Meet Lindsey and Brian. Lindsey is an insanely talented wedding photographer who loves cats, knitting, and has hair that rivals Jenny Lewis’. Brian is a programmer, who also adores cats, Magic: The Gathering, and metal. They are the proud parents of three cats and are unbelievably kind. Like saintly kind. The type of kind where Regina Spektor would write songs about them and their faces should be on candles.
Thirteen years ago they became a couple after late night adventures bonding over the power of queso, and during their twelfth year, he proposed in Big Sur. She enthusiastically agreed to such a proposal and I was absolutely enthralled for the two of them. Shortly after the proposal, Lindsey sent me a text saying she wanted me, of all people, to photograph their wedding. I took it as just a nice thing people say but didn’t entertain the idea that she was actually being serious. For what an absolute honor it is to photograph a wedding of a human you so deeply respect and an artist whose work you so admire.
Fast forward several months and saw her inquiry in my inbox, I immediately did the Elaine Benes, “get out.” I was so flattered if not apprehensive, at the prospect of doing their day justice. When photographing another wedding’s day, it’s inevitable to feel the imposter syndrome. They know too much of what happens behind the scenes. They know when the day is falling apart and the vendor’s are scrambling to stay ahead of the curve but put on a good face. They know my cues. So I knew I had to knock it out of the park.
For now, their images. Below, more of their story.
Lindsey and Brian got ready at the Monroe Bungalow directly next door to their wedding venue Vuka at Bouldin Creek. With Lindsey’s parents and a handful of friends present they enjoyed each other’s company as they went from room to room preparing for the day ahead. A friend assisted in choosing which cat socks Brian was to wear down the aisle, others with Lindsey’s Alexandra Grecco dress, and making sure it was just so. When her final look was complete I was absolutely floored, it was sheer perfection, especially paired with her mustard yellow heels.
In the spotty shade in the backyard they first saw each other. Whether they had been together one-hundred years, thirteen years, or a month, you could not tell – for both their reactions were heartfelt. Truly, it felt like time and space had paused, that we existed in a vacuum, and nothing else mattered.
Vuka Bouldin Creek is an ideal wedding venue for those hoping for a laid-back Austin vibe, an old industrial warehouse with a makeover that focuses on a connection with nature. The wedding ceremony was held in the backyard under the colossal oak tree with royal blue drapes, dried palms, and pops of coral and gold from florals. Lindsey’s twin brother officiated the ceremony with the rhymic ability to make people laugh in one sentence and tear up in the next. The rings were delivered to the front by their nephew, dutifully handing off the bunny they were attached too. Lindsey and Brian exchanged personalized vows before retreating down the aisle to whoops, hollers, and much excitement.
As the sun dipped lower they danced outdoors, surrounded by their family and friends, before escorting everyone into Vuka at Bouldin Creek for a warm, moodily lit reception. Over delectable food from Gold Epicure, their closest friends and family told stories of the two. Who they are separately, and how perfect they are together. To kick off the evening they coordinated a wedding march, in which the guests danced hand in hand about the venue, and ran through an arch of people, culminating in dancing circles around Lindsey and Brian.
My most heartfelt congratulations. It was an honor to document and I count myself so lucky to be your friend.
Venue: Vuka at Bouldin Creek wedding venue in Austin | Day of Coordinator: Julia Bennett | Florist: Rosehip Flora | Catering: Gold Epicure | Dessert: Custom cat wearing party hat cookies made by Quack’s Bakery | Music: Anthony Conforti of Greenbelt DJ | Furniture Rentals: Premiere Events in Austin | Hair and Makeup: Erica Gray | Second Photographer: Brittany Esther | Dress: Dylan gown by Alexandra Grecco | Suit: Balani