A Colorful Southern Wedding at the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge || Sonya + Esteban

May 1, 2022

My goodness, can you say colorFULL!? We just love the beauty of this colorful southern wedding with fun pops of orange and pink, blush bridesmaids dresses and navy suits. And since it’s springtime in central texas, we just HAD to incorporate some bluebonnets into our sunset portraits too. There’s just eye-popping color all over this blog!

Wonderful People

Welcome to the wedding of Sonya + Esteban! These two got in touch with us back in July of last year, and after hitting it off over zoom we were thrilled to invite them into the L+L Family. We were really excited to work with them, not just because they are really wonderful people (they are, of course) but also because it would mean the chance to return to the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge, one of our favorite South Austin venues!

The Wedding Day

We started this colorful southern wedding day by photographing bridal details like Sonya’s very modern invitation suite, her Dolce Vita heels, and her beautiful engagement ring with Esteban’s A&M class ring. With both bride + groom being A&M alumni, there were quite a few “Gig-Ems” at this wedding reception!

After a teary first look followed by some portrait time, Sonya and Esteban said their vows under the gorgeous, towering oak trees that set the Vineyards at Chappel Lodge apart. And to add some personal flair to the ceremony, Sonya and Esteban did their processional to the sound of bagpipes, thanks to world-class bagpiper, Hylton Cruickshank (who also wins the award for coolest sounding name).

At cocktail hour, guests enjoyed delicious hors-d’oeuvres courtesy of Black’s BBQ while the musical entertainment continued thanks to Alejandro Ramirez and Mariachi Amor. Shortly after dinner was served, we snuck Sonya + Esteban away from their reception for a quick 15 minute portrait session, taking full advantage of the idyllic sunsets and golden light we’ve come to expect at Chappel Lodge.

After some touching toasts, first dances and a fair bit of party dancing (this group knew how to PARTY!) Sonya and Esteban opted for a Faux Exit, which meant a TON of guests were able to participate, giving them one of the longest and most fun sparkler exit tunnels we’ve ever seen!

Sonya + Esteban

Sonya + Esteban, we are SO grateful we got to be part of your wedding journey! You two were so much fun to spend time with! Your positivity and humor, your warmth and welcoming attitudes, all of it was just infectious to be around!

And couples like you are truly what make our profession the dream job that it is. The love you have for each other is just delightful, as is the love your friends, family and community have for you too! Thanks for inviting us into the group, allowing us to celebrate with you all, and for having one of the most beautifully colorful and just super fun wedding days we can remember. You guys are awesome!

With all the love,



Venue: The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge
Coordinator: Maria Trivino, Trivino Entertainment
Florist: Bethany Budde
Bagpiper: Hylton Cruickshank
Officiant: Rev. Linda McWhorter
Catering: Black’s BBQ
Bartender: Trivino Entertainment
DJ: Josh Abaca, Trivino Entertainment
Hair & Make Up: Noemi Alvarado
Bagpipes: Hylton Cruickshank
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Mariachi Amor

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If you enjoyed this colorful southern wedding, make sure to check out Maddie + Tyler’s wedding at Mae’s Ridge! Interested booking your own wedding or an intimate engagement session with your person? Click here to get in touch!

Lacey + Lee Photography is a wife-husband photography team based in Austin, Texas who specialize in creating bold, intimate and emotive wedding, engagement and elopement photography. Within the Austin Area they serve South Congress, East 6th, South Lamar, The Seaholm District, Mueller, Dripping Springs, Kyle, Hutto, Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, and Bastrop. They also serve San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Waco, Dallas, Houston, and any State or National Park you get to by plane, train or automobile. They are available for destination weddings, proposals, elopements and micro weddings.
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