Category archives: Amanda McCollum

Erika & Joel – Wedding Reception at The OrchardAzle, TX

After the ceremony it was time to party!  I loved that Erika and Joel incorporated their favorite fandoms into their decor as cake toppers!  Everything from Justice League, to Harry Potter were present and it was awesome.  After cake cutting, toasts and a little bit of dancing it was time for the bouquet and garter.  Now, I have to say I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a dad monitor his new son-in-law during the removal of the garter, but Erika’s dad made sure that he had Joel in check.  Not to worry, Joel didn’t break a sweat and removed the garter with ease.  The rest of the evening flew by in a flash and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye.  After a sweet private dance, Erika and Joel made their way to their getaway car surrounded by family, friends and sparklers.  I’m so happy for these two and can’t wait to see what the future brings them (and Franklin)!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Bridal Gown – Pence and Panache

Cake Artists – Cake Bar & Nothing Bundt Cakes

Floral – BowKay Designs

Entertainment – DJ Connections

Catering – A Sophisticated Affair

Erika & Joel – Wedding Ceremony at The OrchardAzle, TX

After 8 years together these high school sweethearts are finally married!!  Erika and Joel were married out at The Orchard in Azle.  It was a beautiful day and Erika looked stunning as she walked down the aisle on her dad’s arm, wearing a veil made from her mother’s dress.  Joel and Erika were so cute during their sand ceremony as they giggled and smiled at one another in pure happiness.  I think everyone was anxious for these two to tie the knot, but I think Franklin, their ring bearer Pug, might have been the most excited.  Your wedding day just isn’t complete without your best friend and Franklin was there to support his humans the whole way through!  Congrats to Erika and Joel!  To see more photos of Franklin and their reception check back soon!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Bridal Gown – Pence and Panache

Cake Artists – Cake Bar & Nothing Bundt Cakes

Floral – BowKay Designs

Entertainment – DJ Connections

Catering – A Sophisticated Affair

Jess and Bobby – Wedding at Piazza in the VillageColleyville, TX

Jess and Bobby are basically like my spirit animals.  Their love of sports and Harry Potter are enough to make me jump up and down with excitement.  Bobby proposed to Jess at the Rangers Ballpark and that’s where we took their engagement photos.  Jess surprised Bobby by taking her bridal portraits at Cowboys Stadium (AT&T Stadium) and their ring box looked like the 7th Harry Potter book.  I mean I geeked out a little getting to know these two!  Jess and Bobby were married at Piazza in the Village in Colleyville and they made sure to incorporate all of these things into their wedding.  They had “Always” written across the floor at the beginning of the aisle, and the ring bearers carried the Harry Potter ring box to surprise Bobby.  There was a lot of surprising Bobby throughout the day.  After the ceremony Jess gave Bobby his next surprise, which was a small canvas of one of her Dallas Cowboys bridal portraits.  It was so much fun to watch him open it.  Their reception was held in the ballroom and was lit with blue uplighting and red table linens (Rangers colors) and the grooms cake had the logos from the Stars, Rangers and Cowboys.  Their guests signed a baseball bat as they entered that would later hang in their house.  Once it was time for the toast, it was also time for another surprise.  Bobby knew his step-dad was prepared to give a toast, what he didn’t know was that he was going to make Bobby sing!  Apparently in his school days, Bobby played Danny in Grease.  Naturally, we all needed to see his performance and he absolutely killed it!  After that it was all about the dancing.  All of their guests loved to dance, but nobody as much as Jess and Bobby.  Those two had several dance-offs and threw out moves that I’d never before witnessed.  They definitely accomplished their goal of throwing a fun party!  But all good things must come to an end and while their guests lined up outside, Jess and Bobby had one last dance alone as newlyweds.  They then were sent off through a tunnel of pom poms and left for their honeymoon in Bora Bora.  I am so excited for them and am so glad that they chose me to capture their special day.  Congrats to Jess and Bobby!

-Amanda

Thank You to all of the vendors!

Hair and Makeup – Something  You

Floral – Andy’s Floral Events

Cake Artist – Sugar Bee Sweets

Entertainment – DFW Parties: Rod Baker

 

Hannah and Kevin – Wedding Reception at The Ashton DepotFort Worth, TX

Even though the rain may have prevented the ceremony from being held outdoors, it let up just enough for us to finish up photos outside!  Then Hannah and Kevin partied the night away with Trey and the Tritones.  They were having a blast catching up with friends and family and rockin’ it out on the dance floor.  While all of the guests lined up to see them off, they stayed behind for their private last dance.  I always love private dances but the Ashton Depot is always such a beautiful backdrop for it.  Once they made their getaway, I met up with them in downtown to get a few more fun night photos!  Thank goodness the rain stayed away for the rest of the evening.  Congratulations to Hannah and Kevin!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the amazing vendors!

