In the years that I’ve been photographing weddings it has been my privilege and honor to be the photographer at a number of military weddings. And they are a lot of fun to photograph because they are a part of what Austin Americana is: The American Spirit of Tradition.
Military weddings typically have lots of pomp and color, which adds a certain sort of mystique to the images captured on the big day. Military traditions such as the saber ceremony, cutting the cake with a military sword and more are exciting and fun. But hidden deeper amongst the fancy uniforms and display of tradition are strong beliefs like unity and commitment, which are frequently in short supply these days. Getting to know my brides and grooms has allowed me to be able to see the dedication that a soldier has, even on a day when he or she isn’t really required to be a soldier.
I suppose making these observations about U.S. military personnel didn’t occur to me until later in life, when I married my wife. I guess you could say that I chose to look at things from only one vantage point until I fell in love with a soldier. My wife completely changed my outlook of what it was like to be in the military and the experience that military families have when their loved ones are working. In fact, my wife is the one who inspired me to offer a military discount for active military service men and women who get married and need a photographer.
At any rate, I just wanted to share some fun and beautiful military wedding photographs that I’ve collected over the years. A number of these weddings occurred at places such as: Villa Antonia, Zilker Botanical Garden, Star Hill Ranch, Rural Central Texas and more. Enjoy!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.