Stefanie and James’ Rustic, Colorful Fall Wedding at Bella Springs | San Antonio Wedding Photography

I have been looking forward to this wedding for over a year! We did Stefanie’s bridal portraits a couple of months ago, and she was so stunning I could not wait to see James’ reaction when she came down the aisle. Bella Springs is a lovely, lovely venue, sitting high atop a bluff overlooking Cibolo Creek.

I confess I was more than nervous going into the weekend for one reason, and one reason only: rain. Unbeknownst to bride, the biggest hurricane in recorded history was bearing down on the western coast of Mexico, and San Antonio, the hill country and Austin were right in its path as it promised slog over land. I think I had every prayer warrior in my contact list praying. We arrived an hour early to see how things looked, confer with the wonderful, capable coordinators at Bella Springs, and reassure Mom that everything would be all right. We even planned on moving the schedule up and having all the reception highlights like dinner service, first dance, cake cutting and bouquet toss early in case we had to evacuate. (Sounds dramatic, right? But we were sitting next to a creek with a drawbridge. If that creek overflowed, we would be stuck.) I have to acknowledge the amazing trust Stefanie and James had in me: while I didn’t exactly tell Stefanie about the hurricane (she could plainly see it would probably rain), I did mention that we should go ahead and go straight into portraits of the two of them immediately after the ceremony rather than doing them last after family and wedding party photos. They agreed, and everything flowed without a hitch. We had oodles of time for beautiful, relaxed portraits, and guess what? It never rained. Not a drop! It held off until the next day.

Most couples never know what goes on behind the scenes for their Big Day, and that’s just fine. That’s the way it should be. But please know that when you invest in professionals, and I’m talking florals, catering, planning, photography, all of it–we are giving everything we have to make your day as perfect as possible. It is such a team effort, and when we pull together for you, the results are always incredible.

Everything about Stefanie and James’ wedding was gorgeous–her rich autumn florals incorporating deer antlers for a special rustic touch, the elegant wedding cake, a cigar bar for the gentlemen, dancing to the Aggie fight song and a wooden bench guests signed instead of the traditional memory book. I loved it. Again, a huge shout out to the gals at Bella Springs AND the caterers for being so flexible and delivering dinner an hour early to over 200 guests! It was truly a perfect day!

Congratulations, Stefanie and James!

Cibolo Creek looking very peaceful:I loved Stefanie and James’ theme they chose for their wedding: “A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”The cross at their ceremony site was hand made for them!Both bride and groom wanted time for prayer before the ceremony began.
I love this moment Krissy captured after Stefanie and James had walked down the aisle as husband and wife:Love, love, LOVE these fall details! Antlers, berries, pods and beautiful fall colors. Stunning florals by Evember Floral in San Antonio.I don’t know why I love this photo so much, but I do.Loving this custom wooden bench with their wedding date burned into it and signed by all their guests!Cigars for the boys? Always a hit!

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    Rachael Hall is an Austin, Texas event photographer specializing in corporate events, b'nai mitzvahs and social events.



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