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Jessica and Mark – Ranch Austin Wedding

Jessica and Mark’s Ranch Austin wedding was a magical day: a beautiful couple, perfect weather, a crazy party and finally, an after party on 6th street in Austin.

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A Ranch Austin Wedding

Jessica and Mark picked the perfect venue for their Driftwood wedding. An Irish lass married an Irish boy and they had a good old Texas style party. Jessica and Mark wanted to show all their out of town friends and guests a little Austin fun. After the reception finished, the party moved to 6th street for an after party.

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Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

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Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

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Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

Ranch Austin Wedding - 6th street - Irish wedding

The Wedding Team

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Hallie and Jonathan – Green Family Camp Wedding

A Waco DIY Wedding

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Hallie and Jonathan’s Waco DIY wedding could not have been more beautiful. Their friends and family traveled from across the country to the Greene Family Camp, which has been in Jonathan’s family for over 20 years. It was a day of celebration as well as a trip down memory lane; many of the guests had fun stories of visiting the camp as kids. Their 3-day celebration kicked off with a BBQ and campfire where we found some great moments to capture their carefree personalities.

Friday started with a wild flower engagement session near the lake, a BBQ and smores at a campfire. The rain didn’t stop the first look in the iconic Texas bluebonnets and a ceremony in the woods. The reception turned into an energetic celebration.

Wild Flower Engagement Photos

Jonathan and Hallie live out of town so we didn’t get a chance to do actual engagements. With everyone staying at camp before the wedding we were able to go out to the camp lake. It is wildflower season in Texas which is never a bad thing. As the evening continued, Jonathan and Hallie stepped out of with us for some sunset photos before their BBQ and Smores party. We finished the night with a star trail engagement photos.

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The Wedding – Getting Ready

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The Bluebonnet First Look

When you have a field of bluebonnets available for a first look, you use a field of bluebonnets! The flowers made a nice setting for some great first look moments.

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Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

The camp had a couple of temple spaces including this one in the forest. It made a perfect setting for Jonathan and Hallie’s outdoor wedding ceremony.

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The Reception

With just about everyone staying on site, the couple and guests were free to really cut loose. We hung out through about 1 AM and the party was still going strong.

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Taylor and Alex: Joshua Tree Adventure Engagement

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When couples say yes to our crazy ideas, spectacular things happen. We met Taylor and Alex at the Georgetown Bridal Show even though they live in the Bay Area (as in California). Conversations ensued. We road tripped out to meet them at Joshua Tree for a destination adventure engagement.

Joshua Tree National Park is a dream location. It is the sort of place where a photographer can point their camera in any direction and get spectacular photos. We started in the Cholla Garden, hung out at Skull Rock for sunset and then watch moon rise in Hidden Valley.  Needless to say, we had a ton of fun on this one.

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Jason and Shay: Inks Lake Adventure Engagement in Burnet

The Texas hill country is full of beautiful locations to explore and we love it when couples say yes to exploring them during their engagement session. Jason and Shey met us for an Inks Lake Adventure Engagement. Check out (and I don’t normally get to say this) Shay’s adventure giraffe bridal shoot.

Reflective Inks Lake Adventure Engagement

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Inks lake is a beautiful natural location for engagement photos. The rugged landscape fit Shay and Jason’s adventurous spirit perfectly. Thanks to some recent rain, there were even reflective puddles on the granite.

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Starry Engagement Photos

The stars were big and bright over Shay and Jason. They said yes to hanging out and waiting for full dark. Then the fun began.

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Kristina and Britt: Wedding at Vintage Villas in Lakeway

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You might remember Kristina & Britt from their engagement session session where Josh got soaked stepping too deep in a lake. And with Austin’s weather this spring threatening rain everyday we lucked out for the wedding ceremony with a calm day and a wonderful sunset (our favorite). Everyone in attendance enjoyed the wonderful views of Lake Travis at Vintage Villas and we all managed to stay dry for the wedding. The weather gods appeased, we were treated to a night of heart rending toasts, ecstatic dancing and a blending of families and cultures. The last part is the aspect of weddings that we feel are the most compelling. Families coming together to witness and share in the love of an union such as Britt & Kristina.

