Crystal and Austin's Wedding in Waco, Texas. - jacquemanaugh

Crystal and Austin's Wedding in Waco, Texas.

  I am often asked why I chose wedding photography as a career, and what continues to inspire me- It is couples and weddings like Crystal and Austin’s. It was such a perfect day that I’m still thinking about it over a month later.

  The lively and charismatic couple were married on the bank of the Brazos river at their family's property outside of Waco, Texas on a warm and sunny Spring afternoon. The property was beautifully adorned with string lights, a dance floor, hay bale pews, and so many other elements that incorporated the vibe of a true Texas country wedding. However, the setup did not happen without hard work. The couple, their friends, and family spent the last year clearing the land; cleverly converting old silos into bathroom facilities, adding a slab and covered area to the cabin, and building a fence/gate “entrance” to the ceremony section of the property. A huge stack of hay bales, originally intended to be a portrait backdrop, ended up being a source of entertainment for all the kids (and some adults) to climb around on. A true Family Affair!

  For dinner: fajitas and all the fixin’s were provided by Austin’s uncle who was manning the grill all day and then was coerced into keeping his apron on in the family portraits. Several members of the family and other guests insisted that Amie (my assistant) and I take a break and enjoy dinner, and we did not pass that up! I’m not sure if Uncle Ronnie caters events for a living, but he definitely should!

  Refreshments were simple, but ample. A Jon boat had been set up on hay bales and completely filled with ice and cold beer, and maintained throughout the day by Austin’s groomsmen.

  My favorite part of the day was a little mishap with the dance floor. I guess everybody was two-steppin’ a little too hard as the dance floor gave way when a few boards cracked beneath their boots (nobody was hurt). Within 5 minutes of the incident, a group of guests pulled a compressor and a nail gun out of nowhere and fixed the floor. Pretty soon afterward, the dancing continued as if nothing happened. And this is a perfect example of what I enjoyed so much about this day.

  It was a group effort by so many to create this special day for Crystal and Austin. They are loved so much by their friends and family, and this day was proof of that.

  Thank you so much for the opportunity to document your big day, and for treating me like part of the family while doing so. I wish you both a million years of happiness and hope we cross paths again soon.

 -Jacque

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