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Stephen & Ariel | Star Wars Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

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We met Stephen & Ariel way back in January 2018 when they were starting to plan their May 2019 wedding. Why were they waiting 17 months for their wedding? Well, when you have such a passion for Star Wars, Saturday, May 4th, 2019 is the perfect day to get married!

Star Wars has always been a part of Stephen & Ariel’s story. Both of them are fans of the Star Wars story, and we mean the whole story! In fact, their favorite characters are actually characters outside of the movies that we had never heard of. Their true devotion to the Star Was universe, though, began when Ariel was gifted a Storm trooper outfit from a co-worker. Stephen got his own Sith outfit, and the two of them began to volunteer with the 501st  Legion. The 501st is an international organization that specializes in accurate costumes of the dark side force in the Star Wars universe, as well as charity work throughout the world. They call themselves “the bad guys doing good.” Volunteering for charity work around central Texas with the 501st is one of Stephen & Ariel’s favorite things to do together.

With Star Wars being such an important element to who they are as a couple, of course Star Wars continues to be a part of their wedding journey. Stephen actually proposed to Ariel using a R2D2 and gave her an R2D2 inspired ring for his proposal. And when we began planning their engagement photo session with them, we knew it wasn’t going to be a typical session. Our goal is to always tell the story of our #JandMSweethearts, especially in the engagement session. We’re way more interested in recreating a favorite date night activity or visiting the place of the proposal. So when Ariel said they’d like to bring the light sabers they were having custom-made for their wedding day, we knew engagement photos with light sabers was going to be a new thing for us.

We’re so glad Ariel & Stephen wanted their session to include the light sabers, and that we even postponed the session to make sure the light sabers would be there in time! We had so much fun setting up light saber duels, and the other people at Lover’s Leap in Cameron Park were definitely interested in what we were doing. But we think our favorite moments were placing Stephen & Ariel on a tucked-away trail Ariel’s sister, Elyse, wanted to try. We got to really see their love for Star Wars, but more importantly, their love for one another.

After having such a fun Star Wars themed engagement session, we can’t wait to share how epic their Star Wars wedding is going to be. We won’t share any details here now since some of the cool stuff they’re having is a surprise, but we can’t wait for May the 4th to get here!

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Dear Stephen & Ariel,

We had so much fun hanging out with you again and seeing all your cool moves during your engagement session! We hope the playful and fun spirit you have as a couple continues to grow with you as you grow together. Can’t wait to see you on May the 4th!

Love, J&M

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Dustin & Virginia | Outdoor Rustic Wedding at Rustic Acres | Belton, Texas

A bride and groom hold hands in a field with hay bales under a blue Texas sky at their rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

In late June we joined Dustin & Virginia for their wedding day, and we’ve been so excited to share their wedding story on the blog!

Dustin and Virginia had their outdoor rustic wedding at Rustic Acres Event Center in Belton, Tx, and it was the perfect venue for their wedding. The ceremony site had lush green grass, even in the Texas summer! The backdrop of the green trees behind the altar framed the ceremony beautifully. And the open fields with hay bales made for some romantic sunset portraits while the reception was rocking along inside the red barn.

Virginia chose a pink, tan and cream color palette, an ideal choice for a rustic Texas wedding in summer! The bridesmaids wore soft pink dresses, while the groomsmen wore a Texas tuxedo - jeans, boots, a white button up shirt, and vest and tie. The tan, pink and cream color palette was carried throughout the wedding day in the large pink rose bouquets carried by the bridal party, the pink roses that adorned the buttercream wedding cake, and the burlap and wood used throughout the decor.

Dustin & Virginia’s wedding was simple, romantic, and full of so many sweet moments. Their daughter was enamored with Virginia’s wedding dress, and kept wanting to touch her skirt. In fact, kids were a big part of the day! Nieces and nephews filled out the bridal party, and little cousins ran around the dance floor all evening. One of the sweetest things to watch during most of the reception was all the dads, grandpas, and uncles dancing with the little girls, teaching them how to two-step and twirl.

