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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