Engaged

Remington & Marley | Sunrise Engagement Portraits | Cameron Park

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We normally take engagement portraits with our Sweethearts in that magic golden hour right before the sun goes down. But sometimes sunset isn’t possible schedule-wise, so we set alarms and head out to locations and wait for the sun to join us.

Marley and Remington live in Tennessee, but chose to have their wedding in Texas near Remington’s parents since that was the most central location for all their family throughout the US. So when Marley and her mother made a trip to Texas one weekend to get all their vendors booked, they squeezed us in for a quick coffee meet up between cake tastings and a trip to the Magnolia Silos. We loved Marley, her mom, and Remington’s mom right away, and loved how Marley talked about her relationship with Remington. So we were so excited to get to work with them in 2019!

Since they live in Tennessee, we only had one shot for an engagement session with them when they were in Texas visiting Remington’s family for Christmas. And with work schedules and family Christmas celebrations, the only opportunity we had to connect with them for their session was Saturday morning before Christmas. So Remington and Marley drove down from DFW to make it to Waco by sunrise. Talk about dedicated!

It couldn’t have been easy to leave DFW in the 5 am hour, but we are forever grateful to them because sunrise sunlight just might become our favorite light! The way the warm sun filled the space at Cameron Park highlighted these Sweethearts and their love. Remington & Marley were naturals at posing, switching from sweet romantic moments to laughter and dancing with ease. And they seemed wide awake and warm the whole time, which is not easy to do on an early morning in December!

When we asked Remington to whisper in Marley’s ear, Marley busted out laughing at whatever he had said. The “whisper test” is always a great moment at an engagement session, because we learn the true nature of our Sweethearts and their relationship based off whether they whisper sweet words, funny jokes, or random nonsense words. And we knew Remington & Marley were a fun couple who brought out the joy in each other when Marley immediately started laughing.

Their session was so beautiful and so fun, and we can’t wait to be with them again in June!

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Dear Remington & Marley,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for meeting us bright and early in Waco! We loved seeing you in person again, Marley, and meeting you, Remington. You two were flawless, and your love for one another shows so much through these images. We hope you enjoy the remaining days of wedding planning and being engaged. And we can’t wait to see what married life has in store for y’all!

Love, J&M

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Jonathan & Jennah | Christmas Themed Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

Couple pose in middle of street at sunset for their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

It’s always fun when we have a connection with a couple before we even work with them!

2 ½ years ago, we photographed Jennah’s brother TJ’s wedding to his bride, Holley. We got to know Jennah too since she was one of Holley’s bridesmaids, and we connected again when she came to help TJ & Holley’s son laugh when we photographed him in the bluebonnets this past year. So when Jennah reached out to us to say she had found her forever Sweetheart and was planning her wedding, we were so happy to get to work with another member of the Goedeke family!

Jonathan asked Jennah to marry him this summer while on vacation with her family. As they started wedding planning, Jennah’s mom thought it would be so fun to have a Christmas wedding. But being a school teacher Jennah didn’t think she’d have enough time to plan a December wedding once school started. She and Jonathan chose July 2019 for their wedding, but still wanted to keep a Christmas vibe. So Christmas in July became the theme of their wedding! And with such a great theme, we knew it’d be fun to have their engagement portrait session during Christmas break to tie it all together.

So Jonathan & Jennah met us the Friday before Christmas for some engagement portraits right before sunset. Jennah had a vision for her and Jonathan wrapped in Christmas lights near a barn wall, so we chose the Carleen Bright Arboretum as our first stop. It felt full circle, because the Arboretum was TJ & Holley’s wedding venue and where we first met Jennah in 2016. It was neat to meet back at that location, this time for Jennah’s portraits with her groom-to-be.

We got some great portraits of them wrapped in Christmas lights (which by the way, get really warm when wrapped on your body!) and then headed to Woodway Park. Waco doesn’t exactly provide a winter wonderland and there was no snow for their session, but we really liked how the trees resembled Christmas trees. They were the perfect backdrop for the session, and made for a great place to hang Jenna’s ring on their cute ornament.

