Austin & Andie | Carleen Bright Arboretum Wedding | Waco, Texas

 A newly married couple kisses on their wedding day underneath a sunset sky - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Do y’all remember Austin & Andie from their engagement session earlier this spring? More importantly, do you remember the romantic way Austin proposed? ICYMI, Andie is a instructor for deaf students in Waco ISD, and so when Austin proposed to Andie while celebrating Christmas Eve with her family, he got down on one knee in her parents’ living room and signed his proposal to Andie.

Seriously, it’s one of the most romantic proposal stories we’ve heard, and we’ve heard a lot of them as wedding photographers! With such a sweet proposal, it was no surprise to us that Austin & Andie’s wedding day was full of sweet and sentimental touches. Or that Austin & Andie come from such sweet families!

One of the first things Andie proudly told us when we arrived at the Arboretum was that her dad BUILT the arbor she & Austin were getting married under. And to see how the arbor transformed with Andie’s wedding day flowers of white hydrangeas, sunflowers, blush roses, and soft blue flowers was truly amazing. It was such a special touch, and one they can take with them into their backyard now!

It was also touching to see how Andie’s 3 sisters surrounded her on her big day, helping her with makeup and perfecting the placement of her headpiece. Or how Austin and his mom took a few moments to practice their dancing on the patio in between taking family photos. And while I missed out on all the shenanigans at the groomsmen’s Fixer Upper AirBnB beforehand, Jason assures me that this group of guys was supporting Austin and having a blast doing so!

But I think our favorite sweet moments from this wedding are just seeing Austin & Andie experience so many happy emotions throughout the day. Being there when Andie showed her mom her bouquet and started tearing up. Seeing her dad’s look of glee when he first saw Andie, and their tears through the smiles as they hugged. Watching for Austin’s face when he saw Andie for the first time THE ENTIRE DAY when the doors opened as she began her walk down the aisle, and seeing this HUGE smile break out across his face. In fact, just watching Austin & Andie smile at one another through their vows, sneaking glances at each other...you just knew this was a couple that was so in love and so excited to begin their marriage.

And when they danced around sporadically to “I’m So Excited” as their final dance, with all their family and friends dancing in a circle around them, it was the perfect ending to the perfect wedding for this sweet couple- a day full of joy, smiles, laughter, and fun, surrounded by their amazing family and friends, beginning their new life together.

 Navy, white, yellow bridal details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas -Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Diamond wedding band detail - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Navy, white, and yellow wedding details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A mother helps her daughter in to her wedding gown - the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A groom and his groomsmen hang out in a Fixer Upper Airbnb for his summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 First look with dad at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 blue and white wedding bouquets - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 A groom smiles when he sees his bride coming down the aisle - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Pale blue bridesmaids gowns and navy slacks and yellow ties for groomsmen
 A bride and groom in the garden at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Blush wedding gown with full layered skirt and lace details from Georgio's Bridal in Waco, Texas
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 George's Restaurant in Waco, Texas caters a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A bride and groom's first dance in The Pavillion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Sunset portraits during a wedding reception at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 4-tiered white buttercream bridal cake and Baylor groom's cake by All Sugar'd Up in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Glowstick send-off at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Austin & Andie,

It was truly an honor to photograph your wedding day. It was such a beautiful day full of sweet moments that we hope you carry with you in your memories for years to come. May the love and smiles you had for each other on your wedding day grow bigger with each anniversary!

Love, J&M

 A bride and groom silhouetted by the Texas sunset at their summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Carleen Bright Arboretum

Florist | HEB Blooms

Baker | All Sugar'd Up

Caterer | George's Restaurant

Bridal Gown | Georgio's Bridal

Tuxes | Old Navy, Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie

Dustin & Virginia | Outdoor Rustic Wedding at Rustic Acres | Belton, Texas

 A bride and groom hold hands in a field with hay bales under a blue Texas sky at their rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

In late June we joined Dustin & Virginia for their wedding day, and we’ve been so excited to share their wedding story on the blog!

Dustin and Virginia had their outdoor rustic wedding at Rustic Acres Event Center in Belton, Tx, and it was the perfect venue for their wedding. The ceremony site had lush green grass, even in the Texas summer! The backdrop of the green trees behind the altar framed the ceremony beautifully. And the open fields with hay bales made for some romantic sunset portraits while the reception was rocking along inside the red barn.

Virginia chose a pink, tan and cream color palette, an ideal choice for a rustic Texas wedding in summer! The bridesmaids wore soft pink dresses, while the groomsmen wore a Texas tuxedo - jeans, boots, a white button up shirt, and vest and tie. The tan, pink and cream color palette was carried throughout the wedding day in the large pink rose bouquets carried by the bridal party, the pink roses that adorned the buttercream wedding cake, and the burlap and wood used throughout the decor.

