We’d never been to Eberly Ranch in Chappell Hill, Texas. I had heard of it in another life, when I was an engineer attending an industry happy hour. Alas, I hadn’t had the chance to visit.
We planned our session as any other, starting our research of the venue via their website and social media. During the planning activity, I also take a look at the surrounding area using Google Earth. As a very visual thinker, its an amazing way to get the sense of a place.
For a place as large as Eberly Ranch, something around 1,300 acres, we realized we could have at least two distinct looks; the hay field and the ranch’s beautifully set water feature.
We arrived about an hour and half before our bride. We found the two main areas of interest pretty quickly and while making our way back to the clubhouse area, we met up with the caretaker.
The caretaker took us on a quick tour all over the property. He event let us feed the fish! And of course, like many of the elder Texans we’ve met, he had a million stories to tell us.
As determined story tellers, there was no shortage of inspiration here.
A bride is always enough.
When you’re given so much to work with, it makes any direction we turn into a question of whether we have enough time before the sun has set.
Our bride, Diane was so relaxed and ready to create something beautiful together. We were also joined by my dad, who helped with the lighting and moving our equipment around; and Diane’s parents, who acted as chauffeurs and let Diane largely avoid the Texas summer heat as we moved between locations.
We’re so excited to photograph Diane and Alejandro’s wedding in November.
Jean and Justin decided that for their wedding a first look would be perfect.
A first look can be defined as a special moment for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.
Stay tuned for more photos from Jean and Justin’s wedding.
Sometimes you just get lucky.
As mentioned in my last post, the entire day leading up to Kristin and David’s wedding was filled with rain. There wasn’t just rain on Saturday. It rained Friday. It rained Thursday. It rained Wednesday. And probably Tuesday too.
But then it stopped. Right at 6 pm.
We also benefited from a bit of cloud cover.
The cloud cover really helped diffuse the afternoon sun, which can be tricky to deal with when your photographing with the sun at your back.
Kristin and David loved the amazing view that the Zilker Park Clubhouse is known for.
After some socializing (and some refreshment) the cloud cover broke in the west and the sun started reflecting nicely off the downtown high rises.
Just a few more for good measure.
And the newlyweds were ready to get the rest of the celebration started in earnest.
May is rainy. It was raining when we left the apartment. It was raining when we dropped off my car. It was raining when we got to the JW Marriott Hotel. After finishing the Bridal Prep session and heading to Zilker Park Clubhouse it was still raining, hard.
But then, right as we arrived, it stopped. For the rest of the afternoon and into the night it was beautiful.
Congratulations Kristin and David!
We were blessed with amazing light in the afternoon that made for some lovely portraits. Check out our next post on Thursday!
See you then.