Fort Worth Wedding Photographers: Jessica + Derrick | Marty Leonard Community Chapel |

Sometimes two lives are being lived so far apart that it seems only a miracle could bring them together. For these two, separated by over a thousand miles and too many states to count, it seemed their paths would never have a chance to cross. But when this kind of miracle needs to happen, it does, and for them that first encounter wouldn’t even be in either of their home towns. As they each traveled to Houston to celebrate the birthday of a mutual friend, they had no idea that they were about to meet each other, and discover the love of their lives…

Meet Jessica and Derrick.

Within just a couple days, they both knew they were meant for each other. As the two went their separate ways, they made sure things didn’t end as suddenly as they had begun. Between plane rides and phone calls, the two continued to fall for each other, and over the year to come Derrick began to form a strong bond with Jessica’s son, Landry. The pieces of the puzzle were all fitting together when Derrick came down to Texas to help Jessica and Landry make the big move to North Carolina, so they could finally be together. Just a few months later, under a sunlit Greensboro sky at the annual NC A&T Aggies’ homecoming celebration, Derrick found himself down on one knee with a question for Jessica. With a crowd of eager bystanders gathering to applaud, Derrick got the answer he’d been dreaming of since that fateful week in Houston. Jessica said yes.

 I love all of Jessica’s details. How gorgeous is this?

 Stunning florals and veil…

 I love this makeup shot.

 Special thanks to Steven Coleman – he did a fabulous job on Jessica’s makeup!

 Limo rides are awesome, and a bride and bridesmaids who have this much fun on the way to the chapel? I love it! : )

 The little ones were adorable…

The bride’s mom was there to help her get ready, and put on her dress…

 I love this moment – a tear from mom in the background, and a beautiful bride.

 Jessica, you are gorgeous!

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 Derrick helped Landry get ready, and these are some of my favorite father-son moments of the day!

 Love how happy Derrick is! : )

 The ceremony took place at Marty Leonard Community Chapel, and it was stunningly beautiful.

 How precious are they?!

 Jessica’s son escorted her to the altar. It was emotional for the bride and groom and so incredibly sweet.

 We’ve seen tons of happy brides and grooms, but these two truly were elated! : ) They danced down the aisle and literally ran out!

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 A portrait in the chapel.

The family! Love how happy Landry is!

 The reception took place in Joe T. Garcia’s and the cupcakes were a hit!

 Love the Southwest decor…

 The first dance…

 The dancing through the night was awesome!

 …but this shot is a favorite! I don’t know who’s rockin’ it more – mom, dad, or Landry! :  )

 The toasts were funny and heartfelt…

 Best. Cake. Cutting. Moment. : )

 A sweet farewell at the end of a perfect day!

 

Jessica and Derrick,

It was an honor to be a part of your wedding, and to meet your sweet families and friends. Landry won everyone’s heart, and getting to witness such a happy day for him, and you both, was so special! We wish you all every joy in the future, and in this new chapter together!

Best Wishes,

Matt and Ivy

 

The story from the bride: 

Charlotte, NC and Arlington,TX… 1050 miles between Derrick and myself! We were two individuals who never knew our hearts would grow in love and our lives would change forever!

Derrick and I met in Houston, TX through a mutual friend who also happens to be one of my maids of honor! We both traveled to visit Lisa for her birthday in April 2010. The first night we met, Derrick paid no attention to me… Lol! He would tell the story a bit differently but, it’s TRUE! By the evening of day two he was flirting with me and made an unexpected appearance to my hotel room, and by day three we were having intimate life conversations, staying up until 6am giggling and chatting, and the rest was history! That night I told my friends and family that he was my future husband and he did the same! Who knew that we were speaking our futures into reality! The next morning we both went back to our own realities, but the story definitely doesn’t stop there!

Over the next year we took turns traveling to see each other, meeting each other’s friends and families, and getting to know each other better. Everyone knew if he didn’t get along with my son Landry he was not going to make the cut, but God had a plan for all of us! On July 25, 2011, Landry and I relocated to Charlotte! Derrick drove 12 of the 16 hours from Texas to North Carolina so he deserves all the kudos :)!!!!

On October 15, 2011, Derrick and I went to North Carolina A&T’s homecoming in Greensboro, NC. This was an annual tradition for Derrick, and I went along for the ride, even though I am Texas Southern University girl! This particular day was a beautiful day. The temperature was in the 70′s, the sun was shining, the grills were going and FUN was in the air!!! I was refilling my beverage under the tent and, as I turned around, I saw Derrick kneeling in front of me. The ground was wet and Derrick was wearing good jeans, so all I was thinking was “Oh no, he’s about to get grass stains on his jeans!” After a moment, I realized there was a crowd gathering around us and Derrick was holding a little unopened eggshell colored box. He then began the beautiful proposal. He told me that he loved me and Landry so much that he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together. We both started crying and, of course, I said “YES!” (He forgot to give me the ring but he got a reminder from his friend and put the ring on my finger). We then shared a very passionate kiss filled with love and excitement about our future.

Since that day, Derrick and I have been growing stronger and closer together through and in Christ! We were very excited to share this day with all of our friends and family, and are eagerly anticipating a lifetime of happiness together.