Dustin & Virginia’s wedding was simple, romantic, and full of so many sweet moments. Their daughter was enamored with Virginia’s wedding dress, and kept wanting to touch her skirt. In fact, kids were a big part of the day! Nieces and nephews filled out the bridal party, and little cousins ran around the dance floor all evening. One of the sweetest things to watch during most of the reception was all the dads, grandpas, and uncles dancing with the little girls, teaching them how to two-step and twirl.

We say it every wedding, but it still holds true, our Sweethearts always have the most amazing friends and family. Seeing how everyone gathers to help our Sweethearts have the wedding of their dreams, how they celebrate and cheer on the love shared between the couple...it’s always so heartwarming to see. A marriage is two people, but it’s also their support system. And seeing such a great support system surround Dustin & Virginia gives us faith in the strength of their marriage.

 Bridal details from a rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Bride getting in her dress with the help of her bridesmaids, rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding details, wooden ring box - Jason & Melaina Photography
 Rustic wedding details, ring shot and flowers - Jason & Melaina Photography
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Details for a summer outdoor rustic wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom smiles at his bride coming down the aisle during their outdoor wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Ceremony site during an outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Belton wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Wedding ceremony photos from a Belton, Texas wedding - Jason Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Groom kisses his bride at the end of their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Summer outdoor wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A bride and groom smile at each other after their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Pink and tan bridal party colors at a rustic wedding in Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses and greenery - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A couple embraces in a field with a Texas sunset behind them after their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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 A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Wedding reception photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A couple leaves their wedding reception in a sparkler exit Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We were so happy and honored you chose us to tell your wedding story! We love your family and feel like we're the official Pustka Family Wedding Photographer now! ;) We hope the love you felt not only for one another but by all your loved ones (present or not) on your wedding day will be a cherished memory you carry for years to come.

Love, J&M

 A bride and groom kiss surrounded by their guests with sparklers, black and white image - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Rustic Acres Event Center

Coordinator | Patti Pustka

Officiant | Mike Belgard

Florist | HEB Florals

DJ | Kyle Heitmiller

Rentals | CenTex Rentals

Baker | Simply Sweet Bakery - Traceylynn Cudej

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Garrett & Kelli | Engagement Portraits at Lick Creek Park | College Station, Texas

 Couple pose with their two dogs for engagement photos in College Station, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Garrett & Kelli have a love story that’s made for 2018. They were matched on a dating site but didn’t message each other right away. One day while Kelli was at the gym, she almost literally ran into a guy while walking through the gym. She and the guy gave each other side-eye, and then continued on their way.

A few moments later Kelli’s phone buzzed with a message from the guy she had been matched with, asking if she was at the gym. At first, Kelli worried he was following her in real life. But then she quickly realized the guy she almost ran into was the same guy from the site. Turns out they frequented the same gym, and so Garrett came back over and they chatted. Conversations led to dates, which led to a relationship, which led to us meeting them in College Station for their fun engagement session.

It’s so fun to watch our Sweetheart couples’ personalities come out during the engagement sessions. One of the things we like to tell them to do is to whisper in each other’s ear. Some couples get super romantic and sweet, and then others try to make each other laugh. Garrett & Kelli were definitely the latter, whispering funny words into each other’s ears, trying to get the other one to crack up. They are definitely a couple who laughs together often, so it’s no surprise their engagement session was full of laughter...especially when we were all trying to get their two sweet puppies to look our way. The only thing not funny was how hot it was outside this evening. But a little heat was worth that pretty Texas sunset sky.

Luckily it won’t be hot for their late October wedding. Their beautiful Catholic ceremony and Gatsby-themed warehouse reception are going to be so fun. And with these two, we know we’re going to all have a fun and laughter-filled day!

 A couple's dog wears a "My Humans are getting married" sign during an engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 An engagement session with dogs in College Station, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Lick Creek Park Engagement Session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A couple sits in the tall grass in field at sunset during their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A girl rests her head on her fiance's shoulders during their engagement portrait session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 A man hugs his fiance during their engagement session at Lick Creek Park in College Station, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Lick Creek Park Engagement Photos, College Station - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Garrett & Kelli,

It was so fun to meet your sweet Zeus and Zelda, and to just hang out with you again.  Thanks for braving the heat and the insects with us for this session. We had a blast and can't wait to see ya'll again in October! And it won't be summer so YAY!

Love, J&M

 A couple smiles at the camera during their engagement photos in College Station, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com