Waco Engagements

Michael & Gabrielle | Puppy Engagement Portraits | Cameron Park, Waco, Texas

A couple kisses in the woods while walking their 4 dogs during their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

It’s our first blog post in 2019, and this fun engagement session is the perfect way to kick the year off!

I (Melaina) met Michael & Gabrielle at the With This Ring Bridal show in January. When they told me their wedding plans- full of pinatas, bubble girls instead of flower girls, and a unicorn cake- I knew their wedding would be so much fun. So when they told us they wanted us to be their photographers, we were so pumped!

A few weeks later at our traditional coffee double-date with new #J&MSweethearts, they told us about their love story - how they had met online and had found their perfect match in one another. And how they each had 2 dogs so when they moved in together, they had a full house right away!

We decided Brazos Park East was the perfect location for their engagement portrait session, since it was the park where Michael tried to teach Gabrielle disc golf early in their relationship. And when they mentioned they’d like to include their dogs in some photos, we knew it would be a fun and meaningful photo shoot!

During the session, I noticed Michael’s red crayon cuff links, and asked him about them. It turns out they were a gift from Gabrielle. You see, Gabrielle had once described to her friends how dating in adulthood was like coloring with someone else’s crayons. And she had ended things with a guy recently because he was like a white crayon, had hardly been used and wasn’t her favorite. She told her friends she wanted to find her red crayon, the one that was her favorite and would be perfect for her. Not too long after, Michael came into the picture and Gabrielle had found her red crayon.

It was such a sweet story that showed not only their personalities, but the beauty in finding the perfect person for you. We are so happy for them, and excited to see what their wedding and marriage has in store!

A couple laughs and hugs in the sunlight by the Brazos River in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple nuzzles their faces together beside the Brazos River as the sun sets in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A boy and girl kiss alongside the river and cliffs in Brazos Park East in Waco, Texas during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Michael & Gabrielle,

Every time we are around y’all, you are always having fun and seem perfect for each other! (I didn’t blog the funny faces you were making at one another but make sure and look for them in the gallery!) We’re so happy you found your red crayon in Michael, Gabrielle. And we pray you have many more years of fun together!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera during their engagement photos in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Jonathan & Jennah | Christmas Themed Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

Couple pose in middle of street at sunset for their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

It’s always fun when we have a connection with a couple before we even work with them!

2 ½ years ago, we photographed Jennah’s brother TJ’s wedding to his bride, Holley. We got to know Jennah too since she was one of Holley’s bridesmaids, and we connected again when she came to help TJ & Holley’s son laugh when we photographed him in the bluebonnets this past year. So when Jennah reached out to us to say she had found her forever Sweetheart and was planning her wedding, we were so happy to get to work with another member of the Goedeke family!

Jonathan asked Jennah to marry him this summer while on vacation with her family. As they started wedding planning, Jennah’s mom thought it would be so fun to have a Christmas wedding. But being a school teacher Jennah didn’t think she’d have enough time to plan a December wedding once school started. She and Jonathan chose July 2019 for their wedding, but still wanted to keep a Christmas vibe. So Christmas in July became the theme of their wedding! And with such a great theme, we knew it’d be fun to have their engagement portrait session during Christmas break to tie it all together.

So Jonathan & Jennah met us the Friday before Christmas for some engagement portraits right before sunset. Jennah had a vision for her and Jonathan wrapped in Christmas lights near a barn wall, so we chose the Carleen Bright Arboretum as our first stop. It felt full circle, because the Arboretum was TJ & Holley’s wedding venue and where we first met Jennah in 2016. It was neat to meet back at that location, this time for Jennah’s portraits with her groom-to-be.

We got some great portraits of them wrapped in Christmas lights (which by the way, get really warm when wrapped on your body!) and then headed to Woodway Park. Waco doesn’t exactly provide a winter wonderland and there was no snow for their session, but we really liked how the trees resembled Christmas trees. They were the perfect backdrop for the session, and made for a great place to hang Jenna’s ring on their cute ornament.

Photographing Jonathan & Jennah for their engagement portraits was a fun way to get ready for Christmas, and we can’t wait to feel all Christmas-y with them again at their wedding in July!

