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A 1930’s Style Austin Wedding at Mayfield Park

In March I had the pleasure of being selected as the official wedding photographer for a 1930’s wedding that occurred here in Austin at Mayfield Park. Having photographed many weddings which can become a bit “cookie cutter” in nature, this wedding definitely changed the typical look and feel of an Austin wedding and what an Austin wedding photographer shoots into something classic and fun.

It’s not that often that I get the opportunity to photograph a wedding or event that doubles as a costume party like this event did, which is pretty exciting. Obviously, the bride, groom and wedding party were all donning 1930’s wedding/dress attire. But what was great and what made the event all the more fun was that many of the guests also went to the trouble of dressing in the clothing styles of the early 1900’s.

And no detail of the wedding was left to chance. The theme of the wedding was 1930’s and not only was clothing of the utmost importance, but décor at the wedding was also in the turn-of-the-century style, along with the cake, flowers, etc. Mayfield Park Cottage also lent some genuineness and credibility to the event, given that Mayfield Park and Cottage was constructed around the turn of the century (around 1900?) and gives the feel of being on a rural homestead during the given period of time.

1930s black and white shoes

According to the Mayfield Park Community Project Website, Mayfield Park and Preserve is a suburban park that has been a relatively lengthy part of Austin’s history. The Mayfield Park Estate was handed over to the city of  Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for the purpose of creating public use parkland. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it encompasses approximately two acres of lush, green gardens, mature palm trees, peacocks and ponds containing water lillies, as well as 21 acres of nature preserve, walking trails and wildlife habitat.

Geographically speaking, Mayfield Park is located West-Central of Downtown. It’s just a stone’s throw away from some very well known Austin Landmarks, including Camp Mabry, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell, all names that are synonymous with the history of Austin as a city. In fact, Laguna Gloria and Mount Bonnell are two of my favorite engagement and bridal photography locations here in Austin!

More from mayfieldpark.org: “Allison Mayfield purchased the board and batten, twin-gabled cottage and 23 acres for his family as a summer and weekend retreat in 1909. A prominent Austin political figure, Mr. Mayfield was Chairman of the Railroad Commission and former Texas Secretary of State. He and his wife had one child, Mary Frances, who married Milton Gutsch in 1918. Dr. Gutsch was Chairman of the History Department at the University of Texas for many years. As a young couple, Mary and Milton moved into the cottage in 1922 and added porches to three sides of the house, reflecting the Bungalow style of the early 20th century.

Mary Mayfield Gutsch designed the gardens while Milton directed the building of the stone walls, ponds, and garden features with the help of Steve Arredondo, resident gardener for many years. The peacocks were gifts from friends in 1935 and their descendants are here today. The Mayfield-Gutsch family developed this site over a 62 year period. Dr. Gutsch died in 1967. Mary Mayfield Gutsch died in 1971 and left the home and acreage to the City of Austin to be used as a park.

An interesting feature of the park and preserve is the Sabal Mexicana Palms. These palms were introduced in the thirties and now are one of the predominant species growing throughout the preserve. Originally from the Rio Grande they have survived Austin’s climate and are naturalizing to the area.”

More history about Mayfield Park, including old photos can be found at the City of Austin PARD Mayfield Park website.

See ALL the photos from this 1930s wedding in Austin Here: http://www.mwwphoto.com/Weddings/1930-Mayfield-Park-Wedding/

1930s Bride in 2011

Happy Bride and Groom

Zoot Suit

Home at Mayfield Park

Flowers on Table at Mayfield Park

Bride at Mayfield Park

To reserve the cottage and/or grounds, you can call (512) 974-6797 or visit: City of Austin PARD Mayfield Website – reservations. Maximum attendees for events: 200

Information for Photographers: Mayfield cottage and gardens provide a beautiful setting for pictures. Although there is no fee for taking professional pictures at Mayfield, a tax deductible donation in support of these historic gardens is encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Send to: Austin Parks and Recreation Department – Mayfield Park/Community Project 200 S. Lamar, Austin, Texas 78704 – http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/mayfield.htm

Villa Antonia Wedding

One of the premier wedding venues in the Hill Country of Central Texas is a place called Villa Antonia. Villa Antonia is an Italian-styled villa located in Jonestown, Texas, just northwest of Austin, near Lake Travis. Historically, the villa was built in 1998 as a personal residence for family living. However, later, out of necessity, the home became a popular wedding and event center because of its beauty and magical feel.

