Engaged woman and man standing on a downtown Austin bridge

Capturing a Love That Will Last in Historic Downtown Austin | Ilana + Jacob

The historic neighborhood and hilly streets of Clarksville in Downtown Austin have their own unique charm and beauty, so it was no surprise how well Ilana and Jacob’s engagement shoot turned out!

The People You Meet In College

Jacob and Ilana originally met when they both attended the University of Texas. A mutual friend introduced them, and, nine years later, they’re planning their wedding! Ilana told me that she considers it a privilege to have grown from teenagers to adults alongside Jacob, noting how it strengthened and enmeshed their relationship. Ilana shared that she thinks, “…what kept us so close was our ability to always speak our truth and communicate exactly how we’re feeling to one another.” It’s plain to see that they have formed a true and lasting partnership in their time together.

A Surprise by the Lake

Ilana had no idea what was about to happen when Jacob organized a getaway retreat to Canyon Lake with some mutual friends. Beside the pool and overlooking the lake, Jacob asked her to marry him, and of course she said yes! They spent the rest of the day celebrating with their friends and enjoying a moment in time that they’ll remember forever. A combined family lunch at Juliet’s Italian Kitchen the next day was the perfect conclusion to a perfect experience.

The First Day of Forever

“I will miss the sweet notes that attach themselves to your engagement season.”


The couple’s wedding is coming up quickly, but there are still a few things to plan. Ilana shared that the process of planning has been both anxiety inducing and fun, but overall she’s excited about their wedding day. More than anything else, Ilana and Jacob are thrilled to start their marriage together.

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