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Hayley & David – Wedding Reception at The White SparrowDallas, Texas

Hayley & David may have had a rainy wedding day but that didn’t stop the party or the gorgeous details and fun to be had!  The White Sparrow barn looked stunning with floral draping the staircase and lush greenery.  These two knew from the beginning that they wanted to emphasize the party – with every person on the dance floor, breaking it down, until last call.  They most certainly accomplished that!  The dance floor was so crowded the wedding planning team had to pull back the head table to make more room for all the fun!  Hayley brought an extra side of excitement to her Father daughter dance – they brought all the moves!  Check out the fun images below!

We believe in making the best in what we are given and this couple and their families embraced the day right along with us.  We did night portraits outside once the rain stopped, family photos on the floral cover stairs and went with the flow for a perfect wedding day.

Thanks Hayley and David for including us!  We had a blast thanks to the two of you and your community of loving people.  Super shout out of praise to all the vendors for their hard work!

Borrowed & Blue Occasions

Emerald City Band

Dream Weddings – Floral

Patsy’s Bridal

Marc Roberts Videography

Dapper Donuts

Babes – Dinner Catering

The Porch – Appetizers Catering

Stein’s Bakery – Brides Cake

Dallas Affairs Cakes – Grooms Cake

Bella Bridesmaids

The Styling Stewardess

Premier Transportation

Prestonwood Church

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

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





Ann & John – Fort Worth Wedding at Marty Leonard Chapel with preperation at The Omni Hotel

Ann & John’s wedding was a perfect party which is exactly what this couple wanted, a fun day with dancing, family and lots of laughs.  It went by SO fast that when the band played the last song no one could believe it was time to leave.  I met up with the couple at The Omni Hotel in Fort Worth for preparations.  Halo Salon joined us for hair and makeup and they created Ann’s mermaid like waves.  After Ann slipped into her dress and John passed out the cowboy hats (his groomsmen gift) she awaited him on the balcony where they had their first look.  The above photo is one of my favorite from our short time on the windy terrace before we sought the calm and cool of indoors.  Read on for more about their day and check back tomorrow for their beyond amazing reception at The Modern with Emerald City.

Their day was made ever so beautiful with the help of the following vendors:

Tami Winn Events – Jaime, Coordinator

Bliss Bridal – Brides Gown

Halo Salon – Hair and Makeup

Turquoise Video – Wedding Cinema

Emerald City Band

Cafe Modern at The Modern Art Museum

Wynn Transportation

Legacy Cakes – cupcakes & cake pops

I LOVE, love, LOVED Ann’s bridesmaid attire (and her gown from Bliss Bridal).  She was so savvy and had all of her girls find a dress of their liking in the same color palette.  It looked so smart.

swoon…..shoes that sparkle steal my heart.

Ann’s Mom laughing and enjoying the girls during the preparations.

Showing of the bling!

Love Ann’s sisters face as she overhears Ann’s future plans for her.  They have to have babies together (and she needs to move back to Texas!)

John getting a little help from his little brother with his tie.  Their suits were so clean and modern.

Time for the dress!

Daddy of the bride was HILARIOUS!  This was his reaction to his daughter in her gown.  🙂

Stunning and awaiting her groom.

See any similarities in reaction?  Adore that John thought his wife to be so beautiful that his jaw dropped.

Pure sweetness.

Playing with props – Love that all these boys are going home to their non-cowboy states with hats that say TEXAS!

Feeling a little John Wayne.

Ann beamed as she approached the altar for her wedding ceremony.

A big embrace as Dad trusts his little girl to John.

Boys will be boys and these one played tricks.  The last groomsmen held the ring and as each man looked back to the next then passed it forward to the best man the crowd chuckled.

They had such a smashing first part of their wedding day but the romantic portraits to come at The Modern and the dance party provided by Emerald City was KILLER!!!!

Monica & Steven {Married} A bright summer wedding at The Colonial

Monica & Steven were married on June 18th at 1st Presbyterian in Fort Worth with their reception to follow at The Colonial Country Club.  Monica and her Mom are two of the sweetest people I have ever met and I just adored hanging out with them during the preparations.  Her Mom makes me giggle and she is just gorgeous (Definitely where Monica got her lean tall beauty)  I completely fell in love with Monica’s sparkly Louis Vuitton’s, which were a fabulous early wedding present from Steven.  You can see how amazing Monica and Steven are through the types of relationships this couple has formed with their friends and family.  All day their bridal party was helpful, happy and excited for their friends.  I think I’ll just let the photos do the talking because nothing says it better.   Here is a list of all the vendors we collaborated with on this wedding:

Bridal Blooms – Kelly Norvell
Emerald City Band
Creme de la Creme Cakes
Bella Bridesmaid
Meridian String Quartet
Lighting-Absolute Entertainment
DFW Photo booth
Live Painter-Susan Moss Cooper
Hair-Kristyn Duvall and Morgan Callaway- Duvalls Hair Design
Complete Look Make-up
Celebration Event Rentals

DFW Events-Popcorn Station & Coordination
Mens Warehouse-all tuxedo rentals

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