Texas Wedding Photography

Marco & Heather | Texas Wedding at Moon River Ranch | Satin, Texas

A cowboy and his bride look into one another’s eyes outside of Moon River Ranch on their wedding day | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

Photographing weddings at Moon River Ranch is one of our favorite things. Not just because the venue itself is gorgeous (which it is). But because of the camp-like atmosphere the venue brings to our Sweethearts weddings.

We know that a Moon River Ranch wedding is going to bring together the bride and groom’s families and friends for multiple days, and give them opportunities to bond together over playing in the pool, skeet shooting, yard games, hay rides, and all the wedding activities. So on the wedding day, it’s like there’s one big happy family all celebrating the couple together. That makes for a magical start to a marriage, and Marco & Heather’s wedding was no exception.

Marco & Heather are one of the sweetest, most genuine couples we’ve met. So it was no surprise their families and friends were just as lovely. When we arrived at Moon River on their wedding day, May 25th, Heather was with her bridesmaids getting hair and make up done. I (Melaina) photographed them as they told stories of European vacations, and laughed over shared memories together. Jason went to join Marco and his groomsmen shooting skeet, and photographed them as they had a friendly competition and joked around.

When all the girls were ready, we snuck them outside to get some portraits of Heather and her girls, making sure Marco was not going to see her. Then, when it was time for Marco and his guy’s portraits, Heather requested we take all the guys and get a photo in front of the smoker with a Texas flag. Marco was the only one that lives in the US, with his groomsmen being brothers and cousins from Italy, or a close friend from Ireland by way of Canada. To see all these guys in their cowboy hats, bolos, jeans, and boots was a quite a Texas moment, and Heather wanted to make sure it was documented.

Marco & Heather wanted to see each other before their ceremony, but they wanted it to be a special, private moment between them. So we brought them into the chapel for a romantic first look. After this special moment, it was time to get ready for the ceremony, and party on into the night.

There were so many special, little moments throughout Marco & Heather’s wedding day. Seeing Heather walked down the aisle by both her grandfathers was a very sentimental moment. As was seeing her brother ring the church bell when she and Marco were pronounced husband & wife. Seeing the love these Sweethearts have for one another, written all over their faces when they were sharing their personal vows.

Sneaking them out of their reception to photograph them at sunset under an expansive Texas sky. Watching them open and pour the largest bottle of champagne we’ve seen, brought to Texas by Marco’s father especially for his wedding day. Hearing Marco & Heather’s best friends and siblings share heartfelt toasts. Watching them and all their family and friends dance the night away, building memories that will last a lifetime.

And then at the end of the night, Marco & Heather ran through a tunnel of loved ones, holding high sparklers, as they started their new life together.

The welcome sign at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day inside the chapel at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom walk hand-in-hand out of the chapel at Moon River Ranch in Satin, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride and groom smile at one another with an expansive Texas sky behind them on their wedding day at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom kisses his bride outside their wedding reception at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A just married couple walks hand-in-hand down a dirt road outside their wedding reception at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groomsmen pour champagne on an unsuspecting groom during a wedding reception at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride kisses her husband under the glow of sparklers as they leave their wedding reception at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his bride run through a tunnel of their loved ones holding up sparklers as they leave their wedding reception at Moon River Ranch | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Marco & Heather,

Your wedding was a complete joy and so full of love, just like you two. We pray the memories of this day stay in your heart forever. And that the joy and love continue everyday for years and years to come.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom face one another in the center of a dirt road, surrounded by fields at their Moon River Ranch wedding | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

These awesome wedding professionals helped make Marco & Heather’s wedding day magical!

