Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding

Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding | South Lake Tahoe, CA | Laura + Ryan

These two are the kind of clients that I instantly regretted not having more of a relationship with before their wedding day.  The MINUTE I started talking to Ryan I felt immediately at ease with him.  While we waited on Laura to show up for their first look, he regaled me with hilarity and poignant stories about wedding planning and anticipation.  When Laura showed up I realized that I wanted these two to be my new best friends.

It’s always been really important to me to have an a la carte / hourly rate for folks with no minimum because I think that everyone deserves beautiful photos at the budget they can afford.  This wedding is a perfect example of what you can do with only a few hours of coverage.  Their Revive Coffee and Wine Wedding in the heart of South Lake Tahoe looks like it’s in the middle of the woods.  You would never know it’s right smack in the middle of town!  It is a GORGEOUS afternoon venue because the light is amazing because of the way it is situated and the nearby meadow offers a great spot for portraits before the ceremony.  Laura and Ryan wanted a small intimate ceremony with their friends and loved ones there.  It was basic, DIY, simple and so incredibly special because of it.

And oh, did I mention that they had homemade macarons?  So many.  And in lemon.  Be still my heart.

Oh yeah, and they tipped me in wine.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my clients really get me.

It has been an incredibly long time since I’ve had time to blog a wedding and I actually don’t particularly have that much time so instead of uploading 25 photos in here, I thought I’d just share their short, charming highlight album video with you instead. 

 Venue: Revive Coffee and Wine | DJ: DJ Rockal0t | Photobooth: The Traveling Photobooth | Bride’s Attire: Always Elegant Bridal | Wedding Party Attire: Chicwish | Catering: Oven Mobile Pizza 

Boudoir

Love Yo-Self! Why You Need Boudoir Photos Right NOW!

(No Need to Wait Until You Think You Are Perfect!)

A glass of wine (or 3 let’s be real), a super cheesy movie (Pitch Perfect! Acca-believe it!), fantastically comfortable cozy pants and chowing down on takeout from my favorite local Asian restaurant without even remotely considering how many calories are in that deliciously oily eggroll: that’s how I celebrate Friday nights. I turn off all communication with the outside world and take the time to focus on me. My Friday nights have been officially designated self-love time.

Self-love is not just the latest hipster fad. With our 24-hour access to social media and the constant ability to compare ourselves and our bodies to the so-called “perfect” shape or size, it is easy to fall into the trap of the search for perfectionism. However, perfectionism is not the answer. Research shows that people who consider themselves “perfectionists,” tend to also have higher rates of severe illness including; heart disease, fibromyalgia, and depression. On the other end of the spectrum, those same studies found that having more self-love builds resilience and helps us recover more quickly from trauma and negative
experiences.

Which means the more you love yourself, the more of a resilient and badass woman you are! That badassery is worth celebrating. A massive component of self- love is having a positive body image despite any flaws you think you may have (my thighs happen to love egg rolls, thank you very much!) There are lots of ways to build that positive body image, and one amazingly fun and creative idea is to capture your inner-lioness with a Boudoir photo shoot. Yes, right now. Before you lose that 10lbs you gained last summer and seems to love you so much that you just can’t shake it. Yes, before you grow your hair back to where it was before that mistake of a haircut two years ago, and even before you start dating someone seriously. The way you are right now is perfect. But if there is still a little hesitation, here are three big reasons why you need boudoir photos right NOW!

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Reason # 1: It’s Incredibly Empowering

Most people have something about their bodies that they wish they could fix. Whether it’s their flabby arms or acne prone skin at 35 years old, we all have something. The problem is that we obsess about those things so much, we often forget about all the fantastic things about our bodies. A boudoir shoot captures those beautiful things about you that others see every day, but we may have lost sight of playing the comparison game.  My face is my face and although it sometimes makes really ridiculous faces, the people close to me love me for it all the same and I should too.

