Juanita & Julie | Spicewood, TX Elopement

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Tucked away in a little corner of Spicewood, Texas, is a small retreat called Living Waters on Lake Travis. Several houses, a few bungalows, a rock garden, lake, and wilderness are all on the property, and this is where Julie and Juanita decided to get married. It was a tiny gathering — themselves, plus three friends and a hired officiant — but perfect: quiet and joyful.

These two ladies were my final couple to take me up on my donation-based elopement offer, splitting their donation between The Trevor Project and Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Venue: Living Waters on Lake Travis // Officiant: Katrina at Spoken Heart Ceremonies

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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