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Audrey: UT Senior Portraits in downtown Taylor

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Audrey channels Audrey. Audrey and team AzulOx have been discussing a shoot like this for at least a year now. Late nights working weddings together usually yields some strange ideas but the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn and graduating from Texas Audrey seemed to merge for a hour or so in downtown Taylor. Sassy, Funny, and a little quirky our modern Audrey nailed her transformation. A quick outfit change combined with the speedy hair and makeup change by Revelry Beauty and we were on our way to a Brigitte Bardot 1960’s romp against and old Cotton Press. And what AzulOx shoot wouldn’t be complete without a sunset shoot with a sparkly gold dress.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Audrey UT 2016 graduate, she has already mastered the 1950’s and 1960’s, let’s see what the 2010’s have in store.
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Jonathan and Lindsay – A Vintage Austin Engagement

Jonathan and Lindsay are people I’ve known a while through the Lindy Hop community, but that is only one facet of their personality. Jonathan is one of the biggest foodies I know and Lindsay is really into 40s, 50s and 60s vintage. They have both been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug too. They definitely have their own style. And I spent most of their engagement shoots grinning ear to ear and chuckling.

Planning engagements is always fun. Sometimes we just do pretty pictures but we really enjoy finding something a little more personal, something that really speaks to the couple’s personality.

Lindsay asked if we could do part of their engagement at Sawyer & Co in East Austin. A quick call to the manager and we were good to go. Not only was Sawyer & Co really nice and the decor cool, but the food was great too. The restaurant made a nice backdrop so I decided to have some fun and tell a little visual story through the session. Enjoy!

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Rachael and Kevin, Take 3 – Day After Shoot

Sometimes the world conspires against you, or it seems that way…

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Rachael wanted a bridal shoot before her wedding and we scheduled one for the week before the wedding right after the dress would be done. That morning we had to cancel. The area got 10 inches of rain and there was widespread flooding and road closures.

Flash forward to October. The wedding is over and the wedding photos are long done (including some epic weather on their wedding day too). We regrouped and tried again in the cooling fall weather only to have the second major rain event of the year happen that day… More flooding and road closures. Scratch attempt 2.

Attempt number 3, and this time we missed the rain by a day and had beautiful weather. As a bonus, Kevin tagged along and we turned the shoot into a “day after” couples shoot and had a lot of fun. We started off at Rabb House in Round Rock and then used the open skies at Old Settlers Park for some night sky shots.

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Joseph and Sara – Texas Hill Country Engagement

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It’s always a special privilege to work for another professional photographer. When our friend Joseph asked us to be his wedding photographer, we were honored. There is a validation that goes with that, but also special responsibility and pressure. Phase one is the engagement shoot, and it is probably my favorite part of wedding photography. The ideal engagement session isn’t fast. It is relaxed and it is fun. I think relaxed and fun sums up Joseph and Sara’s hill country engagement.

We had a blast and made a ton of fun photos around the hill country. Picking the set for this blog was no easy task. The day began at the Stargazer cabin outside Fredericksburg with clear blue skies, tall brown grass and post oaks. We strolled up and down Main St in Fredericksburg for a bit, seeing the sites and making images. We hung out and chatted over a relaxed lunch at Rothskeller while we all flipped through the photos and talked about growing up in small town Texas.

Our plans hit a slight snag at Enchanted rock… The park was closed due to a managed hunt going on, so we diverted to Inks Lake. Luckily, we had time for the change in plans and spent sunset having some fun (including a cliff diving photobomb) around Devil’s Watering Hole.

Hopefully you like the images as much as we do.