Venue | Moon River Ranch

Florals | Wolfe’s, assembled on site by bride’s friend, Mandy Anderson

Caterers | Rio Brazos Cuisine (for most of weekend), Ringtail BBQ (wedding dinner)

Baker | HEB

Bridal Gown | JoAnn’s Bridal

Hair | Erin Sterling

Makeup | Diana Marie Makeup Artistry

Band | H.O.T. Road Gang

Venue transportation | Texas Golf Karts

Jacob & Meghan | Bear Creek Wedding | Gatesville, Texas

A bride and groom embrace with a Texas Sunset behind them at Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Want to know how many people love and support you and will bend over backwards for you to have the perfect day? Get married! With every single wedding Jason and I love to sit back and watch bridesmaids and groomsmen and parents and good friends and fellow wedding professionals love and serve our Sweethearts. Jacob & Meghan’s wedding day was the perfect example of this! It was one of those weddings where you could simply look at Jacob or Meghan and see how excited and in love they were, and everyone wanted to bask in the glow of that love and do whatever they could to make their day perfect.

Jacob & Meghan chose Bear Creek as their wedding venue and it was such a great choice! The chapel was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. There were so many great spots for portraits throughout the whole grounds. And speaking as professional photographers, the light in the bridal suite was amazing for all those getting ready portraits! Karla McNeill and her team transformed the large lawn into a gorgeous outdoor reception. And her ability to throw strings of Christmas lights over tree branches paid off in creating the breathtaking backdrop for Jacob & Meghan’s Sweetheart table.

There are SO MANY moments from this wedding that were romantic and joyful and magical. There was the time when the bridal party received their matching embroidered shirts from Jacob & Meghan and loved them. There was the sweet moment of Meghan having a first look with her dad and her two brothers, and watching their reactions to seeing Meghan in her dress for the first time brought tears. There was Jacob & Meghan’s first touch, a moment where they held hands and prayed for one another and their marriage before the ceremony.

There was the surprise Jacob had for Meghan during the reception, where he led her on the dance floor and sang an original love song to her he had written! There was the few minutes where Jacob & Meghan trusted us enough to brave the cold wind and head out to the gravel driveway for a super quick sunset portrait session while their guests ate BBQ, and we walked away with a portrait they’ll love for decades to come. And lastly, every single time Jacob & Meghan looked at one another and seeing the joy on their faces as they smiled.

And those are just the highlights! Moment after moment of this special wedding day was full of laughter and love, and it was such an honor to tell that story.

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Bride and Groom portraits at Bear Creek wedding venue in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bridesmaids react to seeing bride in her gown for first time, hug bride, at wedding ceremony at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom hold hands during their first touch on their wedding day, Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom and groomsmen walk across bridge in flying V formation, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom smiles through tears seeing his bride come down the aisle, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom wash each other's feet during their wedding ceremony in the chapel at Bear Creek wedding venue - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom sings a song to his bride at their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom carries his bride and kisses her during their sparkler exit at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jacob & Meghan,

What can we say? It was such a joy getting to know y'all and be a part of this chapter of your love story. We pray the love you have for one another on this day only grows deeper and more mature with each passing anniversary. Love you guys! Let's plan a double-date to Tea2Go in Waco sometime, okay?

Love, J&M

Groom and bride kiss in the back of their limo as they leave their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Bear Creek

Wedding Planner | Karla McNeill Events

Rentals | Confetti Rentals

Florals | Creative Innovations

Videographer | Cinderella Films

DJ | DJ Kinect

Cake | Sam's

Caterer | J&M Hill Country BBQ

Hair & Makeup | Beautiful Reflections

Bridal Gown | Ivy & Asher from Unbridaled

Groom & Groomsmen's attire | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids & Flower girl's dresses | Macy's

Transportation | Legacy Limo


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Brian & Kendra | The Phoenix Ballroom | Downtown Waco, Texas

Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

These two Sweethearts have appeared on our blog not once but twice before! We’ve known Brian and Kendra through working with them as fellow wedding vendors in the Waco area. Brian is the talented DJ behind Broken Spoke Entertainment and we always love when we find out he’s the DJ for one of our weddings. When Brian and Kendra began planning their own wedding we were so honored they asked us to be their photographers. But we had no idea how fun it would be having them as J&M Sweethearts! First, we had an epic engagement session on a legit NASCAR racetrack. Then we had a SECOND engagement session on Brian’s grandmother’s farm in West, Texas. And that’s only the photo sessions! Learning about NASCAR, eating Olive Garden together, visiting each other’s booths at bridal shows, and just getting to know them as friends has been an amazing experience.

