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      To say that I had been waiting eagerly for Emily and Bill’s wedding is a drastic understatement. From the first moment Emily contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew it was going to be amazing. And from our first conversation, when she mentioned that she and Bill really wanted their puggle Bueller to be a part of the wedding, that they met because he overheard her talking about Firefly in a coffee shop and had to introduce himself, that she’s a graphic designer and valued beautiful photos of their wedding — I did a little dance and hoped she would like me as much as I liked her!

      Because: awesome dog — Whedon — and artistically inclined? We should be best friends. Add in the fact that she found me through Offbeat Bride — you know we’d get along great!

      Over time, Emily and I became Twitter and Facebook friends. When the A Practical Wedding book came out, she bought a copy on Book Buy Day and let me give away the gift copy I’d set aside for her.

      Emily and Bill’s wedding was wonderful. Despite the downpour of rain that deluged central Texas that weekend, the storms stopped just long enough for us to take a few bride & groom photos outside at Lutherhill Ministries — hurray! The evening was spent with friends and family enjoying Pokejo’s BBQ, all of the amazing handmade cupcakes that Emily baked herself, and a rare dance between the couple.

      Thank you so much for having me there, you two! Best wishes for the future :)
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      Second photographer: Caitlin McWeeney
      Dress: Mori Lee
      Cupcakes: by the bride (and they were amazing)
      Catering: Pok-e-jo’s Smokehouse


      Beautiful work Elissa, love the lighting and your compositions!

      Gorgeous work Elissa.

      You are owning so hard, lady! I also love when I got to the green cupcake faces that my thought was “this couple is so perfect for Elissa.” :) Beautiful post!

      I love the shot of them dancing from outside. Brilliant!

      love those cupcakes! fantastic work Elissa

      lovely way to start you year off… and i love the details in this wedding :)

      The dramatic bw show of the ceremony is awesome! What a great venue!

      LoveloveLOVE that black and white ceremony shot! Stunning.

      I love this first dance shot from outside the doors. Great capture!

      I Really love this pictures, great mood over here.

      Great work Elissa, I agree, it’s a perfect start to your year!

      especially love the shot with all of the skylights!

      Black and white chapel image is absolutely stellar!! Gorgeous work.

      a perfect start to your year. gorgeous wedding.

      I LOVE the one of him looking in on her getting dressed. Beautiful work as always, Elissa.

      I love your photography, Elissa. It makes me smile.