James & Elizabeth

James & Elizabeth | Rustic Wedding at Peacock River Ranch | Gatesville, Texas

Bride and groom exchange vows during their rustic wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We’re so excited to share the first 2018 wedding here on the blog! This past weekend we joined James & Elizabeth for their beautiful and perfectly-them wedding day at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas. You may remember these two J&M Sweethearts from their romantic engagement session by the river. Do you remember how James proposed to Elizabeth back on New Year’s while they were fishing together, one of their favorite things to do? We kept the important theme of the Bosque River in their love story, photographing their engagement portraits at Brazos Park East. And just as their engagement session told the story of their engagement, their wedding day pulled together all the things that defined them as a couple and perfectly told the story of them.

There were the soft, romantic touches of the lace on Elizabeth’s dress, and the bridesmaids’ turquoise dresses too. But paired with the lace were the cowboy boots that highlighted their love for the country and how one of their favorite things to do is go two-stepping together. The romance and the country continued to blend together well in the burlap and lace table runners, the twine and lace in the invitations, and the baby’s breath and sunflowers in the centerpieces. Even Peacock River Ranch, with its expansive views of green pastures marked by a wooden fence line, kept the romance of the country in the guest’s mind as they watched James & Elizabeth become husband and wife.

Their wedding details also pointed to the importance of relationships in their life. Elizabeth glued a penny in her boot, dated 1988, the year she & James were born. On her bouquet, she pinned treasured items to stand for her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” as well as remember her late father. James’ mother made all the floral arrangements, including Elizabeth’s bouquet. Elizabeth’s friends, Erik and Stella Johnson from Cuppiecakes in McGregor, made the cake and cupcakes for the reception. Most of the gorgeous hand-lettered signs were made by Morgan Johnson with Watercrest Mill, while the remaining signs and invitations were done by Elizabeth, her soon-to-be mother-in-law, or her dear friend, Brandi. With the help of friends and family, these Sweethearts planned the perfect rustic wedding, full of romantic details and sentimental elements.

But James & Elizabeth’s love story wasn’t only in the details. It was in the face of every person at their wedding. Family and friends came from all over the country to celebrate the love of these two Sweethearts. This love was felt throughout the day during so many touching moments - when Elizabeth and her dad were teary-eyed when they first saw one another, when Elizabeth smiled through happy tears at her first look with James, when they both laughed and cried a little while exchanging their vows, and when Elizabeth’s sister began crying during her toast and then laughing through her tears. And after dancing the night away, James & Elizabeth were showered with the bright lights of sparklers held high by friends and family, ready to walk into their next adventure.

Turquoise, sunflower, burlap and lace wedding details at a rustic wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Reception details at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding rings tied in knot of twine lace wedding dress
Sunflowers and baby's breath centerpieces at rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride glued a penny in her boot on her wedding day - rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ring and invitation details at a rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Flower girl and ring bearers wearing their ring security shirts - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride's mother buttons up her wedding gown and adjusts her veil - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride's first look with her dad - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father of the bride kisses her cheek at their first look - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridesmaids in turquoise lace dresses and cowboy boots -Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride walks up to groom during their first look 
Groom sees bride for the first time at their wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom embrace in a green pasture at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride in a lace wedding dress holds her groom in his cowboy hat - Jason & Melaina Photography
Groomsmen in jeans and tan vests and bridesmaids in turquoise dresses and boots - Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride in lace wedding gown poses in green pasture on her wedding day - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and bridesmaids pose along wooden fence - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Dad walks his daughter down the aisle at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss at the end of their wedding ceremony at Peacock River Ranch Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Unique guest book idea at wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography
Cake and cupcake display at wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and groom share a first dance during their reception at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Father dances with his daughter on her wedding day - Peacock River Ranch - Gatesville TX - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ring casts a heart-shaped shadow in Bible - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Sunset portraits with the bride and groom - Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Groom kisses his bride with sunset behind them at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride's parents dance at Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Reception at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Bride and groom hold one another surrounded by sparklers - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear James & Elizabeth,

Your wedding day was magical and so full of love! We pray the love you felt that day is a firm foundation for your marriage to grow on. And as you return to life at home with your pups and your normal routine, we hope you remember the joy and love of this day every time you look back at your pictures.

