When Sara’s sister contacted me to see if I’d be down to hide out at Hamilton Pool and capture Wes’ marriage proposal, you can bet I jumped at the chance. Hamilton Pool Preserve, with its unbelievable waterfall, crystal blue-green water, and limestone grotto, is one of the most beautiful places in Austin (and probably Texas), and my family has been going there for generations.
Anywhere else, and an outdoor February proposal by the water might be a nightmare, but here in Austin we got a beautiful early spring morning. Maybe a little too cold to swim, but perfect for short sleeves at sunrise.
Wes included his and Sara’s families in the planning process, and had secretly brought them in town for the proposal. Sara thought she and Wes were just taking a little vacation in Austin; little did she know what awaited her! Wes knew that the only thing Sara wanted in a proposal was a photographer to capture it, so this was a perfect scenario.
Luckily, Hamilton Pool is beautiful and attracts photographers from the world over, so I didn’t have to hide in the woods. As Wes and Sara walked by with their families, Wes held back for a moment as the families walked on. He dropped to his knee and popped the question to a shocked and overjoyed Sara. Of course she said yes, and the rest is history!
Hamilton Pool, managed by Travis County Parks, may not be a hidden gem any longer, but it's a must-see for anyone coming to Austin. Due to its rising popularity, there is a reservation system in place year-round. They offer two time-slots: 9:00AM-1:00PM and 2:00PM-6:00PM. Reservations may be made on Hamilton Pool's website. Reservations are a non-refundable $11 and entrance fees are $15 per vehicle.
Once you're there, you should be prepared for a short, mildly strenuous hike down to the pool itself. It takes about 20-30 minutes from the parking lot. No pets are allowed. One more thing to note is that swimming is not guaranteed. They will occasionally prohibit swimming due to high bacteria levels.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is located in Austin, Texas.