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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