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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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Marysa & James – Wedding Ceremony at Robert Carr ChapelTCU, Fort Worth

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I love me some emotion and James did not disappoint me.  He was all smiles and happy cries watching his beautiful bride Marysa walk toward him at Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University.  This day had all the feels – like all of them over and over and over and I was smiling, crying and so loving every emotion filled moment.  This is what I am all about, this is why I am a wedding photographer.  Marysa and James gave me the greatest gift by allowing me inside this perfect day!

As always huge vendor shout out to those that helped make Marysa & James’ day so perfect!

TCU Robert Carr Chapel
Ivory & Vine Event Co.
Dream Weddings & Events – Flowers
Meagan Bechtel – Beauty & Styling
Thirteen Media – Video

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Katie & Charlie – Wedding Rehearsal Dinner at River Crest Country Club

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Everyone loves a good pre-party and this rehearsal dinner at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas was an elegant kick off to a fabulous and fun wedding celebration.  We were counting down to 2016 and the I do’s for the newlyweds as they married on 12.31.2015!  After a rehearsal at the Marty Leonard Chapel the couple and their families and friends gathered at River Crest for a delicious dinner and lots of laughs.  As their loved ones toasted the couple and their future as Mr. & Mrs. there were so many funny stories but lots of touching words and a few happy tears shed.  It was a special night and it was designed and made beautiful by the team at Tami Winn Events.  Check back later this week for Katie’s bridal portraits as well as their New Years Eve Wedding!

-Tracy

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Photos our clients LOVE to LOVE {and we love them too!}

“I love this photo because it was taken during my Dad’s speech. It is a candid shot that captures the joy in one of my favorite memories of the wedding!”

– Reagan

So often when I am photographing I immediately love an image.  I am right in the thick of the emotion and sometimes a photo is what will trigger that memory, moment and feeling forever.  I wanted to take some time out this Valentines Day to share some of my wedding clients favorite images from 2011.  We asked brides to tell us about their favorite images and why they love them.  It was awesome to see what they chose and to hear their kind words and fond memories.  I am excited about all the LOVEly photos I will be taking in the year ahead!

-Tracy Autem

“I love this picture because it captures the raw emotion from the ceremony perfectly. I enjoy remembering seeing this side of  my husband and how he was entirely in the moment throughout the ceremony.” – Brittani

{happy 2012 confetti + kisses}: I had always hoped in the back of my head that I would be able to have a New Years Eve wedding, and when I thought of how I wanted it to be, this image is exactly what I pictured; confetti, kisses, champagne, all our best friends and family, and lots and lots of fun and love. This picture totally captured my dream, and I think it embodies a pretty awesome New Years wedding, if I do say so myself 🙂” – Morgan

“This photo is amazing and we also have a canvas wrap of it.  What I also love about it is that it was one of the few “alone” moments that we had together on our amazing wedding day.  It really is hard to steal a few moments alone during the wedding, and while Tracy was working to get this perfect shot, Tj and I were really able to just be together and take in the fact that we were Mr. and Mrs.!” – Brandi

{jason as  a blowfish :)}: Since I wasn’t able to see Jason standing at the alter before I walked in/as I was walking in, I absolutely love this shot of him puffing his cheeks out. He said that he wasn’t nervous, just so anxious to see me. It’s always so sweet to watch the grooms reaction as his bride comes in, and I’m so glad the moment was captured for me to see!” – Morgan

“Because I love the facial expressions and we went to dance classes for months before the wedding. This pic captures what we learned! 🙂 (we are both horrible dancers!!)” – Monica

“This was taken during our first look in the few moments spent together before the ceremony. Tracy and her team are so talented and captured the moment perfectly. I love how it highlights the gorgeous architecture of the church and the lighting makes the photo so romantic!” – Reagan

“Love this one because Justin is never emotional and here he is caught wiping away a tear!!” – Nikki

“This picture is so great because it shows the beginning of us starting our life together and the end of the most incredible and unforgettable night of our lives. So symbolic and special to think what that moment meant and how amazing everything about it really was I love it.” – Audra

