APWP WINNER! | And a Life Update.

A few weeks ago, I hosted a giveaway for the new A Practical Wedding planner. I meant to have this drawing earlier, but… fun announcement: Walt and I bought a house and life sort of got interrupted by the whole closing/painting/packing/moving/unpacking process, so I am finally in a place where my office isn’t all in boxes and I can do a drawing!

Since it took me four hours to find printer paper yesterday, I’m not even going to try to look for a pair of scissors to cut up a paper for the drawing. Random.org to the rescue, and the winner is… [Read more…]

Rachael & Andrew | Modern Mercury Hall Wedding

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A landscaper marries an architect and lo, their wedding was beautiful.

As Rachael and Andrew grinned through their vows under the towering oak trees, we were treated to a backdrop of rustling leaves, warm sunlight, and a soft breeze. It was a gorgeous day in Austin, and the light at Mercury Hall was phenomenal as always.

This sweet wedding had all the hallmarks of a non-traditional, fantastic celebration: a backyard feel, homemade food, wedding pie in lieu of cake, flower girls dressed as faeries, a good friend officiating, and a dance party. Throw in a fabulous peach dress by Rebecca Schoneveld as a cherry on top!

Rachael had this (and more) to say on Yelp:

[Elissa] gave us direction without totally posing us, so the photos still look like us. I didn’t notice her or her second shooter for most of the wedding … so I was surprised at all the wonderful shots she got!

And the photos: they were so fantastic that I cried a little. I’ve seen some photographers who produce artistic shots that value the art and composition value over the subjects. Not Elissa. She was able to get the most amazing photos. I can’t decide which ones to print because they are all fabulous.

Thank you Elissa for making a good day great!

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Credits: Mercury Hall (venue and coordination); self-catered with pies from Central Market; Ariel DeAngelo (hair); Greenbelt DJ; Gypsy Floral; Rebecca Schoneveld (dress) purchased from Unbridaled

Bailey & Jordan | Session at Home with Pups!

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What could be better than an at-home engagement session (at Bailey and Jordan’s beautifully decorated second-story apartment)? Um, a engagement session with two beautiful dogs. I’ve photographed a few sessions and weddings with just one pet, but the addition of Bailey and Jordan’s rambunctious, sweater-wearing French bulldogs just sent me over the edge.

Plus, bespectacled Jordan in all his bearded smileyness, and Bailey in her absolutely perfect Anthropologie dress and velvet heels — I felt like we were on a movie set.

These two are getting married in just one month at the gorgeous Allan House. I am hoping for some bow-tied pups… *wink.* 

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