Downtown Waco

Stephen & Ariel | Star Wars Wedding | The Palladium in Waco, Texas

A bride dressed as a Jedi Knight and her groom, dressed as a Sith Lord, embrace holding lightsabers down a darkened alley in downtown Waco, Texas  - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Man, oh man, we’ve been so excited to share Stephen & Ariel’s wedding day on the blog! Remember these Sweethearts and their love of Star Wars? It was so fun to photograph their engagement session with their custom made lightsabers. But their wedding was on another level!

There were so many custom made pieces Stephen & Ariel made as part of their wedding decor. They built the blast doors that served as the ceremony background (and made for a really cool backdrop for formal portraits). Every table had a unique centerpiece of a scene from Star Wars displayed as a diorama in glass jars. The bar area was set up to look like a space cantina, and the photo booth area was a custom built replica of the trash compactor from A New Hope.

The Star Wars details weren’t limited to decor, though. These Sweethearts went all out in their outfits for their wedding day too. Stephen & Ariel wore custom made outfits to dress as Revan & Bastila, characters from the Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic series. Everyone in the bridal party, including Stephen & Ariel’s family, dressed up as jedis and siths and characters from the Star Wars movies. The bridal party, bride and groom, carried lightsabers. And the Sweethearts were even married by Darth Vader!

This awesome wedding may have looked a little different than a traditional wedding you’d see on wedding blogs, but it still had so many little wedding day moments that are what make wedding days so special.

There was all the bridal party getting ready at Ariel’s parents’ home, getting their jedi outfits just right. There was Stephen & Ariel seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, all smiles in their excitement to get married. There was Ariel’s sister, her parents, Stephen’s family, and all their friends, there in costumes to support them and celebrate their love.

There was sneaking these Sweethearts out of the reception for some sunset portraits. And though we may get a little stares from on-lookers when we take a bride and groom down Austin Avenue, we’ve never really had people walk up and ask us what Stephen & Ariel were doing. And there was the excitement of their exit, with everyone cheering on the newlyweds as they ran under a colorful tunnel of lightsabers.

A bride and groom, dressed as Star Wars characters, see each other for the first time before their ceremony - Star Wars Wedding in downtown Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
A Jedi Knight bride and her Sith Lord groom pose in front of the blast doors at their Star Wars wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
The bridal party poses in front of blast doors dressed as Sith Lords and Jedi Knights - Star Wars  Wedding  at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography -
The groom watches his Jedi Knight bride come down the aisle, escorted by her Han Solo dressed father, at their Star Wars wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
Star Wars wedding ceremony on May the 4th at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Star Wars wedding details for the reception at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride, dressed as a Jedi Knight, and her groom, dressed as a Sith Lord, pose together in downtown Waco on their May 4th wedding day - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A couple poses in a downtown Waco alley with their lightsabers on their May 4th Star Wars wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride and groom, dressed as Star Wars characters, kiss under a lightsaber tunnel as they leave their May 4th wedding reception - The Palladium at Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography

Dear Stephen & Ariel,

Your wedding was definitely a day to never forget! All the years of planning and preparation paid off for such a magical day. We hope the love and joy you felt for one another and from all your loved ones stay with you for many more years to come.

Love, J&M


The awesome wedding vendors who helped bring Stephen & Ariel’s Star Wars’ vision to life-

Venue | The Palladium

Caterer | Blanek’s

Cake | Kakes by Kat

DJ | PhilDoesIt

Elijah & Jessica | Cameron Park Sunset Wedding | Waco, Texas

A bride and groom stand under a large oak tree during their wedding ceremony at Lover’s Leap in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

We kicked off our 2019 wedding season with Elijah & Jessica’s romantic sunset ceremony at Lover’s Leap in Cameron Park. And they were such a fun and beautiful couple to start the year with!

Back in 2012, Jessica was the director for the youth program with Mission Waco and Elijah started volunteering with the youth there. They developed a close friendship while working together, and Elijah got up the nerve to ask Jessica to “hang out” for the 4th of July. It was a wonderful first date, fireworks included, and the two began hanging out more and more. Only 10 days later, Jessica asked Elijah, “So, are we doing this thing or what?” And they became an official couple.

Fast forward to August 9, 2017. Jessica’s friend wanted to take her out for her birthday. But first they needed to stop by the Jubilee Theater at Mission Waco for nostalgia sake. When Jessica walked into the theater, she saw all their close family and friends, and her dad led her to a special seat on the front row. On the screen began to play an animated timeline of her relationship with Elijah. After the film ended, Elijah walked out on stage, got down on one knee and asked Jessica, “So, are we doing this thing, or what?” Jessica said YES! and these two Sweethearts began planning their forever.

