Kindred Oaks Elopement + Small Wedding Feature | Austin Photographer Kelly Cameron

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You can have a gorgeous wedding while keeping things small.  Things like the guest list, your budget, and… your stress level.

When I found out that Kindred Oaks offers a small wedding package, I might have done a few backflips.  Partnered with their sister company, ZuZu’s Petals, they provide the venue space, florals, luxury honeymoon suite, set up and all sorts of gorgeousness for a fraction of a traditional wedding package.  You can still invite the family, but you’ll leave the excess stress behind.

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I’m a big fan of having on-site hair and make up.  MUAH & Co. Beauty Salon kept bride Liana relaxed and laughing while creating an absolutely stunning look for her!

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I adore all the gorgeous details ZuZu’s Petals integrated into this wedding!

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And proof you don’t have to break the bank to look beautiful, Liana found her dress, a Gianni Bini design, at Dillards.  It was so perfect!

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Kindred Oaks and ZuZu’s Petals can turn their spacious reception area (which can be walled in with vinyl during the colder months AND has water mist+fans for the hotter ones) into a gorgeous setting for 10 guests or 200.

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The Elope Texas videography team sneaks in a “before” interview with the bride.  Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to share!

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One of Kindred Oaks seating options for their smaller weddings is an upgrade to these jaw-droppingly gorgeous wooden pews.  Don’t you just love this look!

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As an intimate gathering of dear friends and family arrived, Angelic Strings played gorgeous renditions of classic and popular romantic melodies.  The combination of harp and strings -you cannot beat that.  There is something so etherial about having live accompaniment, particularly with such an small and precious gathering!

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Scott Cole of Short & Sweet Weddings knows how to make every ceremony precious and unique for each couple.  I’ve worked with Scott and the Short & Sweet team for years and it’s always a delight knowing they’ll be handling the sacred moments.

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And when your couple owns CrossFitTexas, you just HAVE to get a muscle pose shot with all the guests and family!

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Top layer a decadent vanilla, bottom layer FunFetti -ALL made from scratch- with delectable buttercream frosting, Cakes by Galyna knows how to make every treat DELICIOUS.  Whether you keep it simple or want something far-out, Galyna can do anything and is big on quality!

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With the small wedding package at Kindred Oaks, couples get to enjoy an overnight stay in their luxury Honeymoon Suite.  While I turned on the lights to take photos, it looks SO romantic in the soft accent light of the lamps and lit candles!  The room was so fabulous, I didn’t want to leave…

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Girls, who doesn’t love a tub with BUBBLES?!  And big enough for two😉

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During the day and after night fall, Kindred Oaks is simply romantic.  And with this line up of vendors, you are certain to have every gorgeous detail you want from a big wedding, while keeping it small… and perfectly YOU.lt-kindred-oaks-intimate-small-wedding-photographer-kelly-cameron-137

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Rock Star Vendors

Venue+Decor+Honeymoon Stay: Kindred Oaks

Florals: ZuZu’s Petals

Officiant: Short+Sweet Weddings

Hair+Make Up: MUAH & Co. Beauty Salon

Cake: Cakes by Galyna

Live Music: Angelic Strings

Photography+Coordinating: ElopeTexas /Kelly Cameron

Videography: Our growing team and affiliates at ElopeTexas

Bride’s Dress: Gianni Bini at Dillards

Casual Elopement at The Vineyard at Florence | Elope in Austin | Vineyard Elopement

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Two Springs ago, Valerie+Stephen enjoyed one of the most peaceful getaways of their lives at The Vineyard at Florence.  And although they made a pact never to return to the same place -their bucket list is too long- when they decided to get married the only location that resonated in their hearts was The Vineyard at Florence.  Exception made.

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Valerie bought a beautiful wedding dress, Stephen had a dapper outfit, but when they arrived at The Vineyard they decided to forgo the fancy and keep the occasion authentically them.  Relaxed, casual, natural.  BUT… with heels this pretty, Valerie decided to wear them as her “something new” as she walked down the aisle.
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Staying in the same villa they experienced such sweet peace and refreshment in, Villa Botticelli, rekindled some of the magic that enchanted them a year and a half ago.  The privacy and the views are sublime.

