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Sydnie & Bryant – Engagement Session at The Dallas ArboretumDallas, TX

I am so excited to share Sydnie and Bryant’s engagement photos!  Because we live in Texas we had to reschedule their session several times due to crazy weather, but we finally got an amazingly beautiful day!  Speaking of crazy weather, they even had some on the day that Bryant proposed to Sydnie at the arboretum.  Here is their sweet proposal story!

“The week before the proposal, I asked Bryant what we were doing for my birthday the following Saturday. He asked if I wanted to see the 12 days of Christmas at the arboretum. Funny story we had gotten lunch with our friends before that, and they were explaining how my friends brother was planning to propose to his girlfriend at the arboretum the following Saturday (Bryant panicked at that moment but wanted to stick with his plan). The day of the proposal, the weather started to turn early afternoon. We planned originally to get to the arboretum at 3:00 but Bryant started rushing me as I was getting ready. This is when he started acting suspicious. He finally gets me in the car and we start driving to the arboretum. It began lightly sprinkling. I asked Bryant if we could reschedule because of the weather and he was insistent we go. We pulled into the parking lot and I told him I wouldn’t go in without an umbrella. He rushed into the gift shop and purchased an umbrella. We headed toward “Day 1” and looked at the display. There was a sign indicating day 2 was to the left, but Bryant pulled me to the right instead. We then started walking, silently, toward crepe myrtle alley. We headed down for aisle of trees and Bryant all of a sudden dove into his proposal speech. A photographer was waiting behind us capturing the moment!”

I had so much fun hanging out with these two and I can’t believe I have to wait an entire year for their wedding day!  I can already tell it is going to be amazing!

-Amanda

Abby – TCU Senior Class of 2018Fort Worth Texas

 

It’s that time of year again!  Abby is graduating this Spring from TCU and has spent a lot of of her college career working with the football team! How fun is that?  She even has an authentic Horned Frog jersey custom with her name and graduation year.  Congratulations to Abby and the rest of the 2018 class!

-Amanda

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Allison & Jacob – Engagement Session at The Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth Botanic GardensFort Worth, TX

Oh my goodness gracious!  These two are just so precious I just can’t even begin to explain just how cute they are!  Allison and Jacob met at OU and had a few classes together and ran with the same group of friends before getting together.  I love how Allison describes the proposal:

It was OU vs TCU weekend in Norman. Being from Fort Worth, my parents are big TCU fans so every time the two schools play each other we make sure we are in FW or Norman for the game. This year the game was in Oklahoma so I knew my parents and little sister who just recently graduated from OU as well were coming in town for the game. We had dinner plans at a fancy steak place downtown so I was all dressed up for that. Jacob had told me his parents had a banquet in Norman to go to so we were meeting up with them for drinks near campus. A little background here is that his parents don’t get out of the house often because they prefer to stay home and his mom is a great cook. His mom also works on campus so the fact that they were planning on attending a banquet on a Friday night presented a rare opportunity for us to meet up with them for a drink before going to dinner with my family. We drove to campus, parked, and then started walking. I got wrapped up in a story (you can probably already tell that I tend to ramble!) and just kept talking and walking. All of a sudden, Jacob stops and grabs my hands. All I can remember that he said was “This is where we met. This is where we fell in love. And this is where I ask you to be my wife.” and got down on one knee. And to top it all off, he had hired a photographer to capture the moment for us. I thought it was so sweet of him to do that because he knows how important stuff like that is to me. We ended up taking a mini photo shoot with this photographer around campus and then we were starving! The dinner at the steakhouse downtown hadn’t been real all along – we ended up at this cute local restaurant in Norman where he had rented out a room and coordinated for both of our families to be there for snacks and champagne to celebrate! He knocked it out of the park. It was everything I could have hoped for and more – the perfect place that will always hold a special meaning to both of us, someone there to sneakily capture the moment, both of our families, champagne, and frosted sugar cookies! Literally the best night of my life so far 🙂

Allison and Jacob lucked out with the perfect day for their engagement session and were so giggly and sweet.  I absolutely cannot wait for their big day this fall!

-Amanda

Alexis & Jesse – Engagement Session at The Art Museums & Downtown Fort WorthFort Worth, TX

Alexis and Jesse are so much fun and they are absolutely perfect for each other.  Jesse knew just what to say to get some giggles out of Alexis by whispering sweetly in her ear that she smelled like Chick-Fil-A.  I mean, there are worse things to smell like, right?  These two have known each other for most of their lives, so they know each other pretty well.  Alexis tells us in her own words about how they met and got together:

“Jesse and I have been together for two and half years, however I have known him since I was six. I met Jesse as a child when he moved in with my aunt to finish high school. It was not until three years ago when really reconnected when we were both in my cousin’s wedding. That night we talked all night at the rehearsal dinner and then went for drinks later which then lead to dancing all night long at a wedding the following day. Jesse and I dated a month before we became official, but that was easy because we were already attached at the hip.”

