Austin Wedding Photographer | 2016 in Review

It’s a little difficult to be introspective about 2016 when it was such a rollercoaster of a year; my positive and calm personal life was a welcome contrast to the tumultuousness of national and world events. After a long and packed 2015, 2016 was slower, and while that was somewhat worrisome (no one likes to think that their business is losing momentum) it was a welcome relief after all of the traveling I did the year before. I enjoy traveling — in 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit Iceland, San Francisco, NYC, and Portland — but it’s nice to get to know one’s home a little more.

Speaking of home, Walt and I bought a house early in the year; we filled it with our two cats and then added a third as a wedding anniversary gift to each other. I also saw the Northern Lights for the first time, finished the rough draft of my (novel? manuscript?) work-in-progress, and fell in love with Hamilton (like everyone else).

It was a beautiful year, made more beautiful by your love. I appreciated being a part of every couple’s wedding day, and offered donation-based elopement coverage for people marginalized by the election. As 2017 goes forward, I will maintain my willingness to photograph all couples’ weddings.

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Bianca & John | Mount Bonnell Elopement

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Bianca and John’s new marriage saw the last sun-soaked seventy-degree December day before a cold front came in that evening. We were lucky! The two got ready together at Archer Hotel with their respective siblings and ten-year-old Boston terrier, Bella. After reading letters to one another, we set off for the beautiful Mount Bonnell for their wedding ceremony.

Contrary to what these photos suggest, the famous spot was crawling with tourists who wanted to watch the sun go down over the Colorado River. They all gave a respectful berth while the two exchanged vows (with ring bearer and flower “girl” Bella!) on a cliffside edge. It was lovely being a part of their tiny celebration.

The couple donated to Planned Parenthood.

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Ayrinn & Les | Downtown Austin Elopement

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As Les and I waited for his bride to arrive at the State Capitol Building, he described how he knew she was the one: “We’d been dating a while when we got into a car accident. We weren’t hurt, thankfully, but the car was pretty messed up. I was trying to get her out of her seatbelt and realized she was doing the same for me. That’s when I was like, wow, we love each other so much. I need to be with her forever.”

It was a frigid day in Austin, but that didn’t stop Ayrinn from slipping off her fuzzy sweater to get married in a strappy sequined white dress. The two took frequent breaks to wipe tears and hug each other during their vows. It’s hard to feel the cold when you see such heartwarming love in front of you.

Ayrinn and Les were the first of my couples who opted to move up their wedding and donate to a good cause. The couple donated to the ACLU.

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Officiant: Judge Jan Breland