Venue – The Ashton Depot

Bridal Gown – BHLDN

Makeup Artist – Kris Astroff

Floral – Justine’s Flowers

Cake Artist – Village Bakery

Entertainment – Trey and the Tritones

Hannah and Kevin – Wedding Ceremony at The Ashton DepotFort Worth, TX

When you live in Texas, you expect the weather to be pretty unpredictable.  Hannah and Kevin started off their wedding day with a beautiful, bright and sunny morning.  It seemed as though everything was going perfectly according to plan.  We were even running early!  It was about 5 minute before the ceremony was supposed to start when the sideways, monsoon rain started.  Not to worry though!  The amazing staff at Ashton Depot plus the always brilliant Justine of Justine’s Flowers were quick on their feet and came to the rescue.  They transformed the dance floor into the ceremony space within just a few minutes and we were back on track.  Even though the ceremony didn’t happen outside the way it was originally planned, everything was still incredibly beautiful.  At the end of the day Hannah and Kevin were husband and wife, rain or shine.  It was a great day!  Check out some of my favorites from their ceremony and check back soon for their reception!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the amazing vendors!

Venue – The Ashton Depot

Bridal Gown – BHLDN

Makeup Artist – Kris Astroff

Floral – Justine’s Flowers

Cake Artist – Village Bakery

Entertainment – Trey and the Tritones

 

Lauren and Russell – Wedding Reception at Hickory Street AnnexDallas, TX

I can’t tell you how much I love photographing a good party, and that’s exactly what Lauren and Russell had was a GOOD party.  The Memphis Soul band kept everyone out on the dance floor all night long, especially Lauren and Russell.  It is always so fun to see brides and grooms let loose and have fun with each other and their guests.  I have to be honest, I did not think I’d ever see the crazy side of Russell.  That guy knows how to have a good time, from dancing with his new bride, to singing karaoke on stage with his brother!  I already knew that Lauren and Russell were pretty much perfect for each other, but watching them in this setting just solidified it for me.  If you can’t be your goofy self with the ones you love then life can get pretty boring!  Everyone was having such a good time that they just didn’t want the night to end.  They begged the band to play one more song, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end.  All the guests lined up down the steps and sent Lauren and Russell off to begin their new life together.  It was such a fun night and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it!  Congratulations to Lauren and Russell!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Event Coordinator – Maxwell + Grey

Bridal Gown – The Bridal Boutique: Norman, OK

Hair Stylist – Styling by Macey

Makeup Artist – Erika Curry

Floral – Root + Bloom

Officiant – Hire A Minister: Mathew DeBlanc

Cake Artist – Elena’s Cakes

Entertainment – Memphis Soul Band

Lauren and Russell – Wedding Ceremony at Hickory Street AnnexDallas, TX

June in Texas is known for being pretty warm and the day before Lauren and Russell’s wedding was definitely a scorcher.  Luckily, their big day was cooled off by a little big of morning rain and some cloud coverage.  I loved getting to hang out with Lauren and her girls while they were getting ready.  Everyone was so chill and relaxed and just excited to be there!  Everything was just about as perfect as it could be (a big part of that is thanks to the amazing event coordinators, Maxwell + Grey!).  The bridesmaids wore beautiful gray dresses that brought out the nice green and blush colors of their flowers.  Lauren was absolutely stunning in her wedding dress that had a gorgeous illusion neckline.  I’m pretty sure she knocked Russell’s socks off when he saw her walking down the aisle toward him.  Lauren and Russell were married at Hickory Street Annex surrounded by many large windows, letting in rays of light and showing off the luscious greenery in the background, setting up the perfect scene.  As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, Lauren threw her bouquet in the air in a fist pump of victory.  Please enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful ceremony and check back for more from their rockin’ reception!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Event Coordinator – Maxwell + Grey

Bridal Gown – The Bridal Boutique: Norman, OK

Hair Stylist – Styling by Macey

Makeup Artist – Erika Curry

Floral – Root + Bloom

Officiant – Hire A Minister: Mathew DeBlanc

Cake Artist – Elena’s Cakes

Entertainment – Memphis Soul Band

 

