Thankful for…

Thanksgiving 2015 was amazing.

This year, we welcomed our baby into the family, and I learned something about love… That no matter how much love you think your heart can hold, a flood of love can come on top of that. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Ivy any more, she blew me away with how sweet and gracious she was throughout the challenges of growing a brand new human being. Then, when our baby arrived, I got to hold him, look into his big brown eyes, and tell him how much I love him.

Over this past year, I have had the incredible joy of capturing moments along this journey.

It started out one morning when we found out that we had a little one on the way. I had no idea what fatherhood meant, how to change a diaper or burp a baby or… anything. That moment was full of so much excitement, so much uncertainty, and topped with even more excitement.

Then came the challenges of a rough pregnancy. I often watched as Ivy fought through the challenges, strong and sweet as ever, as I stood to the side feeling helpless to ease things for her. Her ever present smile brought hope and light even when we weren’t sure what the future would hold or if things would be ok.

Finally, September came, and our baby boy’s heartbeat rang strong and clear as he made his debut. As our little guy came into the world with his ten fingers and ten toes, I realized we had started a whole new adventure together.

Here are a few of the photos I took along the way.

Birth Announcement - Pregnancy Stages - Series - Matt and Ivy Photography 2015
Every day when I pick our son up, look into his eyes, and see him smile back at me, I am flooded with gratitude. It’s a kind of gratitude I didn’t know existed – couldn’t have known existed. What am I thankful for? Even putting that into words brings a flood, since there is too much to be grateful for. I am continuously grateful for my loving, strong wife, and can only begin to express how thankful I am that she has given me this incredible gift of a precious little life to care for. I appreciate every moment of the present and am SO excited about all the Thanksgivings and Christmases of the future.

Thank you, Ivy.

Love,
Matt

Fort Worth Wedding Photographer: The Fort Worth Club | Anna Lee + Michael |

Joseph Campbell once wrote that “love is a friendship set to music.” We couldn’t think of a more fitting quote to talk about the love story of this sweet couple. Sometimes it seems like two lives are sculpted so perfectly for each other, that they could not help but end up together. That’s how it started for this bride and groom – a shared love of music and enthusiasm for the same school spirit landed them in a music class together in college. A simple first date turned into hours of conversation, and their connection grew even closer. As their lives began to take similar paths, finishing music degrees and both becoming band directors, they knew they had started something great. One night, as they were about to head out to a Dallas Stars hockey game, Anna Lee picked up a piece of paper she had seen attached to her puppy Jax’s collar. When she followed the instructions to “turn around,” she saw her guy down on one knee…

Meet Anna Lee & Michael.

Badgley Mischka shoes and this gorgeous Justin Alexander gown make the perfect start to their wedding day…

Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Jenny, of JTorry Makeup Artistry, did an amazing job with the ladies’ makeup…

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Love the simple beauty of black and white photos.

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Anna Lee is a stunning bride!

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

This next photo, on the steps of the Robert Carr Chapel, has to be one of my favorite bride and bridesmaids photos ever. Love!

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

While the ladies were getting ready, the guys prepped in the billiard hall.

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Our groom looking sharp!

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

The campus of TCU might be one of the most scenic places in Fort Worth for a first look, and Anna Lee and Michael’s first look was beautiful.

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

How gorgeous are these two?!

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

A favorite.

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

 The groom’s reaction to seeing his beautiful bride…how perfectly romantic is this?!

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Robert Carr Chapel TCU Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

 Love the florals by Shabby Rose Florist…

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

 Special thanks to Nate, with LeForce Entertainment, for keeping the party going all night!

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

 A perfectly romantic end to a magical day…

Dallas Fort Worth Club Wedding Photographer

Anna Lee & Michael,

We are so glad we got to meet you two! Y’all have truly become friends and we couldn’t be happier for you both! Enjoy every day, every year, and every joy that comes with this adventure of marriage. It’s been an honor to be able to capture your love story and we can’t wait to see what great things are in store for your future!