” My whole life I have dreamed about the moment when my Daddy would walk me down the isle and give me away. This picture brings tears to my eyes every time I look at it.” – Aimee

“Photographed in the Stockyards it is a true Texas backdrop. Fort Worth is where we met and fell in love and the photo reminds me of all the fun and excitement leading up to the wedding!” – Reagan

{alter kiss}: This is the exact best moment of our lives to date. Growing up girls always dream about their weddings and their grooms, and I am blessed enough to be married to my best friend and to have had the absolute wedding of my dreams, in a beautiful church with our best friends and family. It was absolute perfection.” – Morgan

“The creativity of having us stand on hay bales was amazing! Such a cool idea! ” – Monica

“Love this because he NEVER smiles for pictures!! He days it has to be a “action shot” for him to be smiling, Tracy caught him;)” – Nikki

“This is just one of our all time favorite photos of us.  It is such a natural shot and my husband’s hugs are something that I am absolutely addicted to.”

– Brandi

“I remember this feeling so well… Just being amazed at the day and what it meant to us. This picture shows what we both felt and the true love between us I love it.” – Audra

“We just love this photo so much.  This was such a special moment in the ceremony-the one where my father has just given my hand to my husband.  And him giving a quick kiss just melts my heart.” – Brandi

“The smiles say it all! So excited to be married!” – Monica

“This picture always brings a smile to our faces because even though the ceremony was very emotional, at the reception everyone was able to let loose and truly celebrate us becoming a family. We like to think we have bragging rights for throwing such a fun party. It reminds us of what a blast we had at our reception.” – Brittani

“This picture represents everything I wanted  our wedding to be. A complete celebration of our love and how special it is. I love looking at this picture and putting myself right back in that moment. Just genuine love and excitement for each other it means everything to me.” – Audra

“I can see the happiness and excitement on both of our faces because we had just been pronounced husband and wife!” – Aimee

“We just love this picture because it is true art. It is a gorgeous display of love and the calm before the party started and is true artwork on our wall.”

– Brittani

“Me with my first valentine.  One of my favs because my dad doesn’t believe in the theatrics of a big wedding ceremony, but the expression on his face says differently ;)” – Nikki

“This picture makes me so happy! All of ours friends are dancing and having such a great time celebrating!” – Aimee

Welcome Gideon Matthew!

We are so excited to announce the newest addition to the Tracy Autem & Lightly Photography Family. Gideon Matthew was born October 13 at 8:02 am . He weighed 9lbs and 3 oz and is 20.5 inches. I was so blessed to be there when Tracy and her husband got to hold their precious baby boy for the very first time and I wanted to share some of those images. Of course I couldn’t help but cry as I experienced their joy with them. We all truly are a family.

Sarah Rizy

Jadrien & McCall {Married Part 2 – Moments) Robert Carr Chapel & City Club Fort Worth

This wedding was full of dancing and singing.  From the moment we arrived at the hotel Jadrien was singing and dancing her way to the altar.  I quickly dubbed her my “Disney Princess” bride and was eagerly waiting the birds to arrive and help her with her veil.  It is funny because after the day was over and looking at her photos I think she does remind me of Bealle in a way.  🙂  It was so entertaining and I just adore her sweet bubbly personality.  McCall wasn’t really singing his way to the altar but he did get in on the dancing at the reception.  Enjoy their highlights reel as well as some of their very best moments.

Prep at Robert Carr is kind of funny since they are in classrooms but most of this bridal party had classes in these room’s at one time while they were students at TCU.

Love this photo of Jadrien and her brother who escorted her down the aisle right before they walked in (Thanks to Amanda, our intern who caught this great photo!)

Jadrien was radiant as they danced their first dance as husband and wife.

A loving look during the toasts.

Her maid of honor gave them a one of a kind gift, a signed plaque from TCU’s football coach so they can take a piece of the horned frogs with them to Louisiana.

So if you didn’t believe me about her princess like qualities you can see it here, I think she might float away as her sorority sisters sing to her.

