Category archives: Romantics

Kaycee & Joseph – Wedding Ceremony at Bella Donna ChapelMckinney, Texas

Kaycee & Joseph are married and this one was a tear jerker!  I loved this couple from the moment they walked into my studio.  God has definitely orchestrated their meeting, their marriage and this beautiful day!  Today I am sharing their ceremony at Bella Donna Chapel in McKinney, Texas.   These two picked a special date, their anniversary so it landed on a Wednesday but they will be celebrating their vows with all their friends and family at The Modern Art Museum in September and I can’t wait to share that day with them!

I asked Kaycee what she was most looking forward to about her wedding and I loved the sweet reply she gave:

“The fact that it’s an intimate wedding in a unique venue, and that the reception is separate will make it memorable. We try to be intentional about the things we do, and we believe we have created some potentially amazing scenes to capture our love, the union of our families, and to share that with those we value the most.”

Their ceremony was truly intimate and sweet.  One of my favorite things about Joe & Kaycee is how the love God first, then each other.  Their ceremony was truly an act of worship and I know that their hearts are centered in His will because of what Joe told Kaycee when he proposed:

“Joe’s proposal was to be grand – a trip to Paris or something on that scale. But every time he tried to plan it out, God stopped him. He made it clear that this marriage is not about us – it’s about His will and about giving glory to Christ who has saved both of us, and He told Joe that he was to propose under Christmas lights in a very simple way that offers the marriage back to God. On that magical night under white Christmas lights, Joe put two rings on Kaycee’s finger – his engagement ring, and also an eternity band that is offered to Christ. Joe told Kaycee that she first belongs to Christ, so He gets the first ring. Joe will then put his band on her finger next to it on the day we wed.”

If that doesn’t make you cry…. I’m crying now!

Kaycee & Joe – thanks so much for sharing your love with me and I can’t wait for the party!  Shout out to all the vendors who made the day so special:

Events by Jade

Lip Service Makeup

Lush Couture Design – Floral

Nice Shot Films

Bella Donna Chapel

Knightsbridge Vintage Motors

Abele & Taylor – Custom Bridal Gown Designs

 

Ashley & Josh – Wedding Ceremony at Holly Redeemer Catholic ChurchAledo, Texas

Ashley & Josh’s wedding ceremony was precious!  These two were married at their family church in Aledo where they live.  During the ceremony I loved all the stolen little glances, smiles and moments – like when Ashley asked the priest if he was going to have them kiss.  He had almost forgotten!  During the ceremony their flower girl tried to steal the show but she could not outdo how gorgeous Ashley looked!

Thanks again to the vendor team:

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church – Aledo, Texas

Classic Florist

Meagan Bechtel – Beauty

Azzie – Bridesmaids Attire

Mens Warehouse

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Allison & Michael – Wedding Reception at The Ashton DepotFort Worth, Texas

The Ashton Depot looked STUNNING for Allison & Michael’s wedding reception.  Allison wanted her decor to be romantic and soft and garden like even though indoors and Tami Winn delivered with custom built table halo’s and so much more.  The Ashton Depot is always a favorite place of mine to photograph because I feel like my weddings there always look different! The space allows for so much customization and the building itself is gorgeous!

During cocktail hours and dinner the Dallas String Quartet entertained guests and the bubbly bar made sure no one was lacking a beverage.  After enjoying dinner the couple kicked off their night with toasts, cake and dancing!  Glenn Roush with LeForce Entertainment kept the dance floor fun and full as everyone celebrated Allison & Michael’s wedding.  These two were never far apart and spent the evening visiting with friends between dances.  Before the night ended we snuck out for a few  night time portraits with the downtown lights as a backdrop.  It’s so fun to get some night portraits!  Allison & Michael had a fun vintage car for their exit and we snagged some photos with it as well!

Congrats Allison & Michael!  Thank you for inviting me into your love story.  I sincerely wish we could do it all again – it was just that much fun!  I can’t wait to see the strong marriage you will walk in, the family you will build and the adventures you will go on.  Life is just beginning!

This couple had one amazing team of wedding vendors to make this day happen. Thanks to all of them!

