There is something special about a small town country church. Austin and Meagan had their old fashion wedding at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Denhawken, Tx. Their wedding harkened back to a time when weddings weren’t about flash and glitz, but just about the couple and their friends and family. The historic church was the perfect place for an old fashion wedding.
Lots of places try to duplicate or emulate the texture that a long history gives you, but there is nothing like the real thing. The old sign for the church is a wonderful reminder of a century of worship at this church, with countless weddings. Marraige can be scary, and like so many things in life, no one gives you a manual. Just knowing that thousands of other couples came before you in a place, and were married, is reassuring. A church like this would have been the hub of the community. It’s nice to see it serving that function still.
St John’s is a tiny country church built to serve a very sparse community of farmers in the area. The building is a beautiful timber-frame structure and made a wonderful setting for their intimate wedding.
Austin and Megan’s old fashion wedding service was very touching in the small church. Rather than separating them from their guests, the tiny space brought everyone together. Austin and Meagan started their life together in an intimate setting with their closest family and friends.
Old Fashion Wedding Portraits
Anyone that grew up in South Texas knows that the skies here can put on a show. The land is flat, broken only by the occasional oak trees. Stormy skies during the mid afternoon often means a dramatic sunset.
Old Fashion Wedding Reception
There is beauty in simplicity. We see a lot of couples go to a lot of work crafting their receptions. That’s great, but it can be a distraction, and in some cases you can see that stress keeping them from being fully present in the moment.
Austin and Meagan went the polar opposite of the elaborate, highly managed route. They had a simple reception in the church’s banquet hall. Like their wedding, it was an intimate affair focused on them without all the fan fair some seem to want. There was almost nothing to distract the couple from each other and the commitment they had just made.
Serving each other cake is one of those old fashion traditions that has a lot of fun potential. Some couples are very polite, but Meagan apparently took offense at how she was served cake, and let Austin know it.
Big Texas Skies
Their wedding and the church was out in the fields of south central Texas, just outside Stockdale. There were stormy skies all day and the sunset did not disappoint. We stepped out of their reception for a little sunset wedding portrait action.
Check out Austin and Meagan’s Landa Park engagement photos.
Josh loves a good adventure and some of his favorite wedding and engagement shoots have involved “getting crazy” or going somewhere special to the couple.
Josh is a Texas native and long time Pflugerville resident. He started his photography business in 2009 and has never looked back. His photo business even allowed him to be daddy-day-care before his two sons reached school age. Over the years his business has expanded to include just about every type of photography including automotive, editorial portraits, corporate events, sports and food. Through it all, he has continued to love wedding photography for genuine moment, the fast pace and the diversity of subjects it offers. Josh is a co-founder of North Austin Pfoutographic Society and a resident instructor at Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Tx.