This blog post is LONG overdue but hopefully so worth the wait! At the beginning of July, I flew down to the great state of Texas (for the first time which was so fun) to photograph Maria & Bence’s wedding at the Lost Mission in the Texas Hill Country just outside of San Antonio. As Deirdre and I drove up the long private drive to the Lost Mission, our eyes kept getting bigger and bigger. This place was unreal. Every aspect of the grounds was meticulously kept up and the distinctive Old World Spanish architecture was breathtaking. It was the PERFECT venue for Maria and Bence and such a delight to photograph at.
I’ve known Maria for years now because we attended Franciscan University together and we were a part of the same household (similar to a sorority). I have only gotten to know Bence over the past year but I feel like I’ve known him so much longer. These two are both such wonderful people and it incredible to see how God brought them together and to see what God continues to do in their new life as a married couple. They are both kind, funny, gentle, and so in love with God and each other.
We started the day with Maria at the Lost Mission where she was getting ready with the women closest to her. Maria and Bence opted out of having a wedding party but they still wanted to have a few close friends with them in the morning which turned out to be a really wonderful way to include their best friends but not have all the things that go along with having a wedding party.
After we finished up all the getting ready photos at the Lost Mission, we headed to their church, St. Joseph Honey Creek Catholic Church, which was just up the road. Maria and Bence wanted to pray together before their ceremony and Maria had the perfect spot in mind. At the top of the hill behind the main church, is a tiny old chapel, just big enough for two people to sit inside. We ended up coming back up here after the Mass for portraits because it had the most incredible view! I kept saying how much it reminded me of Assisi!
Both Maria and Bence come from very cultural families, Mexican for Maria and Hungarian for Bence and with close relatives still living in both of these countries, their extended families combine to make such a beautiful blend of cultures and languages. They wanted to make sure to honor both of their cultural backgrounds in some aspect during their Wedding Mass so they chose to do one of the readings in Spanish, one in Hungarian, and the Gospel in English. They also chose to incorporate the Hispanic Wedding Tradition of El Lazo, or the Lasso in which a special, oversized rosary is placed over their shoulders as they kneel to receive their Nuptial Blessing. The draping of the lasso signifies that the two have become one. (Esmeralda and Jose also chose to incorporate this tradition in their wedding back in January).
After their wedding Mass, we took a brief detour up at the top of the hill for portraits before going back to the Lost Mission for the rest of their portraits and their reception. Just wait until you get to their portraits. I am OBSESSED. Seriously. These two are both so gorgeous and photogenic but also the setting was amazing and I was definitely in photographer’s heaven.
Their reception was a blast! I have photographed a couple Hispanic/Latino weddings now and oh my goodness they know how to have the BEST dance floor. Since Maria and Bence are good friends, I was technically a guest as well as their photographer (Deirdre was with me as a guest this time) and so I also put my camera down and just enjoyed the dance floor after awhile. And it was so fun.
Maria and Bence, you both are so dear to me and it was so so special to photograph your wedding!
A huge thank you to all the other vendors who came together to make this day possible!
CHURCH // St. Joseph Honey Creek
RECEPTION VENUE // Lost Mission
FLORIST // HEB Florist
VIDEOGRAPHER // Grace Galligan
DJ // DJ John All Good DJ
CAKE // Cake Art
DRESS // David’s Bridal
HAIR & MUA // On Location Hair & Makeup