Category archives: First Looks

Amy & John – Wedding First Look and Ceremony at Arlington HallDallas, TX

Amy and John are married!  It was such a pleasure getting to work with these two.  They are one of those couples who just enjoy being together and in each other’s company.  You could definitely tell a difference on the wedding day once they finally got to see each other during their first look.  Once they were together it was like nothing else really mattered except that they were together.  I love how Amy talks about how John proposed to her.  Here is their story in her own words:

“So while I knew engagement and wedding was ahead for us, I did not think it would happen until after Easter at the earliest, since that was the next time he was going to see my dad and “get his blessing.”
All of the “firsts” or big dates in our relationship have happened on the 25th of a month. John is a chef and only has Sundays and Mondays off, and since he worked Valentines for everyone else, he said we should have our own special day for us and just make it Feb 25th. So he had planned a nice dinner and a show for us on Sun, Feb 25th which I looked online and has decided was probably Frankenstein at the Winspear since Young Frankenstein was maybe the 2nd movie we watched together when we started dating. He had said we had early dinner reservations at Trulucks and the timing made sense with the 7:30 show. When the waiter greeted us, John let him we know we had somewhere we had to be after dinner and that it would be best if we left by 6:30. I told the waiter “no, no, it’s not that urgent, the show we are going to isn’t until 7:30, we have time.” John just looked at my startled and was like “what? What are you doing?” I was like, “honey I know we are going to Frankenstein, I googled shows tonight and figured it out. It starts at 7:30 so we have time.” He again asked the waiter if we could be closed out around then. When we left Trulucks we took an Uber towards Klyde Warren Park and he asked if we could be let out early since it was a nice night and we could walk through the park. We are walking trough and he said “I know I told you your Valentines would be late, and before we leave here I wanted to give you this:”. And it was an envelope with a printout saying we were getting seats to the Justin Timberlake concert but date and location of seats was TBD. I was so excited because we had last talked about it and decided the tickets were too expensive. He then starts asking me if I really read the print out. I was like yeah, we are going but the details are unknown. He tells me to read it again so I do. Meanwhile I don’t notice he is starting to say something about how happy he has been with me and that he had something he planned to say but couldn’t and starts kneeling and reaching inside his coat pocket…the next thing I know there is a ring in front of me, the lid on the ring’s box fell off, and people with cameras are running up to us taking photographs!! I was stunned. He asked if I would marry him and my eyes were huge and I said “JOHN. You haven’t asked my dad!” He said “yes I did—I drove to your parents house on Monday on my day off.” I was in tears. He spent his day off driving 3.5 hours to their house in Houston and 3.5 hours back on Monday while he was off work and I was at work to ask for my parents blessing!!!! He then got us an Uber to a favorite dive bar of ours where our friends and family were waiting, AND he had reached out to my boss ahead of time to get me the next morning off from work!! “

Check back for more photos of their amazing reception!

-Amanda

A special thank you to all of the wonderful vendors!

Event Coordinator – Ivory + Vine Events

Hair + Makeup Artist – Brittany Jones Hair + Makeup

Bridal Gown – Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids – Azazie Online

Floral – Events & Experiences

Entertainment/Video/Photo booth – Toast Entertainment

Fireworks Display – Pyrotex

Catering – Nick + Sam’s Steakhouse

Taco Bar – El Come Taco

 

Katie & Keegan – Getting Ready and Ceremony at the BRIKFort Worth

Temperatures reached over one hundred degrees the day these two tied the knot but that didn’t phase this couple!  Surrounded by their friends and family Katie and Keegan said “I do” at the Brik Venue in Fort Worth.   They shared a first look outside and Keegan’s reaction is the best!  I just love when a groom sees his bride for the first time!

Check out some of my favorite moments from the first part of their day!

-Annie

Special thanks to all the great vendors:

Brik Venue

Karli Jones with Ivory and Vine Event Co.

