Jen and Jason’s Beautifully Classic La Hacienda Wedding
Jen and Jason, who met at a pool party while attending the University of Texas (hook ‘em!), recently were married at La Hacienda, a beautiful wedding venue owned by Memory Lane Event Center. I had the pleasure of being both their wedding photographer and engagement photographer in April of last year. They were truly a dream couple, and I’m pleased to show off some of the photos from their Dripping Springs wedding.
The Engagement Session
Last April, I met up with Jen and Jason at the Lamar Pedestrian bridge just south of downtown Austin, Texas to photograph their engagement session. It was unseasonably warm (though in Austin, you can almost always expect it to be unseasonably warm), but a stiff breeze kept us cool.
Jen, in a simple, elegant, white and silver, knee-length dress and wedges looked beautifully casual and paired off wonderfully with Jason in blue jeans, boots, and a blue button-up. We played around on the pedestrian bridge for a while, dipped over to Butler Park, then moved on to our next location, the Hill of Life.
Jen had warned me ahead of time about the trail, and I was wise enough to wear my running shoes. We ended up walking almost two miles to get to the Hill of Life, but the view was definitely worth it. It’s absolutely breathtaking and is one of those hidden gems that I keep finding in Austin. There are cedars, junipers, and live oaks for as far as the eye can see. We got some beautiful sunset shots and called it a day.
Fast-forward to the end of December, and the wedding day was upon us! Jen and Jason picked La Hacienda as their ceremony and reception venue, and it was amazing.
I arrived and dove right into getting photos of Jason and his guys getting ready.* Suits were donned, ties were tied, and boutonnieres were painstakingly pinned.
*Cracking jokes and drinking whiskey
Jen and her bridesmaids arrived shortly thereafter, and I photographed them prepping (and drinking champagne out of red solo cups, natch).
Once Jen was in her dress, we moved Jason into position for the first look. While Jen snuck up from behind, Jason bent down to help bridge their height difference. Jen covered his eyes, then BOOM! Jason was simply ecstatic when he saw his bride-to-be. We took photos of Jen and Jason around the grounds of La Hacienda while guests began arriving for the wedding ceremony. They were clearly excited about the wedding, and they looked simply wonderful together.
We didn’t quite have the weather for the planned outdoor ceremony, but La Hacienda’s chapel filled in nicely. It’s warm and inviting, perfect for a winter wedding. Although their three-year-old daughter didn’t quite perform her duties as the flower girl, she was darling nonetheless. The ceremony was sweet and over in a flash. Jen lifted her arms in triumph after their first kiss as a married couple, and they walked out to cheers from their guests.
While I finished up family photos, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour inside La Hacienda’s reception hall.
Afterwards, Jen and Jason were welcomed into the reception by a standing ovation from friends and family. We sat down to a delicious barbecue dinner provided by Trudy’s. N.B. – guests always appreciate a barbecue dinner.
After dinner, the best man and matron of honor read their toasts to Jen and Jason. The matron of honor’s speech was sweet and sentimental, with plenty of tears, while the best man’s was absolutely hilarious. He had the crowd (and me, which is rare; I’ve heard it all at this point) roaring with laughter.
On to the cake cutting, with the bride’s cake a three-tiered silver and white affair, and the groom’s cake a beautifully sculpted steak and baked potato (seriously). Lori of Classic Cakes by Lori knows her stuff.
Jen and Jason had their first dance as a married couple to “Everything” by Michael Bublé. The father-daughter dance was to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and was obviously a tear-jerker. Jason danced with his mother to “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz, and he kept his mom laughing the entire song.
Women got ruthless fighting for the bouquet, and men avoided the garter at all costs. This seems to be a trend.
Family and friends kept the party going until 10:00, with dancing, drinking, and photo-boothing (courtesy of yours truly, Max Photography). Jen and Jason exited the reception to sparklers, sharing one last kiss before they drove off into the night in their rented vintage car.
This was such a fun wedding to photograph, and I wish Jen and Jason all the best.