Soda District Courtyard Wedding in Abilene, TX | Mallory + Bryan

This outdoor wedding at the Soda District Courtyard in Abilene was romantic, whimsical, modern, and SO MUCH FUN.

This was my first time shooting at the Soda District Courtyard, and this venue did not disappoint. The stain glass windows, the red brick, the playful colors…It is such a remarkable space, and it fit Mallory and Bryan perfectly! When I asked Mallory why her and Bryan decided on the Soda District, she mentioned that it was simple and classy (like herself) on the inside, but fun and colorful on the outside (just like Bryan). So it truly was the best representation of who they are as a couple, and I just love that! They also got engaged there!!

The ceremony was absolutely breathtaking, despite the 100 degree weather.

Everyone gathered around in as much shade as they could, and believe me, people were SWEATING. Texas heat in July is a little brutal. But honestly, as soon as the ceremony actually started, everybody was just focused on the couple. Mallory couldn’t help but cry as she walked down the aisle to finally unite with her man as husband and wife. I just could just feel the overwhelming peace and excitement these two and their family and friends had for this day. When I asked Mallory about her favorite part from the day, she said it had to be the ceremony.

“It was such a powerful moment as I walked toward the person I so deeply adored and wanted to marry. I got to hold Bryan’s hand as I cried, laughed, and promised to love him forever and him promise all those things right back. Not to mention, we were so moved by all of those who suffered in the 100 degree head to support and celebrate us.” 

A gorgeous wedding photo at the Soda District Courtyard in Abilene.

Now even though the ceremony takes the cake, there were so many other utterly joyful moments during this wedding.

  1. Mallory surprised Bryan with a wedding day gift that was a beautiful watch! She had it engraved saying, “My life for you is timeless.” UM HELLO TEARS. Bryan was so touched!
  2. The bride and her dad’s first look. This was such a sweet moment! It was obvious how proud he was of his daughter, and that he would do absolutely anything for her. Mallory gave him a special Father-of-the-Bride tie bar, and he wore it so proudly.
  3. Right before the ceremony, Mallory’s bridesmaids each took turns to tell her how much she means to them, what they admire about her, and how happy they are for her. Is that not the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard? Hello again, tears, it’s been a while!
  4. THOSE SUNSET PORTRAITS. If there’s a good sunset, you best believe I’m going to steal the couple away for a moment. And it was so worth it! The sun was shining through the stain glass windows in the most magical way, and created some of my favorite pictures from this day.
  5. Lastly, I would have to say after people ate, talked, and the special dances took place, the REAL dancing began. These wedding guests know how to throw a party, that’s for sure. Some of my favorite reception dancing shots ever were taken at this wedding. Everybody was in such a carefree, celebratory mood and it was truly a blast. At the end, everybody danced and jumped around the couple singing “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Pees. Truly an unforgettable moment!

This wedding at the Soda District Courtyard is truly one of my favorites to date for all the reasons listed above and more.

Mallory and I have been friends for a couple of years now, so it was a day I’ve been anticipating our whole friendship. These two were so good to me, and they’re so deeply loved by their friends and family. It was the best celebration anyone could ask for. I am just beyond grateful to have gotten to capture this day for such an amazing couple like Mr. and Mrs. Rainwater!

If you are getting married, let’s set up a time to talk! I would love to hear what you are envisioning for your big day, and how I could capture it perfectly for you!

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It was such an incredible team that put together this wonderful day. So much talent!

Venue: SoDa District Courtyard

Coordinator: A Sense of Bride

Florist: Forth and Floral

Makeup Artist: Stephanie Estrada

Hair Stylist: April Raborn

Videographer: Jessica Cheung

Dj: DJ Connection

Bartender: Jennifer and Emmanuel Navejas

Dress Boutique: Stardust Celebration

While you’re here, check out the last few wedding’s I’ve done!

Lauren + Rob

Hannah + Ryan

Marci + Travis

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