Photographing Jonathan & Jennah for their engagement portraits was a fun way to get ready for Christmas, and we can’t wait to feel all Christmas-y with them again at their wedding in July!

Couple wrapped up in white Christmas lights for engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Sunset engagement portraits in a field of dry grass - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Couple sits beside road with sunset behind them during engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
A close up of a bride-to-be’s diamond solitaire engagement ring during her engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography, Waco Texas
Groom carries his fiance on his back while she laughs during their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jonathan & Jennah,

We are so excited to have you two as Sweethearts! We hope your first Christmas together as fiances was wonderful, and that you are looking forward to all the Christmases together to come!

Love, J&M

Couple holds Christmas ornament with their wedding date for their save the date - Jason & Melaina Photography

Austin & Andie | Engagement Portraits in Cameron Park | Waco, Texas

A couple embraces on an overlook of the Bosque River in Cameron Park for their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Austin & Andie’s love story has all the makings for a romantic movie. And not because their story is unbelievable. But because their story proves real life, forever love can be found in everyday life.

Both Austin & Andie are actively involved in their church’s young adult ministry here in Waco. Andie had noticed Austin around church and was interested in getting to know him more. Austin wanted to connect with more friends in the area, and began hanging out with the group from church. Andie is a teacher for deaf students in Waco, and one day Austin, a elementary PE teacher, subbed at her school. She introduced herself to him during lunch and after that they began connecting more every time the group from church was together. Before long, these two Sweethearts were dating and proved friends-that-turn-into-partners are the best.

After a few months of dating, Austin knew Andie was the one for him. So he planned one of the most romantic proposals we’ve ever heard. He knew Andie was very close with her family, and wanted them to be a part of this special moment. So while celebrating Christmas with Andie’s family on Christmas Eve, Austin proposed to Andie in her family’s home with her parents and siblings there. And what’s more, Austin learned how to say what he wanted to say to Andie in ASL, and proposed to Andie using sign language. How romantic and perfect!

An engaged couple sits on a cliff in Cameron Park during their engagement photo session

Of course, Andie said yes! Which brings us to this past week, when we meet these two Sweethearts in Cameron Park. With all our J&M Sweetheart couples we really seek to photograph their engagement session in locations that are meaningful to their love story. We do this so years later they can show their grandchildren these portraits and tell them the meaning behind the pretty pictures.

Austin & Andie picked Cameron Park in Waco, Texas as their engagement session location because it’s been the spot of so many of their dates throughout their relationship. A perfect day for them would be hiking in Cameron Park, then grabbing food and watching a movie together. So we knew Cameron Park had to be part of their engagement session! 

When talking with Andie about the session she mentioned a particular overlook of the Bosque River she and Austin went to on their second date. When she said this, we got excited! See, Melaina had found an overlook near the area Andie had mentioned one day when she was hiking with a friend. She told Jason about how it would make for such beautiful engagement pictures. But there was a catch, there was a pretty rocky and steep hike down to it, and she wasn’t sure if a bride-to-be in a dress and heels would be willing to jump down the rocks to get there.

So when we met Austin & Andie in Cameron Park, and Andie changed into tennis shoes, we got our hopes up. And sure enough, as we reached the end of the trail with Austin & Andie as our guides, we realized it WAS the spot Melaina had found earlier. YAY for brides who rock heels in their engagement sessions but bring tennis shoes to hike down to amazing locations!

We loved hanging out with these two Sweethearts, exploring different parts of Cameron Park. From scenic overlooks, to sunset drenched roadsides, to the cliffs of Brazos Park East, Cameron Park gave us some amazing spots for this session. But what truly made this session was the obvious love Austin & Andie had for one another, that showed through in every single portrait. Serioulsy, romantic movie worthy, yall.

Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his fiance hold hands in the sunlight near a road in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography
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Dear Austin & Andie,

Your love story is the epitome of #relationshipgoals! And we pray the foundation you are building now for your marriage will make the many years ahead of y’all the definition of #marriagegoals! We had a blast with y’all in Cameron Park, and can’t wait to be with you this summer for your wedding day!

Love J&M

A couple kisses as the sun sets over the Bosque River during their engagement session - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com