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Elopement at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas

There are few locations in Texas that I can infinitely photograph without experiencing a lack of inspiration. Enchanted Rock is one of those places. It's become a highly desired location for couples to get married as the park is massive and the process to set up an intimate ceremony is relatively simple. The spike of elopement interest among couples in 2020 and 2021 has caused a lot of parks to tighten up their restrictions for small ceremonies, but Enchanted Rock has done a great job of allowing intimate ceremonies to safely continue.

Days like this remind me of the appeal of intimate ceremonies and elopements. After scrolling through these photos, I think you'll understand why. I've seen so many couples distraught over their large wedding plans and the possibility of being forced to reschedule or postpone indefinitely. I hate watching my couples stress, but there are alternatives that so many are taking advantage of to avoid the headaches and additional expenses. I'd never push a couple into changing their plans to something that doesn't align with their perfect day, but I do ensure that they've considered all of their options.

Amy + Colter had a first look at the base of the granite mountain as their friends and family watched from a distance. After a brief ceremony with his best man and her maid of honor, we began to summit Enchanted Rock. The total height is 427' and the slope is steep, so it takes some time. We talked about their love story, their personal struggles, and why they can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Once we reached the summit, they exchanged their vows privately. Before we started our descent, I played their favorite song for them on the speaker attached to my gear bag so they could enjoy their first dance together.

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