Austin Backyard Garden Wedding: Sara & Tom

On New Year’s Day in 2016, Nick and I photographed our first Chojnacki wedding. Meg and Luke were married in Wisconsin on a cold but lovely day.

A month ago, we photographed Meg’s sister Sara’s wedding in Austin, Texas. Getting to photograph the Chojnacki family for a second time was such a joy.

Sara and Tom were married at Sanctuary Yoga just south of the river in Austin. The backyard space has giant oak trees canopying the grounds. Even with the rainy weather, the natural beauty of the space created a warm, intimate space for their wedding.

The pair met while in college their first year there and became fast friends. Sara is creative and warm and spent hours crafting beautiful calligraphed place cards and table numbers for there day. Tom is gregarious and hilarious, as evidenced in the speech he gave at their wedding.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from their joyful day:




  • I'm in love with this backyard wedding! You captured the emotion throughout the day wonderfully, especially during the ceremony. The groom's reaction when he saw his soon-to-be wife, all the guests crying, it's truly beautiful! :)

  • Anna sodziak said:

    I've been admiring your work for a while now. You have a talent for natural portraits and catching moments! Your photos capture more than what only eye sees. There are emotions in them. It's clear that people feel at ease around you. That's a great gift!

  • hanna said:

    the mood throughout this day is so gorgeous, just feels like everyone was relaxed and embracing of that gorgeous rainy weather

  • kim said:

    well done documenting this wedding. I love how they had smiles on their faces even through there was a bit of rain! My kind of people :)

  • becca said:

    I love a good backyard wedding. So sweet! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous images. <3

  • Liz said:

    Love how intimate this wedding feels! Love when you can get a real sense of the couple :) Beautiful work!

  • Ella said:

    What a lovely wedding. You captured it so beautifully I feel like I'm there. I can feel the anticipation and excitement of the day!

  • Ella said:

    This is simply beautiful. You captured their day of emotion and excitement so well that I feel like I'm there just looking at them!

  • Peggy said:

    I love their family and friend's facial expressions! Not only is the couple compleatly in love and blissful but their friends and families are so incredibly joyful! Great job!