Category archives: Reception

Kristin & Michael – Wedding Reception at Dove Ridge VineyardFort Worth, Texas

Kristin & Michael’s wedding was so much fun!  I love how they used the entire space at Dove Ridge Vineyard as guests danced, mingled under the stars and enjoyed delicious food!  They were adorable as Michael spun Kristin and held her tight through out their first dance.  As the sun set, God painted a fabulous backdrop for them outside that guests and the couple enjoyed as they drank cocktails and mingled under the setting sun.  The amazing views are even visible inside with the floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the hall.  These two really value their friends and family and they took so much time to really connect with everyone at their wedding.


Big shout out to all the vendors who made this day beautiful!

Tami Winn Events – Planning, design & floral

Dove Ridge Vineyard

Marc Roberts Videography

Love + Pout Beauty – Fallon Farmer

Bliss Bridal Salon

Absolute Entertainment – The Project Band

Magdalena’s – Catering

Creme de la Creme Cakes

Beyond Lighting

DFW Dance Floors – Stage Facade & Backdrop

Grand Events – Rentals


Bethany & Tyler – Wedding Reception at The Ashton DepotFort Worth, Texas

This wedding reception is one I will likely never forget.  At the end of the night I told Tyler that he is one of the coolest and most fun groom’s I have ever worked with.  Tyler and Bethany both are a joy to be around and they made the best of their 4 hour reception.  I am pretty sure they danced, hugged, talked and laughed with at least every guest they had.  From the moment they walked in the tone was set for a killer night – as the doors opened and the band announced the Mr & Mrs and played “All I do is Win”  these two entered the reception arms in the air and tore up the dance floor before their first dance had even begun.  Their entrance was epic and it didn’t stop there.  Reception’s are about more than the couple – they are about all the invited guest and loved ones.  During this party I loved watching the parents interact with one another and their children.  We caught Tyler hugging Bethany’s parents, chatting up his Dad and brother and being a little crazy on the stage with the band.  Bethany sang with the band from the dance floor, had fun dancing beside her husband and stole lots of kisses from him all night.

To top all of that – Bethany and Tyler are my 4th couple in a group of friends I have been so lucky to photograph.  Having 3 of my past couples dancing along side me as I captured this night was priceless.  Building relationships with my couples and seeing them time and again at other friends weddings is such a huge reward.  I’m looking forward to sharing the dance floor with all 8 of them next year at another one!

Bethany & Tyler’s wedding vendor team:

Sarabeth Events

A Stylish Soiree – Flowers

Thompson Pictures – Video

Ashton Depot

Creme de la Creme Cakes

Downtown Fever

Paper Planet

Pronovias Flag Ship Store – Brides’ Gown

Kiss & Makeup

The Black Tux

Jenny Yoo – Bridesmaids Dresses

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 – Wedding Reception at Ashton DepotFort Worth, Texas

The Ashton Depot is one of my fave places to photograph – beautiful architecture, a rich history and one of the best teams around!  Their food is out of this world amazing!  Shelby’s color pallete of soft whites and creams with touches of blue and soft peach and pinks was beautiful.  Shelby and Whilden had a fun filled reception.  Thanks to the following team who made the party such a success:

Tami Winn Events – Jamie Lemke – Planning

Ashton Depot

Sugar Bee Sweets

Roof Raisers Band

Sage Fine Florals

It’s Your Night Entertainment – Photo booth & Lighting

Turquoise Video

Grand Slam Glam – Hair & Makeup

Ivory Bridal Atelie

LuLu’s Bridal

Silver West

Brazos Carriages

Jennifer & Stephen – Wedding Reception at La Cantera ResortSan Antonio, Texas

Jennifer & Stephen had such a fun party with their friends!  The reception was the end of a great week pool side, partying and loving life with their most loved.  Having a wedding that is destination – no matter how far – always makes for a special event.  At the reception everyone danced the night away – had too much fun in the mirror me photo booth and ate yummy cake, ice cream and treats!  It was perfect!  Not sure if these guys were serious about dancing?  Check out Jennifer’s kicks!  She had some awesome gold sparkly kate spade shoes to rock at the reception while all the other ladies threw on some fun gold polka dot chuck taylors.


This weekend was truly phenomenal.  We so enjoyed being there with you both and I can’t wait to see all that the future holds for you two!  Shout out to the amazing vendor team Jennifer lined up for their big day!

La Cantera Resort

Makeup Mavens

Lyon’s Share Weddings

Beholden – Anthropology – Wedding Gown

Bella Bridesmaids

Blume Haus Events

Mens Warehouse

Royal Dukes Band

Painted Cakes

Oh Snap Mirror Me

Marquee Rents

Annie & Josh – Wedding Reception at MOPACFort Worth, Texas

Annie & Josh’s wedding reception at MOPAC was filled with lush greenery and moody tones.  Long sage runners and colored taper candles brought vibrancy and layers to the table decor.  MOPAC is a beautiful space that is accentuated perfectly with uplighting and pin spotting to make the decor really stand out in the space.  Not only was the reception beautiful – it was FUN!  Annie and Josh love to be silly together and you can see it in every photo as they danced and laughed together.  It makes my heart happy to see a marriage begin with such a light hearted spirit – you need laughter in a marriage!


