to find a few (pseudo) isolated locations for some intimate photos.

After a quick change we had some fun on the hillside and discovered a nicely secluded little alcove among the evergreens that provided a very nice setting for a few more “traditional” images.

Then we headed off to Legacy Town Center for a more urban setting and had a great time wandering the area and enjoying the variety of great locations we found.  Martin even discovered there was a street named for him.

The juxtaposition of the two settings seemed perfect for Laura and Martin.  Martin is an attorney (think suit and tie) and Laura is a geologist (think hard hat and boots).  Yin and Yang.  And perfect for each other.

Take a look at the images below and see if you don’t agree.

They’re real traffic stoppers, huh?  We can’t wait til their St Patrick’s Day wedding!



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Anni and Tyler – Dallas Wedding Photography

Anni and Tyler chose two of our favorite locations for their January wedding – Perkins Chapel and Arlington Hall.

In addition to all the wonderful people and activities that we were blessed to photograph, Anni and Tyler had quite a few special touches for their celebration.  Tyler wore a cufflink that is quite appropriate when your future father-in-law is a United States Congressman.  Anni carried an heirloom crucifix that had a long history of family weddings.  Their cake toppers were Bean and Echo.  There were wedding cake charms, Mexican wedding cookies, and lots of references to their days at Loyola and New Orleans.  But I think my favorites were all the family wedding photos on display.  Check out the Great Great Grandparents’ photo from 1891.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Drinkwine.

Thanks to the Dallas Wedding and Event professionals that helped to make this such a beautiful and fun wedding celebration:

The Stoneleigh Hotel
About Face Artistry
Salon three Thirty
Arlington Hall
The Wildflower
Glenn Roush
Memphis Soul
Frosted Art

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Raven’s Senior Photography at Home

It’s Raven’s turn!

We photographed Raven’s big brother Julian when he was about to graduate in early 2009 and that is when we first met Miss Raven.  She was a beauty then but now, she is quite stunning!

We started by photographing Raven casually around her home and backyard in a few favorite outfits.

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Comfortable by Carpe Vita Photography

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Stylin' by Carpe Vita Photography

Then we added in the family’s puppy who has as much personality as Miss Raven so it was a contest to have them show off their diva-ness.

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Dos Divas by Carpe Vita Photography

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Truly Texan by Carpe Vita Photography

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Fun Senior Moments by Carpe Vita Photography

We like to keep our Cap and Gown photography more relaxed and casual like today’s seniors really are.

Fun Cap and gown photography

Relaxed Cap and Gown by Carpe Vita Photography

True Personality Senior photography

All Personality by Carpe Vita Photography

Then we photographed Raven in a beautiful formal gown that we’ll be wearing for her school’s Jazz presentations for when schools from across the United States come scouting for their next undergrads.  Raven attends THE arts school in Dallas to be recognized and she hopes to study how music therapy can assist students K-12 with learning disabilities to better communicate.

Fun formal Senior photos on location

Stunning by Carpe Vita Photography

Senior portraits with piano

Artistic Impression by Carpe Vita Photography

And then we had to get a few photos of Raven with her mom.  Her dad was busy with honey-dos and pet patrol so he begged out of being photographed with his beautiful daughter on this occasion.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter by Carpe Vita Photography

Two lovely ladies who made an afternoon of photography very pleasant.  Congratulations Raven, we can’t wait to say, “We remember her when…”.





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Jesse’s Family Portraits – Celebrating a Special Birthday

A dad who will willing listen to his two adult daughters who tell him to pack for a weekend, including something kind of dressy,  be up and ready for us to pick you up in wee hours on a Saturday, is a great sport.

Jesse knew it was time to celebrate his 70th birthday but with his two daughters, he didn’t really know what to expect.  He lives not too far from Alicia and her family in the Killeen area, so they picked him up with the kids all packed for a road trip.  They head north to where sister Kimberley and her family live but veer away from Farmers Branch where they live and land in Grapevine.  And by 10am, we are photographing Jesse with his children and grandchildren.

Relaxed professional photography

A big squishy family hug by Carpe Vita Photography

The last time this family was formally photographed, we were still shooting with film and Katherine, the oldest grandchild was maybe 3 and the token male grandchild was about 6 months old.  Their great-grandparents and their grandmother who were in the previous session have all passed away and now there are two additional sisters and cousins.

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Jesse photographed with all his grandkids by Carpe Vita Photography

We love photographing families we know and love and seeing how they have grown.

Casual Kid Photography in Studio

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Photography kids enjoy by Carpe Vita Photography

And not all family photography has to be smiling for the camera.  This is just how this family is – a load of laughter.

Fun Family Photos in Studio

This is just who they are by Carpe Vita Photography

From here, Jesse’s family treated him to a special lunch with a surprise guest from his past and then a night at Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park here in Grapevine with all of the family.  We were honored to be part of Jesse’s celebration and their families memories for years to come.


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Kim Cooley Up Close and Personal

As this has become the Carpe Vita Photography website / blog and some things are more personal, Kim has decided to create a personal space for sharing for things in her life other than photography.  If you are interested, swing by www.Kim

And for the ladies at the Grapevine 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial this morning, please go to to see some of the photos.  As I do in my professional photography life, I took too many photos for the blog but these are the best highlights.

God bless America on this sad anniversary.

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Becki and Jason – Engagement Photography

Becki and Jason traveled down from Oklahoma to the Gaylord Texan Resort for some “cool” engagement photography.  It was 104 outside but Becki and Jason didn’t mind being close to one another during the session.  In fact, it looks like they enjoyed themselves quite a bit.  What do you think?

Their wedding will be at the Gaylord on August 10, 2012.  We’re really looking forward to it because that’s our anniversary.  We think it’s a great date to get married.  Don’t you think so too?

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