• Tamara Merri

Villa Antonia Wedding | Jonestown, TX | Lauren & Baldemar

Updated: May 28, 2020

Lauren and Baldemar's Wedding Story at Villa Antonia in Jonestown, Texas


black and white cathedral veil wedding photo

Lauren and Baldemar's wedding is one of my most favorite weddings I've ever photographed. They''re both SO sweet, so kind, and truly in love. Photographing couples so effortlessly in love will never get old. These two have love not only for each other but for every single person in their lives. The bond between Lauran and her dad, and Baldemar and his mom is a love that cannot be compared. They got married at Villa Antonia on May 17, 2019 and there was an abundance of love, joy, and God at their wedding. I've integrated their wedding story throughout the photos below.


Villa Antonia is the most beautiful wedding venue in the Hill Country of Texas. From the Spanish influenced architecture to the amazing view of the hill country, this wedding venue is a crowd pleaser for sure! Villa Antonia is tucked away on dirt roads in Jonestown, Texas but is still less than an hour away from downtown Austin. It's perfect for someone who wants a mix of country and city in their wedding weekend.


Villa Antonia is one of the best wedding venues because

  • It's literally picture perfect. It's maintained well and there are SO MANY spots for wedding photos. The chapel doors, the butterfly garden, the venue as a backdrop, the terrace, the Gazebo, the waterfall wall, the tower, and so many other areas around the property.

  • Their bridal suite has great light and it opens up to a private terrace for outdoor photos.

  • The view is striking and adds so much to the guest experience.

  • There are A TON of ceremony location options. There's like 5 different options. You can truly customize the space in a way that fits your vision and be unique! There is nothing cookie cutter about this venue.

  • The grand staircase is such a focal point and looks amazing decorated with greenery to add a pop of decor!

  • There are so many different levels, walkways, and terraces that it's easy to have privacy.

Now that you know just how great Villa Antonia is and how amazing Lauren and Baldemar are, it's time to show you how gorgeous their wedding was thanks to the following amazing vendors:


Mariachi Band: Los Trovadores

DJ: Innovative DJ Entertainment

Courtney's Catering

Cake: Michelle's Patisserie

Churros: Casa Costa Bake Shop

Flowers: Visual Lyrics

Hair & Makeup: Lola Beauty

Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique Lewisville


villa antonia  amongst trees in the hill country. View of villa antonia from the main road.

wedding dress hung up in bridal suite of villa antonia

pink bridal bouquet on blue velvet chair with wedding shoes displayed. chat is in the foyer at villa antonia

wedding rings in a flower
mom heling bride into wedding dress in the bridal suite of villa antonia

button wedding dress with crochet tool

bride smiling at mom while she zips up bridal dress in the bridal suite of villa antonia

bride puts on earrings

pink, orange, and green bridal bouquet

groom putting on suspenders in grooms suite of villa antonia

groom looks in mirror to put on suspenders getting ready for wedding at villa antonia
groom puts on watch. close up detail photo pre-wedding

After everyone got ready, each of the wedding parties prayed over Lauren and Baldemar. They prayed for their marriage, for the future, and for the day. I love photographing those moments because they are so tender and real.


groomsmen praying over groom before wedding at villa antonia
groomsmen hands on groom's shoulder while praying over him

bridesmaids praying over bride before wedding at villa antonia

close up of hands on bride's shoulder while bridesmaids pray over bride at villa antonia

bride and maid of honor clink champagne glasses

bride and bridesmaids laughing on terrace of villa antonia

bride with veil over face

bridal portrait in gazebo at villa antonia

bridal portrait in gazebo at villa antonia

bridal portrait in front of wooden chapel doors at villa antonia

bridal portrait in the courtyard entry of villa antonia with venue in background. wind is blowing the veil and the bride is holding on to it laughing

Next up were the first looks. Lauren first met her dad on the grand staircase in the foyer. Lauren and her dad are super close, so the second they saw each other, both of them were enveloped in tears. They're total dad-daughter goals. Next we did a no-look-first-look between Lauren and Baldemar. They wanted to only hold hands and talk, but didn't want to see each other until the ceremony. So we found a space on either side of a wall for them to meet. They exchanged letters and it was so sweet to see how each others words made them emotional. But the real emotion began during the ceremony.


bride and father first look on the grand staircase at villa antonia
bride and father first look on the grand staircase at villa antonia

bride and groom no look first look to exchange letters at villa antonia

bride and groom no look first look to exchange letters at villa antonia
groomsmen cheers beer on the balcony of villa antonia grooms suite

groom and groomsmen portrait in front of wooden chapel doors at villa antonia

grooms portrait in the butterfly garden at villa antonia

grooms portrait in the butterfly garden at villa antonia

grooms portrait in the butterfly garden at villa antonia. close up detail photo of boutonnière and bowtie

The love during the ceremony was palpable. Lauren and her dad shared a quick kiss before the chapel doors opened and Baldemar could see his bride for the first time. He had #reactiongoals as he teared up when she entered the chapel. But from that moment on I don't think a smile left his face. Their ceremony was intimate and personalized. One of their friends married them, they lit a unity candle, and shared a silent prayer before making it official with a kiss.

