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!
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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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!
Last weekend, Madi and Zach tied the knot at Rustic Grace Estate during one of the sweetest ceremonies I’ve had the honor of photographing! Madi has a heart of gold and Zach is such a thoughtful groom, they are the perfect pair! I was thrilled when Madi decided to have a bridal session at her venue in Van Alstyne. I love all the personal details Madi incorporated into her bridal outfit from wearing her mother’s wedding shoes to her grandmother’s brooch pinned to her bouquet. These details made it all the more special!
Bridal portraits are one of my favorite types of sessions to shoot! They are the perfect way for a bride to try out her wedding day look and as a bonus, they’re just plain fun! What other time does a girl get to dress up in a big white dress just for the heck of it and spin around for photos? I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I did taking them. I’m not sure I’ve squealed more than I did during this session – Madi is a gorgeous bride, so combine that with perfect light, wonderful weather, the cutest venue, and you have one happy photographer!
I am so excited to share Nicole and Glen’s lovely, April wedding on the blog today! It was a cold, blustery day, but you wouldn’t know it by the smiles on everyone’s faces. The Springs in Weatherford has a beautiful, outdoor ceremony location. While I have photographed at the Springs Event centers before in other locations across Texas, this was my first time in Weatherford after moving here and I love it!
Nicole and Glen met at Texas Tech when they were living in the same apartment complex. One day, Nicole caught Glen’s eye and even though she tried to avoid him, he pursued her and asked her out. Little did they know over 5 years later they would be Mr. and Mrs! Together, they both love to travel and have been to several countries together including Belize for their honeymoon. I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos of their day as much as I did capturing them. Nicole and Glen, it was a joy being a part of your lovely wedding day and I wish you both joy and happiness in your marriage together!
This lovely bride has been married for one month! Now that she’s officially a Mrs. I’m so excited to share her beautiful bridal session on the blog! Nicole, her sister, and her mom came out to Weatherford from north Dallas to have her bridal portraits taken at the Springs Events in Weatherford. Nicole and Glen both fell in love with the small town charm that Weatherford holds and decided to get married here. I couldn’t agree with them more – after living here just over a year, I love this city more every day! I can’t wait to share Nicole’s wedding photos very soon – be on the lookout for Nicole and Glen’s fun wedding day later this week. In the meantime, here’s a few of Nicole and her bridal beauty!
Melissa and Chris had a beautiful winter wedding at Broken Arrow Ranch last month in College Station. As Texas winter typically goes; the day began warm and rainy, but by the evening, it was almost freezing! Luckily Melissa and her bridesmaids were prepared with beautiful shawls for their outdoor portraits. Melissa and Chris’ day began at Broken Arrow Ranch in their rustic, bridesmaid’s getting ready room. This was my first time at Broken Arrow and it’s the perfect blend of classic and southern. I especially loved the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the black ceiling in the reception area of this new College Station venue!
After the sweetest father-daughter first look, we headed to St. Mary’s for Chris and Melissa to tie the knot! Everyone was so joyful throughout the day celebrating Melissa and Chris. Melissa made for a gorgeous bride in her beautiful gown and cathedral-length veil! Chris was beaming with joy and excitement as his lovely bride walked down the aisle – there was barely a dry eye in the chapel! After their heartfelt ceremony, we took a few photos at St. Mary’s before heading back to Broken Arrow for more portraits on their expansive property just as the sun went down. Everyone had a wonderful time at the reception toasting the new Mr. and Mrs. and dancing the night away. Melissa and Chris, it was a joy being a part of your amazing day! I wish you both a long, joyful, life together! View their vendor team at the bottom of this post.
Rustic Grace Estate Van Alstyne, Texas Taylor and Cash were married this past December at the Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne! Despite the downpour of rain that begin during the ceremony and lasted through the end of the night, Taylor and Cash were troopers and didn’t let it dampen their spirits one bit! My […]