Carleen Bright Arboretum

Austin & Andie | Carleen Bright Arboretum Wedding | Waco, Texas

A newly married couple kisses on their wedding day underneath a sunset sky - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Do y’all remember Austin & Andie from their engagement session earlier this spring? More importantly, do you remember the romantic way Austin proposed? ICYMI, Andie is a instructor for deaf students in Waco ISD, and so when Austin proposed to Andie while celebrating Christmas Eve with her family, he got down on one knee in her parents’ living room and signed his proposal to Andie.

Seriously, it’s one of the most romantic proposal stories we’ve heard, and we’ve heard a lot of them as wedding photographers! With such a sweet proposal, it was no surprise to us that Austin & Andie’s wedding day was full of sweet and sentimental touches. Or that Austin & Andie come from such sweet families!

One of the first things Andie proudly told us when we arrived at the Arboretum was that her dad BUILT the arbor she & Austin were getting married under. And to see how the arbor transformed with Andie’s wedding day flowers of white hydrangeas, sunflowers, blush roses, and soft blue flowers was truly amazing. It was such a special touch, and one they can take with them into their backyard now!

It was also touching to see how Andie’s 3 sisters surrounded her on her big day, helping her with makeup and perfecting the placement of her headpiece. Or how Austin and his mom took a few moments to practice their dancing on the patio in between taking family photos. And while I missed out on all the shenanigans at the groomsmen’s Fixer Upper AirBnB beforehand, Jason assures me that this group of guys was supporting Austin and having a blast doing so!

But I think our favorite sweet moments from this wedding are just seeing Austin & Andie experience so many happy emotions throughout the day. Being there when Andie showed her mom her bouquet and started tearing up. Seeing her dad’s look of glee when he first saw Andie, and their tears through the smiles as they hugged. Watching for Austin’s face when he saw Andie for the first time THE ENTIRE DAY when the doors opened as she began her walk down the aisle, and seeing this HUGE smile break out across his face. In fact, just watching Austin & Andie smile at one another through their vows, sneaking glances at each other...you just knew this was a couple that was so in love and so excited to begin their marriage.

And when they danced around sporadically to “I’m So Excited” as their final dance, with all their family and friends dancing in a circle around them, it was the perfect ending to the perfect wedding for this sweet couple- a day full of joy, smiles, laughter, and fun, surrounded by their amazing family and friends, beginning their new life together.

Navy, white, yellow bridal details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas -Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Diamond wedding band detail - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Navy, white, and yellow wedding details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A mother helps her daughter in to her wedding gown - the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his groomsmen hang out in a Fixer Upper Airbnb for his summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
First look with dad at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
blue and white wedding bouquets - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A groom smiles when he sees his bride coming down the aisle - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Pale blue bridesmaids gowns and navy slacks and yellow ties for groomsmen
A bride and groom in the garden at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Blush wedding gown with full layered skirt and lace details from Georgio's Bridal in Waco, Texas
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George's Restaurant in Waco, Texas caters a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom's first dance in The Pavillion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Sunset portraits during a wedding reception at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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4-tiered white buttercream bridal cake and Baylor groom's cake by All Sugar'd Up in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Glowstick send-off at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Austin & Andie,

It was truly an honor to photograph your wedding day. It was such a beautiful day full of sweet moments that we hope you carry with you in your memories for years to come. May the love and smiles you had for each other on your wedding day grow bigger with each anniversary!

Love, J&M

A bride and groom silhouetted by the Texas sunset at their summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Carleen Bright Arboretum

Florist | HEB Blooms

Baker | All Sugar'd Up

Caterer | George's Restaurant

Bridal Gown | Georgio's Bridal

Tuxes | Old Navy, Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie

Brian & Jo Ann | Calvary Baptist Church wedding | Waco Wedding Photographer

bride and groom gaze into each other's eyes | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

Brian and Jo Ann were one of our amazing 2015 J&M Sweethearts. At the time of their wedding, they had requested us to hold off on posting their wedding photographs due to Brian being a teacher. But when Brian changed career paths, Jo Ann and Brian were more than happy to allow us to share their wedding. And we're so glad they did, because there are so many wonderful parts of this wedding and their story to share.

bridal details | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

Brian and Jo Ann's have all the makings of a modern-day love story. They met online and decided to meet for a date. On their first date, Brian meant to text his friend about how he was enjoying his date, but accidentally texted Jo Ann instead. Talk about a confidence booster on a first date! One date turned into two, which turned into a relationship, and before long these two knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. 

bride and groom getting ready for wedding | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride's mother and sister helping her get ready | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

And while their love story may have began with modern-day technology, their wedding was a day filled with beautiful, classic elements that withstand the test of time. Brian and Jo Ann chose their church, Calvary Baptist in Waco, as the location for their ceremony. Throughout the church are beautiful stained glass windows that served as gorgeous backdrops to intimate moments with Jo Ann and her mother prior to the ceremony. In the sanctuary itself, the afternoon sun streamed through large windows on either side of the room, creating a beautiful atmosphere for their wedding ceremony. Jo Ann's college roommates sang a favorite hymn and the guests joined in the singing during the ceremony. It was such a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony, filled with meaningful participation from those who are close to Brian and Jo Ann's heart.

