Chapel Dulcinea sits southwest of Austin overlooking the beautiful hill country. What sets this wedding venue apart from others is that it is free. There is no charge for the use of the chapel for wedding ceremonies. Granted the chapel is not suited for large events, but if you are planning a small ceremony with close family then this might be the ideal location.
I had the pleasure of photographing Kelly and Joel’s wedding at Chapel Dulcinea and the ceremony was uniquely theirs. With family and close friends in attendance, they exchanged vows in a heartfelt and meaningful ceremony before ringing the historic bell, to indicate they were now husband and wife.
Maria and Luis were excited to book Cornerstone Church as their wedding venue, especially on late notice. Cornerstone is typically booked months out, but the bride and groom’s timing was perfect for everything to work out. The wedding was set and the chapel was going to be the perfect setting for a small intimate ceremony, until the air conditioning went out the day of rehearsal.
To save the day everything was moved to the main sanctuary, a bit overwhelming for such a small ceremony, but for this family it was all about who was there, not where it was. The ceremony was beautiful and presented some great photography opportunities that resulted in lovely images. Maria and Luis I thoroughly enjoyed being your wedding photographer!
Photographing weddings in a onelight style makes for a very dynamic shooting environment at times. Experience is a good indicator of how the image will turn out, but there are times when the circumstances result in surprises. These surprises are photos that have not gone accord to plan and the results are way off from the intended image. Often these surprises turn out to be fantastic shots.
In Megan and Micah’ s wedding the plan was for my lighting assistant to make the exit from the ceremony just before the recessional. The chapel had no side aisles, and in order for us to have some off camera lighting on the exit from the church I needed him close to me. As the ceremony closed he did not get the signal in time and the bride and groom were off down the center aisle toward the back of the chapel.
A bit on the unconventional side, my assistant dropped in behind Megan and Micah and kept a consistent distance as they moved to the back door. My last photo of the two before they exited the chapel produced a perfectly rim-lit image. A shot that was certainly not planned but came out very nicely.