Couple wrapped up in white Christmas lights for engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Couple holds one another in field of tall grass - Waco, Texas
Sunset engagement portraits in a field of dry grass - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Couple sits beside road with sunset behind them during engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
A close up of a bride-to-be’s diamond solitaire engagement ring during her engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
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Groom carries his fiance on his back while she laughs during their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jonathan & Jennah,

We are so excited to have you two as Sweethearts! We hope your first Christmas together as fiances was wonderful, and that you are looking forward to all the Christmases together to come!

Love, J&M

Couple holds Christmas ornament with their wedding date for their save the date - Jason & Melaina Photography

Austin & Andie | Engagement Portraits in Cameron Park | Waco, Texas

A couple embraces on an overlook of the Bosque River in Cameron Park for their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Austin & Andie’s love story has all the makings for a romantic movie. And not because their story is unbelievable. But because their story proves real life, forever love can be found in everyday life.

Both Austin & Andie are actively involved in their church’s young adult ministry here in Waco. Andie had noticed Austin around church and was interested in getting to know him more. Austin wanted to connect with more friends in the area, and began hanging out with the group from church. Andie is a teacher for deaf students in Waco, and one day Austin, a elementary PE teacher, subbed at her school. She introduced herself to him during lunch and after that they began connecting more every time the group from church was together. Before long, these two Sweethearts were dating and proved friends-that-turn-into-partners are the best.

After a few months of dating, Austin knew Andie was the one for him. So he planned one of the most romantic proposals we’ve ever heard. He knew Andie was very close with her family, and wanted them to be a part of this special moment. So while celebrating Christmas with Andie’s family on Christmas Eve, Austin proposed to Andie in her family’s home with her parents and siblings there. And what’s more, Austin learned how to say what he wanted to say to Andie in ASL, and proposed to Andie using sign language. How romantic and perfect!

An engaged couple sits on a cliff in Cameron Park during their engagement photo session

Of course, Andie said yes! Which brings us to this past week, when we meet these two Sweethearts in Cameron Park. With all our J&M Sweetheart couples we really seek to photograph their engagement session in locations that are meaningful to their love story. We do this so years later they can show their grandchildren these portraits and tell them the meaning behind the pretty pictures.

Austin & Andie picked Cameron Park in Waco, Texas as their engagement session location because it’s been the spot of so many of their dates throughout their relationship. A perfect day for them would be hiking in Cameron Park, then grabbing food and watching a movie together. So we knew Cameron Park had to be part of their engagement session! 

When talking with Andie about the session she mentioned a particular overlook of the Bosque River she and Austin went to on their second date. When she said this, we got excited! See, Melaina had found an overlook near the area Andie had mentioned one day when she was hiking with a friend. She told Jason about how it would make for such beautiful engagement pictures. But there was a catch, there was a pretty rocky and steep hike down to it, and she wasn’t sure if a bride-to-be in a dress and heels would be willing to jump down the rocks to get there.

So when we met Austin & Andie in Cameron Park, and Andie changed into tennis shoes, we got our hopes up. And sure enough, as we reached the end of the trail with Austin & Andie as our guides, we realized it WAS the spot Melaina had found earlier. YAY for brides who rock heels in their engagement sessions but bring tennis shoes to hike down to amazing locations!

We loved hanging out with these two Sweethearts, exploring different parts of Cameron Park. From scenic overlooks, to sunset drenched roadsides, to the cliffs of Brazos Park East, Cameron Park gave us some amazing spots for this session. But what truly made this session was the obvious love Austin & Andie had for one another, that showed through in every single portrait. Serioulsy, romantic movie worthy, yall.

Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his fiance hold hands in the sunlight near a road in Cameron Park - Jason & Melaina Photography
Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Cameron Park Engagement Session in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Austin & Andie,

Your love story is the epitome of #relationshipgoals! And we pray the foundation you are building now for your marriage will make the many years ahead of y’all the definition of #marriagegoals! We had a blast with y’all in Cameron Park, and can’t wait to be with you this summer for your wedding day!

Love J&M

A couple kisses as the sun sets over the Bosque River during their engagement session - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com