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Engagement Session in Gruene

Outdoor Engagment Portrait

Gruene Texas Portraits

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Gruene Hall Engagement Session

Gruene Texas is a great location for engagement sessions. It was the bride’s idea and I jumped on it.  We all live in Corpus so it was a good excuse for a road trip.  It was lovely weather and we had a really nice time walking around the historic Gruene Hall, The Gristmill, and down to the river. We had three outfit changes, which I always think is a great idea. It is a good idea because it gives you different looks and a different feel all from one engagement session. Gruene is charming and rustic and I am thrilled with the images we captured for Ashley and Adam. Can’t wait to see which photos they pick for their save the dates! 🙂

Wedding at Gallagher Ranch

Bride and Groom in front of a stone wallWedding BouquetBrideGroomsmen Walking down the stairsGroomsmenBride with BridesmaidsBride and Mom PortraitReception Table DecorFlowers on Table at CeremonyFlower Girls and Ring BearerFather walking Bride down the aisleWedding CeremonyFather giving away BrideBride and Groom holding handsFlower Girls at CeremonyWedding Ceremony GuestsBride and Groom with OfficiantBride and Groom RecessionalReception GuestsBlack and White Portrait of Bride and GroomBride and Groom Gallagher Ranch portraitWedding CakeBride and Groom cutting the cakeBride and Groom first DanceWedding Guest DancingReception DancingGuest Dancing at ReceptionBride and Groom in Archway of Gallagher RanchBride and Groom Sparkler ExitSparkler ExitGallagher Ranch Wedding

Bonnie and Eric’s wedding at Gallagher Ranch in Helotes was beautiful! It was a little hot to start out the afternoon but by the time the ceremony time arrived it was perfect. They got married under a pair of beautiful oak trees with lots of friends and family in attendance. Both the bride and groom grew up and live in Corpus Christi but they wanted to pick a unique wedding venue so they chose Gallagher Ranch in Helotes, north of San Antonio. The property is amazing and you could shoot there for days and not run out of cool backdrops and scenery. The reception was perfect. They had a beautiful setup, wonderful flowers, and a great band! The entire weekend was a blast and I’m so thankful they picked me as their wedding photographer! Cheers!

Band: Austin Party Band // Flowers: Uptown Flowers // Rentals: DPC Events // Coordinator: Sweet August // Venue: Gallagher Ranch


Texas State Aquarium Wedding

Bride and Groom photo in the Texas State AquariumGroomsmen walking through the aquariumFather walking Bride down the aisleBride with DadBride with Groom and ministerGuests at CeremonyAquarium CeremonyLandscape photo of the AquariumBride and Groom with minister at ceremonySand mixing during ceremonyCeremonyBride and Groom kiss at ceremonyBride with BridesmaidsBride and Groom Wedding PortraitBride and Groom PortraitWedding CakeReception Table flowers and decorationsReception Table DecorationsHarbor Bridge pictureLucky in Love table decorBrideGroom dance with momBride and Groom kissing by the cakeGroom removing the garterBride Icing the GroomGrooms brothers toasting the bride and groomBride and Groom listening to toasts

Groom on dance floor with guestsGroom dancingBride dancing with bridesmaidsGuests at Reception signing Aggie War HymnBride and Groom kiss on the dance floorBride and Groom using the Giffy GramBubbles for Bride and Groom exitBride and Groom exiting reception

Bride and Groom kiss at exitBride and Groom exit on golf cart

Hannah and Chad were so much fun at their engagement session,  it was no surprise that there wedding day was the same! We started at the Omni for a little getting ready (guys played corn hole in their hotel room), headed to the Texas State Aquarium and from there it was a whirlwind. They had their ceremony above the Caribbean Experience space and then guests moved down to the shark room for cocktails and then back up to the main room for food and dancing. The funniest part was probably when Hannah ICED Chad during the garter toss. It was a surprise for sure and everyone got a big kick out of it. This was the first wedding ceremony held in the new space at the aquarium. I included a panoramic photo from the ceremony in this blog post to give you an idea of the space and how things were setup. It was dramatic and soft at the same time, totally fitting this wedding’s look. I’d be thrilled to shoot this wedding again. The entire day was a blast!