We say it every wedding, but it still holds true, our Sweethearts always have the most amazing friends and family. Seeing how everyone gathers to help our Sweethearts have the wedding of their dreams, how they celebrate and cheer on the love shared between the couple...it’s always so heartwarming to see. A marriage is two people, but it’s also their support system. And seeing such a great support system surround Dustin & Virginia gives us faith in the strength of their marriage.

Bridal details from a rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting in her dress with the help of her bridesmaids, rustic wedding in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding details, wooden ring box - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding details, ring shot and flowers - Jason & Melaina Photography
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom smiles at his bride coming down the aisle during their outdoor wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Pink and tan bridal party colors at a rustic wedding in Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses and greenery - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces in a field with a Texas sunset behind them after their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride and groom dance at their wedding reception at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We were so happy and honored you chose us to tell your wedding story! We love your family and feel like we're the official Pustka Family Wedding Photographer now! ;) We hope the love you felt not only for one another but by all your loved ones (present or not) on your wedding day will be a cherished memory you carry for years to come.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom kiss surrounded by their guests with sparklers, black and white image - Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Rustic Acres Event Center

Coordinator | Patti Pustka

Officiant | Mike Belgard

Florist | HEB Florals

DJ | Kyle Heitmiller

Rentals | CenTex Rentals

Baker | Simply Sweet Bakery - Traceylynn Cudej

Bridal Gown | David's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Romantic Styled Bridal Session | Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas | Waco Wedding Photographers

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com 

A few weeks ago our good friend Jessica Gudino, owner of The Hair & Beauty Art Studio here in Waco, asked if we’d work with her on romantic bridal styled session. This was an opportunity for her to work with her model friend, Brittany King, and to showcase her studio’s talents for bridal hair and makeup.

We jumped at the chance! One, because we love Jessica. And two, because we love the opportunities a styled session gives us. We’re able to run through and tweak our posing techniques for brides, honing our skills for future sessions with our J&M Brides. We also love thinking outside the box and experimenting with different lighting and posing techniques during a styled session. This helps us grow as artists and allows us to take these skills more confidently into our next bridal session with a J&M Bride.

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

For this session Jessica worked with the lovely ladies at Georgio’s Bridal Salon in Waco to get our model two gorgeous gowns. The first gown is a Maggie Sottero, and has so many of my favorites for wedding gowns! The lace design around the bodice and shoulders wrapping around to a sheer back, the statement-making lace-trimmed train. And the cathedral length veil is gorgeous! The second gown, an Allure, is covered in delicate floral lace appliques. The bejeweled ivory sash is the perfect contrasting accent. And the sweetheart neckline is a beautiful strapless option on this gown. Seriously, if I was picking my wedding gown today both of these dresses would be in my top favorites!

Brittany’s beautiful look was made complete by Jessica’s team at Hair & Beauty Art Studio. Jessica gave Brittany loose curls to create a soft, romantic look. With such bold dresses, this simple yet beautiful hairstyle was the perfect choice! And Angelica Guzman, the talented Esthetician at the Studio, gave Brittany the perfect blend of bold eyes and lashes coupled with more natural cheeks and lips. These ladies did an amazing job creating the perfect romantic bridal look!

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model showcases open back and lace-trimmed train of _______ wedding gown in front of red brick wall at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model showcases lace-trimmed train and cathedral-length veil of _______ wedding gown at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

This styled session was so much fun for us! We were able to explore a new location, Rapoport Academy, and use it as a bold backdrop for our model. We were able to work together to take some great portraits of a beautiful "bride." And we got to work with some friends! 

Thank you so much to our fellow wedding vendor friends for making this session a reality!

Hair & Makeup | Hair & Beauty Art Studio

Wedding Gowns | Georgio's Bridal

Location | Rapoport Academy, and Hair & Beauty Art Studio


To see some more of our J&M Brides in their beautiful gowns, head over to our blog!