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Reason # 2: It Helps You Take Ownership of Your Femininity

Ugh, who in this world doesn’t think they get to own a piece of our femininity? Seriously, it gets old. We get sucked into the trap of trying to be the version of feminine some corporation, celebrity or guy on the street thinks we should be, instead of owning it ourselves. Boudoir helps you own your femininity. Based on what you see in ads and everyday life all around you, maybe you have convinced yourself that you don’t know how to be sexy. Well, being sexy doesn’t mean you have to “smile more often,” wear your hair up or put on a pair of stilettos. You decide what sexy is for you. Maybe it’s your amazing laugh, your beautiful curly hair or your strong thighs, built up from years of running cross country or playing soccer that you don’t even think about. Boudoir photos help you see and own your unique brand of femininity.

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Reason #3: Your 60, 70, and 90-Year-Old Self Will Thank You

Your older, even-more- awesome self will celebrate the fact that she can look back on those pictures and have no regrets. She will be grateful that she took the time to celebrate her own body and how strong and confident and bold she was and how it drove her to love herself even more over the years. Your older self will not be bothered by wrinkles because she was empowered long ago to appreciate the skin she lives in and it helped her be comfortable in showing the world her true badassery.

My only boudoir session of 2018 is coming up: Saturday, October 13th 2018.  There are a few spots left.  You can get more info here or by filling out the contact form.

 

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Tahoe Boudoir

Announcing 2018 Tahoe Boudoir Mini Sessions!

Because every woman deserves gorgeous photos of herself.

Because it’s absolutely wonderfully insanely confidence inspiring and liberating to participate in.

Because you should love yourself the way you are and accept the way you are today.

Because it’s about celebrating your beauty, whether it’s laughter filled or curvy.  Whether you are wearing boy shorts or lingerie or nothing.

Because you should be gentle on yourself for all the time you wish you had to take better care of yourself, but you should be honest with yourself that we are human and busy and perfect as you are.

Because it makes a really amazing gift to yourself, or to your partner.

Because every once in awhile, you should celebrate yourself.

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These days filled up fast last year!  Don’t wait!

2018 BOUDOIR MINI SESSIONS

Location: Harrahs, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Dates: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Included:

• Professional Hair & Makeup by Tahoe Salon Be
• Champagne & Mimosas upon arrival
• 30 minutes of shooting time
• 25-35 finished high resolution images in a password protected gallery
• Print Release
• Choice between an 8×12 metal print or a 5×7 Magazine Style Press Printed Book (valued at $105!)
• Product Delivery by March 15th

Investment: $375

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HOW TO BOOK

Sessions begin with 45 minutes of hair & makeup, followed by your 30-minute shoot.

When booking, please note your preferred session date & time. The times listed below apply to Saturday, October 13.  Spots will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:15 – 10:30 AM
10:15 – 11:30 AM
11:15 – 12:30 PM

1:15 – 2:30 PM
2:15 – 3:30 PM
3:15 – 4:30 PM
4:15 – 5:30 PM

To secure your spot, a signed contract & $100 retainer payment are due upon booking, with the remaining balance due four days before your session date.

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FAQ:

Q) What is a boudoir mini-session?

A) A boudoir mini session is a half hour photo-shoot booked on a select weekend.  The cost is significantly lower since we book multiple portrait shoots all in one weekend.  You book a time slot for your hair, makeup, & photo shoot.  The lovely ladies from Tahoe Salon Be will be on-site for professional hair and make-up, to create a look that you love that matches what you’ve brought to wear.  We’ll have champagne, mimosas and snacks!

Boudoir photography is a great gift to yourself and your partner, which is why we’re holding this before Valentine’s Day!  Often, we get so busy and in such a routine that we forget to take care of ourselves, treat ourselves or feel beautiful.

Q) How do I contact you to book?
A) Email me at Lauren@laurenlindley.com or hit the contact button at the top of the website.

Q) How much is it to book my slot for the photo-shoot?
A) A $100 deposit is due upon booking. That amount will then be applied to your package.  The remaining balance is due four days before the date of the photo-shoot. After your shoot you will be able to view/select your top 20 photos from your online (password-protected) gallery to be included in your book or select your favorite image to be placed on a gorgeous 8×12 metal print.  You can choose between a black or red leather cover OR black or red suede cover for your album. Additional prints or products may be ordered directly from your album.  Books may be upgraded to a larger size, if you so choose.  Email me fore more info and prices on upgrades.