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s Dress Designer | Casablanca | Bride’s Dress & Veil Boutique | Mecklenburg Bridal, Charlotte, NC | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Details | Bella Fleur Boutique on Etsy | Hair | Marlee Waller Hairdressing | Makeup | Cole Colors | Jewelry | Versona | Bridesmaids Dresses | Bill Levkoff | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Joseph A. Banks | Event Coordination| Latoya Davis | Venue | Marty Leonard Community Chapel | Florist | Inspiration Blooms Events and Design | Cake | Cupcakes by Legacy Cakes Bakery | Cupcake Stand | Bride’s Grandfather | Caterer | Joe T. Garcia’s | Officiant | Tina Long | Rentals | Bella Events | Transportation | Limo-Scene | MC | Disc Jockeys Now |

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Austin Wedding Photographers: Lauren + Kris | Villa Antonia Wedding |

From the very first time their paths crossed, he couldn’t forget her. It just so happened that the next time their paths crossed was in a chemistry lab at their university – and this time he made sure to say hi, so she wouldn’t forget him. Their chemistry had just begun when she caught a cold, but he knew just what to do. The secret? Some cold medicine and a stack of Disney movies. His chivalrous ride to the rescue would win her heart, and those Disney movies would win a spot in their love story…

Meet Lauren and Kris.

If you could describe their wedding day, it would be just like them. Easy-going and enjoyable, with everyone having a great time – yet classy and sophisticated. With the help of the oh-so-amazing Stefanie Yandell, they created a day dripping with elegance and warmth, and the bride even had a custom reception gown and bridesmaids’ dresses created by her friend to match her vision of the day. Lauren and Kris, both doctors in training, tied the knot overlooking the beautiful Texas Hill Country by Lake Travis, and together with friends and family they celebrated by dancing into the night.

Their gorgeous day started out at the lovely Villa Antonia, in Austin, Texas. How stunning is her Lis Simon gown?

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Love Lauren’s details. Really. How pretty is this?

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A really fun moment with the bride and her bridesmaids. : )

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Kris sent a really special letter and gift to his bride.

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Loved the invites + florals!

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This flower girl was beyond precious..

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A favorite.

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Lauren, you’re so gorgeous!

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Lauren and her girls were so much fun!

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A groom who hand-carves a cross as a ceremony surprise for his bride?  Yes, please!

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Kris was so happy. Love it!

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Kris looking dapper…

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…and blown away by his bride’s gift!
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Lauren and Kris had a stunning ceremony on a gorgeous day.

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The little ring bearer…cuteness!

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How gorgeous was this ceremony? Love.

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The new Mr. & Mrs.!

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A favorite!

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The guests were in love with Lauren’s bridal portrait. : )

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Jenga blocks for guests to leave their well-wishes. What an awesome idea!

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The first dance…

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Love it when a bride dances, and has a blast, at her wedding!

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The dancing was awesome! : )

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The bride and groom shared a last dance before the end of the evening.

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Lauren and Kris,

Thank you all for letting us document your love and be a part of your wedding day! We’ve loved getting to know you all, and your love for Christ, your family, and your friends. We hope you are enjoying this new chapter together, and we wish you all the happiness in the world in the years to come!

Best Wishes,

Matt and Ivy

 

The story from the bride: 

Kris and I met during a chemistry lab in college.  He asked me if I had been to a friend of his’ house that past weekend. He grabbed my attention at that point and I made sure to cross his path at our friend’s house plenty of times after that.

About a week later I became sick with a cold and he came to my rescue with medicine and Disney movies, which we continued to watch together throughout dating.  We knew early on that we were going to be together for a while, forever in fact.

Kris is in love with college football, maybe a little more than me ;) He loves our puppies Boo and Ellie  as well. He has a newfound love of building things and working with his hands.   He is in Physical Therapy school, finishing in May 2014. I am entering medical school in the fall. I love candy and Disney movies. I am a Texas girl through and through. Two-stepping, country music, and Jesus are all very near and dear to my heart.

We pictured our wedding day as a day of elegance mixed with a genuine, loving, and laid back vibe. Who doesn’t love getting all fancy? But we wanted to be sure everyone was comfortable as well. We went with blush and light grey along with ivory as our colors to give a romantic, classic theme to the wedding.  We are from DFW but decided to have our wedding in Austin because that area has great memories for Kris and I. We planned using a wedding planner, Stefanie Yandell out of Austin to help keep us from driving to ATX every weekend for meetings, tastings, etc.
Our favorite splurges for the wedding had to be : Our photographers, videographers, and the food!
Favorite part of the day: Saying our vows, our pictures right after the wedding, and the reception!

| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Bride’s Dress Designer | Lis Simon | Bride’s Dress & Veil Boutique | The Blushing Bride Boutique | Bride’s Shoes | Vince Camuto | Hair | Barbara Parlett | Makeup | Jen Denton | Jewelry | Dillards | Bridesmaids Dresses | Custom Designed by Haley Thompson Designs | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits | Men’s Wearhouse | Event Planning | Stefanie Yandell of Your Wedding Your Way | Venue | Villa Antonia | Florist | Exquisite Petals | Cake | Michelle’s Patisserie | Caterer | Rosemary’s Catering | Officiant | Chris Allman | Videography | Spinning Leaf Films | Favors | Zazzle | MC | Michael at Flipside Productions |

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