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“it was now, or never.” Rusty told me this when I asked how they decided on this beautiful April afternoon at their rustic, intimate Utopia, Tx wedding. They’d been together a few years and finally were getting around to the “marriage; making it official.” The two live in Baltimore, Maryland but decided to fly to Texas and have their intimate wedding at Rusty’s family ranch.

So I packed up my boyfriend and all my camera gear and drove to the clear other side of San Antonio. Utopia, Texas is just beautiful. Rock formations slightly bigger than hills (not quite mountains) greeted me and small town charm was everywhere.

3 hours later and after battling Easter weekend traffic (whoops) I arrived at the turn off point.

view down a dirt road on the way to a wedding in Utopia Texas
Central Texas is so pretty in spring.

I was a bit apprehensive about the location but all I could do was follow the written guide about “counting the number of gates you go through” and sayings like “veer right at the 3rd fork in the road” given to me by the bride since my cell signal had gone the minute I left the main road.

Shortly after the 2nd gate, a white truck approached, coming the opposite direction. It turned out to be Rusty’s dad and I followed him for about an hour on the bumpiest goat trail type road before reaching the ranch.

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Kelley’s sister in law arranges wildflowers into a bouquet. They were all picked on the ranch where the wedding was held.
candid moment between bride and her mother in law
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Kelley’s BHLDN dress on a custom engraved wooden hanger which matched the hill country theme to the wedding.
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A quick first look outside the cabin with family in the distance
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first look and portraits on the private, family ranch
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Isn’t Kelley the cutest? I love how casual she was about everything the whole day. Low stress brides. My kinda people.
POV shot from the backseat of a 4wheeler at a ranch wedding in Texas
Up the goat trails we went, bouncing and climbing higher and higher till we reached “the clearing,” our designated ceremony site.

With just their family helping, creating wildflower bouquets and setting out chairs, Kelley and Rusty pulled off a beautiful spring elopement on a mountain top cleared just for the occasion.

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a country groom re-working the vows until the last minute
bride hugs her dad after he escorted her to the aisle
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bride and groom laughing during the ring exchange at their san antonio ranch wedding
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champagne toast into the sun at a mountaintop elopement in Utopia Texas
a little champagne toast before golden hour portraits
the sunset got so beautiful with each minute that passed. It was amazing to be outside the city and be able to see for miles.
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ugh i just love this light, and this couple. Spring weddings are my jam.
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Cell service, or the lack thereof, stalled their first dance by about 30 minutes making it all that much more emotional when Kelley and Rusty finally got to have it.

In conclusion, I’d love to photograph more adventure elopements in the San Antonio, Austin or destination locations like Seattle, Portland or even Baltimore, MD. Texas travel rates vary, depending on destination and time of year.