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 –

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:

Holga – El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

After an exhausting weekend of shooting two days of a gorgeous wedding celebration in Houston, I find myself dreaming of West Texas.  Specifically of El Cosmico in Marfa TX.  Everything there slows waaaaaay down.  Phone reception is spotty at best and West Texas has the most beautiful big sky that you could possibly imagine.  At night, it seems like you can see every star.  When you’re there, activities include: sitting still, walking (but only if you really want to), swatting flies, listening to the wind, watching mind blowing sunsets (and sometimes sunrises) drinking beer and chatting with friends (or just sitting with them in silence).  Does this sound boring?  Well, it’s not.  It’s wonderful. 

El Cosmico is basically a camp site.  But it’s from the creative mind of Liz Lambert and her insanely talented team of designers, dreamers.  So it’s special, clever.  It has refurbished vintage trailers, a large tee pee, and yurts on site and available for renting.  Or you can simply camp in tents.

If you’re looking for bliss, which at this very moment I am doing, go to El Cosmico. 


Also, check out Hotel St. Cecilia and The Thunderbird for more of Liz’s truly unique hotels.