Hayden & Samantha | Disney-Inspired Wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch | Central Texas

Bride & Groom hold each other as the sun sets behind them - Disney wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Hayden & Samantha’s Disney-inspired wedding was such a fun and beautiful day! From the beautiful weather (which isn’t always a guarantee for December weddings!), to the beautiful details, to all the beautiful moments, everything came together perfectly for this Disney princess and her Prince Charming (or Captain America!).

While it wasn’t over-the-top Disney, a person with a keen eye would notice all the subtle Disney nods these two Disney fans had on their wedding day. There were hidden Mickeys throughout the day, including Samantha’s nail art, socks and garter, the bride’s cake, and even a fun ring shot. There was Disney font on the bridesmaids’ hangers and the ring box. Every bridesmaid was given a specific Disney princess pin to adorn her bouquet, with Samantha having Rapunzel as her chosen princess on her bouquet. Even the fellas got in on the Disney action, with each groomsmen wearing a Marvel superhero pin on his lapel and a coordinating shirt under his tux. Hayden’s hero of choice was Captain America, not only for his lapel pin and undershirt but even his groom’s cake was Captain America’s shield.

But checking out hidden MIckeys wasn’t the only thing to notice at this beautiful wedding. Samantha’s mother has a knack for creating beautiful spaces, and every area from the cake table, to the Sweetheart table, to the vignettes outside the reception hall showed off her talents. And it was all brought together beautifully by the table decor, complete with lanterns, fresh flowers, and individual sprigs of fresh juniper for each place setting. The Barn at 5 S Ranch is already such a gorgeous space, with its vaulted ceilings with white, string lights and it’s large, sliding barn doors. But Hayden & Samantha, and Samantha’s mom’s team, really brought the venue to life with all their details!

It’s neat to see how each of our Sweetheart couples choose the details that make up their wedding day, and when we walk into each space we see how perfectly the details showcase the couple. But while we love seeing the details, it’s all the little moments of the day that we’re really excited to see and photograph. And Hayden & Samantha’s wedding was full of these little moments.

Samantha didn’t want to have a first look with Hayden, but she did want to have one with her dad. When the door slid open and her dad saw her in her gown for the first time, it was so touching to see his eyes well up with proud tears. In fact, seeing Samantha, her mom and her dad tear up together was such a sweet moment to witness, because we knew this was going to be the last time it was just them three.

Even though Hayden & Samantha didn’t have a first look, they still wanted to connect before their ceremony and opted to have a “first touch.” They held hands around the sliding door in the bridal suite, and talked about how excited they were to get married. During this moment, Hayden gave Samantha a journal full of letters he had been writing her during their relationship. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as she read through the precious gift.

And while there were so many other great moments throughout the day, the one we had been waiting for was Hayden’s reaction to seeing Samantha for the first time in her dress. We knew from our bridal portrait session with her how excited she was to see his reaction, and we couldn’t wait either. So when the curtains opened to reveal Samantha and her dad walking down the aisle, it was so touching to watch Hayden’s face as he saw his bride. He was a range of emotions, from smiles to tears to trying to hold it together. Seeing his reaction made all the hiding of Samantha in her dress worth it.

Sunny December wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch in Thrall, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
Bride and groom leave their reception with a wildflower toss - Disney-inspired wedding at The Barn at 5 S Ranch - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Hayden & Samantha,

Your wedding day was magical, full of love and joy! We hope you remember how it felt, remember all the little moments that added up to a once-in-a-lifetime day for a once-in-a-lifetime love. And we can think of no better blessing for your marriage than to say, “…and they lived happily ever after.”

Love, J&M

Bride and groom laugh together in the sunset light of golden hour - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Venue | The Barn at 5 S Ranch

Decor | Darling Decor and More

Florals | Family members, flowers from Sams Club

Gown | JoAnn’s Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Lexie Hill

DJ | Robby Cavazos

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Samantha | Bridal Portraits in Salado, Texas

Bride poses in a field with a Texas sunset behind her in Salado, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -

We were starting to wonder if having bridal portraits taken was a dying fad since we hadn’t had a bride request that in a while. But then Samantha came along with her princess dress from JoAnn’s Bridal and said she wanted a portrait session in her gown, and we were so excited!

Samantha is a true Disney fan, even having a job as a princess for little girls’ parties! So when we she came out in her dress, with it’s beautiful beaded detail on the bodice and full princess skirt, we immediately thought of Disney princesses. It was almost what we would imagine Belle would wear when she married the Beast!

We started our bridal session in a gorgeous private home in Salado, Texas. When we walked in and saw the spiral staircase, we knew it would be a perfect spot to showcase such a perfect dress! After the home, we made our way down to the famous green bridge in downtown Salado. Samantha wanted to climb up on the railing, and before Jason could make sure it was a clean and safe spot for her, she had already hopped up and made herself comfortable, proving she was as much a cowgirl as a princess. We timed our session just right to end up in this expansive field right at sunset. And while we were in the field, the deer nearby walked past to check out Samantha, making her seem even more like a Disney princess.

Then we went home and had to sit on these images until Samantha’s wedding day to Hayden came. And it was so hard! We did send her a password locked gallery with a huge subject line “DON’T OPEN THIS AROUND HAYDEN!” And her and her friends all cried over how amazing she looked in her dress. We just knew Hayden was going to be blown away by it too. And we weren’t disappointed when their big day arrived, the curtains opened to reveal Samantha in her dress coming down the aisle, and Hayden started choking up. (Look forward to that picture in their wedding blog coming soon!)

As we look through this session, we are reminded again of how great it is to have bridal portraits taken. We were able to take time with Samantha in her own session, getting her some beautiful heirloom images to treasure. We weren’t rush in the hustle of the wedding day, trying to squeeze in some bridal portraits before the bride walked down the aisle. And now, when Hayden and Samantha’s children see these pictures of Samantha, they’ll see their mama looking like the princess she really is.

Bride poses on winding staircase - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Samantha,

Thank you for restoring our faith in bridal portraits. We hope you remember forever how you felt like a beautiful princess in this session. And that every time you see these pictures for years to come you’re reminded of that feeling!

Love, J&M


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