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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