Belton Texas

Dustin & Virginia | Outdoor Rustic Wedding at Rustic Acres | Belton, Texas

A bride and groom hold hands in a field with hay bales under a blue Texas sky at their rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

In late June we joined Dustin & Virginia for their wedding day, and we’ve been so excited to share their wedding story on the blog!

Dustin and Virginia had their outdoor rustic wedding at Rustic Acres Event Center in Belton, Tx, and it was the perfect venue for their wedding. The ceremony site had lush green grass, even in the Texas summer! The backdrop of the green trees behind the altar framed the ceremony beautifully. And the open fields with hay bales made for some romantic sunset portraits while the reception was rocking along inside the red barn.

Virginia chose a pink, tan and cream color palette, an ideal choice for a rustic Texas wedding in summer! The bridesmaids wore soft pink dresses, while the groomsmen wore a Texas tuxedo - jeans, boots, a white button up shirt, and vest and tie. The tan, pink and cream color palette was carried throughout the wedding day in the large pink rose bouquets carried by the bridal party, the pink roses that adorned the buttercream wedding cake, and the burlap and wood used throughout the decor.

Dustin & Virginia’s wedding was simple, romantic, and full of so many sweet moments. Their daughter was enamored with Virginia’s wedding dress, and kept wanting to touch her skirt. In fact, kids were a big part of the day! Nieces and nephews filled out the bridal party, and little cousins ran around the dance floor all evening. One of the sweetest things to watch during most of the reception was all the dads, grandpas, and uncles dancing with the little girls, teaching them how to two-step and twirl.

We say it every wedding, but it still holds true, our Sweethearts always have the most amazing friends and family. Seeing how everyone gathers to help our Sweethearts have the wedding of their dreams, how they celebrate and cheer on the love shared between the couple...it’s always so heartwarming to see. A marriage is two people, but it’s also their support system. And seeing such a great support system surround Dustin & Virginia gives us faith in the strength of their marriage.

Bridal details from a rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting in her dress with the help of her bridesmaids, rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding details, wooden ring box - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding details, ring shot and flowers - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Details for a summer outdoor rustic wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom smiles at his bride coming down the aisle during their outdoor wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Ceremony site during an outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Belton wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ceremony photos from a Belton, Texas wedding - Jason Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom kisses his bride at the end of their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer outdoor wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom smile at each other after their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Pink and tan bridal party colors at a rustic wedding in Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses and greenery - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces in a field with a Texas sunset behind them after their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Waco Texas wedding photographer - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Belton-Texas-Rustic-Wedding_0041.jpg
A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding reception photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple leaves their wedding reception in a sparkler exit Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We were so happy and honored you chose us to tell your wedding story! We love your family and feel like we're the official Pustka Family Wedding Photographer now! ;) We hope the love you felt not only for one another but by all your loved ones (present or not) on your wedding day will be a cherished memory you carry for years to come.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom kiss surrounded by their guests with sparklers, black and white image - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Rustic Acres Event Center

Coordinator | Patti Pustka

Officiant | Mike Belgard

Florist | HEB Florals

DJ | Kyle Heitmiller

Rentals | CenTex Rentals

Baker | Simply Sweet Bakery - Traceylynn Cudej

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Dustin & Virginia | Engagement Portraits in Belton | Belton, Texas

A couple holds one another and looks into each other's eyes during their engagement session in Yettie Polk Park in Belton, Texas

Dustin & Virginia hold a special place in our hearts! One of Dustin’s sisters, Melanie, is a friend of ours at church, and we’ve even photographed her family a couple of times. Dustin’s other sister, Pamela, along with her husband, Michael, were one of our 2017 Sweetheart couples. (See their beautiful spring wedding at La Rio Mansion here.)

So when Dustin, Melanie, and Pamela’s mom reached out to us to see if we had Dustin’s wedding date available, we were so happy to find that we did! We feel like we already know Dustin & Virginia through working with Dustin’s family multiple times, and even meeting them at Michael & Pamela’s wedding. Now that we’re joining Dustin & Virginia’s wedding day team, it feels like we are their family’s official photographers. And we love that!

