Today I am thrilled to share a gorgeous Chapel Dulcinea Wedding inspired by rustic country and whimsical romance.
Images were captured by Mercedes Morgan Photography.
Mercedes Morgan is a husband and wife wedding and portrait photography team.
Jesse and Mercedes document big days and everydays for real, lovely people focusing on telling your story through beautiful imagery.
Mercedes says of the couples day…
It’s always a joy to serve as Austin wedding photographer for the couples that opt to get married at Chapel Dulcinea.
This little venue hosts many intimate weddings throughout the year.
These weddings may have small guest lists, but the emotions are huge. Case in point: Natassja and Jonas.
The connection between them was really obvious. How they met is a pretty funny story.
Neither of them are into bars but both found themselves at the same place and time, one because of a close co-worker’s going away party, one because of a good friend’s coming home party.
Once he got up the nerve, Jonas started a conversation with Natassja that they moved away from the noisy dance floor on to the balcony, went on past last call and they had to be kicked out of the venue.
Their conversation continued outside. And then at the food truck while getting late night snacks. And they haven’t stopped talking since.
Their wedding ceremony was, not surprisingly, full of more emotions. Laughter, tears, everything in between.
The couple say of the day…
The setting of Chapel Dulcinea couldn’t have been better.
Albeit cold at first, the warm rays coming down on the hill top as the ceremony carried on made it feel that much more special.
By the time we said our vows and kissed, everything around us felt warm and bright.
It almost seemed like a metaphorical representation of our journey leading up to that point.
Another thing that made our wedding so special was how incredibly well it turned out when we only prepared for 5 weeks.
Originally, we had planned for a tiny wedding with 2-3 people as witnesses, but that was quickly scratched as more family and friends wanted to come and support us on our day.
We were incredibly touched by their support and attendance on such short notice. It really made us feel loved.
The inspiration behind our wedding was a pairing of rustic country and whimsical romance.
Jonas and I wanted our Austin wedding to be intimate and simple – just love, no fluff.
Our Wedding Team
Our flowers were from Walton’s Fancy and Staple.
This is the place where we had our first brunch date, and we love this charming place so much.
They also made our gorgeous semi naked 2 tier wedding cake of lemon and tropical cakes, adorned with the same succulents and flowers on my bridal bouquet.
My dress was White by Vera Wang purchased on sale at David’s Bridal.
I wanted something simple, classy, light, and comfortable.
It was like pulling teeth trying to find the perfect dress for me at the stores since majority of the dresses were all covered in laces, adorned with embellishments, or had those heavy full skirts.
I wanted less of it all. Less lace, less tulle, less weight, less everything.
Then a little fairy whispered to my ear to check out the clearance rack. And there you go, the perfect dress for me!
I didn’t really check the weather until 4 days before our wedding.
Good thing I did because that morning on our wedding day, it was very cold and windy! I purchased my sparkly, fuzzy wuzzy coat from Forever 21 for only $50
My shoes were from Avec Les Filles. I wanted to add a right amount of rustic country style to my wedding look without setting aside elegance.
My booties blew me away the first time I saw it online at Macys. They was the prettiest pink booties I’ve ever seen!
It’s mesh style makes it look like a modern glass slipper in an ankle bootie style.
Initially, I wanted to do my own hair and make up mainly because I just wanted to look like myself and I’m just not the make up kind of person.
And also, I always end up rubbing half my face off when somebody else does my make up.
Then I found Erica Gray online. She was perfect for me and for the look I wanted – the no make up look.
Our Chaplain Larry Todd was very involved in the process and we sincerely appreciated how he weaved all the things he had learned about us during the 30-45 mins he spent talking.
He made us all smile, laugh, and even cry! But we couldn’t be happier with how beautiful our ceremony was.
After our sweet ceremony, we all gathered to one of our favourite Italian restaurants in Austin… Juliet to continue our celebrations.
Venue – Chapel Dulcinea
Photographer – Mercedes Morgan Photography
Dress – White by Vera Wang from Davids Bridal
Sparkly Coat – Forever 21
Shoes – Avec Les Filles at Macy’s
Flowers & Cake – Waltons Fancy & Staple
Hair and Make Up – Erica Gray
Chaplain – Larry Todd