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Kelsey & Matthew – Wedding Reception at Aristide Event Center in Mansfield

Just look at those sweet faces all squishy and happy.  How can you not just fall in love with this couple?  After their very emotional preparations and ceremony it was time for some romantic portraits and a superb reception with dinner and dancing at Aristide Event Center.  Their day was flawless and that could not have been accomplished with out a solid team of vendors lead by their wedding planner, Julie Eastman of Extraordinary Events.

 Kelsey & Matt’s Vendor Team:

Julie Eastman of Extraordinary Events – Event Design and Coordination

Lush Couture Floral

Bliss Bridal – Brides Attire

Nordstrom – Bridesmaids Attire

Frosted Art – Cakes

City Kitchen Catering

Kess Salon – Make up and Hair

 Here is their wedding highlights slide show with all my favorite moments:

Her heals were sinking in.  🙂

Couples that express themselves excite me, here Matthew is making a silly kissy face that makes me squeal with delight.

So serene and sweet

BUT they always quickly turn to laughs (and this is why their marriage will WORK!)

No, Matt is not really taking a bite of this dove but I thought it was so funny I had to share, so his personality.

The room looked perfect in the soft gold, ivory and pale pink tones.  (Way to go Julie & Deitra!)

Pure Bouquet awesomeness with fabulous texture, the wheat in front is a perfect touch.

Lace wrapped the vessels for the floral on the tables, it was very sweet.

Baby’s Breath done right and looking OH so elegant.

First Dance sweetness.

Kelsey and her Dad took a little twirl around the dance floor.

As a Mom I just get goose pimples looking at this, I can imagine holding my son the very same way some day.

Matt had a little TOO much fun with his KEG cake by Frosted Art (It looked TOTALLY real!)

This is Kelsey responding to her husband’s foolishness with his cake.

Getting into an old German Tradition.

A German tradition MUST be followed by a Polka…..Right?

Kelsey and her Theta girls

I love how boys always seem to congregate together to PONDER.

Yes sweetie, YOU get to throw the bouquet!

Rarely do I see a crowed of men so anxious to catch the garter.

Horned Frogs!!!  TCU!!!

A little DIP caught on the dance floor.

Bye guys!  Hope you had a wonderful honeymoon and I can’t wait to see you again soon!


Kelsey & Matthew – Wedding and Preparations at Aristide Event Center

Kelsey and Matthew are blissfully married and I could not be happier for them.  Their day was full of emotion and sweet moments that made me over the moon.  Above is one of my most favorite parts of their wedding day.  A trend in wedding photography right now is to have a private moment with the groom before the wedding BUT staying true to tradition and not seeing each other.  Kelsey & Matt choose to share notes as they stood on either side of the door.  It was perfect, they talked, giggled, you could see their nervous excitement and my favorite comment was “I’m ready to get married.”  I think this one image sets the tone for their day and their marriage.  See below for some other precious moments from their preparations and ceremony.  Tomorrow check back for the romantics, reception and slide show.

Kelsey’s Grandma seeing her in her gown for the first time, look at the light in her eyes.  It makes me melt.

I love Mom’s and how much they love their daughters.  Better yet I adore the look on Kelsey’s face, it just shows how much she knows she is loved.

Grandma wasn’t the only one that got to have a big reveal, Dad came to see Kelsey in her gown before the ceremony.

AND when he saw her she cried.  🙂

Nothing is sweater than tutu’s and ballet slippers on flower girls.  Classic, timeless and so princess perfect.

Before they left to prepare to walk down the aisle he sealed his time with her by a gentle kiss on the hand.

This bouquet by Lush Couture Floral is amazing BUT what makes me swoon is this custom locket with photos of all her family members that could not be with her.

String quartet providing the perfect backdrop to the ceremony

Matt is a clever man, he came up with a whole new tradition.  A BRO ROW.  What is that?  It is the equivalent of house party for the ladies but this dapper group of young men took seats of honor right behind his family to support their friends vows.

I am a sucker for Mom, Daughter moments and I love this one.

Stunning and ready to walk the aisle.

Looking for his bride.

Matt – you are a BAD groom.  You are not supposed to kiss her until AFTER the wedding.  I love that he was so overwhelmed and excited that he forgot tradition and went with his heart.

Matt’s Uncle married the couple which I love.  It means SO much more when you have a genuine connection with your officiant.

Stay tuned for more images tomorrow…..Oh they are good.