That is one happy girl to catch the bouquet.

TCU Allumni!!!!

My favorite way to end the night, a private last dance that they ended with a dip.

Brandi & TJ {Married – Part 2 Moments} Old Red Courthouse in Dallas

I cry at weddings.  It happens frequently.  Sometimes its the vows, the bride seeing her Dad for the first time, after the ceremony when the couple has a moment alone or the special dances at the reception.  This wedding I cried during it ALL.  It was so much fun and I was so glad I wore waterproof mascara.  Enjoy some of their fabulous moments at Old Red in Dallas!

Brandi and one of her bridesmaids proof reading and perfecting her vows.

TJ was anxiously excited.

TJ’s darling nieces and nephew played their part in the wedding.  I loved the ring bearer “pillow” of vintage books.

You can just tell he is nervous but I love it.

Can’t get much sweeter than this.  Brandi loves her Daddy.

No longer nervous, happy to see his beautiful bride.

OK, this rivals the aisle glance at her Dad on the sweetness level.  Just after Daddy gave her to TJ he stole a kiss.  Adore.

Their vows made everyone laugh and cry.  They were 100% from the heart, truth and filled with wisdom.

Married!!!!

TJ is one good gift giver, he bought his new wife season tickets to the Aggie home games.  Better yet he took off work for them, that made her one happy lady.

A sweet moment during the first dance

Not sure what is up with the fist pump during the first dance but it made Brandi laugh.

Brandi’s Dad is a real Rhine Stone Cowboy!!

Brandi had a pretty cake but Teej had the cool cake, Zombie themed with Till death do us part on the front.  Love.

A private last dance for the Beej and the Teej

Thanks to you both for trusting me and sharing in this special day.  It is one I will not forget.

Lindsey & Jason {Married} Part 2 – Momments at The Piazza in the Village

I think that this couple’s vows to each other were perhaps some of the sweetest I have ever heard.  They made me cry, perhaps because as Lindsey vowed to be a Godly wife and some day Mom it reminded me of my own vows I said on my wedding day.  Personal vows are difficult to write and I know from experience that it feels a little daunting BUT I think it is the best way to truly personalize your ceremony and your commitment to one another.  If their marriage just almost lives up to their promises it will be a love filled home with a ton of laughter.  Their day was full of  moments that tugged at my heart strings and every person there.

Stacey, Linsey’s sister, is helping her with her birdcage veil.  I can’t wait to get a photo similar to this at Stacey’s wedding later next year with Lindsey helping her.

An embrace from Jason and Lindsey’s Dad before he takes her as his wife.

Jason was SO happy to see his bride.  Sarah Halferty snagged this photo right as he took her arm to lead her up the stairs to the altar.

Their ceremony was full of emotion from tears to laughter.  The pastor did a great job telling some funny stories from their past.

Lindsey’s sister and best friend looking on as she laughs.

See, I wasn’t the only one crying.

ADORE how Lindsey clutched her chest and Jason said his vows.

Celebrating after pronounced man and wife.

A private moment.

Completely not sure what the flower girl is doing but I saw it as I was shooting formals and asked Sarah to get it and I am glad she did.

Lindsey & her Dad during their dance.

Jason and his Mom twirling around the floor.They look like three sisters but the beautiful one on the right is their Mommy.

Toasts were hilarious and emotional.

Jason is one FINE dancer.  His brothers weren’t too bad either.  They had fun.

A stolen kiss on the dance floor.

Those guys were really wanting that garter (photo by Sarah Halferty)

Stacy & Brent Married! {Part 2 Moments} Ashton Depot & Marty Leonard Chapel in Fort Worth

Marty Leonard Chapel Fort Worth Texas Bride Groom Tracy Autem Photography

The above photo defines this couple for me.  Stacy and Brent are so loving and sweet and in this moment I saw.  After their first look in which Stacy cried and they were both so happy to finally see each other this happened.  Sarah Rizy had gone out into the chapel entry to invite the family inside so we could begin formal photos.  Concerned her make up was smeared, Brent took it upon himself to oh so carefully blot her eyes.  I just love the calmness and confidence Stacy had that he would not further smear it and the complete concentration Brent took to ensure his bride looked perfect.  That is love and why I do what I do.  Every day I shoot people I get to see, really see, who people are.  Here is Stacy & Brent’s wedding day, the moments that mattered and their highlights slide show.  Congratulations guys!  You know I love you  and am so glad I was there to share in your day.

