Aniya and Jonathan’s wedding

Aniya and Jonathan are a sweet young couple. I first met them during our engagement photography session in Downtown McKinney last month. Not much was said because they were introverts, and so was I. I quickly realized that I was going to be the most talkative one in the group. It is rare when that happens, but when it does, I do rise up to the occasion.

In the end, our engagement session went great. They relaxed more and more in front of the camera the longer I was with them. My awkward jokes probably helped relax them a little as well. I tend to fill awkward silences with humor.

The wedding was at St Michael’s The Archangel in McKinney. When I arrived that morning to take the bride’s getting ready photos the heat was turned on in the bride’s dressing room at the church and no one knew how to turn it off. We had to bring in a fan to cool off the bride as she was trying to get ready for her big day.

No sweat! That got resolved pretty quickly. And, we even started the wedding on time.

The ceremony went smoothly and beautifully. Talitha and I coordinated who would shoot from where and who was responsible for what kind of shots. Teamwork! I made Talitha run up to the balcony at the back of the church while I stayed up front and squatted for most of the ceremony (my legs were really sore afterwards. But, it is a great workout. I really needed it.)

After the church ceremony we headed to the reception hall which was at the historic Surrey House near Downtown McKinney. On our way there, we made sure to eat a healthy salad from Subway to nourish ourselves for that afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised to find a candy/chocolate table and a chocolate fountain at the reception. We may have had a few nibbles of chocolate as we walked past the table.

Everyone was so friendly that we felt like we were part of the family, rather than just photographers. We got to know people’s stories, met family members, played with the kids, ate candy with the kids, danced a little (I just nodded my head and tapped my toes), and we even snuck in on the action of decorating the bride and groom’s ‘getaway car’. We even knew some of the guests. Small world!

What a great wedding day for Aniya and Jonathan. The best part was being able to capture the sweet memories that took place the day Aniya and Jonathan became husband and wife. We captured the emotions, the glances, the kisses, the tears, and all the details from that day. That’s what we are here for.

This is why we do what we do. Talitha and I put our heart and souls into the photographs we take, into building relationships with our clients, and into the capturing of memories as they are being made. We love telling your love story and life story with our photographs.

Belle Sanderson & Talitha Eicher (Wonderfully Made Memories)

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

Hey there,

I am a family photographer, a middle school/high school teacher, a mom of boys, a musician's wife, and a Christian. I moved to McKinney in 2010 from Toronto, Canada in order to marry my husband, Chris. We met at a songwriter's conference in Estes Park, Colorado many years ago. We were both drawn there by our love for Christian music, especially Michael W. Smith. Long story short, we fell in love and got married.

In 2011, we had our first son together, Jasper. When he was born, so was my love for photography. I just didn't want to miss a thing. I wanted to capture everything so that I could savor it and remember it all. Too quickly our kids grow up and we forget what their little voices sounded like as babies, or how cute they pronounced certain words, or what their giggle sounded like when they were little. I wanted to remember his sweet little hands and feet, his baby blue eyes, his dirty blonde hair, his timid smile.

In 2013, my second son, Nashton, was born. As my boys grew so did my desire to photograph people and to work on my craft. I have been inspired to become a people photographer because of my beautiful boys and because of the beauty and the joy they bring to my life. People mean everything to me, and my hope is that I am able to capture the love you have for your children and for your family.

Here I am today, as a family photographer who simply loves to visually document your family's life and moments, your children's birth, birthdays and graduations, your family reunions and weddings, Christmas and Mother's Day, Father's Day and every day in between. In addition to family photography, I do music and ministry photography due to my love for music and for the church. Whatever your photographic needs are, I would be honored to capture them for you.


Belle Sanderson