Ellis and Ryan’s Dripping Springs Wedding

Despite one little hiccup requiring a last minute reschedule, this Dripping Springs wedding was perfect! With gorgeous weather, unique venues, and surrounded by their closest family and friends, Ellis and Ryan were married!

Ellis and Ryan

This easygoing, outdoorsy, lighthearted, and loving couple have known each other for quite some time. Ryan swam with Ellis’ brother at the University of Texas (UT). When Ellis transferred to UT her junior year, the two would often bump into each other around campus. By the end of the first semester, Ryan finally asked her out on a few dates. It was an instant connection.

The Proposal

Ryan took Ellis hiking at the Barton Creek Greenbelt. After hiking all the way to the top, they found themselves perfectly secluded. That’s when Ryan seized the opportunity and popped the question. Ellis said “yes!”

The Big Day!

The week of the wedding finally arrived… only to have to reschedule. A key player in the wedding tested positive for Covid-19 (we’re living in dark days, friends. All of the people and weddings this pandemic has affected …).

But when the new date came around, we were GREAT! Honestly, the last minute reschedule worked out in our favor. Their original wedding date was the hottest day of the year and would have been a scorcher. The new date? Well, absolutely amazing!

And with the professional and talented Mockingbird Lane Events, the day went on without a hitch! All started at Star Hill Ranch for the couple to say their wedding vows in an intimate wedding ceremony:

This Dripping Springs wedding started at the beautiful and unique Star Hill Ranch.
Getting ready are some of my favorite types of pictures to photographer.
The beautiful bride getting ready to say "I do" at her Dripping Springs wedding.
Ellis looked absolutely gorgeous!
Like mother, like daughter. Getting ready at Star Hill Ranch on this beautiful Dripping Springs wedding day!
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The cute micro chapel at Star Hill Ranch.
Right before the indoor ceremony | Dripping Springs wedding
The handsome groom.
How cute is the micro chapel at Star Hill Ranch? Dripping Springs Wedding.
The last few moments before he officially becomes a husband!
The cutest flower girl and ring bearer | Dripping Springs wedding
Going to the chapel ...
On her way to become a wife at this Dripping Springs wedding.
Proud papa walking the bride down the aisle.
The couple didn't do a first look so Ryan's reaction when Ellis walked down the aisle was raw and real.
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Saying their wedding vows and exchanging rings.
They are now pronounced husband and wife | Dripping Springs wedding
Ellis and Ryan's first kiss as husband and wife.
The married couple rang the bell at the Star Hill Ranch chapel and exited as husband and wife | Dripping Springs wedding
Formal family pictures | Dripping Springs Wedding
The happy couple!
What a gorgeous pair!
There are so many great spots to take photos at Star Hill Ranch!
What a beautiful Dripping Springs wedding!
How cute are they together?!

Fun Fact: For all you Walking Dead fans, did you know that they filmed some of their episodes here at Star Hill Ranch?

I love a good lift!
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Dripping Springs Wedding | Austin Photographer
Such a romantic day!
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So, they’ve said “I do” and taken their photos. Now, Ellis and Ryan are off on their trolley for a quick snack. The second portion of their day is to join their family and friends for a big party at Nine Banded Whiskey Distillery!

The trolley is such a cute and unique way to transport your wedding party and guests!

Wedding Reception

Their wedding ceremony may have been intimate, but the party is just getting started, with 10 times the amount of people!

Who wouldn't want the Cold Cookie company at their Dripping Springs wedding?
Give me all the wedding details!
The trolley also makes for a good photo opp!
Ready to join their wedding reception | Dripping Springs Wedding
I love good candid moments!
I like to mix in some more formal photos of the wedding guests.
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Live bands always know how to get the party started!

In addition to Torchy’s providing dinner, Ellis and Ryan surprised their guests with treats throughout the night. Whataburger and the yummy Cold Cookie Company handed out delicious snacks to help refuel and keep the party going!

Late night snacks, flip flops, and a good band are the perfect recipe for the best wedding day!
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Dripping Springs Wedding | Austin Photographer
What a good wedding party!

And what’s a wedding without a wedding cake? I love the simplistic design of this elegant Hayley’s Cakes and Cookies cake, accompanied by the sweetest details: the original cake knife used by the Ellis’ grandparents on their wedding day and passed down throughout the family.

This wedding cake from Hayley Cakes was simple and delicious!

I absolutely love the iconic armadillo, Nine Banded Distillery‘s logo and brand, as the cake backdrop.

“A nod to the nine-banded armadillo, the name also pays tribute to the old Armadillo World Headquarters, where Texans of all stripes banded together in the ‘70s in the name of great music and good times. They’re proud to make whiskeys that continue the tradition of bringing folks together, here in Austin and beyond.”

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Always give a kiss after cutting the cake.
Dripping Springs Wedding | Austin Photographer
Dripping Springs Wedding | Austin Photographer
Proud University of Texas alumnis!

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Although this may be true, the reception wasn’t about to end without a bang! Or more like without a lot of sparklers! And then a fun trolley ride back to their hotel.

Sparkler exits are always a fun way to leave your wedding!
And off they go!
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The Wedding Team

Bridal Boutique: Fiancee Bridal Boutique ♥ Wedding Coordinator: Mockingbird Lane Events ♥ Hair and Makeup: Think Brink Beauty ♥ Wedding Ceremony Venue: Star Hill Ranch ♥ Wedding Reception Venue: Nine Banded Whiskey Distillery ♥ Wedding Photographer: (yours truly) Sweet Memories Photography ♥ Caterer: Torchy’s ♥ Late Night Caterer: Whataburger ♥ Specialty Food Truck: Cold Cookie Company ♥ Wedding Cake: Hayley’s Cakes ♥ Wedding Band: The Little Wedding Band ♥ Service Staff: Austin Occasions ♥ Lighting: ILIOS Productions ♥ Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals and The Fancy Flush ♥ Transportation: Carey of Austin