Category archives: First Look

Ashlea & Mark – Preparations & First Look at Worthington HotelFort Worth, Texas

Ashlea and Mark are FINALLY married!  I have been waiting a long time for this day and it was so worth the wait!  I met Ashlea 8 years ago when her childhood BFF got married and when Ashlea called about her own wedding I was so excited!  In 2017 I headed to Chicago to meet Mark and photograph their engagement session and instantly fell in love with these two and how they care for each other.  They are quirky and kind and have compassion for one another and the world.  They brought that and their loves of dance, sports and more into their wedding day.  These two prepped for the wedding at The Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth and also did their first look together before we headed to Marty Leonard Chapel for the wedding.

Thanks to the following vendors for making this day a fairytale!

Tami Winn Events

Turquoise Video

Styling Stewardess

Allure – Bridal Gown Designer

Bliss Bridal – Bridesmaids Dresses

Men’s Warehouse

Alexandra & Zane – Wedding Prep & First LookFort Worth Club & Kimbell Art Museum

Alexandra and Zane had the sweetest first look at Fort Worth Club.  Zane was already crying before he turned around to see Alexandra – he had me crying too!  It was the cutest!  Zane really loves her and you can tell in every action and word he speaks.  Alexandra looked gorgeous in her lace gown with illusion back and sides.  We had a blast after their reveal at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth for photos with the bridal party, family and of course some romantics.  God was watching out for us as this day was forecast for tons and tons of rain – yet – I wore my red rain boots and the sun came out and just the right time for outdoor photos!  Sometimes I think the more prepared I am for rainy weather the less it rains.

Thanks to the vendor team who made this day so special:

Tami Winn Events

Fort Worth Club

Turquoise Video

Love + Pout Beauty

De Ma Fille Bridal Salon

Shop Revelry

Silver West Limo

 

Ashley & Josh – Wedding First Look & Prep at Omni HotelFort Worth, Texas

Ashley & Josh are married and it was an amazingly perfect day!  What I love is that these two met at a wedding!  So I guess it was in the cards from day 1!  Here is their beginning story:

“Josh and I met 1 year ago at my cousin’s wedding. Josh met my cousins andmy brother at A&M. As I was sitting in church, I got a text from my brother (an usher) saying, “I want you to date the guy to your left). Obviously, I looked and it made things really awkward because he totally saw me checking him out. At the reception, everyone had caught on to the master plan. I would walk by and someone would yell…”There she is! Go talk to her!” or “Josh, come here, we have someone that wants to meet you!” (Neither of us had agreed to any of this) My brother decided to tell Josh that I wanted to dance and vise versa. So me being shy, I begged for him to say I couldn’t dance. So we danced a few songs and the rest was history!” – Ashley

Isn’t that the best?  My best moment from their day is the one above!  During the first look Ashley brought her had up to Josh’s face and realized he hadn’t shaved!  Their was some definite confusion on his expected grooming but they laughed it off and I think he looked dashing and so like himself!

Thanks to the following vendors who made the day so amazing!

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Omni Hotel – Fort Worth

Classic Florist

Meagan Bechtel – Beauty

Azzie – Bridesmaids Attire

Mens Warehouse

 

 

 

Lauren & Richard – Wedding Ceremony at St. Patrick’s CathedralFort Worth, Texas

Lauren & Richard are a super special couple to me – they are the 6th among their friend group to tie the knot that I have been able to photograph!  It’s so fun to go on these journeys with my couples and to be reunited all together to celebrate another one of their friends getting married. These two have amazing friends, family and a love for each other that is beautiful to watch.  They selected Rivercrest Country Club in Fort Worth for their wedding reception because they spend allot of time there, live nearby and it is where Richard proposed!  It’s also where we chose to have their first look so that we could capture images on the golf course on their wedding day.  I loved that when we headed outside for their big reveal that there was so few people around, it was so private and perfect for them!  Here is their Rivercrest Country Club proposal story:

“One of our favorite things to do is take our dog, Echo, on walks, especially in places where he doesn’t have to be on a leash because he loves to chase tennis balls and squirrels. For that reason, and because the River Crest golf course is such a short distance away, we generally take him there on Mondays when the club is closed or when it’s getting dark and golfers are finished playing. This particular walk after work didn’t seem out-of-the-ordinary because the weather was nice, and it was a Monday. I think I had even asked Richard the day before if we could take Echo for a walk the next day.
He called me around 5 p.m. Monday to let me know he was leaving work and to come over when I was ready. That’s generally earlier than he usually leaves work, but work had been particularly stressful for him the few weeks prior, so when he phrased it as just being a long day and he needed to go home, I didn’t think anything of it. I was so not suspicious, in fact, that I took my time getting there and even tried helping him with laundry when I got there. After rushing me out the door because “Echo had been waiting for so long and was so excited,” I told him every detail about my day and didn’t let him get in any of the sweet words he had planned to say on the walk over. It even took me a few seconds to realize he was actually on his knee asking me to marry him, not just tying his shoe. It turns out that he was rushing me out the door because his mom had been hiding behind a tree in someone’s yard for about 30 or 40 minutes so she could capture photos of that moment.”

She said yes at the country club and then they celebrated their I do there!  It was perfect!  They said their I Do at St. Patricks Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth.  The church has a special place in their hearts, they attend there together and have grown spiritually as a couple there.  It is also their family church, Richard’s Grandfather attended there as a child and was an altar boy almost 90 years ago!