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Stacy and some of her girls arriving at Marty Leonard

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Stacy reading Brent's note as she opens her gift.

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Stacy wore her friends ring for something borrowed.

Brent awaiting his bride alone in the chapel.

Marty Leonard Chapel Fort Worth Texas Bride Tracy Autem Photography

Stacy broke out in tears the moment she passed the threshold of the chapel.

Together at last. This moment is why first look's bring me joy. This is what I believe all couples want to do when they finally see each other on the wedding day but most don't because they are in front of a crowd. Alone there is honesty in every action and I love it.

Ready to walk the aisle and her last moments as a Ms.

Her Dad is so proud. (photo by Sarah Rizy)

Mr & Mrs!

Moments after the ceremony are awesome and often I am the only one around to see. Here Brent sweetly kissed Stacy on the forehead and seconds later they were yelling and celebrating. All the emotions a wedding brings in just seconds.
In a loud parting limo I love this stollen quiet glance.

First dance as husband and wife at the beautiful historic Ashton Depot.

These two photos I love. Brent watching his bride with her father and then Stacy watching her groom with his Mom. Sometimes the best moment isn’t what every one is watching, it is what no one is.

Stacy's two best girls, twin sisters, giving a toast.

Love this sad face while her step Father said a few words.

Dancing the night away!

Have some cake!

Mr & Mrs James Dearman – A Robert Carr Chapel Wedding with Reception at the Historic T&P Building – Part 1 Moments

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

Allison and James’ were married 2 weeks ago at Robert Carr Chapel.  Their day was full of amazing moments, outrageous dancing and perfect romantic photos of these two love birds.  On top of all that throw on some amazing decor design and coordination by Tara Wilson Events with some fabulous flowers by Lush Couture.  Part 1 of their wedding sneak peek will focus on some of those fantastic moments.  Part 2 coming tomorrow!

Renaissance Worthington Hotel Bride Prep Makeup Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Touching up and getting ready

Renaissance Worthington Hotel Bride Prep wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Hug from Grandma

Renaissance Worthington Hotel Bride Prep wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Allisons Mom and bridesmaid helping her with ALL the buttons on her gown as her girls look on.

Renaissance Worthington Hotel Bride Prep wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

I LOVE the way her dress is falling in this photo as she holds it up. Such fun textures.

Robert carr Chapel TCY Groom Prep wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

James had to get ready too. Photo by Sarah Halferty

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

A beautiful pre-ceremony moment caught by Sarah Halferty

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

Precious children. The flower girl helped the two cute twin boys down the aisle.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

As the door opened Allison's Daddy's eyes were right where they should be, on his little girl.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

James teared up a bit and I caught him wiping it away as his bride walked towards him.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

Daddy giving away his girl to a very deserving man.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

Things don't always go exactly right during ceremony's but they sure make for picture perfect moments.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

Married!

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Ceremony Tracy Autem Photography

A moment of congratulations after the ceremony.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

The T&P Building is just amazing with all this perfect light pouring in from the windows during the first dance.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

A hug from Dad at the end of their dance.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

And a very happy hug for James from his Momma after their dance.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Then MUCH fun was had all night! I can't even post as many fabulous dance photos as I have from breakdancing, head stands and bridesmaids doing the worm! Oh - yeah. They had a GOOD party.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Garter Toss! Look out! Love the guy on the left ducking and covering in fear.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Having a good laugh during the last dance.

T&P Building reception historic wedding Photo Tracy Autem Fort Worth

Probably my MOST FAVORITE image EVER for a last photo. I love the natural light all the energy around the car and them just enjoying a kiss before they drive off. THE BEST and the end.