Sarah & Cliff: Bentwood Texas Wedding in Georgetown - Austin Wedding Photographers

Sarah & Cliff: Bentwood Texas Wedding in Georgetown

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Clanging tin cans, barefoot bride, confetti exit, fuzzy KEDS. Sarah & Cliff’s Bentwood wedding in Georgetown, Texas provided all of those and more love and hugs than you might think possible. The bride’s father almost made it through his speech without breaking down, almost. The guests rang the kissing cans anytime Sarah & Cliff were more than 15 feet apart. And we made good use of the flowing San Gabriel River and the old pickup in front of the venue for our hero images.

Congratulations to Sarah & Cliff as they journey to Philadelphia for a few years for Cliff’s residency.

Lead Photographer: Marina C.
Lead Videographer: Josh S.
Double Duty Assistant: Josh B.

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Hannah & Charlie: Lone Oak Barn Wedding in Round Rock

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Our first wedding from the fabulous Lone Oak Barn features Hannah & Charlie, who y’all might remember from the their fire station engagement session. Charlie took the reception time to bring out his guitar and sing to the crowd and to his new bride with a few acoustic numbers. Hannah and her sorority sisters from Texas A&M swayed to a little Hullabaloo. The guests enjoyed a lovely Texas spring evening with a good breeze blowing.

Thanks to the Aday family at Lone Oak for being exceptional hosts and we look forward to being out there again in September!

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Kevin and Rachael TerrAdorna Wedding

Kevin and Rachael: TerrAdorna Sunset Wedding in Manor

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Austin area weather has been difficult of late, but sometimes that works in your favor. Rachael and Kevin planned to have their wedding on TerrAdorna’s wonderful new patio. A good plan and as it turned out the line of thunderstorms was timed perfectly, arriving just after the ceremony and ending in time for one of the most spectacular sunsets that Josh or I have ever seen. The sunset just kept going and going. Add a great wedding crowd, a double rainbow and a ton of other fun stuff, and it was all around a great event.

We’ve been looking forward to photographing a real wedding at TerrAdorna, and the venue did not disappoint.

Venue: TerrAdorna, Manor, Texas
Coordinator: Crystal Occasions
Floral: Dory West of Adorna Design
Catering: Trudy’s
Cake: Sugar Circus
Bar: Bar Divas
DJ & Photo Booth: Complete Music
Limo: RR Limousine

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Richie & Lindsay: Wedding at The Mansion in Austin, Texas

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Our team was transported in time for Richie & Lindsay’s wedding at the timeless Mansion/Federation of Women’s Clubs. Between the classic Chuck Taylor’s on the Bride to the barbershop quartet of Richie & The Groomsmen (yes, I have dubbed them so) to the amazing reception entrance with the bride and groom serenading each other like something out of West Side Story, we had to feel our smartphones in our pockets to remind ourselves that the year was in fact 2015 and not 1955.

Thanks to Richie & Lindsay for having us there to capture their singin’ & dancin’ shenanigans, the faces of the crowd told the story of the love you share with each other. Also, sparkler exits are scary!

Thanks to the great vendors that give us so much to photograph and film:
Planner: 11:11 Events
Venue: The Mansion
Florist: Bella by Sara
Food: Chi’Lantro
Band: Skyrocket

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Katrina: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits

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Katrina is gracing the blog today with her horse farm Senior Portrait Experience from South Wind Equestrian Center. We enjoyed Katrina’s can do attitude as she rode a horse bareback and then cantered the horse for a set of photos, a lot of “Whoas” at the end to get the horse to stop. This attitude will serve the soon to be Liberty Hill graduate in Lubbock as she enters Texas Tech University in the fall. The day of our shoot was hot and muggy as the high pressure front of Texas Storm threatened, but Katrina kept her cool as we swapped out 5 outfits in just a couple of hours.

