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Coquise & Russ // A Texas Ranch Wedding

A Texas ranch wedding by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

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!

The bride+

Behind the Scenes - Shirts on a clothes line.+

The ranch house. Photograph by Briana Morrison+

The dress. Photograph by Briana Morrison+Preparing the dress.+

Daddy-Long-Legs at the ranch house. Photography by Briana Morrison+

Outdoor details.+

Through the ranch house window. Photography by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Outdoor details.+

Outdoor details.+

Preparing the big Texas barbecue feast. Photography by Briana Morrison+

A very long driveway leading to the ranch house. Photography by Briana Morrison+

A peaceful day on the ranch. Austin, Texas - Photography by Briana Morrison+

The Taylor Ranch in Austin, Texas - Photograph by Briana Morrison+

The bride getting ready in a Texas ranch house.+

The bride+

Dress details - Photography by Briana Morrison+

A mini bridal boudoir session before she slips into her dress. Photography by Briana Morrison+

The rings. by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Succulents and peonies make for a very beautiful bridal bouquet. Photograph by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Almost in tears, the bride+

The bride+

A beautiful peony and succulent bouquet. Photography by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

The father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. Photography by Briana Morrison+

The bride and the groom before the ceremony. Photography by Briana Morrison+The beautiful bride before the ceremony. Photography by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Getting ready to walk down the aisle.+

The groom reviews his vows before the ceremony.+

The ceremony site complete with an old school bus and cow skull. Photography by Briana Morrison+

The ceremony site by the old windmill holds a special place in the bride+

The bride+

Wedding guests before the ceremony.+

The father of the bride before the ceremony.+

The bride has her maid of honor attach her veil minutes before the ceremony.+

Custom wedding invitations designed by the bride.+

Custom wedding program designed by the bride.+

The ceremony begins on the bride+

The blessing of the rings and the "I do"s.+

Finally pronounced husband and wife! by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

The bride and groom getting ready for family photos.+

After they said "I do" - A Texas ranch wedding with photography by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

The newlyweds! Coquise and Russ get married on the bride+The bride and groom on the family ranch in Texas.+

After they said "I do" - A Texas ranch wedding with photography by Briana Morrison+

Reflections of the bride and groom. A ranch wedding in Austin, Texas with photography by Austin wedding photographer Briana Morrison+

Newlyweds - A Texas ranch wedding with photography by Briana Morrison+

Details at the reception. A ranch wedding in Austin, Texas with photography by Briana Morrison+

The bride and groom dance by the light and song of the harvest moon. Photography by Briana Morrison+

Light and shadow during the wedding reception in Texas.+

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