Brian and Kendra were married at the end of July in Kendra's home state of Ohio where her family still lives. But they knew not everyone could make the trek to Ohio, so they decided to have a second celebration here in Texas. And the idea of a Texas reception was born!

We were blown away with how authentic and fun Brian and Kendra made their Texas reception. This wasn’t just a party to celebrate their Ohio wedding. This was a real-life wedding reception! Kendra had her hair and makeup done, and put back on her wedding dress. (Yay for getting to wear your dress multiple times!) Brian didn’t wear a full-blown tux this go round, but dressed up his jeans and boots with a vest, tie and his signature cowboy hat. They had the majority of their bridal party present, with her bridesmaids even wearing their navy bridesmaid dresses again!

Brian and Kendra invited all their guests to The Phoenix Ballroom, a beautiful warehouse-style venue in downtown Waco. Guests arrived and sat around tables filled with centerpieces overflowing with white hydrangeas and blush & white roses. And at 6 pm, DJ Jim Alvarado called everyone’s attention to the video screens around the venue where Brian & Kendra’s Ohio wedding day video began playing. Everyone was able to see Kendra walk down the aisle on her dad’s arm, hear the vows Brian & Kendra exchanged, and see them seal their marriage with a kiss. And then as the happy couple walked up the aisle as husband and wife on screen, the video faded out and Jim announced the married couple as Brian & Kendra made their grand entrance into The Phoenix.

Everyone cheered for the newlyweds, and the Texas Reception was underway. A dinner of fried chicken and BBQ was served. Brian and Kendra had a second chance to cut into a gorgeous wedding cake, made by The Cake Lady - Veronica Gloeckner, as well as not one but two amazing groom’s cakes by the talented All Sugard’ Up. There was two-stepping and line dancing all night, endless margaritas at the bar, and in honor of Brian’s family’s Czech heritage, kolaches were served and everyone joined in on a fun Grand March around the ballroom.

It was the perfect central Texas reception, y'all!

Wedding gown and bride's shoe details, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal jewelry and bouquet details, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Dallas Stars groom's cake, Beer cooler groom's cake, 3 tiered cream bride's cake, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
blush and white rose bouquet, DJ set up at The Phoenix, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom's mother's wedding gown made into custom table-cloth for wedding, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Details from navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests watch video from wedding prior to reception, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom enter reception after announced by DJ, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom together in sunset with Waco skyline in background, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom stand together with Waco skyline and sunset behind them, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and her cowboy groom pose stoically outside The Phoenix, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom smile at one another in the light of sunset outside The Phoenix, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom cut cake, Bride and groom in downtown Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom pose by Dallas Stars groom's cake, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
The Grand March, a Czech tradition, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
The Grand March dance, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com 
Bride and groom have first dance, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom have first dance while friends dance around them, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom laugh during first dance as their family dances around them, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and bridal party dance at reception, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom kiss during sparkler exit outside The Phoenix in Waco, Navy and blush Texas Reception at The Phoenix Ballroom, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Brian & Kendra,

We cannot say enough how much fun and what an honor it was to walk this journey with you guys! Thank you for the experiences on the track and the farm, and thanks for being friends. Your reception was beautiful and Texas and perfectly y'all, and we hope y'all enjoy these images for decades to come. We pray you have a long, happy marriage filled with laughter, music and dancing!

Love, J&M 


Venue | The Phoenix Ballroom

Wedding Coordinator | Lois Ferguson

Rentals | Action Rental Waco

Florals | Donna Roach

DJ | Jim Alvarado with Diamond Productions

Bride's Cake | Veronica Gloeckner, The Cake Lady

Groom's Cakes | All Sugard' Up

Caterer | Eddie Ray's Smokehouse

Hair and Makeup | Robin Dieterich and Kimberly Cutler

Bridal Gown & bridesmaids' dresses | Jo Ann's Bridal


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