Jason & Anne

Jason & Anne | Antioch and the Palladium Wedding | Waco Wedding Photographer

We kicked off our 2017 wedding season this month and can think of no better couple to begin this year with than Jason & Anne. (You may remember them from their engagement session along the Brazos River.) Being with Jason and Anne on their wedding day reminded us anew of why we truly hold it an honor to be wedding photographers in Waco, Texas.

Bride and groom embrace under the arch outside Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas

When I (Melaina) joined Anne with her bridesmaids and parents earlier in the day, I saw right away how close knit they were. Anne has a close relationship with her family, who live in Houston and New York. But she and Jason have also created a deep sense of community here in Waco, their “Waco family” if you will. Getting to be a fly on the wall and watch time and again our J&M Sweethearts be surrounded by such caring and supportive families and “families” is a true gift, and Jason & Anne’s wedding was no exception. So we understand the amazing responsibility we have to document all the special moments between these loved ones, providing Jason & Anne with the invaluable gift of images to showcase the love and support they truly have from their families.

Brides earrings, wedding gown, and shoes at Antioch Community Church wedding in Waco, Texas
Flower girl being dressed by mom, Waco, Texas wedding

Jason & Anne chose their church, Antioch Community Church, as the location for their wedding ceremony. This church was the catalyst for their entire relationship after all, because it was through their small group Bible study at Antioch where they first met and began their relationship. Therefore, Antioch was the perfect choice as the location for the beginning of their marriage.  

And so it was at Antioch prior to the ceremony where we were able to capture the tender moments of Anne’s mother helping her put on her wedding day jewelry, including Jason’s grandmother’s diamond earrings specifically given for her to wear in the ceremony in her honor. We were able to document the support of her maid-of-honor and roommate, Faith, who faithfully learned how to lace up Anne’s dress and bustle her train, ensuring Anne looked beautiful and had one less thing to worry about. We were able to be a fly on the wall and capture forever the sweet and holy moment of Anne’s mother, sisters, bridesmaids and dear friends praying over her before the ceremony. And we were able to be there for the tender moment of Anne’s father sharing words of love and pride with his daughter before he walked her down the aisle.

Maid of honor lacing back of bride's wedding dress, bride's mother putting on her bracelet
Bride putting on groom's grandmother's earrings
Bridal party pose outside Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Bride's bouquet, and bride poses with flower girl
Bride with red and white rose bouquet poses outside Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Groom and groomsmen getting prepared for portraits, Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Groom and groomsmen outside Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Bride and groom's "first touch" before their wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Close up on bride and groom holding hands during "first touch" before wedding ceremony
Bridal party prays over bride prior to ceremony, Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Candid portraits of bride and flower girls prior to ceremony
Bride's father cries while talking with bride before walking her down the aisle
Bride and her father talk while waiting to walk down the aisle, flower girls come down the aisle at Antioch Community Church wedding ceremony
Young flower girls dressed in white dresses with navy bows walk down the aisle
Groom smiles at bride as she walks down the aisle, Antioch Community Church, Waco, Texas
Bridal party and congregation worship during wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Bride and groom sing worship songs during their wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Bride and groom exchange vows, Antioch Community Church, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom take communion at their wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Wedding Ceremony with bridesmaids in navy dresses and groomsmen in black tuxes
Bride and groom kiss during wedding ceremony at Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas
Bride and groom look lovingly at one another as announced husband and wife

The songs of worship sung, the vows proclaimed, and the communion shared during the ceremony were special moments demanding to be preserved both in memory and images. And as the celebration of this marriage moved to the reception at The Palladium in downtown Waco, it was as if the clock sped up and an avalanche of memories and moments began to fall.

Seeing all their family and friends cheering them on as they had their first dance or clamoring for pictures with the happy couple...having Anne walk over to the table of her fellow teachers from Robinson elementary school and see them all cheer for her and exclaim how beautiful she was...hearing the DJ announce Jason & Anne would like a picture with their life group and see so many friends swarm over to them (even if a few had to race over from getting their pieces of wedding cake)...

Bride and groom pose in front of The Palladium in Waco, Texas
white and navy table decor for a wedding reception inside The Palladium in Waco, Texas
White and navy tables with lantern centerpieces inside The Palladium in Waco, Texas
Rings and invitation
Bridal cake with multiple groom's cakes, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom kiss outside The Palladium in Waco, Texas
Bride and House Party outside The Palladium in Waco, Texas
Bride with fellow elementary school teachers
Bride and groom pose with friends
Bride and groom's first dance, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom smile during their first dance, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Guests slow dance during the reception at The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Parents dance with flower girls at the reception, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Guests dance at reception, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride tosses her bouquet, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom kiss before leaving their reception, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom exit under rose petals, The Palladium, Waco, Texas
Bride and groom kiss inside their getaway car outside the reception

All of these little moments, all of these images, fully told the story of love on Jason & Anne’s wedding day. Not only the love these two have continually displayed openly for one another, but the love of those they hold dear who are rooting and praying for the journey of marriage these two sweethearts just embarked upon.

Congratulations once again Jason & Anne! We hope you will be able to look through the images from your wedding day to relive the amazing story of love for many years to come!

J&M

Venues: Antioch Community Church & The Palladium

Rentals: RSVP Rentals

Florist: Wolfe Florist

Baker: Sweetness Desserts

Catering: Baked Bliss Bakery

Planner: Janice Whiting

DJ: Luke Whiting

Photography: Jason & Melaina Photography

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To learn more about our J&M Sweethearts and how we tell their love stories, 

Jason & Anne | Brazos River & Baylor Engagements | Waco Wedding Photographer

engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Have you ever been around a couple whose love was so lived-in and easy it was obvious to everyone? Like they seemed so connected to one another and sure of themselves in their relationship that it felt like you were in the presence of a deep-rooted love? That's what it feels like for us every time we're with Jason & Anne. 

We met these two recently over coffee at Starbucks, where we excitedly welcomed them into the 2017 class of J&M Sweethearts. We chatted about their dreams for their wedding and we learned their story. And it's the type of everyday love story that makes you realize love is real and possible. Jason & Anne were a part of the same small group through their local church, and from there their friendship began to blossom into something more. One day when Anne was going to help her friend move, Jason volunteered to help. When they finished early, the three set off for a hike in Cameron Park. A couple weeks later when Jason invited Anne to go hiking again, she left her friend behind. And so began a Waco love story of hikes in Cameron Park, ice cream dates to Heritage Creamery, and spending time talking and swinging on the green and gold swing in front of the SUB on Baylor's campus. Early in their relationship, Jason took Anne on a walk along the Brazos River and stopped at a small pavilion where they could talk. It was in this pavilion they had one of their first DTRs (define the relationship talks) and agreed they were exclusively dating. 

Fast forward to October of this year, where Jason brought Anne once again on a walk by the Brazos River, stopping in "their pavilion." Only in this DTR, Jason got down on one knee and asked Anne to be his sweetheart forever.

engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits by Brazos River | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits on green and gold swings at Baylor | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits on green and gold swings at Baylor | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
engagement portraits on green and gold swings at Baylor | Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Congratulations, Jason & Anne. We had so much fun photographing your engagement portraits, and we can't wait to photograph your wedding!