Michael & Pamela

Michael & Pamela | Spring Wedding at La Rio Mansion | Belton Wedding Photography

Bride and Groom kiss after wedding at La Rio Mansion

This past Saturday we were able to be with an adorable pair of J&M Sweethearts and photograph their wedding day. (You may remember Michael & Pamela from their engagement session in Belton, Texas.) Michael & Pamela are one of the sweetest, most playful couples we’ve met, and watching their love for one another on their wedding day was such a gift. Though Houston is home for these two, they chose the gorgeous La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas as the location for their wedding. It is such a beautiful wedding venue in the Waco/Temple/Belton area, and we could not wait to photograph their romantic wedding day there.    

Brides bouquet by HEB Florist for spring wedding at La Rio Mansion

Michael & Pamela planned for their wedding ceremony to be under the large trees at La Rio Mansion. As we joined them for the rehearsal the evening before, we all commented on how wonderful the weather was and hoped the rain would hold off the next day. Well, the weather didn’t cooperate with us, and as Pamela started getting her makeup done on her wedding day the rain began. And the rain stayed with us all day.

Bride gets hair and makeup done by Salons by Karen before her wedding at La Rio Mansion

So as Pamela finished getting ready, the La Rio staff and Pamela and Michael’s family and friends began setting up chairs for the ceremony under the large covered driveway in front of the beautiful, Spanish-style home of La Rio Mansion. Reception tables were moved under tents and covered porches. The bridal party began planning how they would change their processional and where they would stand to accommodate the new location. And before you knew it, everyone and everything was ready to give Michael and Pamela the beautiful wedding of their dreams.

Purple and white wedding invitation suite 
Painted white vase centerpieces, large floral arrangement on top of wine barrel
Bride's bouquet, wedding day shoes, and Grandmother's handkerchief
Bride and bridesmaids in monogrammed robes prior to wedding ceremony
Wedding gown, Alfred Angelo
Mother buttoning up back of her daughter's wedding dress in bridal suite at La Rio Mansion
Mother of the bride and sister help bride finish getting in her wedding gown
Bride stands under covered porch during rain storm at La Rio Mansion
Groom helps his son into his tux, groom's sister pins on his boutonniere
Groom in groom's suite at La Rio Mansion
Bride and bridesmaids together on steps of porch at La Rio Mansion
Bride with parents before wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Groom with groomsmen at La Rio Mansion
Groom and his son, the ring bearer, pose and dab before ceremony
Groom's mother kisses his cheek

Their wedding day may have looked different than they had planned and hoped for, but Michael & Pamela’s wedding was a day full of love. Family and friends drove through the storm, and stood under umbrellas in the rain, to bear witness to the marriage of these two sweethearts. Pamela walked down a different aisle than she had expected, yet Michael was still overcome with emotion seeing his beautiful bride for the first time. And when they danced for the first time as husband and wife, having drops of water fall on their heads from the tent above, they laughed and rejoiced together as their loved ones looked on adoringly.  

Aisle runner which says, "Dad, of all the walks we've taken, I will remember this one forever"
Groom cries seeing his bride come down the aisle at La Rio Mansion
Groom emotional seeing his bride walk down the aisle at La Rio Mansion
Groom's side smiles at bride coming down the aisle with her father
Rainy wedding ceremony under covered driveway at La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas
Wedding ceremony during rainstorm at La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas
Bride and groom exchange vows at rainy wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
You may now kiss the bride!
Presentation of the bride and groom at wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom dance up the aisle as husband and wife
Bridal party cheers on as bride and groom kiss after wedding ceremony at La Rio Mansion
Bride and bridesmaids show off matching temporary tattoos
Bride and groom kiss during portraits after their wedding ceremony
Bride and groom look lovingly into each other's eyes during rainstorm on their wedding day
Bride's cake and groom's cake by Simply Sweet Bakery in Little River Academy, Texas
Bride and groom's first dance during rainy evening reception at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom laugh and kiss during their first dance
Emotional Father and daughter dance at wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Groom dances with his mother and then his whole family during reception at La Rio Mansion
Dancing at rainy wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Guests dance under tents at rainy reception at La Rio Mansion
Children dance in the rain at wedding reception at La Rio Mansion
Bride and groom run through sparkler exit wearing matching "Hubby" and "Wifey" shirts at the end of their La Rio Mansion wedding

Michael & Pamela's wedding day was a perfect example of the true meaning behind all the planning and celebration, the beginning of a lasting marriage. The day looked a little different than what was planned. But the joining of these two sweethearts into a marriage, dear family and friends coming to witness and cheer on this couple as they begin their forever, that is what the wedding day is all about.

