I'm Jessica, the owner of Under the Sun Photography, most days you can catch me chasing my lil son on our family's homestead and fixing up a meal that'll stick to more than your bones., along with baby goats by my side. I love everything about my rural South Texas, our heritage and way of life makes it one of the best places to live, raise a family, and practice photography. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and feel free to scroll through my blog. Mi casa es su casa. 

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An Intimate Elopement Series during Covid 19| Harper Hill Ranch | New Braunfels, TX |


A couple weeks ago, I was so blessed to be part of and photograph the most intimate and beautiful weddings at Harper Hill Ranch’s “Drive Thru” style elopements event. These elopements were so much more than a “drive thru” type atmosphere, Harper Hill Ranch wanted to create a beautiful space for couples to be married especially those that were affected by the COVID19 pandemic.

For us, weddings and love stories are not just our livelihood but it’s our passion; to create beautiful and memorable experiences for our couples is what makes our hearts thrive.

We just had to take this passion but also downsize it and by doing this we got to witness and document the sweetest moments for both Holly & Griffin and Shannon & Jeff.

AND it was magical!

There wasn’t one person there that didn’t have a smile on their faces. These intimate weddings were so much more than just “going to the courthouse and getting married type of wedding.”

On that day, it was gorgeous. The sun was beaming through the trees, the longhorns were grazing, and the trees provided the perfect shade. It was beautiful!!

Along with nature’s beauty. Sue Bee Vintage Rentals provided lovely pieces for the couples to also use for their romantic portrait session. A sweet lounge set for sitting and the most precious chairs with a romantic quote.

What made this day stand out wasn’t just the decor and nature, it was the couples and their families. We got to hear the roar from a phone from the Zoom call cheers from sweet family and friends! And proud smiles from parents all around, it was perfect.

Vendor Team

Venue: Harper Hill Ranch | New Braunfels, TX

Florals & Vintage Rental Pieces: Sue Bee Vintage Rental & Design

Photography: Under the Sun Photography

Hey, when toilet paper & champagne is gifted for a wedding gift… photograph it!

Holly & Griffin

These two were so precious! They didn’t walk up the aisle, they danced up the aisle!

Shannon & Jeff

The story on these two was astounding!! 20 years ago these two were together and recently had found their way back to one another.
Jeff couldn’t stop smiling at Shannon. (Sweet tears)
Mom & Dad were not going to let anything keep them from seeing their baby girl marry the man of her dreams.
Hugs after “I do” are my favorite.
The sweetest intimate toast. This needs to be a new thing.



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  1. Barbara Maxwell says:

    I left a recommendation and a link about the Intimate Elopement on NextDoor Lakeway. It goes to over 14,000 Lakeway residents. Hope it brings some business your way!
    From Shannon Lee’s mom.