Q) How should I arrive for my shoot? What should I all bring?

A) Once you book your time slot, I will email you an info email full of tips on how to prep for your shoot, what to bring and how to arrive, but in short, bring 1-3 outfits or your favorite lingerie.  For some folks, this might mean boy shorts, and for others, it might mean lace.  We can brainstorm ahead of time for something that fits you.  When I modeled, I actually had nothing with me and I ended up borrowing a lacy bra I wouldn’t wear in a million years but it ended up looking amazing and I felt totally comfortable in the moment in it.

Q) What if I’m nervous?  

It’s totally normal to be nervous beforehand, but I promise the experience is fun, liberating and you will mostly be so distracted by the extremely specific directions I’m giving you that you won’t have time to think about anything else except which hand is your left and where you are supposed to move it.

Q) What is the location like?

A) The location is a large spacious recently renovated suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.  Hair & makeup will be done in a large additional bathroom and a separate, 2nd bath area provides a private changing area for you.

Q) Will my photos be shown on your website or kept private?
A) I won’t post images from a boudoir photo-shoot unless given specific consent to do so.  I understand that because of the nature of the photography, it’s something most women like to keep to themselves.  However, if you don’t mind sharing your photos, I would love to post them.  Final decision is completely up to you and what you are comfortable with sharing.

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Medieval Times Wedding

Medieval Times Wedding | Buena Park, CA | Emily + Travis

Emily and Travis have been acquientences for a few years now thanks to some of my other amazing clients. Strangely enough, they are connected to two separate couples, both of whom I found independently of each other, but they are the link between them!

Their good friends, the Moxes, originally hired me to do a Doctor Who themed engagement session and then again for their Magic the Gathering themed wedding (apparently I never blogged this one, whoops).  Their other good friends, Kristen and Jamie, originally hired me to do an unconventional engagement session where a yeti attacked them in the woods and they were saved by their dog, and then again for their Estes Park Colorado camp wedding

Still following?  Good because now we’re onto the really good stuff! Emily and Travis were actually celebrating their two year anniversary with this ceremony (they eloped at a courthouse originally) and wanted a wedding that really represented them as a couple so low and behold: a Medieval Times wedding.

You know what I love?  The unconventional.

Guess who couldn’t wait to eat chicken with her hands?  This girl.

Guess who matched with a dude on Tinder in the uber ride to the venue and then subsequently flew back to southern California two weeks later to go on a date?  This girl.

That’s another story for another day though.

Guess whose clients wanted to do a Last Supper-esque recreation and then I decided to take it up a notch and make it epic?  This girl.

In other news, I’m overjoyed to find out that I’m going to be photographing another one wedding from this friend group in 2019. These are clearly my people.

Overall it was such an amazing experience with such a great group of people – I love when people celebrate in their own way with the ones they love and this was no different, except that it didn’t have silverware. Silver lining: no clinking glasses demanding that you kiss over and over and over again.

Other things to note: our knight, the Green Knight, not only won, but betrothed his sash to Emily at the end, which was especially exciting.  Also, I’m thrilled to announce that I won a Wedding Photojournalists Association award for excellence in wedding photography with the featured header image on this post.

Ceremony: Buena Park Community Center | Reception: Medieval Times | Florist: Maria’s Floral Designs | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

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LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Resources

Wedding planning can be an enormously stressful undertaking all by itself, but when you add in the additional worry that that you might not be treated fairly, or have you concerns taken seriously it just exasperates the stress.  Yet, that is something that many LGBTQ couples face when planning their weddings. The fact is your wedding is yours and should be the amazing day that you have dreamed it to be without the added stress.  Unfortunately, trying to find vendors who will support you and help bring your vision to life is not always rainbows and roses. It can be time consuming trying to find and sort through good vs. bad and supportive vs not supportive. Here’s a selection of LGBTQ Friendly wedding resources filled with vendors who you know will be positive and help bring the vision of your perfect LGBTQ wedding to life.

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Rainbow Wedding Network

Rainbow Wedding Network is the producer of hundreds of boutique-style Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos throughout the nation. These boutiques help connect LGBTQ couples to wedding vendors in their communities. These are vendors who support LGBTQ rights and are comfortable with making your day unique and special.  The network is lesbian-owned organization that has produced over 200 wedding expos in 33 different states. They produce 25 new events every year.

