Jill & Jordan ~ Country Chic

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Jill & Jordan selected Jones Barn at Willow Creek Ranch for their special day!  They were looking for a country chic theme.  The minute they walked into the venue, both knew it was the perfect place!

Jill found her dress at David’s Bridal, and had “that bridal moment” when she tried it on.  Keeping with the country chic theme, she wore cowboy boots that Jordan had given her.  They had a pink top, were light tan, with a square toe from Justin Boots.  A pair of borrowed earrings from mom, and her Nana’s wrap-around bracelet completed her look for the day.  Hair & makeup was done by utilizing her closest friends’ talent!

The groom &  groomsmen were outfitted for the day by Men’s Warehouse.

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For wedding favors, they gave out  koozies in 4 different colors & styles (Jordan’s idea).  Flowers were a mix of coral &  ivory with berries, as were the bridesmaids, and provided by Botanica thru their wedding planner, Bumble Bee Occassions.

Fun Kreative Kakes provided the cakes.  Not only were they awesome, the price was great, too!

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 DNA BBQ catered the event.  Jill & Jordan actually met the couple through a four wheeler purchase. Jordan got to talking to David, and he builds smokers & food truck trailers.  One thing led to another, and before you know it, they had  brisket, chicken & sausage for the main course, with green beans, potato salad & pinto beans as sides.

A close friend of Jill’s father was DJ, making sure the party was a lively one.

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Jill told us her most memorable moment of the day was seeing Jordan wipe away a tear as she walked towards him.  Having family & friends all together as they were joining their lives meant a great deal to both of them.

They went to Sandals Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica for their honeymoon. Jordan had made a deal with Jill, saying “I’m getting married in a barn, and I don’t have to wear a tux, we can have a honeymoon wherever you want”.  Jill wanted a beach to lay on, with clear water & white sand.

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We want to wish Jill & Jordan the best life has to offer, and thank you for allowing us to join in the fun!!

Brides are bloomin’! ~ Spring brides

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It’s very hard to blog about a bridal session.  Simply because we have to “sit” on them until after the wedding.  And that can be a very hard thing to do!  So here are just a few of the beautiful spring brides we’ve had this year already!  We have Kelly at the Fort Worth Club, Lauren at the Dallas Arboretum, and Jill at the First United Methodist Church.

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Spring brides of Fort Worth

Each one of these beautiful young ladies & their families have been a joy to work with.  Thank you for allowing Jim & I to be a part of this special time in your lives.

Amanda & Todd ~ Simple elegance

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Amanda & Todd were married at Northeast Wedding Chapel  in Hurst, TX.  They picked it because of the simple elegance, traditional styling with high ceilings & gorgeous  windows at the altar.  The reception hall has a great layout along with a fireplace in front, perfect for decorating.  The courtyard between the chapel & reception hall has a fairytale feel & they could actually feel the warmth & love from  the venue.  The staff at Northeast Wedding Chapel were very accommodating, and all such a huge help with both the planning & coordinating.  Misty & Emily are wonderful ladies with huge hearts, & they helped to may the couple’s day perfect!

Northeast Wedding Chapel wedding photographer, Ft Worth weddingIn the beginning, the overall theme of the wedding was to be Victorian.  However, as the planning moved along, the couple soon realized that simple elegance was more their style.  Nothing too flashy, but lace,pearls, & soft creme hydrangeas with some taupe roses pulled off the day beautifully!

Amanda found her dress in College Station. It was a Maggie Sottero in gorgeous antiqued ivory, sleeveless, with an  asymmetrical waistline & lace  accents.  Sadly, the bridal boutique closed shortly after she purchased her dress.

Amanda’s shoes were Antonio Melani, Sierra 711. She found them at Dillards, and chose them because they were cute peep-toe gold shoe, not too loud.  Since the colors of the wedding were ivory, taupe & chocolate brown, she didn’t want anything too flashy.

Amanda found her bridesmaids’ dresses at Dillards, as well.  They were designed by Eliza J.  A beautiful taupe color with gold lace on the bodice. The skirt portion was layered chiffon & the girls fabulous!

