Sarah’s Bridal Session at Piazza in the Village

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 14, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

Piazza in the Village is a stunning Dallas wedding venue, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to photograph Sarah’s bridal photos there! It’s a wonderful venue with fantastic staff guaranteed to help your wedding day go smoothly. It was our first time meeting, and I knew we would have a great time on their wedding day when Sarah said, “I’m kind of a goofball!” It was absolutely meant to be. Also, shout out to Sarah’s sweet mom, Debra, for being the sweetest point of contact I’ve ever had the joy of working with!

If you’re considering doing a bridal session, they are a great way to show off your hair and makeup trial! I also believe that treating yourself is a good thing. A very good thing.

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We all had to stop and say hello to the local cat!

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Sarah, while not only a beautiful bride, was such a sweet person to work with. I can’t wait to blog her and Kyler’s wedding day! Stay tuned.

I am a Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton based photographer with five years experience photographing weddings. I would love to document your special day!

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Jill and David’s Wedding in Arlington, Texas

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 8, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Jill and David’s Arlington, TX wedding took place not far from where Nick and I went to school at UT Arlington! They met in high school but didn’t start dating until they were in college in Denton. Check out their Denton engagement photos: Part 1 and Part 2.

We were very lucky to have absolutely beautiful October weather after a very hot summer! The day started at a hotel in Arlington where hair and makeup were done, the guys hung out, and Jill and David had their first look. The flow of the day could not have been any smoother! We worked closely on a timeline that was efficient for everyone and were running ahead of schedule most of the day. We had more than enough time for bride and groom photos, so Jill and David were even able to enjoy the day with their friends and family.

Their ceremony took place at Jill’s family’s church – St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington. Before the ceremony Jill paid a small tribute to her father at his memorial. After the ceremony, we took a few more bride and groom photos and headed to the reception where they had book centerpieces. I loved the creativity and personal touches to all of their details.

Be sure to scroll down and see all of the wonderful Dallas wedding vendors that made their day so special!

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Jill and David, thank you for making us feel like family.

Vendor List:

Planner: Angie Bluemling
Hair/Makeup: Darling by Elle
DJ: Rob Williams (one of our favorite DJs!)
Floral: Root + Bloom
Cake: Sweet Yo Self

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Erika and Bill’s Classy Dallas Backyard Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on January 31, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

This Dallas backyard wedding was so true to Erika and Bill as a couple. They are very stylish and were looking to have a simple and classic backyard wedding, which Ivory and Vine Event Co made happen. Seriously, if you’re thinking about hiring a planner, check them out for sure. Karli is great, and she will make your life and wedding day so much easier!

Several notes about this intimate wedding: I adored the swoon-worthy details with vibrant pops of pink and orange, we had a mini bride and groom photo session at the Crescent Hotel, their ceremony was simple and officiated by a close friend right at sunset under cafe lights, surrounded by their close friends and family.

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Many thanks to Karli for arranging everything about this intimate wedding. It means so much to be recommended by fellow wedding vendors. And thank you to Erika and Bill for having me out to witness the beginning of their next big adventure. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness!

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Floral: The Garden Gate
Catering: Bolsa
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Bella Acento, Lawson Event Rentals, La Tavola
Planning & Design: Ivory & Vine Event Co.
Cake: Dallas Affaires
DJ: John Mudd of Ishi

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Aileen and Christopher’s W Dallas Victory Hotel Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on January 24, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Aileen and Christopher had a very unique W Dallas Victory Hotel wedding. Aileen was practically a mermaid bride with incredible sparkly platform shoes, beautiful blue hair, and a starfish hair accessory. Christopher brought the alternative groom style with a spiked jacket and bling-ed out punk shoes of his own.

Their ceremony took place with 50 of their closest friends and family under the stars on the deck at Altitude, the hotel’s club. After the ceremony we took some dramatic nighttime bride and groom portraits highlighting the unique decor of the hotel, along with the views of the Dallas skyline! What followed was one of the most vibrant dance parties for such a small group. Aileen and Christopher’s baby, Alaska, even made an appearance!

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They really did dance the night away! Aileen and Chris, thank you for being so incredible to work with. Your unique joy was contagious, and we absolutely loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. Here’s to many more decades!