The site itself has an abundance of resources for any LGBTQ couple. It houses an online directory where couples can input their location to find a list of wedding vendors who will be comfortable working with you and your partner. The site also contains a blog where you can browse articles and find wedding ideas and inspiration.  What sets this site apart from the others is that the Network has a podcast where the team discusses trends, how to work with vendors and keeps you updated on LGBTQ current events.  Of course, the most important page on the site is the list of dates for the upcoming wedding expos they are hosting in different cities.  The expo for Texas will be held on May 19, 2019.  There is normally an expo in Austin and San Antonio in the spring every year as well, so, if you are planning your wedding for the fall or winter of 2019-20, this might be one to catch.

Overall, the site is user friendly and a great resource for finding LGBTQ friendly vendors, wedding tips and keeping up with LGBT news.

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Pridezillas

Pridezillas is also a wedding resource site for the LGBT community.  Their focus appears to be on connecting couples with LGBTQ friendly vendors. Like the Rainbow Wedding Network, they allow you to search for vendors by location.

The site also boasts an extensive blog with articles on many topics including “Tips from Officiants,” and photography guides. In addition to the blog, the website includes an album of beautiful LGBT weddings to help get your planning creative juices going.

Though not as intricate as the Rainbow Network site, the simple website design makes this site easy to use and less time consuming which might be helpful when you are on an already tight wedding planning timeline. 

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Purple Unions

Purple Unions LGBT wedding directory was founded by Scott & Mark, a gay couple who met in 1992 and legally married in 2008. According to their site, Scott and Mark “want to help others find welcoming, friendly and supportive wedding vendors to plan your day together.”

The resources on the website are amazing and like the others already mentioned, they allow users to search for vendors by location. A unique feature of this site is that it hosts travel giveaways thanks to the help of their sponsors.  The site also includes a wedding blog and includes a page of links to other wedding and non-wedding related sites that may be of interest to LGBTQ couples.

Though this site hosts a pretty solid directory of LGBTQ friendly wedding venues, what makes them most unique is the abundance of links to other resources.  The site owners Scott and Mark also run Purple Roofs which is now one of the most popular gay and lesbian travel directories on the web.  So be sure to check that out as you reach the honeymoon planning phase!

This is just a short list of LGBTQ wedding planning resources to get you started and help shorten your to-do list just a little bit.  All of them boast of vendors who come highly recommended and have already shown support for the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ weddings.  Hopefully this list will help you find positive vendors who will help you create your ideal wedding.

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West Shore Cafe Wedding

West Shore Cafe Wedding | Morgan + Vittawat

I have loved Morgan and Vittawat from the moment I met them.  They are bright, vibrant and smart. They exude happiness, confidence and love. They make you feel like a better person just being in their presence.  I had looked forward to their West Shore Cafe wedding all year and now that it’s come and gone I wish that I could do it all over again.  To be honest, we (my buddy Tyler came down from Seattle to help out) CRUSHED this wedding.  I’m so proud of the work we did and the final product that we gave to Morgan and Vittawat to celebrate their amazing day.

Morgan is a bit like me: she moves to laughter with ease and particularly in moments of great emotion.  Vittawat is all great emotion.  The results are touching, and, in my opinion, amazingly hilarious. These two are going to do great things in life together and I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for them.

Venue: West Shore Cafe | Planning and Coordination: Atypical Events | Officiant: Jack Cross | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Florist: Thran’s Flowers | Bakery: Lake Tahoe Cakes | DJ: DJ Beau Entertainment | Bride’s Attire: Swoon Bridal | Bridal Party Attire: Azazie | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Marchele’s Bridal Boutique | Second Photographer: Tyler Ray of Gull Photo

 

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Honor a Lost Loved One at a Wedding

5 Ways to Honor a Lost Loved One at Your Wedding

Walking down the aisle is usually an exciting event for any bride or groom. A whole host of your closest family and friends are there to help you celebrate and all seems right in the world. However, occasionally a bride or groom must get through the day without a loved one that they always dreamed would be there. Many couples face their wedding day after the loss of someone they love. The good news is that there are many amazing ways to honor a lost loved one at your wedding without allowing the entire day to tumble into a slump of melancholy. How do you balance a solemn tribute with a joyful day?  This post is dedicated to ways to honor lost loved ones, without bringing your wedding atmosphere from party to pitiful. 

