This morning I had the pleasure of photographing another beautiful Zilker Botanical Garden Wedding here in sunny Austin, Texas. I’ve done enough July and August weddings in Central Texas to appreciate the “mild” weather that this April has brought us. Today was partly cloudy in the high 80’s/low 90’s and luckily most of Zilker Botanical Garden in shaded. We were also lucky enough to have relatively cool breezes blowing through the garden, which I’ll admit didn’t prevent sweating, but did make the day bearable and somewhat enjoyable. Here’s a sneak peak of a couple of Zilker Botanical Garden Wedding Photos from today’s Austin wedding. Enjoy!
Another one of Austin’s wedding venues which is a bit of a hidden gem is Austin Women’s Club/ Chateau Bellevue, located in Central Austin. I can’t help but believe that we as individuals make up a “collective consciousness”. I say that because a few weeks ago while I was talking to a vendor at Allan House where I was shooting a wedding, the topic of Chateau Bellevue came up and we talked about how it was so unusual with it’s multiple levels, historic look (right down to the antique furniture) and it’s connection to an older Austin, Texas.
So here’s where the “shared consciousness” comes in…The same week that our conversation took place about Chateau Bellevue, I received an email from a coordinator associated with Chateau Bellevue requesting images from a wedding I photographed there a few years back. So in the next week or so I’ll be sharing some of those photos, which will likely be available on the official website soon. Can’t wait to see…
Once I post more photos from Chateau Bellevue, you’ll be able to view them here…XXXXX
I know that I say it a lot, but I have a new favorite wedding venue in Austin: Green Pastures Restaurant. Now let me tell you why…
Green Pastures Restaurant (also known just as “Green Pastures”) is beautiful inside and out, it’s charming, it’s staff are the friendliest (really!) I’ve ever met and it’s quiet.
First, this historic home which hosts weddings, meetings and other events has been around for a long time. It was built in 1894 by Dr. E.W. Herndon. The legendary attorney John Henry Faulk (for whom the Faulk Library is named) resided there, as did a number of other families throughout the years.
In 1946 the Koock Family turned the home into a restaurant and today it’s still known world-wide for it’s 5 star cuisine and service.
The website sums things up:
“Green Pastures began its 60-year tradition of elegant dining rather quietly. But friends told friends, and the word spread. Austin’s neighborhood retreat quickly became known citywide as the place to enjoy sumptuous gourmet dishes, fine wine and true Southern hospitality.” – Green Pastures Website (www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com)
Not only can you enjoy fantastic food, but you’ll also feel like you’re on a southern plantation. The home is spacious inside and fitted with patios and covered porches overlooking acres of green trees, grass, gazebos, gardens and more. A number of peacocks roam the estate, including two rare male albino peacocks.
The bride and groom that I photographed at Green Pastures on wedding day got married outdoors, just behind the Green Pastures Home, beneath the shade of Oak trees. Since it was a little warm, as May and June in Texas frequently are, the reception was held inside the main ballroom of the house. There were many opportunities for great photos, such as when the bride descended the stairs in her gown, formal photos of the bride and groom (including the peacock!), the military sabers ceremony (also known as the Sabers Arch) as the bride and groom entered the reception as a couple for the first time and much more…
Martin Whitton is a passionate wedding photojournalist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Email your questions to him at email@example.com.