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.
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.
Married in a wonderful ceremony at the family ranch near Belton, TX, Jessica and Jason planned a wonderful wedding. Starting the day at Tenroc Ranch, the girls spent the afternoon tending to hair and makeup while getting ready. The boys took care of last minute details and making sure everything would be perfect for the ceremony and reception.
Starting the day at Tenroc provided a great opportunity to photograph the venue details and spend some time with the girls. They had some great photo ideas and their laid back attitude made for a great lead up to the ceremony. As a pre-ceremony tease for her fiance, Jessica had some signs made up, and composed a photo for him. The photo “just wait till you see her” was sent to Jason as everyone was heading out to the ranch for the ceremony. The day was full of touching moments such as this.
The most striking aspect of the day was seeing the tight bond between Jessica, Jason, and her kids. Everyone was having a good time, and they were all sharing in the wonderful experience. From Jason’s special dedication during the ceremony, to the toasts, to the family dancing together during the reception, there were many special moments. As a photographer, capturing those moments was exciting.
What happened next? A little cake-in-the-face is often normal at weddings. What fun loving bride and groom doesn’t have thoughts of getting some icing on one another during cake cutting at the reception.
Capturing the cake cutting is always high on the photography priority list for me. Really any key moment during the reception is important, but cake cutting can be a challenge photographically. Usually the cake is near a wall and getting a good angle with the right lighting can pose problems.
Everything seemed to be going normal for Jessica and Jason. I had a good angle, good light, I was getting great shots. They were being so tender and loving with one another. There was even an “agreement” not to get cake everywhere. Then this!! The moment it all went crazy. You can see for yourself what happened next!
For the most part Texas weather is hot! We have cold days in the winter…most Northerner’s would laugh at what we call cold. We also have some wet weather in the spring, and I referred to that in my previous post on Tawanna’s bridal photos. The wet weather returned for Tawanna and Ray’s wedding day, but there is a saying that goes with that.
Rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck, because a wet knot is harder to untie.
The weather did not stop everyone from having a great time and enjoying the wonderful ceremony and reception. The bride looked beautiful, the groom looked stylish, and together they danced the evening away.
I came across some survey statistics today that might be interesting to those of you engaged and planning a wedding. The headline focused on the average cost of engagement rings, but the article has stats on wedding spending in general. One interesting stat was that San Antonio made it into the list for most expensive places to get married. At 17th in the list we were not at the top, but we should be proud to be on there, or not! However you look at it, the average cost for the engagement ring is what interested me. At $5,130 that can be a pretty big chunk of money for the future groom.
Let me know what you think in the comments, a lot for an engagement ring or not?
This week’s San Antonio church wedding photo features Kate and Luke at Community United Church. Church weddings really add a touch of elegance and tradition to the event. I like the formal reverent atmosphere that accompanies a church wedding, and it is interesting to see the different ceremonies and rituals. Of course it is always important to respect the limits and boundaries as the photographer, and be as unobtrusive as possible. One of my favorite compositions is from a low angle down the center isle of the bride and groom.