Annie & Philipp | Vegan Wedding at Mercury Hall

Mercury Hall wedding photos // Elissa R Photography

It’s always a pleasure when a friend asks me to photograph her wedding. Annie and I, along with past clients Leah and Jenn, were in the same WWII studies course at UT together — our “Normandy connection,” I call it. We took all the same classes, wrote papers for the same professors, and at the end of the semester we all went to Europe together to see famous WWII landmarks in France, Great Britain, and Germany. Annie loved the German culture so much that she went back, became a teacher there, and even fell in love while there. So this wonderful wedding, which took place at Mercury Hall, was a mix of languages and cultures and love and Christmas trees — Annie’s American family and Philipp’s German one.

Philipp is a vegan and Annie is a vegetarian, so the wedding was catered to be mostly vegan (but with macaroni and cheese!) by Whole Foods, and the wide assortment of cakes, cookies, and pies were a combination of Capital City Bakery’s vegan delights and Annie’s homemade baking. It was a crisp winter’s night a few days after Christmas so Annie wore a bridal jacket made by The Bridal Tapestry. The wedding was full of DIY handiwork, a breakdancing groom, and love. Here are some of my favorite photos from Annie and Philipp’s wedding.

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Austin Wedding Photography | Best of 2013

Here is part 2 of my favorite photos from 2013 weddings! From Maggie and Daniel’s wonderful wedding I photographed within the first week of 2013, to Kara and Michael’s wedding that didn’t end until after the clock struck midnight to welcome in 2014, I had a wonderful time shooting every single one of these weddings. I hope you enjoy this (not-so-short) wrap-up!

(Note: two of these images were taken while I was second shooting for other photographers and are marked as such. Here is a link to Mercedes Morgan; link to Kristi Wright)

Austin brunch wedding photos // Elissa R Photography Huntsville State Park wedding // Elissa R PhotographyEmotional hug on wedding day // Elissa R PhotographyBackyard wedding Texas // Elissa R Photography Puerto Vallarta beach wedding // Elissa R Photography Christian Orthodox wedding service // Elissa R Photography German American wedding in Texas // Elissa R Photography Houston wedding photographer // Elissa R Photography Father daughter dance emotional // Elissa R Photography Awesome ring shot // Elissa R Photography Woodlands Resort and Conference Center wedding // Elissa R Photography Offbeat Texas backyard wedding // Elissa R Photography Horseshoe Bay wedding photos // Elissa R PhotographyAmazing groom first look reaction // Elissa R Photography English American wedding in Texas // Elissa R Photography Beautiful church wedding photo // Elissa R Photography Mercury Hall wedding portraits // Elissa R Photography Chapel Dulcinea wedding Round Rock wedding // Elissa R Photography Cool bride rides in a limo to wedding // Elissa R Photography Cat photobomb wedding photo // Elissa R Photography Happy recessional photos Mercury Hall wedding // Elissa R Photography Puerto Vallarta wedding pictures // Elissa R Photography Beautiful bride getting dressed photo // Elissa R Photography Palm Door wedding first dance // Elissa R Photography Bride crying during wedding toasts // Elissa R Photography Downtown Austin wedding // Elissa R Photography Inn Above Onion Creek wedding picture // Elissa R Photography Mother son dance at Mercury Hall // Elissa R Photography allan house wedding Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center wedding // Elissa R Photography Artistic Austin wedding photos // Elissa R Photography Quail Point Lodge wedding // Elissa R Photography Japanese Jewish wedding Austin // Elissa R Photography Memory Lane Events wedding Chapel Dulcinea elopement photos // Elissa R Photography Austin wedding photographer // Elissa R Photography Barefoot couple in Zilker Park // Elissa R Photography Austin Wildflower Center wedding // Elissa R Photography Mercury Hall reception photos // Elissa R Photography allan house wedding dance

Austin Engagement & Bridal Photography | 2013

2013 was a pretty kick-ass year. I took a few more chances, used weirder light, stepped back more, got closer sometimes, and am thrilled to share some of my favorite shots from the year’s engagement, bridal, and portrait sessions.

My goal for 2014 is to get a little bit weirder, step back further, get even closer, and really bend the light. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here is some of what I consider my best work from 2013. (Later this week I will share my favorite wedding images, so stay tuned!)

Mad Men engagement session // Elissa R Photography Engagement pictures shot in the dark // Elissa R Photography St Edwards Austin engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Allan House bridal session // Elissa R Photography Allan House wedding venue in Austin TX // Elissa R Photography Zilker Botanical Gardens engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Romantic engagement photos // Elissa R Photography Austin Graffiti wall engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Artistic bridal portraits // Elissa R Photography Austin engagement photographer // Elissa R Photography Bookpeople engagement session // Elissa R Photography Cowboy boots and plum colored dress engagement session // Elissa R Photography Pflugerville engagement photographer // Elissa R Photography Austin yoga photography // Elissa R Photography Cafe engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Relax with yoga before your wedding in Austin // Elissa R Photography Interesting bridal portraits Austin TX // Elissa R Photography Austin running trails downtown // Elissa R Photography Wedding cupcakes from Sugar Mamas // Elissa R Photography Plaid and jeans for Austin engagement session // Elissa R Photography Dark forest engagement photos // Elissa R Photography Intimate wedding kiss // Elissa R Photography Short haired bride in Sarah Seven dress // Elissa R Photography Sunkissed romantic engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Layered composition Austin engagements // Elissa R Photography Engagement photos in Brentwood Austin // Elissa R Photography Creative wedding portraits Austin // Elissa R Photography Zilker Park engagement pictures // Elissa R Photography Bridal photos at Hamilton Pool Austin // Elissa R Photography