A couple walks hand-in-hand in Belton, Texas
A bride smiles at her fiance while they walk together in the park

Even though we had met Dustin & Virginia before, we didn’t know their love story. So it was so sweet to read what Dustin wrote to us about how he & Virginia’s story began.

These two Sweethearts met when Virginia began working at the same restaurant as Dustin. Though there was immediate attraction, dating was out of the question since Dustin was Virginia’s supervisor. But when she switched to another restaurant, this opened up the door for their relationship to officially begin.

There was a hiccup in their story, however, when Virginia moved to New Orleans and then back to Honduras. The two stayed in contact as best as they could, but the future of their relationship seemed uncertain with the distance between them.

Then one day while at work, Dustin received a text from Virginia, telling him to go outside. Unsure of what was happening, Dustin walked outside to find Virginia standing there in person. And as Dustin says, “The rest is history.” These Sweethearts picked up where they left off, and now they are a few weeks out from their wedding day.

And we can’t wait to be there with them at the end of June, documenting this next chapter in their love story as their marriage begins!

A couple holds their young daughter during their engagement session in Belton, Texas
A woman looks into her fiance's face during their engagement session in Yettie Polk Park, Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography

Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We are so glad to get to know you two, and so honored you've chosen us to document your love story. We can't wait to be with you again at the end of June! And sometime soon we'll have to get a taste of your famous BBQ!

Love, J&M

Couple embraces and looks at one another by a river in Belton, Texas

Michael & Pamela | Spring Wedding at La Rio Mansion | Belton Wedding Photography

Bride and Groom kiss after wedding at La Rio Mansion

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.    

Brides bouquet by HEB Florist for spring wedding at La Rio Mansion

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.

Bride gets hair and makeup done by Salons by Karen before her wedding at La Rio Mansion

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.

Purple and white wedding invitation suite 
spring_wedding_La_Rio_Mansion_BeltonTX__0008.jpg
Painted white vase centerpieces, large floral arrangement on top of wine barrel
Bride's bouquet, wedding day shoes, and Grandmother's handkerchief
Bride and bridesmaids in monogrammed robes prior to wedding ceremony
Wedding gown, Alfred Angelo
Mother buttoning up back of her daughter's wedding dress in bridal suite at La Rio Mansion
Mother of the bride and sister help bride finish getting in her wedding gown
Bride stands under covered porch during rain storm at La Rio Mansion
Groom helps his son into his tux, groom's sister pins on his boutonniere
Groom in groom's suite at La Rio Mansion
Bride and bridesmaids together on steps of porch at La Rio Mansion
Bride with parents before wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Groom with groomsmen at La Rio Mansion
Groom and his son, the ring bearer, pose and dab before ceremony
Groom's mother kisses his cheek

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.  

Aisle runner which says, "Dad, of all the walks we've taken, I will remember this one forever"
Groom cries seeing his bride come down the aisle at La Rio Mansion
Groom emotional seeing his bride walk down the aisle at La Rio Mansion
Groom's side smiles at bride coming down the aisle with her father
Rainy wedding ceremony under covered driveway at La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas
Wedding ceremony during rainstorm at La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas
Bride and groom exchange vows at rainy wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
You may now kiss the bride!
Presentation of the bride and groom at wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom dance up the aisle as husband and wife
Bridal party cheers on as bride and groom kiss after wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Bride and bridesmaids show off matching temporary tattoos
Bride and groom kiss during portraits after their wedding ceremony
Bride and groom look lovingly into each other's eyes during rainstorm on their wedding day
Bride's cake and groom's cake by Simply Sweet Bakery in Little River Academy, Texas
Bride and groom's first dance during rainy evening reception at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom laugh and kiss during their first dance
Emotional Father and daughter dance at wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Groom dances with his mother and then his whole family during reception at La Rio Mansion
Dancing at rainy wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Guests dance under tents at rainy reception at La Rio Mansion
Children dance in the rain at wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom run through sparkler exit wearing matching "Hubby" and "Wifey" shirts at the end of their La Rio Mansion wedding

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!

J&M 

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