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Laura & David – Wedding Portraits at Classic Oaks RanchRomantics in Mansfield, Texas

Lightly Photography 2016

Laura & David are not just super beautiful people on the inside they are also pretty amazing to look at and photograph!  I mean look at these two!  If the sun had not been setting and I had unending perfect sunset light I  might have photographed them for a hour more.  Take a peek at their romantic couples portraits on the Classic Oaks Ranch property.  We scaled a cattle guard for some gorgeous photos and it was so worth it!  I love every part of Classic Oaks from the outdoor chapel, the barn and pastures.  Can’t wait to share this fun reception tomorrow!

 

Thank you to the wedding team that Laura & David selected and helped make this day so magical (and big shout out to David who helped with ALL the wedding planning!!!)

Classic Oaks Ranch

C&C Entertainment – Planning

Turquoise Video

Lip Service Makeup

De Ma Fille Bridal Salon

JOS A Banks – Menswear

Justine’s Flowers

Nordstrom Bridal – Bridesmaids Attire

William Bruce Salon – Hair

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Tracey & Luis – Wedding Reception at Thistle Springs Ranch

 

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After the I do’s it was time to party…well after some beautiful portraits at least.  By the time I had these two all to myself for some romantic imagery the light was golden and pretty much perfection.  These two just beam in each others presence.  I could have photographed just them all night but we had to get the party started and they did that from the moment they walked in. Led into their reception by the Walton Stout Band horn section it set the tone for a night with a full dance floor and happy hearts.  From the first dance until the last the guests drank, ate, danced and enjoyed the party to celebrate the start of Tracey & Luis’ life together.  Luis is all about the formula one racing so of course he had to have a racing themed cake that was created by Sugar Bee sweets.  It was super cool!  To throw in a little bit of family heritage there was lots of latin dancing and the Hora (Jewish chair dancing tradition).  The day felt like these two, it was so personalized.  Congrats!

Huge thank you to all the vendors that helped pull Tracy & Luis’ ranch wedding reception together:

Bliss Bridal – Brides Gown

Sugar Bee Sweets

Thistle Springs Ranch

Lillium Floral Design

Veronicuts – Hair

Jenna Thomas Makeup Artistry

Nordstrom – Bridesmaid Dresses

The Walton Stout Band

A Sophisticated Affair – Catering

 To see more of their timeless ranch wedding check out their wedding day slide show:

 

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Megan & Casey – Mini Engagement at Eagle Mountain Lake Park

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Megan and Casey were married last weekend and the day before I  met up with them for a quick mini engagement session.  Casey hasn’t been back to the area since he proposed to Megan in May and as he is stationed with the military out of state the day before the wedding was the only time we could find so we could meet, get to know each other and create some engagement portraits for them.  We had so much fun with them last weekend, they are super easy going and totally in love.  You can see by the way Casey looks at Megan they are head over heels!  Can’t wait to put the finishing touches on their wedding and share those in just a few days.

-Tracy

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Brighton & Chad- Engagement Portraits at Cedar Hill State Park

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton and Chad are getting married in September at The Four Seasons and last weekend I joined up with them and their little boy, Blaise, for a fusion of engagement and family photos.  I instantly loved these guys as we actually met for the first time at their session.  Their little guy is just 2 weeks younger than my Gideon that I totally got where they are in life and all the challenges and joy they are facing as a family.  Blaise was a smiley little man and looked OH so cute in his fedora hat.  Chad and Brighton are great parents and I can see how much they love each other, they were so sweet to one another.  I know there wedding, designed and planed by Tami Winn Events, is going to be off the chain amazing, I can’t wait!

To see more of their photos check our their slide show!

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Brighton Chad Engagment Field rustic child country barn Cedar Hill State Park Tracy Autem Photography by Tracy Autem

Sarah & Michael – Engagement Photos at a Private Residence

I can not believe these two are getting married in TWO days!  We got together earlier this week for their long over due engagement session as Michael is currently stationed over seas with the military and hasn’t been in town in ages!  I was excited to finally meet him as I have already photographed Sarah’s bridals and had lots of chances to hang out with her.  We met up on her families property to capture their past and present as I know the future has many adventures ahead of them that will most likely lead them away from Texas.  Sarah & Michael are high school sweet hearts, meeting in equine class they shared their first date on horseback at her place so it was so fitting to be there to mark this next step in their lives.  I adore how Sarah melts and shines in Michael’s presence.  These two had no problem with my one major rule for engagements, dangerously close.  I love that!  There wedding Saturday is sure to have me in a mess as I know I will cry and laugh behind my camera.  See you both SOON!

