Wedding in Far West Texas, Part 2

And now we continue the second portion of Shelby and Brooks’ wedding in Marathon, Texas.  After the ceremony on the family ranch, we hopped in a truck with the bride and groom and raced around the ranch chasing the quickly setting sun.  Afterwards, we returned the The Gardens at The Gage Hotel for the reception.  It was a truly fun day and shooting with the West Texas sky as a backdrop is simply exhilarating.

Shelby’s sister was not only the Maid of Honor, but she also write a song for Shelby and Brooks, which she performed at the recepetion.  I believe this was the first time she snag and played the guitar solo in front of a crowd.  She did an excellent job!

All the vendors that made this wedding possible:

Wedding dress –

Flowers –

Photographer – Ashley Garmon Photographers

Wedding Dress –

Wedding Dress Hanger – Heirloom

Pavilion draping –

Cactus pouches –

Embroidered handkerchiefs –

Groom’s custom cuff links –

Church items –

Wedding ceremony – private ranch

Makeup artist – Julian Gold of Midland

Hair artist – Glitz House of Beauty

Wedding rings – Fisher Jewelers

Bridal jewelry – &

Brides shoes –

Bridesmaid scarves –

Bridesmaid bracelets – Jenkins Jewelry

Groom’s tux –

Father of the Bride tux –

Mother of the Bride dress –

Groom & Groomsmen ties –

Bridesmaid dresses and Groomsmen tuxes – selected their own

Reception band –

Reception venue and catering –

Save the Dates – “Note”able &

Map card design – Landgraf Crutcher & Associate Inc.

Wedding invitations – RSVP by Darby Brown &

Guest gift bags – , ; ,

Guest book –
Koozies –

Wedding in Far West Texas, Part 1

I love love love weddings in West Texas.  Particularly at The Gage in Marathon.  This hotel is set up to handle all of your wedding needs and it is beautiful!  If you’re thinking of having a destination wedding, consider Far West Texas, you and your guests will not be disappointed!  It’s the home of Marathon, Alpine, and the increasingly popular Marfa, Texas.   It’s also home to Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains.  As well as the McDonald Observatory.  OH!  And don’t forget about the mysterious Marfa Lights.   As the name indicates, it’s FAR.  Far from anything.  Midland, Texas is 3 hours away, as is El Paso.  The ultimate Texas road trip, if you will.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in West Texas – my family is from there.  So at an early age I was spellbound by that area of Texas’ insanely beautiful and dramatic sunsets.  So any chance I get to shoot out there, I take it.  Shelby and Brooks were married in Marathon at the groom’s family ranch.  It was stunning and I would go on and on.  But I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves!  Happily, I was able to shoot some with my Holga camera.  Which, I also love love love.

A west Texas wedding ceremony wouldn’t be complete without something creepy-crawly in attendance.  For the record, there were two tarantulas!

Far West Texas, Part 2 coming soon!


Bride on the highway, big sky & sunset

Here is an immediate favorite photo from the wedding we shot in Marathon, Texas a few weeks ago.  I shot this as the sun was rapidly setting for the day.  I had to move really quickly to capture the last of the natural light.   And our bride, Shelby, was a champ walking on the highway in her wedding dress!  I will be sharing more of these soon.  The daylight photos are pretty spectacular with the majestic landscape that Mother Nature provides out there!

Are you enjoying these cool temperatures, Austin?  I know I am.

Have a good Wednesday,


HOLGA – New Mexico and Far West Texas

At the end of each summer, my wedding season comes to a screeching halt and I find myself fulfilling my feelings of wanderlust.  This summer in a matter of 7 weeks, I visited Massachusetts, Maine, Chicago (more on that later), Las Cruces & Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Nevada and Far West Texas.  For those who aren’t familiar, Far West Texas is…well, really far from Austin.  We managed to see Midland, Marathon, Marfa, Valentine,Alpine, Fort Davis, For Stockton, Balmorhea…basically making a giant loop.  Stopping at every historical marker and weird something-or-other on the side of the road.  Most notably, a terrifying live rattlesnake exhibit on the side of the road.  Which seemed like a really good idea before we walked in.    My skin is still crawling from that one.  Gahhhhhhh!!  Anyway, I took a few shotswith my plastic & unpredictable Holga camera along the way.  I ran color film through the camera for the 2nd time ever.  And I must say, I kind of dig it.  I left the Holga camera in the car for a few weeks too, to see if the heat affected the film at all, which it seems to have done.  I’m happy to have achieved some nice images with appropriately spooky light leaks throughout.  Not for everyone, I know.  But it’s definitely for me.

Have a good day!


Somewhere between Alpine & Fort Davis, Texas…

Prada Marfa art installation which is actually located in Valentine, Texas.  A bit further down the road:Exploring White Sands, New Mexico with some friends before attending a wedding later that day:

Perfect puffy clouds over Nevada: