Elopement at Chapel Dulcinea in Austin, Texas | Mr. and Mrs. Staines

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Elopement at Chapel Dulcinea in Austin, Texas | Mr. and Mrs. Staines

Leah and Steven wanted a small brunch wedding, and that’s exactly what they did! Overlooking the beauty of the Texas hill country, Chapel Dulcinea is the perfect location for intimate ceremonies. It’s authentic Spanish style architecture and succulent filled pathways make for a stunning backdrop for anyone looking into an elopement or ‘minimonie’.

The week leading up to their wedding called for rain the entire weekend. This gave us some worry, but we knew we’d be in good hands since the chapel was covered. As the morning approached, the skies began to clear up and the rain stopped just in time for Leah to make her way to the chapel to marry her groom. They celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family inside the chapel, where they exchanged their vows and excitedly rang the infamous chapel bell. The cheers and claps as they cheerfully walked up the aisle resonated through the chapel. As the guests made their way down to the gazebo for champagne, the newlyweds and I ventured around the chapel for couples photos. Even with cloudy skies, the views of hill country absolutely blew my mind.

One of my favorite things about Texas weddings: the first dance. As a Georgian living in Texas, I was stunned when I realized just about every Texan has a specific style to their dances. Steven spun Leah around, gently laughing with her before completing their dance in an elegant bend kiss. I watched as their family members admired the love that these two shared and it completely fulfilled me with happiness.

As the morning came to an end, we made our way to Irene’s in Austin for a brunch reception! I’m a breakfast and brunch LOVER and the brunch bar was literally heaven for me. They mingled with their family and friends over mimosas and biscuits before heading off to their adventurous honeymoon in the mountains with a bubble exit!

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