See more of their laid back private ranch engagement portraits on their slide show:

Classic Oaks Ranch – An amazing rustic wedding and reception venue

 

I love ranch weddings and I am so excited to see more and more beautiful ranch’s opening up their gates to brides and grooms.  Classic Oaks Ranch is a new wedding and reception venue in Mansfield, Texas and I fell in love as soon as I drove through the gates.  I was greeted by a few camels, rolling landscape with oak trees and some beautiful cattle.  The ranch is 230 acres and is a working cattle and equestrian facility.

Their ceremony spot is a natural altar between two towering Oak Trees.  Also on site is an 18,000 square foot climate controlled event barn with a stone fireplace, a bridal suite including a fully equipped salon, groom lounge, guest accommodations, and a 2,500 square foot party pavilion.  It is breathtaking and the perfect place for a rustic vintage ranch wedding.

I was thrilled to be invited by the owners of the ranch and Gold Dust Vintage to participate in a photo shoot to show off their recently renovated facility.  We were joined by Daniel Troupe of Lynn Films who captures our shenanigans on film and gives you a much better feel for the flow and vibe at Classic Oaks.  All of our vintage rentals were provided by Gold Dust Vintage, they have an fantastic array of items for rent for any event.  Twigs Floral provided all of our flowers.  My favorite bridal salon, Bliss Bridal, provided our two gowns.  Todd Bush, with Oliver’s Fine Foods, brought us some scrumptious items to complete our head table.  May I serve you provided table linens and other rentals and Lucia Bitnar with Foster Blue helped style the day.  Paper products provided by Inviting Ink.

Check out Daniel’s video, you can tell we had fun & that this new wedding location is perfection!  To see it full screen go HERE.

 

Classic Oaks Ranch from Lynn Films on Vimeo.

Melanie Jane – Dallas Bridal Portraits at Cedar Hill State Park, Penn Farms

Melanie Jane married Dave just 2 short weeks ago at Robert Carr Chapel & Fort Worth Club so I can FINALLY share her country chic bridal portraits.  Her wedding was emotional, FUN and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Her wedding images will be released on the blog early next week!

We met up right in the middle of bluebonnet season for Melanie Jane’s bridal portraits at Penn Farms, Cedar Hill State Park.  It is the perfect location if you want that rustic country charm.  The farm has several historic barns, old homes and structures that make great backdrops as well as winding paths, fields and trees.  Could not ask for more, in fact it is one of my favorite places to photograph.  Melanie’s Mom joined us and we braved the heat and very random sprinklings of rain.  Melanie’s dress was purchased at Bliss Bridal Salon and her bright, textual bouquet was provided by Tami Winn Events.  Hair by Memorable Occasions by Monica Puckett.

Nikki & Justin {Engaged} A rustic country themed session in Fort Worth & Eagle Mountain Lake

Nikki & Justin are getting married in Thurber Mingus, Texas.  Where????  If you have ever driving down I20 towards Abilene from Fort Worth and stopped at the Old Smokehouse Restaurant then you have been there and never knew it.  It is a tiny town but has a very cool venue, Greystone Castle.  My family always stops off there when we are driving to visit my family out in west Texas and I have always wanted to go and see inside the castle on the hill and now I get to!  This week Nikki, Justin and I hit a few rustic spots here in Fort Worth before heading up to Eagle Mountain Lake for the majority of their session.  It was great to get to know Justin and Nikki a little better, here are some favorites from their session.

Fowler Family – Fort Worth Ranch Portrait Session

Family Photo country field couch vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Love this casual photo of the family on my couch! I loaded it up and brought it with me as I thought it would fit with the feeling Lori wanted.

Lori works with one of my amazing brides, Ruth.  After seeing their engagement photos she called me up to schedule photos at their Fort Worth Ranch Home that very day.  I was so excited to get to know the fabulous family, see their home, meet their dogs and have some fun with them.  A family of 6 with 2 girls and 2 boys that are growing up fast.  They had not had photos taken of them as a group in 5 years and I loved looking at their last set of photos and seeing how they had grown.  They definitely needed an update!  Here are some favorites of them as a group, individuals and of course a few cute one of Mom and Dad.  I love couples and taking photos of two people in love, even if they have been married awhile.  I hope to photograph this family again soon and to be a part of their lives as they continue to grow and change.

Family Photo Kids country field couch vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo Kids barn couch vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo Couple barn vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo boy guitar vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo barn vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo field couch vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Family Photo girl field couch vintage Tracy Autem Fort Worth Ranch

Girl Couch Field Fort Worth Family Photo Tracy Autem