Elijah & Jessica found a gorgeous ceremony spot at Lover’s Leap in Cameron Park. Nestled off to the side of the beautiful overlook is this green spot under a large tree, perfect for a golden hour ceremony. The rain from that morning drifted on and by ceremony time, the light and location were so romantic and beautiful , exactly what this couple deserved.

After the ceremony, Elijah & Jessica squeezed in a dramatic mini-session in front of the cliff overlook in Brazos Park East. Then they joined their family and friends at Cultivate 7Twelve for their rocking wedding reception. Watching Jessica dance with both her dad and mom, seeing Elijah dance with his mom, hearing meaningful and fun toasts, and seeing all their close family and friends celebrate their love was the perfect ending to such a wonderful start to a marriage. When we asked Jessica what meant the most to her on their wedding day, she said having a “…moment in time for us to have all of our favorite things in one place to celebrate our love and commitment to each other.” And we couldn’t agree more.

A bride hugs her mom right before her dad walks her down the aisle - outdoor wedding ceremony in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A glimpse over the bride and her father’s shoulder as they start their walk down the aisle - Cameron Park sunset wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A large oak tree stands over a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A groom and his bride embrace in the near dark while back lit dramatically with flash in front of the cliffs by the Brazos River in Waco, Texas - Jason & melaina Photography -
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography, Waco Texas

Dear Elijah & Jessica,

We pray the love you felt from all your family and friends, and the love you felt for one another, on your wedding day will be a memory you carry with you throughout the years. May each anniversary give you a chance to remember these moments and look forward to many more.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom kiss under sparklers outside their reception at Cultivate 7Twelve in downtown Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Charlie & Courtney | Classic Wedding at The Hippodrome | Waco, Texas

A groom kisses his bride in front of a vintage Rolls Royce after their downtown Waco, Texas wedding at The Hippodrome - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Charlie & Courtney’s love story is a beautiful tale of meant-to-be moments. Courtney was living in Seattle, WA, when she visited her sister in Austin. She fell in love with Austin, and decided she was going to move there one day. So she worked extra jobs for 2 years in order to make it happen. When she finally arrived in Austin, she got settled into her new place and found a job. A job that another young man named Charlie just happened to be starting at as well. These co-workers became friends, and then it turned into something more. And on December 1st, Charlie & Courtney vowed to spend their lives together…and it all happened because Courtney decided she needed to move to Texas!

These Sweethearts, along with the help of their sisters, planned one of the most gorgeous and classy weddings we’ve seen in Waco! Charlie & Courtney chose The Hippodrome as their wedding venue, and it was the perfect location for their classy and classic wedding. The stage with it’s proscenium arch was a breathtaking spot for their vows. And the modern candle-lit backdrop from Pendley Party only added to the dramatic view.

The dramatic and special details don’t stop there! Courtney’s dress was beautifully classic in the front, but the surprise detail bead work on the back led many of her friends to exclaim in delight when she turned around. Charlie looked dashing in his navy suit, and as a special touch, had their wedding date embroidered into his collar. He wasn’t the only one with special details added to his attire. The flower girls all had bedazzled converse shoes made especially for the occasion!

The details are always fun to plan, and we enjoy seeing how each of our Sweetheart couples make their wedding their own through the details. But our favorite part of the wedding day is seeing all the special and meaningful moments that unfold. And Charlie & Courtney had so many sweet moments!

Both of them wrote meaningful and heartfelt vows to one another. It was so special to hear them tell each other how they’ve changed one another’s lives for the better, and hear them express their feelings for one another.

Their wedding day was also Courtney’s birthday, and while getting her makeup done Courtney said how she always wanted an experience for her birthday rather than a present. So right before it was time to cut the cake, Charlie called Courtney to the middle of the reception and told everyone how he always tried to give her an experience on her birthday. He said he couldn’t think of a better experience than their wedding, and then presented her with a birthday cupcake and had the entire reception sing Happy Birthday to her.

But the surprises didn’t end with the birthday cupcake! Charlie & Courtney’s sisters surprised the couple with a Rolls Royce as their getaway car when leaving the reception. Their sisters had been a huge help in planning such a beautiful wedding for them, and this final surprise was the perfect ending to such a beautiful wedding day!

Dear Charlie & Courtney,

Your wedding was beautiful and so full of love. We loved seeing your faces when you looked at one another, so happy and full of love. We hope you remember those looks, and keep getting them for decades to come!

Love, J&M

Bride & Groom kiss in the back of their Rolls Royce getaway car after their wedding at The Hippodrome, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Venue | The Hippodrome

Backdrop | Pendley Party Productions

Florals | Bloomingals Floral

Coordinator | JW Events

Rolls Royce | Bruce at Knoxville Ranch