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Hayden & Samantha | Disney-Inspired Wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch | Central Texas

Bride & Groom hold each other as the sun sets behind them - Disney wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Hayden & Samantha’s Disney-inspired wedding was such a fun and beautiful day! From the beautiful weather (which isn’t always a guarantee for December weddings!), to the beautiful details, to all the beautiful moments, everything came together perfectly for this Disney princess and her Prince Charming (or Captain America!).

While it wasn’t over-the-top Disney, a person with a keen eye would notice all the subtle Disney nods these two Disney fans had on their wedding day. There were hidden Mickeys throughout the day, including Samantha’s nail art, socks and garter, the bride’s cake, and even a fun ring shot. There was Disney font on the bridesmaids’ hangers and the ring box. Every bridesmaid was given a specific Disney princess pin to adorn her bouquet, with Samantha having Rapunzel as her chosen princess on her bouquet. Even the fellas got in on the Disney action, with each groomsmen wearing a Marvel superhero pin on his lapel and a coordinating shirt under his tux. Hayden’s hero of choice was Captain America, not only for his lapel pin and undershirt but even his groom’s cake was Captain America’s shield.

But checking out hidden MIckeys wasn’t the only thing to notice at this beautiful wedding. Samantha’s mother has a knack for creating beautiful spaces, and every area from the cake table, to the Sweetheart table, to the vignettes outside the reception hall showed off her talents. And it was all brought together beautifully by the table decor, complete with lanterns, fresh flowers, and individual sprigs of fresh juniper for each place setting. The Barn at 5 S Ranch is already such a gorgeous space, with its vaulted ceilings with white, string lights and it’s large, sliding barn doors. But Hayden & Samantha, and Samantha’s mom’s team, really brought the venue to life with all their details!

It’s neat to see how each of our Sweetheart couples choose the details that make up their wedding day, and when we walk into each space we see how perfectly the details showcase the couple. But while we love seeing the details, it’s all the little moments of the day that we’re really excited to see and photograph. And Hayden & Samantha’s wedding was full of these little moments.

Samantha didn’t want to have a first look with Hayden, but she did want to have one with her dad. When the door slid open and her dad saw her in her gown for the first time, it was so touching to see his eyes well up with proud tears. In fact, seeing Samantha, her mom and her dad tear up together was such a sweet moment to witness, because we knew this was going to be the last time it was just them three.

Even though Hayden & Samantha didn’t have a first look, they still wanted to connect before their ceremony and opted to have a “first touch.” They held hands around the sliding door in the bridal suite, and talked about how excited they were to get married. During this moment, Hayden gave Samantha a journal full of letters he had been writing her during their relationship. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as she read through the precious gift.

And while there were so many other great moments throughout the day, the one we had been waiting for was Hayden’s reaction to seeing Samantha for the first time in her dress. We knew from our bridal portrait session with her how excited she was to see his reaction, and we couldn’t wait either. So when the curtains opened to reveal Samantha and her dad walking down the aisle, it was so touching to watch Hayden’s face as he saw his bride. He was a range of emotions, from smiles to tears to trying to hold it together. Seeing his reaction made all the hiding of Samantha in her dress worth it.

Sunny December wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch in Thrall, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom leave their reception with a wildflower toss - Disney-inspired wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com


Dear Hayden & Samantha,

Your wedding day was magical, full of love and joy! We hope you remember how it felt, remember all the little moments that added up to a once-in-a-lifetime day for a once-in-a-lifetime love. And we can think of no better blessing for your marriage than to say, “…and they lived happily ever after.”

Love, J&M

Bride and groom laugh together in the sunset light of golden hour - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | The Barn at 5 S Ranch

Decor | Darling Decor and More

Florals | Family members, flowers from Sams Club

Gown | JoAnn’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Lexie Hill

DJ | Robby Cavazos


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Charles & Alex | Brazos Bluffs Ranch Engagement Portrait Session | Waco, Texas

A couple smiles at one another during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

Stories of how couples meet never get old to us. Every time we meet with our future J&M Sweethearts over a coffee or ice cream double-date, we ask them to tell us their story because we love hearing them! (And sharing them with y'all!)

