Engagement portraits

Justin & Tiffany | Belton Lake Engagement Portraits | Belton, Texas

A couple embraces at the Belton Lake Dam while the sun sets over the lake behind them - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Justin & Tiffany have been friends since middle school, and in a relationship for 7 years. They even work together, with Tiffany working as an admin and Justin working at a mechanic at a local shop in town. To say they’ve spent a lot of their life together is an understatement. We love hearing stories like Justin & Tiffany’s, of Sweethearts who have a hard time remembering a time in their lives when they weren’t best friends.

Both Justin & Tiffany enjoy the outdoors and being outside in nature. When they have some free time, they’ll drive to the beach, or go hunting, or spend time on their boat. But one of their favorite things to do together is to go fishing, often going fishing near Belton Lake Dam.

Belton Lake Dam is a special place for these Sweethearts and one of their favorite spots to visit on dates. One special date night at the Dam- after they had climbed down the rocks and gotten closer to the lake, with the sun set turning the sky orange- Justin pulled out a ring and asked Tiffany to marry him. She said yes.

To mark the occasion, they added a gold lock to the fence at the Belton Lake Dam’s lookout. They wrote their initials and the date, and then placed the lock on the fence along with all the other locks left behind by couples before them.

When it came time to pick the location for their engagement session, keeping things in Belton and using the sunset at Belton Lake Dam was a no-brainer. We started at a creek in a nearby park, and dodged the other Beltonians who were fishing, wading in the water, or having their own photo shoot. Then, just in time for sunset, we hiked down the rocks at Belton Lake Dam and made our way to where Justin proposed to Tiffany.

We love being able to capture some romantic engagement pictures on the exact spot where the proposal happened. Because we like to think that years later, our Sweethearts can show their grandchildren pictures of the exact spot where Grandpa proposed to Grandma, and smile at one another as their grandkids say “Awww” and exclaim how young Grandpa and Grandma look.

A woman leans her head on her fiance’s shoulder and he smiles down at her during their engagement photo session in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces and puts their foreheads together as the sun sets over the lake behind them - Engagement Photos in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Justin & Tiffany,

Y’all are such an adorable couple, and it’s obvious you’re each other’s best friend. We know you have many years of date nights fishing ahead of you. We can’t wait to be with you again in September when you start the next chapter of your love story!

Love, J&M

A couple kisses at Belton Lake Dam while the sunset turns the sky orange behind them over the lake - Belton, Texas Engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Ernie & Stephanie | Glen Rose Engagement Session | Glen Rose, Texas

A bride-to-be smiles sits beside her fiance and they turn in towards one another to smile during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Last November we had the joy of photographing Misael & Ellisa’s wedding. It was there we first met Ellisa’s close friend and bridesmaid, Stephanie. A few months later, we got a DM from Stephanie asking if we had August 31, 2019 available. She and her fiance, Ernie, were having their wedding celebration that day and they wanted us to be a part of it. We’ve met a lot of bridesmaids over the years, so it’s always fun when we get to see one again for her own wedding!

Ernie & Stephanie first met as freshmen at Tarleton State back in the day. They dated for a brief period that year, but ended up parting ways. They continued on with their studies at Tarleton State and graduated, and then both moved into adult world with jobs and homes.

Then, in 2012, Ernie sent Stephanie a Facebook message to connect and catch up on life. They jokingly say Stephanie ignored the message, and five years passed. But luckily, in 2017, Ernie decided to message Stephanie again. This time, she responded to his message, and the two of them met up for lunch to catch up on life since their freshmen year at Tarleton.

At that lunch, they both recognized a connection between them that was still there, and it wasn’t too long after they began their long distance relationship. And after about a year of long distance, these Sweethearts decided to close the distance between them and get married!

When we were discussing the perfect spot for their engagement portrait session, we all agreed returning to the Glen Rose area would mean a lot for them. It’s where Stephanie grew up and her family still lives, and a place they visit frequently as a couple. We even began their session at her parents’ home, because it was where Ernie proposed.

