Austin Capitol Elopement on New Year’s Eve

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Seven people, and myself, set up in a small alcove of the Texas Capitol Building to witness Caitlin and Tanner’s tiny, impromptu wedding. It was bitterly cold for Texas that New Year’s Eve — near freezing — so the couple scrapped their plans to exchange vows on the Capitol lawn and instead chose a spot on the third floor. The Capitol is not an official wedding space so there were no additional decorations (not that they needed any; the ornate building is full of character). And though people peeked at us curiously and took photos with their phones, for the most part Caitlin and Tanner were wed in quiet peace.

This short and sweet pop-up wedding was a dream. I hope you like the few snippets I’m about to share…

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Other credits: Perry’s Steakhouse (reception); Chez Zee (cake); Central Market (flowers)

Austin Wedding Photographer | My 2014

When I went into 2014 — rang in beautifully at midnight at a 2013 New Year’s Eve wedding — I wasn’t sure what to expect from the year. I traveled to Cabo, Marfa, and Montana for the first time; re-visited San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tulsa, and Japan; joined two book clubs; attended four different weddings for friends (as a guest) and shot 20 more; became addicted to lipstick; loved my husband and kitties harder than ever, and changed my hair color three times (lavender, pink, blue).

In past years, I separated my “best of” portraits from my “best of” weddings, but this year I just wanted to lump them all together. This is my 2014 — weddings, engagement sessions, a few peeks of boudoir, and personal travel, all sprinkled together into non-chronological, organized chaos.

Onward and upward. 2015, you have a lot to measure up to.

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Morgan & Patrick | Wedding at The Mansion | Austin

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White twinkle lights and Christmas decorations. Morgan and Patrick were married just a few days before Christmas; their church and their reception venue, The Mansion, were glittering with ornaments and rustling with real fir.

Theirs was a cross-cultural wedding, with sprinkles of Indian customs interspersed throughout. But what was most striking about Morgan and Patrick’s winter wedding was the warmth of their families and the liveliness of their friends. The Mansion was a beautiful backdrop and there was nary a dry eye in the house during the traditional dances.

I am so, so excited to share my last big wedding of 2014 here on the blog with you. Stay tuned for my 2014 best-of wrap-up which will be happening very soon! On to the photos…

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More credits: St. Louis Catholic Church; Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs (The Mansion); Your Wedding, Your Way (coordination); Casa Chapala (catering); Sweet Treets BakeryLive Oak DJ; Dolores Rumpf of Calla Lily (florals); Mane Tamers (hair); Maris Malone Calderone (makeup); Jasmine Couture from Melange Bridal (dress); Indochino (suit)