We’ve known Alex for a few years as the violinist for our church’s worship team. But when we were eating Steel City Pops with her and Charles and she shared they had met at Jiu Jitsu class, we were a little surprised. We didn’t even realize Alex was into Jiu Jitsu! Alex wanted to try something new so she enrolled in the class, and the instructor often paired her up with a fellow classmate, Charles. Week after week, Charles & Alex partnered up to learn new techniques in class, and it wasn’t long before these two realized something more than jiu jitsu was happening here.

Alex’s desire to try something new, like jiu jitsu class, finds it’s match in Charles. When we asked them how they’d spend an unexpected free day together, their response was to try something new! A new restaurant, a new store, a new recipe in the kitchen, it didn’t matter. They were up for giving something new a try.

Which is why it didn’t surprise us at all when Charles called us one evening to ask if we’d be willing to switch our scheduled engagement portraits session with them because he had planned a fun date for Alex’s birthday. Alex had wanted to try out horseback riding, so Charles planned a date at Brazos Bluffs Ranch for them to ride horses along the Brazos River. (Brownie points for that future hubby right there!)

So on a Saturday morning we drove out to Brazos Bluffs Ranch, a part of Homestead Heritage here in Waco, Texas, to photograph Charles & Alex on their adventure of trying something new. We explored the area a little bit and scouted out some locations, and then settled ourselves in our spot at the end of the trail to photograph Charles & Alex returning from their hour-long ride. Soon enough we heard the sound of horse hooves on the trail, and Alex & Charles appeared, smiling and enjoying themselves.

And the smiling didn’t stop. Throughout the entire session, these two couldn’t stop smiling at one another. We’d offer some coaching to place them in a natural pose for a portrait, and they’d quickly only have eyes for one another. Alex was often looking up at Charles smiling, or Charles would look over at Alex and smile at her.  We love when our Sweethearts openly show their love for one another in their sessions, and we do everything we can to make this a natural process for them. So it was so sweet to see how these two expressed their love by looking deeply into one another’s eyes and smiling so happily. And we think it made for some pretty romantic engagement portraits too.

A couple rides horses together during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple rides horses together during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple walks hand-in-hand during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Charles & Alex pet a pony during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces under a sunlit tree during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces near a wooden fence during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Charles & Alex pose on the deck overlooking the Brazos River during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Charles & Alex,

It was so fun joining y'all for your horseback riding adventure! (And thanks for letting us know this option exists in Waco!) Your love for one another comes across effortlessly, and we pray you guys have decades ahead of you filled with smiles. 3 1/2 weeks until your wedding day!!

Love, J&M

Charles & Alex pose on the deck overlooking the Brazos River during their engagement portraits at Brazos Bluffs Ranch in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

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Randell & Fawn | Stone Hall at The Springs Wedding | McKinney, Texas

Groom & Bride with cloudy sky behind them, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

Gather around, friends, because I’m going to tell you the story of one of the most fun and loving weddings. Ever since Fawn searched #dfwweddingphotographer on Instagram and found us, our relationship with her and Randell has been like we were old friends. From texting us pictures of their dogs, to a skype call with no sound, to hanging out with them at their engagement portrait session, at every interaction they have treated us like long-lost BFFs. So as we traveled to photograph their wedding in McKinney, Texas last Thursday, we were so excited to be with them again.

Wedding details, invitation suite, centerpieces, wedding rings, and bridal gown, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

And it became instantly clear the way Randell & Fawn treated us was the way they treated everyone. As we spent time with the bridal party that morning, we saw first-hand how Randell & Fawn had collected a tribe of friends who felt like family. Add these friends to their close-knit family, and Randell & Fawn had a large group of loved ones who would do anything for them and were excited to celebrate them on their wedding day.

This love shared by everyone wasn’t the only beautiful element of the day, though. Randell & Fawn had done an amazing job with all their wedding planning and details. This was our first time experiencing Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney. It is such an amazing venue in the North Dallas area, designed perfectly for weddings. The meticulously landscaped outdoor ceremony site, the reception hall with it’s high ceiling and wood beams, all the gorgeous nooks and spots for portraits, no wonder it’s in such high demand! And Fawn’s wedding day details enhanced the beauty even more. Her family friends helped her design and build all the bouquets and floral arrangements, and the navy, blush, and pearl design palette complimented the bright green of the outdoor venue and the wood accents within the reception hall perfectly.

