Tad & Lauren | Downtown Waco Wedding | Waco, Texas

 Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Tad & Lauren hold a special place in our hearts. God has really blessed us with some amazing Sweetheart couples who become friends and stay in touch long after the wedding day. But Tad & Lauren are different, because we were friends long before the wedding was even a thought. Lauren has been a part of the small group we lead through our church for almost 4 years now. She’s known our daughters since they were toddlers, and we consider her one of our close friends here in Waco.

When Lauren started dating Tad and talking to us about him, we knew this was special. We knew this could be it. We even had conversations together, wondering not if but when Tad & Lauren were going to get married. So when Lauren texted me one night and told me she needed to tell me something, I wondered if this was it. And it was! We were so happy and excited for them! And then when they began planning their wedding and asked us to be their photographers, we were so honored to be a small part of their wedding story.

Tad & Lauren had a short engagement (about 2 ½ months!) but still were able to make a wedding that fully represented them as a couple. Lauren chose to wear her sister’s wedding dress as her own, a sweet sentimental detail to show her connection to her family. Tad & Lauren chose The Chapel at Meyer Center in downtown Waco as their venue. It was the perfect location for the intimate wedding with close family and friends they planned for Thanksgiving weekend. And the afternoon sunlight through the large windows lit the ceremony beautifully! Continuing the intimate wedding day feel, Tad & Lauren kept their wedding party to her sister, his brother, his son and one of Lauren’s close cousins.

After their afternoon ceremony, everyone headed a few blocks over to The Palladium for a fun reception! Guest enjoyed a coffee and ice cream bar from Common Grounds and Heritage Creamery, a tasty hors d’oeuvres spread by Kathy Thorman of Before I Do, and delicious cake by Kakes by Kat. There was dancing, and fun at the photo booth. And after running through a tunnel of ribbons, the couple drove away to their honeymoon in Lauren’s family’s classic red truck!

There are moments at every wedding that are special, but knowing these Sweethearts personally made them even more significant. Watching Tad & Lauren see each other for the first time was sweet, but knowing how much they have prayed for one another, even before knowing each other, made it such a joyous moment. Also, for over a year our small group has been praying for Lauren’s dad, who underwent a successful lung transplant for his health. So to see him walk Lauren down the aisle, and dance with her during the reception, was more than sweet moments between a father and his daughter. They were moments that spoke to the power of prayer and brought thankful tears for the blessing these small moments truly were for Lauren. And taking pictures of Tad & Lauren, with Tad’s son, seeing their little family together, reminded us how God weaves together people’s lives to create beautiful futures.

Tad & Lauren’s Sunday wedding was a beautiful chapter in these Sweethearts love story. And we can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes them!

 Bride getting ready at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride getting ready in Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride getting into dress for her downtown Waco Texas wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride’s family before the ceremony at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom poses with his son before classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride and groom have a first look at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride, groom, and son tie cross together during wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom praying at the altar - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom kiss in front of the doors at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride and groom share a first dance at their downtown Waco reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Father-daughter dance at reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom pose in front of The Hippodrome in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom with their names on the Hippodrome Marquee in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom have ribbon exit out of The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Tad & Lauren,

Y’all are married!!! We continue to pray blessings on your relationship as you move into married life together. We were honored you wanted us photograph your wedding day, but even more honored to call you friends.

Love, J&M

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Misael & Ellisa | Dove Creek Ranch Wedding | Dublin, Texas

 Bride & Groom dance under string lights during their wedding reception - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

There’s something magical about a wedding in the fall - all the leaves changing colors, warm evening sunlight coming through the trees, and here in Texas it’s no longer so stinkin hot! Misael & Ellisa really hit the jackpot on the fall season with their beautiful November 3rd wedding. And such a sweet couple deserves nothing less!

Misael & Ellisa chose Dove Creek Ranch as their venue. If you are in the Dublin, Texas area, please make sure to check this venue out! This was our first time at Dove Creek and we were blown away with how beautiful it was, with the ceremony site nestled under a lawn full of trees. We chose the lawn beside the ceremony site for Ellisa’s bridal party portraits, and it was so magical how the leaves kept falling around us from the trees above.

The fall theme continued with the colors and flowers Ellisa chose for their wedding. Her bridesmaids looked stunning in their burgundy dresses, each picking a style that complimented them. Ellisa’s dear friend, Andrew from Andrew Liebig Designs, put together all her floral arrangements, even making 4 unique bouquets for the bridesmaids. The red roses, berries, and red-tinged succulents made for some of the best perfect-for-fall bouquets we’ve seen. But Ellisa didn’t get to have all the fun in wedding planning. Misael made sure his love for Nutter Butters was represented in his fun (and delicious!) groom’s cake!

The magic of Misael & Ellisa’s fall wedding wasn’t just in all the gorgeous details, it was in all the special little moments that happened too. Moments we photographed so Misael & Ellisa can remember when they look back on their wedding photography. Like the way Ellisa and her mom were all laughs and smiles while she was getting ready and during their portraits. Or how Ellisa and her brother couldn’t resist posing in some fun ways to show of their sibling love/hate relationship. Pictures that show how Misael & Ellisa were all smiles and laughter when they held hands during their first touch by the bridal suite. Or all the glances they snuck at one another during the ceremony. In fact, we love that we were able to photograph the sweet way Misael looked at Ellisa since she didn’t see it for herself. Now she’ll always have the picture to see how her husband looked at her lovingly during their ceremony. It’s moments like these that we love to photograph and forever capture for our Sweethearts, so they can remember them for decades to come.

