Casey and Mike’s The Lumen Room Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on April 8, 2018 in Engagement | 1 Comment

Casey and Mike’s The Lumen Room engagement session was actually a second round of their engagement photos due to cold weather and living out of town! We photographed our first round quickly with a mini session (in the freezing cold and a bit of rain) at Prairie Creek Park, and I didn’t yet have my blogging-immediately-to-share-sneak-peek routine down – so that post will be coming up later on :)

Casey and Mike live up in Seattle – so when yesterday’s forecast was an unseasonably 35 degrees with 20MPH winds in April, we opted to book an indoor studio space instead. I LOVE the results and am very grateful for the variety of natural light studio spaces that are available all around Dallas. If you’re a photographer looking for a beautiful space – definitely check out The Lumen Room!

I think it goes without saying that I am so looking forward to their wedding at Cross Creek Ranch later this year.

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You guys make cold weather look good. Shoutout to Texas weather for being typically unpredictable – we will make it work regardless!

Are you recently engaged? I’d love to talk about why you should consider booking an engagement session with me before your wedding. View my engagement portfolio and shoot me an email if you’d like to chat!

Rachel and Matt’s 809 at Vickery Wedding – Fort Worth Wedding Photographer

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on April 4, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Rachel and Matt had an absolutely lovely 809 at Vickery Wedding and we’re just a few days away from their one year anniversary! Enough time has passed that we even got to meet up with them in their neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY for coffee, which was a treat to say the least! Their wedding day was extra special in that Matt’s family is mostly from New Jersey, so a lot of his relatives were visiting Texas. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much more Texan than Fort Worth! The weather was beautiful (even if it was a little bit windy – we went with it and it totally worked in our favor) and their celebration perfectly reflected how they are as a couple.

I’m so thankful to have a job where I don’t simply document moments and milestones, I make friends along the way.

Enjoy all the classic details and loving candid moments below.

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This moment below is my why. Matt’s priceless expression, and Rachel’s reaction.

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This was such a treat – introducing Rachel and Matt to my sister in law and fiance (who happen to live in the same NYC neighborhood!) and getting coffee on New Year’s Day :)

Check out Rachel’s bridal session blog post here!

Vendors:

Venue: 809 at Vickery

Day of Coordination and Florist: Darrell Ward

Wedding Cake: Calling All Cakes

Caterer: Blue Mesa

DJ: Toast Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup DFW

Ariel and Matt’s Marty Leonard Chapel Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 26, 2018 in Weddings | 2 Comments

Ariel and Matt tied the knot with a beautiful Marty Leonard Chapel wedding ceremony and intimate wedding reception at Matt’s parent’s home.  It was such a treat to photograph for a group of friends we’ve already worked with in the past (see Evelyn and Mike’s Perot Museum Wedding here). So when Ariel reached out about us photographing her and Matt’s wedding, I was beyond excited! They kept it simple and intimate with 60 guests in attendance but were sure to make plenty of time for portraits. The ceremony was accompanied by a pianist, and they were announced down the aisle with the theme from “Up” playing – Nick liked it so much he came home and figured it out on the piano while I was backing up their files! Their reception was laid back with a brunch theme – who doesn’t love a brunch wedding? They served sweet and savory crepes from Whisk&Eggs, and you know Nick and I got down with those!

I hope you enjoy their wedding day preview photos as much as we loved taking them.

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Ariel and Matt, it was an absolute honor to photograph your simply perfect wedding day!

Ashley and Kristyn’s Venue at 400 North Ervay Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 17, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Ashley and Kristyn’s wedding at the Venue at 400 North Ervay was a truly memorable wedding day. They contacted me about a month ago and were planning their wedding quickly with the goal of starting a family in sight. And who doesn’t love last minute bookings? I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to know them these past few weeks and working with both of their family and friends last night was super fun. Their ceremony took place in an old courtroom, and the weather was a breezy (but not too windy!) 75 degrees during their reception on the rooftop, which is such a delightful and unique space. I had to do several double takes while there and think, “Is this really happening?”

Yes, yes it is. Congratulations to Ashley and Kristyn!

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We LOVE photographing LGBTQ+weddings in Dallas, Fort Worth, and beyond!

Vendor List:

Venue: The Venue at 400 North Ervay

Cakes: Frosted Art Bakery and Cake Baby

DJ, Lighting, Photo Booth: LeForce Entertainment – Adam Morgan

Florist: Emma Caitlyn Creative

Officiant: David Baldwin

Hair/Makeup: Jessica Stoughton

Marsha and Tony’s Tarrant County Courthouse Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 10, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Marsha and Tony’s Tarrant County Courthouse wedding day was a special one! Marsha shared with me that she was an nontraditional bride and even reserved an adorable Air bNb with plenty of natural light to get ready together with Tony and a couple of their close friends. We then made our way to the Fort Worth Water Gardens and had a mini adventure. The water was so loud I ended up miming poses with Nick for them to copy while the water was rushing all around us! I have to thank them for trusting me and Marsha for rocking it in her heels. After all was said and done and we climbed out, Marsha said “No guts, no glory!” and I have to agree.

Their wedding ceremony was brief, intimate, and romantic and included personal vows and encouragement from all of their friends and family who attended. Marsha and Tony have been together for seven and half years, and I absolutely love and appreciate they did things their way! Their classy, yet easy going style (hellooooo short and sweet wedding dress!) and pops of lavender and ivory tied the whole day together. This was also my first wedding after attending the WPPI conference in Las Vegas, so I was feeling extra inspired and refreshed.

To Marsha, Tony, and their family and friends: thank you for inviting me in to document this very special time in your lives. I had an amazing time!

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I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to photograph many weddings at the Tarrant County Courthouse. It’s one of my favorites in DFW. Are you eloping? Doesn’t matter where, we’ll travel to you wherever you are! I’ve still got dates available in 2018.

Vendor List:

Florals – Artisan Florals

Cake – Loft22 Cakes

Venue – Tarrant County Courthouse and Joe T. Garcia’s

Planner – Tara Durr