Chad and Caitlin had their wedding in the beautiful and remote parts of the Texas Hill country. I met up with Cait at her family’s ranch, just outside of Llano, TX. This dreamy backdrop of their first look was at their property. I love this location for so many reasons, but the thought of seeing your wife for the first time on your wedding day under a canopy of Oak trees are the things dreams are made of. We started our day around 10 in the morning, so it wasn’t too hot yet. Well, Chad, was melting in his wool jacket, but it was tolerable for the rest of us, haha. After the first look, we drove down the road for a minute than pulled over to play in the middle of the road. Kids, don’t play in the street, unless you have a lookout. I love that these two were up for anything…..anywhere. Cait made sure to leave time in her schedule to make her photos a priority. There are some serious perks to a small laid back wedding, and this is a big one. Once we finished the road pics, we drove to the small church Cait’s parents got married at. The church is now closed, but we swung by to get a photo of all of them kissing in front of the building. Cait’s family has long ties to this church and the old school building behind it. It was a pretty cool full circle moment. Once we left, we stopped on the side of the road to get in the water. Well, I got in the water, but these two stayed pretty dry. At this point, the flat stone I laid on pretty “toasty” so the butt dip in the water was a bit of a welcomed surprise 😉 Once we finished our pre-wedding photos, we drove to Art, Texas to the old church their. We waited for all 13 of the wedding guests to arrive and soaked in the A/C. I love that Cait walked herself down the isle and they didn’t have a wedding party standing up with them. It was truly an intimate ceremony with immediate family to witness. It was around noon when the ceremony finished, so we headed back into the heat. By now it was a solid 100+ degree, cloudless day. High sun harsh lighting is the hardest lighting for photographers to shoot. It is pretty much photographer kryptonite, but these two made it fun and laid back. As I left, someone asked me “I bet this is your first wedding in Art, TX” I’ve got to say, after doing so many weddings I don’t have too many “firsts” anymore. However, on this day I had several: First time I laid in the middle of the road and the middle of a river in the same day. First time a bride has removed a burweed from my sock. First time I arrived to the wedding with a wet butt. First time someone almost got in a wreck trying to watch us do photos in said water. He proceeded to leave his truck in the middle of the road to come take his own photos of two strangers in the river to “show his wife”. First time a flying grasshopper flew with precision into my boot and proceeded to craw down toward my foot. First time to remove my boot in a spastic reflex to retrieve said grasshopper and finally, first time to shoot in Art, TX. To see all of Chad and Cait’s photos, click HERE
Did I mention she reviewed me before I even had time to blog her wedding?! She gets 5 stars for being a dream client!!
Wedding Venue: United Methodist, Art, TX & bride’s home
Wedding Dress: David’s bridal
Bridal Bouquet: HEB Blooms
Behind the scenes photos: Bride’s mom