 Fall wedding details - - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Fall wedding - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 First look with dad - - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Fall wedding- Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bridal party in burgundy dresses - fall wedding at Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bridal details - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bridal portraits at Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groomsmen in gray vests, jeans and boots - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 First touch - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom smiles as his bride comes down the aisle - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bridal party portrait - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Ceremony site - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom at Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom and bride smile at one another after their ceremony - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Nutter Butter groom’s cake - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 First dance as Mr. and Mrs. - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride dances with her dad - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom dances with his mom - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Guests dance at reception - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Dance party reception - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom leave reception while guests toss flower petals - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Misael & Ellisa,

Seeing you look at each other so lovingly on your wedding day reminded us of what it feels like to be in newlywed love. We pray those loving looks at one another stay with you in the years to come and become a defining characteristic of your marriage!

Love, J&M

 Groom looks lovingly at his new bride - Dove Creek Ranch in Dublin, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Dove Creek Ranch

Florist | Andrew Liebig Designs

Baker | Cakes by Jenna

Caterer | Taqueria La Taquiza

Hair & Make up | Desa McQueen

Bridal Gown | Georgio’s Bridal

Groom | Men’s Warehouse

Invitations & Signs | Laura Henson Designs

Garrett & Kelli | Catholic Ceremony & Warehouse Reception | Hillsboro, Texas

 Groom holds his bride in town square in Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com

It’s been such a joy to get to know Garrett & Kelli!

We first met them for a double-date over coffee to hear all about how their relationship started. And then had so much fun photographing them and their cute fur babies for their engagement session in College Station. So of course their wedding day was filled with joy, sweet moments and fun times!

These Sweethearts planned the perfect October wedding, with a more traditional Catholic ceremony followed by a reception at The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro. For their ceremony decor, they allowed the beauty of the sanctuary to set the stage, with beautiful afternoon light shining through the stained-glass windows. The Warehouse was transformed into a moody, Great Gatsby vibe, with rich maroon linens, golden table settings, and dark lanterns that reminded you of Gatsby and Daisy.

There were so many details that Garrett & Kelli chose to make their wedding day reflect their love story and style. The bridesmaids dresses were gorgeous with their intricate detailing. The groomsmen looked dashing in their charcoal suits. The Sweethearts chose Italian for their dinner menu, and guests feasted on chicken parmigiana and linguine with clams. Instead of a traditional bride and groom’s cake, they chose cheesecake shooters, chocolate covered strawberries, and cannolis. And knowing what a fun and photogenic bunch they had in their bridal party, Garrett & Kelli rented beautiful antique furniture from Rent My Dust for a sitting lounge and photo area during the reception. And they definitely put it to good use!

But while all the decor and planning details came together perfectly, what really stands out from Garrett & Kelli’s wedding day are the little moments full of meaning and emotion. How these Sweethearts were surrounded not only by family, but by friends who are like family, all coming together to celebrate their love. How Kelli’s grandpa walked her down the aisle so proud. How Garrett’s face looked when the doors opened and he saw Kelli for the first time. How during the priest’s homily, Garrett & Kelli would steal glances and smile at one another. How at the reception Kelli surprised her brother by choosing “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash for their dance, and then the two of them danced together like they did when they were little kids. And how Garrett & Kelli were surrounded by all their favorite people and danced the evening away. It’s these moments we hope Garrett & Kelli remember as they think back over their wedding day!

 Red velvet bridal shoes - Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Bridal details - Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Gothic bridesmaid dresses for Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Grandfather walks bride down the aisle - Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom sees bride for first time and takes a deep breath - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
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 Catholic ceremony at Gothic Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Fall wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom and bride smile at one another after exchanging vows, black and white image - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Catholic wedding in Waco, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
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 Bride and groom share a moment after their ceremony - Gothic wedding in TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride and groom kiss under veil - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom kicks up his foot while kissing bride - Fall wedding in Hillsboro, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception details - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception details - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception details - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride smiles at groom outside wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Sunset portraits in downtown Hillsboro, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception details - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Reception details - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Groomsmen pose together in photo seating area - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
 Bridal party pose elegantly on sitting lounge area - Gothic Gatsby Reception - The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - http://jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Garrett & Kelli,

Congratulations once again on your beautiful relationship and marriage! We hope you’ve stored away in your memories all the sweet moments from the day. And that these images will help jog those memories for the decades to come!

Blessings on your marriage!

Love, J&M

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Venue | St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, The Eagle Historic Warehouse

Rentals | Rent My Dust

Florist | Douglas Floral

Baker | Simply Delicious

Caterer | Frenkie’s Pasta, Hillsboro Texas

Hair & Make up | La Bella Salon

Bridal Gown | David’s Bridal

Tuxes | Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal