Two Fort Worth Weddings: Intimate Courthouse + McDavid Studio Wedding

Today is double feature day starring Howard and Michelle!  One of my bucket list items as a photographer was to get to photograph a courthouse wedding. Fortunately for me, Michelle and Howard chose to have an intimate civil ceremony at the beautiful historic courthouse in downtown Fort Worth before their marriage celebration later in the year.  Enjoy photos from both of their celebrations!

Michelle looked beautiful in her champagne colored gown, and Howard was the dashing gentleman in his suit and tie.

I loved this moment where Michelle’s dad let her nephews check out the rings the couple would soon be exchanging.

Remember how I mentioned in their engagement blog post that Michelle is one of the most generous people I know?  Not only did she make sure they took a photo with me, but when I showed up to photograph part 2 of her celebration later in the year, she had the photo in a frame for me along with other goodies.  Can we say thoughtful??

After their August civil ceremony, the couple held a celebration later in the year at Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio with their closest family and friends.  

The wedding incorporated fun elements that included colorful Mardi Gras masks, peacock feathers and miniature Moroccan lanterns.

I loved getting to see my beautiful friend as a bride!!

While I take formal portraits of family at every wedding, I don't often share them here on the blog. However, this family session was filled with such wonderful moments of joy and emotion so I had to post a few favorite images.

Michelle and Howard were intentional about incorporating elements of their shared faith into the ceremony in meaningful ways.

After the ceremony, the space was transformed to prepare for the reception.  These miniature colorful Moroccan lanterns created delightful centerpieces and also doubled as favors!

Cascablanca pulled out all the stops with the dinner they catered.  They specialize in Greek, Mediterranean, and Lebanese cuisine.  Yes, it was as tasty as it looked! Don't worry there was plenty of hummus, pita, and veggies for any vegetarians ;)

A table filled with entertainment for the youngest guests was set up to include them in the festivities.

Talented musicians created a celebratory air with Arabic music during the cocktail hour.

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The best man kept all the guests laughing with his traditional British roast of the groom.

The beautiful blue and purple uplighting painted a lovely backdrop for individual photos of guests.

Recognize this couple?? ;)

So let's talk about this gorgeous pear shaped yellow diamond.  I could have photographed it...... all. night. long.