Villa Antonia is modeled after post-renaissance Italian architecture. When one enters the grounds, there is a feeling of entering a time machine and going back to an earlier, more romantic time or place in Europe. Its architecture and design sets it apart from many other Texas venues and creates a special kind of atmosphere for weddings and special occasions.

Villa Antonia is equipped for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. It has a beautiful indoor wedding chapel that seats a reasonable number of people. The outdoor patio that is partially covered can also facilitate a wedding ceremony and features sweeping views of the green Texas Hill Country.

Villa Antonia can accommodate medium to large sized weddings and features multiple levels for celebrations of all kinds and entertaining guests. The main indoor reception area is lined with stone walls and sprawling area for guests to mingle and dance. Some of the great features of the interior include the spiral staircase bathed in natural light and surrounded by green plants, which is a signature of Villa Antonia. Upstairs there are quiet, intimate quarters for the party of the bride and groom to prepare for the event/wedding.

Outside the main reception area statues and water features abound. In the main entry way, a stone fountain with a statue punctuates the center point between the wedding chapel, the main patio (used for outdoor ceremonies) and the reception hall. As one walks along the reception area and descending the stairs/walkway, plants and more water features are encountered, making you feel like you are in a Babylonian garden. There are also look out points on the third level of Villa Antonia where amazing, romantic views and star watching can occur.

Austin Americana Photography has photographed several weddings at Villa Antonia and has experience working with coordinators and management there. You can view one of the weddings we photographed there (from start to finish) here: Villa Antonia Wedding Photos

View entire wedding at Villa Antonia (our old website): http://www.mwwphoto.com/Weddings/Yeseniawed

Villa Antonia is located at 19039 Adrian Way, Jonestown, Texas 78645-9605. Phone number: (512) 267-3509

Official Villa Antonia Website: villaantonia.com


Zilker Clubhouse Downtown Austin Night Photo

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a wedding for fun. Normally when I arrive at a wedding I get there an hour early, packing multiple bags of photography gear, dressed in a tie and jacket with my green tea in hand and a wedding photography schedule to work from. However this weekend I got to relax at a wedding, which was kind of nice to do. I had the privilege of enjoying myself which meant I could interact with guests and the couple without constantly racking my brain about where the best shots were and what would be happening next.

The wedding was a small one, here in Austin at a place called the Zilker Clubhouse, which is located west of Zilker Park, accross Mopac. It is a small stone building that includes a simple patio that overlooks downtown Austin. The location is somewhat remote and quiet and makes you feel like you’re going camping (sort of). But when the sun begins to set, the truly beautiful view of downtown Austin’s lights begins to reveal itself. As my wife, myself and the rest of the guests finished dinner at our tables on the patio, a big orange (burnt orange by some accounts) moon began to rise just above the downtown Austin skyline, kind of like the dot that is placed just above the lowercase letter “i” – except much larger than normal. There was a rush of photo enthusiasts over to the banister to get a great skyline shot, and lots of “Ooos” and “Ahhhs”. I must admit the full moon made things feel all-the-more magical.

When it was finally dark and the toasting was complete I headed over to get a photo myself. I knew that it would be tricky because there was almost no light outdoors other than some dimly-lit, overhead lamps and the ambient moonlight, which means I’d need to complete the shot with a VERY slow shutter speed. In order to do this one normally needs a tripod. I improvised and found a table that gave me a decent view of the Austin skyline as the moon ascended. I not only captured a few shots of the skyline itself, but one that I liked of a couple who were having a romantic moment gazing off into the wonderful view of downtown Austin.

At any rate, I just wanted to share a few photos. I didn’t even bother packing a flash unit for the event, so I don’t have any of my standard, artificially lit shots to share; just some good ‘ol, home grown snapshots using the tried and true photo techniques. I must say that my photos don’t do the view that we saw any justice, though. That moon was awesomely beautiful and big.

