Just before the 2011 heat wave arrived this year but still long after the rain had stopped here in Central Texas I photographed another blushing bride at one of my favorite photography locations in Austin: Laguna Gloria. Jesefa, the bride that I would be photographing on this beautiful day at Laguna Gloria, was soon to be married at the Long Center in Austin, and wanted me to capture her in all her glory and beauty as she dawned her mermaid gown. I always tell people that it’s hard to take a bad photo at Laguna Gloria, and here’s another example that I believe supports my claim.
Laguna Gloria, a part of the Austin Museum of Art educational center, is located near Mount Bonnell in West Austin off of Mopac and 35th Street. The AMOA Laguna Gloria web page states that the grounds include a 1920s style flat located on 12 acres of park land with approximately 1 mile of water frontage on the Colorado River. It’s a beautiful place, inside and out including statues, lots of plant life and a feeling of calm just around the corner from the bustling downtown Austin.
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“I have placed in what I consider a proper setting a number of really beautiful and graceful statues, which I was fortunate to obtain from one of the finest gardens of Old Italy, this to give an Old World touch to an incomparably beautiful Texas landscape and contribute a little dignity and formality to the riotous caprices of this violet crowned vale. ” – Clara Driscoll
As the Austin Museum of Art’s original home, AMOA-Laguna Gloria Offers a unique experience of history, art and nature. This beloved site has been declared a national treasure and is on city, state and national registries of historic places. Visitors are encourage to tour the restored Driscoll Villa, stroll the lush 12-acre grounds overlooking Lake Austin and view the outdoor sculpture.
Inspired by Clara Driscoll’s Italian travels, her passion for gardening, her love of antiquity and her native state, the grounds of Laguna Gloria have been revived to Driscoll’s landscape plan of 1916. The interest in aesthetics over function in the garden is in keeping with an 18th century notion that landscape gardens be appreciated as three-dimensional, living works of art. In the early 20th century, it was fashionable to organize gardens around a particular concept with poetic references to antiquity meant to stir the intellect and emotions. In this tradition, Driscoll filled her garden with classical references to the passage of time – including the Garden of the Four Seasons, the Sundial Garden, and the Wishing Well, as well as the bas-relief Aurora, which originally hung over the exterior of the Villa above the east doorway.
Driscoll also transformed the site from its rough natural landscape to a carefully designed garden laid out in two distinct manners – the “beautiful” and the “picturesque.”
Read and see other bridal photos that Austin Americana photographed at Laguna Gloria here!
Information on booking and tours:
Public tours occur each Saturday and Sunday at 1pm
Austin Museum of Art – Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street