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Kevin and Rachael TerrAdorna Wedding

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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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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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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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Lauren & Joe: Bella Springs Wedding in Boerne, Texas

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Beautiful fall wedding in the Texas Hill Country at Bella Springs in Boerne featuring the softball playing Lauren and the newly shackled Joe (see the groom’s cake?). We love our couples who have fun and don’t take themselves too seriously. Lauren was spotted laughing, smiling and showing her gamut of facial expressions. Joe’s highpoint, besides Lauren saying yes, was the custom built mini-bike getaway vehicle. In the ring photo below take note of the family built custom inset crosses the rings rest upon, just one example of the family support this couple will enjoy.

Make sure and scroll down to the sunset photos, they are some of our favorites. And the coming soon trailer is a hoot too, find out who forgot the rings!
–JB

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Jared & Megan: Inn at Wild Rose Hall Wedding in Dripping Springs

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Happy Sunday Wedding Dance Party. Jared and Megan’s wedding was the perfect expression of two fabulous people coming together as one. The positive energy, the lightness in the mood, the smiles on guests faces are all the aspects that I will take away from this wedding. The venue, http://www.theinnatwildrosehall.com/, provided a fantastic backdrop to the day with the little touches here and there, the nooks and quirks that provided the Austin in the Hill Country vibe. The day went off without a hitch thanks to the planning and preparation of 11:11 Events. The floral designs from Sixpence Floral tied in so well to the theme and feel of the day.

Let’s talk about some of the firsts as we like to do because we believe every wedding has something we have never seen before. This was the first and probably only wedding in the near future that we photographed using the medium format Pentax 645z. The files took a bit longer to process but wow the detail in the photographs is just astounding. This was important to us because Jared’s father is a photographer from Georgia and I wanted to have something special for their day as a nod to his efforts.

Our favorite little moment occured when a three old guests took the mic during the reception and belted out Let It Go from Frozen. The entire crowd cheered her on, pretty neat few minutes.

Make sure and scroll to the bottom to see what our Coming Soon trailer for their wedding film and get a sense of what all the dancing was like!

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“He is Gone”: Cassandra at Lone Oak in Round Rock

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“She wished and wished with all her might, holding fast to the remnants left behind.
A dream, a dance on this late night, hoping her love can find
Her man, her soldier.

The war is done, he should be here to dance. To dance and set free
The war inside of she. Hold fast to thoughts, to romance, to me.
Telegram reads, He is Gone.

Touch and Remember the pearls, the jeweled necklace
All you have is the last embrace”
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So a bit of a departure on this shoot. It started with a phone call to Adrian with Revelry Beauty that had me saying, “so I have an idea…”. The team came together quickly with vintage clothing and accessories from Ledbelly Vintage. Our gracious hosts at Lone Oak Barn for a great venue. Our supermodel Cassandra! who held all the emotion to these photographs.

We wanted to create a mood and lighting from 1946. We leaned heavily on film noir principles to help us get there. Hope you enjoy our little break from the norm, the next blog will deal with weddings and a bit more client work. Thanks for reading and watching!
–JB

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Stephanie & Jason: Mansion by the Sea Wedding in Port Aransas - Ocean Front Wedding Portraits - Austin Wedding Photographers

Stephanie & Jason: Mansion by the Sea Wedding in Port Aransas

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We love our clients, I know I mention that over and over and it is the truth so it bears repeating. Stephanie is co-owner of Bettie Bangs Salon and we have worked together on various projects over the years. She loves our work and I love working with her so when she called up asking to come to Port Aransas, Texas for the weekend to photograph their wedding at the Mansion by the Sea I jumped at the chance. You might have already seen their sunset engagements but we continued our theme of water and sun with Jason and Stephanie for their wedding day.

The sunlight was oozing through the palm trees and the ocean breeze kept the rising Texas heat off of our shoulders when Stephanie and Jason said “I do”. Friends and Family gathered round the rest of the evening, well, until the cake begun flying around the room. I must say that I have never seen a more committed wedding party as 20 or so guests walked out into the bay to get a unique group photo.

Thanks for having us out Stephanie, look forward to seeing the life you and Jason build together!
–JB
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