Robert & Abbie

Robert & Abbie | Downtown Warehouse Wedding at The Palladium | Waco, Texas

A bride  & groom leave their warehouse reception at The Palladium while guests wave glow sticks, Downtown Waco Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Gather round, friends, because we want to tell you the story of one of the most heart-warming and fun weddings. The story of Robert & Abbie’s wedding day.

In case you missed Robert & Abbie’s engagement story, let me catch you up real quick. These two Sweethearts met in high school (HIGH SCHOOL!) as members of the same church in Houston. Fast-forward to freshmen year of college and they decided to make a long-distance relationship work while Abbie attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth and Robert studied at Baylor University in Waco. And for the remainder of their college career, they made it work by driving the stretch of I-35 between Waco and Ft.Worth constantly. Then right before senior year, on a perfect Waco date night while tossing tortillas from the Suspension Bridge, Robert proposed to Abbie. She said yes, and the wedding planning began.

And what a wedding that was planned! With so many Waco date nights, a proposal on the Suspension Bridge, and with Abbie joining Robert here in Waco now that she’s graduated TCU, Waco is definitely a big part of these Sweethearts’ love story. So it seemed fitting that Waco would continue to tell the story of their wedding day.

Abbie and her bffs/bridesmaids stayed in a real-life Fixer Upper house, and it was the perfect space for all the late night fun and getting glammed up for the wedding day. Robert & Abbie chose The Palladium as their venue, an elegant warehouse style venue perfectly situated in downtown Waco. Not only does The Palladium’s interior offer some gorgeous views, with it’s wood ceilings, stained concrete floors, exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows. But it’s location in the heart of downtown Waco across from The Hippodrome provides some great cityscape backgrounds for golden hour portraits while the reception rocks on nearby.

But Robert & Abbie’s wedding wasn’t simply gorgeous and heart-warming because of the pretty locations (and that blush wedding gown!). It was gorgeous and heart-warming because of all the little moments that made up their day. 

Moments like arriving at the rehearsal to see Abbie holding a puppy and beaming through tears because Robert just gave her that sweet puppy as one of the best wedding gifts. Moments like seeing Abbie’s besties from TCU all chip in during the dollar dance to dance with her as a group, realizing this was one last hurrah before they all go their separate ways now that graduation is over. It’s seeing Abbie walked down the aisle by her mother, a team of two who have been best friends for so long. Fun moments like when DJ Jon from RR The Voice Productions played the TCU fight song for Abbie and her friends, and then followed it up by playing the Baylor fight song for Robert and his fellow Bears. It was moments of seeing these Sweethearts cheered on and surrounded by their friends on the dance floor, dancing the night away in celebration of their love.

And it's those moments from their wedding day we pray Robert & Abbie remember forever.

Bride's floral heels and bouquet at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride in blush wedding gown, groom in white tux for their downtown Waco wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his groomsmen pose together at The Palladium in Downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com 
Groom and his groomsmen in downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Reception details at Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom smiles at bride coming down the aisle, downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom hold hands at the altar during their downtown Waco, Tx wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss as they are prounouced husband and wife during their downtown Waco wedding ceremony - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Breakfast buffet at Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Wedding rings from downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Guests dance the Grand March at a reception for a Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom's first dance during their downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Cake and cupcake display at a warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom pose downtown near Waco Hippodrome during their warehouse wedding in Waco, TX - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride sings TCU fight song with friends, then groom sings Baylor fight song with friends - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Wedding at The Palladium in downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Robert & Abbie,

Your wedding was so full of love and fun, and we pray you remember how it felt for years and years. And that life as newlyweds with your new little puppy is everything you dreamed it would be.

Now that you're official Wacoans, let's hang out and be friends still, ok?

Love, J&M

Groom dips his bride for a kiss during their glowstick exit at their downtown Waco wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | The Palladium

Coordinator | Morgan Killen 

Florist | Rosetree Florals

DJ | Jon Wood

Rentals | Waco Party Guys Photo Booth 

Caterer and Baker | Blanek's Custom Catering

Bartending Service | Nomad Spirits

Hair & Makeup | Glam by Tammy Shefa

Bridal Gown | Brickhouse Bridal (Houston)

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids Gowns | David's Bridal

To see more of the Fixer Upper Abbie used as her bridal suite, visit here.

Robert & Abbie | Suspension Bridge Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

A couple kisses in front of the Suspension Bridge in Waco, Texas at sunset - Jason & Melaia Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We took Robert & Abbie out on a ice-cream double-date back in late May to discuss their wedding and let them see if we’d be a perfect fit as their wedding photographers. Over ice cream at Heritage Creamery we learned all about their June 2, 2018 wedding day. How that anniversary is shared with members of Abbie’s family and how special it is she can get married on that day too. How Robert is letting Abbie take the lead in the planning, except for his request they have breakfast for dinner at their wedding (which we are super excited about!). How when we asked them their vision for their wedding photography, Robert described his as “whimsical.” We knew then we had found such a fun couple!

We also learned how Robert & Abbie have been making a long-distance relationship work with her attending TCU in Ft. Worth and Robert enrolled in Baylor University. These two travel I-35 regularly to see one another, and when in Waco for their date nights, enjoy taking part of some fun Waco traditions like tortilla tossing off the Suspension Bridge. So this past April, at the end of a fun date night in Waco, Robert took Abbie tortilla tossing. Except this wasn’t a regular tortilla tossing date, because while Abbie tossed out her tortilla from the bridge to try to get it to land on the stone pillar in the river, Robert knelt down on one knee behind her and held out a ring. When Abbie turned around there was Robert, asking her to marry him. She said yes, and suddenly they were surrounded by friends who had come to celebrate this joyous moment with them.

With such a romantic and Wacoan proposal story, it made perfect sense to photograph Robert & Abbie in Waco on the Suspension Bridge for their engagement portraits. We went exploring in Cameron Park first together and found beautiful spots for some romantic pictures. It’s always fun to see our Sweethearts’ personalities come out during their engagement session, and these two kept each other laughing the whole time. And us too! Then we headed over to the Suspension Bridge and took some portraits at the exact spot they were engaged. We finished the session with Robert & Abbie in each other’s arms and the lit Suspension Bridge in the background, making some heirloom portraits we know their grandchildren are going to love to look at in years to come.

A man kisses the top of his fiance's head while she rest her head on his shoulder during their engagement portraits in Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple laughs while whispering in each other's ear standing on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas for their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com

Dear Robert & Abbie,

The joy and laughter you guys share with one another is contagious, and your love for one another is inspiring. We pray you continue to make each other laugh for decades to come! We cannot wait to see you again this summer in Waco. Until then, we'll be thinking through "whimsical" locations and poses to give y'all the perfect wedding portraits! Happy wedding planning! :)

Love, J&M

A man kisses his fiance's forehead as they embrace during their engagement photos on the Waco Suspension Bridge - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Want to see more love stories of our J&M Sweethearts? Check out their wedding stories below!