Tami Winn Events – Planning, Design & Floral

Love & Pout – Fallon Farmer – Hair & Makeup

Marc Roberts Videography

Ashton Depot – Reception Location & Catering

Glenn Roush – LeForce Entertainment

Dallas String Quartet

Creme de la Creme Cakes

Stage Works – Rentals

Grand Events – Rentals

Bella Acento – Rentals

Beyond – Lighting

My Vintage Limo – Exit Vehicle

Marina Morrison – Bridal Gown

Weddington Way – Bridesmaids Gowns

Mens Warehouse

Paper Planet – Paper Products

Silver West – Transportation

Allison & Michael – Wedding Ceremony at Robert Carr ChapelTCU Campus, Fort Worth

Allison and Michael are married!  After 3 years of dating Michael asked Allison to marry him and now they are husband and wife starting their happily ever after with a fabulous European honeymoon (I was following every step of their trip this month and just so excited for them!). I love that travel is a part of their lives and Michael even proposed on a trip!  Here is their will you marry me story:

“We had been dating for almost 3 years before Michael got down on one knee. Michael proposed to me on 8/10/2016 on a family trip to Aspen. He planned a lovely picnic in evening with my family in music park with wine, crackers, and cheese. I was completely off guard when he surprised me with him down one knee. We will have been engaged for one year and ten months (on our wedding day)” – Allison

Michael has one of my favorite smiles ever.  Yep, ever.  When he sees Allison that smile just takes over and the joy Michael has is contagious!  When she walked down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm he looked so fully happy!  I said in my first post that Allison picked a man of character, like her Daddy.  There is no more proof than if you scroll down and check out the photos of her Daddy right before he gives her away and Michael right after he accepts his bride.  They both are looking at Allison with so much admiration, it’s undeniable that she is loved by both of them.

Thank you to everyone for pouring into this day!  This Fort Worth Wedding was amazing!

Tami Winn Events – Planning, Design & Floral

Love & Pout – Fallon Farmer – Hair & Makeup

Marc Roberts Videography

Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University

Forte Strings – Ceremony Music

Marina Morrison – Bridal Gown

Weddington Way – Bridesmaids Gowns

Mens Warehouse

Paper Planet – Invitations

Silver West – Transportation

Lauren & Richard – Wedding Reception at Rivercrest Country ClubFort Worth, Texas

Lauren and Richard have huge hearts!  Not just for each other but their friends, family and community!  I love that this couple spends there free time with friends but also being active in their community.  From volunteering with Make a Wish and the Union Gospel Mission these two care about people and that makes them even more special as a couple.  You can see that they get a huge return on how they love by the love given to them.  At their reception there was not doubt that everyone in their lives was excited to celebrate them!  They had friends travel in from all over the US and abroad to party with us!

Their roots are deep in community and it’s no surprise because these two have known one another since high school!  They began as good friends then best friends before it grew into a beautiful romance.  Here is a little bit about there beginning!

“We officially met in freshman geometry class, but our story didn’t progress into a high school sweetheart-type of story. We did, however, become best friends. We went to prom together junior year of high school, but not with the intention as going as more than friends. In fact, if you told either one of us in high school that we’d be getting married one day, we probably would have told you that you were crazy.
We remained friends throughout college and post-grad, both graduating from different colleges in 2012 and moving back to Fort Worth shortly thereafter. We began hanging out almost instantaneously, again, just as friends.
In November 2013, one of my (Lauren’s) colleagues was celebrating her last day at work before moving to Portland, Oregon, and we decided to go to Billy Bob’s that night to see Cory Morrow play so she could check a concert off her Fort Worth-themed bucket list. Richard and one of our other friends ended up joining us and meeting that group of my friends for the first time. Jessica, the girl who was moving, was the one who pulled him aside and said she could tell he had feelings for me and encouraged him to tell me. He did, in fact, share those feelings that night, and even though my initial response was, “oh,” it didn’t take long for me to come around, and I’m so thankful I did. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

Their weddings was one of my favorites this year because I had the rare chance to have 6 Tracy Autem Photography couples in one place.  Lauren and Richard have great friends and I have been so lucky to get to know all of them and their precious families.  Of course we had to grab a photo all together!  Check out toward the end of the post for a pic with all 13 of us!  Thanks Lauren & Richard for inviting me to be a part of your day, it was one fun night I will never forget!

