Romantic Styled Bridal Session | Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas | Waco Wedding Photographers

 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com 

A few weeks ago our good friend Jessica Gudino, owner of The Hair & Beauty Art Studio here in Waco, asked if we’d work with her on romantic bridal styled session. This was an opportunity for her to work with her model friend, Brittany King, and to showcase her studio’s talents for bridal hair and makeup.

We jumped at the chance! One, because we love Jessica. And two, because we love the opportunities a styled session gives us. We’re able to run through and tweak our posing techniques for brides, honing our skills for future sessions with our J&M Brides. We also love thinking outside the box and experimenting with different lighting and posing techniques during a styled session. This helps us grow as artists and allows us to take these skills more confidently into our next bridal session with a J&M Bride.

 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

For this session Jessica worked with the lovely ladies at Georgio’s Bridal Salon in Waco to get our model two gorgeous gowns. The first gown is a Maggie Sottero, and has so many of my favorites for wedding gowns! The lace design around the bodice and shoulders wrapping around to a sheer back, the statement-making lace-trimmed train. And the cathedral length veil is gorgeous! The second gown, an Allure, is covered in delicate floral lace appliques. The bejeweled ivory sash is the perfect contrasting accent. And the sweetheart neckline is a beautiful strapless option on this gown. Seriously, if I was picking my wedding gown today both of these dresses would be in my top favorites!

Brittany’s beautiful look was made complete by Jessica’s team at Hair & Beauty Art Studio. Jessica gave Brittany loose curls to create a soft, romantic look. With such bold dresses, this simple yet beautiful hairstyle was the perfect choice! And Angelica Guzman, the talented Esthetician at the Studio, gave Brittany the perfect blend of bold eyes and lashes coupled with more natural cheeks and lips. These ladies did an amazing job creating the perfect romantic bridal look!

 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Model showcases open back and lace-trimmed train of _______ wedding gown in front of red brick wall at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Model showcases lace-trimmed train and cathedral-length veil of _______ wedding gown at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
 Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

This styled session was so much fun for us! We were able to explore a new location, Rapoport Academy, and use it as a bold backdrop for our model. We were able to work together to take some great portraits of a beautiful "bride." And we got to work with some friends! 

Thank you so much to our fellow wedding vendor friends for making this session a reality!

Hair & Makeup | Hair & Beauty Art Studio

Wedding Gowns | Georgio's Bridal

Location | Rapoport Academy, and Hair & Beauty Art Studio


To see some more of our J&M Brides in their beautiful gowns, head over to our blog!

Anahy | Bridal Portraits at Vera Estates | Waco Wedding Photographer

bride at base of spiral staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

We're a sucker for a good love story around here, and this beautiful bride definitely has one to share. Anahy meet her sweet Rene in biology lab her freshmen year of high school and they've been together ever since! There's something so romantic about how these two have been together since they were only fifteen years old. From their first date at Burger King to Rene's romantic proposal on the Waco Suspension Bridge on New Year's Day, their love story is such a sweet account of how two people dedicated to daily making the choice to love one another will make a beautiful love story work.

bride in lace bridal gown | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Anahy and Rene chose the stunning Vera Estates wedding venue in China Spring, Texas (right outside of Waco, Texas) as the location where they would finally become Mr. and Mrs. in front of all their beloved friends and family. And so when we were talking with Anahy about possible locations to photograph her bridal portraits, we jumped at the chance to photograph her at Vera Estates. And not just because it's a beautiful venue. With the large open fields surrounded by dark, tree-lined woods, to the stunning house opening up into the large, manicured back yard with it's tranquil pool, all under an expansive sky that can't help but show off the gorgeous Texas sunset every evening, Vera Estates is such a breath-taking venue. I mean, the staircase alone is worth getting married there!

But we wanted to photograph Anahy in her elegant lace wedding gown and lace-trimmed cathedral veil she pick to wear on her wedding day in the place she was to be married. It's no secret that we love to photograph our J&M Sweethearts in locations that are special and meaningful to them and their relationships. So it was such an honor to capture this stunning bride in all her bridal beauty in the exact location she was going to walk down the aisle in in just a few short weeks.

And now, when she is showing her children and grandchildren her bridal portraits, and they are "oohing" and "awwwing" over her beauty as a young bride, she can say, "And that spot right there, that's where I said 'I do, forever' to your dad and grandfather." And we can think of nothing more romantic.

bride poses on staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride next to spiral staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
lace bridal gown and veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride posing with yellow sunflower bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
lace cathedral veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride poses with sunflower bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
sunflower bridal bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride in lace gown and cathedral veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride by wrought iron fence | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Congratulations Anahy & Rene! May your beautiful wedding be only the beginning to a beautiful, flourishing marriage for years to come!

Rachel's Bridals | Waco Bridal Photography

Only hours before this session, the sky was full of ominous thunderclouds and rain was falling in various areas of Waco. Jason and I watched the storms roll in from our porch and wondered if we would be able to make this session work. Family sessions in rain can be fun, and rain on a wedding day can actually make for some amazing shots. But rain for bridal portraits isn't preferred, especially since it's the first time the bride's worn her perfectly altered dress outside and she needs it to still look perfect a month later on her wedding day. So we watched and we waited.

Then the rain moved on and the sky cleared, and the only thing left in it's wake was a very humid and muggy evening.

We met Rachel and her fiance, Mike, through our involvement with the Waco Wedding Professionals group. They both help front the Texas Heatwave Band, an amazingly talented cover band who take any reception or party to the next level. From our very first meeting, we knew they were so fun and were excited to be a part of their wedding day team. They both have this infectious energy, and heart-warming smiles, so you can't help but have fun when you're around them. Therefore, we knew that even if there had been rain, even if there was some mud and crazy humidity and mosquitoes (and OH MY WORD, were there mosquitoes!), Rachel was going to have a blast at her bridal portraits and we were going to have a blast being around her.

And we were right. She showed up wearing her gorgeous dress, enthusiastically showing us her blinged-out, blue-suede Bagdley Mischka shoes. She brought along her sweet mama and fun-loving stepdad, and it became apparent where Rachel's warmth and fun spirit came from. Her fun and warm spirit were so easy to capture on camera, and she knocked this session out of the park.

Rachel, you were a true joy to work with and an even more beautiful bride. Thank you for letting us into your circle!