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bride and flowers | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
ring bearer and flower girls | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride walking down the aisle | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
groom over bride's shoulder as she comes down the aisle | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
wedding ceremony | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom at the altar | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
wedding ceremony | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom look at each other during ceremony| Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
wedding ceremony | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom kiss | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom kiss | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom walk up the aisle | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom | Calvary Baptist Church, Waco, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

And the love shared between these sweethearts and their close-knit family and friends continued to be displayed as the celebration moved to the reception at the beautiful Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas. So many people from different seasons of both Brian and Jo Ann's lives were there to celebrate the love story of this sweet couple. College roommates mixed with childhood friends seamlessly. Co-workers and friends danced the night away on the dance floor. And everyone there agree that Brian and Jo Ann had found their perfect mate in one another, and wished them nothing but the happiest of marriages for their lives.

bride and groom announced | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
first dance | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
Daddy-daughter dance | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
flower and cake details | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at a reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
caricature artist at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bubble exit as bride and groom leave | Carleen Bright Arboretum, Woodway, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Including us. So congratulations again Brian & Jo Ann! It was an honor to witness and document this chapter of your love story.

Brian & Jo Ann's Wedding Details -

Venues | Calvary Baptist Church, The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum

Wedding Coordinator | Shauna Pittman

Florals | Shauna Pittman

Catering and Cake | Festive Occasions

DJ | K&S Entertainment

Videography | Davin Fitch

Photography | Jason & Melaina Photography

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

TJ & Holley | Carleen Bright Arboretum Wedding | Waco Wedding Photographer

bride and groom | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

 When we have our first initial meeting with a couple, we love to find out their whole story. How did you meet? When did you know she was the one? How did he propose? What does your dream wedding day look like? And how can we serve you best and make that a reality?

We first met Holley and TJ at the With This Ring Bridal Show here in Waco, Texas. A few weeks later, we met up with them at Starbucks. We got to know this soft-spoken guy and this girl with a kind smile. We learned how TJ proposed in Paris at the Eiffel Tower. We talked about how they chose the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas, as their venue and how we all loved the beautiful gazebo garden area for the ceremony and the large windows in the reception hall which showcased a beautiful Texas sunset. We talked wedding day plans and wedding photography ideas and really got to know their love story and their plans for their dream wedding. 

bridal gown and bouquet | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

Meeting with a bride-to-be and her groom really allows us to get to know and experience their love story, and figure out how best we can record that story for them.

| Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

But something magical happens when we arrive at the venue on their wedding day. We see how the couple's love story expands to encompass so many others. How siblings, childhood best friends, and college roommates wear coordinating attire and stand proudly beside the couple to share in their love. How family comes together to bring the wedding day vision of the couple to life.

bridal gown hanging in gazebo | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

Holley and TJ were no exception. The support and love shared among their bridal party was a testament to this couple, showing they were they kind of people to bring others into their tribe and love. Holley's aunt and her aunt's friends worked tirelessly to design and decorate the garden area and the Whitehall Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. Holley and TJ even brought in their favorite dj, Brian from Broken Spoke Entertainment, to play all their favorite dance hall songs, just like he did when they would go out dancing together at their favorite dance hall. The whole day we witnessed so many family and friends united in the celebration of Holley and TJ's love story, and it was magical.

bride getting ready | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bridesmaids dresses and bridal gown | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
mother of the bride helping bride in dress | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
groom getting ready | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride's jewelry | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom reading letters to each other | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
ring bearer | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride walking down the aisle | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
wedding ceremony | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom at altar | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom at altar with daughter | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom kiss | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom walk up aisle | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bridal party | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom kiss after ceremony | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
reception details | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
toasts | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom's first dance | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
Dad dances with daughter | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
dancing at reception | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
groom dances with daughter | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride and groom exit | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography

Congratulations once again TJ & Holley! May your love story continue to grow and envelop more and more people. 

bride and groom kiss after ceremony | Carleen Bright Arboretum wedding venue in Woodway, TX | Jason & Melaina Photography