Hill Country Documentary Wedding – Elsie + Dan

Documentary Vibes

This day was one for the books! Austin is an incredible place to get married. The Hill Country is just unmatched! The hills, the scenery, the landscaping, and the people are so unique to Texas. This Austin Hill Country documentary wedding is truly one that I will never forget because of the opportunity to capture so many moments just as they happened. It’s something I specialize in and having more of the documentary wedding style allows for so many more photos. The photography tells a story…and that’s what we want. Speaking of stories, here is how Elsie and Dan met!

How They Met (Elsie’s Version!)

A couple months after moving back from Madrid I decided I was ready to start dating again. Dan was the second boy I met through Bumble and he rolled up to our date on a bicycle HAHA. It’s extra funny because I have always hated driving (didn’t get my license until I was 18 and didn’t fully drive habitually until I was 25) mostly because I’m terrified of it and I ended up driving him home that night (so the irony of dating a boy who didn’t have a car was not lost). Though I don’t remember the specific details of our conversation I remember that he was extremely easy to talk to, inquisitive, and was truly interested in what I had to say. That’s one of Dan’s characteristics that I love the most – he listens with intent. Dan and I are opposite in almost every aspect and I think that’s what makes us even more great as a couple – it forces us to expand our individual interests and step outside of our comfort zones. It’s also hilarious and keeps us laughing! Picture introvert Dan trying to get a word in at a sales dinner where the 10 extroverts at the table are fighting to steer the conversation or ENT Elsie NOT having a word to pitch in when the PhD’s talk physics. All I know is that these past 5 years have flown by and I’m excited for the next 50 with Dan!

bridesmaids sitting on a couch together at a hill country wedding

How They Met (Dan’s Version!)

Elsie and I met very traditionally: we matched on Bumble and she asked me to tell her a bad joke. Naturally, she hated the joke, but after a few days of chatting, she agreed to go on a date with me anyway. The day of the date, I heroically rolled up on a hazard yellow bike, clipped my helmet onto my backpack, and swaggered into Trudy’s. Impressive as this was to Elsie, she blew me out of the water and set a trend for our relationship when she revealed that she knew the waiter who later comped her drink. It turned out that Elsie knew everyone everywhere, which is immensely helpful but also frustrating since I knew no one anywhere. This also set the tone for our “opposites attract” style relationship. As a stereotypical nerd who is more likely to be inside reading than out partying, dating the self-proclaimed queen of the extroverts was intimidating. There was always somewhere new that Elsie wanted to be, some new friends that she wanted to make. While I can’t say that I became any more extroverted, Elsie’s enthusiasm for the next fun thing was absolutely infectious and I loved that she could drag me out of my apartment. Before I knew it, five years had passed and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

Hill Country Documentary Wedding Day

Elsie + Dan’s wedding day was a PARTY!! We had the best time documenting this hill country wedding. If you haven’t been to Canyonwood Ridge in Austin and you are still looking for a wedding venue, this is the place. It’s well thought-out and the backdrop for photography is so so good. They just redid the bridal suit and you will not even believe how gorgeous it is.

From getting ready with her mom to dancing with CO2 guns on the dance floor, the whole day was just a blast! Every single one of Elsie’s vendors helped create a beautiful day. I wanted to specifically shout her florists, Rebecca and Alex with Exquisite Petals. Their work made documenting this day SO easy and if you are in the Austin area and still looking for a florist, I would give them a call! Elsie’s arch at her ceremony was unbelievable and just added to the beauty of the day.

Portraits in the Austin Hill Country

Another part of Elsie + Dan’s day that I wanted to highlight, was their sunset portraits together. I could write so much on this, but I think the photos can speak for themselves.

The Party in The Hill Country

The party just kept going when Trivino Entertainment came in clutch with the best dance party I have seen at a wedding in a long time! He kept the energy going and every single person was on the dance floor. Once the CO2 guns with Premier Entertainment started, he ramped everyone up again and the vibe was so electric! When you have a solid DJ, the documentary wedding vibe really comes to life because there are so many opportunities to capture people in their element!

When Elsie texted me one day and said, “Should I spend the money to have cold sparks at the end for our exit?” My answer was, “absolutely”! The cold sparks elevated Elsie and Dan’s exit photos because the sparks show up so well in photos. Sparklers are harder to photograph, but the cold sparks are incredible!! I highly recommend if your exit photos are something you have always dreamed about!


If you’re in search of an experience tailored to you and your fiance, you’re in the right place. We believe every couple deserves a wedding unlike any other and a photographer who walks alongside them every step of the way. You’re an original copy, so let’s create something that is uniquely yours. Our documentary and photojournalistic approach will ensure that you can live your day with minimal interruptions. 

We specialize in getting the moments that are unplanned. No awkward posing or formulated fake moments. We know you want the real.

Austin Hill Country Documentary Wedding | Austin Wedding Photography | Documentary Wedding Photography


Venue: Canyonwood Ridge

Photography: Emily Liz Photography

Videography: Moonlit Weddings

Florals: Exquisite Petals

Cake: Cakes by Vivi

Hair: Blush ‘N Bangs

Makeup: Blush ‘N Bangs

DJ: Trivino Entertainment

Photobooth: Say Cheese Photobooths

CO2 Guns: Premiere Entertainment

Cold Sparks: Big Dog Pyro

Dance Floor: Premiere Events

Venue/Catering: Dream Events

Transportation: Around Austin

Welcome Party: Pinthouse Brewing



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