Not wanting costume jewelry, Amanda rummaged through mom’s jewelry, finding a pair of long teardrop diamond earrings.  Just exactly what she was looking for, and it meant so much to her to be wearing something of her mom’s.

The Grand Salon & Spa in Burleson did a fantastic job on the girls’ hair. Handling  all six bridesmaids, the bride, & her mom.

All the guys were outfitted by Men’s Warehouse. Todd had a Venice Champagne colored vest & tie to match Amanda’s dress, while the groomsmen had Biscotti colored vests & ties, to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.  With everyone living in different cities, it was very convenient to use Men’s Warehouse.

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 Angie Hines from Elegance with Attitude was Amanda’s florist.  Amanda admitted she didn’t know much about flowers, so trying to describe to Angie what she had in mind was an interesting conversation, indeed!  Simply put, Amanda says “Angie was AMAZING!”  The bride’s bouquet was a mix of creme hydrangeas, antique roses & peonies.  The bridesmaids bouquets had hydrangeas to match the bride’s, and the flower girls had kissing balls of baby’s breathe.  For the table arrangements, she mixed in some burgundy hypernicum berries to help bring out the feel  of fall.

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Amanda’s mom found some “kissing bells” from WarmImpressions.  The handle of the bells were in the shape of a fleur-de-lis, and held a card with a poem telling guests to ring the bell to see a “kiss of wedded bliss”.  Other favors included M&M’s with the couple’s names & flavored almonds.

Kim Leatherwood from Frosted Perfections in Fort Worth provided the cakes.  The bride’s cake was a 4 layer consisting of Almond, Italian Creme, & Pistachio Almond.  Each layer was decorated differently, but all beautiful!  The groom’s cake was Boston Creme Pie flavored, and apparently, it was more than good. Because the couple didn’t get a taste!!

Terry Darst from Catering By Terry was the caterer, recommended by the chapel.  The menu consisted of croissant finger sandwiches, fruit, chipotle meatballs, jambalaya, & chicken tenders.  Because the wedding was timed between lunch & dinner, this menu fit the bill perfectly.

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When asked about the most memorable moment of the day, Amanda responded by saying:

“I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one memorable moment.  What I remember most about the day was just a feeling of bliss & love.  It is such an overwhelming blessing to be surrounded by so many who love you & want the best for you.  It was an honor to have so many family & friends involved in our wedding, and in the wedding party.  From our lifetime friends to my cousins’ children in my wedding because I was in my cousins’ weddings when I was young.

If there is a single moment that I have to write about though, I guess it would be seeing my family & my husband’s family together.  It gave us such an overwhelming sense of joy to see the two come together to create one big family that we love so much.”

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Carlos Gibbs - February 23, 2015 - 11:55 am

This wedding was fabulous! (and as many know, I have a lot of experience in this area) The photos captured the thoughts of the participants through expression in an amazing fashion. What a fitting way to capture one of God’s most perfect unions.

Charlotte Wiggins - February 22, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Love the pictures, you really captured the joy and hope that filled this day. Such a wonderful couple! Love you too!

Clifton & Judy Knox - February 22, 2015 - 6:35 pm

It was a beautiful wedding and the pictures definitely captured that beauty, fun, joy and happiness shared by all attending. The definitely reflected the happy and beautiful bride and groom and their wedding party so perfectly.

Cyd - February 22, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Oh no, Kelly, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of this time in their lives together. You should be very proud of those two!!

Kelly Fitzpatrick Wiggins - February 22, 2015 - 3:56 pm

Jim and Cyd, thank you SO much for helping make Amanda and Todd’s wedding memories so beautifully captured! We will continue to recommend you (already got you one from Rendon!)

Stephen & Rindi Wilson - February 22, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Love the wedding was so happy to see Kalyn as a flower girl…good luck to Amanda and Todd in the future….love yall

Cyd - February 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Thanks for the compliment, we really enjoyed working with Amanda, Todd, and the families.