Bridal party getting ready in the bridal suite, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Flower girls look up at bride's wedding gown, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Mother helps her daughter into wedding gown, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride poses by arched doorway, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Navy, blush and white bridal bouquet, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom getting dressed in Groom's Suite, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom in the Groom's Suite, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride poses with her mother and father, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom poses with bridal party and family, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

The details weren’t the only things Randell & Fawn had planned for the day. This bride and groom had some fun surprises up their sleeves! One surprise Fawn had for her soon-to-be hubby (surprise Randell!) was a Darth Vader inspired mini-photo session with her and the groomsmen. She even got the junior groomsmen and ring bearer in on the action, pretending to be her stormtroopers.

The fun continued into the ceremony, with Fawn walking down the aisle to “Isn’t She Lovely.” At Fawn’s secret request, the officiant began the ceremony by reciting the “Mawwaige” speech from The Princess Bride.

But perhaps the most fun surprise of all was the pink chrome for her and black for him light-up soled shoes Randell & Fawn wore to their reception. The lights were dimmed for their big entrance, and as Chris Brown’s “Forever” was played by the talented DJ Dan Quinn, Randell & Fawn danced their way down the stairs and through the reception to the dance floor, lighting the way with their flashing shoes.

Randell & Fawn’s wedding day was filled with romantic moments as well. Randell did not want see Fawn before she came down the aisle, but they did want to have a moment of connection before. So they had a “first touch” in the upstairs hall of the venue. Holding hands around the corner, they talked about whether they were nervous, how they couldn’t wait to kiss one another, and then prayed together. For their vows, they recited traditional vows “to have and to hold...for better or worse.” But before repeating those vows, they shared heartfelt, hand-written personal vows to one another. These personal vows were so precious and meaningful, full of laughter and holding back tears as they professed their love and commitment to one another.

And before the night was over, they asked DJ Dan to clear the dance floor so they could have one final dance by themselves on their wedding day. Seeing Randell & Fawn dance together as husband and wife on the empty dance floor was a touching glimpse at how much love this couple has for one another, and the amazing life they are going to share together.

Bride dressed as Darth Vader poses with groomsmen, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and Groom's first touch before ceremony, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss each other's hands during their first touch, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Ceremony, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom sees bride for the first time, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom's reaction seeing bride walk down the aisle, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father walks bride down the aisle, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father gives away his daughter, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom reads his hand-written vows to his bride while she tries not to cry, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride reacts to groom's vows, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride reads her hand-written vows to groom, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom kiss at altar with audience in background, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss their mothers as they walk up the aisle, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride dances up the aisle with groom, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party portrait, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party grand entrance at reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom's grand entrance dance with light-up shoes, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom dips bride in a kiss at their reception, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom's first dance at reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Black and white portrait of bride and groom's first dance, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father and daughter dance, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father dances with his daughter at her wedding, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom dances with mother, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom dances with stepmother, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Toasts, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests dancing during the reception, Bride and groom portraits, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
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The Death Star groom's cake, Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride dances with bridesmaids, Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride dances with her mother, Guests dancing during the reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom dance at reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom share last dance on an empty dance floor at their reception, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom pose on stairs of Stone Hall, backlight with off-camera flash, summer blush and navy wedding at Stone Hall at The Springs in McKinney, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Randell & Fawn,

You guys! Your wedding day was such a fun celebration of the love you share, and we were so honored you asked us to be a part of your story. We pray the laughter and love that defines your relationship never diminishes but only grows stronger with each passing year. May you always have #ohlala moments, and love each other #likeaboss. ;)

Love, J & M


Venue | Stone Hall at The Springs

Coordinator | Cheyenne Wehrwein

Officiant | Jim Mustain

Florist | Jill Elliott and Dee Kuklenz

DJ | Dan Quinn

Baker | Stephanie Koehler 

Caterer | La Colina - Ron Crockett 

Hair & Makeup | Summer Dailey Scott and Tessa Graham 

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

Suits | Men's Warehouse


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