There was an excited energy in the room as Ashley got into her wedding dress. Her bridesmaids helped secure the dress to her as she ate peanut butter M&Ms and breathed in deeply. The December day was unseasonably warm — a high of 85 degrees, which is strange even for Austin. But she was glad because the wedding was outdoors and many of the family members who came in to Central Texas for the big day were from down south, so they were used to warmer temperatures.

      I followed Ashley down to the tree-laden area of Cedar Bend Events, where Sebastian was waiting for her with his back turned for their first look. As soon as they saw each other, they both lit up with soft, beautiful glows. There was no mistaking the wonderful feelings these two had for each other, and that this was going to be an amazing day.

      From the sunset ceremony outside, to the sweet happy first kiss of marriage; their simple but lovely handmade decorations; tacos from One Taco food truck and an assortment of pies and cakes from Quack’s Bakery, and dancing under the twinkle lights on the Cedar Bend patio, this wedding was just amazing. It was my last big wedding of 2012 and when I came home, collapsed in a heap in my chair, and started downloading cards, I knew that I had witnessed and captured something really special.

      I really hope all of you readers love this wedding too. Just a small sprinkling of the energy of Ashley and Sebastian’s wedding can be seen in this post…

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      Thanks go to Mercedes Morgan for being my second shooter and providing a few of the images seen here.


      Great dancing and night shots!

      That reclaimed wood altar is INCREDIBLE! Love the way you captured this wedding.

      awwww, i love this couple, they look so sweet. and +1 gene, that’s an awesome backdrop for the ceremony!

      wow, that could be the most epic backdrop for a ceremony I have ever seen. Awesome work!

      What an awesome location for a wedding! so cool! Great coverage Elissa!

      such a gorgeous wedding and venue! great work elissa!

      Fantastic images. Love the first look kiss shot, epic !

      What a pretty place to have a wedding!! The whole set has a very intimate feel to it :)

      Gorgeous! and what a sweet first look

      Great photos! Loving the dancing shots!

      What a cool backdrop for the altar. Lovely wedding, well done whith the photos.

      These are so lovely, Elissa! I absolutely love the location of their ceremony and reception!

      These are really great, love that fist black and white picture.

      Cool shots of the dress, and great work on the first look. Looks like it was a fun party.