I took this photograph of a boho bride and her groom under a vine-covered cistern at their fall wedding at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. I love the way that the Virginia creeper vine frames them as they stand in the darkened archway. I also really like the bride’s popped leg and the way she cradles her new husband’s head as she kisses him. It’s a candid moment where everything just lined up perfectly.
This couple hadn’t been together long before tying the knot, so they’re still in the puppy-love phase of their relationship for this pic. You can really tell by the way they kiss with wild abandon. They were like this the whole time I was with them (and probably after). It makes for such dynamic posing when the couple is so into each other.
I knew this spot at the Wildflower Center would be a perfect frame for them since the receding archway darkens so abruptly. The way that her white top and pink skirt pop against the shadow of the brick hallway is very cool.
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, whose mission is ‘inspiring the conservation of native plants,’ was founded in 1982 and now draws visitors from all over the world. It’s an amazing botanical garden and arboretum, full of Texas-native trees and wildflowers, beautiful stonework, and miles of trails meandering through the Edwards Plateau and Blackland Prairie ecosystems. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in Austin there truly isn’t a better place than the Wildflower Center.
They can easily accommodate weddings of up to 200 guests and it has to be seen to be believed in the spring and fall. Surrounded by bluebonnets and firewheels, under the wide Texas sky, your garden wedding will be a dream come true. You can contact them for more information at this link. Outdoor weddings in the summer and winter are always a bit touch-and-go here in Central Texas, so spring and fall are going to be your best bets.
It was a morning wedding (more of an elopement, really, with just the bride and groom, four guests, the officiant, and I) in late September and just a perfect day, weather-wise. Soft cloud cover made for beautiful light and kept everyone from overheating.
I captured the image using one of my trusty Nikon D810s (never leave home without it!) and my favorite lens, the 70-200mm f/2.8. Generally during a wedding I’ll keep the 70-200 on one of my camera bodies the entire time, despite it coming in at a hefty 2.5 pounds. That little bit of backache is worth the razor-sharp yet dreamy images I can produce with it.
Location: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.