I loved getting to know these two and I am so excited to photograph their big day this November!

-Amanda

 

Courtney & Tyler – Wedding Reception at Van Cliburn Recital HallFort Worth, TX

After the ceremony we took a little pit stop at Bass Hall for a few more fun photos!  Courtney and Tyler then made their big entrance and it was time for the party to begin and boy, was it a party!  It’s always fun to see new and different traditions at weddings.  Courtney and Tyler are Aggies and so were a lot of their guests, so they asked all of their Aggie guests to bring their class rings to Tyler’s grooms cake for a photo.  It was neat to see so many rings together, not to mention a little nerve wracking having so much gold in one spot!  Courtney, Tyler and all of their friends and family sure know how to have a good time.  I don’t think that they dance floor was ever empty!  However, all good things must come to an end and we sent the newlyweds off to their Jamaica honeymoon through a tangled web of streamers.  It was a pretty perfect day and I’m so grateful that Courtney and Tyler trusted me to capture it for them.  Congratulations to Courtney and Tyler!

-Amanda

A special thanks to all of the amazing vendors!

Event Coordinator – Sarabeth Events: Georgette Poole

Hair and Makeup – Love + Pout: Fallon Farmer

Bridal Gown – Classy Concepts

Floral – Tami Winn Events

Entertainment – It’s Your Night Entertainment

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Catering – Magdalena’s

Paper Products – Minted & Embossed Graphics

Transportation – Silver West

Rentals – Grand Events, DFW Drape & Lighting

Courtney & Tyler – Wedding Ceremony at Marty Leonard ChapelFort Worth, TX

Oh my goodness!  I cannot stop gushing over Courtney and Tyler’s wedding day!  It was pretty much as perfect as a wedding day can be.  We started the day out getting ready at Courtney’s childhood home where everyone was excited for the day to start.  All of the girls were absolutely stunning with their floor length champagne colored gowns as they watched Courtney put on her wedding dress.  That’s the moment when everything starts feeling real.  Soon after Courtney was dressed, the power in the whole neighborhood went off!  Luckily everyone was done and ready to go.  Once we got to the church it was time for Courtney and Tyler to see each other for the first time.  I do believe Tyler had his breath taken away by seeing his beautiful bride to be in her wedding dress, especially after seeing that amazing illusion back.  We had so much fun with Courtney, Tyler and their wedding party!  Guests started arriving and it was time to get Courtney’s veil on and get her down the aisle!  The ceremony was beautiful with Marty Leonard a lit up at night.  It was an incredibly breathtaking view.  Please enjoy some of my favorites from Courtney and Tyler’s ceremony and be sure to check back for their reception!

Amanda

A special thanks to all of the amazing vendors!

Event Coordinator – Sarabeth Events: Georgette Poole

Hair and Makeup – Love + Pout: Fallon Farmer

Bridal Gown – Classy Concepts

Floral – Tami Winn Events

Entertainment – It’s Your Night Entertainment

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Catering – Magdalena’s

Paper Products – Minted & Embossed Graphics

Transportation – Silver West

Rentals – Grand Events, DFW Drape & Lighting

 

Kristen & Preston – Engagement Portraits at Waterfall and Art MuseumsFort Worth, TX

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kristen and Preston.  They are so incredibly precious and I had such a fun time getting to know them and their sweet pups!  Since Preston plays baseball, it gives them the opportunity to travel and go on little adventures to create great memories.  I love how they describe their relationship and how they spend their time together.

“While we are together during the baseball season, we love to find local places to eat as well as fun little trips to trails or beaches. At home in Fort Worth we still spend a lot of time going to our favorite spots to eat and fostering dogs. I did not grow up with dogs in my house so I used to have kind of a superficial understand of dogs and their behavior (good or bad). But now through the work we do and the dogs we meet, I see lots of dogs that open up and love life in the right situation.
We have been to Cabo, Breckenridge, and a cruise through the Caribbean for vacations!” -Preston

“I agree with everything Preston said! I have traveled to over 12 states watching Preston play baseball so we have gotten really good at Yelp. We have found so many fun little places to adventure to. Those are some of the best memories I have with him. We took our dogs to the beach in Michigan one summer. Looking back on it, it is so random but that is what minor league life gives you on an off day. When we are in Fort Worth, Preston is incredible about helping me follow my life long dream to help rescue homeless dogs. He supports the dogs and me in so many ways. He is the best foster dad! We also love a good night with all our dogs, netflix, and a bottle of wine!” – Kristen

I am so excited for their wedding in November.  It is sure to be absolutely amazing!