Shout out to all the wedding vendors who made this Fort Worth Wedding fun filled and beautiful!

Rivercrest Country Club

St Patrick’s Cathedral

Emerald City Band

Creme de la Creme Cakes (check out those dog cakes!!!)

Grand Events – Rentals

Mir Mir – Photo Booth

Flowers on the Square

Regan Haggerty – Planner

De Ma Fille Bridal Salon

Bliss Bridal Salon

Pretty on Premises

Jos. A. Banks

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

 

Stephanie & Connor – Wedding Reception at River Crest Country ClubFort Worth, Texas

One of the things that Stephanie & Connor were looking forward to most is a stop by his family home before the reception for some portraits of the two of them.  We made it happen and it was Oh so beautiful at sunset.  With those views in the middle of the city and a perfect evening we couldn’t pass it up!

After their time alone they headed to the party where the couple was excited to welcome their guests from Texas and beyond!  Fort Worth is now Stephanie’s home and sharing it with their family and friends was special!

These two have waited 7 years to say I do and I just love the story of their relationship:

“Connor and I met in freshman year at Harvard during the Fall. We were living in the same dormitory and introduced through a mutual friend. Connor was hosting a video game tournament and I tagged along with a few of my guy friends. From there, he asked for my phone number and after months of being friends we started dating in the Spring. We have dated for more than 7 years!” – Stephanie

So sweet, these two are just meant to be.  Stephanie gave a not to Connor’s love of things intellectual with a super fun Star Wars themed grooms cake complete with light sabers!  The decor for this wedding was breathtaking.  Bella Flora did a fabulous job with the floral halo’s over the head table and all of the rental furniture and decor.  It was a remarkable night with a ton of fun on the dance floor too as Emerald City kept the party rocking!

Thanks to every vendor who made this Fort Worth wedding amazing!

Sarabeth Events – Rachel Burrow – Planner

Bella Flora – Floral , Rentals & Design

Marc Roberts Video

Emerald City Band

Creme de la Creme Cakes

River Crest Country Club

RK Bridal in New York City

JOS A Banks – Menswear

Azazie – Bridesmaids Dresses

Beauty by Yari

 


 

 

 

Ragan & Alex – Wedding Ceremony at Saint Stephen Presbyterian ChurchFort Worth, Texas

Ragan & Alex are married!  Their ceremony at St Stephen’s was beautiful and I had the best seat in the house!  From my little hidden spot I got to see all the smiles, shared glances and their faces as they said their vows.  I always think I am the luckiest guest!  After saying I do we enjoyed the courtyard and architecture of the church before boarding Molly the Trolly to head to the Fort Worth Zoo for the reception!

 

Thank you to my vendor friends who took such great care of this couple on their day:

Grit & Gold – Planning & Design – Lottie Fowler

Kleinfeld Bridal NYC

De Ma Fille Bridal

Oh Deery Floral

Grand Slam Glam

Turquoise Video

Hulla B’lu – Paper Products, Jewelry & Accessories

Jos A Banks

Igport Limos

 

Callie & Ryan – Wedding Portraits at Marty Leonard Chapel & The ModernFort Worth, Texas

 

Our time for romantic portraits with Callie and Ryan was amazing!  We had little pockets of time throughout the evening allowing us to make the best of all their wedding ceremony and reception locations!  At Marty Leonard Chapel we caught the beginning of some lovely golden light before heading to The Modern to get those last moments right before sunset.  I love the area behind the museum as the reflecting pool and unique architecture make a spectacular background.  Then after some dancing and dinner we swept these two into the galleries for some unique images with the artwork.  It was so fun!

 

Thanks to the vendor team for making these two look so sharp and being so fabulous to work with:

Tami Winn Events – Floral, Planning & Design

Marty Leonard Chapel

The Modern Art Museum

Warren Barron – Gown

Splendor Films

Love + Pout – Fallon Farmer – Makeup

Katrina Johnson – Hair