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The world was so quiet that I could hear the muffled sound of a car driving minutes before it arrived. Cold wind blew on us as dirt brushed against our faces. Being out in the desert was a completely new experience for me; this was the first time I was ever so isolated from clumps of civilization. (And at night, with your naked eye, you could see thousands of stars. Like staring up at a whirlpool of salt.)

At one point on our return journey, I accidentally missed our intended exit and we modified our route by passing through Marathon, TX on our way to Fort Stockton. Hours between towns, cruising along with a road straight ahead of us, a road straight behind us, and mountains all alongside, there wasn’t another soul visible for miles.

Marfa was an experience. From our stay at the Hotel Paisano, to the long trek out to Prada Marfa, to the long drive stocked with beef jerky, Marina & the Diamonds, and a pillow in the backseat, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to compare it to anything else.

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Photos were taken with a combination of my Nikon D700, Canon EOS M, and iPhone. Photos of me jumping at Prada Marfa / sitting in the Chinati block by Kurt Bradley; Instax shot and photos of me “modeling” at Chinati Foundation by Caitlin McWeeney.

Mary & Patrick | Marfa Wedding at Hotel Paisano

Astrophotography Wedding Photography

Driving along the expanse of desert road, Patrick — with his eyes focused on the distance, wearing his cheerful wedding suit and a gingham shirt — said to me, “We got engaged here in Marfa. We absolutely love it here. It’ll always be a significant place in our lives.”

Marfa was beautiful. Quiet, peaceful; sunny and cold at the same time. Mary and Patrick invited their closest friends and family (and their pup, Mr. Brooks) to share in their wedding day at the historic Paisano Hotel, and we spent the first part of their day at Prada Marfa, the spot where Patrick proposed. Being in this tiny Texas city was a new experience for me, and I loved how it felt: it was like we were the only ones in the town at all, and the entirety of the town was reveling in this amazing wedding.

And at the end of the night, after we wrapped up shooting, we were invited to the couple’s suite with everyone else for the after-party, and I was able to try on Mary’s glittery blue Louboutin heels. I have something new to aspire to! These are just a few of my favorite shots from Mary and Patrick’s fantastic fête out in the desert…

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More credits: DJ – Michael Camacho of KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa Public Radio; florist – Claudia Goldman; bridal hat – Milli Star; gown by Watters; cake made by the bride’s mother

The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright

Marfa constellation photo

Deep in the heart of Texas (Marfa, TX)

taken with a Nikon D3S* and a 24mm f/2.8 lens – ISO 3200, f/2.8, 30 sec