I arrived in Austin, Texas on a hot humid day in September. As we drove 3 hours outside of town towards the bride’s family ranch the rain started coming down in buckets. To describe the ranch house as wet would be an understatement but it was hard to complain because the rain was the first in ages, finally quenching a land wasting away in drought. Unfortunately, the rain made the earth a little too wet and the bugs a little too eager to come inside. Lucky for me, I had the bride’s 80-year-old walker using, slipper wearing, Raid spraying grandmother to save me from the scorpions who decided to take shelter in my room.
For two days we waited for the rain to subside, wondering if this ranch wedding was going to have to come indoors, but as luck would have it the sun came out the morning of the big day and dried the land just enough. We battled through scorpions, mud, fire ants, cacti, and hungry cattle to make Coquise and Russ’s fairytale wedding come true. It was perfect!
Their wedding was an intimate affair, with only the bride and groom’s closest friends and family in attendance and I was honored to count myself among them. I spent the morning before their wedding wandering around the ranch and Coquise’s family home capturing the magic of the place. Their ancient stone house was full of wonders and I made it my mission to document this peculiar place as it had never been done before.
The ceremony was held at an old watering hole that held special memories for the bride. The land was gaited to protect it from roaming cattle and featured a beautiful old yellow school bus and rustic swimming pool. After the ceremony we made our way back to the family home for some Texas barbecue, dancing, and more than a few stiff drinks.
Coquise and Russ were honored with a cool sunny day and beautiful night under a harvest moon. A perfect way to celebrate their vows!