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

Averi and Prince’s Joe T. Garcia’s Wedding Reception

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 7, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Averi and Prince’s Joe T. Garcia’s Wedding Reception started off at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, and the celebration continued at the famous Joe T. Garcia’s with delicious fajitas, margaritas, and dancing the night away. Check out the simply romantic first part of their wedding day here!

I wanted to highlight the benefit of hiring two photographers really quick: while I was taking family photos, my 2nd shooter, Laura, was able to hustle over to Joe T. Garcia’s and capture all of the details before guests arrived. (Nick is also a pro at this!) We really can be in two places at once and having two sets of eyes/hands is always a bonus.

With that said, here are my favorite moments from their wedding reception. Scroll down to see lovely candid moments during the heartfelt toasts, loving parent dances, and a party for the ages. Bonus points for being ahead of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 – ultraviolet!

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Averi and Prince, from the very bottom of my heart, congratulations to both of y’all!

We still have dates available in 2018! Contact me today to set up a coffee or lunch (or wine!) meeting. I want to hear about all of your wedding plans!

Averi and Prince’s Fort Worth Botanic Garden Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 1, 2018 in Weddings | 1 Comment

Averi and Prince’s Fort Worth Botanic Garden wedding: what can I say except that they were an absolutely delightful couple to work with throughout their whole journey. Their wedding day started out with a forecast of rain but magically stopped every time we planned on taking photos outside and for their ceremony! Averi reserved the cutest Air BnB house in Fort Worth to get ready which provided plenty of room for her bridesmaids to relax and enjoy their mimosas and for me to style and find great lighting for detail photos. We even used the backyard for bridesmaid photos and a couple of bridal portraits!

The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens are always beautiful to photograph. Stay tuned for part two of their wedding day feature!fort_worth_wedding_photographer_0001

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Sometimes there are certain moments in time frozen in my memory (one of the main reasons I became a photographer), and this moment below is certainly one of them. After all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding plans coming together, Averi’s dad walked her down the aisle and took his place as their wedding officiant. Averi then turned to look at all of her family and friends and half spoke, half laughed, “Hi, everyone!” with the biggest smile on her face. Their family and friends cracked up, and the anticipation and tension dissolved instantly. So, what I’m trying to say is, Averi, you are a precious gift and don’t ever change.

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True joy. That’s how I would sum up Averi and Prince’s wedding day. I hope you enjoyed the photos from their Fort Worth Botanic Garden wedding as much as I enjoyed taking them. We are still open for 2018 wedding dates, especially in the fall! Reach out today to check on your date’s availability. We would love to preserve your memories!

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Molly and Dustin’s Bishop Arts Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on December 4, 2017 in Engagement | 1 Comment

Molly and Dustin’s Bishop Arts Engagement session was an adventure! I’m a fan of cold winter weather, but I’m not going to complain that Dallas, TX decided to provide us with beautiful 75 degree weather in December! With Christmas decorations going up it provided for a great and festive backdrop for their portraits. There are many fun murals to photograph in the area as well. It’s an artsy, funky place (which is kind of my jam).

I’m beyond excited to photograph their upcoming wedding at The Room on Main this Spring. One of my favorite venues :)

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Flawless makeup by Marcela Aubrey makeup.

We’re now booking 2018 weddings! Contact me today and let’s chat :)

Chris and Nick’s Dallas Elopement

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on October 19, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Chris and Nick’s Dallas Elopement took place at a park in Arlington called the Drying Beds. They take frequent trips there to walk and let their dog (and honorary bridal party member) Caju run around and play freely. I love that they chose such a personal location – so when they return they always have the memory of their wedding to look back on. They have several animals including Fredrick the bearded dragon (who was their ring bearer) and Norman the tortise! They make an absolutely adorable family and I couldn’t have been more honored to document their day.

I absolutely love photographing elopements! Are you getting married at the courthouse or in a place significant to you and your partner? Let’s talk!

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Chris and Nick’s wedding was beautifully officiated by Weddings by Tina.

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