GSS Featured Wedding :: Eugenia & Michael’s Garden Wedding :: Tracy Autem Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Tracy Autem of  Tracy Autem Photography. She is a Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tracy has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Eugenia and Michael were married on April 9, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Eugenia was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Michael meet?  Michael and I first met while stationed in Korea in 2006.  We didn’t date then nor where we friends.  I left Korea in 2007 and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas.  Michael also received orders to come to Fort Hood in 2007 about 8 months after I got to Fort Hood.  He contacted me via email, made plans for lunch and we started a friendship after that.  


How long have you been together? We started dating officially in July 2009 so we have been together for 2 years.


How did Michael propose?  It was on 14 February 2010 the day after I got back from my deployment in Iraq.   He had been home for a month and therefore we were both on weird sleeping schedules.  We got up at about 0300 that morning, we were wide awake and started playing video games.  We sat around the house watched tv all day and had a pretty laid back night.  About 1130 that night I gave him a Valentine’s Day card that I purchased in Iraq (I had forgotten about it) and after he read it and we had a couple laughs, he took my hand and asked me to marry him.


What sold you on your wedding venue?  I really loved the garden as soon as I saw it.  I initially wanted an enchanted garden theme/look for the wedding so that is why the garden had to be the place for the ceremony.  Michael really liked the Modern Art Museum when our wedding planner Dayna Tooley showed it to us, so I agreed and went with it.  We really loved the colors, the feel, the Modern aspect of the museum and thought it was the perfect venue to transition to after the ceremony in the garden.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I purchased the dress from Bridal Mart in Burlington, NC.  I saw the dress in a magazine and just loved it.  When I saw it in person tried it on and saw that it was the perfect price I just had to buy it. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Well…I didn’t really follow the tradition of having one of each of the above. However, for the sake of the tradition, my something old were earrings given to me by my grandmother, something new my dress, I didn’t have anything borrowed and my something blue was a handkerchief given to me by my matron of honor (she made sure I had something blue).

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  Fuchsia and Purple are two of my favorite colors and to tie them both in I added silver.  After looking through so many color combos via google, wedding blogs and magazines, I was sold when I saw these colors and considered them a good combination. 

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?  Oh yes! Budget, Budget, Budget! Michael and I didn’t really have one and because of that we just went with whatever our heart desired.  Although, in retrospect I got everything I wanted, I believe that having a budget keeps you grounded so that you don’t end up having to rebuild your savings after the wedding (like Mike and I are).  Michael was really involved in the whole planning process and I love that he was.  Not sure if many men really like to be involved in the planning but maybe if the bride lets him and asks for his opinion (and is willing to take it) then the groom can certainly help with the stress of making the decisions for the big day.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  My favorite part was when I was able to see Michael (first look) right before the ceremony.  It helped ease my nerves and reminded me of just how much I love him and how happy I was to have said yes.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  “You Are”  by Charlie Wilson


Venue:   Ceremony- Lower Rose Garden @ Fort Worth Botanical Gardens             Reception- Modern Art Museum

Dress: Bridal Mart– Burlington, NC

Cake: Crème de la Crème Cake Company

Floral: Philip Combs Design

Linens: M&M The Special Events Co.

Catering: Café Modern

DJ/Band: Tommy Evans- Specialty Sounds

Videographer: Rachel Delira-  HONBUN Video

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Davids Bridal

Event Planner: Dayna Tooley

Thank you so much, Tracy, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Eugenia, for taking your time to answer our questions!  And THE BIGGEST THANK YOU to both Eugenia and Michael for serving, protecting and defending our Country!!!!  We wish you and Michael a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Engagement :: Kyla & Kyle’s Texas State Fair Engagement Session :: Red Brick Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  You’re all in for a treat today!!!  Man, our submissions just keep getting better and better!!!  Today’s fabulous featured engagement session comes from Mandy Lackey of Red Brick Photoraphy and it totally rocks our socks off!  Red Brick Photography is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Mandy has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Kyla and Kyle will be married on April 22, 2011.  Kyla was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

First of all, we find it absolutely adorable that you and your fiance’s names are so similar.  Do you get comments on that a lot?  We get this ALL the time.  Everyone pauses for a second and then can’t stop talking about how adorable it is and if we are going to name our kids some variation of Kyla or Kyle, which we are not.  Our parents can’t even get it right half the time, my mom wrote Kyla on Kyle’s birthday card last year and you could see where she changed the a to an e.  It gets very confusing when people are talking to us too, we both answer to either name. 