Love, J&M

Groom dips bride and kisses her during their sparkler exit - Peacock River Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography

Venue | Peacock River Ranch

Planner | Brandi Lott

Rentals | Priceless Moments Photo booth

Officiant | Rev. Scott Kerschner

Videographer | 4 Rivers Videography

Florist | Crystal Klepper, mother of the groom

Baker | Cuppiecakes

Ceremony Musicians | Grazioso String Quartet

DJ | Hannemann-Thomas Productions

Caterer | Bare Bone's BBQ

Hair | Amy Lynn, Hair Artist

Make up | Elizabeth Tindell

Signage | Morgan Johnson with Watercrest Mill

Transportation | Legacy Limousines of Waco


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James & Elizabeth | Brazos Park East Engagement Session | Waco, Texas

Couple during an engagement shoot posing by pond at Brazos Park East, Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Elizabeth met James when she moved from Florida to Texas for work way back in 2013. They only worked together for one year before Elizabeth moved to a different city, but the two kept in touch, occasionally going out dancing with friends on the weekends. But these two Sweethearts began realizing there was more than just friendship growing between them, and began spending every weekend together, making their relationship work long distance. Eventually Elizabeth moved back to Waco and the two spent all their time together, taking their pups for walks in Cameron Park or going out dancing to live country music.

One of James & Elizabeth’s favorite things to do is to go fishing, spending time together sitting by the Brazos River that borders James’ parents’ property. So it was no surprise James suggested they go fishing together on New Year’s Eve. What was a surprise was when Elizabeth reeled in a fishing line and saw a paper on the hook that read, “Will you marry me?” And so James got down on one knee and proposed to Elizabeth, and of course she said “Yes!”

Fast forward a couple months, and we are having chips and queso with James & Elizabeth at Chuy’s restaurant. We chat about their love story and get all the details of this romantic proposal, and talk about their wedding planning journey. It was such a fun time hanging out with them, and we couldn’t wait to see them again for their engagement session. When fall rolled around we began talking with them about their engagement portraits, and figured the perfect location would be somewhere near the Brazos River. After all, with a proposal like that, how could we not incorporate the Brazos in telling these Sweethearts’ love story?!?

So on a beautiful fall evening we met James & Elizabeth at Brazos Park East here in Waco, Texas. We caught up with them on how wedding planning was going and walked them through our quick posing 101 guide to help them feel natural in front of the camera. And then we were able to step back and watch these Sweethearts interact with one another. Anytime we asked them to look at each other, Elizabeth’s face was beaming and James’ face would soften into a smile. Every time they looked into one another’s eyes you could feel the love they had for one another, the day-to-day real life love they shared. It was so romantic and real. And it made for some beautiful engagement photos!

We have 5 more months to go before these two say “I do” out at Peacock River Ranch in Gatesville, and we can’t wait to be with them again! Because if their wedding is anything like their engagement session, it is going to be a special and romantic day full of celebrating the real and deep love James & Elizabeth have for each other.

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A couple stands close and smiles at one another by the Brazos River in their Waco, Texas engagement session, Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride looks up and smiles at her fiance during engagement photo session in Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Square diamond engagement ring with diamond rope band, engagement session in Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography- www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A couple holds one another with Texas sunset behind their faces during their engagement photo session in Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear James & Elizabeth,

We loved getting to see you again halfway through this year. It seemed so long ago when we were hanging out at Chuy’s, but your wedding day is going to be here before you know it! We pray all your wedding day details fall perfectly into place as you go through these last few months of planning. And more importantly, you realize the amazing journey you two are on towards a meaningful marriage!

Love, J&M