Rustic Chic Elopement at Tres Lunas Resort in Mason, TX | Hill Country Elopement | Kelly Cameron Photography

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You love him, he loves you, you want to get married and avoid the stress and hassle of a big to do.  Honestly, you just want to SAY “I Do” and keep going with this marvelous adventure you two have begun.  Do the deed, send folks the pictures.  Basically, you want to elope.  You still want beautiful pictures to capture this epic event in your lives.  You still want this to be a picture perfect day.  You’d simply like to keep all the extra stress out, right?  Right.  An elopement, Dear.  That’s your ticket.  And we’ll do that so well together.

Kim and Gary found inspiration from this elopement I had done at Tres Lunas and knew that this gorgeous boutique venue tucked away in the rolling Texas Hill Country was perfect.  Bringing just their parents, this amazing duo -who met in the aisle at an Academy sports store and a short conversation kept up for two hours, a date, then long distance dates, then an official relationship (you get the picture -and it’s one for the books)- committed themselves to each other for life.  The vows?  The most intimate and precious I’ve ever heard.  The love?  Overwhelming. Palpable.  Tangible.  It was everywhere and couldn’t have made a day more blissful.

Come see the sweetness and intimacy that Kim and Gary experienced in this zen infused venue on this most glorious of days…   And if you’re interested in seeing more elopements, you’ll flip over these.

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Tres Lunas Resort‘s owners are an officiant and a gourmet chef. They provide a bouquet, boutonniere, cutting cake, multi-course gourmet dinner and they’ll get you hitched.  The rooms -gasp- are so beautiful.  If I could hop over to Tres Lunas for weekend retreats monthly, I’d do it in a heartbeat.  This venue feels like it’s in the heart of Sedona, AZ with the peace that radiates from the surroundings.  The perfect location for any quietness you need.

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I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Amanda+Rhett’s Little Elopement in the Woods | Cottage Woods Inn Wedding | Texas photographer Kelly Cameron

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Once upon a time there was a man named Rhett who met a woman named Amanda.  They sparked, they sizzled, they fell madly, deeply in love.  They made a beautiful little girl together and became a family, along with Rhett’s two other gorgeous daughters.  Then one day, in the company of family, coordinated by a dear friend, Rhett and Amanda married in a little chapel in the woods in a pretty little town called Glen Rose, TX.  Antlers and lace decorated the event with accents of denim -a true cowgirl and cowboy’s wedding.  With lots of kisses, many hugs, a few happy tears and much laughter and joy, the day came to an end and they lived happily every after.

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In a quite moment together before the ceremony, Rhett led his bride in a prayer of blessing and thanks.

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I’m pretty sure he adores the heck out of Amanda.  What do you think ;)

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My personal favorite!

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Joanna Mills, dear friend of the bride (and a former bride of mine!,) assisted in decorating and coordinating the wedding -all of the beautiful touches were simply perfect!

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This fabulous altar was constructed by Joanna’s husband Kirk -I simply love it!

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Denim and Diamonds!

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With the soft glow of twinkle lights, the rays from the full moon and the about-to-be-lit fire pit, the gathering continued to celebrate into the evening.  What a beautiful slice of life, wouldn’t you say?

Congratulations, Amanda+Rhett!  I’m so honored to have been a witness to your beautiful love story -may this simply be the beginning of even greater times of joy and deeper wells of love!  Big Hugs, Kelly

Venue: Country Woods Inn

Coordinator: Joanna Mills

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I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net 

Rustic Chic Elopement | Small Weddings at Rio Cibolo Ranch | San Antonio Photographer Kelly Cameron Photography

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When you know… you know.  And that’s the way it was with Melissa+Tyler.  Both school teachers, they met at work in the Galveston area.  After dating for a few short months, it was plain as day that -yep- together was how they wanted to spend the rest of their lives.  Click!  Personally, I have a similar story and it’s so very true:  once you know what kind of partner you’re looking for, when you meet them you know!

