Waco Wedding Photographers

Ernie & Stephanie | Glen Rose Engagement Session | Glen Rose, Texas

A bride-to-be smiles sits beside her fiance and they turn in towards one another to smile during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Last November we had the joy of photographing Misael & Ellisa’s wedding. It was there we first met Ellisa’s close friend and bridesmaid, Stephanie. A few months later, we got a DM from Stephanie asking if we had August 31, 2019 available. She and her fiance, Ernie, were having their wedding celebration that day and they wanted us to be a part of it. We’ve met a lot of bridesmaids over the years, so it’s always fun when we get to see one again for her own wedding!

Ernie & Stephanie first met as freshmen at Tarleton State back in the day. They dated for a brief period that year, but ended up parting ways. They continued on with their studies at Tarleton State and graduated, and then both moved into adult world with jobs and homes.

Then, in 2012, Ernie sent Stephanie a Facebook message to connect and catch up on life. They jokingly say Stephanie ignored the message, and five years passed. But luckily, in 2017, Ernie decided to message Stephanie again. This time, she responded to his message, and the two of them met up for lunch to catch up on life since their freshmen year at Tarleton.

At that lunch, they both recognized a connection between them that was still there, and it wasn’t too long after they began their long distance relationship. And after about a year of long distance, these Sweethearts decided to close the distance between them and get married!

When we were discussing the perfect spot for their engagement portrait session, we all agreed returning to the Glen Rose area would mean a lot for them. It’s where Stephanie grew up and her family still lives, and a place they visit frequently as a couple. We even began their session at her parents’ home, because it was where Ernie proposed.

During her family’s Christmas, Ernie gave Stephanie her gift. She opened the larger gift to see the smaller ring box inside. Surrounded by her family, next to the Christmas tree, Ernie got down on one knee and asked Stephanie to be his wife. With such a romantic proposal, we loved the idea of starting our session where their journey to marriage began!

After taking some sentimental photos of these Sweethearts at her parents’ home, including in a sweet little patch of wildflowers near her parents’ driveway, we headed to our next stop. Heading into Glen Rose there is an abandoned structure of an old home made of petrified rock. Stephanie said a lot of locals take photos there, but it was especially meaningful for her to do so because it was her dad’s childhood home.

After a little photo shoot at the petrified rock home, we headed into Glen Rose proper and stopped at a local park. This park had historic buildings from Glen Rose throughout, and a beautiful walking path along the river. It was the perfect spot for a romantic sunset stroll. And as the sun faded in the big Texas sky, we grabbed some beautiful engagement photos of these two Sweethearts.

A couple faces one another and holds one another in a field of little white flowers during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple holds one another under an archway of an abandoned petrified rock building in Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man kisses his fiance’s cheek with a large, blue Texas sky behind them during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Ernie & Stephanie,

It was so fun connecting with y’all during your session, and our Dairy Queen double-date afterwards! We hope you treasure these photos and remember this wonderful season of starting your married life together whenever you look at them. We can’t wait to see y’all again in August!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera while standing near a river with a pink sunset sky behind them during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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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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Check out some of our other recent J&M Wedding stories on the blog below!

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
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 outdoor summer 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
Details for a summer outdoor rustic wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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
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
Ceremony site during an outdoor summer wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Belton wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding ceremony photos from a Belton, Texas wedding - Jason Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom kisses his bride at the end of their wedding ceremony in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer outdoor wedding photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom smile at each other after their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Pink and tan bridal party colors at a rustic wedding in 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
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
Waco Texas wedding photographer - 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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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
Wedding reception photography - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple leaves their wedding reception in a sparkler exit Rustic wedding at Rustic Acres in Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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