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!
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 […]
Tiffany and Colton both grew up in small towns only 20 minutes from one another and had lots of friends in common but didn’t officially meet until college. Tiffany had even been to Colton’s house for a birthday party without actually knowing him! During their freshman year at Texas State, Colton and Tiffany had the same english teacher just at different times of the day and week. One week Tiffany missed her normal time with this teacher so she attended a make up class that Colton happened to be in as well. That’s the first time Colton laid eyes on Tiffany, but he did’t have the courage to approach her. For weeks he referred to her as the “cute girl from his English class” that he didn’t know, but wanted to know.
They officially met at a tailgate through mutual friends and instantly became close friends. When they both knew that they cared for each other as more than friends, they wet on a date to Texas Roadhouse where Colton asked Tiffany to be his girlfriend on a deck of cards. He wrote something he loved about her on each card, followed by the last one which said “will you be my girlfriend?” Without hesitation, she said yes! When Colton knew Tiffany was the girl he wanted to marry they took a trip to Colorado, where they took a sleigh ride to the top of a mountain peak. The views were so beautiful that Colton insisted the driver stop to take photos of them as a keepsake at which point Colton got down on one knee and popped the questions. Tiffany of course said yes!!
Tiffany and Colton both had a beautiful wedding day last month at The Farmhouse Events in Montgomery. There was rain off and on throughout the day and the weather was quite dreary, but they didn’t let it dampen their spirits one bit. They were champs throughout the photos even when it started raining during the bridesmaid portraits!! Tiffany and Colton are both such friendly, accommodating, sweet people to be around and it was a joy being a part of their day!
Tiffany and Colton, I wish you both all the best in your marriage together! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of preserving such precious memories and many congratulations to you both!
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I’m headed to College Station today for several engagement sessions including this sweet couple, so what better time than to share their sweet spring proposal! Vanessa and Taylor are both very dear friends to Justin and I, so I was beyond excited when Taylor reached out to me about proposing to Vanessa! Vanessa and Taylor both love games, including escape rooms, so Taylor mirrored his proposal after an escape room by creating a series of mini puzzles for Vanessa to figure out.
They day of the proposal, I met Taylor and Vanessa’s mom for lunch, but Vanessa is so smart, she was already almost finished with the puzzles so we quickly headed to the proposal site! The final puzzle involved Vanessa figuring out the coordinates of the location where she would meet Taylor, by listening to morse code! The coordinates led her to the Antique Rose Emporium where Taylor got down on one knee and asked her to marry him!
I can’t wait to celebrate these two early next year at the White Sparrow in Quinlan, Texas! For now, I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from this special moment in their lives!
Peach Creek Ranch College Station, Texas Remember Barbara and Daniel from their enchanting engagement session at Blisswood Bed and Breakfast with their adorable pup, Kobu? I’m excited to say they are now Mr. and Mrs. and their wedding was every bit as lovely as their engagement session! I’m completely obsessed with this wedding – Amy with […]
Eleanor and Patrick had the most beautiful wedding day at the Victory Arts Center in Fort Worth. Victory Arts was formerly a girl’s boarding school that opened in 1910 and also served as a convent for the Sisters. In the 1980’s the upkeep of the convent became too difficult and costly for the few remaining elderly sisters so in the early 1990’s they sought to obtain a demolition permit for the building. Thankfully the Historic Preservation Council took over and the building was purchased and renovated. In 2004, the building reopened it’s doors as Victory Arts Center and now offers dramatic loft spaces for lease and serves as a wedding and event venue! I love when wedding venues have such a rich and interesting history, so unique and special!
Eleanor is also a photographer, so I was honored when she reached out to me about capturing her wedding day! It’s a high compliment when a fellow photographer trusts you to capture a pivotal moment in their life! Her business, Honey and Wildfire Photography is based out of College Station and she takes the most beautiful photos. My personal favorites are her graduation portraits, definitely check her out if you’re searching for a photographer in Aggieland!
Along with the rich history of their wedding venue, Eleanor and Patrick’s wedding day was full of beautiful details! I loved the unique colors of the purple bridesmaid dresses paired with beautiful florals by Vivienne and Vine Floral Design. Check out the rest of their amazing vendors at the bottom of this post!
Eleanor and Patrick, many congratulations on your marriage and thank you for trusting me to capture your lovely wedding day. I wish you both many years of joy and happiness in your lives together!
Madi and Zach had the sweetest ceremony at Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne. Rustic Grace is the perfect summertime venue with their quaint, little, white chapel and big, red, rustic barn for the reception! Rustic Grace recently added a silos expanding the reception area along with a beautiful new upstairs getting ready room. I loved all the natural light the additions provided.
When I first arrived at Rustic Grace, Madi and her bridesmaids were just relaxing, chatting with one another about the day. Madi and Zach both wanted their day to be Christ-centered and it definitely showed by everyone’s attitudes. Everyone was focused on the covenant Madi and Zach were about to make rather than fretting about the small details.
Before the ceremony, Madi and Zach opted to pray together rather than have a first look. I love that they wanted to dedicate their day and their marriage to the Lord, such a good reminder and inspiration! Madi and Zach both love playing games which was incorporated into their day through their favors which were custom decks of cards! They even had handmade yard games for their guests to play during the reception. Zach is quite the craftsman – he built the yard games along with a beautiful dance floor with their names on it. The dance floor was used when he proposed to Madi and I love that they brought it to their wedding to share their first and last dance of their wedding day on!
Madi and Zach, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! I wish you both many years of happiness in your marriage together!
Tara and Matt had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Inn at Quarry Ridge just as the sun was setting. They are both such fun, laid-back people and their day was the perfect reflection of that. My favorite moment of the day was Matt’s reaction to Tara walking down the aisle – the sweetest!
Detail-wise, I loved all the maroon they incorporated (go Aggies!) from the beautiful Nordstrom bridesmaids dresses to the touches of maroon florals. Tara and Matt’s reception was one of the most fun I’ve been to! They had quite the party as all their family and friends danced the night away celebrating the newlyweds. During the Aggie War hymn, a few non-Aggies were throwing up their school symbols in protest which made for some good laughs. It was also Tara’s grandfather’s birthday so they surprised him by singing happy birthday mid-way through! Tara and Matt, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful wedding day! I wish you both all the best in your marriage together!