Michelle & Stephen | Pecan Springs Ranch Wedding

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Let’s roll back to March, when the lawns were still green and there was still a slight nip in the air at night. Michelle and Stephen, two Californians who grew up within 100 miles of one another but didn’t really know each other until they both lived in Austin, went bar-hopping the first time they met. I love how they both embraced their new Texan-ness! Michelle’s wedding shoes were wedding boots, and in lieu of a traditional cocktail hour they hosted a corn hole tournament on Pecan Springs Ranch’s massive lawn. Their wedding was peppered with nods to their passions: Stephen, a graphic designer, picked the perfect cornflower blue for all of their paper goods, and Michelle, a geologist, made centerpieces with different rocks. They included their two beautiful dogs in the ceremony (squeeee) and were treated to a perfect Texas sunset.

Be sure to scroll down to view the vendors who helped make this day possible!

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Credits: Pecan Springs Ranch; JR Sanez from Austin’s Elite (coordination); Terry Black’s BBQ; Beauty by Shannon Nicole; Villa Real Jewelers; Diamond Austin (DJ); HEB Blooms; Capital City Bakery; Walberg Custom Designs (cornhole boards); Revolution Spirits

Julia & Alex | Sculpture Garden Engagement Session

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It blew my mind when I thought about it, but I’ve known Julia for probably 2/3s of my life. She is an amazing soprano — even in middle school I was in awe of her voice, which was light-years ahead of every other singer I’d ever known, or known since — and we met up a few months ago in Houston after a long period apart. “You look the same!” she said. “You look the same!” I said. So yeah, put us next to each other and we probably look the same as we did when we were twelve. (haha)

Julia and Alex have been together forever (maybe not as long as she and I have known each other, but pretty close) and are engaged. On another recent trip back to Houston, we met up again for engagement photos — and to see the new Bean at the new Glassell building by the MFAH. I was so excited about all of it. And so excited to meet Julia and Alex’s rescue pup, Dolly. Pups in photos always make me happy!

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Kamren & Mike | Botanical Garden & Juliet Wedding

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As the wedding day crept closer, the rain that had been teasing Austin all week finally focused its energy to drop a torrential downpour right when Kamren and Mike were planning to say their vows amidst the roses at Zilker Botanical Gardens. They switched to a covered pavilion at first; then, realizing it would be worse than expected, chose the only enclosed building, the Garden Center. By the time I arrived, rivulets of water sluiced down my windshield; the normally bustling park only had the cars for the wedding party in its lot.

But no matter. This was perfect: we had the entire gardens to ourselves. After a quick, beautiful ceremony (officiated by Spike), the rain quieted down a little bit. The couple’s family moved ahead to Juliet Ristorante and Kamren sacrificed the hem of her coral wedding dress for photos. All of Austin was quiet; the pedestrian bridge, which is normally full of joggers and dog-walkers, was ours for the taking. And Juliet — a space I’d been wanting to take photos inside for ages (look at that décor!) — was open to our discretion.

These two came all the way from LA to get married; their families are from New York, they’d always wanted to visit Austin, so they chose Austin as a destination spot. Luckily, the rest of the weather was beautiful for their trip, and I think we made a once-in-a-lifetime set of photos for their wedding pictures.

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