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 Wedding Inspiration Board :: Fuchsia & Aqua

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!! We are absolutely LOVING this Fuchsia and Aqua wedding color palette!  It’s so bright and festive… We can’t help but smile everytime we look at this inspiration board!  This Fuchsia and Aqua palette would be perfect for a Spring, Summer, or Beach wedding!

Fuchsia Peep Toe Pumps:  Image Courtesy of Jim Kennedy Photographers

Fuchsia and Aqua Dessert Table:  Amy Atlas

Fuchsia and Aqua Save the Dates:  Ivandy27 via Etsy

Bride and Groom in Aqua ’57 Chevy:  Image Courtesy of More Than an Image Photography

Groomsmen in Aqua Shirts with Fuchsia Neckties:  Image Courtesy of Giselle Macfarlane Photography

Fuchsia and Aqua Centerpiece:  Events by Heather Ham           Image Courtesy of  Picotte Weddings Inc.

Fuchsia and Aqua Bridal Bouquet:  Butterfly Petals           Image Courtesy of  Elyse Hall Photography

Fuchsia and Aqua Bridesmaids Dresses with Fuchsia Bouquets:  Desiree De Lara          Image Courtesy of Chyna Darner Photography

Fuchsia and Aqua Tablescape:  Events by Heather Ham            Image Courtesy of Picotte Weddings Inc.

Fuchsia and Aqua Fan Wedding Programs:  Jean M               Image Courtesy of In His Grace Photography

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Graphite Gray and Fuchsia

Remember Jill and Derek’s wedding that we featured back in December?  Well, if not, you HAVE to check it out- you can do so by clicking  here…  Anyway, Jill’s wedding color palette totally inspired us!  So we thought we’d put together a little Graphite Gray and Fuchsia wedding inspiration board of our own.  But, of course, we had to throw in a couple of images from Jill and Derek’s wedding… They were too FABULOUS not to!  :)  The awesome thing about this color palette is that it is so versatile.  It can be used any season of the year! 

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Clutches:  Lou Lou Bell viaEtsy

Graphite Gray Bridesmaids with Fuchsia Bouquets with Bride:  Image Courtesy of Across the Miles Photography

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Wedding Cake:  Maples Wedding Cakes

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Bride and Groom:  Image Courtesy of Across the Miles Photography

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Tablescape:  Flowers by Steve           Image Courtesy of Sarah Bastille Photography

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Wedding Invitations:  Blush Paperie

Graphite Gray Tuxedo with Fuchsia Boutonniere:  Just Bloomed       Image Courtesy of Kelly Brown Weddings

Fuchsia Bridal Bouquet:  Des Jardin LLC            Image Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

Fuchsia Peep Toe Pumps:  Stuart Weitzman Shoes             Image Courtesy of Phreckles Photography

Graphite Gray and Fuchsia Table Numbering:  Unique Ink Paperie viaEtsy

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Hot Pink Honeysuckle & Chocolate Brown

As you may know, Pantone has declared the color of Honeysuckle the color of the year for 2011.  So we thought we’d put together a little inspiration board featuring this fine color!  We paired this beautiful hue of pink with the always in style Chocolate Brown.  These colors balance each other out perfectly!  And with Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks away… Don’t you think this color palette would be just gorgeous as a Valentine’s wedding?  This hot pink Honeysuckle & Chocolate Brown palette is so romantic and seductive!

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Tablescape:  Image Courtesy of Jose Villa Photography

Chocolate Brown Bridesmaid Dress:  After Six via Dessy

Khaki Suit, Chocolate Brown Tie & Honeysuckle Pink Boutonniere:  Fifty Flowers        Image Courtesy of Orange Turtle Photography

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Favor Boxes:  E-Fortune Cookie         Image Courtesy of Photography by Vanessa

Honeysuckle Pink Bridesmaid Dress:  After Six via Dessy

Honeysuckle Pink Peep Toe Pumps:  Nina          Image Courtesy of Patricia Kantzos Photography

Honeysuckle Pink Bridal Bouquets:  Glendale Flowers and Gifts         Image Courtesy of Sarah J Photography

Puppy Dog Floral Ring Bearer Pillow:  Image Courtesy of Alternate Angles Photography

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Invitations:  Bird and Banner         Image Courtesy of Artisan Events

Honeysuckle Pink Centerpieces:  Image Courtesy of Christopher Record Photography LLC

Honeysuckle Pink & Chocolate Brown Wedding Cake:   Hotcakes Bakes           Image Courtesy of Next Exit Photography

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Blue Raspberry

This Blue Raspberry inspiration board featuresthe color palette of Fuchsia and Marine Blue.  We love how these bright colors interact with each other and compliment each other so eloquently. 

Marine Blue and Fuchsia Wedding Cake:  Quiet Elegance           Image Courtesy of Mike Kehr Photography

Fuchsia Centerpiece with Marine Blue Linens:  Artfool             Image Courtesy of Maggie Heinzel-Neel Photography

Bride with Bridesmaids:  Image Courtesy of Next Exit Photography

Fuchsia Bridal Bouquet:  Nouveau Flowers              Image Courtesy of Paul Johnson Photography

Marine Blue and Fuchsia Wedding Invitation:  Jean M.

Marine Blue Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Marine Blue Wedding Favors:  Image Courtesy of Agnes Lopez Photography

Fuchsia Pumps:  Stuart Weitzman       Image Courtesy of Phreckles Photography

Marine Blue, Fuchsia, and Peacock Boutonniere:  Bells & Whistles      Image Courtesy of inContrast Images

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