Hello and welcome to the new Tara Barnes Photography Blog! I'm Tara, a wedding and senior portrait photographer based in Weatherford, Texas. (just outside of Fort Worth) I hope you enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides, and getting a little peek into my life!
It’s not often you see a newborn shoot around here, but the Matthews family was just too cute not to blog! Daniel and Samantha were one of my first wedding couples when I began photographing weddings so it was a joy to meet and capture their sweet little one years later! They were married back near Houston, but currently they live in Granbury. When we first met them, I had no idea that down the road we would live only thirty minutes away in Weatherford! Now we love this area and all the amazing people in our lives.Samantha themed Alayna’s nursery with pink and llamas which are absolutely adorable! The llamas make for a fun touch to brighten the nursery walls! During their session, Alayna was wide awake for most of it, and she barely made a fuss! She has such a great temperament already, I can’t wait to watch her grow up! Many congratulations to the Matthews on the newest addition to their family! Thank you for trusting me to capture your sweet family during this exiting season of growth!
Chelsie and Trevor tied the knot on one of the prettiest days in March for their lovely outdoor ceremony at Parker Manor. Parker Manor is the newest extension of the Springs in Weatherford and I am OBSESSED – they couldn’t have chosen a better venue for their beautiful day! It’s the perfect Southern venue just outside of Fort Worth for brides wanting an upscale look.
You may remember Chelsie and Trevor from their engagement session at Holland Lake Park! I always love working with couples that get married in my hometown – we moved to Weatherford just two years ago and I’m falling in love little by little. It’s such a quaint city with a laid back atmosphere.
There were many tears of joy shed throughout the day as Chelsie and Trevor tied the knot! They had such a relaxed day which fit them perfectly. Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Wharton, I wish you both many years of happiness in your marriage together!
Hi friends! I’m so excited to share Ashley and Tylers G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S wedding at the stunning Milestone Mansion in Aubrey on the blog today! Ashley and Tyler both live in Colorado so Ashley actually planned her Texas wedding from afar. Every detail was so well thought out and absolutely beautiful, I’m impressed that Ashley was able to plan from a different state.
Ashley and Tyler actually met in high school when they both worked at one of the first Charming Charlies in the Dallas area. They were setting up the store getting ready for the grand opening and became fast friends. Although Tyler eventually quit working at Charming Charlies, they kept in touch, started dating a few months later, and the rest is history!
Ashley and Tyler make such a fun, laid-back couple and that was evident throughout their amazing day! Everyone was so joyful and excited for the newlyweds! I hope you enjoy going through the beautiful photos of their day as much as I did taking them. Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Parnell, I wish you both many joyful years of marriage!
Venue: Milestone Mansion
Dress: Mori Lee
Makeup: Glam Faces
Florist: Little Wedding Extras
Catering: Milestone Mansion
DJ: DJ Connection
Bridesmaids Dresses: Levkoff
Cakes: Sweet Heaven Cakes
Photographer: Tara Barnes Photography
The Orchard Event Venue and Retreat Azle, Texas Jodi and Tyler kicked off my spring wedding season this past weekend and it was a blast! Though it was a dreary day with impending rain, everyone was in the best of spirits and the weather held out for their beautiful outdoor ceremony! Jodi and Tyler’s ceremony […]
Vanessa and Taylor were one of my first weddings of 2019 and I can’t think of a better way to start the year than celebrating two good friends! It’s always a joy photographing marriages, but it’s even more rewarding when they’re two of your best friends! It’s been a privilege getting to know these two the past few years which made their wedding day all the more special. I’ve learned when photographing friends I have a much harder time narrowing down the photos, so I apologize in advance for the extra-long blog post!
Vanessa and Taylor are two of the most genuine, dedicated friends and you could see that in all the people that were there to support them on their day! They were surrounded by so many loved ones and I know everyone was thrilled for these two to finally be tying the knot! Even the weather was in their favor – we had wonderful sunshine and warmth all throughout their January wedding day.
Vanessa worked as a wedding coordinator this past summer so I wasn’t surprised that she had so many beautiful details to photograph! The black bridesmaid dresses were so unique and classy and paired perfectly with their beautiful pink and red flowers. In the spirit of Valentine’s week, this wedding is a perfect fit for the blog today!
Enjoy some of my favorites from Vanessa and Taylor’s day and a huge congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Birkner!!
