Blogging this spring wedding at Ponderosa Weddings & Events in Smithville, Texas is long overdue.

Ponderosa is an intimate venue out in the hill country that features a lake, gorgeous sunsets, and — if you're lucky — wildflowers. It was a dreamy, no-frills venue to capture this emotional wedding.

The Kramers gave me the gift of making sure I knew they trusted me. I can’t even put into words the way trust leads to better photos — it’s a combination of all of us feeling comfortable with each other that allows authenticity to show up in every moment captured.

Some of my favorite moments from this day aren’t what you might consider “portfolio worthy” or “jaw dropping” compositions. They were photos that captured untethered emotions:

Shannon writing her vows while getting zipped up in her dress.

Chase’s mom’s eyes welling up with tears while she captured their first dance.

Every teary, emotional moment between S & C.

Chase’s genuine joy dancing with grandma on the dance floor.

The photos I find to be the most special are the ones you could never recreate because they were never manufactured. They were a product of living in the moment instead of planning the next posed shot. That’s what make documentary style photos so special: they are unique and once in a lifetime.

Vendor Team:

Photos: Tess Leslie Photography
Venue: Ponderosa Weddings & Events
Invites: Zazzle
Dress: Lace & Grace Bridal Boutique
Officiant: Dr. Andrew Fox
Food: Urban Cowboy Catering
Cake: Honey Sweet Baked Goods
Florals: Randalls
DJ: Powell Party

Ready to book Tess Leslie Photography as your Austin wedding photographer? Take a look my pricing and info page and inquire today to have me capture your wedding day.

Spring Wedding at Ponderosa Weddings & Events

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