If that's you, let's be spontaneous together.

capturing emotional moments for those who are honest, raw and fearless.

Hello! My name is Julie Wilmes - I'm an elopement, intimate wedding and portrait photographer for those who live their lives to the fullest, love emotion, and believe in the deep power of marriage. 

I am a fierce believer in the power of a good story; in telling the tales of those who are unabashedly chasing the dream of a fulfilled life. I'm a left brained dreamer who believes in holding the hand of the one you love, in painting stars in the sky together, and in setting the world on fire.

I want to tell your love story with authenticity and capture all of the mishaps along with the great moments, always as a documentarian; true to who you are as a couple, and to the family you are creating with one another. You can trust that I will capture you as you are, right in the moment that we are celebrating. 

I am based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and New York City. I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Dustin, and we have a daughter named Eisley. You can usually find me planning our next trip, reading Harry Potter or playing with our three dogs - all in all, we have an amazing life together and I want to share that with you!

see what I live for

Every photographer talks about how much they love their spouse, and how they "married their best friend". And I'm no different. Dustin (or as I call him, Kyle) is my best friend - the man who brings me back down to Earth when I float away, who makes me laugh so hard that I snort and the man who knows exactly how to remind me of all of the good in this world.

He's my really hot roommate, and I cannot wait for you to meet him. 

my marriage

I live for

There's not enough room in my heart to explain how much I love my daughter. She's pretty new around here but there's no way I could imagine not having her in our lives. 

She's the perfect mix of her father and me, and I cannot wait to watch her grow up - I hope that she's kind, funny, full of grace and every bit the warrior this world can handle.
I pray that I can be the mother she deserves.

Eisley anne

I live for

Look, my favorite Disney film is Tangled - can you guess why? Yes, it's the lantern scene! I literally cry every time I see it on screen and I can promise you, seeing it in real life is just as magical.

Lantern festivals are one of those tiny moments where everyone in the area is just as excited for a tiny glimpse of magic. I cannot describe the elation it stirs in me.

Lantern festivals

I live for

We have three amazing pups that we can family; Jethro, Loki and Nova. They're the cutest in all of North Teaxs, if I do say so myself.

They say having dogs is a preparation step to having kids, and if our future kids gang up on us the way these three I do, we very well may be in for one hell of a ride.

Our favorite pups

I live for

Another moment of magic that I spent my whole life dreaming that I would one day be able to see. The chance to see the lights dancing in the sky, in almost a lyrical sense made me feel as if I could be in the stars too.

I saw them in Iceland in late 2015, and by god, it was more mesmerizing than I dreamed it could be.

the northern lights

I live for

I've spoken of magic, and how much I love the feeling of it. I firmly believe stories and books are one of life's little magic tricks. The imagination of J.K. Rowling is something that I will always be grateful to spend time in.

That little boy in the closet, who was a hero in every sense of the word - he's who I look up to, who I aspire to remember in times of heartache and this world inspires me to look for just a little more magic whenever I can. 

the wizarding world

I live for

" For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."

- Vincent Van Gogh -


I'm so honored you're considering working with me, please send a message and I'll be in contact as soon as possible.

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