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Stonehouse Villa Wedding

Bride and Groom Under Tree

Stonehouse Villa Wedding

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Ring Shot

This was my first Stonehouse Villa Wedding and I really enjoyed shooting at this venue! Stonehouse Villa is located in Driftwood, just south of Austin. Cody and Cailey had their wedding ceremony underneath some gorgeous oak trees and the weather was wonderful. The reception was held just a few steps away from the ceremony site and it was a blast. The guests danced and laughed the whole night and I loved it! The couple hired Lumen Events and they did a fabulous job of DJing, lighting and MCing the party. The beautiful cake was made by Sugar Shack Bakery out of Wimberly.

Refugio Engagement Session

Refugio Engagment Session

Refugio Engagement Session

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This Refugio engagement session was really fun for me because it was taken at a ranch that is near and dear to my heart. We started in Corpus Christi at the Botanical Gardens but then we drove up to the ranch near Refugio and spent time walking around in the fields and woods. We eventually found ourselves underneath a big oak tree and the sunset made for a beautiful dusk sky. It was a really nice day and I enjoyed getting to spend time with Megan and Justin and getting to know them as a couple. I’m so excited to be shooting their wedding today at Boulder Springs in New Braunfels. Just a few more hours before everything is in full swing. (PS – I have some awesome bridals to share on the blog too but we can’t see those until after the wedding!)

Chelsea Aldrich - May 16, 2015 - 7:51 pm


Corpus Museum Wedding & American Bank Reception

Bride looking at groom

Bride and Groom at Corpus Christi Water Gardens

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Angela and Evan had an intimate wedding at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. This was my first Corpus Museum of Science and History wedding and it was really fun to be in such a cool museum for a special event. The bride got ready with her bridesmaids in a hidden room with a gorgeous chandelier and then walked just a few steps to get to the Dome Room. There are beautiful paintings hung on the walls and they made a nice backdrop for the couples’ first look. The ceremony also took place in the Dome Room in front of about 75 guests, all of whom had traveled to Corpus Christi for the occasion. After the wedding the guests moved to the American Bank Center for the reception. The room overlooked the bay and was beautifully decorated by Razzle Dazzle. The entertainment was a great band called Gun Powder Soup out of San Antonio. They did a wonderful job playing songs everyone knew and keeping everyone on the dance floor! (Some guests actually played the cow bell and the tambourine!) At the end of the night I noticed the bride and groom standing on the balcony and was able to capture a great photo of them in front of the Harbor Bridge before the party ended.

I was initially contacted by the groom’s sister Jaclyn. She is a photographer based out of Vermont and she handled most of the pre-wedding communication. It was nice to talk to someone who is also so familiar with how weddings flow. On the day of the wedding she offered to do a little 2nd shooting for me. She took photos of the groomsmen before the ceremony, shot the wedding from her seat in the front row and was able to do some really creative things with the first dance! When you have a small wedding it is possible for me to do it without a second shooter but this occasion reminded me how nice it is to have another set of eyes (or lenses) helping out!

Museum of Science and History – Wedding Venue

American Bank Center – Reception

Gun Powder Soup – Band

Yolanda’s – Cake

Razzle Dazzle – Decorations

Pamela Brown – Harpist

Jaclyn Schmitz – Sister of the groom/voluntary 2nd shooter!

Ranch Engagement Session

Ranch Engagement Session

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I’ve been waiting for an engagement shoot with guns forever! I was excited when Meg wanted to shoot at her family ranch near Big Foot. When she told me she had some ideas that included guns for her ranch engagement session I was psyched. This past year I’ve had the chance to shoot more in South Texas and these ranch weddings and engagement shoots are the best. I love shooting at property that has meaning to the clients. Private property allows a little more leeway for incorporating your interests and style into the shoot. We had a really beautiful evening to shoot these engagement photos and I’m so happy to share them! I’m looking forward to their wedding coming up in September.

Chelsea Aldrich - January 24, 2015 - 5:08 am


Private – Ranch – Wedding – South Texas

Bride and Groom Walking

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Wedding Rings

South Texas Ranch Wedding

This South Texas ranch wedding was absolutely fabulous in so many ways! The wedding and reception were held at the family ranch in Benavides and all of the details put into this wedding turned an already unique location into a truly unforgettable wedding celebration! The wedding had a Mexican theme and the hashtag for the night was #vivamiller which fit the tone and tempo of the entire wedding weekend. The festivities were all centered around the main house. On one side was a dance floor (with a disco ball) and beside that was a stage, where Max Stalling played during the reception. On the other side of the house was a ceremony site underneath mesquite trees. This area was flipped during the cocktail hour to become the dining area. It was beautifully lit at night by delicate white lights. The dancing, cake, toasts and merriment took place on the side of the house which overlooked the impressive huge pool. There was a gobo (stenciled light) on the pool which really tied the entire area together for the reception. We had a hard time leaving – 3 false exits, because we [the photographers] kept finding fun things to shoot. The party surely went on all night despite the fact that we had to leave. Driving away we could hear the music, see folks dancing and were in awe of how amazing the party looked from a distance underneath the bright stars. The uplighting, several different colors, looked great up close but even better from a distance. We stopped in a field on the drive out and took some cool shots of the party from a distance. We couldn’t resist! And on a side note, as requested, we didn’t use flash at this wedding. It makes this collection feel like even more of an accomplishment with that added challenge.

The bride and groom and their wedding and reception were an absolute blast. This is going to be a hard wedding to beat!

Awesome Vendors! Wedding Planner – JoAnne Howell Oh Goodie Designs + Events -Design and Coordination || Lighting – Dance Til Dawn Lighting and Entertainment || Music – Max Stalling || Rentals – Butler Signature Events || Flowers – The Blossom Shop Floral || Food – Cotten’s BBQ catering || Amazing Cakes – Simply Elegant Cakes