Tags archives: Amanda McCollum

Laura Jean and Branden – First Look and Wedding Ceremony at St. Thomas AquinasDallas, Texas

How sweet are Laura Jean & Branden??  I always get so excited when I have the privilege to photograph such amazing couples!  So basically I’m excited all the time.  We began the day at Laura Jean’s parent’s home where her and her girls spent the morning hanging out and getting ready.  They were all so cute hanging out in Laura Jean’s childhood bedroom getting ready together.  We got to the church and got Laura Jean in her dress and she was absolutely stunning.  She had beautiful lace sleeves that made her gown even more elegant than it already was.  It was then time for their first look!  All of the family and bridal party stayed inside peeking through the window waiting to see Branden’s face when he saw Laura Jean for the first time.  It makes me so happy to be able to just feel the love between two people and with these two that was definitely the case.  Not only could you feel their love for each other but for all of their friends and family and even their vendors.  I can’t tell you how much I enjoy becoming friends with my couples and how much it means to me when they treat me like I’m part of their family.  That’s just how Laura Jean and Branden are.  Please enjoy some of my favorite moments from their first look and ceremony and be sure to check back for their reception!

-Amanda

Thank you to all for the vendors that helped make the day so special!

Event Coordinator – Whitney Bailey with Chic Fleur Weddings & Events

Bridal Gown – Mockingbird Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns – Bella Bridesmaid

Hair and Makeup – The Styling Stewardess: Blakelee Sheffield

Floral: Something Pretty Floral

Band: Signed Sealed Delivered

Cake Artist – Casa Linda Bakery

Lauren and Greg – Wedding at The Renaissance Worthington HotelFort Worth, Texas

It may have been a gloomy January day outside, but inside the ballrooms of the Worthington it was the exact opposite.  Lauren and Greg spent the day surrounded by family and friends as they prepared for their marriage and new life together.  They had a few minutes to themselves during their first look before beginning all of their wedding day events.  Then it was time for the signing of the Ketubah and wedding ceremony.  Lauren looked beautiful as she walked arm in arm with her parents to her future groom.  One thing that I loved about the Jewish ceremony was that the parents stood under the Chuppah with the couple.  What a wonderful way to watch your child be married!  Once they were pronounced husband and wife it was time to celebrate!  Thanks to Jamie and the rest of the team at Tami Winn Events, the ballroom was transformed into the winter wonderland that Lauren had her heart set on and everyone enjoyed the music by one of my favorite bands, Professor D!  It was so much fun to be out on the dance floor with everyone, especially during the Hora!  After all of the fun and dancing it was time to send the couple off to their new life together.  They were sent off through a tunnel of sparklers and taken away in a horse drawn carriage.  Congratulations to Lauren and Greg!

-Amanda

A special thanks to all of the vendors!

Event Coordinator – Jamie Lemke with Tami Winn Events

Venue – The Renaissance Worthington Hotel

Bridal Gown – Ivory Bridal – Houston

Bridesmaids – Nordstrom

Hair Stylist – Dallas Hair and Makeup

Makeup Artist – Amy Rose

Floral – Tami Winn Events

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Cookies – Tiff’s Treats

Band – Professor D

Videography – Elixir Entertainment

Lighting – Absolute Lighting

Photobooth – My Event Is The Bomb

Sara and Matt – Wedding Reception at The Petroleum ClubFort Worth, TX

After the ceremony we headed downtown to the Petroleum Club where everyone was anxiously waiting the newlyweds.  The room was washed a beautiful purple with white and purple floral pieces by The Perfect Plan Events.  The bride and groom had their first dance as husband and wife and Sara had a special daddy daughter dance that was sung by her uncles.  Sara and Matt then joined all of their friends and family out on the dance floor and man do they have some mad dance skills!  You could tell everyone was having a blast and was sad to see the night end.  But it did have to end and we sent the Sara and Matt off to their honeymoon with a streamer farewell!  It has been such an honor getting to work with Sara, Matt and their friends and family.  I absolutely have loved getting to know them and I can’t wait to watch as they continue to grow their love and family!  Congratulations to Sara and Matt!

-Amanda

A special thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – The Perfect Plan Events

Hair and Makeup – Shear Beauty

Bridal Gown – Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaids – De Ma Fille

Floral – The Perfect Plan Events

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Band – The Royal Dukes

Videography – Complete Weddings & Events

Sara and Matt – First Look and Wedding Ceremony at First United Methodist ChurchFort Worth, TX

What a perfect beginning to 2017!  I absolutely adore Sara and Matt and I am so glad that they were my first wedding of the year!  These two Horned Frogs were married at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth.  Sara and her girls were a hoot during getting ready and it took almost all of them to hold up the front of her dress while putting on her garter.  Once they got Sara in her dress and all ready to go, it was time for her to see her future husband for the first time.  While Matt and I were waiting for Sara to join us in the courtyard, I asked what he thought her dress looked like.  He guessed that it would be big and poofy. He was right!  Sara made an absolutely stunning bride and I think Matt had a little trouble holding back the tears.  When taking in the vision that was his bride, he noticed that a strand of her hair was blue!  Sara says that when she was younger she used to dye her hair blue and so this was a fun way for her to bring that part of her to her wedding day and it was also her something blue!  It may have been a little chilly outside but boy did we have a fun time with all of Sara & Matt’s family and bridal party.  They were having fun making their “fake candid” photos as they liked to call them which made me laugh.  At last it was time to walk down the aisle.  Sara was escorted down the aisle by her sweet daddy and he gave her away to Matt.  They exchanged beautiful vows and officially became husband and wife!  It brings me so much joy to be able to share these images with everyone and show the love and happiness that this couple and their families possess.  Please check back soon for the rockin’ reception!

