Reuben & Catalina ~ Austin, TX Wedding Photographer

Every once in a while, God blesses us with an opportunity that is very different than we expect and we have to say “yes” and take that opportunity. Chances are when you’re called to bless someone the blessings you receive are just way bigger than the ones you dish out.

So, Reuben and Catalina.

Reuben is someone Jesse and I know through church (in fact, Jesse serves with him in youth ministry). He’s a pretty smart guy and you’d have to be to work on the team that developed Watson. He’s pretty modest, though, so you’d likely hear that from someone else. He’s a UTEP Miner.

Catalina is a perfect match. They met at an engineering leadership conference in El Paso several years ago. They were lumped in the same ice-breaker group and she remembered him as the tallest one there. On the last night of the conference, Catalina sat with her fellow Aggies. Undaunted, Reuben asked if the seat next to her was taken.

This is love, people. It overcomes even cross-town football rivalries without hesitation. And if I followed college football, I would be able to fully comprehend the depth of that thought but I don’t so I can’t.

After the conference, they friended each other on Facebook then they went retro and started chatting on AIM. Eventually, they went even more retro and started talking on the phone. And you know what? They’ve talked daily since the day she gave him her number.

Not long ago, he planned and executed at surprise proposal to her during a visit with her family in San Antonio. They planned to have a big celebration but instead held a very small ceremony at a place special to both of them, a spot overlooking Austin’s Pennybacker Bridge.

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She was so overcome with emotions. I kept asking her if she wanted a tissue. I should have just let well enough alone. 360 Overlook Austin wedding elopement photographeroutdoor venue austin texas wedding photographeroutdoor austin wedding photographeroutdoor wedding austin txaustin tx wedding photography

Their wedding was being broadcast via Skype for family and friends who couldn’t be there, including Reuben’s mom.
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Something new to us: they did a braiding of three cords to symbolize their marriage before God.
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Boutonnière and bouquet? She made those.

It’s awesome to be part of a big family. Her brothers and sisters are so cool.

During our family portrait session, they all realized that the couple who was on the opposite, higher ledge were getting engaged. Looks like she said yes!austin tx wedding photographeraustin photographer weddingwedding photographer austin txaustin tx garden wedding photographyaustin tx wedding photographer

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15 thoughts on “Reuben & Catalina ~ Austin, TX Wedding Photographer

  1. OH MY.
    Love the back lit one where they are holding hands, seriously amazing.

  2. really love the last and 3rd to last photos :)

  3. What an absolute stunner! beautiful location and gorgeous couple.. love these.

  4. Fist pumps are awesome. And these photos are awesome.

  5. There are so many beautiful images! I love your storytelling. She made a beautiful bouquet! Love the braiding idea.

  6. Oh Mercedes…these are so gorgeous. What a beautiful intimate ceremony to be a part of…and such a stylish couple too!

  7. wow.an awesome location spent with awesome people.Can’t get any better than that! well done!

  8. Wow Mercedes, these are gorgeous and I love the story of their wedding and the details… amazing! Yes and my favorite is the backlit shot!

  9. So beautiful. Very emotional.

  10. The light in these is perfect. I love your post processing, and the composition of so many shots. Lovely, lovely, work.

  11. Love the bouquet, how original, what a fantastic set of images ! Love the BW 3rd from the bottom !

  12. The back lit shot of them at sunset is absolutely stunning! Great job!

  13. Such an emotional wedding. You rocked this one <3

  14. Such lovely photos of the happy newlyweds. Great job on capture this wedding.

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