Kelsey {Bridal Portraits} Thistle Hill in Fort Worth

Kelsey and Matt were married this past weekend at Aristide Event Center so I get to share her bridal portraits!!!!  Thistle Hill in Fort Worth is one of my favorite spots to photograph bridals and it is seriously around the corner from our studio.  It offers so many beautiful options with vintage furnishings, sweeping windows and staircases and lots of opportunities for me to play with some drama.  I had not been to this historic mansion in a while so I was excited to be there again with such a beautiful subject.  Kelsey is easy to photograph, her sweet smiles and amazing figure make for perfect images.  I loved her gown by Bliss Bridal and floral by my friend Deitra of Lush Couture.  Can’t wait to share the wedding that Julie Eastman with Extraordinary Events made into perfection!


Ashley & Chance – Wedding Photography at Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas Part 2 – Romantic Portraits and Reception

After Ashley and Chance’s beautiful wedding outside at the Aristide Event Center we headed inside for a fabulous dinner catered by Oliver’s Fine Foods.  Then we headed outside underneath the stars and the “super moon” for an all night dance party with Limelight Band.  They are truly amazing so if you are looking for a band for your party or wedding I highly recommend them.

Foster Blue – Lucia Bitnar for Coordination and Design

Creme de la Creme –Cake

De Ma Fille Bridal – Wedding gown & Bridesmaids dresses

Signature Productions – Floral

Inviting Ink – Paper products

Austin Walton – Video

My Vintage Limo – Transportation

View more photos from their Dallas Fort Worth Wedding at Aristide Event Center in their slideshow:


Such a great looking wedding party and I loved the Just Married sign made by their planner, Lucia.

suave and stoic followed by some goofy laughing boys below.

 Loved the bridesmaids one shouldered dresses in bright pink.  All girls attire by De Ma Fille.

I love forehead kisses!

Loved the way they smiled as Ashley’s Dad welcomed the guests and said a few words before dinner.

The horn section of the band Limelight led the couple outside and onto the dance floor for their first dance as man and wife.

Love the sweetness in this photo, Chance is definitely in love with this gorgeous woman.

The were very careful about their cake mess.

Chance’s little girl holding on with a grin bigger than Texas.

Chance dancing with his daughter and niece.

Silly faces during garter removal make me giggle.

One happy girl to have caught the bouquet.

Dancing our little hearts out!!!

A quiet private moment before the big exit.

Beyond in love with this parting kiss in their vintage limo rental.

No better way to end a wedding night than completely exhausted from a day of fun, Chance’s little girl was pooped.

Ashley & Chance – Wedding photography at Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas Part 1 – Preperation, Ceremony & Details

Ashley & Chance were married on May 5th at the Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas.  It was a perfect day and we were so lucky to get to share it with them.  Ashley and her ladies had fun, sipped on mimosas and laughed allot as they prepared for the wedding.  Chance’s daughter joined them in the getting ready room as her Daddy prepped on the other side of the building.  The light was perfect during their outside ceremony and it was completely sweet even if we were all a tad sweaty.  🙂  Check back next week for their romantics & reception which was one high energy dance party thanks to the band Limelight.

All of the beautiful details at their wedding were pulled together by my friend Lucia Bitnar with Foster Blue.  She is a fabulous wedding coordinator and designer.  Other vendors that helped make it picture perfect are:

Creme de la Creme – http://tracyautem.photographyblogsites.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=11211&action=editCake

De Ma Fille Bridal – Wedding gown & Bridesmaids dresses

Signature Productions – Floral

Inviting Ink – Paper products

Austin Walton – Video

My Vintage Limo – Transportation

One of my favorite ring shots ever, I loved that Lucia played on Chance’s name with these Monopoly themed cards that were on cocktail tables.

I loved all the details from the mis-matched vintage vessels that held the flowers, touches of lace, the cake table and the subtle nod to Cinco de Mayo with the sodas and candy from Mexico.  It was perfect.

Ashley preparing as her soon to be daughter looks on.

No little girl like having their hair done (I know I didn’t) so I just adore this photo. It captures that spirit that kids have.

Little girls and wedding dress are what dreams are made of.

Ashley opening her gift from Chance.

Becoming a bride, one of my favorite parts!

Chance helping is Father in Law with his tux.

One good looking groom.

A kiss before he walks his daughter down the aisle.

After the minister signaled for the crowd to stand Chance and his daughter look to see Ashley.

I love this image as it is truly Ashley’s first moments seeing her groom.  With windy paths so often the center aisle isn’t where the true action is.  This shot through the crowd proves it.

High fives are amazing!

Including Chance’s daughter in their ceremony was important.  Before they said their vows to one another Chance said a few words to his little girl and Ashley presented her with a bracelet.  So sweet.

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