Category archives: First Look

Katie & Allen – Wedding Ceremony & First Look at Piazza in the VillageColleyville, Texas

Katie and Allen had a Colleyville wedding at Piazza in the Village.  Katie and her flower girl both matched in fun pink shoes for the wedding and I caught her trying on Katie’s big girl shoes!  From sweet moments with Grandma and Mom it was such  nice time together at the hotel as we prepared to head to the Piazza.  During the first look Katie & Allen were so happy to finally be together – her smile above says it all!

I am excited to share the images from their getting ready, first look and wedding ceremony.  Enjoy!

Thank you to the vendors who made this day so special:

Piazza in the Village

Thirteen Media

Stardust Celebrations – Wedding Gown

Brittany Jones – Hair & Makeup

Elegance with Attitude – Flowers

Bethany & Tyler – Wedding First Look and Wedding Party PortraitsTrinity Park, Fort Worth

Look at how cute and excited these two were to finally see each other!  Bethany knew she wanted a location that was green and lush for her first sight with Tyler.  We selected Trinity Park for just that reason and it was gorgeous!  Right before he turned I asked him what he thought her dress might look like and he may have been a little off on his expectations but he was not disappointed when he turned to see Bethany.  After some photos of the two of them alone they were joined by their bridesmaids and groomsmen for wedding party photos.

Bethany & Tyler’s wedding vendor team:

Sarabeth Events

A Stylish Soiree – Flowers

Thompson Pictures – Video

Pronovias Flag Ship Store – Brides’ Gown

Kiss & Makeup

Trinity Park

Jenny Yoo – Bridesmaids Dresses

The Black Tux

Men’s Warehouse

Liz & Thomas – Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Omni HotelFort Worth, Texas

Liz & Thomas have a love story that is full of hope!  I love these two and getting to know them, their children and friends made my heart so full!  God most definitely brought these two together, living in the same neighborhood and attending the same parish for years these two had never met.  Until one morning Liz was having a house emergency with a major water leak – and Thomas who just happens to own a plumbing company strolled by.  An offer of help, an exchange of a card, an invitation for a glass of wine and now they have fulfilled each others hopes for a soulmate and life partner!  They know how to live life to the fullest and love fiercely – not just each other but every person in their lives.  Hearing the sweet words of their children as they toasted their parents at the reception brought tears to my eyes.  I was an emotion filled day – as you can see from the photo above when Thomas first saw Liz during their first look – but it was overflowing with FUN too!


Thank you both for trusting me to be with you, for sharing your family with me and most of all for being such a great fulfillment of the promise of God’s timing and plan.  I know He has great things in store for you and your families!


Shout out to the awesome team of vendors that made this party a PARTY!

Tami Winn Events – Planning, Design & Flowers

Amber Joy – Makeup

Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Live 80’s

Creme de la Creme Cakes

Bliss Bridal Salon

Forte Strings

Randy Ro Events – Draping

Bella Accento – Rentals

LeForce Entertainment – Photo Lounge

Beyond – Lighting

DFW Dance Floors


Shelby & Whilden – First United Methodist ChurchCeremony and First Look

Shelby and Whilden are the cutest!  These two were so excited to get married and they could not wait to see each other.  Whilden was anxious but when he walked out of the door of the First United Methodist Church you could see it all melt away.  Shelby was all smiles to finally be beside her groom!  After some beautiful photos outside of the church with family and friends these two said I do in the main sanctuary.

Thank you to the vendor team who made this day so beautiful and flawless:

Tami Winn Events – Jamie Lemke – Planning

Sage Fine Florals

Hilton Fort Worth

Turquoise Video

Grand Slam Glam – Hair & Makeup

Ivory Bridal Atelie

LuLu’s Bridal


Allison & Allen – First Look and Romantic PortraitsOmni Hotel & Marty Leonard Chapel

Allison and Allen chose to see each other before their ceremony at Marty Leonard Chapel.  Allen awaited to turn and see his bride at The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.  As he finally turned and saw Allison in her classically tailored and sleek gown you could see they were both so happy to be together.  They decided to read the letters they had written one another for the wedding day together before taking some romantic portraits on site and at the chapel.

Thank you to the following vendor team:

Gro Designs – Planning, Design & Floral

The Omni Fort Worth

Marty Leonard Community Chapel

Beauty & The Blush – Hair & Makeup

Astor & Black – Tuxedo

Wedding Atalier – Bride’s Gown

Leigh & Evan – Wedding First Look at FUMC CourtyardFort Worth, Texas

This first look had me crying!  When Evan walked out the door to see his bride, Leigh, he was all smiles and they immediately embraced.  First looks are the best!  They shared sweet moments together and Leigh showed off her stunning illusion back dress before they exchanged gifts.  Evan gave her a beautiful jewelry box so that over the years to come she can keep all the future gifts he might give her safe.  Leigh had been writing notes to him in a  journal for 2 years!  That book along with some stunning cuff links were her gift to him.  We also took advantage of the gorgeous architecture around the church and photographed these two alone.