Melissa contacted me through my ElopeTexas.com site that is tailored to brides looking for small, intimate weddings.  Together we planned the perfect day, filled with all the rustic chic touches she was looking for.  The venue, who also caters and handles bar service, was Rio Cibolo Ranch (one of my favorite San Antonio area venues for rustic weddings -they are divine to work with and have wonderful rates!)

Even though there was a slight mist of rain through the evening, the couple and their immediate family (and one lovely bridesmaid) made a splendid celebration that was absolutely perfect!

Join us for a walk through Melissa+Tyler’s Monday night wedding…

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Isn’t this a fun idea for a guest book alternative?

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I love the simplicity of the textured buttercream cake -and wait until you see it cut -all the layers and the almond buttercream filling is to die for!  Made by Paige’s Bakehouse in the Round Rock/North Austin area.

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Keeping the total cost down, Melissa opted for lots of DIY touches and non-traditional flowers.  Her bridal party flowers were paper/wood ordered off Etsy.com.  Her runners, chair bows, and fun vases were a mix of DIY and Etsy finds.  With a wedding this small, the DIY projects aren’t nearly as overwhelming as, say, a 150 guest wedding.  This was a great opportunity to be crafty while avoiding major stress!  Rio Cibolo Ranch provides the basic linens and table set up, making it a breeze to come in and quickly decorate.

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Adorable embroidered bride and maid of honor shirts!

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Tyler waited for Melissa as she strolled down the path for their First Look.  Oh, what romantic moments!

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“So, should I turn around now?”

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The first thing out of his mouth, “Oh my gosh, you look SO BEAUTIFUL!!”  Just what every bride yearns to hear from their beloved!

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Glory be!  The BEST PART!!

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Check out this spread!  Fajitas galore!  Rio Cibolo Ranch’s in-house catering is the bomb.

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Ready for it….. CAKE FIGHT!

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These two couldn’t be more delicious!

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And look at that!  The best part of cake is frosting, am I right or am I right?

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It doesn’t matter how small your wedding is: DANCE!

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Now, that was a fun night!

Congratulations, Melissa+Tyler!  Oh, what a joy to see the love that filled your celebration!  Thank you so much for the sheer delight of getting to capture your wedding!

Our Wonderful Vendors Included:

Venue+Catering+Bar Service: Rio Cibolo Ranch

Coordinator/Photography: Kelly Cameron, ElopeTexas.com, KellyCameron.net

Cake: Paige’s Bakehouse

Officiant: Audrie Henry of Texas Wedding Ministers

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I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Why Are Weddings So Expensive? How to Save, When to Splurge. | Elopement and Small Wedding Planning Tips

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Natalie+Andrew’s wedding at The Vineyard at Florence.

You’re looking for an elegant, pretty, pinterest-infused detailed wedding, but with a far more palatable price tag, right?  Something simple, still gorgeous, with quality pictures, lovely florals and an experience that makes you less stressed.

Most brides who contact me are just like you.  They want a beautiful day with an eighth of the price tag and a twelfth of the stress associated with a traditional wedding.  

So how can I help?

First off, let’s start with expectations. 

Why do weddings cost so much?

 What are your greatest expenses and how do you keep them down while still having something beautiful?

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Creating a wedding celebration, you are paying for:

1) A Product (flowers, food, venue, photographs, details, decor, rentals, cake)

2) A Service (Expertise and labor -often along with a product)

3) Both

You get what you pay for.  Usually, this statement is true across the board. I say usually because you always want to research your vendors, read reviews and take a long, hard look at the proof of their products/services before you pay anything.  Vendors who provide quality products and services are generally not the cheapest folks.  Quality costs -whether it’s for a big or small wedding.  You’re paying for what?  A quality product and quality service.

