We kicked off our 2017 wedding season this month and can think of no better couple to begin this year with than Jason & Anne. (You may remember them from their engagement session along the Brazos River.) Being with Jason and Anne on their wedding day reminded us anew of why we truly hold it an honor to be wedding photographers in Waco, Texas.
When I (Melaina) joined Anne with her bridesmaids and parents earlier in the day, I saw right away how close knit they were. Anne has a close relationship with her family, who live in Houston and New York. But she and Jason have also created a deep sense of community here in Waco, their “Waco family” if you will. Getting to be a fly on the wall and watch time and again our J&M Sweethearts be surrounded by such caring and supportive families and “families” is a true gift, and Jason & Anne’s wedding was no exception. So we understand the amazing responsibility we have to document all the special moments between these loved ones, providing Jason & Anne with the invaluable gift of images to showcase the love and support they truly have from their families.
Jason & Anne chose their church, Antioch Community Church, as the location for their wedding ceremony. This church was the catalyst for their entire relationship after all, because it was through their small group Bible study at Antioch where they first met and began their relationship. Therefore, Antioch was the perfect choice as the location for the beginning of their marriage.
And so it was at Antioch prior to the ceremony where we were able to capture the tender moments of Anne’s mother helping her put on her wedding day jewelry, including Jason’s grandmother’s diamond earrings specifically given for her to wear in the ceremony in her honor. We were able to document the support of her maid-of-honor and roommate, Faith, who faithfully learned how to lace up Anne’s dress and bustle her train, ensuring Anne looked beautiful and had one less thing to worry about. We were able to be a fly on the wall and capture forever the sweet and holy moment of Anne’s mother, sisters, bridesmaids and dear friends praying over her before the ceremony. And we were able to be there for the tender moment of Anne’s father sharing words of love and pride with his daughter before he walked her down the aisle.
The songs of worship sung, the vows proclaimed, and the communion shared during the ceremony were special moments demanding to be preserved both in memory and images. And as the celebration of this marriage moved to the reception at The Palladium in downtown Waco, it was as if the clock sped up and an avalanche of memories and moments began to fall.
Seeing all their family and friends cheering them on as they had their first dance or clamoring for pictures with the happy couple...having Anne walk over to the table of her fellow teachers from Robinson elementary school and see them all cheer for her and exclaim how beautiful she was...hearing the DJ announce Jason & Anne would like a picture with their life group and see so many friends swarm over to them (even if a few had to race over from getting their pieces of wedding cake)...
All of these little moments, all of these images, fully told the story of love on Jason & Anne’s wedding day. Not only the love these two have continually displayed openly for one another, but the love of those they hold dear who are rooting and praying for the journey of marriage these two sweethearts just embarked upon.
Congratulations once again Jason & Anne! We hope you will be able to look through the images from your wedding day to relive the amazing story of love for many years to come!
Rentals: RSVP Rentals
Florist: Wolfe Florist
Baker: Sweetness Desserts
Catering: Baked Bliss Bakery
Planner: Janice Whiting
DJ: Luke Whiting
Photography: Jason & Melaina Photography
To learn more about our J&M Sweethearts and how we tell their love stories,