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Jonathan & Jennah | Christmas in July Wedding | Waco, Texas

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We finished out the month of July with Jonathan & Jennah’s wedding day. Jennah is the sister to one of our previous J&M Grooms, TJ (see TJ & Holley’s wedding day here!). It was so much fun to be back with the Goedeke family for another wedding!

When it came time to plan Jennah’s wedding, she & her mom thought it would be wonderful to have a Christmas wedding. You may remember Jennah’s love for Christmas from her & Jonathan’s Christmas lights and ornament engagement photo session we did back in December! But the timeline for planning a December wedding didn’t work out with Jennah’s schedule as a school teacher. So they came up with the next best thing, a wedding theme of Christmas in July!

Jonathan & Jennah chose Tucker Hall as the perfect venue for their wedding, and transformed it into a navy, red and gold celebration of Christmas. The tables were decorated with red, blue and gold ornaments. Instead of a guestbook, Jonathan & Jennah asked guests to sign ornaments to hang on their Christmas tree for their first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. And everyone left the evening with their own keepsake ornament to commemorate Jonathan & Jennah’s big day.

The Christmas in July theme wasn’t the only memorable thing from Jonathan & Jennah’s wedding. There were so many memorable little moments throughout the day, the type of moments you want to hold on to forever.

There was the excitement of all Jennah’s bridesmaids as they waited to turn around and see her in her dress for the first time. And the different reactions her brothers and father had to her were priceless too. 

There were the sweet moments Jonathan had with his mom right before the ceremony and during their mother and son dance. And watching Jennah dance with her dad, and then brothers showed how close of a bond they all have.

There were all the moments of Jonathan looking at Jennah with such love in his eyes throughout the ceremony. And hearing him share his own personal vows to her after they shared their traditional wedding vows touched everyone’s hearts.

And as the sun set and the celebration came to an end, Jonathan & Jennah left their wedding surrounded by their loved ones, running through a sparkler exit to start their new life together.

Dear Jonathan & Jennah,

We were so honored to a be a part of your wedding day. We hope these wedding photos help you remember exactly how you felt on this special day every time you look at them. May you have many happy years of slow dancing together ahead of you.

Love, J&M

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Venue | Tucker Hall

Rentals | Action Rentals

DJ | HT Productions

Baker | Shannon York

Caterer | La Fiesta

Hair and Makeup | Sherry Fair

Remington & Marley | Blush & Gold Warehouse Wedding | Hillsboro, Texas

A bride and groom stand together during their wedding ceremony, next to an exposed brick wall with hanging floral hoops at The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Since Remington & Marley live in Tennessee, our relationship with them has been mostly via email. Well, except for their sunrise engagement session they met us for back in December. So we were excited to be with them again on their gorgeous wedding day!

Remington & Marley chose The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas for their special day, and it was the perfect venue for them. The exposed bricks and open expanse of the space gives a great warehouse vibe, a perfect blank canvas to transform into your dream space. And that’s just what Marley’s mom and sisters did! 

We’ve never seen such a beautiful treatment to a warehouse venue, with blush curtains separating the ceremony site from the bar and reception area. Then, after dinner, the curtains were tied back and framed the dance floor, creating a great atmosphere for guests to dance the night away.

Curtains weren’t the only beautiful ideas Marley’s mother and sisters came up with. They spray painted hula hoops in gold to create the ceremony backdrop, as well as old frames to provide more gold touches throughout the reception space. There was a gorgeous seating area in the back of the space, filled with flowers and vintage furniture that complemented the wedding colors. 

While the decor transformed the Eagle Historic into a beautiful space, it was made even more magical by the joyful moments throughout the day. We never get tired of being flies on the wall when a bride and groom have a first look before their wedding ceremony, and Remington & Marley were no exception to this. Seeing their genuine delight and joy when Remington turned around to see his bride for the first time was so special.

Another special aspect of these Sweethearts’ wedding day was the love surrounding them in their family and friends. Many friends from Tennessee joined in the wedding day festivities. Marley’s closest friends were in her bridal party, and her childhood best friends do her hair and makeup for her big day. Remington’s friends were fun too, dancing together and singing along to any lyric that gave a special shout out to Tennessee throughout the reception.

These two Sweethearts spent a magical day celebrating this new chapter in their story. And as the day came to an end, the walked hand-in-hand through a tunnel of loved ones and sparklers, heading off to their next adventure.

Blush linens with white and rose gold plates and centerpieces for reception seating, Gold circles adorned with magnolia blossoms and leaves hanging on a brick wall, and monogram gold clutches as part of the wedding details - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridesmaids react with squeals, gasps and tears when they see the bride in her dress for the first time in the bridal suite at The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A grandpa smiles at his granddaughter when he sees her in her wedding gown for the first time - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride taps her groom on the shoulder as he turns to see her for the first time on their wedding day - - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom smiles at his bride while she’s escorted by her father down the aisle at The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom kiss as they are pronounced husband and wife at the end of their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom laugh during their first dance at their wedding reception at The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom smile at one another as the wind catches the brides veil in downtown Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom dips his bride as they walk down a tunnel of sparklers as they leave their wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Remington & Marley,

Your wedding day was so full of joy and love. We hope your wedding photos help you relive all the joyful memories. And that you two have many more years of adventures ahead of you!

Love, J&M

A bride smiles up at her groom while her veil floats in the wind - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

The wedding professionals that were a part of Remington & Marley’s team -

Venue | The Eagle Historic Warehouse

Rentals | RSVP, Vintage Gold Dust

Florist | Natalie's Floral, Gourmet and Gifts

DJ | Bobby’s DJ Services

Baker | Sweetness Desserts

Caterer | Dickey's Barbecue

Bridal Gown | Ava's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids/Flower girls' attire | Birdy Grey



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