Congratulations again Michael & Pamela! We were so honored to share in your wedding day. And we hope these images will help you relive your beautiful wedding day for years to come!


Venue: La Rio Mansion

Rentals: Center Rentals

Hair and Make-up: Salons by Karen

Wedding Officiant: Josh Sandford

Florist: Tammy Mosedale with HEB Florals

DJ: Kyle Heitmiller

Baker: Simply Sweet Bakery

Caterer: Las Casas

Bridal Gown, Bridesmaids, Flower girl dresses: Alfred Angelo

Tuxes: Men's Warehouse

Michael & Pamela | Belton, Texas Engagement Portraits | Waco Wedding Photographer

Couple looks into one another's eyes beside flowing creek in Belton, Texas

When I think of Michael & Pamela’s story, the phrase “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind.

Couple walk hand-in-hand in field in Belton Texas

It all started back when Michael began working at the same company as Pamela. They exchanged brief small talk as one does with work colleagues, but nothing more happened. And then one day, while talking to a friend at work who sat next to Michael’s desk, Pamela mentioned how her house-buying struggles would be easier if she was married instead of single. Her friend laughed and said, “Just ask Michael to marry you.” So Pamela turned to Michael and jokingly proposed. And Michael said yes.

Couple embraces and laughs beside creek in Belton, Texas
Couple looks into one another's eyes beside creek in Belton, Texas

Little did either of them know this funny joke at the office was going to lead to a first date, a relationship, and a real proposal 1 ½ years later! And now here we are, 6 weeks away from these two sweethearts saying “I do” to their forever together.

Engagement ring shot

Though Michael & Pamela live in Houston, Pamela’s family has roots in the Temple/Belton area, and so they have chosen the gorgeous La Rio Mansion in Belton, Texas as the venue for their wedding day. Belton has become a central hub for all things wedding for them, so this past Saturday we were able to meet these Houstonians in Belton for their engagement session.

Couple stands side-by-side on bridge in Belton, Texas

As we were walking toward Nolan Creek at the beginning of their session, Pamela and Michael both shared they had never had portraits taken together and were a little nervous as to how they would appear natural and not awkward. And so we put them at ease by telling them it WAS going to be awkward!

But really, having your photo taken for any reason is sort of awkward, right? At least in the beginning. And it does seem unnatural to intimately embrace your sweetheart and act all “lovey-dovey” in a public area while complete strangers walk by.

But we made Michael & Pamela a promise. We were going to teach them our core-posing technique and provide them with skilled direction for how to look natural in front of the camera, and with each passing minute of their engagement session they would feel more and more confident. And they trusted us.

Couple walks hand-in-hand on bridge overlooking creek in Belton, Texas

So after only a few minutes, these two sweethearts were enveloped in their own little world of laughter and love. They listened for our gentle instructions, but mostly they became more at ease and themselves, laughing with one another, making funny faces to egg each other on, and just all around being adorable together. Seriously, multiple people who passed by on the trail congratulated them on their upcoming marriage, they were that obviously in love. Seeing these two and the joyful love they have for one another was so inspiring. It made us want to love each other more and enjoy the fun in our marriage!

Couple portraits on bridge in Belton, Texas
Man brushed hair out of fiance's face
Couple walking together on bridge in Belton, Texas
Engagement ring shot
Couple holds hands beside Nolan Creek in Belton, Texas
Couple looks into each other's eyes during engagement session at Nolan Creek in Belton, Texas
Fiance whispers into bride-to-be's ear during engagement portraits
Couple embraces during engagement portraits in Belton, Texas
Couple under walking bridge with open sky
Couple embrace on sidewalk in downtown Belton, Texas
Engagement portraits in downtown Belton, Texas
Couple kisses on sidewalk during engagement portraits in downtown Belton, Texas
Couple walks hand-in-hand on sidewalk in downtown Belton, Texas
Couple poses in archway of courthouse, backlit by flash, in downtown Belton, Texas

So thank you, Michael & Pamela, for being so fun, and so romantic. Thank you for letting your true love shine through, for making this session so fun, and for making us want to recognize and enjoy the love and laughter in our own marriage.

We can't wait to be with you when you say "I do!"

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