And one more thing worth noting. I took several shots through my 50 mm lens and what the camera was capturing was not at all what I was seeing through my human eyes. I have read that the human eye is close to 50 mm focal length of a lens; I can’t say that I’ve experienced this though…

Technical details: the panoramic shot of downtown itself was shot using my 5DMii with a 50mm lens (not ideal for this situation, I know, but I get tired of carrying the larger lenses), approximately 2s shutter speed, ISO 500 and F9.0 aperture. The couple shot was approximately 1/50s shutter speed, ISO 6400 and F2.8 aperture.

 


Austin Locations We’ve Photographed

In my last blog I talked about Green Pastures and how it was one of my favorite places to photograph. And frequently I meet with brides-to-be who ask where I’ve photographed in Austin. Well, not to toot my own horn, but I’ve  been photographing weddings and events for a number of years now and there’s quite a list of locations where I’ve shot.  In this blog I’ve decided to list every place (that I can recall) that I’ve photographed a wedding or event in the Austin, Texas area.  I’m going to try to keep the list reduced to venues where weddings/events are held.

Burnt Orange Wedding at Central Christian Church

After I make the list I’m going to follow-up over the next few weeks with some “highlight” blogs that will discuss some of the more memorable locations for photography.  It will be fun for me to re-live some of the moments and places through blog and it will be helpful (hopefully) to anyone who reads the blog to find out more information about each place from the perspective of a photographer and layperson who isn’t trying to sell you the place, i.e., I have nothing to gain from telling you about my experience other than promoting my wedding photography.

Oh, and before I forget, most of the events that occurred at the locations listed below can be viewed at my old website.

Without further adieu, here is the list of places in and around Austin where I’ve shot weddings or other events (in no particular order):

·         Green Pastures

·         Canyon Of The Eagles

·         St. Albert The Great Catholic Church

·         Renaissance Hotel

·         Zilker Botanical Garden

·         Vintage Villas

·         Bella Notte

·         Balcones Country Club

·         Kindred Oaks Estates

·         Hotel Valencia (San Antonio)

·         Laguna Gloria

·         Casa Blanca

·         St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church

·         High Pointe Baptist Church

·         Angel Springs

·         Avery Ranch

·         Driskill Hotel

·         St. Paul Lutheran Church (Serbin, TX)

·         Marriot La Frontera

·         Mercury Hall

·         St. Luke’s on the Lake Episcopal Church

·         Lakeway Activity Center

·         Emmaus Catholic Church (Lakeway, Texas)

·         Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church

·         Lakeside Pavillion (Marble Falls, Texas)

·         Villa Antonia

·         SPJST Hall (Taylor, Texas)

·         Spicewood Vineyards (Spicewood, Texas)

·         St. Thomas Moore Church

·         Zilker Clubhouse

·         Ruby Ranch Lodge

·         Santa Cruz Catholic Church

·         Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Killeen, Texas)

·         United Christian Church

·         Cool River Cafe

·         Bethany United Methodist Church

·         Austin Hindu Temple

·         Saint John Vianney Catholic Church

·         Star Ranch Golf Club

·         Star Hill Ranch

·         St Mary’s Church (Fredericksburg, Texas)

·         Luckenbach Dancehall

·         Chapel Dulcinea

·         Mt. Sinai Church

·         The French Legation

·         Sons of Hermann Hall (Giddings, Texas)

·         Central Christian Church

·         Chateau Bellevue – Austin Woman’s Club

·         Crown Plaza Hotel

·         Clark Mansion

·         Memorial Baptist Church (Taylor, Texas)

·         First Presbyterian Church (Georgetown, Texas)

·         Onion Creek Country Club

·         St. Mary’s Our Lady Of The Lake Church (Lago Vista, Texas)

·         K-Bar Oaks Clubhouse

·         Berry Creek Country Club

·         Holy Trinity Church (Jarrell, Texas)

·         Steiner Ranch

·         Simply Romantic Wedding Chapel

·         Crown Plaza Hotel

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