Let me preface this by saying that not all Trail Magic weddings happen on trail! I first photographed Jennifer and Jason last year at a local waterfall during a surprise snowfall. That was, in fact, on trail - and definitely magical.
Photographing Jason and Jennifer was like photographing old friends. We learned that we were all interested in Meyers Briggs and were all INFJs - a rare profile, simply meant to be! One thing led to another, and I was invited to document and assist in planning a microwedding at the Japanese Botanic Garden in Fort Worth, TX.
Jennifer and Jason planned a midsummer wedding, but no one could've foreseen the record high temperatures that day! With the sun shining bright and not a cloud in the sky, it was time to have a wedding.
I met Jennifer and her daughter at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden center as they prepared for the day. Hearts were aflutter as they waited for a private shuttle to take them to the Japanese Gardens a mile away.
Jennifer and Jason decided on a "First Look" at a secluded corner of the garden so they could soak each other in before the festivities began.
The ceremony was held at the Lake Arbor with just a few guests in attendance. It was a sweet and emotional ceremony. Jennifer and Jason exchanged their everlasting promises and welcomed their new daughters into the family.
After their first kiss, we whisked away for a few portraits around the lush, green Japanese gardens. We didn't spend too much time out and about - it was 102 degrees in full sun, after all.
After a few hours in the sun, it was definitely time to cool off with a small, intimate reception at The Mandala. Family and friends were waiting and cheering for Jennifer and Jason as they swept into the room, shared a kiss, and swung into their first dance.
A little differently than most weddings, Jennifer and Jason opted for some golden hour portraits. Their chosen location ended up hosting a theatre troupe for rehearsal, so we visited the Grapevine Vintage Railroad station in historic downtown Grapevine! This gave Jennifer and Jason some time to decompress after the party and spend some quiet time with each other.
We even threw in an extra bridal portrait!
Jennifer and Jason shared a private last boot scootin' boogie to some Texas Flood performing next door, and then they were out to enjoy being ~married~!
Congratulations, Jennifer and Jason!