This past Saturday we were able to be with an adorable pair of J&M Sweethearts and photograph their wedding day. (You may remember Michael & Pamela from their engagement session in Belton, Texas.) Michael & Pamela are one of the sweetest, most playful couples we’ve met, and watching their love for one another on their wedding day was such a gift. Though Houston is home for these two, they chose the gorgeous La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas as the location for their wedding. It is such a beautiful wedding venue in the Waco/Temple/Belton area, and we could not wait to photograph their romantic wedding day there.
Michael & Pamela planned for their wedding ceremony to be under the large trees at La Rio Mansion. As we joined them for the rehearsal the evening before, we all commented on how wonderful the weather was and hoped the rain would hold off the next day. Well, the weather didn’t cooperate with us, and as Pamela started getting her makeup done on her wedding day the rain began. And the rain stayed with us all day.
So as Pamela finished getting ready, the La Rio staff and Pamela and Michael’s family and friends began setting up chairs for the ceremony under the large covered driveway in front of the beautiful, Spanish-style home of La Rio Mansion. Reception tables were moved under tents and covered porches. The bridal party began planning how they would change their processional and where they would stand to accommodate the new location. And before you knew it, everyone and everything was ready to give Michael and Pamela the beautiful wedding of their dreams.
Their wedding day may have looked different than they had planned and hoped for, but Michael & Pamela’s wedding was a day full of love. Family and friends drove through the storm, and stood under umbrellas in the rain, to bear witness to the marriage of these two sweethearts. Pamela walked down a different aisle than she had expected, yet Michael was still overcome with emotion seeing his beautiful bride for the first time. And when they danced for the first time as husband and wife, having drops of water fall on their heads from the tent above, they laughed and rejoiced together as their loved ones looked on adoringly.
Michael & Pamela's wedding day was a perfect example of the true meaning behind all the planning and celebration, the beginning of a lasting marriage. The day looked a little different than what was planned. But the joining of these two sweethearts into a marriage, dear family and friends coming to witness and cheer on this couple as they begin their forever, that is what the wedding day is all about.
Congratulations again Michael & Pamela! We were so honored to share in your wedding day. And we hope these images will help you relive your beautiful wedding day for years to come!
Venue: La Rio Mansion
Rentals: Center Rentals
Hair and Make-up: Salons by Karen
Wedding Officiant: Josh Sandford
Florist: Tammy Mosedale with HEB Florals
DJ: Kyle Heitmiller
Baker: Simply Sweet Bakery
Caterer: Las Casas
Bridal Gown, Bridesmaids, Flower girl dresses: Alfred Angelo
Tuxes: Men's Warehouse