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I specialize in photographing intimate and offbeat celebrations in Dallas, TX. I’d love to talk about what will make your wedding day unique. Contact me today.

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Kim and Cole’s Wedding at Magnolias in Kaufman

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on January 12, 2017 in Weddings | 1 Comment

Magnolias in Kaufman, a former early 20th century bank turned wedding venue, was the perfect location for Kim and Cole’s whimsical, music festival themed wedding. Guests were seated by the couple’s favorite artists, such as Alabama Shakes and Beck (who may or may not be one of my favorite musicians of all time), and the music selections were fantastic.

Kim and Cole have been together for almost a decade! Their love reminded us a little bit of ourselves when we got married last year. They were such easy going, sweet people to work with and both had a very memorable group of friends and family! Plus, Kim even sent us home with a pizza, which was an absolutely delicious treat to enjoy while backing up their files!

Enjoy their bohemian, good-vibes-filled wedding day and cheers to a great 2017!

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I specialize in photographing vibrant and unique couples in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Texas, and beyond. Contact me today, and let’s preserve your wedding memories the right way!

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Catering: BELLATRINO Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina
Pies: Remedy
Bundtinis: Nothing Bundt Cake

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Kristen and Julian’s Engagement Photos at UT Arlington

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on November 30, 2016 in Engagement | 1 Comment

Kristen was one of the first people I met in the dorms at UT Arlington back in the day. We have come full circle as we get ready to photograph her and Julian’s Fort Worth wedding this October! We took their engagement photos back at the UT Arlington campus right before summer classes started, so it was decently empty. And afterwards, since we were back at our old stomping grounds, we had to go and feast at Beirut Cafe!ut_arlington_engagement_0001

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Susan and Kathy’s Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on November 16, 2016 in Weddings | No Comments

I don’t have a “favorite” type of wedding based any certain elements: size, location, expense, theme, etc. My favorite weddings are weddings that stay true to the couple. Susan and Kathy’s wedding day was truly an expression of their life, their love, and their families all coming together to celebrate their new union. It’s always a huge honor to be invited back to document another family milestone, and I would like to sincerely thank the Patterson family for having us out again.

Susan and Kathy’s wedding day was fluid, fun, and free. Their ceremony was full of personal touches and was followed by the most heartfelt, beautiful round of toasts I’ve ever witnessed. And with such a talented family, music was woven throughout the day.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Marissa and Logan’s Tarrant County Courthouse Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on November 1, 2016 in Weddings | No Comments

Marissa and Logan had a memorable and adorable Tarrant County Courthouse wedding ceremony surrounded by their closest friends. Afterwards, we went on a delightful group adventure around downtown Fort Worth, and I had a fantastic time getting to know everyone and documenting the newlyweds as they basked in that newlywed glow.

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Thanks to Marissa, Logan, and their friends for having me document this special time of your lives. Y’all deserved everything about this special day. They even spent the evening after at home, eating cheesecake, and watching Deadpool. Sounds like my kind of evening! It was an honor to be a part of their lovely wedding day.

Are you considering eloping at the Tarrant County Courthouse? I would love to be the one to document it for you! No frills wedding? No problem. You may as well have someone experienced there to document it, though! The Tarrant County Courthouse is a truly beautiful building with stunning architecture and lovely natural light. Which makes this photographer’s heart very happy!

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Adrienne and Mike’s Wedding – Dallas Wedding Photographer

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on October 26, 2016 in Weddings | No Comments

Adrienne and Mike’s Dallas wedding was formal yet relaxed and laid back. Their wedding ceremony was a traditional Catholic one, and we had more than enough time to take portraits AND to take a break from the July heat before the reception started. Adrienne and Mike, thank you for having us document your intimate and easy going wedding. It was an absolutely lovely day for two lovely people.

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Susan and Kathy’s Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on October 19, 2016 in Engagement | No Comments

Susan and Kathy’s engagement session started where they had their first date and ended in one of the most beautiful wildflower fields I’ve ever seen. What a marvelous way to welcome spring! Stay tuned for photos from their wedding coming up in a few weeks.Dallas LGBT Photographer

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