Jack Lewis – Floral

Bliss Bridal Salon

Cake-aholics

Can’t Rhythm and Brass

Tatering Catering

Fort Worth Drybar

Kari Schuler – Makeup

The Photo Bus

Brynn & Michael – Getting Ready and First Look at Private ResidenceFort Worth, TX

I LOVE first looks!  They are one of my favorite parts of the day and Brynn and Michael’s first look was absolutely precious.  I asked Michael what he thought Brynn’s dress looked like and he was very close with his description!  He knows his bride very well.  As soon as he turned around to see Brynn for the first time, the biggest smile appeared on his face and Brynn was overcome with emotion.  You could feel the love they have for each other just as they stood there talking to each other.  I know they couldn’t wait much longer for the ceremony to begin so that they could become husband and wife!  Enjoy some of my favorites from their very sweet first look and check back for their backyard wedding and reception!

-Amanda

Thanks to all of the vendors that helped make this day so great!

Bridal Gown – Mockingbird Bridal

Hair & Makeup Artist – Samantha Landis

Floral – Flower Vibes

Cake Artist – Sandy Chang

Men’s Attire – Men’s Wearhouse

Entertainment – DJ Monica Blossum

 

Kelsey & Kal – Getting Ready and Ceremony at the Hilton and Piazza in the VillageMcKinney, Texas

I loved getting to know Kelsey and Kal during their engagement session and was super pumped for their big day! Here is how they met:

“Kal and I met at a recruiting company here in the Dallas, TX area. We sat in a cubicle next to each other for about a year and were strictly friends. One of our mutual friends invited us to the Eli Young Band concert and we haven’t been apart ever since. We have been dating a little over 3 1/2 years.”

Take a look at some of my favorite moments during the first part of their day!

-Annie

Special Thanks to all the vendors:

Piazza in the Village

LeForce Entertainment – DJ Nate

Lulu’s Bridal

Azazie – Bridesmaids Dresses

Moonlight Cakes

Victory Video

Wendy Zerrudo – WZ Beauty

Lilium Floral Design

 

Hollis & Joey – First Look and Wedding Ceremony at All Saints Episcopal ChurchFort Worth, TX

Hollis and Joey’s big day was absolutely beautiful!  It was full of so much joy, emotion, laughter and fun. Hollis and Joey chose to do a first look, where they saw each other for the first time before the ceremony.  Their friends were so cute as they spied through the window to watch.  Hollis showed off her dress to her almost hubby and he gave a huge thumbs up.  I love first looks because they always seem to calm the nerves but at the same time bring out the excitement!  You know it’s getting real at that point and that you are about to marry the person of your dreams.  It was then time for the ceremony and everyone was in their place.  As it came time for Hollis to walk down the aisle I caught a glimpse of her in the stairwell, she was overcome with emotions, I could tell that she couldn’t wait to get down that aisle. It was one of my favorite moments of the night.  After a few moments of waiting with her sweet dad, the doors opened and she made her way to Joey.  It was a beautiful ceremony and now they are husband and wife!!  Check back for their fun Modern reception.

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors!

Event Coordinator – Abbie O. Events

Makeup Artist – Adina Wright & Marcy Calland

Hair Artist – Liz Hernandez

Bridal Gown – Kleinfeld’s New York

Bridesmaids – De Ma Fille

Groom/Groomsmen Attire – TheBlackTux.com

Floral – Justine’s Flowers

Cake Artist – Creme de la Creme

Videography – Turquoise Video

Entertainment & Lighting – In10City Band

Paper Products – Lola Lorena

Balloons – Affairs Afloat

 

Kendall & Collin – Ceremony and First Look at Mary Leonard ChapelFort Worth, Texas

Kendall and Collin are both aggies (whoop!) and got married on a sunny, spring day!  The entire week before, and even the hour before I arrived, there had been constant rain and clouds but as soon as I arrived the sun began to shine!  You can imagine everyone’s excitement!  One of my favorite moments is when the bridesmaids see the bride in her dress for the first time, and these bridesmaids didn’t disappoint! There was so much energy in the room and everyone began to sing “Going to the Chapel” which was so fun.  The sunshine and Marty Leonard provided the perfect backdrop for Kendall and Collin to see each other before the wedding.  I just love his reaction!  Check out some of my favorite moments from the first part of their day!

