I am sometimes honored to photograph the weddings of my friends. Sometimes it’s one or the other that I know. And many times it’s both the bride and groom that I know and I have to say it’s a lot of fun to do so! This was true of Lauren and JP. I knew JP first, from a zillion years ago. And actually only met Lauren upon their engagement. But we were fast friends and by the time their wedding came around, I felt like I’d known her for years! When JP told me about Lauren before I met & while discussing their upcoming wedding. He said “I just want to make her happy. She’s so great, Ashley. I’m really marrying up.” I laughed at this because JP is a really funny guy and cracks jokes all the time. But he was dead serious. And it left me with a lump in my throat that honestly, never really went away.
Ain’t love grand?
Here is an immediate favorite photo from the wedding we shot in Marathon, Texas a few weeks ago. I shot this as the sun was rapidly setting for the day. I had to move really quickly to capture the last of the natural light. And our bride, Shelby, was a champ walking on the highway in her wedding dress! I will be sharing more of these soon. The daylight photos are pretty spectacular with the majestic landscape that Mother Nature provides out there!
Are you enjoying these cool temperatures, Austin? I know I am.
Have a good Wednesday,
To brighten up your Monday morning, I’m sharing this sweet wedding with you! Caleigh and Brian were married at the gorgeous Duchman Winery in the Texas Hill Country. Check out their photos and a note from the bride below.
Photographer – Ashley Garmon Photographers
Venue – Duchman Winery
Caterer – Kurant Events
Florist – Verbena
Band – Chicago Dueling Pianos
Rentals – Marquee
Hair & Makeup – Rae Cosmetics
Invitations – Dragonfly Designs
Transportation – Elegant Limousine
Rehearsal Dinner – Green Pastures
At the end of each summer, my wedding season comes to a screeching halt and I find myself fulfilling my feelings of wanderlust. This summer in a matter of 7 weeks, I visited Massachusetts, Maine, Chicago (more on that later), Las Cruces & Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Nevada and Far West Texas. For those who aren’t familiar, Far West Texas is…well, really far from Austin. We managed to see Midland, Marathon, Marfa, Valentine,Alpine, Fort Davis, For Stockton, Balmorhea…basically making a giant loop. Stopping at every historical marker and weird something-or-other on the side of the road. Most notably, a terrifying live rattlesnake exhibit on the side of the road. Which seemed like a really good idea before we walked in. My skin is still crawling from that one. Gahhhhhhh!! Anyway, I took a few shotswith my plastic & unpredictable Holga camera along the way. I ran color film through the camera for the 2nd time ever. And I must say, I kind of dig it. I left the Holga camera in the car for a few weeks too, to see if the heat affected the film at all, which it seems to have done. I’m happy to have achieved some nice images with appropriately spooky light leaks throughout. Not for everyone, I know. But it’s definitely for me.
Have a good day!
Have a great day!
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!!
Have a great weekend,
Thank you to Junebug for featuring Esa and Mark’s wedding today. It’s a really special one! Head over there and learn more about their day.
This wedding was really a special one for me. The bride and I have worked together on several weddings in Texas. When I say we’ve been in the trenches together, that’s not really an understatement. I found out she was engaged last Spring and was quietly planning to elope to Sea Island, Georgia. I basically said “well, you should probably take me with you.” Which she did! They were married under two gorgeous rows of century-old oak trees on the island. No muss, no fuss – it was as perfect as it should be.
Teeny tiny lace Valentino gown, be still my heart…
Despite being an event planner in Houston, Texas, I never envisioned myself as a “bride” with a big wedding. Thinking about all of the attention made me feel a bit faint. I prefer to stay behind the scenes!
On the other side of the same coin, I am an event planner and there were going to be certain things I might miss by not having a wedding. My solution was to make sure that the details I would have found important in a traditional wedding were translated to our elopement. Those components were the dress, stationery, food, and photos. I found the perfect lace Valentino dress and dreamed up a rose gold themed wedding announcement and new monogram with Amy Boyter of Papellerie in Houston.
We decided to escape to the Cloister at Sea Island, in a sleepy part of Georgia that has been on my list for quite a while. It is the ultimate southern time capsule. Knowing the peace of mind that strong personal referrals bring, I consulted with Caroline Carter of Caroline Carter Events in Georgia to gather the handful of local vendors involved. Georgia was foreign territory to me, and I knew I wanted to go into the day with no worries or fears.
And of course, what is a wedding without the photos to keep your memories safe? Ashley Garmon is one of my favorite, favorite photographers — for her talent behind the camera, and her easy going demeanor as well. She has never let any of my clients down and I knew she’d produce the same gorgeous work for Paul and I! I even confirmed that Ashley was available to travel to Georgia before I confirmed the date with the minister.*
Our wedding day started out like any other normal day on vacation – but a bit more quiet and reflective. I had a walk on the beach and quiet breakfast outdoors while Paul slept in. He dropped me off to have my hair done and had barbeque while he waited (Southern Soul, y’all). Then we dressed separately and Ashley met me to start capturing the details. We had our “first look” under the oak that President Coolidge planted on his visit to Sea Island in 1928. A pristine 1940 Cadillac picked us up to take us to meet the seersucker-clad Lutheran minister at the Avenue of the Oaks. After our short but sweet ceremony, we headed back to the Cloister for an incredible 10-course meal at the Chef’s Table at the acclaimed Georgian Room. Our wedding day was quiet but sweet, and even better than what we imagined. We would not have done it any other way!
Elopement planning: Keely Thorne Events
Vendor Referrals: Caroline Carter Events
Hair Stylist: Amy Jenkins with Beinvenue Salon
Personal flowers: Edward on St. Simon’s
Vintage Car: Martin’s Wedding Transportation
Officiant: Reverend Steve Schulte
Photography: Ashley Garmon Photographers
*I promise I didn’t pay her to say such nice things. But thank you Jennie! And thanks to both of you for including me. It was an honor.
We photographed this lovely wedding at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. It was such a beautiful use of the space on their Mezzanine, where most weddings take place. And the bride, Jessica, was pretty dreamy to photograph!