I had been looking forward to A Practical Wedding reader Lauren and Jared’s wedding for months and finally met them on their special day. Their ceremony was held indoors at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts in San Antonio, with a magical cocktail hour full of sangria and tiny pastries next to the River Walk. As much as I like observing the first look and being a part of the couple’s emotional moments together, I think I’m becoming a sap for the wedding toasts. Lauren’s twin sister, Sam, gave one that was the perfect amount of amusing and touching, and I was this close to bawling.

      It was a beautiful night in San Antonio. Here are a few of my favorite photos from Lauren and Jared’s wedding day.

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      Venue: Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio
      Second photographer: Anne Marie Carson
      Dress: Allure via Mayfair Bridal
      Cake: Cathy Young
      DJ: Music Connection
      Catering: True Flavors
      Florist: Uptown Flowers
      Makeup: Yvette Rosenstein
      Hair: Erin Jackson of Emali Lane
      Ceremony coordinator: Krystle McCollough


      Love the way you used the light; sweet moments captured!

      Beautiful, beautiful.
      I adore her dress and the lemon-looking boutonniere.
      These are all such lovely, flawless, romantic images.

      These are gorgeous! By far the best work I’ve seen you do!

      Loved it from the first shot Elissa, but that last shot takes the cake!

      Really beautiful, vibrant, life-filled images. great work.

      Really nice work here – some great moments, and love the details you captured, too!

      Elissa, you were born to do this. That first photo is stunning, the bride and groom look amazing, and those photos of food make me every-so-hungry. Beautiful work. =)

      Great job capturing their emotion!

      Love that venue and her dress is absolutely stunning! Just beautiful!

      After the very first photo I knew I was in for something special. Very well done. Congrats to Lauren and Jared!

      Stunning – I love your use of light for the dancing – it brings so much of the environment in, but still keeps the focus on the (very energetic) people.

      Love the classic look. Beautiful photography.

      Wonderful reception lighting! Love all the detail shots… maybe me hungry :)

      They look like fairytale characters! You make such beautiful and enchanting pictures Elissa!

      The first dance shots are AWESOME. And holy wow, cool dress!

      Really nice work Elissa! How nice is her dress? : )

      I love her dress, and the portraits show a tenderness that fits them really well.

      Not even sure this makes sense, but your work is so *frank*. I love love love the getting ready images – really captured the feel. Very sweet wedding!

      I love the all the detail shots! Beautiful set that ties the story of the day together so well!

      I love your site as well Elissa!!

      You get the best dancing shots ever. Party down!