Summer Elopement | Desiree + JP

Ahh, Texas summers. Summer is the season of scorching heat and blinding sun, and surprisingly, a lot of weddings. When Desiree contacted me about photographing her intimate summer wedding at Chapel Dulcinea, I jumped at the opportunity. There’s something about simple ceremonies, with just close family and friends present, that connects with me. I love how the day is focused so completely on the couple and their love for each other, and their transition into a new life together.

JP and Desiree were staying in the guesthouse of a charming South Austin home, and I met them there to photograph them while they got ready. Everyone then drove to Chapel Dulcinea, a beautiful outdoor chapel that sits atop a cliff that overlooks the hill country. The chapel is especially unique because it allows couples to get married there at no cost.

Desiree put her finishing touches on, and then headed down the path to the chapel. JP and Desiree exchanged the vows that they wrote, slipped on their rings, and were married. In Chapel Dulcinea’s signature tradition, they got to ring the chapel’s church bell after the ceremony in celebration.

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Special thanks to the talented Alyssa Jarae Photography for second shooting.

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