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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

Garrett & Kelli | Engagement Portraits at Lick Creek Park | College Station, Texas

Couple pose with their two dogs for engagement photos in College Station, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Garrett & Kelli have a love story that’s made for 2018. They were matched on a dating site but didn’t message each other right away. One day while Kelli was at the gym, she almost literally ran into a guy while walking through the gym. She and the guy gave each other side-eye, and then continued on their way.

A few moments later Kelli’s phone buzzed with a message from the guy she had been matched with, asking if she was at the gym. At first, Kelli worried he was following her in real life. But then she quickly realized the guy she almost ran into was the same guy from the site. Turns out they frequented the same gym, and so Garrett came back over and they chatted. Conversations led to dates, which led to a relationship, which led to us meeting them in College Station for their fun engagement session.

It’s so fun to watch our Sweetheart couples’ personalities come out during the engagement sessions. One of the things we like to tell them to do is to whisper in each other’s ear. Some couples get super romantic and sweet, and then others try to make each other laugh. Garrett & Kelli were definitely the latter, whispering funny words into each other’s ears, trying to get the other one to crack up. They are definitely a couple who laughs together often, so it’s no surprise their engagement session was full of laughter...especially when we were all trying to get their two sweet puppies to look our way. The only thing not funny was how hot it was outside this evening. But a little heat was worth that pretty Texas sunset sky.

Luckily it won’t be hot for their late October wedding. Their beautiful Catholic ceremony and Gatsby-themed warehouse reception are going to be so fun. And with these two, we know we’re going to all have a fun and laughter-filled day!

A couple's dog wears a "My Humans are getting married" sign during an engagement session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
An engagement session with dogs in College Station, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Lick Creek Park Engagement Session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple sits in the tall grass in field at sunset during their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A girl rests her head on her fiance's shoulders during their engagement portrait session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man hugs his fiance during their engagement session at Lick Creek Park in College Station, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Lick Creek Park Engagement Photos, College Station - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Garrett & Kelli,

It was so fun to meet your sweet Zeus and Zelda, and to just hang out with you again.  Thanks for braving the heat and the insects with us for this session. We had a blast and can't wait to see ya'll again in October! And it won't be summer so YAY!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera during their engagement photos in College Station, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com