Jackie and Herbert's Intimate Wedding at Chapel Dulcinea / by Tess Cagle

Back in July, a major prayer I had been praying was answered. 

Since the beginning of this year, it’s been in my heart to photograph weddings. I began slowly with a few couple sessions but I’ve been on the lookout for a couple who would trust me to photograph their big day—with no evidence that I would do a good job. Obviously, that’s not the easiest request to have, but I patiently waited until the ~right~ couple found me. 

So in July, as I drove to yoga on an especially emotionally exhausting day—deep in the throws of watching my checking account slowly deplete—I prayed for a sign that was I was doing was the right thing. That I should keep building my own business instead of looking for a 9 to 5. That I should keep searching for a wedding to photograph. 

When I walked out of yoga, I had a message on Facebook from someone looking for an event photographer—and turns out, that “event” was a WEDDING. 

Let me tell you friends, I am so grateful for the opportunity that fell on my lap. 

Jackie and Herbert professed their love and made life-long vows to one another in front of 20 of their closest friends and family on Sept. 15 at the oh-so-beautiful—and did I mention free??—Chapel Dulcinea. I was lucky enough to be their wedding photographer. 

We had quite the day. Texas weather did it’s thing and it POURED as Jackie, her parents, and I made our way quickly to the open-air chapel. Despite the rain, the ceremony was utterly beautiful, as it was filled with loved ones with hearts ready to love on the newlyweds, rain or shine. They also brought their adorable dog, Chico, who is featured in some of the photos. Jackie’s little brother was also kind enough to follow me around with an umbrella as we took more intimate photos of Jackie and Herbert after the ceremony. 

Weather-wise, the elements gave me quite the challenge when it came to lighting and generally not ruining my camera equipment. But love-wise, the two families gave me everything I needed and extra to capture their union. It was everything I could have hoped for from first wedding.