Let’s see, how should I start…this wedding was so much more than your typical wedding it’s hard to capture in just a paragraph
and a handful of photos, but I will try. First of all, I should mention that it took place at the Balcones Springs Retreat, also
known as Camp Balcones. The location is about an hour from downtown Austin in the Hill Country, on the north shore of
Lake Travis. Enormous fields of wildflowers, winding dirt roads, many cabins, an outdoor pavilion, a beach, tennis courts,
zip lines, water slides and canoes are just a few of the amenities that make this place spectacular. The Bride and Groom
and many of their guests spent the weekend and participated in the activities. Lunch before the wedding was a beach affair with
Frito pies, (a Texas classic), corn muffins, salad, lemonade and cold beer.
By 2pm the family and wedding party began to prepare for the wedding ceremony and reception. Erin of Rosehip Flora arrived with
the floral designs. I loved the combinations of flowers and succulents, especially with the boutonnières the men wore, simple,
sturdy and exquisite. With flowers in place we got to work photographing the bride and groom, wedding party and immediate family.
Saadeh was an entertaining groom to say the least. He kept me and his friends laughing throughout.
Bridget transformed from camper to bride right before our very eyes, it was wonderful to watch. I loved her choice of details from
her Hey Lady shoes to the unique flower bracelet. Her gift to her bridesmaids was another beautiful bracelet that picked up the
aqua blue that was used throughout the day.
The ceremony took place down by the lake, with readings and songs by friends and family. The camp bus served as the get away
vehicle and brought us out to a beautiful field to do some post ceremony photos. The Bride and Groom entered the cocktail with
guests lined up waving hand made ribbon wands. And here I need to mention the hand made place cards, not really cards at all, but
crepe paper flowers that had the guests name and table numbers written in the center. I am not sure it was intended but guests decided
to wear the flowers on their dresses, lapels and even in their hair. It was super festive.
The reception took place in the spacious outdoor pavilion. The tables held local honey for each guest to take home and a single
flower on at each place setting. The evening was filled with good food, toasts, cake, laughing and plenty of dancing to The Gourds.
Congratulations Bridget and Saadeh!