Guns Up Katrina! And thanks for having us out for your Senior Portrait Experience.
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Shannon & Ryan: Meridian Engagement

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A jeep, a faithful dog, a quiet place on the river. Shannon & Ryan’s engagement session is about as idyllic as can be imagined. We trekked up to the thriving metropolis of Meridian, Texas to photograph the happy couple. The field of tall grass with the lone tree near the center was enough to photograph on it’s own. The sun was coming in low over the horizon and Buck the Dog was happily jumping and pouncing in and out of the camera’s view. The day ended at sunset at a hunter’s retreat a few minutes down the road. We photographed until we could see no more and then talked while the fireflies lit up the lodge. Thanks to Ryan for hosting us, and to Shannon for making sure he dressed well. See yall in July!

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Hannah: Lone Oak Barn Bridal Portraits

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We just wrapped up photographing Hannah & Charlie‘s Wedding this weekend, so now we can share her fantastic bridal portraits from Lone Oak Barn. Lone Oak Barn is one of our favorite venues so we had to work hard to show off all of it’s potential. The wind had a mind of it’s own and presented us with 25 mph winds for the duration of the shoot. We started off inside to keep Hannah’s long locks in decent shape before we ventured outside to see what drama we could add with the wind. We ended the session with lensbaby 35 for some crazy light bending in the courtyard at blue hour. We hope you enjoy, and keep watching for their wedding post too, a guitar playing-singing groom?

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John & Shetal: Red Corral Ranch Wedding in Wimberley

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John & Shetal’s fusion wedding from Red Corral Ranch left me at a loss for words. Do I start by talking about the peacocks roaming the tranquil property of Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley? Should I tell you about the food? Salt Lick barbecue and Taj Palace dhosas kept our bellies full. We could write a whole article just on Shetal’s outfits for the weekend. The part that I found most amazing though is John & Shetal’s nuclear fusion of energy that emanates the closer they get to each other.

A first from this wedding that made me take notice was the blending of the traditional Hindi ceremony with a Franciscan Friar. The ancient traditions blending into one is a perfect metaphor for John & Shetal’s wedding. The traditions and cultures of their ancestors providing a launchpad for John & Shetal’s soaring future.

A big thanks to Blueprint Events for all the behind the scenes work they put in to make this a spectacular event. And a tip of the hat to Singar Studios for their continued excellence in hair, makeup and henna. A wedding this size is a team effort and we thank you and all the vendors who came together to make it happen flawlessly.

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Mimi: Seguin Senior Portraits

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Mimi’s Senior Portrait Experience took us from the sunny shores of Lake Pflugerville to the neon lights of downtown Austin. Mimi came to us from Seguin, Texas and decided on water and urban as her themes to explore. The Pinterest board she created was full of sunny, hazy photos and lots of water. We took those choices and delivered photographs that could have been taken on any beach not just the 200 foot beach at Lake P. The unique part of the shoot for us was in downtown Austin. We chased the fading sunlight in the west 6th area finding angles and colors. Really excited for how that part of the set turned out.

Good luck to Mimi as she enters the University of Texas in the fall to begin her quest in becoming a doctor. Hook’em!
–JB
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Scott: Swimming Senior Portraits

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Scott presented us with a challenge to photograph his senior portraits underwater. Challenge: Accepted! We have tried to setup a Senior Experience like this for 3 years now so we were excited and nervous at the start of this session. Years of expectations and visions of the final photographs have been dancing in our heads for a while now. The actual shoot did not take place in our head though, for that we headed out to South Austin to the pool where Scott trains, the Austin Aquatics and Sport Academy run by Olympian Brendan Hansen.

Andrew and I divided up the shoot to maximize our limited pool time. Andrew took our underwater housing and photographed Scott from below the surface while I wrangled lights and concentrated on the above the surface photographs. We both played with strong orange/blue color combinations to mimic a strong sunset and cool tones of the water. Scott was a trooper and swam hard in 10 meter bursts for about a 1000 repetitions. Andrew and I are both super thrilled with how these photographs turned out and we hope that you enjoy them too.

Looking forward to following Scott’s progress as he heads up to Michigan to swim in college.

