Waco Engagement Photographer

Bret & Sidney | Tarleton State University Engagement Session | Stephenville, Texas

A couple kisses under the large trees in Memorial Park at Tartleton State University, Stephenville, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

I (Melaina) met Sidney, her mom, and Bret’s mom at the With This Ring Bridal Show in January of this year. We really hit it off and I was secretly hoping they’d pick us as the perfect photographers for their wedding. So when Sidney won a free bridal portrait from us at the show, that sealed the deal for all of us. And luckily so, because Sidney was the 5th bride that day who came to our booth with an October 5, 2019 wedding date, so I’m glad she made her decision that afternoon and didn’t wait!

A few months later, we met Bret & Sidney for a coffee double-date in downtown Waco and learned more about their love story. They grew up in the same area and had known each other since middle school. But it was their high school job as lifeguards at the local pool that brought them together. They began dating Sidney’s senior year of high school, and have been inseparable ever since.

Sidney’s loves Christmas, so Bret knew he needed to incorporate her favorite holiday in his proposal. On a trip to visit a large Christmas light trail in the DFW area, Bret had a large bridge covered in Christmas lights cleared so just he and Sidney could be alone. Then, when it was just the two of them, he asked her to be his wife. She said yes, and suddenly they were surrounded by family and friends to celebrate. Such a romantic holiday proposal!

Since their engagement, Bret & Sidney have been busy planning their October 5th wedding...and being college students at Tarleton State University. Bret graduates this year, but Sidney still has a little bit more to go. When it came time to pick a location for their engagement portraits session, the college campus where they’ve spent most of their relationship together made perfect sense.

Tarleton State is such a pretty campus that even if it wasn’t their school, it would have been a beautiful spot for their engagement session. But it was meaningful that it was their school, and it was fun to hear Bret share all these cool details about the campus and culture of Tarleton State. We took some portraits in front of the beautiful president’s home in the middle of campus, and said hi to him when he came out for his evening walk. We stopped in the popular gazebo and let Bret & Sidney have a romantic moment to dance together there. And then they took us to a pretty walkway they often take to get between classes.

Bret & Sidney wanted to showcase a little more of their relationship in this session, and have some fun. So they suggested we get some shots of them long-boarding together. Bret is really talented at it, and he’s been teaching Sidney for a while. Though she feels more confident riding her bike next to him when he long-boards, she was game to try it out in her dress and everything for the session. And she looked great doing it!

A couple strolls near the President’s House on the Tarleton State campus during their engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple dances in the gazebo at Tarleton State University during their engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man whispers into his fiance’s ear and she laughs during their engagement session - Tarleton State University - - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple embraces as the sky turns pink behind them at sunset during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A guy helps his fiance long board down a sidewalk while she laughs during their engagement photos in Stephenville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Bret & Sidney,

You are such a joyous couple who obviously loves to have fun together. We hope you continue to make each other laugh and have adventures together for many years to come!

Love, J&M

A couple stands in the center of a sidewalk lined with trees and buildings on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jeremiah & Shannon | Cameron Park Engagement Session | Waco, Texas

A man hugs his fiance from behind in a wooded trail inside Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jeremiah & Shannon met while swing dancing in Austin. They kept dancing together whenever they’d go swing dancing, and eventually started spending more time together off the dance floor. Their love of dancing, working out, and movies meant they always had fun together. They decided they wanted to be each other’s forever dancing partners, and so during a trip to Chicago, Jeremiah took Shannon on a tour of a beautiful greenhouse in the city. Inside, he proposed to Shannon with the ring she had saved on her Pinterest board. After she said yes, they took a cruise on Lake Michigan. Talk about a romantic proposal!

Since their engagement, Jeremiah & Shannon have been busy building a life here in Waco and planning their wedding. Their June 15th wedding day will be here soon, so we met them in Cameron Park for their engagement portrait session at the end of April.

When deciding where to have the engagement session, we always ask our Sweethearts what locations are important to them and their story. Is there a particular spot where a milestone in their story occurred, like a proposal? Or is there a favorite date night spot that’ll be the perfect backdrop for the session?

We do this because we want to give our Sweethearts more than pretty engagement photos. We want them to be able to show their children and grandchildren these photos and point out exactly where grandpa proposed, or where their favorite date night spot was when they were younger.

Jeremiah & Shannon chose Cameron Park and Waco’s iconic Suspension Bridge as the location for their engagement session. They love hiking and the outdoors in Cameron Park, so they wanted to document that favorite date day location. And they wanted an iconic spot in Waco to symbolize how they are starting their new life together here in Waco. We thought those were great choices!

We had so many fun moments during this session with Jeremiah & Shannon! They were game for hiking through some of the trails to capture the beautiful green trees in Cameron Park. And Cameron Park kept showing off this spring with all its wildflowers, so standing in a field of them was a no-brainer for these two!

One of our favorite memories was when we really got to see their playful side during the session when they started swing dancing for us. Between the dancing and working out, they are both strong, which was lucky for us so we could ask them to hold some swing poses to get great photos!

We can’t wait to see these two tear up the dance floor at their wedding reception!

A couple stands on the MLK memorial platform by the Brazos River, looking into one another’s eyes, while the sun sets behind them - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jeremiah & Shannon,

We hope these final weeks of wedding planning and preparation are filled with excitement and joy. And that you always find reasons to dance together!

Love, J&M



A couple puts their foreheads together with the sun setting behind them during their engagement photos near the Waco, Texas Suspension Bridge - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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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