-Annie

Special thanks to the amazing vendors:

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Market Street – Floral

Delicious Cakes

TCP Catering

Jessica Zak -Makeup

Marty Leonard Chapel

Stonegate Mansion

DJ Connections

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

 

Stephanie & PJ – First Look and Wedding Ceremony at Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West HotelPlano, TX

I am so excited to share Stephanie and PJ’s big day!!  They were married at a brand new hotel in Plano, Renaissance West Legacy, and were the first wedding there!  For their first look it was so much fun to have such cool backgrounds to use with all of the different artwork and architecture.  Stephanie looked absolutely amazing her in her wedding dress and it had a very faint blush skirt, which I loved!!  I think PJ fell speechless when he turned around and saw her for the first time, his jaw nearly dropped to the floor.  They held their ceremony up on the pool deck overlooking the city below and it was a beautiful view.  It was the perfect place for Stephanie and PJ to have their wedding especially since PJ’s family is from New York.  They were able to spend time with the people they love most and give them an cool and funky Texan place to stay.  Check back soon for photos from the reception!!

-Amanda

Thank you to all of the vendors!

Event Coordinator – Pop Parties: Molly Rasmussen

Hair Stylist – Emilee Brooks

Makeup Artist – Randee Strand Artistry

Bridal Gown – Pur Luxe Bridal

Bridesmaids – BHLDN

Floral – Petals Couture

Cake Artist – Whisk Until Sweet

Entertainment – LeForce Entertainment: Dylan Topliff

 

Janey & Collin – First Look and Wedding Ceremony at Holy Trinity Catholic ChurchDallas, TX

Janey and Collin are married!  We began the day at The Carlisle Room where the reception would later be.  You could feel the excitement in the air as we drew closer to first look and ceremony time.  I think I made Collin anxious when I made him wait a little longer to turn around and see his bride for the first time.  When he did finally get to turn around, his jaw dropped seeing Janey in her dress.  She looked absolutely perfect and I think it was well worth the wait I put him through.  These two are the absolute cutest and I had been looking forward to their day for a long time!  We were able to get some beautiful romantic photos of them and some fun wedding party before heading to the church.   I loved how much of a fun and sweet group of friends they had in their bridal party.  It really made my job even easier!  We got to the church and it was time for the ceremony.  As Janey walked down the aisle on her dad’s arm, Collin looked like he had just seen her for the first time all over again.  I love how you can see his face light up every time he sees her.  The ceremony began and it was so beautiful, complete with a few giggles and sweet stolen glances at one another.  Before we knew it, they were pronounced husband and wife and making their way back up the aisle!  I can’t imagine it being any more perfect! Please check out some of my favorites from their first look and ceremony and check back soon for their fun reception at The Carlisle Room!

-Amanda

Thank You to all of the amazing vendors!

Bridal Gown – LeAnn’s Bridal

Bridesmaids – Weddington Way

Hair & Makeup – Stephanie Nelson

Floral – Fleurs de France

Entertainment – LeForce Entertainment: Jake Hans

Cake Artist – Panini Bakery

Abby & Casey – Wedding at The Fort Worth Club

Abby and Casey are married!  These two met playing soccer years ago and were married in the beautiful terrace of the Fort Worth Club complete with a fabulous view of Downtown Fort Worth.  Abby was escorted down the aisle by her mom and dad and she couldn’t have looked more stunning!  I love when ceremonies are full of memorable moments and Abby and Casey had several sweet, funny and tender moments.  During their vows Casey sweetly wiped a tear from Abby’s eye and just melted my heart.  After lighting the unity candle they were pronounced husband and wife and it was time to party!!  Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour with a fabulous all female mariachi band and then were all escorted into the ballroom to await the newlyweds.  Abby and Casey shared their first dance under the glowing light of the chandelier and then barely left the dance floor all night!  Nobody wanted to leave the dance floor, but all good things must come to an end.  Everyone gathered in front of the elevator and sent Abby and Casey off to start their new life through a tunnel of bubbles.  I’m so excited to share their day and so glad they chose me to capture it!

-Amanda

A special thanks to all of the amazing vendors!

Hair and Makeup – Love + Pout: Fallon Farmer

Bridal Gown – Bliss Bridal

Floral – Moss Floral Design

Entertainment – DJ Jason Esquire

Venue/Catering/Cake Artist – The Fort Worth Club