Let us know how we can photograph your Senior Experience!
–JB

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Clay: Dripping Springs Senior Portraits

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City to Country, Business to Golf to Farm. Clay is a young modern man with contrasts and facets in his life. Our Senior Portrait Experience started at the UT McCombs School of Business where Clay will be attending in the fall. Risky Business look? We think so too. From there we headed to Grey Rock GC to photograph Clay in his other passion, golf. We set up our lights to bring a ESPN the Magazine look to the photographs. We ended the day at his home in Dripping Springs to show off the softer side of his nature utilizing the beautiful natural light of the Texas evening.

A big Hook’Em to Clay and thanks for having us photograph your passions
–JB

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Andrea & Keith: County Line Equestrian Center Engagement

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We always love it when we are able to photograph a couple in a special place. In Andrea and Keith’s case, that was Keith’s family equestrian center, County Line in Pflugerville. He grew up there and it had obvious significance to him. This was one of those shoots that got better and better as it went on. We started with clear skies and had some fun with a few settings around the grounds. As the sun approached the horizon, thunderstorms started to build to the south of us, boiling up into the sunset. Things got a little surreal.

Great couple. Great location. Great weather.

We pride ourselves on making great photos under any conditions (see the Anytime Light Workshop if you want to learn how), but sometimes nature cooperates and we are able to raise the bar in a way that no amount of equipment or skill can match. This was one of those situations.

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Madison & Tom: Chateau Bellevue Wedding - Austin Wedding Photographers -

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We talk about firsts when talking about weddings that we photograph. We believe that every wedding has something new to see and an unique “first”. Madison and Tom continue that belief in firsts for us. The first bride we have seen use her mother and sisters sorority pins as something borrowed attached to her bouquet. The first exit we have seen that instead of sparklers or lights utilized paper airplanes. Madison is also the first bride we thought was going to spontaneously combust with happiness as she said “I do” to her about to be husband Tom. Madison radiated her joy throughout the evening. Friends and family reflected the glow as a perfect Austin Sunday evening sunset descended upon the happy newlyweds.

Thanks to Chateau Bellevue for being great hosts as always, and thanks to Madison and Tom for having us at their wedding along with their willingness to fly for the engagement photos.

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Kaitlyn: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits, Part 2

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Part 2 of Kaitlyn’s senior portraits was a few weeks in arriving, weather and all being a question. Kaitlyn has been riding horses her whole life so we were thrilled that we could bring that aspect of her life into her senior portraits. Of course we took pretty shots (queue the bluebonnets and sunset), but we also wanted to highlight the more exciting aspects of riding a thoroughbred horse. What better way to do that than to add a little rain to the mix (and never mind the fact that her horse is named Rain too).

This time we took the photo’s at her mother’s riding school, Conner Combined Training in Liberty Hill. Adrian with Revelry Beauty was there once again adding the finishing touches to Kaitlyn’s hair and makeup.

Exciting, yes? We think so.

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Emily & Joey: Travis Heights Engagement

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We are loving a new trend in our engagement photography, to stay in the neighborhood of our clients and photograph in the places that are meaningful to the couple. For Emily and Joey’s Travis Heights engagement session we focused on areas that Emily found on her running routes from her house. We started with the uber-Texan Mockingbird and Bluebonnet graffiti wall off Riverside, found a great tree on a corner street (that was gone a week later!), utilized some huge agave plants near little Stacey Pool, and then finished up by strolling around St. Edwards at sunset. We hope to see this trend continue because we think it adds to the intimacy of the photographs to have meaningful locations as a layer in the final images.

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Spring Bliss Bridal Cover Shoot

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We’ve been waiting excitedly for the spring edition of Bliss Bridal Magazine to hit the shelves so we could share some of our photos from the cover shoot. The shoot was a fun mix of country details with a sprinkling of city sophistication.

