A gorgeous wedding in an old 1899 mansion!

A breathtaking wedding that took place at the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House. Designated a City of Fort Worth Landmark in 1980, McFarland House was Fort Worth’s second property to achieve local landmark status. Known as the region’s most intact Queen Anne residence, the elegant Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House was built high on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. This sophisticated Victorian beauty of a little over 5,000 square feet was designed in 1899 by English architect Howard Messer for Galveston widow Mrs. George Ball (Sarah) and her son Frank. The house cost $38,000 to build at a time when the average cost of a home was $2,000 to $4,000. The second owners, William and Sarah Conger Eddleman, were from Weatherford. They bought the house in 1904, and moved in with their daughter and her husband, Caroline (Carrie) Aurelia and Frank Hays McFarland. Carrie McFarland lived there until her death 1978 at the age of 100.

A note from the bride ~

​Like any great relationship, we started out as great friends. We met the summer of 2005 at a summer program at Indiana University – Bloomington. We bonded over music and continued to build a friendship through the next several years. The summer before our last year in Bloomington, we decided to begin dating. Over the next year, our relationship grew stronger and stronger, which led us to our first major decision. After graduation, Jennifer planned to continue her education at the University of Texas at San Antonio. We decided that we would move together to San Antonio, Texas, where Jennifer would complete her Master’s degree in counseling and Andy would finish his Bachelor’s degree in education. The next several years in San Antonio would bring major changes, but our relationship continued to grow. We found and fell in love with our dog, Bella. We moved from place to place in San Antonio (we really enjoy packing and unpacking boxes). Jennifer completed her degree and began counseling children. Andy (eventually) finished his degree in education. We then came to another major decision. Following Andy’s graduation, we decided that we were ready to leave San Antonio, and begin our lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. ​New city, same great love. In the summer of 2014, we moved to DFW, where Andy began his career teaching. In the fall of 2016, after almost 8 years of being in a relationship, Andy asked Jenn to marry him. We will begin our marriage on October 7th, 2017 and we look forward to years of matching Halloween costumes, concert-going, board game-playing, and experiencing new adventures together.

– Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House – Venue

– TLC Event Staffing – 
Day-of-coordinator (really month-of-coordination), event staff/assistant to coordinator, bartending

– Brandi McComb Photography – Photography

– Gordon Boswell Flowers – florist

– Mike Mahnich – DJ and MC

– Taylor’s Rentals – rental company supplied tent, lighting, tables, chairs, table linens

– Rudy’s BBQ – catered dinner

– Central Market – Cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, cakes and pies

– Tiff’s Treats – cookie delivery

– Shelton’s Salon and Spa – hair and makeup for bride

Color palette: shades of blues and turquoise

Brides dress: From Terry Costa – Rebecca Ingram – Adrian (Ivory)

The girls dresses: David’s Bridal – Short Dress with Sweetheart Illusion Neckline (Pacific)

Guys suits: Al’s Formal Wear – Jean Yves – Allure Notch Tuxedo (Blue Slate)

Guys shoes: Al’s Formal Wear – Fabian Couture – Cognac

Guys bowties: Groom made them!

Jenn’s Rings: Engagement Ring – Family heirloom from the Webb side, Wedding Band – Jenn’s mother’s wedding band

Andy’s Ring: Men’s Rings for Less – Titanium Ring with Wood Inlay

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween milk bath session

Creative Halloween milk bath with Reagan Aleigha – she did her own makeup.

This was fun and different. She’s in a Theater makeup class at Sachse HS and wanted to try a new look for Halloween then I wanted to take my milk bath session and turn it into a Halloween theme, seriously too much fun! BLACK WATER!! Yes!!!

Here are some behind the scenes and several creative and fun shots.

40th birthday celebration at Ferris Wheeler Backyard BBQ

Last night I shot a 40th birthday for Stuart Carter at the new venue Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

It was a party of around 80+ friends and family put on by his mom and younger sister (who happens to have the same birthday), a stilt walker and the cutest monkey you ever did see were just some of the surprises to show up! Miki the Monkey LOVED him some dum dum suckers!! The birthday boy was surrounded by friends and family who had such an amazing time and even roasted him, some were pretty funny! Did I mention it was outdoors at night, like dark!? I love shooting nighttime photography!

Oh and let me tell you, this was the BEST BBQ I have ever tasted! If you have not yet been you must try this place out! Great atmosphere, they have plenty of room for parties, events, they even had a band (big stage out back) and let’s not forget the ferris wheel.

Owner Doug Pickering was there greeting guests, hung out with Miki the Monkey and served up the best BBQ in Texas!! Ferris Wheelers Backyard BBQ is located at 1950 Market Center Blvd. On the menu, you can expect “Texas staples such as brisket, ribs, house-made sausage, honey-brined smoked turkey breast and Carolina-style pork shoulder,” according to a press release. “The Southern-influenced sides include smoked BBQ beans, smoked green beans, BBQ mac & cheese, jalapeño bacon cole slaw and Southwestern potato salad.”

Birthday boy – Stuart Carter
Venue – Ferris Wheelers Backyard BBQ
Photography – Brandi McComb Photography
Pretzel Sticks – Stick in the Mud
Popcorn – Popcorn Papa
Koozies – Haute Tamales
Cake/Cupcakes – Tom Thumb
Eric the stilt walker and Miki the Monkey – B3 Entertainment

 

Sister session at sunset

I am the mother of two beautiful, precious, talented daughters. I am always working and never have time to really take them out for a session.

I captured these at sunset, I just love how the sunlight danced in their hair, it brought me to tears a few times as I was shooting just watching them, they are both so used to the camera I don’t even have to tell them what to do.

I am proud of these girls and their love for each other and for me. I lost my sister at a young age, we were 10 years apart, I named my youngest after her. These girls are 8 years apart and my oldest takes care of her and helps just like my sister did with me. It is a blessing they have each other.

Shaconie & Karen said I do at the gorgeous Stone Crest Venue

Shaconie & Karen tied the knot and made it official after 8 long years together. They were surrounded by supportive family and friends in a breathtaking venue with gorgeous decor.

Here I have put together only some of my favorites from the day.

Venue: Stone Crest
Planner: Each and every detail
Photographer: Brandi McComb Photography
Video: Scott Jax Entertainment
DJ: Tre Dunlap
Hair: Jasmine Griffin and Heather Farmer
Makeup: JayFace Makeup and Desiree McCall
Decor: Renee’s Royal Events
Glassware: M&M Special Events
Cake: Meringue Bakery
Italian Ice cream: Paciugo Gelato & Caffè
Catering: Hard Eight BBQ
Bartender: Special Moments

 

Live Nation and One Republic event at Starplex 9-11-2017

I am a wedding and portrait photographer but I also specialize in event photography so when I was contacted for this event I was pretty excited and called up my assistant to confirm the details.

We arrived to first shoot detail shots of the decor, gorgeous floral, food, the awesome pavilion then we headed to the backstage tour where we learned a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes, later was the meet and greet with the band and back over to the pavilion before the band took the stage. This was such a great event for a company to be able to put on for their employees.

Here are just some of my favorites from the night.

Venue – Starplex Pavilion

Live nation – Coordination and event setup

Band – OneRepublic

Client – Cisco Systems

Photography – Brandi McComb Photography