Honor a Lost Loved One at a Wedding

1. Wear or Carry an Item that Belonged to Them, During the Wedding

This may be the most private of all the tributes listed but it could be the most meaningful to you.  Is there a special piece of jewelry or small trinket that belonged to the love one that you want to honor?  This could be a locket that your grandmother always carried or your dad’s favorite cuff links.  Consider wearing them as part of your wedding attire. A few ideas are: sewing them inside of your coat, adding it to your veil or pinning it to the inside of the bouquet.  The advantage to this type of tribute is that it is mostly private, so the melancholy effect on the wedding guests are minimal to none.  However, if you want to make it a more public gesture, feel free to share about your reasons for wearing the item at the reception.

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2.  Add a Tribute to Them in the Program

A more visible way to honor a loved one who has passed on would be to include a tribute to them in the program. You could include their favorite poem written in the program or even play their favorite song during the ceremony or reception and give a brief explanation.  The advantage to this type of tribute is that it is public, and everyone is involved.  The disadvantage is that if the loss is still fresh, it may trigger a few emotional responses from attending family members and friends.

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3.  Save Them a Seat or Build them a Memorial 

This is a more common idea used to honor family or friends who have passed on but is still a lovely way to include them.  Frame a favorite photograph of your loved one and decorate with ribbon, then place it in the seat that the family member would be sitting in if they were with you at the wedding or create a memorial for them at the reception venue.  You can either add a short note about the person you are honoring or place a candle in front of the framed photo.  That way when you look back into the audience you will have them with you in a small way. Even though the photo will be in out in public, if the seat is near the front, you and your closest family and friends may be the only ones to see it, so it can still serve as a subtler tribute.

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4. In Lieu of Gifts, Accept Donation to an Organization That Was Meaningful to Them

This is probably one of my favorite ideas in this list.  If you are going the route of accepting donations for a good cause in lieu of wedding gifts, consider having guests donate to an organization that was special to the member of the family that has passed on.  For example, if you have a grandmother who passed away from lung cancer, you can have guests send the donations to the American Cancer Society, or if your uncle was a regular volunteer for Meals on Wheels, have guests donate to that organization in his honor.  Donations are an outstanding way for your relatives to leave a legacy and your contributions will keep their memories alive with the organizations they loved or that served them.

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Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you started.  The grieving of a loved one is personal and choosing to remember them at this important milestone in your life honorable.  Celebrate them in the way you feel would be most special to both you and them.

Landing Resort Wedding

Landing Resort Wedding | Lake Tahoe, CA | Kristina + AJ

Kristina and AJ are both of Ukrainian heritage.

Let me tell you something: the Ukrainian know how to party.

Seriously, I’ve never seen a dance floor so incredibly packed!  Kristina and AJ hired one of my favorite wedding bands, The Lucky Devils, who travel all over the Western US playing weddings and events and they always know how to get the dancefloor moving. What was really insane though was when the band took a break and they started playing traditional music! Words cannot describe how epic this Landing Resort wedding raged so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.

I feel super fortunate to have gotten to spend a ton of time with this amazing couple and their friends and family – we started our relationship off with both Tahoe and SF engagement sessions and I photographed their ceremony at City Hall in SF the week before their Tahoe ceremony and reception.

Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | Day Of Coordinator: Lynne Barthe | Florist: Art in Bloom | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Band: The Lucky Devils | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Hugo by Hugo Boss | Hair and Makeup: Art of Beauty | Second Photographer: Shelby McAuliffe

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Trois Estate Wedding

Chapel Dulcinea: The Free Austin Wedding Venue (and Other Places to Have Your Wedding That Are Cheaper Than One Month of Austin’s Rent)

Forty-Five million dollars. That’s the cost of one month’s rent in Austin, TX.  Just kidding (though it feels like it more and more everyday). That’s actually the estimated cost of the most recent Royal Wedding. Can you imagine what you could do with forty-five million? Here’s a short list to get you thinking:

  1. Have P. Diddy host your company party for the next 45 years (yes, his event fee is $1 million).
  2. You can buy almost 2 super yachts that come with super cars and a parking dock for the cars (The Strand Craft Super Yacht will cost you about $25 million).
  3. Buy (40) 300-year-old Bonsai trees (The most expensive Bonsai tree in the world cost about $1.2 million).
  4. You could buy 35 bottles of the most expensive champagne in the world (Gout de Diamants Champagne, which was sold for $1.2 million).

Okay, so if you have no desire to spend that much money on your wedding or on P.Diddy’s hosting abilities, then this blog post is for you. Unless you are on your way to becoming the next Duke or Duchess in the U.K, your wedding doesn’t need to cost $45 million dollars.  In fact, one of the most expensive bills in your wedding planning, (the venue), doesn’t have to cost you anything.  Below is a list of venues in Austin that are free or at least cheaper than one months’ rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Austin.  With all that money you save, you can hire me!

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Chapel Dulcinea

Location: 16221 Crystal Hills Drive, Crystal Hill Dr, Austin, TX 78737

Fee: $0

None, absolutely free.  However, there is a $200 no-show deposit required for weddings Monday-Thursday and a $400 no-show free required for Friday –Saturday weddings.  The fee is refunded the day you show up for the wedding but can also be given as a donation.

About:  

In 2005, Chapel Dulcinea became the first Free Wedding Chapel in the world. When Roy and Pennie were married in 1976, they held their rehearsal dinner in an Oklahoma Pizza Hut and it took all the money they had. Their dream of a free wedding chapel is one of the ways they’ve chosen to lend a helping hand to happy couples in love who may be starting out as financially strapped as they were. The venue is located in Southwest Austin and overlooks the beautiful Hill Country.

Reasons you should use this venue:

First of all, did you hear that it was free?  Okay, but seriously the place is gorgeous, it overlooks the hill country and there is a room available to get dressed in prior to the wedding.  The only two downfalls I can see is for one, the fact that it is an outside venue and you are totally dependent on the weather, so with the unpredictable Texas climate, you have to choose your date wisely.  The second issue is that this venue is really only for you if you are planning a small intimate wedding.  There is not much seating available, so if you have more than 25 or so guests, they have to be prepared to stand.  If a quaint wedding in outdoors is in your plans with your nearest and dearest, this might be the spot for you.

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Zilker Park Clubhouse

Location:  Zilker Clubhouse Rd, Austin, TX 78746

Fee:  $1350 for ceremony and reception. 

This included includes 12 hours of event time including set up and clean up time. A refundable security deposit of $300 is required. A $20 private party permit is required for amplified music.

About:

Zilker Clubhouse is a beautiful stone clubhouse with a rock patio and spacious concrete terrace. With the views of downtown Austin as your backdrop, and a rustic ranch-style lodge as your indoor space, it’s a beautiful location to host a wedding. The location is designed to host up to 150 guests and there is both indoor and outdoor space.

Reasons you should use this venue:

Reason #1, the venue fee is cheaper than the cost of one month’s rent in most of the city.  But also, if you want a venue that is set up for both indoor and outdoor events and is still in the city overlooking beautiful downtown Austin, this is your spot.  If you can afford a little more than free.99, this should definitely be in your top 3.  One downside of this location is the fact that it does not include a dressing room, but with all the money you save for the venue you could book an Airbnb nearby and that takes care of that. 

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Angel Mountain Events

Location:  178 Pine Tree Loop, Bastrop, TX. 78602

Fee: $1500-$2600

Monday-Thursday are the best days to reserve this venue (or any venue) for the best price. Weddings on those days will run you about $1500.  For weddings held on Friday the rate is $2600 and for Saturdays the event center will run you closer to the price of a really, really nice 2-bedroom apartment ($3000).

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From the website: Angel Mountain Event Center has approximately 5500 sq. ft of indoor space, to include a Candlelit Chapel, a separate Reception area for dinner & dancing, dressing areas for your wedding party, a caterer’s kitchen, & a scenic 1500 sq. ft. patio, perfect for your outdoor ceremony.

