The Palladium

Tad & Lauren | Downtown Waco Wedding | Waco, Texas

Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Tad & Lauren hold a special place in our hearts. God has really blessed us with some amazing Sweetheart couples who become friends and stay in touch long after the wedding day. But Tad & Lauren are different, because we were friends long before the wedding was even a thought. Lauren has been a part of the small group we lead through our church for almost 4 years now. She’s known our daughters since they were toddlers, and we consider her one of our close friends here in Waco.

When Lauren started dating Tad and talking to us about him, we knew this was special. We knew this could be it. We even had conversations together, wondering not if but when Tad & Lauren were going to get married. So when Lauren texted me one night and told me she needed to tell me something, I wondered if this was it. And it was! We were so happy and excited for them! And then when they began planning their wedding and asked us to be their photographers, we were so honored to be a small part of their wedding story.

Tad & Lauren had a short engagement (about 2 ½ months!) but still were able to make a wedding that fully represented them as a couple. Lauren chose to wear her sister’s wedding dress as her own, a sweet sentimental detail to show her connection to her family. Tad & Lauren chose The Chapel at Meyer Center in downtown Waco as their venue. It was the perfect location for the intimate wedding with close family and friends they planned for Thanksgiving weekend. And the afternoon sunlight through the large windows lit the ceremony beautifully! Continuing the intimate wedding day feel, Tad & Lauren kept their wedding party to her sister, his brother, his son and one of Lauren’s close cousins.

After their afternoon ceremony, everyone headed a few blocks over to The Palladium for a fun reception! Guest enjoyed a coffee and ice cream bar from Common Grounds and Heritage Creamery, a tasty hors d’oeuvres spread by Kathy Thorman of Before I Do, and delicious cake by Kakes by Kat. There was dancing, and fun at the photo booth. And after running through a tunnel of ribbons, the couple drove away to their honeymoon in Lauren’s family’s classic red truck!

There are moments at every wedding that are special, but knowing these Sweethearts personally made them even more significant. Watching Tad & Lauren see each other for the first time was sweet, but knowing how much they have prayed for one another, even before knowing each other, made it such a joyous moment. Also, for over a year our small group has been praying for Lauren’s dad, who underwent a successful lung transplant for his health. So to see him walk Lauren down the aisle, and dance with her during the reception, was more than sweet moments between a father and his daughter. They were moments that spoke to the power of prayer and brought thankful tears for the blessing these small moments truly were for Lauren. And taking pictures of Tad & Lauren, with Tad’s son, seeing their little family together, reminded us how God weaves together people’s lives to create beautiful futures.

Tad & Lauren’s Sunday wedding was a beautiful chapter in these Sweethearts love story. And we can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes them!

Bride getting ready at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting ready in Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting into dress for her downtown Waco Texas wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride’s family before the ceremony at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom poses with his son before classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom have a first look at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride, groom, and son tie cross together during wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom praying at the altar - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom kiss in front of the doors at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom share a first dance at their downtown Waco reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Father-daughter dance at reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom pose in front of The Hippodrome in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom with their names on the Hippodrome Marquee in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom have ribbon exit out of The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Tad & Lauren,

Y’all are married!!! We continue to pray blessings on your relationship as you move into married life together. We were honored you wanted us photograph your wedding day, but even more honored to call you friends.

Love, J&M

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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
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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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