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And this just might be my very favorite moment of the night:  sheer delight!

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Venue+Accommodations: The Vineyard at Florence

Officiant: Scott Cole of Short and Sweet Weddings

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Kelly Cameron Photography, where Joy+Art meet and fall in love.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, 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   ~We have this one life to live; let’s make it beautiful!

Simply Elegant Elopement at Tres Lunas Resort | Hill Country Elopements | Kelly Cameron Photography

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When you want to elope in the Texas Hill Country -where wine flows and hospitality is at its best- Tres Lunas Resort is at the top of the list.  Combining an elopement package where all your details are covered with a luxury honeymoon experience, owners Carol+Craig make it easy for couples to say “I do” with ease and fabulous memories.

“You don’t know what it took to get this woman to this day,” Daryll said with tears of joy in his eyes.  Years of courtship, leaving his job and extended family in Louisiana to move out to Corpus Christi with her, and finally wrangling Leah with a gorgeous custom designed ring that he incorporated his mother’s wedding ring into, Daryll knew she was worth it all.  And she is.  And they are.  Seeing Leah+Daryll wrapped up in the joy and bliss of this monumental moment together -they certainly found gems in each other.

Combined, they absolutely glitter.

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It was a delight watching Leah get ready with such grace and calm.  One of the best things about elopements: you make your own timetable.  She tenderly selected each detail with the sacredness and joy of this moment in mind.  From pairing her shoes to her dress, her earrings to her shoes, incorporating a much-loved rosary, and the sweet veil, everything was perfect.  Just like her.

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Kelly Cameron Photography, where Joy+Art meet and fall in love.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, 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   ~We have this one life to live; let’s make it beautiful!

What Is An Elopement?

Good question.

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Traditionally, when couples eloped it was tinged with a hint of scandal.  Running away to get hitched without any family or friends involved, just the necessary witnesses and officiant.  I think of Pride & Prejudice -how Mr. Wickham and Lydia ran off with the pretense of eloping to Gretna Green (the nearest place the English could elope to, just across the border into Scotland) yet he had other plans until hard pressed to make an honest woman of her.

Oh, how times have changed.

Modern day elopement have become more about simplicity and less about scandalous rebellion.

Couples I work with want to eliminate all the extra stress, pomp and circumstance, and bloated guest lists put upon them by others’ expectations and stay true to the essence of their love story.

They want something beautiful, in a workable budget and a celebration that allows them to “keep the main thing the main thing.”  LOVE.

Elopements are usually planned between 2 weeks and 4 months, but the great thing about elopements?  There are no rules.  I’ve planned an elopement in 4 days and another with a year and a half.  And each couple has always wanted the same thing: simplicity and to celebrate their way.

When you elope, you call the shots.  Well-meaning loved ones aren’t sharing  opinions or placing restrictions on your wedding.  You can have your pets there (venue willing.) You can have your kids as your bridal party.  You don’t have to tell anyone or you can tell everyone, you are the boss.  Period.  Don’t like cake?  How about a double scoop of your favorite ice cream in a waffle cone?  Don’t like champagne?  Toast with a custom cocktail or strawberry lemonade.  Don’t want to wear white?  Shoot, girl -wear peacock or polka dots in a sweet pair of retro heels.  It’s your opportunity to make it exactly what you dream of.  And if you don’t care a fig about the details and just want to get married, you’re in the right place, too.

Elopements are now custom weddings without the fuss.

Are you ready?

Contact me and we’ll start a conversation.

 

Love Wins | Small, Intimate Chapel Dulcinea and Tuscan Hall Wedding | Elope, Texas

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Elisa+LeAnn began planning their wedding before same sex marriage laws were passed in Texas.  So just imagine their extreme joy when they found out that they were able to legally bind together as a couple for life!

They met at 15 in the theater program of their high school.  For 10 years they’ve journeyed through life and found that, yep, love is love -they knew it back then just as much as they know it today.  In her vows, LeAnn said that even at that early age, she knew she wanted to marry Elisa.  As far as love stories go, this is certainly one for the ages.
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Join me in a walk through the tummy-butterflies, the magical scenery, the preciousness of this couple’s connection, and one splendid day.

