AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A photographer whose wedding to his wife took place in a remote village in Texas has become a symbol of the changing face of weddings in rural communities, as the number of weddings around the country continues to decline.
Marriage Photographer Bryan Anderson’s wedding in a village of around 1,200 people in the northern Texas town of Eagle Pass was photographed on a laptop by his wife, who also shot it.
Anderson’s wife, Tanya, said she had been working as a photographer for the past six years and was passionate about photographing weddings.
The couple married in August 2013, after Anderson spent nearly two years traveling to the village for the wedding.
Anderson said he has been photographing his wife’s wedding since and wanted to share the experience.
“I was really inspired by her passion for the art,” he said.
Anderson, who was born in the United States, said his family has been doing weddings in India for about 50 years.
They’re very beautiful,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in Austin, Texas.”
But when I look at them now, I think, I can do better.
I can capture more of this, and I want to be able to make my wife proud of this,” he added.
In recent years, weddings have declined in many rural areas of the United Sates.
In 2013, for instance, about 5 percent of all U.S. weddings were in rural areas, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The trend has accelerated in recent years in part because of the Affordable Care Act, which required most people to have health insurance or face fines or imprisonment.
The ACA also has made it easier for people to get married.
A growing number of couples are planning weddings in the U.s. or overseas, including weddings in Australia and Canada.
In addition, Anderson said the advent of online wedding services like Plenty of Fish and Hooters have given people the option to have a private event or simply hire someone to help.
“We really feel that this is a big opportunity for the future of weddings,” Anderson said.
But even as the cost of weddings has fallen, Anderson is not happy about the trend.
He said he wanted to photograph his wife as much as possible, so he could see how she had experienced being in the community.
“This is my opportunity, my wedding,” he explained.
“I love the people here.
But if you go and photograph the wedding itself, it’s just a little bit of a waste.”
The couple are planning to move to Austin in the next year or two and start a family together.
They said they will not use the wedding to promote their business or provide more weddings to the community, but to give back.
“It’s not about the money, it just comes down to the love for this family,” Anderson added.