Rachel + Jesse // Wedding at The Gin at Hidalgo Falls
Apr 9, 2019 | By: Mary Pena Photography
When Rachel first contacted me about her wedding, I was SO thrilled because her venue was The Gin at Hidalgo Falls. The Gin just opened (seriously, just a few weeks ago) and I have been dying to shoot there. It's unique and historic, with a ton of cool textures for a photographer to play with. As the day approached, I was just about in tears because of the forecast. It wasn't just calling for rain, but severe weather. Damaging winds, possible hail and tornadoes, the whole 9 yards.
On the morning of their wedding, we did indeed have a big storm. When I left my house to head to the Gin, it was still raining. And then somehow......SOMEHOW Y'ALL......there was sun peaking out through the clouds by the time I arrived. I was just in complete awe of my good luck. I walked into the bridal suite looking for Rachel, and found her and her bride tribe relaxing and prepping in the cutest bride cottage. Within minutes I had found a white brick wall and adorable little side table that had "detail shots" written all over it, and I got to work playing with her jewelry and invitation suite.
Their wedding was an indoor ceremony, so there was no worry of being rained out. But as the photographer, I was so hoping the weather would hold for outdoor portraits. I had seen the back of the venue, and couldn't wait to get Rachel and Jesse out for some sunset photos! As the ceremony time approached, I got nervous because I saw dark clouds starting to roll in again. The inside of the Gin is perfect for ceremonies, with a large wall of windows facing East. This way, you get a wide view of the brazos valley and the sky, without the sunset blasting into your guests eyes. The storm clouds ended up making a lovely background for their vows.
Guests stepped out onto the patio for cocktails while we took portraits. The chairs from the ceremony were moved, and that became the dance floor. On either side were farmhouse tables (my favorite!) with beautiful blue and gold place settings, candles, and greenery. Everything twinkled against the distressed metal walls, and it was a sight to see.
Out back with Rachel and Jesse, I was keeping an eye on those clouds. We ended up with the coolest light for their husband and wife portraits. When you see them below, check out the dramatic and defined storm clouds reflecting in the windows of the Gin. It made for a moody and romantic scene that was so fun to photograph. The walls of the venue (rusted and distressed metal) seemed to blend into the grays of the sky. A few drops started to fall at the end of our portraits, and then the rain really came down once we headed inside again for the party. It was like the sky was holding out for me, and I was grateful.
Rachel and Jesse shared a first dance under an industrial metal and candle chandelier, and a slice of a blue watercolor wedding cake that seemed to remind me of the sky that day. Everything on this wedding day just seemed to fall into place without effort, and I get a feeling from Jesse and Rachel that their relationship is the same way.
Rachel and Jesse, do you know what is even better luck than rain on your wedding day? Rain on your wedding day that pauses perfectly for your timeline, and then starts up again.