-Amanda

A special thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – The Perfect Plan Events

Hair and Makeup – Shear Beauty

Bridal Gown – Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaids – De Ma Fille

Floral – The Perfect Plan Events

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Band – The Royal Dukes

Videography – Complete Weddings & Events

Sara – Bridal Portraits at the Japanese GardensFort Worth, TX

I am so excited to finally share Sara’s bridal portraits!  Sara was married this past weekend and was an absolutely stunning bride.  She wore lace sleeves over her gown for her church ceremony and removed them for the reception.  I love trains, and Sara’s train was so much fun to work with!  Check back soon for her gorgeous wedding photos!

-Amanda

Tayler – Bridal PortraitsPrivate Property

Now that it’s the new year and things have slowed down a bit, I finally get to share these beautiful bridal portraits!  Tayler was absolutely stunning and such a trooper as she hiked around in her wedding dress and tennis shoes through grass, mud and rocks!  Don’t worry, her dress was still spotless when we were done.

-Amanda

Nicki and Kenny – Engagement SessionKlyde Warren Park and White Rock Lake - Dallas, TX

It’s December and Fall has finally arrived in Texas!  It was a little bit chilly outside but man was it pretty.  I met up with Nicki and Kenny at Klyde Warren Park for a little bit more of a city vibe and then we headed over to White Rock Lake.  With all of the leaves finally changing colors it was the perfect fall backdrop for their engagements!  I absolutely loved getting to hang out with Nicki and Kenny.  They are just as cute as they can be and I always have a soft spot for my fellow Horned Frogs!  I cannot wait for their wedding next year!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

-Amanda

Tayler and Austin – Wedding ReceptionThe Springs - Anna, TX

After the ceremony it was time to party! Tayler and Austin were introduced and entered their reception down the grand staircase through a tunnel of their bridal party.  Everyone enjoyed catering by Babe’s Chicken and some Gelato from Paciugo and then got out on the dance floor.  Ya know, for some reason my grooms usually surprise me with their dance skills, but not Austin.  I was definitely expecting him to get into it and I was not disappointed!  I think they also did the most animated version of the Aggie War Hymn that I’ve witnessed in a while.  They and all of their guests did not want the night to end and I don’t blame them!  They were having too much fun out there on that dance floor.  But all good things must come to an end and Tayler and Austin said farewell to their guests through a shower of lavender and left to begin their new life together.  I have loved getting to know these two and photograph them on their special day.  Congratulations Austin and Tayler!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – Thirty Day Dash

Bridal Gown – Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaids

Hair and Makeup – Belinda Gonzales

Floral – Floral Concepts

Cake Artist – The Cake Stand

Entertainment – The After Party

Gelato – Paciugo

Photobooth – Tag Me Bro

Tayler and Austin – Wedding CeremonyFirst Baptist Celina - Celina, TX

I am so excited to share Tayler and Austin’s wedding!  Before the ceremony, Tayler had the opportunity to do a first look with both her dad and her step-dad.  Both men were so sweet and so excited to see Tayler in her dress for the first time.  It always touches my heart to see special daddy-daughter relationships and Tayler has two! Once we got to the church Tayler and Austin exchanged notes around a corner and I love the look on Tayler’s face when she gives Austin his present.  You can just see the excitement on her face and that she knows he is going to love it.  After they got to read each other’s words, it was time for the ceremony! One thing I really loved during their ceremony is that both families formed a circle around the couple in prayer. I thought that was so special and not something that I see very often.  In the ceremony and throughout the day I noticed how much importance is placed on family and I really love that.  Everyone on both Tayler and Austin’s sides were so thoughtful and loving and that is always such a wonderful thing to see!  Please enjoy some of my favorites from their ceremony and check back for more from the reception!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – Thirty Day Dash

Bridal Gown – Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaids

Hair and Makeup – Belinda Gonzales

Floral – Floral Concepts

Cake Artist – The Cake Stand

Entertainment – The After Party

Gelato – Paciugo

Photobooth – Tag Me Bro

Erika and Joel – Engagement PortraitsMagnolia Ave and Trinity Park - Fort Worth, TX

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As we are getting near the end of the year, we are still having tons of fabulous sessions!  Erika and Joel are definitely no exception!  They are high school sweethearts and are just as cute now as I’m sure they were when they met 8 years ago!  We spent the first part of their session on Magnolia with their little pug named Franklin.  Franklin is just the cutest thing whose tongue constantly hangs out of his mouth.  He was cracking me up the whole time.  We headed over to Trinity Park and Erika & Joel told me they had some props they wanted to use.  HARRY POTTER PROPS!!  Let me just say, I got really excited.  Probably a little too excited.  I had so much fun hanging out with these guys and getting to photograph them and Franklin.  I cannot wait for their wedding in August!

-Amanda

 

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