During her family’s Christmas, Ernie gave Stephanie her gift. She opened the larger gift to see the smaller ring box inside. Surrounded by her family, next to the Christmas tree, Ernie got down on one knee and asked Stephanie to be his wife. With such a romantic proposal, we loved the idea of starting our session where their journey to marriage began!

After taking some sentimental photos of these Sweethearts at her parents’ home, including in a sweet little patch of wildflowers near her parents’ driveway, we headed to our next stop. Heading into Glen Rose there is an abandoned structure of an old home made of petrified rock. Stephanie said a lot of locals take photos there, but it was especially meaningful for her to do so because it was her dad’s childhood home.

After a little photo shoot at the petrified rock home, we headed into Glen Rose proper and stopped at a local park. This park had historic buildings from Glen Rose throughout, and a beautiful walking path along the river. It was the perfect spot for a romantic sunset stroll. And as the sun faded in the big Texas sky, we grabbed some beautiful engagement photos of these two Sweethearts.

A couple faces one another and holds one another in a field of little white flowers during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple holds one another under an archway of an abandoned petrified rock building in Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man kisses his fiance’s cheek with a large, blue Texas sky behind them during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Ernie & Stephanie,

It was so fun connecting with y’all during your session, and our Dairy Queen double-date afterwards! We hope you treasure these photos and remember this wonderful season of starting your married life together whenever you look at them. We can’t wait to see y’all again in August!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera while standing near a river with a pink sunset sky behind them during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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Jeremiah & Shannon | Cameron Park Engagement Session | Waco, Texas

A man hugs his fiance from behind in a wooded trail inside Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jeremiah & Shannon met while swing dancing in Austin. They kept dancing together whenever they’d go swing dancing, and eventually started spending more time together off the dance floor. Their love of dancing, working out, and movies meant they always had fun together. They decided they wanted to be each other’s forever dancing partners, and so during a trip to Chicago, Jeremiah took Shannon on a tour of a beautiful greenhouse in the city. Inside, he proposed to Shannon with the ring she had saved on her Pinterest board. After she said yes, they took a cruise on Lake Michigan. Talk about a romantic proposal!

Since their engagement, Jeremiah & Shannon have been busy building a life here in Waco and planning their wedding. Their June 15th wedding day will be here soon, so we met them in Cameron Park for their engagement portrait session at the end of April.

When deciding where to have the engagement session, we always ask our Sweethearts what locations are important to them and their story. Is there a particular spot where a milestone in their story occurred, like a proposal? Or is there a favorite date night spot that’ll be the perfect backdrop for the session?

We do this because we want to give our Sweethearts more than pretty engagement photos. We want them to be able to show their children and grandchildren these photos and point out exactly where grandpa proposed, or where their favorite date night spot was when they were younger.

Jeremiah & Shannon chose Cameron Park and Waco’s iconic Suspension Bridge as the location for their engagement session. They love hiking and the outdoors in Cameron Park, so they wanted to document that favorite date day location. And they wanted an iconic spot in Waco to symbolize how they are starting their new life together here in Waco. We thought those were great choices!

We had so many fun moments during this session with Jeremiah & Shannon! They were game for hiking through some of the trails to capture the beautiful green trees in Cameron Park. And Cameron Park kept showing off this spring with all its wildflowers, so standing in a field of them was a no-brainer for these two!

One of our favorite memories was when we really got to see their playful side during the session when they started swing dancing for us. Between the dancing and working out, they are both strong, which was lucky for us so we could ask them to hold some swing poses to get great photos!

We can’t wait to see these two tear up the dance floor at their wedding reception!

A couple stands on the MLK memorial platform by the Brazos River, looking into one another’s eyes, while the sun sets behind them - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jeremiah & Shannon,

We hope these final weeks of wedding planning and preparation are filled with excitement and joy. And that you always find reasons to dance together!

Love, J&M

A couple puts their foreheads together with the sun setting behind them during their engagement photos near the Waco, Texas Suspension Bridge - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com