Trevor Collins - February 22, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Beautiful wedding for two of my best friends. It was such an honor to take part in this commitment of two wonderful people vowing to be together for life. No doubt this will be a successful marriage. Everything was done excellently and these photos are exquisite! I won’t be getting married anytime soon, but if any of my friends do, and ask for any names for wedding photographers, I’ll certainly recommend Jim Byrd Photography. Again, so thankful to have been able to take part in this lovely event!

Katie Fitzpatrick - February 22, 2015 - 2:15 pm

I loved being a part of this. These pictures are beautiful!!!!

Susan & Mike ~ Lost Oak Winery

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Susan & Mike were married on Saturday, October 18th at 6pm as the sun was setting under a tree looking over the wine vineyard at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, TX.  Both the ceremony and reception were held there. The reception was also held outside where guests were treated to dinner & dancing.  The location was selected because of their love of wine & it’s their favorite date night place to go.  It’s so relaxing out there, with beautiful surroundings and amazing staff,  you can’t  help but fall in love with the place!

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 The fall theme along with the winery, hints of country, and some bling, were all Susan’s favorites.

Susan’s dress was an Alfred Angelo Signature Dress and it was a Diamond White Dress. It had taffeta, rhinestones, pearls, crystal beading and sequins on it with a chapel train.  She had her bridal moment the second she put  the dress on!  Her bridesmaids, mom, and flower girls were all there and their faces all lit up as soon she walked out in it.  She said yes to the dress!  She wore Justin boots, as those are her favorite “shoes”!  All of her wedding day jewelry came from Charming Charlie’s.

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Pretty on the Premises, in Fort Worth did all the hair and makeup the day of the wedding for all the girls, mother of the bride, flower-girls, house party, and bride.  Michelle and her assistant came out to Susan’s house the day of the wedding and did it there.  She’s amazing!  They took care of everyone and made everyone feel so beautiful and special.

The groomsmen’s tuxes came from Men’s Warehouse.  They took such good care of the guys.  All the guys looked so sharp in their tuxes.

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The flowers were silk, using deep fall wine colors, rustic yellow, rustic orange, rustic red and eggplant.  Katy McLain Hodges with A Little Something Borrowed was the Wedding Planner and she designed all of the flowers. They were absolutely beautiful.  They really stood out, going well with the winery theme.

Cakes by Monica in Azle did both wedding & groom cakes.  The Wedding cake was italian cream, white and velvet. It was white with grapes designed on it.  The top of the cake featured flowers as the topper.  The grooms cake was chocolate.  It was designed as a golf ball because golf is one of Mike’s favorite past times.

 All In Good Taste Catering in Fort Worth was the caterer. Every guest said something about the food and how great it was.  They even had some guests call them to ask  about the recipes and how they made the food.  Their staff was so friendly and went above the call of duty.  Susan couldn’t say enough about All In Good Taste, she was so happy to have used them.  For cocktail hour they picked fresh fruit, gourmet cheeses with crackers to be served.  They had a fondue station with fruit and dark chocolate, caramel and white chocolate being served for  guests during this time.  Their guests were also treated to a wine tasting.  They could try the different types of wine that Lost Oak serves.  Dinner featured a mixed green and romaine salad, along with a carving station serving prime beef tenderloin or roasted pork tenderloin.  Seasoned asparagus with a hollandaise sauce, and a mashed potatoes bar with multiple add ins, and a variety of rolls completed the meal.  In addition to the wine being offered,  guests were also able to have a wine-a-rita, sangria, or beer.

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The DJ was Party Machine Celebration in Fort Worth.  Scott and his crew went above and beyond for Susan & Mike.  They made sure there was sound up at the wedding site, and then made sure all guests enjoy themselves at the reception.  They kept the party moving all night long.  The couple couldn’t have been more happy knowing that they had a professional in hand to see their wedding thru.

The Wedding Planner was Katy Hodges with A Little Something Borrowed.  Katy understood Susan was looking for.  Their wedding wouldn’t have been what it was without her.  She made sure that everything went as planned and even made sure the bride relaxed and enjoyed herself.