Congratulations, Elisa+LeAnn!  xoxo

And please see below for the list of the fabulous vendors!

*A note* LeAnn found me through Elope, Texas.  Their original plan of having 20 guests eventually grew to a larger celebration, but I wanted to feature it here to share a beautiful example for others searching for traditional elements mixed with their own way of honoring their love.  The guest count was still relatively small compared to most weddings and it fits perfectly with what many Elope, Texas brides are looking for.  Enjoy!

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Rock Star Vendors:

Florist: Wild Poppy Florist

Venue: Chapel Dulcinea +Tuscan Hall

Catering: KISS Catering & Bartending

Videography: Coleman Jennings

Cakes: Sweet Treets Bakery

DJ: Toast Entertainment

Officiant: Spike Gillespie

Harpist: Dian Repp 

Bridal Party Hair and Elisa’s make up: Capri of Flair Austin

Bridal Party Make Up: by the bride, LeAnn

Photography: Kelly Cameron Photography

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Kelly Cameron Photography, where Joy+Art meet and fall in love.

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, 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   ~We have this one life to live; let’s make it beautiful!

The Perfect Country Elopement at Tres Lunas Resort | Kelly Cameron Photography

BC-Tres-Lunas-Resort-Elopement-Photographer-Kelly-Cameron 49In the peaceful expanse of the Texas Hill Country, just north of Fredericksburg, Barbara and Chris wed in an intimate ceremony at Tres Lunas Resort.  Surrounded in love by their parents, their elopement was absolutely superb.  Simple, stress-free, easy going and filled with beauty.

Plus, you simply cannot beat the luxury Tres Lunas Resort provides.  It’s why so many of my couples end up booking their elopement-honeymoons at this beautiful venue.  Owned and operated by a fabulous couple -she officiants the ceremonies, bakes the cakes, beautifully arranges all the florals; he is a gourmet chef who brings utter deliciousness to the multi-course meals provided.  Together, they create an atmosphere of rest, peace and ease in perfect rustic elegance.
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In loving memory of Barbara’s father, his watch was placed with a commemorative rose and a lit candle on her side, his presence deeply felt.

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The groom, Chris, led the family in a blessing before the delicious meal began.
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I am a 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?

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Should I Elope In The Summer?

This is Texas.

Summer here can be…unrelenting.  BUT it also has its perks.

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 {Photos from Taryn+Tanner’s celebration at Vista West Ranch in Austin, TX.}

For those who work with a traditional school schedule (either as a student, in academics or with school-aged children) you have that blessed break in your schedule to plan, celebrate and honeymoon.

Many venues offer discounts for Monday-Thursday weddings (that’s a year-long thing) but may also have off-season pricing for weekend dates during the hot months.  If you’ve had your eye on a traditional wedding location, ask them if they offer such discounts or if they’d be willing to wiggle a bit on the rate for a short, small celebration.

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Many couples choose to elope in a 3 to 1 month period.  Here’s their conversation,

“Let’s elope.”

“YES!  And we can save the money we would have spent and put it towards the house!”

“Great!  When should we do it?”

“Well, soon.  How about in three months?”

“Sounds good to me.  I love you, Honey.

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Yes, yes.  That’s how it goes.  Sweet and simple as that.  Of course, afterward the next question is “how in the world do we start to plan our elopement?!” which is where I come in.  Oodles of suggestions and resources here to get the ball rolling -just search in the category tabs and be sure to check out the planning page.

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With that one to three month window, summer is rather logical.  Your honeymoon allows you to escape the heat, the ceremony is short so you’re not spending 8 hours outside roasting, and you have more flexibility in your -and your vendors- schedules.

Check out other real elopements on this site to get ideas for fun, beautiful and some rather non-traditional locations that will make your elopement simply you -and simply perfect!

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To book your elopement photography or for further information, zip an email over me at kelly@kellycameron.net

Congratulations on this beautiful new adventure together!  It would be my delight to capture your love story.

 

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