What do wheatgrass, MBA, and MD have in common?   It’s Heather and Stan’s wedding at Wild Onion ranch!

Date: April 9th, 2011

Ceremony and Reception:  Wild Onion Ranch, Austin, Texas.

 

How did Heather and Stan meet?  Here is their “official” story, borrowed from their wedding website:

Heather had just completed her first grueling round of midterms at UT Austin, and was settling in for an equally grueling evening of bar golf with her  fellow classmates to unwind.  Stan had just finished his final med school rotation (the dreaded OB-GYN), essentially wrapping up his four years at Baylor, and had headed up to Austin with some fellow med students to celebrate his newfound freedom.

At Maggie Mae’s (several “holes” in), the stars aligned and both Heather’s and Stan’s friends were joined due to their mutual friends Steve from UT and Audrey from Baylor.  Failing at subtlety, Heather loudly asked Steve, “Who is that hot guy over there?” while pointing across the bar at Stan, who was already looking directly at her.  Steve proceeded to serve as a courier of information between Heather and Stan, with neither of them making a move until Gabe, Audrey’s now-husband, introduced them.

Before the night was through, the two learned about their similar backgrounds and passion for travel, shared a beverage or two and danced the night away.  In the end, Heather left Stan at the bar but not before Stan had managed to get her phone number. One month later, after countless e-mails and phone calls, Stan and Heather finally met up again, and the rest is history!

 

The thing is, both my wife Hazel and I knew Heather because Hazel was a classmate of Heather’s.   And I met Stan at a Chinese new year party we had in 2008 for Hazel’s classmates at the MBA program.  I just remembered there were some strong alcohol that we got from China – and I believe I took photos of people drinking them, including Heather and Stan.   We had no idea we’d have the privilege to be their wedding photographers 3 years later.

On the wedding:  It was one of the most interesting weddings that I have ever photographed.   It’s one of the most eclectic wedding venues in Austin, actually – just very different.   It has a putting course in the middle of the venue, a great banquet hall, an outdoor dance floor, a nice house at the Wild Onion ranch.

Wheatgrass.     Yup.   When I saw that element incorporated in the details, needless to say I don’t think I have photographed more detail images than at their wedding!

The wedding was coordinated by Barbara Brides with florals done by Bouquet of Austin.    Ashley Eddleman came out to help both me and Hazel out and she did a great job.  Some of the images are hers.

A short slideshow of their day:

Here are some highlights of their wedding day – check out these detail images of her wedding.   It’s very organic and the wheatgrass really fits with the venue’s own theme as well.

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Yes, it’s wheatgrass!

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Each bridesmaid has a slightly different bouquet arrangement….

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They did a gift exchange as well as the reveal at the same time:

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I really like how the laterns at the ceremony are lit.  In fact, all the laterns in the reception have lights in them which helps.

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Love the waterlilly in the pool.

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The toast:

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The guests lit the laterns allowing them to float into the air….

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Our second shooter/assistant Ashley photographed this image – it’s just awesome in so many ways!

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Congratulations to Heather and Stan!!

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