Vendors:
Magazine: Bliss Bridal Magazines Spring Issue
Venue: The Terrace at Salado
Models: Jamie Blanek
Photo + Video: AzulOx Visuals
Florals: Ginny Swalley Creative Innovations of Salado
Gowns: Georgio’s Bridal
Planning, Design & Rentals: Confetti Rentals
Cake: Simply Sweet Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Fascino Beauty
Stationery: Studio W Designs

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Kaitlyn: Liberty Hill Senior Portraits

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Excited excited to be sharing the first set of Kaitlyn’s Senior Portraits from Antebellum Oaks. We have big plans for parts 2 and maybe 3 if the Texas weather ever cooperates. Kaitlyn wanted something different from the norm and knew that we could deliver on her ideas that started with classic portraits and ended with an antebellum picnic reading classic books.

Kaitlyn is exactly the type of client we love, she has stalked our website for years now, knew all the crazy things we have done in the past and we are planning to top a few of those concepts for parts 2 and 3. She rides a horse named Dancing in the Rain if that gives you an idea of where we are headed.

Special Thanks to Adrian with Revelry Beauty for the three looks and a huge thanks to Antebellum Oaks for being gracious hosts!
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Noah & Vanessa: Laughing Around Austin Engagements

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Laughing around Austin is seriously all we did for Noah & Vanessa’s engagement session. Our goal was to hit up fun spots around Austin while staying away from the cliche spots (I am looking at you Jo’s Coffee Shop). We managed to get 5 locations in 3 hours and only had to slide through one chain link fence to get our East Austin Skyline photographs. We all were laughing the entire shoot, even when I broke one of my flash tubes, or kept losing my balance. Vanessa and her infectious Jennifer Garner smile kept us all in good spirits. Noah you have your hands full with that one I tell ya. Truly one of the nights when I didn’t want to stop shooting, if only to stop and have a beer and hang out with this super fun couple.

We are excitedly looking forward to their August wedding with reception at Brazos Hall, all planned by one of our fave event teams, 11:11 Events.

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Anne + Kristen: Austin Fitness Shoot

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2015 is a year for us to build back our fitness portfolio after taking a year off to focus on other areas of our business. We are super excited to work with Anne and Kristen from Rogue Athletic Club on these portraits. They are both phenomenal athletes that have put in countless hours to build their fitness both mentally and physically as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics. At the time of the shoot Kristen had just returned fromhttp://www.usatf.org/News/Team-USA-dominates-at-2015-Bupa-Great-Edinburgh-Cr.aspx Edinburgh, Scotland where she represented winning Team USA in the 2015 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Race. Anne photographed with us this day and two weeks later for a super secret chilly session, more on that in later posts.

I love these photos because it shows the strong women doing their thing both as teammates and individuals. At times, the running is lonely and the ancillary workouts are isolating but then you come together as a team to work side by side.

We can make you look Olympic Level too, give us an email at josh@azulox.com to schedule your own fitness shoot.
–JB

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Michelle & Todd: Union on Eighth Wedding in Georgetown

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What a way to close out 2014! I know it seems like we posted only the pictures of Michelle and Todd smiling, happy and looking lovingly at each other, but all 2000 photos are like this! As always we believe that weddings are a day of firsts, first kiss, first look, first night as a married couple. Here are some of the firsts we observed at this last wedding of 2014.

First reception we have seen where an octogenarian led the dance floor. I believe she is 83 and she had more fun than just about anyone. I hope to dance with that much enthusiasm when I am 38 in two years! This was also the first wedding where Andrew tested out his tintype process. There will be more advancements in this process as it grows and changes materials but we think it’s a cool analog memento of the wedding day. The other big first was this was our first time photographing at the super cool Union on 8th wedding venue. I remember seeing the building as a mechanic’s garage 4 years ago on a photowalk and thinking it would be an interesting place to photograph, now with the renovations and the conversion to an event venue, wow, a newly refurbished place with an old vibe. Love it.

As always thanks to 11:11 Events for planning and coordinating, you make our days easy.

Big group hug to Michelle & Todd on their nuptials. We loved being there to document your wedding day (and your awesome engagements) and we love the way yall laugh with each other. Keep on laughing
–JB

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