Brian & Kendra | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Texas Wedding Photographer

a couple posed in an open field with a sunset behind them | West, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

When we had our first coffee date with Brian & Kendra, we really enjoyed getting to know them more as a couple. You see, we had worked with Brian previously at different weddings in the Waco, Texas area, where he killed it as the DJ and we served as wedding photographers. But we had only met Kendra very briefly earlier this summer when we were all a part of the wedding team for TJ & Holley. So while we enjoyed our interactions with Brian & Kendra at weddings, we had only ever talked with them in an official wedding vendor professional setting.

But little did we know that only a few days after TJ & Holley’s wedding, Brian was going to take Kendra on a cruise and propose to her on the beautiful white sands of a private island beach in Cozumel. And now instead of being on the wedding vendor side, they would be planning their own wedding.

So when we met with them at Starbuck’s, we “oohed” and “awwed” over the proposal story and Kendra’s gorgeous ring. And in talking with them about their wedding plans we really got to know Brian & Kendra as a couple.

a couple stands in front of a tree | West, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

And it has been so much fun getting to know them.

a couple hugs in front of a tree | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple holds each other on front porch steps | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a wood sign with a bride and groom's names and wedding date | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography

First, there was the experience of taking some amazing engagement portraits of them on the racetrack of Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. We rode with Brian & Kendra up to Ft. Worth, and learned all about their ritual of coming to the Speedway twice a year for the two big NASCAR races. Seeing them giddy and in love on the track, acting like two kids in a candy store, was a blast and it really drove home the importance to us of our J&M Sweethearts’ truly showing who they are in their portraits.

an engagement ring held between a groom and bride's cowboy boots | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple embraces in front of a barn | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple holds each other in front of a steel barn | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography

But Brian & Kendra didn’t just want engagement portraits on a NASCAR race track. They also wanted to have their love story documented on the farm of Brian’s grandmother in West, Texas. From the picturesque white farmhouse to the steel barn to the wide expanse of field with that beautiful Texas sunset lighting up the sky, grandma’s farm was the perfect location to photograph these sweethearts. I mean, what better location could you pick when the bride came to Texas to ride horses with the Baylor Equestrian Team, and the groom used to spend his summers working on farms, and these two met and fell in love because she would always request Randy Rogers when he was DJ-ing at a local dance hall?

a couple embraces in the sunset | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple kisses with Texas sunset behind them | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple stands in open field | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple stands in an open field and kisses | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple watch an airplane fly over them | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple embraces in front of a John Deere tractor | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography
a couple shows off their Dallas Stars apparel | West, Texas Engagement Portraits | Jason & Melaina Photography

Brian & Kendra, it has been such a blast getting to know you and we have enjoyed EVERY MINUTE of photographing you in your element. Thank you for the introduction to NASCAR and for showing us the gem of your grandmother's farm. We can't wait to celebrate your wedding with you back in Waco next year!