Austin Americana Photography’s latest event was a wedding at Arbor Pointe in Round Rock, Texas. Arbor Pointe is a relatively new event facility located near IH-35 and Hwy 79. Despite it’s location, it is a cozy little venue that makes you feel like you’re in the countryside!
This wedding photo is a favorite of mine because it is so rich in color. The bride selected bright orange, red and yellow flowers for her wedding arrangement and bouquet which are reminiscent of bright, sunny days. The irony was that this wedding in particular was almost rained out, and was temporarily moved indoors for about 30 minutes because of a passing shower.
Getting engaged to be married can be an intoxicating and stimulating experience for a bride. Just think of all the excitement around planning a wedding – selecting the perfect dress, choosing a wedding venue, decorating, re-uniting with old friends and family. Yet somewhere in the process of all the joy and excitement, a bride can feel overwhelmed by the stress of the upcoming wedding. Questions arise related to logistics, relationships and money – how many people will come to the wedding? How do we separate feuding relatives? How do we pay for everything?
So in the midst of the chaos don’t let the wedding planning stress overcome you. Here are some tips for reducing wedding stress and making your wedding experience more rewarding and relaxing.
1. Don’t be a Bridezilla. Allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate.
2. Your friends and family want to influence your wedding. Let them know that it’s your day.
3. A wedding precipitates strong feelings and some doubts. Remember that being married is a journey and a process, not a final destination.
People that might stress you out (that you may want to limit contact with):
– family members/divorced
Some basic things to remember from Wednet:
- Remember that no wedding is perfect.
- Remember that you can’t please everybody.
- Be willing to compromise.
- Delegate responsibility where possible.
- Remain calm and rational when faced with stress.
- Communicate effectively (without anger).
- People are unpredictable
- You are not to blame for problems that your guests have.
- Be honest with yourself and your guests.
- You don’t need to be a mediator between guests.
- There are some things that you cannot control.
- A wedding takes a long time to plan.
- A variety of emotions are normal during the planning process.
- Take time out for yourself.
- Take time out for your relationship.
– Source: http://www.wednet.com
Specific things known for their relaxation properties:
Lavender has long been known for it’s ability to promote mind and body relaxation through its powerfully calming aroma. When combined with bath salts relaxation effects are amplified through vapors and direct skin contact.
Getting enough rest can improve your body’s ability to fight off sickness and help you feel better and more relaxed. If you are not getting enough sleep, try a natural herb to aid in sleeping, such as valerian root or melatonin.
Cocktails. Having a bad day where nothing seems to go right? End the day early with a happy hour with your friends. A cocktail or two will help you forget about the stress of the day and your friends can be there to support you when you need it most. Just remember that if you drink, do it in moderation and be safe.
Not relaxed yet? Register to win a “Zen Bride” package (includes a book on reducing stress and lavender products like bath salts/candle, etc.)
Email us at: AustinAmericana@Gmail.com – include your name and upcoming wedding date.
We’ll give away 3 of the Zen Wedding packages starting June 1st, 2011.
In March I had the pleasure of being selected as the official wedding photographer for a 1930’s wedding that occurred here in Austin at Mayfield Park. Having photographed many weddings which can become a bit “cookie cutter” in nature, this wedding definitely changed the typical look and feel of an Austin wedding and what an Austin wedding photographer shoots into something classic and fun.
It’s not that often that I get the opportunity to photograph a wedding or event that doubles as a costume party like this event did, which is pretty exciting. Obviously, the bride, groom and wedding party were all donning 1930’s wedding/dress attire. But what was great and what made the event all the more fun was that many of the guests also went to the trouble of dressing in the clothing styles of the early 1900’s.
And no detail of the wedding was left to chance. The theme of the wedding was 1930’s and not only was clothing of the utmost importance, but décor at the wedding was also in the turn-of-the-century style, along with the cake, flowers, etc. Mayfield Park Cottage also lent some genuineness and credibility to the event, given that Mayfield Park and Cottage was constructed around the turn of the century (around 1900?) and gives the feel of being on a rural homestead during the given period of time.
According to the Mayfield Park Community Project Website, Mayfield Park and Preserve is a suburban park that has been a relatively lengthy part of Austin’s history. The Mayfield Park Estate was handed over to the city of Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for the purpose of creating public use parkland. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it encompasses approximately two acres of lush, green gardens, mature palm trees, peacocks and ponds containing water lillies, as well as 21 acres of nature preserve, walking trails and wildlife habitat.
Geographically speaking, Mayfield Park is located West-Central of Downtown. It’s just a stone’s throw away from some very well known Austin Landmarks, including Camp Mabry, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell, all names that are synonymous with the history of Austin as a city. In fact, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell are two of my favorite engagement and bridal photography locations here in Austin!
More from mayfieldpark.org: “Allison Mayfield purchased the board and batten, twin-gabled cottage and 23 acres for his family as a summer and weekend retreat in 1909. A prominent Austin political figure, Mr. Mayfield was Chairman of the Railroad Commission and former Texas Secretary of State. He and his wife had one child, Mary Frances, who married Milton Gutsch in 1918. Dr. Gutsch was Chairman of the History Department at the University of Texas for many years. As a young couple, Mary and Milton moved into the cottage in 1922 and added porches to three sides of the house, reflecting the Bungalow style of the early 20th century.
Mary Mayfield Gutsch designed the gardens while Milton directed the building of the stone walls, ponds, and garden features with the help of Steve Arredondo, resident gardener for many years. The peacocks were gifts from friends in 1935 and their descendants are here today. The Mayfield-Gutsch family developed this site over a 62 year period. Dr. Gutsch died in 1967. Mary Mayfield Gutsch died in 1971 and left the home and acreage to the City of Austin to be used as a park.
An interesting feature of the park and preserve is the Sabal Mexicana Palms. These palms were introduced in the thirties and now are one of the predominant species growing throughout the preserve. Originally from the Rio Grande they have survived Austin’s climate and are naturalizing to the area.”
More history about Mayfield Park, including old photos can be found at the City of Austin PARD Mayfield Park website.
See ALL the photos from this 1930s wedding in Austin Here: http://www.mwwphoto.com/Weddings/1930-Mayfield-Park-Wedding/
|To reserve the cottage and/or grounds, you can call (512) 974-6797 or visit: City of Austin PARD Mayfield Website – reservations. Maximum attendees for events: 200.
Most people in Austin know that there’s a great restaurant bar on Lake Travis in Austin called The Oasis. The Oasis is known for its fantastic sunset views overlooking lake Travis from a perched cliff in the rolling hills of the Texas hill country. But many people may not know that just down the street, there’s a beautiful wedding venue called La Villa Vista which shares some of those fantastic lake views with The Oasis.
La Villa Vista is one of the best kept secrets on Lake Travis. It’s been around for 20+ years and is run by a quiet family who enjoy sharing their home with others, especially for weddings and special events. It has been billed as “The Italian Riviera on Lake Travis” and visiting the venue is like taking a trip out of Texas. La Villa Vista Resort boasts not only fantastic sunset views, but also a negative edge pool, waterfalls and “a bit of old-world European charm – a place to romance or just relax.” – La Villa Vista Website
It features multi-story convenience in an intimate setting, including areas for ceremony, reception and individual rooms for guests. In addition, La Villa Vista offers many options, including staff assistance with bar tending and more.
I was given the pleasure of photographing Tanya and Tom’s intimate wedding ceremony and reception at La Villa Vista in November and really enjoyed being a part of the event. The bride and groom planned a simple, yet elegant wedding with close family and friends that ultimately was a great success. The couple omitted some traditional wedding events to put a more modern spin on their big day; however, they still managed to surprise everyone at the end of the wedding by blowing bubbles with some of the younger guests and finishing with a spontaneous and private last dance (of the night), which brought a few tears of happiness to guests.
I wish Tanya and Tom the best in their new life together!
