You can really get married anywhere, even a ranch rented through airbnb. Erin and Josh were married on a small ranch in Kerrville, Texas - two hours outside of Austin. Grenada Springs Ranch is really awesome because the house sits on top of a cliff overlooking the valley. Upon my arrival, I was given a brief history of hands that passed the ranch: the founder of Chilis and an exec of Mary Kay are just a few. I was given a tour of the grounds with my friend Katie, Erin’s youngest sister when I made it to the ranch. The ranch has a one story house that expands a horse-shoe U shape with a small upstairs section. The ranch house was big enough for Erin, Josh, and all immediate family members to stay in during the weekend of wedding festivities. It was an intimate and laid back ceremony with guests consisting of close family and a few long-term family friends. It was such a relaxed wedding that Erin was walking around the ranch getting final details set up a few hours before the ceremony. The relaxed atmosphere helped ease my personal nerves of photographing a wedding.
I first found Erin while she was walking around looking for her bridal bouquet. She found it, and then we joined her sisters, mom, and close friends in one of the separate ranch houses. This wasn’t the main ranch house. It’s a little building detached from the main house with two huge rooms consisting of 10 beds between the two rooms, a bathroom, and a sitting area. One of the rooms had a huge glass garage door that let in gorgeous diffused light on the cloudy day. The girls all wore matching floral robes, which I think is so fun and all bridal parties should do something of the similar. We took photos of the bed, and when I suggested them jumping on the beds, the girls were all for it. I love finding ways to capture lively and fun images! Erin’s sister, Molly, her mom, and her friend Victoria helped her get into her two-piece BHLDN dress.
Once Erin was ready, I led her outside to her first look with Josh. We held the first look on an open terrace overlooking the valley. I asked her to walk up behind Josh and tap him on his shoulder. She did one even better. She wrapped her arms around his waist, and as he turned around, a huge smile spread across his face. Josh looked at his bride with so much love. After the first look. I started taking portraits of Erin and Josh around the property, and Erin shooed away prying eyes. That’s definitely a little bump when getting married at the same place everyone is staying: people will watch you shoot.
The ceremony took place on a different terrace on the ranch. During the ceremony, Erin and Josh’s siblings each had a reading. Erin has two sisters and one brother while Josh has one brother. Readings included a passage by Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms, Romans 12:9-16, and an Irish blessing. Erin and Josh also did a unity candle with each of their parents representing the joining of two families. Josh's mother is a minister and she officiated the ceremony. I loved how every member of their families had a part to play in the wedding itself.
After the ceremony, we took formal family portraits at the ceremony spot, and then we proceeded inside the house for a casual reception with barbecue.