My niece was married in Austin recently, and I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few days there, taking part in the celebration and visiting with family and friends. I'll share more photos of my trip in another post, but here's a peek at the lovely, intimate wedding, which was held at the historic Allan House.
My brother and sister-in-law walked their daughter down the aisle together.
My handsome nephew watched intently as his big sister prepared to say, "I do."
The vows, the rings, the kiss... I just love weddings. After several heart-felt toasts and the requisite family photos, we sat down to dinner. As the music of Frank and Dean played in the background, we feasted on a gorgeous Italian banquet of traditional antipasti, wood-fired pizza, and pasta. In case you didn't know, it's not really an Italian wedding without a table full of dolci. The cannoli are always my favorite, but I have to admit that those little cream-filled, almond pastries were pretty addictive, as well.
By now the sun was setting. With full hearts and full bellies, the happy couple shared their first dance as husband and wife. It didn't take long for their family and friends to join them. My only camera lens is not very fast, and I am not very good at capturing motion in low light, so the next couple photographs are a bit blurred. Despite that, these are two of my favorite moments of the night. Can't you just feel how much he loves his new bride...
... and the pure joy on my mom's and brother's faces? To me, these blurry photos are perfect.
The beautiful bride, taking it all in.
We spent the rest of the night dancing, laughing, and catching up with far-away family. A few slices of wedding cake later, it was time to bid the newly-weds goodbye. Wishing you every happiness, Brittaney and Alex!
Before calling it a night, my siblings and I gathered for one last photo. I am so happy we could all be there together. And for those in our family who were not able to celebrate with us, know you were there in our hearts. Alla famiglia!
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