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Ashlea & Mark – Engagement Portraits in ChicagoDestination Photo Shoot

Chicago was an amazing city to explore with Ashlea and Mark.  Ashlea is a Texas girl at heart but life and schooling took her North to Chicago where she met Mark!  Now these two have made a home for themselves outside the city they love and they invited me to experience a day with them!  These two love being home – doing some yoga, working out in their home gym and enjoying some snuggling and cooking side by side.  Even though they may live in one of the coolest cities in the US their home is their sanctuary so we had to kick of the photo shoot there.  Ashlea and Mark showed off some Yoga poses and moves before playing in their yard and just getting cozy on the sofa.  As we headed into the city we stopped off at United Center – the home of the Chicago Bulls for some sports inspired photos.  Mark loves sports but most of all he loves Ashlea – he proposed to her over the holidays with an engagement ring tied to a new pair of kicks she had been eyeing.  She was so excited about the shoes she almost missed the ring!  After some playful photos it was time to get glam at the Chicago Theater.  Ashlea has a background in dance and is a dance therapist so she is amazing at knowing her body and I loved that she threw some dance inspired poses into our session.  From the alley’s of Chicago to the beach at sunset we laughed the entire day.  These two know how to live, love and laugh together well!  At sunset we caught the lights of the city behind them and the beauty of Lake Michigan.  I loved Chicago and getting to know this fabulous couple and can’t wait for their 2018 wedding here in Texas!

Congrats Ashlea & Mark and can’t wait to see you here in Fort Worth!

-Tracy


Bree & Craig – Getting Ready & Ceremony at Dallas Private Ranch

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After a kiss to seal their marriage Craig and Bree were all smiles as the turned to their family and friends.  Those infectious smiles made it easy and fun to photograph these two.  As the couple arrived at the family ranch a few hours before the I Do’s they prepped is separate homes on site.  Bree was stunning in her Pronovias gown with a  lace caplet that made her look.  I love a girl that knows what she likes and Bree knows.  She wanted some type of sleeves and by adding this little lace bolero she achieved exactly what she wanted. It was sophisticated with her high top knot style bun and a the textured mermaid skirt.  Her ladies shined in dresses from Nordstrom.  The guys went classic and relaxed in gray suiting with suspenders and no jackets to keep cool on this hot summer day.  Craig’s jacket however pulled his look tighter and made him a polished groom.

 

As guests arrived they were greeted by the family dog complete with a flower wreath of baby’s breath.  I love that they turned everything around and kicked off the day with a cocktail hour.  So guests enjoyed the shade, cold drinks and light snacks before the wedding.  During the ceremony as the sun began to set vows were said and this to were married!  Lots of laughs, big smiles, and sweet moments.  Check back tomorrow for their energy filled party and of course thank you to the following vendor team who made this day such a sucess!

 

A Stylish Soiree

Turquoise Video Productions Associate Team

Gown by Pronovias

Nordstrom – Bridesmaids Attire

Savor Gastropub – Cakes

Limelight Band

Gils Catering

Beauty & The Blush – Hair & Makeup

M&M Event Rentals – Tenting

Suite 206 – Rentals

Leeson Images – Paper Products

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Lindsey & Christian – Wedding at FUMC Hurst & Bridals at Thistle Hill

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Lindsey and Christian are adorably sweet – just look above to see the proof.  This sweet moment in the choir closet at their church just moments after their ceremony embodies EVERYTHING I love about weddings and my job.  My couples, being real, genuine, in a moment “alone” some how loosing themselves in each other even though I am watching.  Right after the wedding ends is probably my favorite part of the day – I love seeing how my couples react to the fact that they are FINALLY married.  I think Lindsey & Christian have a beautiful Christ centered relationship and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow together.

Their day was full of these love filled moments but they were equally balanced with lots of laughs and fun.  From the moment I arrived at Lindsey’s house for prep photos her gals and her were cutting up, telling stories and smiling from ear to ear.  From almost dropping an earring down her dress to a hilarious moment around the corner at the church between the couple, their great attitudes and easy going spirits were so refreshing.  What is even more remarkable about this couple is God’s timing, attending the same church growing up, even the same youth group and activities neither of them ever really “saw” the other.  Then at the right time, after college, they took notice and it was amazing to hear the pastor who once ministered to them as teens marry them in that same church.

Also included in this post are a few of Lindsey’s bridal portraits we took a few months ago at Thistle Hill in Fort Worth. This historic mansion is a fabulous place for a session with a vintage antique flair.

Check back tomorrow for more images from their Colonial Country Club wedding!

Huge shout out to the wedding vendors that helped make this Hurst and Fort Worth Wedding such a success:

Tami Winn Events – Floral

Bliss Bridal – Bride & Bridesmaids attire

About Face Artistry – Randee Strand – Hair & Make Up

Mens Wearhouse

Sugar Bee Sweets – Cake

Trey & the Tritiones – Reception Band

Owl and Tree Films – Video

Beyond – Reception Lighting

-Tracy

 

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