bride and dad share a kiss before chapel doors open to wedding ceremony at villa antonia

welcome to wedding sign

bride and dad enter chapel and walk down aisle for wedding ceremony at villa antonia

groom's reaction to seeing bride for first time. groom cries

groom's reaction to seeing bride for first time. groom cries

bride and dad walk down aisle for wedding ceremony at villa antonia

bride and groom smiling during ceremony at villa antonia chapel

parents looking at their daughter bride during ceremony

bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife

bride and groom reaction after being declared husband and wife

groom kisses bride's cheek at end of aisle after wedding with all guests in background

maid of honor signs marriage license

wedding family photo on steps of chapel at villa antonia

wedding party photo on steps of chapel at villa antonia

candid laughing wedding party photo on steps of chapel at villa antonia

wedding party photo group pose on steps of chapel at villa antonia

bride and groom pose on steps of chapel at villa antonia

bride and groom pose on steps of chapel at villa antonia

bride and groom pose on steps of chapel at villa antonia

We chose to do their family and wedding party photos on the steps of the chapel doors because the light was magnificent and it was a great place to have different levels for people to stand in groups. Once we finished up the formal portraits we wandered around the venue into the butterfly garden while the terrace was being flipped for their reception and entrance. It's always nice to be able to take the couple somewhere private so they can enjoy time together just the two of them for the first time all day.

bride and groom walk through butterfly garden at villa antonia

bride and groom walk through villa antonia

bride and groom walk through butterfly garden at villa antonia

bride and groom pose in butterfly garden at villa antonia

bride and groom pose in butterfly garden at villa antonia

bride and groom wedding photo with cathedral veil

terrace dinner setup at villa antonia

terrace dinner set up at villa antonia

terrace dinner set up at villa antonia

terrace selfie area with hill country view at villa antonia

They had a mariachi band play for their grand entrance to kick off the reception. Lauren's dad and sister gave as speech as well as Baldemar's brother. Each speech was SO heartfelt and I remember crying behind my camera. As the sun went down we had a perfect view of the moon over the hill country and it was such a beautiful night with the terrace twinkle lights illuminating the area. A live painter painted the dinner scene which is such a cool and unique wedding present!

mariachi band at wedding at villa antonia

wedding speech on terrace at villa antonia

bride and groom pose after the sun sets with the moon in the background

wedding speech on terrace at villa antonia

wedding speech on terrace at villa antonia

live artist paints wedding reception at villa antonia

white wedding cake with pink and orange flowers

bride and groom cut wedding cake

bride and groom link arms holding glasses of champagne and kiss

After all the tacos were eaten, the cake was cut, and the sun was set: it was time to party! Lauren and Baledmar shared their first dance, then Lo and her dad, and Baldemar and his mom. They had a bouquet toss and garter toss, conga lines, and crazy dance circles. Their friends are so fun and the dance floor was raging all night long. Outside they had seating on the terrace for whoever didn't want to dance as well as a cigar bar in the gazebo! They ended the night waving goodbye to their family and friends with a sparkler exit. The last photo is one of my very favorite photos I've ever taken! You can also find it on my homepage of my website :).


bridesmaids holding up personalized koozies

bride and groom first dance at villa antonia

bride and groom first dance at villa antonia

groom and mom first dance at villa antonia

bride and dad first dance at villa antonia

bride and mom watch lovingly at groom dancing with mother

grandparents dancing at wedding

dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

bouquet toss on dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

bouquet toss dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

garter toss dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

garter toss in dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

DJ on dance floor in chapel at villa antonia

fun group photo at wedding at villa antonia

cigar rolling station at wedding in gazebo at villa antonia

sparkler exit outside wedding chapel at villa antonia
sparkler exit outside wedding chapel at villa antonia

Aren't they they mosts beautiful bride and groom?! I'm so grateful I was included in such a wonderful day!! Lauren and Baldemar recently bought their own home in Dallas and are growing more in love each day.


This is what Lauren's said about working with me:

"We absolutely LOVED working with Tammy! She did an amazing job working with our crazy schedules and we felt like she truly wanted to understand what was most important to us & then make it come to life. She made me feel so comfortable during my bridal session and then again on our wedding day which made it possible to capture all those little moments between my husband and I! It is overwhelming to think about all the details and photos you want on your wedding day, but Tammy was so thoughtful and helpful in talking us through our options and listening to all our ideas. All of our wedding photos turned out amazing, but my favorites are the candid moments Tammy was able to capture throughout the night. Those photos are my absolute favorite! Tammy did such an amazing job capturing the love, joy and excitement of our wedding day, and gave us beautiful memories to cherish forever! We highly recommend Tammy for any photography needs...she is the absolute best!"

If you loved this gallery or are interested in getting married at Villa Antonia then send me a message and I can show you more wedding photos that weren't featured in this blog!!


xo,

Tam


Tamara Merri Photography

www.tamaramerriphotography.com

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