She was so young when she first saw Juan. Sorry – don’t mind our take on Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” Brailey is a HUGE Swiftey, and Nathan and I respect that. There’s a lot to unpack here when talking about Brailey and Juan’s wedding at Hidden Waters Events (Now The Springs Waxahachie). So let’s keep cruising.
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About The Springs in Waxahachie
Story starts with exposition, right? So it’s important that we nail down some details. The Springs in Waxahachie recently went through some rebranding from its former name, Hidden Waters, to its current name. New owners, but still a beautiful wedding venue in Dallas.
It was designed to “bring the allure and intimacy of a Tuscan Villa to the heart of Texas.” I could go on and on about how it was built, but what Nathan and I love about this venue is the way it makes you feel. In fact, it’s actually the venue the two of us got married at!
What we – and other couples – love about this venue is beautiful landscaping, simple design and the elegance that it brought. It genuinely feels like somewhere you are meant to get married at. My guess is that’s what Brailey and Juan felt like.
Recapping Brailey & Juan’s Wedding at The Springs in Waxahachie
If you just want to see images of Brailey and Juan’s wedding at the Springs, then just scroll down. We understand that you are probably here to see the photographs! But I would feel so guilty if I were to omit the story of Brailey and Juan. Nathan and I develop too close of a relationship with the couples we photograph to ignore them. ❤️
How They Met
Comradery is built strongest in the struggle. If you haven’t ever experienced playing tennis, then you are missing out on an opportunity to understand a struggle. I should know Nathan has tried to drag me multiple times. It was terrible.
Certainly it is only a part of the equation, but Juan and Brailey first bonded while playing college tennis together. Side bar: isn’t college such a unique place where young adults learn not only to live on their own, but to find and live love without restriction?
It was after a match when it was time to leave. Juan is from Columbia, and at that time, he did not have a vehicle of his own. Rather than getting a ride from anyone else, he asked Brailey for a ride to Walmart. She obliged, and somewhere between the time of them being on that car ride together and their next match, they became a thing!
Brailey & Juan’s Wedding at The Springs
Pre-Wedding: The Planning
I distinctly remember helping Brailey and Juan at the start of the entire process. Nathan and I believe there is no such thing as a perfect wedding – only a perfectly flawed wedding. Sometimes that means things don’t go the way you initially planned.
While we weren’t able to stop Brailey’s sister from breaking her arm and wearing a cast on the day, or make the Texas heat go away. Nathan and I were able to use our relationships with the other vendors that were present and the timeline we helped Brailey craft prior to the day to ensure that the day slowed down and was enjoyable.
There are many things that happen in weddings that could almost be templated. Putting on the dress, the first look, the ceremony, slow dancing to one last T-Swizzle song, the grand exit… It’s never the flow of the wedding that makes any wedding memorable. It’s the smaller, more personal moments that make me swoon.
There’s one particular moment that stood out to me during the ceremony. During their written vows, Brailey told Juan “I will always have a little bit of you in my freckles and you will always have a bit of me in your hands.” What makes this more special is that Juan has vitiligo in his hands, and everyone present knew there was significance and intentionality in the words she spoke.
Why Nathan and I Love Being Wedding Photographers
The intimacy that comes with being a wedding photographer provides a unique view into people’s lives and puts us in the inner circle with family and friends. Every now and then this inner circle invites us in the same way the couple does and that was the case with Brailey and Juan.
Not only did they welcome us in, but their entire family did. Since the wedding we have had the opportunity to photograph Brailey and Juan as well as Brailey’s Siblings and Parents in a family session. Even though we had only met once, it was like photographing our own family as we were laughing and cutting up with one another.
At the end, Brailey’s Parents wanted solo portraits of everyone and we started joking about how these were updated “Obit.” pics. The relationship grew to where Brailey’s parents have even offered to let us stay with them when we go to Amarillo in May for a shoot at Palo Duro Canyon.