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A Flowing veil from a Wedding at the Four Seasons Austin

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin

by Eric Hegwer on 19 June, 2010

One of my favorite venues to photograph a wedding at is the Four Seasons in Austin.  It’s located right downtown, and has a both a great outdoor ceremony spot, as well as a fantastic ballroom indoors.  There is great parking, amazing views of the lake, and of course the incredible world famous  service.

All in all there were around 170 people at this relaxed Jewish wedding.  There were so many great moments – I only have room for 20 or so shots in this blog post, but the rest of the gallery will be ready soon.  With over 1000 photos.

This couple decided to have both a first look (where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony), as well as having all the formals before the wedding.  Yep, I arranged and photographed the bridal party, as well as all the family formals on time, and prior to the ceremony.  The light was amazing, there weren’t any guests wandering around, and after the ceremony everyone was able to enjoy the cocktail hour and greet the couple and their family.

And there were so many great decorations.  Incredible white flowers were everywhere – from the bouquets, to the ballroom, and even an antique chandelier covered with the white blooms.

If you attended this wedding, either as a guest, or a family member, or in the bridal party, be sure to leave a comment below.  For every person that comments, the couple gets a free 5×7 photo of their choice.

The bride is getting her hair and makeup done before the wedding.

The bride is getting her hair and makeup done before the wedding.

One of my favorite shots is getting mom's hands as she zips up the wedding gown.

One of my favorite shots is getting mom's hands as she zips up the wedding gown.

White wedding bouquet.

White wedding bouquet.

I love it when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony.  Here she comes, and catches the first glimpse of her man.

I love it when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Here she comes, and catches the first glimpse of her man.

The first look photos are have the best reactions.

The first look photos are have the best reactions.

Now the guy gets to see his bride for the first time.

Now the guy gets to see his bride for the first time.

And this is always the result.

And this is always the result.

I love some great candid formals.

I love some great candid formals.

I love to inforporate nature into the pictures as much as possible.  Thankfully that's not hard to do in Austin.

I love to incorporate nature into the pictures as much as possible. Thankfully that's not hard to do in Austin.

But everyone needs a traditional wedding portrait for the mantle.

But everyone needs a traditional wedding portrait for the mantle.

There was this great antique chandelier, covered with white flwoers, and crystals hanging from the chuppah.

There was this great antique chandelier, covered with white flwoers, and crystals hanging from the chuppah.

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin with a chuppah, and white flwoers.

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin with a chuppah, and white flwoers.

Guests were able to take a fan (a great way to keep cool during the wedding ceremony).

Guests were able to take a fan (a great way to keep cool during the wedding ceremony).

Somebody is pretty excited at this wedding.

Somebody is pretty excited at this wedding.

This is another great moment, when the father kisses his daughter.

This is another great moment, when the father kisses his daughter.

What do you do with your hands at a wedding?  One thing is to cross the right over the left at the belt line.

What do you do with your hands at a wedding? One thing is to cross the right over the left at the belt line.

Dad crying at the wedding ceremony.

Dad crying at the wedding ceremony.

Just married!

Just married!

4-tiered white round wedding cake with rose petals.  It was delicious!

4-tiered white round wedding cake with rose petals. It was delicious!

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin - decorations inside the ballroom.  Round tables for 8.

Weddings at the Four Seasons in Austin - decorations inside the ballroom. Round tables for 8.

Up they go in the chairs for the Hora!

Up they go in the chairs for the Hora!

Some of the best moments and looks at a wedding happen during the toasts.

Some of the best moments and looks at a wedding happen during the toasts.

For the cake cutting, I like to have the groom hold the knife, and then the bride stands in front of him, and puts her hands over his, guiding them.

For the cake cutting, I like to have the groom hold the knife, and then the bride stands in front of him, and puts her hands over his, guiding them.

Dancing at weddings

Dancing at weddings

The reception and party went late into the night...

The reception and party went late into the night...

Be sure to leave a comment below, because for every person that comments, the bride and groom get a free 5×7 photo of their choice. Tell us your favorite moment at the wedding, comment on your favorite photo, or tell us about your wedding :)

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Wedding details - white wedding shoes

Country Club Weddings

by Eric Hegwer on 8 August, 2009

When I first heard the term Country Club weddings, I had flashbacks to all the Bar Mitzvahs I attended when I was in Junior high school. I thought they would be similar to the stuffy events my parent’s made me go to when I was a child: Dark paneling, unfriendly staff, overcooked bland food. A real treat to attend – if you catch my drift.

But, Today, there is a world of difference! As you can imagine, I go to a bunch of weddings at country clubs. I’m even on a first name bass with some of the staff. Sometimes there is an outdoor ceremony on the greens or a nice patio, other times, the ceremony is at a church and the CC is only used for the reception. No matter the arrangement, the scene at the Country club is 100% different. Service staff is attentive, the buildings have been updated, and the food is world class almost everywhere I go.

There are some added perks most people don’t consider when they thing about having a wedding at the club: There are usually spas on site, clubrooms for the guys, fully stocked bars, activities for kids, tons of parking, and dedicated ballrooms for 20-2,000 guests. Now a days, most clubs don’t even require you to be a member to use their facilities (although they do give preference to members if you hare having your wedding on the same day).  Be sure to  let me know any tips you have by leaving a comment below.

Also, all these pictures on this wedding blog post were taken at a wedding at a country club.

Chocolate brown bridesmaid dress with a blue ribbon sash.

Chocolate brown bridesmaid dress with a blue ribbon sash.

White and red rose petals line the aisle as this couple gets married at a country club overlooking a golf course.

White and red rose petals line the aisle as this couple gets married at a country club overlooking a golf course.

The mother of the bride is astonished at the bouquet toss

The mother of the bride is astonished at the bouquet toss

Sparklers light the path as the bride and groom leave the reception

Sparklers light the path as the bride and groom leave the reception

Country club weddings outside often have lush green backgrounds - making for beautiful wedding pictures

Country club weddings outside often have lush green backgrounds - making for beautiful wedding pictures

here we go!  It's almost GO time!

here we go! It's almost GO time!

The bride and groom (who both work at a CC) have their first dance in the main ballroom

The bride and groom (who both work at a CC) have their first dance in the main ballroom

The light at outdoor weddings is generally perfect

The light at outdoor weddings is generally perfect

Dark brown flower girl dress with a peach ribbon sash and a red rose

Dark brown flower girl dress with a peach ribbon sash and a red rose

I think the cake should be prominently placed on a table in the center of the room so people can see it from all sides.  When you put the wedding cake against a wall it's hard for guests to see the cake cutting ceremony, but if it is "in the round" everyone gets a great view.

I think the cake should be prominently placed on a table in the center of the room so people can see it from all sides. When you put the wedding cake against a wall it's hard for guests to see the cake cutting ceremony, but if it is "in the round" everyone gets a great view.

The Austin Country club is the best place to get a picture with the 360 bridge in the background.

The Austin Country club is the best place to get a picture with the 360 bridge in the background.

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