How did you and Kyle meet?  Despite the similar names, Kyle and I have lots of rivalries going that make our meeting even more unique.  When we met we were both working for rival Big 4 accounting firms.  One of his coworkers planned a night out for their coworkers and the planner was good friends with one of my coworkers and invited us to come along.  We went to Grimaldi’s for dinner where we had the longest wait EVER.  Kyle and I started talking about our names, our work rivalry, and our college rivalry.  He went to UT and I went to OU, so with all of this going against us, you would have thought the conversation would have ended right there.  But we hit it off and I made sure I sat by him at dinner.  After dinner we all went to a concert where I tried to play hard to get, but Kyle returned the game.  Things went great all night though and we had a lot of fun together and after the concert Kyle asked for my number and we went on our first date later that next week. 


How long did you date before the proposal OR How long have you been together?  We dated for a year and a half before the proposal and we have been together almost 2 years.


Have you set a date yet?  We are getting married on April 22, 2011.


Have you picked your venue?  If so, what made you choose this location?  We are getting married at Occasions at Stone River in Royse City, TX.  We wanted a venue with an outdoor option and this place had it and so much more.  We went out there one day for a tour and fell in love with the place and fell in love even more when we found out that they pretty much do everything for the wedding.  They have made planning our wedding so easy and affordable. 


At what point did you know that Kyle was “the one”?  A few months after we met, Kyle and I went to Destin, Florida for the week with some of his friends.  This was my first time meeting most of his friends from college because they all live in different cities.  I was a little nervous about not knowing any one and being stuck with these random people for a week.  But from the very beginning, Kyle made sure that I was included in everything and never felt uncomfortable.  He even went above and beyond to make sure I had a great time on their vacation.  He made alone time for just us to go out to dinner on the beach and he even ditched all of his friends another night so that we could go see one of my friends who happened to be there at the same time.  By the end of the vacation I felt like I had gone on a vacation that I would have planned and was now part of the group.  Seeing the way he considered my feelings and made sure I was happy showed me that he would always be there for me. 


Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple?  Besides the engagement and planning for the wedding, the most memorable moment of our relationship is buying our house.  We looked all over Dallas and went back and forth between getting another apartment or buying a house, when our realtor showed us a house that was a perfect fit for our personalities.  It had everything we wanted and more.  We had so much fun buying furniture and decorating the house and was so excited when we had our families over for a house warming party.  Everything was perfect and we now have a great house to share our new life in together as a married couple.  Every time we talk to one of our friends they get a great laugh over how “domestic” we are after a weekend of yard work and holiday decoration shopping.


How did Kyle propose?  Kyle sent me flowers at work one random day with a card that read, “I remember taking you back to right where I first met you”, which is a line from our song Then by Brad Paisley.  The card also said, “Tonight, 7pm”.  So I met him in front of Grimaldi’s where we sat down at a table and he told me how happy I made him and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.  After his proposal we went inside, where he had both of our families waiting for us for a celebration dinner.


Were you surprised?  I was very surprised because I had just finished my Masters Degree and I thought we may be going out to celebrate.  I was also so happy and surprised to see both of our families there.


What made you choose Mandy as your photographer?  Kyle actually saw an add for Mandy’s Red Brick Photographyon Facebook and showed me the website and we both really enjoyed her work.  We met her at Starbucks one night to discuss details and we knew right away she was the one.  We loved her personality and all the ideas she had.  Her work is amazing and she is more amazing.  We feel like we are having a friend coming to our wedding more so than just a professional photographer.


Thank you so much, Mandy, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and show her some love!  And thank you, Kyla, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We hope your wedding is everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Kyle a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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