Much love,

Matt and Ivy

 Story from the Bride:

Michael and I met in our music education classes while at TCU our sophomore year.  With the help of some of our mutual friends (thank you Reza and Alexa!), Michael got my number and asked me out on our first date that ended up lasting for hours.  Our conversation that night never had a dull moment, and I remember thinking to myself that night that Michael was one someone truly special. We are best friends in every way; we share the same humor, we’re both passionate about music, we’re both band directors; being with him feels so easy and effortless.  Five years later, we married on the campus that holds our hearts: TCU!

Our engagement thankfully allowed us over a year to plan.  We were blessed to pretty much snag every vendor that we wanted; and of course the first vendor we booked being Ivy Weddings! Our search for the right venue took us all over the metroplex.  Myth has it around TCU that Robert Carr Chapel is booked years in advance, so in all truth, I didn’t even consider it at first with that rumor in the back of my mind.  I remember not being happy with any site we had run across, and out of pure curiosity, I figured I would contact Robert Carr Chapel so see if it was available.  That email back had me ecstatic!   Everything came full circle: we met at TCU, and we’d get married at TCU. 

My favorite details from the day of the wedding were my dress (of course!), the memory table that my amazing mother so beautifully created for those family members that were with us in spirit, and the awesome TCU Horned Frog GOBO that LeForce made just for us.  I also loved seeing Michael dressed up in his tux; he looked so handsome!  I’ll never forget that image of him when he turned around on our first look; it makes me smile just thinking about it.

Michael without a doubt loved the incredibly detailed and awesome SUSHI groom’s cake that Lena from the Fort Worth Club created for him!  We were blown away with how realistic every piece of the cake looked; from the sushi rolls to the soy sauce, amazing!  He also thoroughly loved the mac and cheese bar (his only requirement when we picked out the food for the reception!).  His favorite moment of the day was the first dance.  He loved being able to enjoy the first dance together as husband and wife in front of our family and friends.  We like to say that we discovered Sam Smith well before his music made it big on the radio, and when we were searching for our first dance song, we heard the acoustic version of “Latch” on his first album, and we knew immediately that it would be the song we’d dance to at our wedding.  The lyrics are seriously perfect, and Michael and I sang to each other every word during our first dance.

 Michael and I also absolutely loved having The Selfie Lab photo booth for our reception.  Our wedding guests had a blast taking plenty of pictures, and we laughed and smiled seeing our guests’ fun moments from throughout the night!  Our other favorite moments as a couple were the private moments we had throughout the day.  The first look completely exceeded our expectations in every way; the private moment of seeing each other was beyond incredible.  A bonus with the first look?  We got all of our nerves out of the way! Thank you Matt and Ivy for recommending the first look, we are so glad we chose to share that private moment with each other.  I remember being so relieved to just hug Michael, and from then on, we felt so much more relaxed and able to enjoy our ceremony and reception.  The private last dance (recommended by our amazing DJ, Nate!) at the end of the night when the guests were making their way down for the exit was incredible.  We picked a song from one of our favorite artists, Imogen Heap, and it was a song that we’ve both loved for a long time.  It was the perfect way to end our time at the reception.

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Photobooth | The Selfie Lab | Bride’s Dress Designer | Justin Alexander | Bride’s Dress & Veil Boutique | Gowns of Grace, Erica Koesler (Veil) | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup | Jenny Torry of JTorry Makeup and Hair Artistry | Jewelry | Gowns of Grace, Mother of the Bride, Jared | Bridesmaids Dresses | Alfred Sung from Brides by Demetrios | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Venue, Cake, Catering | The Fort Worth Club | Florist | Shabby Rose Florist | Transportation | Party Bus by Premier Transportation, Carriage by DFW Carriages | Officiant | Tim Morrison of Custer Road UMC | Videography | Marc Roberts Videography | Favors | Mary Lee’s Desserts, Mother of the Bride | MC | Nate Nelson with LeForce Entertainment |

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