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Julie Wilmes is 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.

For those who don't always follow tradition and want to forge their own path. For those who are honest, raw, vibrant and fearless.

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


I'm julie Marie - a tattooed, book loving, Texan!

well hello there!

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.

While there are photographers who love the glitz and glam of a wedding day, I live for simplicity, for telling your love story with authenticity and capturing 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 specialize in elopements and intimate weddings in Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as in New York City. I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Dustin. You can also find us planning my next trip, where I'll be reading Harry Potter (as if I've never read it before) and playing with our three dogs - all in all, we have a beautiful life and I want to share 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

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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