-Amanda

Thanks to Jennifer Trotter with Lip Service Makeup for doing such an amazing job with Kristen’s hair and makeup!

Courtney – Bridal Portraits at Bass HallFort Worth, TX

I am so excited to finally be able to share Courtney’s bridal portraits!  This beautiful bride was married on Saturday and was absolutely stunning in her gown from Classy Concepts.  It had all kinds of amazing details from the illusion back all the way down to the lace on the train.  Courtney couldn’t have looked more beautiful and elegant for her bridals and wedding day.

-Amanda

Hair & Makeup: Love + Pout

Gown: Classy Concepts

Floral: Tami Winn Events

Lindsay & Keith – Wedding Reception at The Modern Art MuseumFort Worth, TX

Lindsay and Keith had their reception at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  The Modern is absolutely one of my favorite places and their reception was made even more special with some personal touches like Lindsay’s sister and brother-in-law singing their first dance song.

“My sister and brother-in-law (Liz and Parker or “The Double Whiskey Straits”) played our first dance song (Queen’s You’re my best friend) and did a mini-set later on in the night. It was really awesome to continue the sister tradition of choosing a Queen song for a first dance (Liz & Parker had Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls as their first dance) and special because they are so musically talented and it was fun to show em off.”

One thing I always love about the Modern is getting to spend some alone time with my couples in the gallery.  It makes for some amazing photos and some well deserved alone time for Lindsay and Keith.  They were also such troopers by letting me take them outside in the freezing cold to get some photos with the twinkles lights in the trees. The rest of the night was spent catching up with friends and dancing like crazy people on the dance floor.

We had so much fun celebrating with Lindsay, Keith and their families.  Please enjoy some of my favorites from their Modern reception.  Congratulations Lindsay and Keith!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – Jessica Hill with Poppies and Ink

Hair and Makeup – Jennifer Trotter with Lip Service Makeup

Bridal Gown – Kleinfeld

Groom’s Attire – theblacktux.com

Floral – Poppies and Ink

Entertainment – William Ryan with It’s Your Night Entertainment

Cake Artist – Susie Moskal

Catering – Cafe Modern

Paper Products – Poppies and Ink

Lindsay & Keith – Wedding Ceremony at Marty Leonard ChapelFort Worth, TX

I absolutely love this couple.  Lindsay and Keith are so much fun and know how to make you laugh.  A few minutes with them will brighten your day significantly.  Back when I photographed their engagement session they told me the story of how they met and it is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time! Since I would not be able to do their story justice, Lindsay describes it in her own words:

“Keith and I met at orientation for new jobs at RSM in November of 2014 (Keith in cyber security consulting and me in international tax). Keith introduced himself to me by saying “Hi, I’m Keith Swiat. Not to be confused with Keith Sweat, the R&B singer.” It was 8 in the morning and I had no idea who Keith Sweat was. I sat as far away from him as possible at orientation.  Finally, his resilience and my piqued interest led to a friendly lunch outing where all of our interactions culminated in him: 1) forgetting his umbrella and accepting my offer to share 2) him not realizing he should carry it until I pointed out my arm going numb and my calves cramping from standing on my tiptoes to hold it over his head and 3) Keith informing me he felt like an encased meat as he took the first bite of his meatball sub at my favorite lunch spot (Park Italian). I wasn’t quite sure I liked him until I caught him sniffing me in the coffee shop a week later. His boldness and put himself out there attitude is what I really love about him. Our relationship is built on questionable social behavior and both of us having a great sense of humor.”

Let’s be honest, you know you have met the woman you’re going to marry when she catches you sniffing her and finds it charming.  It was love at first sniff.  Anyway, I was so happy that they chose me to photograph their big day and that I had the chance to get to know this amazing couple!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – Jessica Hill with Poppies and Ink

Hair and Makeup – Jennifer Trotter with Lip Service Makeup

Bridal Gown – Kleinfeld

Groom’s Attire – theblacktux.com

Floral – Poppies and Ink

Entertainment – William Ryan with It’s Your Night Entertainment

Cake Artist – Susie Moskal

Catering – Cafe Modern

Paper Products – Poppies and Ink