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Lauren & CJ – Wedding Reception at Classic Oaks RanchMansfield, TX

What a party!!  After the ceremony, guests were invited into the reception room and had some delicious dinner provided by the Reata, which is always delicious!  Sweet toasts were given by the maid and matron of honor and best man and then it was time to dance, and dance they did!  Lauren and CJ rocked out with their friends and family all the way to the end of the night.  It was an incredible day!  I am so glad that they chose me to document their big day!  Congratulations Lauren and CJ!

-Amanda

A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Wedding Coordinator – Lucia Bitnar with Foster Blue

Hair and Makeup Artist – Lip Service Makeup

Bridal Gown – De Ma Fille

Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaid

Floral – Lush Couture Design

Entertainment – Randy Ro Entertainment

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Donuts – Funkytown Donuts

Catering – Reata

Videography – Myke Wilkerson

Rentals – May I Serve You

Transportation – DFW Vintage Car

Lauren & CJ – Wedding Ceremony at Classic Oaks RanchMansfield, TX

You could not ask for a more perfect day for Lauren and CJ!  With a 90% chance of rain all day, it ended up not raining at all and was absolutely beautiful.  Before the ceremony Lauren and CJ exchanged gifts.  It was so sweet when Lauren opened the first part of her gift and it was a Pokemon ball with a little Pikachu in it.  Lauren said that CJ often tells her “I choose you, Pikachu”, which is incredibly adorable.  Then she opened a second gift which contained a diamond necklace that has been in CJ’s family for generations.  After exchanging gifts and getting Lauren’s veil in place, it was time to walk down the aisle.  I always love turning my attention for a quick second to the groom as he anxiously waits to see his bride walking toward him.  CJ definitely wiped a few tears from his eyes as Lauren drew closer to him. During their ceremony, Lauren & CJ sealed a bottle of wine and a couple of letters to each other to be opened on their first anniversary.  It was a beautiful ceremony full of sweet laughter and tears of joy.  Check back for their awesome reception!

-Amanda

A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Wedding Coordinator – Lucia Bitnar with Foster Blue

Hair and Makeup Artist – Lip Service Makeup

Bridal Gown – De Ma Fille

Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaid

Floral – Lush Couture Design

Entertainment – Randy Ro Entertainment

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Donuts – Funkytown Donuts

Catering – Reata

Videography – Myke Wilkerson

Rentals – May I Serve You

Transportation – DFW Vintage Car

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