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Ali & Caleb – Wedding Ceremony at Robert Carr Chapel at TCUFort Worth, TX

Wow.  What an incredible couple Ali and Caleb are!    I love how Caleb describes the way they first met and their courtship after that led to marriage!  Here is their story in his own words.

“It was the summer of 2015, and I was complaining to one of my best friends of how tired I was of being single and hated the entire process of first dates. My friend Amy listened patiently and began to plant inconspicuous seeds of getting to know Alexandra, the soon to be love of my life. I was taken aback because Ali not only lived 3.5 hrs away, but was also a devout Fighting Texas Aggie and in my opinion not my type. My how I was so wrong!!!!!! It was not until the Winter of 2016, that I finally took Amy up on her suggestion and boldly asked Ali out on a blind date to the Twisted Root burger and beer joint in a suburb of Dallas. I instantaneously felt a connection and could not help but see the beauty and kindness she had within. We spoke a few hours of family and friends and things seemed to flow so organically. A few days after our first encounter, I asked if I could call her and a few phone calls turned into another in person date.

Here is where the story goes south for about two weeks……… I got scared and nervous and did not follow up after our last date.

It finally was about a week before our awesome friend Amy’s wedding, when I asked to see her again. I knew it was a long shot, because I was kind of a jerk but she kindly accepted my offer and went as my date.

We nervously met up the night before our mutual friend’s wedding in San Marcos, where I introduced her to my stomping grounds, which included a sub-par burger joint and fantastic wine bar experience.

The organic conversations that fueled our first encounter was back, as we didn’t skip a beat. I remember loving how natural I felt with Ali and hoped this would be my forever partner in crime.

The following day, Ali and I met up to attend the nuptials of Henry and Amy. I was insanely nervous and knew that I was about to embark on the most incredible journey and adventure of a lifetime………. I just didn’t know how amazing it was going to be.

After the wedding, I asked if we could sit and chat a while. I nervously told her I liked her in the most awkward way possible and didn’t know how it would work, but wanted it to work. She replied by inviting me to meet [her family] and I excitedly accepted her offer. I had no clue the amazing journey to marriage I was about to experience.

It has been a year since Ali and I first met. My heart still skips a beat when I gaze into her eyes. She makes me a better man and I cannot wait to make her my wife.”

With only having 2 weddings left in 2017, I couldn’t be more excited they they were one of them. These two are quite possibly the sweetest and most genuine people you’ll ever meet and their excitement for life is so infectious.  Usually it’s my couples’ faces that hurt after smiling so much for photos, but this time I found my own face hurting from all of the smiling from just being around them and their families.  Enjoy some of my favorite moments from their ceremony and check back for their amazing reception!

-Amanda

A special Thank You to all of the wonderful vendors!

Wedding Coordinator – Tami Winn Events: Jamie Lemke

Bridal Gown – Stardust Celebrations

Hair/Makeup Artist – Elan Makeup Studio

Floral – Tami Winn Events

Paper Products – Paper Planet

Entertainment/Lighting – LeForce Entertainment: Ed Petty

Cake Artist – Mindy’s Bakeshop

Catering – The Fort Worth Club

Avery & David – Children’s Christmas Portrait

Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography 2014

These cuties sure have grown!  Loved their Christmas red outfits and they were so timeless and classic!  Avery has become quite a little lady with and adventurous spirit and a friendly hug for everyone she meets.  David is becoming such a little boy, no longer a baby.  I love watching my families grow.  Merry Christmas Avery & David!

-Tracy

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Avery & David with their Grandparents – Holiday Portrait

 

Photo by Tracy Autem of Lightly Photography 2013 https://lightlyphoto.comI just love this family.  Right before the dreadful ice storm rolled in last week I ventured over to their home for this classic holiday portraits.  I photographed baby David a few weeks ago but this time around is was time for the grandparents!  I adore that they are so close to their grand-babies that they have me out to take portraits of them from time to time.  It was my first time to see Avery with her baby brother and I can tell she really likes being a big sister.  She played around the tree and it is always fascinating to see the magic of Christmas in a little ones eyes.  Merry Christmas!

-Tracy

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Candace, Will, Reagan & Baby Kennedy Family Portraits at Van Zandt Cottage

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

These are two little girls who LOVE SANTA and are definitely decked out and ready for the holidays!  I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Kennedy a few weeks ago and was excited to meet big sister Reagan at their family session.  She was a ham and a half and she definitely stole my heart during their session.  She is a great BIG sister and I can tell she likes having Kennedy around.  The best part of their family session was definitely when we had the girls loving on the dogs and Kennedy went for her puppies ear (put in completely in her mouth!) and Reagan squeezed on her neck.  Adorable!

-Tracy Autem

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Kuhn Family Portrait  Photography Tracy Autem Photography Lightly Photography

Avery {9 Months} Holiday Portraits at our new Fort Worth Studio





I love this little princess.  This was my 4th time to photograph this little beauty and she is only 9 months old!  Her Mom brought this adorable hat and ruffled diaper covers that was just the perfect amount of festiveness.  I loved her pretty little Christmas dresses too.  These were shot in our new studio location and we are so thankful for the warmth on these cold days!

-Tracy Autem

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Kelly & Levi {Holiday} Portraits!





I’m always excited when I get to see of my past bride and grooms. I ran into Kelly a few months ago at a wedding I was photographing and I was so happy when she e-mailed me a few weeks later for holiday portraits.  This will Kelly and Levi’s second Christmas together as a married couple. I love that Kelly and Levi wanted to play and brought some Christmas ornaments to play with. Here are some of my favorites from their holiday portraits.