Over the years I’ve seen lots of different wedding cake toppers. Some have been funny, some have been traditional and others have been unique. The wedding topper is like the flag that a ship flies; it sort of sets the tone and mood for a cake.
The old traditional topper was usually a depiction of a happy, in love bride and groom or of wedding bells. But these days there are a few new ones to choose from that give your cake a little personality and set it apart in some instances. What will your cake have on top?
Check out some of the memorable or favorite toppers that I’ve photographed over the past few years…
A few months back I blogged about how excited I was to announce a new addition to my wedding camera family: the Canon 5D Mark ii. While it probably doesn’t mean much to my wedding and portrait clientele that I’ve upgraded, to a photographer it means a lot. To the photographer it’s the difference in a full frame and partial frame sensor; greater flexibility in low-light situations; the ability to capture high-resolution HD video and more. Ultimately for my brides and grooms it means that they’ll be getting more great shots than ever with an increased quality in images that can be seen in the printing process.
I recently read an article that President Obama’s official portrait was taken with the Canon 5D Mark ii as well, which really surprises me. So now I’m telling my clients that if the Canon 5D Mark ii is good enough for our American President, then it’s definitely good enough for their wedding photographs. It’s definitely an exciting time for photography in America as we watch things change and evolve so quickly. I’m proud to be an American Photographer!
Ever thought of having your wedding on a movie set in Texas? Perhaps you didn’t know such a thing exists, but it does! It’s called Star Hill Ranch and it’s located right here in Central Texas, about 30 minutes from downtown (depending on how you drive), out near Hamilton Pool (near Bee Cave) in West Austin.
In 2002, the movie The Alamo was filmed on the set of Star Hill Ranch. One of the reasons that Star Hill Ranch was chosen is because it resembles an old west town. The 30-acre tract has one main street of dirt lined with antique buildings and churches that were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s, giving Star Hill Ranch the look of a western town.
Creating the town was the brainchild of architect and 5th generation Texan, Adam Woolley, who dreamed of creating such a set for years before making it happen and opening officially in 2004.
“Some childhood dreams DO come true. By the time Adam Woolley was nine years old, he knew that someday he wanted to create a town of his own, just like his great-grandfather’s hometown of Industry (the first permanent German settlement in Texas, near Brenham). When his fourth-grade teacher asked the class to write an essay on what they’d like to do when they grew up, Adam earned an “A” by detailing plans remarkably similar to what he has put together, thirty-four years later, in Bee Cave. ”
“My goal was never to build an Old West town,” he explains. “I was aiming for a Hill Country town – the kind of civilized, self sufficient community that European immigrants built when they came to Texas. I wanted a location close to an urban area where people could go to experience that lifestyle; one where people could just step off into an earlier time.” – Hill Country Magazine Online
Star Hill Ranch hosts many different events including movies, weddings, corporate events and more. On site facilities include a historic, indoor chapel, an outdoor arbor (for outdoor ceremonies), a bride’s house, a groom’s quarters, large and small reception halls which can accommodate up to 300 people, a bier garten and lots of fun props including a windmill, wagons and more.
Vintage Villas is quickly becoming one of the most popular and premier locations for Austin weddings. Although it’s only been around since 1996, more than 1,000 weddings have occurred at Vintage Villa, at least according the VV website. Set high above Lake Travis on 6 acres of Hill Country land, it boasts a beautiful view of the lake, especially at sunset.
Vintage Villa is considered a full service wedding venue, offering catering, sleeping accommodations and lots more. Weddings occur at VV year round and are booked far in advance.
When I met with the couple who were to marry at Vintage Villas, we realized that I would be available to photograph their engagement session at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, but my wife and I would be gone to Costa Rica for our own wedding/honeymoon when the wedding at VV was to happen. So the newlyweds agreed to allow my fantastic second shooter, Jamie, to photograph their wedding. Like many of the photographers I work with, she is a fantastic photographer and I knew she would do a great job. And how…
The wedding turned out great on a Spring, Texas evening. I hope the couple were as pleased as I was…