Samantha | Bridal Portraits in Salado, Texas

Bride poses in a field with a Texas sunset behind her in Salado, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We were starting to wonder if having bridal portraits taken was a dying fad since we hadn’t had a bride request that in a while. But then Samantha came along with her princess dress from JoAnn’s Bridal and said she wanted a portrait session in her gown, and we were so excited!

Samantha is a true Disney fan, even having a job as a princess for little girls’ parties! So when we she came out in her dress, with it’s beautiful beaded detail on the bodice and full princess skirt, we immediately thought of Disney princesses. It was almost what we would imagine Belle would wear when she married the Beast!

We started our bridal session in a gorgeous private home in Salado, Texas. When we walked in and saw the spiral staircase, we knew it would be a perfect spot to showcase such a perfect dress! After the home, we made our way down to the famous green bridge in downtown Salado. Samantha wanted to climb up on the railing, and before Jason could make sure it was a clean and safe spot for her, she had already hopped up and made herself comfortable, proving she was as much a cowgirl as a princess. We timed our session just right to end up in this expansive field right at sunset. And while we were in the field, the deer nearby walked past to check out Samantha, making her seem even more like a Disney princess.

Then we went home and had to sit on these images until Samantha’s wedding day to Hayden came. And it was so hard! We did send her a password locked gallery with a huge subject line “DON’T OPEN THIS AROUND HAYDEN!” And her and her friends all cried over how amazing she looked in her dress. We just knew Hayden was going to be blown away by it too. And we weren’t disappointed when their big day arrived, the curtains opened to reveal Samantha in her dress coming down the aisle, and Hayden started choking up. (Look forward to that picture in their wedding blog coming soon!)

As we look through this session, we are reminded again of how great it is to have bridal portraits taken. We were able to take time with Samantha in her own session, getting her some beautiful heirloom images to treasure. We weren’t rush in the hustle of the wedding day, trying to squeeze in some bridal portraits before the bride walked down the aisle. And now, when Hayden and Samantha’s children see these pictures of Samantha, they’ll see their mama looking like the princess she really is.

Bride poses on winding staircase - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Samantha,

Thank you for restoring our faith in bridal portraits. We hope you remember forever how you felt like a beautiful princess in this session. And that every time you see these pictures for years to come you’re reminded of that feeling!

Love, J&M

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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!