Natalie and Robert – Wedding Reception at Fort Worth ClubFort Worth, TX

After the ceremony everyone headed over to Fort Worth Club for the reception.  Robert’s brother and Natalie’s sister gave some very sweet toasts about the kind of amazing people that Natalie and Robert are and you could definitely feel how much love they all have for one another.  After toasts it was time to party,  and what a party it was!  Thanks to the musical talents of the Limelight band,  the dance floor was constantly full.  And who knew that Robert could dance like that?  I sure didn’t!  These two, along with all of the friends and family, danced up a storm and had an absolute blast.  I am so sad that their day has come and gone, but I am so excited to be able to share their day with everyone.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two.  Thanks for letting me part of your special day! Congratulations to Natalie & Robert!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors!

Bridal Gown – Neiman Marcus Bridal

Bridesmaids – Nordstrom

Hair & Makeup Artist – Pretty on Premises: Michelle Dollar

Floral – Justine’s Flowers

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Videography – Turquoise Video

Entertainment – Limelight

Lighting – Absolute Entertainment

Natalie and Robert – Wedding Ceremony at Robert Carr Chapel at TCUFort Worth, TX

I don’t think that I can truly describe the amount of emotion that Natalie and Robert’s big day actually had.  Not only for them and their families but for me as well!  I’ll just give you a hint by saying how excited I have been all year to photograph their engagements, then Natalie’s bridal and finally their wedding!  I was tearing up and full of emotion all day and then incredibly sad when it was over.  Now I am getting excited all over again because I get to share their amazing photos with the world!  Natalie and Robert are the kind of people that when you meet them, you are automatically friends.  I can’t tell you how happy it made me to talk to Natalie on the phone or through e-mail throughout the process of planning her wedding.  They both have this way of making everyone feel so special and loved, which made my job incredibly easy and more fun than it already is.  Natalie had the biggest smile on her face from the moment I arrived (and I’m sure before) to the moment they rode away in the carriage at the end of the night.  I know it was so hard for both of them to have to wait all day for the ceremony.  They both were so overcome with emotion, just waiting to finally get to see each other and become husband and wife.  Before the ceremony, the exchanged letters around a door.  As I placed Robert behind the door and told him I was going to get Natalie, he began to tear up knowing it was just minutes before he’d get to see her walk down the aisle.  As they finished reading each other’s notes, Natalie just started jumping up and down grinning ear to ear, so excited that the moment had finally arrived.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget the pure joy that was felt during their entire ceremony.  Afterward as they walked back up the aisle and out the chapel doors they just beamed at each other, jumping up and down, kissing, hugging and showing off their rings.  I cannot fully express how excited I am for these two.  Please enjoy my favorites from their Robert Carr ceremony and check back soon for their fun reception at The Fort Worth Club!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors!

Bridal Gown – Neiman Marcus Bridal

Bridesmaids – Nordstrom

Hair & Makeup Artist – Pretty on Premises: Michelle Dollar

Floral – Justine’s Flowers

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Videography – Turquoise Video

Entertainment – Limelight

Lighting – Absolute Entertainment

   

Melissa and Cody – Wedding at The OrchardAzle, TX

Melissa and Cody are married!  We started the day thinking the rain was going to keep us from being outside, but it did not!  Melissa and Cody chose to see each other before the ceremony and luckily it quit raining just in time!  They read notes they had written to each other and then Cody turned to see his bride for the first time and I think his breath may have literally been taken away.  They held the ceremony inside surrounded by their closest family and friends and said sweet vows to each other that made me tear up!  After they shared their first kiss, Cody smashed the glass (a Jewish tradition that they incorporated into their wedding) and they were on their way up the aisle as husband and wife!  Then it was time to celebrate and Melissa and Cody spent the rest of the evening enjoying chatting and dancing with all of the important people in their lives.  At the end of the night they spent one last dance together, taking in the day and each other.  They were then sent off to their new life through the glowing lights of sparklers.  Congratulations to Melissa and Cody!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Venue – The Orchard

Event Coordinator – TLC Event Staffing

Hair and Makeup Artist – Love + Pout: Fallon Farmer

Bridal Gown – David’s Bridal

Floral – Venia Flowers

Cake Artist – Gina’s Cakeballs

Entertainment – DJ Connections