Southern Outdoor Wedding in Austin : Shelby and Chad

September 16, 2014

Shelby and Chad sharing an intimate moment before their ceremony at the vineyards at Chapel Lodge. The back of Shelby's Kafta shoes which are a part of Jimmy Choo's bridal shoe collection. Shelby putting on her Jimmy Choo bridal collection shoes and sitting in the Vineyard at Chapel Lodge in her Pronovias wedding dress awaiting to go to the ceremony. Bridesmaids and Bride posing for a picture at the Vineyards at Chapel Lodge featuring the back of Shelby's wedding dress. Shelby's earthy blush flower bouquet designed and put together by Sweet Magnolia Floral Studio with their unique floral wedding invitations. Bride, bridesmaids, and house party portrait showing off Shelby's romantic wedding colors in the vineyard. Chad sitting in his wedding day tux before the ceremony enjoying some finest Cohiba cigars. Shelby walking to her groom in the vineyard before their wedding ceremony for their first look. Shelby and Chad reading their letters/vows alone during their first look as bride and groom. Chad reading a letter to Shelby in the vineyard at their first look as bride and groom. Shelby and Chad enjoying their first look as bride and groom in the naturally elegant vineyards. The flower girl, Leighton Walker, walking down the aisle during the ceremony. The bride and her father, Dan, as he walks her down the aisle to give her away. Shelby and Chad standing with their officiant during the ceremony at their distinctively elegant venue underneath some of Texas’ grandest Live Oak trees. Shelby and Chad walking in the vineyard passing the romantic rose bush. Rachel and Chad in the elegant Vineyards and Chapel Lodge sharing a intimate moment. Chad lifting Shelby in the beautiful Texas bluebonnets at the Vineyard at Chapel Lodge. The bride and groom standing with their full bridal/house party under a Live Oak Tree in the charming venue. Shelby and Chad's reception decor featuring their earthy blush romantic tones in their flowers on the connected banquet tables at the venue. Connected banquet tables with reception decor and light colored flowers on top of them. Shelby and Chad's first dance as a married couple under the outdoor lights surrounded by their friends and families. The back of Shelby's Pronovias lace wedding dress as she shares the first dance as a married couple with her new husband. The Bride's parents watching the newlyweds share their first dance as a married couple. Wedding guests at the connected banquet tables under the outdoor lights at the wedding reception at the vineyards at Chapel Lodge. Shelby and Chad toasting during the speeches at their wedding reception. The groom and his mother, Terri, sharing a dance at the reception. The bride, with martini in hand, and friend dancing at the wedding reception. Wedding guest dancing and having a great time at the wedding reception. The bride and grandmother dancing to the music at the wedding reception. Shelby, the bride, as the guest DJ; celebrating her reception. Wedding guest at the wedding reception dancing with friends and family celebrating the happy couple. Wedding guests dancing at the wedding reception outside at the Vineyards at Chapel Lodge. Shelby and Chad at the end of the night underneath the stars and lights sharing a romantic moment.


A few words from the bride….

Our “love story” began in Houston, TX in spring of 2008. I was finishing my final year at Texas Christian University and Chad was working in Houston, while getting his master’s from Texas A&M. Unlike a lot of romantic beginnings, we met at a bar! Two weeks and one date later, our story began. We spent the first three years of our relationship 1,626 miles apart while I worked in NYC and Chad in Houston. In November 2011, Chad made the cross-country move to be with me and our dog Izzy in New York. We have spent the last two years exploring the city we love and enjoying life together in the “Big Apple.”

While on a family vacation in Maui, we planned a side trip alone and started our journey on the “Road to Hana.” We knew the next 48 hours would consist of a lot of hiking, exploring, and driving along the scenic route. Our first hike of the 2-day trip took us to four waterfalls. After 45 minutes of hiking through a bamboo forest we came to the second secluded waterfall, which emptied into a large swimming pool. We had not seen anyone else all morning and knew this was a great opportunity to relax and enjoy our very own private waterfall.
Chad came up with the idea to swim across this pool and climb the waterfall. We had already set up our camera/tripod and Chad carried a waterproof bag with the camera remote (and hidden ring) inside. Once we had climbed high enough to sit and enjoy the falls, Chad began to take some pictures. I turned back towards the falls for a brief minute and when I turned back around… he proposed. The moment was very surreal and one that we will cherish for the rest of our lives together. I could not imagine a more breathtaking place to say “YES!”



Event Coordinator: Clearly Classy Events

Florist: Sweet Magnolia Floral Studio

Cake Artist: The Cake Plate

DJ: Texas Professional Disc Jockey 

Caterer: Primizie Catering

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: LucieMarie

Wedding Dress: Pronovias