Jacob & Meghan

Jacob & Meghan | Bear Creek Wedding | Gatesville, Texas

A bride and groom embrace with a Texas Sunset behind them at Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Want to know how many people love and support you and will bend over backwards for you to have the perfect day? Get married! With every single wedding Jason and I love to sit back and watch bridesmaids and groomsmen and parents and good friends and fellow wedding professionals love and serve our Sweethearts. Jacob & Meghan’s wedding day was the perfect example of this! It was one of those weddings where you could simply look at Jacob or Meghan and see how excited and in love they were, and everyone wanted to bask in the glow of that love and do whatever they could to make their day perfect.

Jacob & Meghan chose Bear Creek as their wedding venue and it was such a great choice! The chapel was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. There were so many great spots for portraits throughout the whole grounds. And speaking as professional photographers, the light in the bridal suite was amazing for all those getting ready portraits! Karla McNeill and her team transformed the large lawn into a gorgeous outdoor reception. And her ability to throw strings of Christmas lights over tree branches paid off in creating the breathtaking backdrop for Jacob & Meghan’s Sweetheart table.

There are SO MANY moments from this wedding that were romantic and joyful and magical. There was the time when the bridal party received their matching embroidered shirts from Jacob & Meghan and loved them. There was the sweet moment of Meghan having a first look with her dad and her two brothers, and watching their reactions to seeing Meghan in her dress for the first time brought tears. There was Jacob & Meghan’s first touch, a moment where they held hands and prayed for one another and their marriage before the ceremony.

There was the surprise Jacob had for Meghan during the reception, where he led her on the dance floor and sang an original love song to her he had written! There was the few minutes where Jacob & Meghan trusted us enough to brave the cold wind and head out to the gravel driveway for a super quick sunset portrait session while their guests ate BBQ, and we walked away with a portrait they’ll love for decades to come. And lastly, every single time Jacob & Meghan looked at one another and seeing the joy on their faces as they smiled.

And those are just the highlights! Moment after moment of this special wedding day was full of laughter and love, and it was such an honor to tell that story.

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Bride and Groom portraits at Bear Creek wedding venue in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bridesmaids react to seeing bride in her gown for first time, hug bride, at wedding ceremony at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom hold hands during their first touch on their wedding day, Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom and groomsmen walk across bridge in flying V formation, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom smiles through tears seeing his bride come down the aisle, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom wash each other's feet during their wedding ceremony in the chapel at Bear Creek wedding venue - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom sings a song to his bride at their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom carries his bride and kisses her during their sparkler exit at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jacob & Meghan,

What can we say? It was such a joy getting to know y'all and be a part of this chapter of your love story. We pray the love you have for one another on this day only grows deeper and more mature with each passing anniversary. Love you guys! Let's plan a double-date to Tea2Go in Waco sometime, okay?

Love, J&M

Groom and bride kiss in the back of their limo as they leave their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Bear Creek

Wedding Planner | Karla McNeill Events

Rentals | Confetti Rentals

Florals | Creative Innovations

Videographer | Cinderella Films

DJ | DJ Kinect

Cake | Sam's

Caterer | J&M Hill Country BBQ

Hair & Makeup | Beautiful Reflections

Bridal Gown | Ivy & Asher from Unbridaled

Groom & Groomsmen's attire | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids & Flower girl's dresses | Macy's

Transportation | Legacy Limo


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Jacob & Meghan | Engagement Portraits at Sweet Berry Farms, Marble Falls TX | Waco Wedding Photographer

Every time a new bride and groom-to-be become J&M Sweethearts, we send them a survey with all sorts of questions. One of the questions asks, “What are you hoping your photography experience will be as you plan your wedding?” And when Jacob & Meghan answered this question, they wrote,

“We are hoping it captures us as a couple. We want others to be able to look back at our photographs and feel the raw emotion we felt at that very moment as it tells our story.”

Their answer made our hearts so happy. We LOVED how they wanted their wedding photography to really capture them as a couple. We realize this journey of their wedding and marriage is their own beautiful story and we want to faithfully tell it, just as we do with each and every one of our Sweethearts. This is why we learn our Sweethearts’ stories, how they interact with one another and others. This is why we have consultations where we ask their ideas for engagement sessions that are meaningful and true to them.

Jacob & Meghan are an outdoorsy couple who would love to spend a free day hiking and camping, out in nature. Relationships are important to them too, and they are very close with their family and friends. Family is so important, in fact, Jacob proposed to Meghan at Thanksgiving in front of their families during their family portraits. So when we were discussing their engagement session and Jacob mentioned one of his best friends helped manage a strawberry farm, we all knew this was the perfect place for their engagement portraits.

Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls, Texas, is such an amazing place. Jacob’s friend, Matthew, took us over to the wedding venue side of the farm and we were able to photograph Jacob & Meghan in a beautiful grove of trees, dancing just like they did every weekend when they were “just good friends.” And when we parked our cars near a field of yellow wildflowers, we knew we’d found a perfect spot for some romantic portraits of these two. But after all the visitors left and the farm closed down, we were able to have the entire strawberry farm to ourselves. From photographing them playing catch in their favorite baseball jerseys to roaming the rows and rows of blackberry vines and strawberry plants, we sat back and watched the magic happen.

Jacob & Meghan are so obviously in love you cannot help but see it when they are together, and our task was to simply capture that emotion for them. They didn't make it hard on us at all. Being there we could tell how much these two loved one another. And looking back through the images as we prepared their gallery for them, we were reminded again of just how palpable the love is between these Sweethearts.  

Jacob & Meghan,

We had a blast being with y'all at your engagement portraits session and we're kind of sad your wedding isn't until November. Can we hang out again soon? We weren't joking about taking you guys out to Tea to Go if you ever visit Waco.

Love, J&M

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