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!
With the weeks of rain we’ve been having lately we were SO lucky for a small break in the rain! The beginning of Jayle and Paul’s engagement session was filled with their sweet puppies and sunshine. As their session went on, dark clouds loomed overhead, but thankfully it didn’t start to downpour until we were walking to the cars! These two came all the way from New Mexico for their engagement session and I had a great time getting to know them both. Their pups were pretty fun too, Rowdy and Mason Dixon were complete goofballs as I’m sure you can see in the photos 🙂
Paul proposed to Jayle on a family trip to Las Vegas celebrating Jayle and her mom’s birthday. Paul knew this would be the perfect time to pop the question, but still wanted to keep it a surprise for Jayle. One of the early nights of their vacation they went to a fancy restaurant, but Paul decided to hold off to keep Jayle in suspense. The moment finally came when they were taking photos in front of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. After waiting in line, they got up to the sign and Paul got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said “yes” then everyone around including a huge tour group that had just arrived began applauding!
These two are tying the knot in Aggieland next fall at Brownstone Reserve and I can’t wait to be a part of their special day. Many congratulations to Jayle and Paul!
Kathryn and Alex grew up together in Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Texas, but they didn’t begin dating until college! When it came time to plan their wedding, they had to look no further than their neighborhood. Nestled among thousands of pecan trees, Pecan Plantation is a one of a kind residential community. There’s multiple parks, a restaurant, pharmacy, airport, country club and much more!
The newlyweds tied the knot at a church just outside Pecan Plantation then held their lovely reception at the country club. They had a quaint wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends followed by a dinner party. During the ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen as Kathryn walked down the aisle. One of my favorite photos is of her sweet family members wiping away their tears of joy. After the ceremony I loved capturing these two around the beautiful country club property. There were so many beautiful spots for portraits, Kathryn and Alex looked so elegant against the striking black and white building! Together, Kathryn and Alex make such a fun, sweet, pair and it was a joy being a part of their wonderful day. Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Knapp! I wish you all the best in your marriage!
Here’s a little engagement session sunshine to brighten this rainy day! Morgan and Shaughn knew of each other in college, graduated, then went separate ways without much coming of their relationship. One night, they each went out separately with friends in Wichita Falls where they locked eyes and their relationship began!
Last week I met up with these two on a beautiful day in Fort Worth for their engagement session. They wanted to include their old truck in the photos so they hauled it to Fort Worth. The truck had previously belonged to Shaughn’s grandfather and it was the perfect prop for their portraits, I love how sentimental it is to them! These two are tying the knot this November at the Springs in Weatherford and I can’t wait for their beautiful day! Morgan and Shaughn, many congratulations on your engagement!
Julie and Andrew had a beautiful morning wedding last month at the Ashton Gardens in DFW. I arrived at the hotel the girls were getting ready at just as the sun was rising! From the hotel, we headed on to Ashton Gardens where Julie had all of her lovely bridesmaids help put on her dress before meeting Andrew for their first look.
Their ceremony took place inside the gorgeous chapel on the property surrounded by trees with floor to ceiling windows. It was absolutely stunning! My favorite part of their ceremony was towards the end, Julie and Andrew went out to their families to hug them as a symbol of their families becoming one. Such a great way to honor two histories! After the ceremony all the guests proceeded to the reception hall to celebrate the newlyweds with lunch.
Many congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Song! It was a joy being a part of capturing your wonderful day and I wish you all the best in your marriage!
I am so excited to share Kat and Stu’s lovely wedding on the blog today! Throughout their day everyone was full of smiles and laughs, just ready to have a good time! Katherine and Stuart first met in Dunn Hall (a dorm on the Texas A&M University campus) when Stuart was studying abroad. He had come a long way from the UK and was determined to not get in a relationship in Texas. As fate would have it, Katherine and Stuart grew closer and closer and ended up dating knowing it would be difficult living almost 5,000 miles and an ocean apart.
Their wedding day was a long-awaited, joyful celebration of these two becoming one after working through many obstacles. They had family members from all over the world come to celebrate and explore Texas for the first time! Kat and Stuart chose Olde Dobbin Station as their venue because they loved that it was an old train station and Stuart thought Texas trains were fascinating since they are so big and slow – very different from the trains where he’s from!
I can’t think of a couple more perfectly suited for one another. Katherine and Stuart are both such fun, goofy, laid back, all around loving people, I am so happy that miles and oceans couldn’t keep them apart! Kat and Stu, your love for one another is so apparent! Thank you so much for allowing me to capture this special season of life and I wish you both all the best in your marriage. I hope you both enjoy living in the same house let alone the same country! 😉
Stacy and Alvin both live in Austin, but are getting married at the Laurel in Grapevine next May! Since they live in Austin, we set up a time to get to know each other better over Facetime and from that call I knew we were going to be a great fit! They both love the outdoors, spending time with friends, playing board games, and of course each other! Stacy and Alvin met when they were in high school at a Christian summer youth camp when Alvin was wandering around the campsite. He ran into Stacy and a friend jumping up and down trying to take jumping pictures! Stacy said she had never laid eyes on such a handsome boy in her life. Alvin was at first taken aback by the girl’s silliness, but quickly became comfortable and Stacy and Alvin became good friends and later started dating.
Years later, they went on a short trip to Seattle with close friends and spent a beautiful day exploring the the park, seeing the forests, lakes, and beautiful mountains. Their last stop was at Rialto beach at sunset. While walking along the beach, Alvin said, “This would be such a beautiful place to propose! If only I had the ring!” Stacy was thinking the same thing, but little did she know…
In their words, “The walk was quite long, with lots of rocks and a stream to cross. We had to rush to get to these two big rocks before sunset – a very picturesque spot! When we finally made it, Alvin took pictures of our friends and then we switched for our turn to have our picture taken. But instead, Alvin started talking – sharing memories with Stacy and reminiscing on all of the times they had together. It was then that Stacy realized that Alvin did in fact have the ring! He got down on one knee and proposed, and of course, Stacy said yes!”
For their engagement session we met up in Fort Worth which is now officially my favorite photo location I’ve come across! I looove this park because there’s beautiful trees, tall grass, and a lake that everything overlooks. We joked around during their session that it almost looked like Austin rather than Fort Worth! I can’t wait to celebrate Stacy and Alvin next year in Grapevine in May. Congrats to the future Mr. and Mrs. Tung!
Jodi and Tyler met in early 2016 at Texas Tech University. They had both recently joined the Student Activities Board as homecoming representatives and were brought on to be partners. They are both from the DFW area, so for their first date they actually went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth! Tyler proposed to Jodi a year and a half later on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He tried to catch Jodi off guard, so as soon as they arrived, he took her to a rocky area on the beach and got down on one knee. In Jodi’s words, “between the waves and the sound of my own heart pounding, I didn’t actually hear the question, but I said ‘yes!’ anyway.
Jodi and Tyler are officially tying the knot at the Orchard in Azle, Texas next spring. The Orchard is one of my favorite venues in the DFW area with beautiful, huge, trees for you to get married under! Many congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Hays! I can’t wait to be a part of your special day!
You may remember Taylor and Vanessa from their proposal that I blogged a couple of weeks ago! Taylor mirrored his proposal after an escape room by creating a series of mini puzzles for Vanessa to figure out and ended at the Antique Rose Emporium outside of College Station. Vanessa and Taylor are both some of our closest friends and it’s been such a joy being a part of this special season of their lives! A couple of weeks ago I traveled to College Station for several engagement sessions, theirs being one of them. I always love getting to catch up with old friends during my visits to cstat!
You wouldn’t know it by the photos, but it was about 100 degrees outside when we shot these. Luckily the heat didn’t feel that bad…when you’re with good friends the time flies! I looove the outfits Vanessa chose for her engagements and they fit with the beautiful greenery and water perfectly.
I can’t wait to celebrate with these two in January at the White Sparrow in Quinlan. It’s always exciting when two friends get married, but even more exciting when I get to be a part of this joyful season! Vanessa and Taylor are both such genuine, fun, people, I know their wedding day will be a blast! Many congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs.!
Cinny and Joshua actually met because they were neighbors! When Josh knew Cinny was the girl he wanted to marry he surprised her with a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning! The scavenger hunt lead Cinny to her stocking and inside was a little wrapped box with a note that said “Will you marry me?” Cinny sad “yes!” and they are tying the knot next April at Peach Creek Ranch in College Station.
We met up the end of July on the Texas A&M University campus since Josh is an Aggie and began their engagement session under the Century Tree! These two are so laid back and we had lots of fun roaming around campus ending at Research Park with a beautiful sunset. Many congratulations to Cinny and Joshua on their engagement! I can’t wait for your big day in April!
Joyful Engagement Session College Station, Texas I don’t think I could be more obsessed with this session! I had a blast walking around this beautiful field in College Station with Kat and Stu getting to know them better. They have such a fun, unique, story and I just realized a few days ago that my […]