Texas Ranch Destination Wedding Part 1 

Welcome Party and Crawfish Boil

Austin, Texas Destination Wedding Photography

When I tell you that this photo story is about destination wedding photography and a rustic Texas ranch wedding, you’ll have to take me on faith for a few moments. The reason is that this story actually begins 2,300 miles away from Austin, Texas in a sleepy beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica. Let me explain. 

(This is Part 1 in a two part series about a destination wedding photography story in Austin, Texas. To skip ahead and see Part 2, click here.

In February 2017 I was in Costa Rica working on a photo project. After the project was finished, I found an incredible little surf villa to call home for the week. Little A-frame cabins with thatched palm leaf roofs in a lush tropical jungle just steps to some world-class waves. The typical day involved yoga, long surf sessions, mesmerizing fish tacos, and reading in a hammock as monkeys played about in the tree canopy above. 

It was here where I first met Carmen and Barrett. They were travelling on holiday from their home in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We became fast friends and shared in some epic surf sessions and other tropical adventures. A few months later I received an email from Barrett asking me to be their destination wedding photographer for an Austin, Texas Ranch wedding. It was an easy yes. 

The destination wedding celebration was at Rockin Y’ Ranch, a rustic farm property in Texas Hill Country approximately a 15 minute drive from downtown Austin. The ranch features a gorgeous farm house, a fabulous barn that doubles as event space, and thirty acres of rolling. My team and I flew from our hometown of Oakland, California to Austin on Thursday to get situated, to pick up some lighting equipment rental gear, and to do some location scouting. We always prefer to arrive a couple of days early for destination weddings in order to really get a feel for the place.

Below is a selection of images from Carmen & Barrett’s destination wedding welcome party and crawfish boil:

“Hey Drew. THANK YOU!! We received the gallery of photos this morning and have looked through the photo story over and over again. You captured so many beautiful and funny and intimate and special moments. We read Carmen’s parents your email and showed them the early photos you sent and they said 'I can see why you really wanted to hire Drew.' It was without a doubt one of the best weekends of our life and we can’t imagine having trusted anyone else to capture the story.”

–  Carmen & Barrett

“Drew works diligently to integrate into whatever scene he’s photographing in a way we’ve never seen before from any other wedding photographer. We were incredibly pleased to see the rapport we had felt with Drew immediately extended to our friends and family at our ranch wedding weekend outside of Austin, Texas.”

–  Carmen & Barrett

Rustic barn wedding welcome party at sunset. Speeches for a destination wedding photography story in Austin Texas.

“ Drew travels a lot for photo projects and we were also impressed with the excellent communication he provided during the planning for our wedding. We absolutely love our photos and our guests do too. Drew is professional, talented, thoughtful, creative and incredibly easy to work with. We highly recommend hiring him.”

–  Carmen & Barrett

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Rockin’ Y Ranch. Austin, Texas.
Wedding Venue: Rockin’ Y Ranch. Austin, Texas.

Drew Bird is recognized as one of the top 20 photographers in California and the top 100 International Wedding Photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association. He is currently based in Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area and creates photo stories for clients world-wide. View our commercial and editorial site. Get in touch with Drew.

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