Reasons you should use this venue:

You get a lot of bang for your buck.  This location has both indoor and outdoor space and is slightly outside of Austin so it gives you a more relaxed and quiet location.  The indoor space offers plenty of room and you have a space for dressing. There is a $250 cleaning fee required and a $250 refundable damage fee that will be collected, but even with those prices, the venue still gives you all that you could ask for at a reasonable price.

Choosing one of these venues is sure to keep you away from totally blowing your wedding budget and hey with all that money saved, maybe you could hire P.Diddy for entertainment after all.  But no, really, just hire me.  Or get some goats.  Or both.

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Lauren Lindley is a destination wedding, event and portrait photographer.  She splits her time between Reno-Tahoe in the summer and Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA in the winter.

Camp La Junta Wedding

Camp La Junta Wedding | Hunt, TX | Halie + Price

I think that almost everyone has incredibly fond memories of their time at summer camp. My best memories come not from when I was an actual camper, but from when I spent years as a camp counselor at Camp Mystic for Girls. Nestled among the cypress,  live oak, and pecan trees in the hill country of Texas, Mystic is located in camp haven along the banks of the Guadalupe River. It’s flanked by a number of other camps, some co-ed, some not.  It’s a veritable summer camp-land, with dozens of camps lining the river.

Mystic is a magical place where you eat fried chicken every Sunday and the cabins have names like Wiggle Inn and Chatter Box.  The girls remain with their initial cabin members for the duration of their camp lives. Since I was a counselor there for six years, I watched my campers grow into women and I still, to this day, keep track of many of them.  Particularly those in my first cabin ever and those who year after year, signed up to take diving with me as an activity, as Halie did.  Today, many of those young campers that I knew as 7 year olds are now getting engaged, married and starting families of their own. I feel incredibly lucky to have not only had the opportunity to be part of such rich and lifelong tradition, but then to have watched, helped create and been a part of such long lasting relationships between these women who are doing incredible things with their lives.  I couldn’t be more proud and it’s the highest honor to be asked to be their wedding photographer!

Halie’s relation to summer camps lie not just with Camp Mystic, however. Her family is tied to the nearby Camp La Junta, which for 80 years has been encouraging the growth of self-confident and independent young men through their camp traditions.  It’s a beautiful property and it provided an incredible backdrop for her wedding. Price also grew up in the area and although he and Halie went to the same high school, they didn’t reconnect until their post college years. As such, Camp La Junta was the perfect location for all their families, friends and loved ones to watch them wed.

The camp sits adjacent to Bridget’s Basket, an incredible market, bakery and farm in the area. Ingram, Hunt and Kerrville are getting kind of hip y’all!  The Market stocks artisanal items from local, regional and small US producers and carries anything you might need for a wine country weekend picnic. It offered an incredible reception venue space for a wedding! Everyone was able to dine on the lawn, dance under the string lights and watch the sunset in the warm Texas night.  It was the perfect location to close out Halie and Price’s Camp La Junta wedding!

I love the Texas hill country more than I can put into words. In addition to holding a very special place in my heart because of my summer camp ties, I just find it to be breathtakingly beautiful. The pace of life is a bit slower, not only because you can’t drive too fast because of the deer: the beer is colder, the trees seem to be extra shady, and the people have that special Texas friendliness that I love so much. I get to return in November for another summer camp wedding at Vista Camps and I am counting down the days.  Can I just lock down that Kerrville wedding photographer market and only do summer camp weddings? Because that sounds like a dream come true.

Halie and Price, I love you to the banks of the Guadalupe River and back. I can’t wait to watch your family grow!

Wedding Venue: Camp La Junta | Reception Venue: Bridget’s Basket | Florist: Showers of Flowers | Bakery: The Market at Bridget’s Basket | Catering: Rudy’s BBQ | DJ: Patrick Sifuentes | Bride’s Attire: Amsale | Grooms Attire: Marc Jacobs | Wedding Party Attire: Etsy and Marc Jacobs | Hair: Michelle Rios | Make-up: Collin Korenek

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