Thank you to all the vendors that made their first look so beautiful:

First United Methodist Church in Downtown Fort Worth

Melanie Tatum – Event Planner

Turquoise Video

Branching Out – Floral

Julian Gold Bridal Dept in San Antonio – Brides Gown

Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids Dresses from Bella Bridesmaid

The Black Tux – Menswear

Jericho Hair Salon – Beauty

Lip Service – Beauty

Caitlin & Jordan – First Look & Portraits at The Mansion on Turtle CreekDallas, Texas

I can’t even – I mean – ahhhh.  This first look is beyond perfect.  We met up at The Mansion on Turtle Creek where we had Caitlin & Jordan see each other on the balcony of the hotel.  Gorgeous fall day and a couple that looks this good and just melts into each other.  There could not have been a better way to end my 2016 Weddings!  When Jordan turned both of them were jaw dropping excited to see each other.  She sweetly showed off her dress and they embraced and snuggled up together.  These photos are why I love first looks – all the emotion and pretty rolled into one amazing moment!  After we used photographed their family, bridal party and romantic portraits at this classic Rosewood Hotel property.  I love the architecture, the green scapes and even the sidewalk there – I don’t think you can select a more iconic Dallas hotel location for photography.  Enjoy all the pretty and as always thanks to the vendors who made it all possible:

Grit & Gold – Planning & Design

The Mansion at Turtle Creek – Rosewood Hotels

Wendy Zerrudo – Hair & Makeup

Elle Films

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville – Brides Dress

Nordstrom – Bridesmaids Dresses

Bryan Long Flowers

Premier Transportation


Emilee & Jeff – Getting Ready & First Look at the Omni HotelFort Worth, TX

Tracy Autem 2015

Where do I even begin?  This couple is just the sweetest most silly in the perfect ways kind of in love that makes my life better.  The way they look at each other, how they melt into each others arms and their willingness to enjoy life and laugh is refreshing and inspiring.  Emilie & Jeff met in High School, kept in touch, and eventually fell hard in love as you can see by these photos.

The couple and their families and friends prepared for the wedding at The Omni Fort Worth Hotel.  Emilee was full of nervous energy and laughter as she awaited seeing her prince.  She is close to her Mom and sister and I loved the connection they had to each other as they helped her dress in her textured gown.  Jeff looked so good and SO ready to see Emilee as he awaited my direction to turn around.  When he turned his jaw dropped and rightly so – Emilee was stunning!  These two laughter, embraced and checked each other out as they chatted about the day.  It was such a heartfelt first look and after we had the parents join us for a gift and one of my favorite moments of the day – Jeff’s Mom & Step Dad seeing Emilee for the first time.  Dad gave a big OK and Mom was just speechless – I love watching families become one that so deeply care for the person their child is marrying.  It sure makes it extra special.

Thanks to our vendor partners!

Tami Winn Events – Planning, Design & Floral

Angie Williams – Hair and Makeup

Bliss Bridal Salon – Brides Gown

Mister Tuxedo

The Bridesmaid Boutique

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Megan & Dylan – First Look & PortraitsWedding Day in Fort Worth

Lightly Photography 2016

Just look at that!  See!  I am in love with this day and all the feelings that just bubbled over from start to finish.  Megan and Dylan chose to see each other before their TCU Robert Carr Chapel wedding ceremony.  We set up Dylan on the deck at The Omni Hotel Fort Worth as he awaited his bride.  He was so ready to see her and just before he turned around to see Megan I asked him what he thought her dress looked like, he nailed it!  Dylan knows his sweet Megan well, he said her gown was big and sparkly.  🙂 Love that!  When he turned these two both just burst out in tears of joy – their day had finally arrived!!!

After some emotion, hugging it out and catching up on their day we took some romantic portraits before heading over to the Kimbell Art Museum with the bridesmaids and groomsmen for some fun photo ops.  The clean lines and bright light colors of the architecture outside there perfectly balanced the reception space at The Modern Art Museum.  I really could just photograph these two for hours alone – they were so adorable.  But, they kind of needed to get to the chapel and get married so I had to let them go.

All the pretty made possible by:

Tami Winn Events

Robert Carr Chapel

Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Love & Pout – Fallon Farmer (Makeup)

Nordstrom – Brides Gown

LuLu’s Bridal Boutique – Bridesmaids Gowns

Jos. A. Banks – Menswear

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Jessica & Anthony – Getting Ready & Wedding First LookDallas Wedding


Jessica & Anthony have that head over heels, passionate, full of laughter and lots of kisses kind of love that girls dream of.  These two are seriously so much fun to photograph and it was so special to share their wedding day with them!  We met up at their hotel in Dallas for some getting ready before their first look.  It was HOT outside and these two were hot together too – from the moment Anthony turned around to see his bride he was glowing.  I can’t blame him – Jessica was gorgeous in her pink textured gown with a corset styled bodice.  Anthony looked so GQ too in his blue tailored suit.  We headed out to brave the temperatures at Addison Circle Park for some romantic portraits and bridesmaid and groomsmen photos.  Huge props to this entire bridal party for being up for anything, trusting me and the result is beautiful!  I’m swooning over here!


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