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Barr Mansion Wedding, University Presbyterian Church Ceremony

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I’ve been obsessed with behind-the-scenes moments since I started making pictures. When I worked at the El Paso Times, I begged and pleaded my way backstage or in the locker room because that was where the most intimate moments took place. There is something very special about preparation time — it’s where people shake off their nerves and spend quiet moments with their closest friends. 

On Shelly and Andy’s wedding day, I spent a few moments with groomsmen as they were waiting to line up for the ceremony. After a few moments, I noticed Andy pacing the room. Not a fast walk — but a little stroll. Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth. (You’ll see Andy mid-pace in the photo above with his groomsmen.) Meanwhile, the groomsmen were playing “Too Legit To Quit” on their iPhones, and negotiating last minute adjustments for their tuxes and uniforms. 

What was Shelly doing? Shelly and her bridesmaids were cooking breakfast and giving tips on getting into a formal dress properly. (Here’s the trick to get into a dress: Bend at the waist while a friend zips you into your dress. It works like a charm.)

This was our first time photographing at the University Presbyterian Church, and the tall stained-glass windows were mesmerizing. It set the tone for this classic, timeless wedding. The Barr Mansion was as lovely as always, and I was excited to get a quick portrait with Shelly and Andy by the fountain with all of the beautiful candles.

Shelly and Andy, thank you for letting us document your wedding day. Thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Ceremony: University Presbyterian Church

Reception: Barr Mansion

DJ: Greenbelt DJ, Joel Giorgio

Cake & Catering: Barr Mansion

Desserts: Tiff’s Treats

Make-up: Maris Calderon

Transportation: R&R Limousine

Dress: Ventura’s Bridal

Bridesmaid & Groomsmen Attire: Cloud 9 Bridal

Photography: Debra Gulbas & Julia Robinson

Debra is a wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas specializing in photographing candid wedding moments and stunning portraits.

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Balcones Retreat Wedding Photography Featured on Storyboard Wedding

Storyboard Wedding is one of my favorite blog, so I was overjoyed when they selected Marta & Bryan’s wedding for their blog. Check out their wedding blog post here.

Balcones Retreat wedding photography published

Here’s what Storyboard said about their wedding:

“Gorgeous glamour can come in places that we’d often least expect, and as such, it is perhaps that much more amazing when it does!  Marta Abrams & Bryan Miller’s stunning rustic Marble Falls, Texas wedding is a dreamy example of what a touch of sophistication and elevated design can do to transport one world into a completely ethereal dream world!  Both Texas kids, both harboring a deep love for their childhood camp experiences, they knew that a destination wedding back to Texas was exactly what they wanted.  Landing on the Balcones Retreat, a 250 acre retreat which is tucked among the rolling hills and lazy lakes of Marble Falls, they knew that they had found the spot!   Guests were able to engross themselves into the full camp spirit all the while playfully elevated by mature & wonderfully romantic elements like grape wood center pieces, wild flower arrangements, and a stunning raw wood chuppah dripping in bright fuchsia blooms.  Marta & Bryan’s great style didn’t stop at the decor, both wearing designer attire in the form of Ralph Lauren Black Label and Marta in a custom designed gown from London fashion school friend, Christan Siriano.  I love how very much this brilliant couple embraced their country childhood all the while mixing in their modern day love for all things high fashion and chic!  Almost everything had just a touch of glitter, Marta’s signature, and the result is a breathtaking country chic wedding that is a lovely blend of rustic, romantic, high design & whimsy!”



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Rancho Mirando Wedding Published on WedLoft

WedLoft published

Wedloft featured Chelsea & Valentin’s wedding at Rancho Mirando. I absolutely love this wedding, and the venue is such a beautiful gem.

Here’s what Michelle said about their wedding:

“Chelsea and Valentin’s Texas wedding was made of entirely of things that were important to them as a couple.  From location and colors to being surrounded by their loved ones, it was just as it should be… a day to celebrate their love.  Debra Gulbas Photography was there to capture the day…”

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