Mansion at Judges’ Hill Wedding Photographer, Austin

I met Rachel and Steve at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza, and I was thrilled when they hired me as their wedding photographer. They are both so kind and gracious, and they also know how to throw one heck of a fun wedding reception.

Rachel and Steve love Austin. Their admiration for this city is really incredible, and they wanted to share their affection for Austin with their wedding guests. Their favorite Austin things were tied into theme for their wedding — some of their favorite spots were made into photographs for the table number numbers, and they had a guitar case on the gift table in tribute to Austin music. (We explored some of their favorite spots during their engagement session on South Congress. Take a peek at their engagement photos here.)

Originally, we planned to take some wedding photos on the UT campus, but an event that day ruled the option out. Rachel and Steve were so fantastic and flexible, so we photographed some portraits at the the Capitol, and I absolutely love the wedding portraits that were captured.

One of my favorite moments of the wedding day was seeing Steve’s reaction as Rachel walked down the aisle at St. Austin’s Catholic Parish. His eyes were full of tears, and Father Jamie Baca leaned over to offer support. I typically don’t tear up during the wedding ceremony when I’m photographing the event. I’m usually so caught up in capturing the moments … But when Rachel walked down the aisle, you could just feel all of the love radiating in the church.

In lieu of wedding favors, this amazing couple made a donation to the American Diabetes Association in honor of their guests. Just incredible — I think that’s such a thoughtful and smart idea.

Here are some of my favorite wedding moments above, but the details will be blogged soon, too! Check back soon.

This amazing wedding was made possible with the fantastic vendors.

Austin wedding ceremony site:  St. Austin’s Catholic Parish (Pat Lucksinger)
Austin wedding venue:  Mansion at Judge’s Hill (Amy Kennedy and Catherine Haffner)
Officiant:  Father Jamie Baca
Wedding planner/coordinator:  Catherine Haffner at The Mansion at Judge’s Hill
Ceremony Musicians:  St. Austin’s Catholic Parish musicians led by Dr. John Hoffman
Musicians:  Barrington Miles with TX Pro DJ
Cake:  Stardust Pastry, Summer Pruett
Other snacks:  Kerbey Lane queso, delivered by Longhorn Delivery
Catering:  The Mansion at Judge’s Hill
Flowers: Becky with Bouquets of Austin
Hair and Make-up:  Kelsey James with Rouge Make-up Studio
Transportation: Chuck Furry with R&R Limos
Wedding Programs:
Dress shop:  Austin Bridal & Formal
Tuxedo shop:  Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Capital Wedding Video

Photography: Austin Wedding Photographer Debra Gulbas & Lisa Hause