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We asked Susan & Mike what the most memorable moment of the day was, and here is Susan’s answer:

“I know that normally people say it was the first time I saw her or the first time I saw him, the first kiss, the first dance, but for us it was when we were about to walk into the reception and be introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Rhoten that we both got to see all of our wedding party lined up, our family and friends in the background just waiting for us to walk in.  Our two teenage boys had just walked in and did their little dance when they were being introduced and we both just stood there and felt the love that everyone had for us.  We had been dating for eight years before we decided to be married.  Both of us had been married before, and we each have a boy that we were bringing into our new family.  This moment had been in the works for a while, and everyone was ready to see us married, but until that moment we both didn’t realize how lucky and loved we both were.  Our wedding day wasn’t about everything going perfect, we wanted it to be about us and our family now becoming one.  How we started out as friends and how it grew to something so much more.  We wanted our wedding to be about us, and for it reflect that.  We wanted our guests to relax, have a good time, and enjoy themselves; and they did.  Our wedding was romantic and perfect for us.”

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We just want to wish happiness &  joy to Susan & Mike,and their wonderful family.  Thanks for inviting us along for the ride.

Rebecca & Charlie

St Andrews Catholic Church

Becca & Charlie grew up in St Andrews Catholic Church.  So when it came time to plan their wedding, the ceremony location choice was an easy one.

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While they didn’t really have a theme, Becca knew she wanted purple everywhere!  The flowers were one the Becca’s favorite items at the wedding. The bouquets were made of roses, but the brides favorite was the incorporation of succulents throughout the flower arrangements. Flowers were done by   Wild Rose Floral Design Studio. She did an outstanding job!

The bride’s dress came from David’s Bridal, and was part of the David’s Bridal Collection.  Becca found her shoes at DSW, on sale!  Coordination & comfort being the most important factor.  Her hair was done by her long time stylist at Shelton’s Salon.

The groom and groomsmen were dressed by Men’s Warehouse  . Many of the groomsmen & Charlie said the suit was comfortable and better fitted than any other tux or suit they had worn in the past. The suit was from the Vera Wang line now at Men’s Warehouse.

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The reception was held at Chateau  at Forest Park.  Charlie liked it for it’s “one stop” capabilities, and Becca loved the location, as well as the possibilities for decorations, not to mention the “vibe”!

The cake was wonderful as well. It stood 4 layers tall, each layer both a different cake and filling, with buttercream icing and gorgeous piping work by Whitney Couch of Calling All Cakes. They also did a fantastic job on the grooms cake, 2 tier chocolate lovers cake, topped with chocolate covered strawberries.

Food and drink were provided by Bella Events, who also provided the linens and lighting for the reception venue. Charlie and Becca got to sample food before deciding on a menu. They tried to pick good comfort foods with a sophisticate flare for such a special occasion. The wedding drink was a lime margarita, it’s TEXAS, and the lime color was a great accent to all the purple in the room!

Ft Worth wedding reception, Chateau at Forest Park weddingSave the dates and invitations were printed by magnetstreet.com. The company was very helpful and prompt, even sent a sample invitation so that the bride and groom could see what it would look like before making a full order; very helpful. The wedding program was made by the bride’s younger brother Gregory Govea, who with an art degree and experience in graphic work was an excellent help!

Ft Worth wedding reception, Chateau at Forest Park wedding, weddThey honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and The Excellence Resort.They left  Monday after the wedding and couldn’t wait to visit paradise on the beach! The honeymoon was 7 days of beach, relaxation and fun! Snorkeling, swam with sharks, got massages, zip lines & sleeping on the wonderful beachside beds were on the agenda.  This was Charlie’s first time out of the country and now he has the travel bug!

Ft Worth wedding reception, Chateau at Forest Park wedding, weddThe most memorable moment for Becca was catching Charlies eye before she went down the aisle. They had not talked all day and the special connect at the very moment when the doors opened was indescribable. Charlie’s most memorable moment was saying the vows, the commitment to a life time together through anything.

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