Ashlee & Matt

Matt & Ashlee | Moon River Ranch Wedding

When we first met Matt and Ashlee, I was struck by the ease of their relationship. They seemed so in sync with one another, so at ease in who they were as individuals and how that shaped them as a couple. It was as if we were in the presence of an old-married-couple, but in the best way possible. Over drinks at Starbucks we learned they were high school sweethearts who had grown up together in a small town outside of Waco. "Of course!" I thought. They've already invested years into this relationship, no wonder they seem so perfectly matched. As we spent time with them over coffee, and at their engagement shoot, it just became more apparent we were in the presence of a real-deal, forever kind of love.

What was truly heart-warming about being able to photograph Matt and Ashlee's love on their wedding day was that this love radiated to all who were there. Not only was it obvious Matt loved Ashlee and Ashlee loved Matt, but it was obvious Ashlee's family loved Matt and Matt's family loved Ashlee. The bridesmaids were clearly deep friends with a special place in their heart for Ashlee, and the groomsmen were solid friends who cared for Matt like a brother. Everyone loved everyone, and was so excited to share in the celebration of Matt and Ashlee's love. Being able to be in that kind of love for a day makes our role as wedding photographers that much more meaningful and inspiring.

And when such heart-felt, obvious love is being showcased in as gorgeous a venue as Moon River Ranch? Well, that's just a recipe for magic.

Moon River Ranch is one of our favorite places to shoot, and not just because it has so many beautiful areas to offer. (But seriously, it has so many beautiful places!) We get excited when our #JandMsweethearts tell us they booked Moon River Ranch because it usually means the majority of the wedding party, family and close friends will be staying on the property for the weekend. So when we arrive early in the morning of the wedding day, all the most important people in our bride and groom's lives have been together already for half a weekend, building a camaraderie we could never manufactured. Then we just get to be inspired by the friendship and love before us, with the backdrop of gorgeous pecan groves and picturesque barns and chapels and rivers.

It's the best. 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Brewster! It was an honor having you as one of our #JandMsweethearts.

Venue | Moon River Ranch

Decor | Pendley Party Productions

Floral | Wolfe’s Florist

Cake | All Sugar’d Up

DJ | Broken Spoke Entertainment

Hair and Makeup | London Wilson from Salon Karen

Bride’s Dress | Cloud 9 Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | David’s Bridal

Tuxes | Men’s Warehouse

Planner and Coordinator | Donna Roach


Matt & Ashlee's Engagements | Waco, TX

I (Melaina) love sweetheart stories. My little sister is married to her high school sweetheart she's been together with since she was 15 years old. My parents' mothers were besties so my parents were high school sweethearts who had known each other since they were preschoolers, and to this day still act like young kids in love. (Talk about a love story!)

So we were absolutely thrilled to have the honor of sharing Matt & Ashlee's sweetheart story in their engagement session. I mean, how cute is Ashlee's idea to recreate a picture of these lovebirds from the early days in their love story? These two high school sweethearts obviously love each other, and it was easy to see how that love was going to grow with them in their future years together.

Matt & Ashlee, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us the JOY of capturing your journey from high school sweethearts to newlywed sweethearts.