Event Coordinator: Jo Anne Howell, Oh Goodie Designs / Flowers: Blossom Shop / Rental: Butler Rentals /

Venue: Texas State Aquarium / Decorations: Roost Decor / Cake: Simply Elegant Cakes / DJ: Dance til Dawn 

Photo booth: GiffyGram // What does ICED mean?




Port Aransas Beach Wedding

Bride and Groom Sunset Picture at Cinnamon ShoreBride walking down stairsBride hugging dadBride and ParentsBridal PortraitCeremony Chair DecorationGroom waiting for Bride at the ceremonyParents walking Bride down the aisleBride with Parents at CeremonyBride and Groom holding hands at ceremonyBride and Groom pouring sand during ceremonyGroom placing ring on BrideBeach CeremonyBride and Groom exiting CeremonyBride and groom with wedding partyBride and Groom on Boardwalk at Cinnamon ShoreBride and Groom Beach PortraitBride and Groom on Port Aransas BeachBride and Groom at Sunset on the BeachBride and Groom hugging on the beachTable Decor at LisabellaMr & Mrs Table DecorBride and Groom at Bridal TableBride and Groom Cutting cake

Venue: Lisabella’s at Cinnamon Shore / Coordinator: http://www.twodovesinthesand.com/

Veronique and Michael had a small wedding on the beach followed by dinner at Lisabella’s on the Cinnamon Shore property. It was my first time to work with the coordinator and she did a great job of  setting up the wedding site, keeping the day moving on a schedule, and keeping everyone calm and stress free. Because their wedding was small, and the timeline flexible, we were able to escape out to the beach right at sunset for portraits. It was beautiful and then the sky changed, as happens at sunset, and we were graced with a beautiful red and magenta sky. Having the time and flexibility to take advantage of the beautiful evening was probably my favorite part of the day!

Omni Barton Creek Wedding Austin

BrideBride with BridesmaidsBridal Portrait OutdoorsGroom with GroomsmenBride and Groom at the AltarBride and Groom HuggingBride and Groom RecessionalBride and Groom Portrat in the churchTable Decor at ReceptionWedding Party Portrait OutdoorsBride and Groom outdoor PortraitReception Table DecorBride and Groom first DanceReception dancingWedding CakeBride and Groom dancing with guestsBride and Groom Exit

Event Coordinator Jo Anne Howell, Oh Goodie Designs // Flowers, Blossom Shop // Decor, Luxe Event // Cake, Haley Cakes //          Band, Night Owls 

I wasn’t expecting to have an Austin Omni Barton Creek wedding in September, but it happened. Blair and Will were suppose to get married at Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas in late September. A month before their wedding Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal bend and took out Port Aransas. Having 200 guests come in from all over the country was not an option anymore. Without missing a beat the couple assessed their options and decided to move their wedding to Austin, where they live. Their ceremony took place at the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd and their reception was in the Glass Pavillion at Omni Barton Creek. This was actually the last event (to my knowledge) to take place in the Glass Pavillion, as they are tearing it down and rebuilding. Demolition was postponed because of the hurricane so Omni was gracious enough to let Blair and Will use it for their wedding reception. The weather was perfect and the ambiance in the Glass Pavillion was beautiful. Blue and white and green and lots of candle light. Everyone had a great time with the band too, The Night Owls, who put on a great show and keep the dance floor packed the entire night. For me, it was fun to be shooting at two of the venues I used to shoot in regularly when I lived in Austin and was just starting my career as a wedding photographer. Thank you to all of the vendors, especially the coordinator, and the bride and groom, for being flexible and fun when life throws you a curve ball!