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Umlauf Sculpture Garden Wedding Inspiration

I often hear people talk about how much weddings have changed even over the last 50 years, with much more elaborate decor and food and parties, but I love that today's weddings bring a greater appreciation for fading arts that were once commonplace.  The slow process of building a hand tied bouquet or meticulously crafting delicate desserts gets lost in the name of utility and instant gratification.  While y'all know that I adore the moments that happen in real weddings, the pure artistry displayed this Brides of Austin inspiration shoots made me happy too!  

Design & Planning: Big Time Creatives

Venue: Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Florals: Whim Hospitality

Macaron Cake: Simon Lee Bakery

Rentals: Premiere Events

Hair & Makeup: My Style Team

Dress: Serendipity Bridal

Brodie Homestead Wedding: Dilia & Matthew

Each time I shoot a wedding, I feel like a detective, searching for clues that will help me tell a couple's story.  Those little hints show up in the surprises that the bride plans for her dad, the songs that a grandmother sings during the ceremony, the Juan in a Million tacos served for dinner, and of course, the words spoken during toasts.  Wedding toasts are often cast as cliches or a chance to tell embarrassing stories, but in my experience, they give a rare opportunity for people to publicly express their love for their family & friends.  During Dilia & Matthew's reception, their siblings spoke of Dilia's kindness and generosity and Matthew's ability to squeeze every bit of life out of each moment.  I have no doubt that those words resonated with all of the guests who have known the bride and groom for years, but it didn't take much detective work for me to notice the same things on their wedding day.  

Reception Venue: Brodie Homestead

Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Catholic Church

Caterer: Juan in a Million

Florist: Little Yellow Flower

Music: Matchmaker Band (who will make any party amazing!)

Wildflower Center Winter Wedding: Owen & Kemper

"Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin

Most people give speeches with words to communicate their love, joy, and pride on a wedding day, but Michael shared photographs of his daughter.  Audible gasps echoed around the room as each new photograph came up on the screen.  When the people you photograph are the people you have loved, the force of that love in indelibly imbedded in those photographs.  It helps that Michael is a talented and renowned photographer, but in that moment, he was just a proud dad showing his love in the best way he knew how.  Having known Owen since our brothers started playing soccer together more than a decade ago, I find it only fitting that these two adventurous and well loved people got married outside on a misty day with stretches of wild land behind them and almost 20 dear friends beside them, not to mention the hundreds of family and friends there in support. 

Brodie Homestead Wedding: Ashley & Ryan!

Having just finished their first dance as husband and wife, complete with the romantic dip at the end, Ashley requested the microphone and looked out at all the people gathered around her and Ryan.  She then explained that since her father had passed away years ago, in place of a father-daughter dance, she wanted to dedicate a dance to her mom.  Ashley spoke of the strength and dedication her mom had shown while raising her three daughters and then of the song, Rise, by Andra Day, that she'd heard at ACL just a few weeks before.  As they danced and the music swelled, I don't think that anyone even tried to hold back tears, myself included.  I looked over at Ryan, as he stood arm in arm with his family and couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of love.  It's so much bigger than a wedding, yet so few times in life allow us the space to pay tribute to that love in the way it deserves, and for that, I'll always thankful for weddings. 

 

Palm Door Wedding: Emily & Zak are married!

Being a proud nerd, I'm not ashamed to declare my love for science fiction & fantasy novels, so I couldn't have been happier when the best man's speech at Emily & Zak's wedding involved parallel universes.  He pointed out that every decision we make means another decision we forego, one of the biggest being marriage.  Emily & Zak decided to bind their lives together at the Chapel Dulcinea on a day that should have rained, but didn't, and then partied the night away with friends and family at the Palm Door amid twinkling lights.  That decision to become husband and wife sets them down a path together for the rest of their lives and eliminates a million other paths.  But as Kellan pointed out, the fear of not know what you're missing pales in comparison to the joy of choosing a path with the one you love. Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0001Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0002Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0003Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0004Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0005Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0006Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0007Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0008Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0009Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0010Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0011Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0012Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0013Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0014Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0015Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0016Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0017Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0018Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0022Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0020Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0021Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0023Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0024Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0019Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0025Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0026Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0027Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0028Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0029Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0030Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0031Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0032Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0033Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0034Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0035Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0037Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0038Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0039Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0040Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0041Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0042Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0043Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0044Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0045Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0046Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0047Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0048Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0049Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0050Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0051Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0052Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0053Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0054Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0055Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0056Chapel Dulcinea-Palm Door Wedding_0057

P.S. That stunner of a cake is courtesy of the amazing Coco Paloma.

 

Park Wedding: Sarah & Patrick are married!

I think if you asked Sarah & Patrick what their perfect day would be, it would probably involve camping, Tacodeli, and hanging out all day with their favorite people in a riverside park on a gorgeous Austin spring day.  And shouldn't your wedding basically involve all your favorite things?  So that's how on a sunny spring morning, we all ended up on the banks of the Colorado River at Emma Long Park eating tacos, playing lawn games, and cheering on Sarah & Patrick's brand new marriage.  The wedding was infused with their passions and personality, with recycling reminders and tents and Patrick's colorful art.  If you ever need encouragement to just do whatever the heck you want for your wedding, just come back and look at these photos! Austin Park WeddingAustin Park Wedding_002Austin Park Wedding_003Austin Park Wedding_004Austin Park Wedding_005Austin Park Wedding_006Austin Park Wedding_007Austin Park Wedding_008Austin Park Wedding_009Austin Park Wedding_0010Austin Park Wedding_0011Austin Park Wedding_0012Austin Park Wedding_0013Austin Park Wedding_0014Austin Park Wedding_0015Austin Park Wedding_0016Austin Park Wedding_0017Austin Park Wedding_0018Austin Park Wedding_0019Austin Park Wedding_0020Austin Park Wedding_0021Austin Park Wedding_0022Austin Park Wedding_0023Austin Park Wedding_0024Austin Park Wedding_0025Austin Park Wedding_0026Austin Park Wedding_0027Austin Park Wedding_0028Austin Park Wedding_0029Austin Park Wedding_0030Austin Park Wedding_0031Austin Park Wedding_0032Austin Park Wedding_0033Austin Park Wedding_0034Austin Park Wedding_0035Austin Park Wedding_0036Austin Park Wedding_0037Austin Park Wedding_0038Austin Park Wedding_0039Austin Park Wedding_0040Austin Park Wedding_0041Austin Park Wedding_0042Austin Park Wedding_0043Austin Park Wedding_0044

Mercury Hall Wedding: Brianna & Josh!

As Brianna & Josh's friends & family scurried around Mercury Hall on the afternoon of their wedding, I commented on how hard they were working to make everything perfect.  Several people replied with total sincerity, "They deserve it.  They would and have done the same for all of us."  That spoke volumes about the kind of people Brianna & Josh are.  They love well and are loved well in return.  That love even extends to their sweet pup, too, who faithfully followed them around all day, never in the way, but always present.  She even brought them the actual rings, during the ceremony!  As always, it was an honor to witness and document such a heartfelt celebration of love! Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0001Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0002Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0003Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0004Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0005Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0006Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0007Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0008Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0009Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0010Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0011Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0012Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0014Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0015Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0016Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0017Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0018Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0019Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0020Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0021Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0022Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0023Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0024Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0025Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0026Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0027Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0028Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0029Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0030Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0031Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0032Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0034Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0035Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0036Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0037Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0038Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0039Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0040Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0041Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0042Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0043Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0044Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0045Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0046Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0047Mercury Hall Wedding- B&J_0048