Whether you’ve thrown a housewarming, baby shower, graduation party or get together with friends -you know that parties aren’t cheap.  A detail-filled, pinterest-style wedding (no matter how small) is going to cost you.  But it can be cheaper if done smartly.

Why do flowers cost so much?  You’re paying for both a product and the expert service of a florist to put them together.  For those of you unfamiliar with the floral industry, there’s a lot involved behind the scenes.  First, assisting in selecting the kind of flowers you want in your wedding.  Then the florist has to price what it would be to order everything that goes into the arrangements, bouquets, etc.  Then they provide you a detailed quote (trust me, that takes a lot of time.) Then there are whatever tweaks you want done based on the quote.  Then they order the flowers.  They make sure they have all the vases, etc. (included in the price as a rental fee.) When the flowers come, it’s HOURS and HOURS of skillfully assembling arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.   Florals take a lot of time, and flowers themselves are not cheap.  If you decide to DIY your florals, -depending on the amount of arrangements, etc- plan on allocating at least 6 hours to their construction right before the wedding and having a cool place to store them. And plan on still spending a good chunk of change on the flowers themselves.

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Why does catering cost so much?  If you’ve ever hosted a party, you’ll know you usually spend more on food and beverages than you anticipated.  You also know that it takes a heck of a lot of prep time to get everything ready, nicely set out, not to mention cooked up.  When you request catering, you’re hiring a crew of people to assist not just in feeding your guests, but in doing all the things a good hostess does -cooking, set up, arrangement, clean up, tear down, providing utensils, plates, etc.  That’s a big job, even if it’s only for a few guests.  For a small, light reception the food may only cost $500, but all the other pieces and parts required to make it useable and attractive are a significant addition.  If you’re planning on DIYing your reception, make sure you have designated people to do ALL of those jobs associated with catering, not just bringing in the trays from wherever you ordered the food.

Why are venues so expensive?  Well, for one thing, larger wedding venues are expensive because that’s what they were created for: large gatherings where people want a certain quality of environment and service.  Many venues provide certain things in their packages, such as tables, chairs, basic clean up.  They also have a large mortgage to pay because, heck, they’re on a sizable piece of property in a nice building, they’ve got to pay the bills somehow.  This is why I suggest elopements and small weddings during the week (Monday-Thursday) when venues offer a discount, or at non-traditional venues such as bed and breakfasts, restaurants/bars, gardens/parks, large property owned by a friend, etc.

“Really, do I need a coordinator?  Isn’t that just throwing money away?”  Darling, no matter how simple your wedding seems, there are so many elements involved that you DON’T want to be dealing with while you’re trying to get yourself ready, enjoying the moments, etc. during your wedding day.  You really want to be figuring out where the cake cutting stuff is in which box 20 min. before the ceremony?  Or trying to cue your friend to start music on their iphone to start your processional?  Or making sure the cake got delivered, the food is set up, your parents know where to be, the officiant has everything they need?  THAT is why you hire a coordinator.  Someone to take charge of the day so you don’t have to micro manage each moment that you truly want to be enjoying.  A good coordinator is WORTH IT. 

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Wedding Photography -that’s just someone with a good camera, right?  Would you trust your 12 year old nephew to document your day beautifully?  Make sure formal group photos get taken (in less than 1 hour) while coordinating all the various groupings? Be sure you have wall-display-worthy photos?  Um…no.  A good wedding photographer KNOWS WEDDINGS.  It’s a high-speed, no second chances kind of shooting that requires creativity, good people skills and technical know-how in order to ensure you have your beautiful moments captured -AND have lovely portraits you’ll proudly want to display in your house and show grandbabies in years to come.  Since this is my speciality -wedding photography- I can attest to the importance of getting the “full package” of quality product+service.  You have to hire someone with the proven skills for the end result you’re looking for -don’t trust an amateur to do a professional’s job, and don’t trust a professional who doesn’t have what it takes to back up the proof of their quality of product+service, no matter how appealing the price tag is.  Fabulous photos -and a pleasant experience- ARE WORTH IT.