Thank you to everyone who made their wedding so special!

Rivercrest Country Club

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Flowers on the Square

Regan Haggerty – Planner

De Ma Fille Bridal Salon

Bliss Bridal Salon

Pretty on Premises

Jos. A. Banks

 

Melissa & Doug – Wedding Ceremony at First United Methodist ChurchFort Worth, Texas

Melissa and Doug had a beautiful wedding at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth a few weeks ago.  The couple selected this church because many of Doug’s family members have married here over the years so it was the perfect nod to tradition.  The couple loves old world architecture and the classic archways were the perfect backdrop for their portraits and first look!  For this spring wedding God totally blessed us and gave us some sunshine and clear skies right up until we were finishing with outdoor portraits!  Then the rain came!  Could not have had better timing.

 

Thanks to al the vendors who made this day so beautiful:

Sarabeth Events

Bliss Bridal – Bride’s & Bridesmaids Gowns

Turquoise Video Productions

Fort Worth Club – Getting Ready Location

First United Methodist Fort Worth

Lip Service – Makeup & Hair

Branching Out Events


Ashely & Jim – Wedding Ceremony at Highland Park United MethodistDallas, Texas

 

An online dating app brought these two together in 2015 and the timing could not have been more perfect for them.  Through their relationship they have travelled the world, overcome life and job changes and stood firm in their faith against illness.  The love they have for each other is truly beautiful and their firm foundation in Christ in undeniable.  To celebrate their love for the Lord and that Ashley has overcome illness during the ceremony Jim played a worship song – Blessings. This song was their rock, her anthem fighting through treatment over the last year but it was also a declaration of God’s love.  It was so beautiful and sweet and I sang along with joy for the truth that is God’s work in Ashley and Jim’s life.

I love what Ashley says about Jim:

“I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone with a heart as big as Jim, who would 110% rather give than receive. Fortunately for me, I ‘ve managed to be on the receiving end of his generosity and I know that a huge part of Jim said,” I DO,” 20 months ago. For that……Gratitude.”

Jim is a good man and he love’s Ashley for her heart:

“I learned long ago that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at how loyal they are to their friends and how loyal their friends are to them. Ashley has so many loyal and caring people in her life, and after being with her for two years now, I know why. Her caring spirit, her dedication to serving others, and her willingness to always be there for those closest to her are traits that I have come to love and cherish. I will always look up to Ashley for how she treats others and she truly does show her strong Christian faith through her love for others.”

Thank you to all the vendor’s who made this celebration such a special one!

Hitched Events – Planning & Design

First United Methodist Church Highland Park

Garden Gate Florist

Marc Roberts Video

Neiman Marcus – Bride’s Gown

Ralph Lauren – Men’s Suiting

Bella Bridesmaid

Invited Paperie

Madeleine & Joe – Wedding Prep & First Look at Shady Oaks Country ClubFort Worth, Texas

Sometimes it rains on your wedding day but that doesn’t mean your day can’t be perfect in every way!  As Madeleine & Joe’s winter wedding kicked off so did the storms outside but inside these two and their families celebrated their wedding in style!

Thanks to the following vendors who made the day so perfect:

Significant Events of Texas

Lip Service Makeup

Crissman Video

Shady Oaks Country Club

Ice House Band

Legacy Cakes

Lush Couture Floral

Neiman Marcus – Brides Gown

Dresses by Thea – Bridesmaids Gowns

Shampoo Salon

Bering’s – Paper Products

Santa Dwight & Mrs. Claus

Christine & Andrew – Getting Ready & First Look at Winspear Opera HouseDallas, Texas

 

 

I just love this photo above!  I think it perfectly captures the joy and ease of this perfect wedding day!  After getting ready at a nearby hotel Christine & Andrew selected the arts district for their first look.  When he turned to see his bride they were full of smiles, a few tears and big hugs!  As we walked to the reflection pool outside of the Winspear these two were just laughing, talking and enjoying each other.  It is exactly what a wedding day should be like!  Thank you to all the other vendors who made this day stress free for Christine and Andrew so they could laugh and enjoy their wedding:

Stylish Soiree – Planning, Design & Floral

Winspear Opera House & Meyerson Symphony Center – First Look Locations

Shark Pig Weddings – Cinema

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville – Gown

Maitee Miles – Makeup

Daniel Lewis – Hair

Jackie & Matt – Wedding Preparations & First Look at Omni HotelFort Worth, Texas

 

Jackie and Matt met while in college in Tulsa, Oklahoma and now they are married!

 

Jackie and her bridesmaids prepped for the big day in a suite at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.  The girls had a blast listening to tunes, chatting and taking photos as they waited anxiously for the ceremony. Jackie’s dress was amazing with layered bold lace and an elegant silhouette.  There was so much joy as she dressed and slipped into her special blue heels for her something blue!  Matt met us on the rooftop for his first look at his bride.  When he turned his jaw dropped – she was truly gorgeous!  I loved that they both were so happy, embracing and relieved to finally be together.

 

After a few romantic photos we headed over to TCU for their wedding!

 

Thank you to all the vendors who made this day perfect for Jackie & Matt:

Tami Winn Events – Floral, Design & Planning

Omni Hotel Fort Worth

Stanley Korshak – Brides Gown

Bella Bridesmaid

JOS. A. Banks – Menswear

Turquoise Video

Elena Kayne -Hair

Quynh Nguyen Yip – Makeup

Paper Planet – Paper Products

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