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hi! I'm Tara, a wedding photographer in Austin, TX. I take Colorful, modern, film inspired Wedding photos of happy Texas Couples.

Lush Summer Wedding at Hummingbird House

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Lush Summer Wedding at Hummingbird House

Maya and Chris got married this July at Hummingbird House in Austin, and it was such a fun day!! This was a Sunday wedding, and while it ended at 9pm, there was still tons of dancing and celebrating packed in. These two are so stinking gorgeous, and more importantly, incredibly sweet and wholesome. But seriously, Maya just radiates. The day included a first look and private vow reading, along with a few other fun and unique elements that I really loved. The event was well planned and well thought out, and I’m so glad I was the one chosen to capture it! Congratulations to Chris and Maya on their lovely wedding and marriage!!

VENDOR TEAM

Venue: Hummingbird House

Photography: Tara Lyons Photography

Coordinating: Danny (in-house, co-owner of Hummingbird House)

Hair and Makeup: Mistique Makeup

Florals: Twin Flames Events

Rentals: Simply Chic Event Rentals

Photo Booth: Live Oak Photo Booth

perfume and vow detail photos for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

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bride and bridesmaids pajama getting ready photo for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

bride getting ready in bathroom with mom for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

bride putting shoes on with mom helping

groom and groomsman getting ready at hummingbird house

groom getting ready photos, pink bow tie, pink groom outfit, for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

pink bow tie and navy suit for groom

groom and mom first look in austin garden venue, for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

Groom’s First Look with Mom

We’re all familiar with having the bride have a first look with her father, but how about a groom getting to have a first look with his mom?! I don’t have this often, but it should totally become normal! I’m a mom of a cute ass son, and I love the idea of having a moment like this with him when he gets married. So sweet.

bride and father first look before wedding at austin wedding venue

groom and groomsman first look prank, groomsman in wedding dress, silly wedding photos, for wedding photography at hummingbird house in austin, tx

Groomsman First Look Prank

Chris and Maya did ALL of the first looks, including the “first look with a groomsman dressed up in a wedding dress” prank. Maybe not the most politically correct first look and wedding prank, but it definitely always gets a laugh. It also helps calm some nerves for when the REAL bride comes out.

bride and groom first look in garden area under arch at austin garden wedding venue, hummingbird house

groom seeing bride for the first time at first look at hummingbird house austin

groom is very excited to see bride at first look in austin tx at hummingbird house

bride and groom seeing each other for the first time, photos by tara lyons wedding photography

private vow reading before ceremony with just bride and groom after first look, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

Private Vow Readings

My absolute favorite wedding “trend” right now is the private vow readings after the bride and groom’s first look. It’s SO special to be able to say your vows to each other without the pressure of public speaking. You don’t have to worry if you get extra emotional, and you don’t have the jitters from being in front of everyone. I absolutely love this trend and recommend it to any couple that chooses to do a first look. During the ceremony, couples sometimes decide to repeat the vows again in front of their guests, or sometimes they just say the standard vows with the officiant. Either way, OBSESSED with private vow readings!!

bride reading vows to groom in private vow reading, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

bride and groom reading vows privately during first look at austin garden wedding venue

bride and groom portraits, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

beautiful and bright bridal portraits with amazing colorful wedding bouquet, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

Last Minute Floral Changes!

I can’t remember exactly what happened, but basically Chris and Maya went to look at the florals they ordered with their planned florist, and there was a problem. The colors weren’t at all what they were expecting, unfortunately. They scrambled to find someone to do the bouquet she envisioned and oh my GOSH, this was one of the prettiest bunch of florals I’ve ever seen! Huge credit to Twin Flames Events for coming through with these amazing last minute florals!

bridal portrait with bouquets in circle around bride's face, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

bride and bridesmaid portraits in bright summer wedding at austin garden wedding venue

bride looking back at her bridesmaids, blue bridesmaid dresses, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

groom portraits, groom wearing pink details, pink bow tie and navy suit, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

groom and groomsman portraits, hot pink groomsman details, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

groom and groomsmen with arms around each other

wedding party tunnel photo with bride and groom in the middle, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

magenta and teal wedding welcome sign, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

Summer wedding ceremony outside ceremony space at austin garden wedding venue, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

mother of the groom kissing groom on cheek before wedding

groom walking mother of bride and mother of groom down the aisle in wedding precessional Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

bride walking down the aisle at outside wedding ceremony site at austin garden wedding venue

guests allowed to take cell phones out for photos at wedding ceremony

Cell Phone Photo Moment

Another thing I’ve been loving lately is the cell phone break for guests. At the beginning of the ceremony, the officiant announces that guests need to put away their phones. But first, they’re allowed a few moments to take a nice photo of the couple. These keeps the cell phones out of my photos, but gives guests some time to capture their own. It’s a great compromise and lets guests know their photos are appreciated, too!

Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

colorful summer wedding at hummingbird house wedding venue

hummingbird house wedding venue outdoor ceremony space

tree planting unity ceremony at hummingbird house in austin tx

TREE PLANTING UNITY CEREMONY

This was so cute!! I’ve seen lots of different unity ceremonies added in, but I really enjoyed this one. Maya and Chris added soil and watered a plant together during their wedding. I thought this was great because it’s something that’s going to be a visible reminder of their wedding at their new home. They also had guests add notes to it during the reception (photo down below).

Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

first kiss with bride and groom and lush outdoor garden austin wedding venue

bride and groom recessional at austin's hummingbird house wedding venue

groom taking selfie with bride and bridesmaids in the bridal suite at hummingbird house

groom and bride leaving cocktail hour at hummingbird house, string lights, matching nike wedding shoes

bride and groom portraits with pink crepe mertles and string lights in austin garden wedding venue, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

sunset portraits at colorful and lush austin garden wedding venue, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

nike wedding reception shoes with bride and groom's last names printed on the back

Reception Shoes

I am ALL ABOUT the trend of comfortable wedding footwear, but Maya and Chris took it one step further with these super awesome custom Nikes! They had both of their last names written across the back, and had them made in opposite colors.

pink flowers in fountain at austin garden wedding venue, hummingbird house

mirror and garden at hummingbird house

outdoor spaces at hummingbird house

Gorgeous Garden Spaces at Hummingbird House

This was my first time shooting at Hummingbird House, and it is such a beautiful venue!! I was very pleasantly surprised at how many different lush spaces there were. This wedding took place in July, in Texas. While most venues do turn a little bit brown from the heat, Hummingbird House was lush and beautiful and green even in the Summer. I actually shot another wedding here a month later, in the middle of a drought, and it was STILL this beautiful. Oh, and the tented reception space stayed nice and cool.

wedding reception tent at hummingbird house in austin tx

dried flowers on white wedding cake, small wedding cake, flowers on wedding cake, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

pink and gold wedding bar signage

bride and groom grand entrance into reception tent at hummingbird house in austin texas

first dances in tent at austin wedding venue

groom first dance with mom in reception space

cake cutting at hummingbird house reception

toasts in reception space for hummingbird house wedding

bride and groom toasting drinks together at austin wedding

bride and groom embarrassed by father's speech at wedding reception in austin texas

private garter removal for wedding garter toss, just bride and groom, direct flash wedding photography,

Private Garter Removal

One more thing Maya and Chris did that I love is a private garter removal! Doing the sexy lap dance and silly or sexy garter removal is great for some couples and weddings, but for some couples, it can be uncomfortable. I LOVE this alternative!! I won’t show the photos (even though they’re super cute), but it’s such a cute little moment. And an opportunity for the two of you to sneak away. Love the private garter removal <3

guests in garden during cocktail hour at lush green austin wedding venue

danny hatt, coordinator, planner, owner at hummingbird house, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

Shout out to Danny with Hummingbird House!

Shout out to Danny, co-owner of Hummingbird House, for keeping the day running smoothly! I love a coordinator who makes things look totally effortless and stress-free. The day went perfectly, and a huge part of that is always going to be the one coordinating things!

bride and groom dancing at hummingbird house reception space tent, direct flash, shutter drag wedding photography, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

guests dancing at austin wedding reception

maid of honor dancing with groom's mom and wedding reception in austin texas

wedding bridal bouquet toss at hummingbird house, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

garter toss after private garter removal between just the bride and groom

reception dancing photos at hummingbird house wedding reception tent, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

wedding sunglasses passed around tiktok, wedding reception direct flash dancing photos with bride and groom, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

private last dance at hummingbird house austin wedding reception venue, blurry wedding photos, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

sparkler exit, bride and groom sparkler exit at hummingbird house, Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

bride and groom exit limo after wedding

bride and groom kissing in limo exit vehicle after wedding reception at hummingbird house in austin, TX. Austin Wedding at Hummingbird House, with wedding photos by Tara Lyons Photography. Other vendors: Mistique Makeup, Cana Events, Twin Flame Events, Simply Chic Event Rentals, Live Oak Photo Booth

Congratulations, Maya and Chris, for your beautiful wedding at Hummingbird House!!

Wishing these two the very best ever!