Thanks Annie & Josh for letting me be a part of your story, I can not wait to see all that the future holds!  You are both part of my Lightly Photography family and I adore you.  😉


Giant thank you to every vendor that made this day so beautiful for Annie & Josh – you all excelled beyond expectations!


LeForce Entertainment – Glenn Roush

Creme de la Creme – Cakes

Turquoise Video

Oliver’s Fine Foods

May I Serve You

Classy Concepts – Bridal Gown

Love & Pout – Fallon Farmer – Hair & Makeup

Men’s Warehouse

Justine’s Flower’s

Bridal Blooms

BBJ Linens

Allison & Allen – Wedding Reception at The Modern Art MuseumFort Worth, Texas

Allison & Allen had a fabulous party to celebrate their marriage at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.  This NYC couple was surrounded by friends and family as they danced and partied the night away.  Having a fab time was super important to them – they actually flew in a DJ from Israel that they had seen at a friends wedding. His European style of mixing kept the dance floor packed all night long!  The Modern was beautiful in elegant tulips in purples and whites with clean lined acrylic accents on the head table.  Gro Designs always surprises me with their decor and ideas from flowers to linens.

My favorite moment of the reception is above.  They spent the night dancing with friends but this quiet moment on the dance floor was perfection.  Amidst the crowd they just melt into each other – So much love and respect for one another.

Huge shout out to all the vendors who made this Fort Worth wedding reception a hit!

Gro Designs – Planning, Design & Floral

The Modern Art Museum – Fort Worth

Creme de la Creme Cakes

DJ OFIR AFUTA of I Do Music from Israel

David Carr – Saxaphonist

Code Blue Entertainment

Mir Mir Photo Booth

Beauty & The Blush – Hair & Makeup

Astor & Black – Tuxedo

Wedding Atalier – Bride’s Gown

Lion in the Sun – Paper Products

AJL Transportation

Bella Bridesmaid – Bridesmaids Attire

Leigh Anne & Andrew – Wedding at Bella Sera RanchPalestine, Texas

Leigh Anne & Andrew’s wedding day was FULL of emotion.  I can not even count the amount of times we cried happy tears behind our cameras!  Not only were we a tad emotional everyone else was too – this may be my most joyful tearful wedding ever!  When Leigh Anne and Andrew met he KNEW she was the one.  Not a doubt in his mind – he found a journal and wrote her a note – that if she was reading this then today was their wedding day.  In that journal he filled it with their story from dating to proposal and leading up to the wedding day.  On the wedding day she opened the journal as his gift to her.  It was so super sweet!!  This kind of thoughtfulness was woven through out the entire wedding day.


Thanks to the following vendors for making their day so special:

Bella Sera Ranch

LeAnn’s Bridal in Mckinney

Joseph A Banks – Mens Attire

Pam Fisher – Cakes

Jordan Crabill – Hair & Makeup

Minted – Stationary

Mary Morton – Flowers

David Rose – Officiant

Leigh & Evan – Wedding Reception at Fort Worth ClubFort Worth, Texas

I love the party – after a day full of emotion and excitement it all comes down to a big celebration!  This party was pretty phenomenal – with gorgeous floral from Branching Out Events and a killer band brought in from Atlanta, Jessie’s Girls, it was top of the charts!  Leigh and Evan were inseparable all night – dancing close, laughing and visiting with their friends and family.  Not sure there are even words for how much fun we all had!  Just browse on and you will know that this is a night no one will forget!

This wedding was perfect in every way thanks to an amazing vendor team:

Fort Worth Club – Reception Location, Catering & Cake

Melanie Tatum – Event Planner

Turquoise Video

Branching Out – Floral

Jessie’s Girls by EastCoast Entertainment (Atlanta, GA)

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


Jacy & Sam – Wedding Reception at The Tribute Golf ClubThe Colony, Texas

Look at that yummy golden hour light!  Could I ask for more?  I think not!  After Jacy and Sam said I do we pretty much had the most perfect sunset light to explore a little bit around the Tribute’s golf course.  The course views and the sliver of the lake in the background paired with these two made for a very happy photographer – this girl!!!  Sam is so sweet to Jacy and since I hadn’t met him until the wedding day this was my first opportunity to see them together.  As the sun finally set it was time to party though and we headed in for a night of dinner, dancing and allot of partying! Jacy and Sam hit the dance floor and spent quality time catching up with their friends, laughing and mingling with guests.  I loved their bubble gun exit – SOOO many bubbles!!!!

Huge thank you to all the vendors who helped make this day so perfect for Jacy, Sam and their families:

Planning by Stylish Soiree

Lynn Films

LeForce Entertainment – Ed Petty

Stradivarius Quartet

LuLu’s Bridal Boutique – Bride’s Gown

Meringue Bakery

May Flowers and Memorable Gifts

Paper Source

Nordstrom – Bridesmaid Dresses

Mens Warehouse