Would you believe it all started at a Buffalo Wild Wings? Not really where fairy tales usually begin but this one did. One boy, two twin boys, a Time Square engagement later and here we are. Chelsea and Scott’s wedding day!
It was shaping up to be a beautiful April Sunday at the Historic 512 in Downtown Fort Worth. Chelsea and her bridesmaids were finishing their last minute touch ups. Scott was hanging out with the guys, including their three little guys, Maddok, Hatton, and Maxxon. Then came time for the dress, it was a beautiful mermaid gown with intricate lace detail and a high neck. It was perfection on her. I still remembered every detail from our bridal session a couple of months before. I watched as Chelsea floated around the room helping all of her girls get ready. Eyeliner. Hair. Lipstick. Even doing her own.
While Scott and the boys had some traditions of there own to share…
In the middle of the wedding party photos, Scott and Chelsea took a moment together to just be. To say hello. To take in the day that they become a family. It was probably the sweetest moment I’ve ever witness at a wedding. Sometimes a little breather is needed during the craziness to breath together.
And before we knew it, it was time to walk…
Thank you so much to Chelsea and Scott for choosing me to capture this special day for you. It was gorgeous, so full of wonderful memories, and joy. I’m so glad that I got to be a part of it all. Congratulations to the new Dollar family!
Here are some more of my favorites of the day…
Photographer: Amanda Raylee Photography
2nd Shooter: Meagan Nelson Photography
Venue: Historic 512
DJ: MWP Customs DJ Services
Caterers: Triumph Catering
Details: Keri Rains Decor
Getting to see a family become a family is a special experience. I met a gorgeous strong woman last year while she was pregnant with her son. Her name is Madeline. She was graceful and beautiful and I fully credit her with my maternity session boom. Her session was amazing and still one of my favorites. You can see it here and I’m sure you will agree with me 100%. She was fantastic! Fast forward to this past fall when she asked me to take family photos of her and baby Mateo. Not just any family photos. Their first family photos.
It was a cold morning but these 2 were bundled up and stuck it out like troopers. Mateo couldn’t get enough of the camera. Looking adorable in his fuzzy hat. We wandered around the park and snuggled in the blankets. We played with leaves and sticks and had all the fun that early morning. It was such a great experience to see this young woman go from being pregnant and excited to meet her baby to being the perfect mommy for her son. Two puzzle pieces that were simply meant to be together.
Being a single mom is not easy. My mother is law was a single mom of 5 boys and just hearing her stories of all the crazy moments, all the fun moments, and all the wonderful memories is amazing. All the credit in the world to single mothers out there doing everything they can for their families. I know Maddy was nervous about taking these photos being just the two of them but I think their perfect. This is their family. This is their life. I know when Mateo is older and graduating from high school, he’s going to see these photos and say “Wow. My mom did so much for me.” and he won’t be wrong. Miss Maddy, you are a genuine, kind, caring person and it’s such a joy to see you be a mom to this little cutie.
Here are some of my favorites from this family session…
Happy early mother’s day!
Let’s start from the beginning here, Shana contacted me early this summer for her wedding photography. She was sweet and asked a lot of questions, which was fine because it’s a once in a lifetime day. You want it to be perfect and I want to do everything I can to help with that. I want to make sure you feel like you’re making the best decision when it comes to your wedding photography. After a few emails back and forth, we were set! All booked for October 15, 2016 for Shana and Cameron, the soon to be Mr. and Mrs Mode.
The engagement session was perfect. Bright and early on a Sunday morning in July. Aren’t they adorable?
Before we all knew it, it was the big day. The weather was beautiful, just a little windy but nothing could ruin this for these two love birds. The wedding venue was to die for. A beautiful rustic location in Weatherford called the Diamond H3 Ranch set on top of an amazing hilltop with a view to match. Shana got ready with all of her ladies upstairs and Cameron was downstairs with the fellas.
The wedding went off without a hitch. The bride smiling and laughing all the way down the isle. The ceremony was short and sweet and then it was off to party! Well…first we had to get some epic sunset shots because who could resist that view and that sky. It was a tight schedule but those photos are so important and always magical. Finally…the reception which was fantastic! Everyone there was so full of joy for this genuine and loving couple. I was so happy to be a part of it that I was actually sad to say goodbye at the end of the long day.
I wish the new Mode family a wonderful and happy life together. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it!
P.S. – Look who it is!