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Splurge or Save?

It depends on what you’re wanting.  If it’s a simple elopement with no reception, no guests, no cake cutting -just the short ceremony with a few beautiful pictures afterwards, then you can truly keep things very inexpensive.

If you’re wanting the quality of a $50,000 wedding but with 12 instead of 300 guests, you’re still going to be paying a significant amount of money to create the look.  You’ll be saving on the catering and alcohol, the number of rentals/linens, etc, the amount of florals, a smaller cake, number of hours of photography, but you’ll still need professionals to create the look you want and provide those combinations of services+products.  

I recommend saving on:

-catering by sticking with a cake/dessert and champagne toast reception.

-florals by only splurging on personal florals (bouquet, boutonniere, etc.) and keeping display florals to a minimum.

-details by DIYing them yourself and having ALL projects completed 1 month before the wedding so you don’t stress.  (Details: hand painted signage, hand made invitations, decor items, centerpieces non-floral related, gift bags, etc.)

-venue by having your small wedding or elopement on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) or at a non-traditional venue.

Plan to splurge on:

-Personal florals

-Professional hair styling and make up application

-Photography (it’s all you’ve have to preserve your memories and to share with generations to come)

-Decor including styling, set up, rentals, etc.  If you want that $50,000 look, it’s going to cost you.

-A skilled coordinator to take the stress out of the planning process and your day.

The rest is personal choice and preference.  Just remember, big ticket items are that way for a reason.  Just because you want to go smaller, doesn’t mean you’re going to save a ton on it.  Realistic expectations and good planning will help you create the BEST day ever, at the price point you’re comfortable with.  

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Venue: The Vineyard at Florence

Florals: Groom’s design company, family and friends of the couple

Catering: Catering With A Twist

Photography: Kelly Cameron Photography

An Intimate Morning Wedding at Rio Cibolo Ranch | Diana+Noah’s Vintage Blush Wedding | San Antonio Photographer Kelly Cameron

Diana found me while seeking assistance creating an intimate wedding with a rustic, elegant feel.  She saw Lisa+Adam’s styled elopement at Rio Cibolo Ranch and simply fell in love with the look!  The wonderful folks at Rio Cibolo Ranch provided breakfast catering and a lovely set up while I assisted in bringing Diana’s vintage blush palette to life through styling, decor, and florals.  Diana poured lots of DIY details into her day -signage, handmade invitations, lace and burlap mason jars- creating lots of lovely touches that added to the overall styling, creating the vintage look.

Join me in celebrating this beautiful couple -and Diana’s excellent taste- as seen in photographs of their vintage blush morning wedding.

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First Look.

Diana’s daughters were a very big part of the wedding.  J’Ana joined them for a quiet moment together before the ceremony while Brooklynn, newly 3, played until the end of the ceremony when she -“Tada!”- made an adorable entrance!

“Tada!”

Mason jar mimosas.

“Brooklynn’s Biscuit Bar.”  She got quite a kick out of her very own sign.

First Dance.

We ran off for some family and newlywed photos while the guests enjoyed live music and brunch.

Noah hold the key, Diana holds the lock (on their florals) to each other’s hearts. Together, a perfect match.

Venue & Catering: Rio Cibolo Ranch

Florals, Coordinating, Styling, Photography: Kelly Cameron, ElopeTexas.com

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Becky+Dan’s Blue & Gold Elopement at Chapel Dulcinea | Austin Photographer Kelly Cameron

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Becky and Dan wed in an intimate destination wedding at the stunning Chapel Dulcinea.  The day couldn’t have been more beautiful -January in Texas proved absolutely fabulous and their morning wedding was perfect!  Surrounded by close family, they were wed by Dan’s long-time pastor and the ceremony was followed by a continental style brunch with toasts and cake cutting.

