Marfa Texas Wedding Photographer | Fall Wedding Hotel Saint George Marfa, TX

One beautiful destination fall wedding in Marfa, Texas!

Wedding Gown – Monique Lhuillier Collection https://moniquelhuillier.com

Bridal Shoes – Badgley Micschka https://www.badgleymischka.com

Bridal Garter – Trousseau Sydney https://www.trousseau.com.au

Hotel Accommodations – El Cosmico https://elcosmico.com

Hotel Accommodations – Hotel Saint George http://marfasaintgeorge.com

Videographer – Roberson Films

Photographer – Kimberly Kay Photography Bend, OR http://www.kimberlykayphoto.com

Wedding Planner – Tiffany Reid & Co. http://www.tiffanyreidco.com

Wedding Venue – Hotel St. George, Marfa TX

Catering – Planet Mafra, Pizza Foundation, Salsa Puedes, Hotel St. George

Music & Entertainment – Sam Watts, Zach Kerns

Rentals/Floral – Gage Hotel – Michelle West

Officiant – Whitney Kirby

The adventure started off with a flight out of Portland, OR to El Paso, TX, we rented a car and drove through the desert nearly 3 hours to Marfa, TX, and absolute hidden gem located in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas near the Mexico boarder between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park.  The City was founded in the early 1880’s as a water stop. Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for minimalist art.  Some of the attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, historical architecture, Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, artisan shops, incredible food,  beautiful desert landscape, and last but not least the mysterious Marfa lights.  Marie and Matt came to enjoy all that Marfa had to offer when they first began dating… they fell in love during their many trips to Marfa, because of their magical visits to Marfa they chose to have their destination wedding in Marfa, TX. They wanted all of their guests to have a truly unique experience of culture, art and relaxation.

The road trip was gorgeous… a green desert unlike one that I’ve seen before. But what I was really excited about, was seeing with my own eyes this “Prada” building out in the middle of nowhere.  I’ve seen it in the movies. So weird to be driving in the desert with absolutely nothing around, and then come upon this art piece right off the highway.  I’m certain there is a vintage purse in the building that I must own! lol  The Prada building is a permanent sculpture by artist Elmgreen and Dagset just northwest a bit from Valentine, TX about 26 miles from Marfa.  It was the first art piece we came upon. Great way to start the adventure! Of course I had to document.

Many of the wedding guests had the lucky honor of staying at the El Cosmico {which I talk more about later in this blog post} This was our Palace as they called it! So much fun! Thank you Marie and Matt for making our job and travels in Marfa so great!

After getting some rest, we met up with the lovely bride and groom to capture their “Welcome Party” at the Planet Marfa Bar another artistic mecca… art everywhere you look…

After a few spirits and visits everyone hopped into a bus to go see the mysterious Marfa Lights…

The rehearsal is always a fun!

After the rehearsal Marie and Matt had a meet up at the Prada Sculpture with the rest of the wedding guests to kick off a fun evening of celebration.

Welcome reception dinner party at El Cosmico, also the location of which many guests stayed while in Marfa.

Got to love that Texan BBQ!

We had an epic lighting, thunder and rain storm…but that didn’t stop anyone from having an amazing time… lots of dancing and laughter to be had by all!

Wedding Day!!!

Bridal Suite – The Brite Building https://elcosmico.com/room/the-brite-building/

I’ve always been one to swoon over all the details! And one thing that is so fun about capturing travel / destination weddings is  the exposer and new inspiration to so many  things that I don’t normally see in my own neck of the woods, such as cactus and unique floral that is in season in different areas such as this beautiful bridal bouquet.

The royal treatment…teehee

First looks with parents are always so sweet and emotional

Matt got ready at the Hotel Saint George http://marfasaintgeorge.com

After Marie and Matt’s “first look” we jumped in a car and headed to catch a quick glimpse and photo near the art work of Donald Judd a New York artist.  On the grounds of the former military base are the 15 large concrete boxes. One of Marie and Matt’s favorites!  This particular capture is one of my favorites of Marie and Matt as it is reminder of their love for art and the joy they get “exploring” and “adventuring” art together  in Marfa the many times they have come to visit….seven or so visits thus far? 

After that we went to the Marfa Airport to capture some portraits in the meadow.  It was windy with unsettled sky which made for beautiful images!

Even all the family joined us for a little fun in the meadow at the Marfa airport…

Cutest little ring bearer that you ever did see!

Everything you see is ART in Marfa, TX that’s what truly makes this town so incredible. You can walk the streets for days looking at art everywhere you turn. It’s a photographers dream! The Pure Joy tower inhabits an old fuel storage facility overlooking the Union Pacific Railroad tracks that run straight to California. Pretty much all old structures have been turned into peaces of art in Marfa just like this one!

Following the wedding reception all the guests headed to the  El Cosmico https://elcosmico.com for an after party!

The El Cosmico takes it’s inspiration from a long America history of bohemians … a place of which you can get away from the digital world and truly unplug and be present in “here and now”.  Inspired by colors and cultures of India. This unique resort  recognizes Garuda guiding inspiration. Garuda is known in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions as the supreme golden sunbird and carrier of the gods. In the Marfa area  it is common to see a powerful bird surfing the desert’s thermal updrafts. The image of Garuda is used as an amulet to protect the bearer from snake attack and it’s poison, since the king of birds is an implacable enemy and “devourer of serpent”.  The mantra, reads, “Om Tarakishya (Garuda), cast down my enemies, trample the diseases and venom that might invade me.” This resort is a spiritual place where many go to relax, enjoy the incredible stars in the sky.   There are vintage trailers, yurts, safari tents, self- camping and tepees. Such a unique location to stay and celebrate a love story!  We stayed in the palace trailer… on the first evening a storm came through, we laid awake listening to the thunder and rain hit the metal roof. And watched the sky light up the desert with lightening.

 

 

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