Hondo Wedding at Quihi Dance Hall

Small town weddings have an atmosphere and charm that you just can’t get in the city.  There are still the wedding day jitters, and pre-ceremony tension, but overall there is a laid back feel.  Being surrounded by farm land and ranches tends to impart a sense of simplicity.  The friendliness of everyone you encounter brings a smile to your face.

Amanda and Josh brought that incredible atmosphere to their wedding in charming style.  From the downtown Hondo loft where the bride and her girls got ready, to the Quihi dance hall that has a history all its own, the day was marked by a country vintage feel.  It’s always fun as the photographer, to capture that vibe and translate it into a story for the couple.

One of the most unique touches was that of the “guest book”.  After branding a beautiful wood piece during the ceremony, it was then available for all the guests to sign during the reception.  It will be a fantastic reminder of the wonderful day.

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McNay Art Museum Bridal Photography – San Antonio, TX

The Mcnay Art Museum has long been a favorite destination of wedding photographers and brides around San Antonio.  The well kept landscape and wonderful architecture makes for a wonderful backdrop.  Shooting on the grounds is inexpensive and easy.  A small $20 grounds fee is collected by security, preventing the need to fill out paperwork or obtain a permit beforehand.

The grounds can get a bit crowded depending on the time of day and weather, so some patience and planning is recommended.  It is not uncommon to find a number of photographers as well as museum goers wandering about taking in the art.  There are the typical photo spots, but there are plenty of areas for those with a creative eye.  Make sure to check the hours the grounds are open, which vary from the museum itself, if you are planning a visit.

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Diane’s bridal photos on the grounds of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX

Brittany and Zach’s Wedding in Comfort, TX

I occasionally get calls for weddings in the Hill Country, and such was the case for Brittany and Zach’s wedding.  Their wedding plans centered around The Cathedral in Comfort, TX.  Featuring a historic chapel and grounds, the venue has been converted into a beautiful wedding destination, and perfect backdrop for their day.

The day was made even more special by the close tie-in with family.  Brittany’s brother was presiding over the ceremony as minister, and had the special privilege of joining Brittany and Zach together as husband and wife.

One of the most heart felt moments occurred just before the start of the ceremony.  Brittany and Zach came together for a prayer, hand in hand; the chapel door acting as the curtain to prevent Zach from seeing his beautiful bride before the start of the ceremony.   With emotion in their voices they expressed their love for one another, and in moments the time had arrived.

Beautiful and full of love, that is the description of their day.

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Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls is one of those locations that tugs at me.  The grand nature of the river, the rock formations, the intricacies of the landscape all come together to provide a spectacular experience.  My first thought when visiting locations like this is how exciting it would be to stage a bridal shoot there.  The creative possibilities are limitless.

My recent visit to the park was more of a photographic scouting trip.  My effort was to identify some possible locations for a bridal or engagement shoot that would result in compelling images.  It was an effort in narrowing down the limitless possibilities to a manageable number of likely photography spots.  Overall the trip was good and helped give some initial shape to my ideas.  I left with some good images for planning and staging, but I also need to find the right bride or couple to being the vision to life.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, and feel you would enjoy the creative and planning process, I would like to hear from you.

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Amy and Eli are married – A Scenic Springs Wedding

Sometimes you have to be a little bit bold, especially this time of year.  For the most part Texas winter weather is mild, and it can result in perfect conditions for a wedding ceremony.  On the other hand it can be miserable, and leave couples looking for a plan “B”.  On the morning of Amy and Eli’s wedding, plan “B” appeared to be the likely choice.  Slightly on the cool side, and with heavy threatening skies, the chance of rain was very likely.  It takes a bold bride to stick with an outdoor ceremony plan under those conditions, but Amy was sure of her decision.

As if to exhibit some kind of super power over the weather, the rain did hold out all the way up until the last shots of the formal photos, then light sprinkles fell letting everyone know it was time to move on to the reception.  Congrats to a wonderful couple and a fantastic wedding day.  Capturing the moments of your day was a heartwarming experience.

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Brenda and Adam are Married – A San Antonio Riverwalk Wedding

From the moment I met Brenda and Adam I knew this would be a fun exciting wedding.  Their love for one another and their excitement for the future was evident.  Just talking through the details of their day had me wishing the wedding was that weekend.  It had been a long spell since I had photographed a wedding along the San Antonio Riverwalk, and I was anxious to get back down there to experience the atmosphere on the river wedding scene.

Hotel Contessa is situated right by Marriage Island along the Riverwalk.  This area is a hotbed of wedding activity, and as a photographer you have to be on top of things, and constantly attentive to everything going on.  Onlookers from street level are there to witness the ceremony, as well as the river boat tours that pass by every 5 minutes or so.  The applause and congratulations are part of the ceremony, and the atmosphere is excitingly unique!

Brenda and Adam’s wedding struck a perfect balance between number of guests and fun romantic atmosphere. As a photographer this was the ideal situation to be constantly engaged, and creating striking photos all evening long. Great location, fantastic people, fun couple, and an evening that no one wanted to end.  Congrats to Brenda and Adam on a wonderful start to your life together.

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DIY Bridal Bouquet – how about some coffee?

The internet has fueled the DIY craze, and this is most apparent within the wedding market.  Brides looking to take on creative projects, and shave costs for the wedding, can find plenty of ideas on the internet.  In most cases you get a step-by-step guide right along with the idea.

I wasn’t surprised when Jessica told me she made her bouquet herself.  What she made it from shocked me!  I had to take another very close look when she told me it was made from coffee filters.  After some searching on the internet I was left thinking she did a lot of work to create such a beautiful bouquet.  I also think she has a wonderful memento from the day that will not wilt and dry up.

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