Rebecca & Matthew | Fall-Inspired Wedding

Austin wedding photographer // Elissa R Photography

I talk often of “my people” and how it brings me so much joy when we find each other and make beautiful photos together. Rebecca and Matthew are definitely my people — as evidenced by our long conversation about Colin Firth’s Darcy at our first client meeting. I turned Rebecca into a North & South fan! (She spreads the gospel of that BBC miniseries as much as I do…!) And at their wedding last month, they hosted tons of fun and laughter among themselves and their guests, lots of The Princess Bride references, and pumpkins as decorations… which makes my heart feel cozy.

It was a gorgeous day, and a perfect night for a first dance in the arbor, and a lovely cake featuring the immortal words, “As You Wish.” Here are some of my favorites from Rebecca and Matthew’s fall-inspired wedding.

Bride getting makeup done // Elissa R Photography Interesting wedding getting-ready photos // Elissa R Photography First look in an arbor // Elissa R Photography Adorable first look photos at weddings // Elissa R Photography Bride walking down the aisle on her fathers arm // Elissa R Photography Giving away the bride // Elissa R Photography Round Rock wedding ceremony photos // Elissa R Photography Humor at the altar // Elissa R Photography Getting married under an arbor // Elissa R Photography Romantic wedding portraits with bride and groom // Elissa R Photography Brenizer method panorama of bride and groom // Elissa R Photography Artistic Austin wedding photography // Elissa R Photography October wedding bride and groom // Elissa R Photography Carved pumpkins for autumn inspired weddings // Elissa R Photography Princess Bride inspired wedding ideas // Elissa R Photography Father of the bride toast // Elissa R Photography Humor during wedding toasts // Elissa R Photography Maid of honor wedding toast // Elissa R Photography Laughing couple at wedding toast dinner // Elissa R Photography B&W first dance photos // Elissa R Photography FIrst dance in an arbor // Elissa R Photography Father daughter dance photo // Elissa R Photography Sparkler exit Round Rock wedding // Elissa R Photography

A few more credits: Makeup by A Dab of Rouge; Tappas Global Catering; Classy Cakes by Lori; Just’in Roses; Gobo Entertainment

Hey! Being a Wedding Guest is Awesome!

It’s been a while since I was a wedding guest, and it was fun being on the other side. A few months ago, I was a guest at my friends Eran and Lori’s wedding, and last Friday I was a guest at Sarah and Brody’s. And y’all, I am going to drop a truth bomb: did you know that guests have an awesome time?!

I was debating about whether or not to write this post, but I’m feeling inspired.

I used to think that weddings were just about the couple. It was their day, their celebration, their choices that made up the entity that was… THE wedding. And while that is still true — I realized after my own wedding that the point of a wedding is to celebrate with others. Every invited guest is special; every invited guest is important. Holding a wedding is about being a good host while you are sharing this momentous occasion with the people you hand-picked to celebrate it with you.

The guest’s role in this entire shindig is to enjoy. To be present, to share in the moment, and have fun.

At Lori and Eran’s wedding, instead of hauling a suitcase full of equipment, I wore a purse that had barely enough space to fit my car keys. And impractical shoes! The freedom of it!

Instead of taking thousands of photos and thinking the entire time about light, angles, and strategy, I snapped one shot on my phone. And if it’s a terrible shot, it doesn’t matter! (Though I do think Walter looks cute in this one…)

And instead of packing as much protein into my body as I can stomach before a wedding so that I can last until dinner, I enjoyed cocktail hour, snacked on two helpings of fruit and crackers, and ate a leisurely meal. You know that part in Talladega Nights where Will Ferrell says “What do I do with my hands?” That was me. There was so much time to just… sit back and enjoy everything that was happening. It was the first time in probably three years where I was a guest at a wedding, and I had to re-learn what it meant to be a guest. I was constantly fidgety, thinking that I was missing something. Gradually, I relaxed.


So when Sarah and Brody’s wedding came around last week, I was primed. I was ready.

I cried during their ceremony. I was 100% invested.

I signed their guestbook, took more than one edible wedding favor (chocolate), and was a part of the bubble send-off.

I took pictures in the photo booth with other guests.

I wore a light, fun-patterned dress.


I love taking photos at weddings — it’s one of my greatest pleasures — but if I’m going to be a guest, I want to just be a guest. I noticed things during the ceremony that I don’t usually notice when I’m shooting. When I’m shooting, I’m always thinking. But as a guest — I was actually listening. Feeling. Crying. Clapping. Participating, rather than just documenting. And I feel like it’s a waning thing, this whole “participation” idea, as more people find themselves documenting too.

I know how distracted I get when I’m taking photos. I know the difference now, between shooting a wedding and really being at a wedding. I just hope that more people put down their own cameras and feel the wedding too.

And so ends my warm, emotional babble about the beauty of enjoying weddings! Carry on…

Jessica & Ezra | Pflugerville Engagement Session

Pflugerville engagement photographer // Elissa R Photography

So, four years ago (give or take a few weeks) I married into an awesome family. Next June, Jessica is going to marry into it as well! This is Ezra (Walt’s cousin) and his sweet fiancée Jessica. They’ve known each other for forever and were high school sweethearts. Ezra proposed in a copy of Spindle’s End, which does not surprise me since his parents are both teachers. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a book used as a proposal, and it makes me so happy. A few of my favorites from our session together…

Snuggly couple under a tree // Elissa R PhotographyEngagement session portraits in Pflugerville // Elissa R Photography Austin wedding photographer // Elissa R Photographyblack-and-white engagement session pictures // Elissa R Photography Wide artistic engagement shot // Elissa R PhotographyBooks included in an engagement session // Elissa R Photography Ezra proposed with a book - interesting ways to propose // Elissa R Photography

I’m so excited to see them get married next June!