Becky and the ladies head to get dressed in the bridal room.

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As Becky walked down the path on her father’s arm, classical guitar played in the background.

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A tradition at Chapel Dulcinea is for the newlyweds to ring the bell after their first kiss.  Such a fun top off to a wonderful celebration!

The reception pavilion was gorgeously decorated and laid out with a fabulous hot beverage bar and breakfast nibbles by Dessert Divas.

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Tea, Cocoa, Hot Cider or Coffee?  So many delicious choices and yummy toppings!

Time for toasts!  The fathers pop the bubbly.

Signing the marriage certificate.

A beautiful celebration for a fabulous couple!  Congratulations, Becky+Dan!  It was such a delight joining you and your families on such a wondrous day!

Venue: Chapel Dulcinea

Bride’s Hair+Make Up: Tara Cooper

Catering/Beverage/Cake/Reception Decor: Dessert Divas

Florals/Coordinating/Photography:  Kelly Cameron, via Elope, Texas

Eloping at Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia | Joanna+Kirk | Elopement Photographer Kelly Cameron

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It’s a  classic story of “city girl meets country boy.”  Joanna lives in a loft downtown in Fort Worth, Kirk lives on a 100+ acre property an hour outside the city.  High heels, cocktail parties and social events melding with a quiet, simple lifestyle.  She wanted a big wedding, he wanted to run off to Vegas -so they came up with a compromise (the key to a lasting relationship, if you ask me.)  They decided to elope with just their parents present and, in a few weeks, have a small reception with their closest loved ones.

Joanna found Hotel Saint Cecilia -known as the Rock and Roll hotel in Austin, the live music capital of the US- as their elopement/honeymoon spot.  With record players in each room and a vinyl collection that rivals any connoisseur’s, mini-bar and in-room goodies that are the most eclectic and finest from around the world, the general tone is understated opulence and chillaxitude.  Yes, chillaxitude is a word.  Created in Austin.  At Hotel Saint Cecilia.

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Walking around the grounds, you feel your creative side emerging, being nurtured.  After a few minutes, you feel as if your soul has found its new retreat.  Pretty soon, you never want to leave.

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The bride’s room.

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The incomparable Tara Cooper, hair and make up artist to some of the greatest performers and citizens in Austin, uses her magic touch on Joanna in prep for the ceremony.

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A vinyl of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson played as the bride sipped on wine while she got ready.

Kirk opened his wedding day gift from Joanna.

I know, I went a little nuts on the detail shots -but there was SO much to love!  Her bouquet, created by the floral department of Central Market- was utterly perfect.  Simple, sweet, understated, elegant and the perfect pop of color.  Attached to her bouquet was a framed photo of Joanna’s father who passed away.  Holding his likeness close to her during such a landmark day -such a beautiful way to honor and celebrate her daddy.  My father passed away before I married and I know how very important it is to feel that family member’s presence at your wedding.

Kirk’s boutonniere was amazing.  A single rose popped into a shotgun shell, tied with twine.

Kirk’s expression was priceless as he saw his bride approaching.

We took family photos with the couple, then Joanna+Kirk prepped for their newlywed portraits around the hotel grounds.

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An *adorable* sign Joanna made for their elopement.  Absolutely love, love, love it!

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A swank group of musicians let us pop into their private pool party at the hotel to grab a few shots of one of the coolest signs in Austin.  Everybody needs soul.

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They joined their families for dinner at Perla, just down the street on S. Congress Ave. and stayed in their amazing suite at Hotel Saint Cecilia.  Joanna, as you and Kirk join together and you leave the city life for the country, I wish you both THE GREATEST joy as you embark on your finest adventure as individuals and as a team -becoming man and wife.  Three cheers for your love!  Hip, hip hooray!

Venue: Hotel Saint Cecilia

Make Up: Tara Cooper

Florals: Central Market

Dress and headband: David’s Bridal

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