Katrina and Ryan came all the way from Houston for their shoot and I had a wonderful time getting to know them both better! They are tying the knot this September at Olde Dobbin Station in Montgomery – one of my favorite Houston venues. We had the perfect day for their winter engagement session with lots of sunshine!
Katrina and Ryan knew of each other because they were in the same high school class, but they didn’t connect with one another until Katrina’s college senior year. Ryan knew Katrina enjoyed playing tennis, so he invited her to play tennis with him. Turns out Ryan didn’t have the best hand-eye coordination so they ended up laughing most of the evening! Thankfully they hit it off and the rest is history. Katrina and Ryan are such a sweet, laid-back couple, it’s obvious they are meant for one another!
Katrina and Ryan, many congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding. I can’t wait to celebrate with you in September!!
Since the weather is so unpredictable this time of year, Lauren and Miles decided they wanted an indoor engagement session so they booked the Lumen Room in Dallas for their shoot! The Lumen room is full of natural light and fun props making it the perfect place for an indoor engagement.
Lauren and Miles first met in the children’s ministry section of their church. They were introduced by the children’s director when they were passing by one another. They didn’t see each other for a while after that, but kept hoping they’d cross paths again. Mile’s ended up emailing Lauren letting her know he’d like to see her again! His persistence paid off and I can’t wait to celebrate with these two at the Ashton Gardens in Corinth this coming May.
Together Miles and Lauren enjoy being outdoors, going to dog parks and playing Settlers of Catan! I’m also a huge fan of Catan, so I was thrilled when they brought it along to their engagement session. It was so fun capturing them playing one of their favorite games! I hope you enjoy looking through a few of my favorites from this fun, laid-back engagement session. Lauren and Mile’s, many congratulations to you both and I can’t wait for your big day!
Abby and Jake had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony early January at the Gladney Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Since we’re in Texas, the winter weather ranges from the extremes of freezing ice to “better than spring” weather. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for Abby and Jake’s gorgeous outdoor ceremony. The sun was shining with a cool breeze along with a beautiful sunset to end their day. Abby and Jake’s day was full of personal details, my favorite being the exquisite florals that Jake (the groom!) assembled for their day! Jake did a wonderful job, making Abby’s bouquet all the more special.
I love that they incorporated their Aggie Spirit with little touches throughout the day. During the ceremony, Abby and Jake incorporated a Century Tree Seedling by pouring soil into the pot of the newly grown tree. For my non-Aggie readers, the Century tree is an old live oak tree that holds the tradition that if a couple walks under the branches of the tree, they are destined to be together forever! Abby and Jake acquired a seedling through the “Aggie Century Tree Project” which began as a fundraiser for A&M scholarships. Century Tree seedlings are grown from acorns harvested from the Century Tree then sold to raise money for scholarships.
I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I did taking them! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Landry, I wish you both many years of joy and happiness!
I’m so excited to share my last wedding of 2018 and boy, was it a party! The Henley family is so fun, and I’m honored that I’ve been able to capture both Kendall and Karinne’s wedding! I actually first met Kendall several years ago in College Station when I photographed her senior portraits – whoop! Kendall and Connor had a gorgeous winter wedding at the Farmhouse just outside of Houston. I always love getting to shoot at the Farmhouse, the white walls and huge chandeliers are absolutely stunning.
Connor had the sweetest reaction to Kendall walking down the aisle and they had a beautiful ceremony inside the chapel at the Farmhouse. After the ceremony everyone danced the night away to Danny Ray Acoustic – such a fun band! I hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as I did taking them. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Yancy, I wish you many years of joy and happiness!
Morgan and Shaughn had a lovely late fall wedding at the Springs in Weatherford. Even though it had been very cold the weeks surrounding their wedding, thanks to the crazy, sporadic, Texas weather, they were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day! The leaves were turning at the Springs leading to beautiful orange and red tones as a backdrop for their ceremony.
Morgan was a gorgeous bride donning a stunning Maggie Sottero dress. She and Shaughn had the sweetest first look outdoors by the fountain as they took in a few peaceful moments together. Their ceremony began moments before the sun set as they exchanged their heartfelt vows. They ended the night in the adjacent reception hall visiting with friends and family and dancing the night away. Many thanks to you Morgan and Shaughn for trusting me to capture your amazing day! I wish you both all the best in your marriage!!