Waco Weddings

Henry & Cassandra | Traditional Wedding at First Baptist Church | Waco, Texas

A traditional church wedding on Christmas weekend inside First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We ended 2017 with the beautiful, traditional church wedding of Henry & Cassandra on Christmas weekend, and we are so excited to show it to you! If you read Henry & Cassandra’s engagement blog post, you’ll remember these two Sweethearts met when they were younger because their families attend First Baptist Church, Waco together. So FBC was the perfect choice for their wedding ceremony!

If you asked us what would be the most beautiful sanctuary in Waco for a traditional church wedding, FBC Waco will definitely be one of our top suggestions! With the soaring ceilings, all the stained-glass windows, the rows of beautiful wooden pews, the architecture of the balcony...it is just such a gorgeous sanctuary! The beauty of the sanctuary and the small touches of red poinsettias for Christmas provided the perfect backdrop for Henry & Cassandra's wedding day.

Henry & Cassandra continued the traditional theme of their wedding by choosing not to see one another before her walk down the aisle. However, to help calm their nerves and to have a special moment together before, they decided to do a “first touch.” We love when our Sweetheart’s choose to do a first touch, taking a moment to connect and talk together before saying "I do." Since we couldn’t find a great doorway without exposing Henry & Cassandra to all their guests who were arriving, Jason found a small bench in front of stained-glass windows on the second floor landing. I brought Henry up from downstairs and had him sit facing the corner, and made him PROMISE he wouldn’t turn around. Then while Jason got into place, I brought Cassandra out of her bridal suite and placed her behind Henry on the bench. Maybe Cassandra was able to sneak a little peek at Henry before the ceremony and see him looking all dapper in his blue tux, but this location paid off in one of the most beautiful first touches we’ve photographed.

After the first touch it was time for the ceremony, and it was such a meaningful ceremony filled with beautiful moments. A pastor from Mexico closely connected with the family presided over much of the ceremony, encouraging Henry & Cassandra in their new roles as husband and wife. There was also a time in the ceremony when relatives and close family friends were invited to give traditional gifts to the couple getting married. One of our favorite parts was when Henry & Cassandra were encircled with the wedding lasso rosary during their time of prayer together. It was such a perfect symbol of marriage, being tied together, side-by-side as you journey forward.

A bride gets into her beaded wedding gown from Georgio's Bridal Salon, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A calligraphy wedding invitation suite laid out on bride's veil, surrounded by bouquet and bride's jewelry - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride gets emotional giving her father a gift before her wedding at First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride and groom hold hands during a "first touch" at their wedding at FBC Waco - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A groom cries when he sees his bride coming down the aisle at a wedding ceremony at FBC Waco - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A bride and groom kiss in front of the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Waco- Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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After the ceremony, Henry & Cassandra invited their guests to a fun-filled reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center. They kept the traditional reception elements such as the Father/Daughter dance, toasts, and of course, cutting their gorgeous wedding cake! But there were some fun additions to the celebration we had never seen before in our experience as wedding photographers!

Before Cassandra did her bouquet toss, she and Henry stretched her cathedral length veil between them and all the young women (and some young-at-heart) joined hands and ran through the venue and under the veil. Then, right before Henry tossed his boutonniere to the young, single men, they did the same! Also, a group of Cassandra’s cousins from Mexico swarmed Henry and tossed him up in the air to the music. He almost hit the ceiling!

After all the cake had been served and the bouquet had been tossed, a family friend led the entire reception in a few rounds of competitive games. It was fun to see the women compete against the men, each team trying to win for the bride or groom! The fun reception ended with everyone praying over these Sweethearts, praying blessings on their new marriage as they left the reception to start their new life together.

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A bride and groom dance together during their wedding reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Guests at a wedding reception run under the bride's veil - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests throw the groom into the air on the dance floor during his wedding reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Henry & Cassandra,

There were so many beautiful moments on your wedding day that we hope you cherish in your memory for years. We hope you remember the joy and emotions, the way all your family and friends came together to support your love and marriage. And we pray that the way you two smile at one another and the love in your eyes for one another doesn't fade but grows stronger with each anniversary. Blessings on your marriage!

Love, J&M

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Jacob & Meghan | Bear Creek Wedding | Gatesville, Texas

A bride and groom embrace with a Texas Sunset behind them at Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Want to know how many people love and support you and will bend over backwards for you to have the perfect day? Get married! With every single wedding Jason and I love to sit back and watch bridesmaids and groomsmen and parents and good friends and fellow wedding professionals love and serve our Sweethearts. Jacob & Meghan’s wedding day was the perfect example of this! It was one of those weddings where you could simply look at Jacob or Meghan and see how excited and in love they were, and everyone wanted to bask in the glow of that love and do whatever they could to make their day perfect.

Jacob & Meghan chose Bear Creek as their wedding venue and it was such a great choice! The chapel was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. There were so many great spots for portraits throughout the whole grounds. And speaking as professional photographers, the light in the bridal suite was amazing for all those getting ready portraits! Karla McNeill and her team transformed the large lawn into a gorgeous outdoor reception. And her ability to throw strings of Christmas lights over tree branches paid off in creating the breathtaking backdrop for Jacob & Meghan’s Sweetheart table.

There are SO MANY moments from this wedding that were romantic and joyful and magical. There was the time when the bridal party received their matching embroidered shirts from Jacob & Meghan and loved them. There was the sweet moment of Meghan having a first look with her dad and her two brothers, and watching their reactions to seeing Meghan in her dress for the first time brought tears. There was Jacob & Meghan’s first touch, a moment where they held hands and prayed for one another and their marriage before the ceremony.

There was the surprise Jacob had for Meghan during the reception, where he led her on the dance floor and sang an original love song to her he had written! There was the few minutes where Jacob & Meghan trusted us enough to brave the cold wind and head out to the gravel driveway for a super quick sunset portrait session while their guests ate BBQ, and we walked away with a portrait they’ll love for decades to come. And lastly, every single time Jacob & Meghan looked at one another and seeing the joy on their faces as they smiled.

And those are just the highlights! Moment after moment of this special wedding day was full of laughter and love, and it was such an honor to tell that story.

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Bride and Groom portraits at Bear Creek wedding venue in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bridesmaids react to seeing bride in her gown for first time, hug bride, at wedding ceremony at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom hold hands during their first touch on their wedding day, Bear Creek in Gatesville, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom and groomsmen walk across bridge in flying V formation, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom smiles through tears seeing his bride come down the aisle, wedding day at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom wash each other's feet during their wedding ceremony in the chapel at Bear Creek wedding venue - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom sings a song to his bride at their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom carries his bride and kisses her during their sparkler exit at Bear Creek in Gatesville, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jacob & Meghan,

What can we say? It was such a joy getting to know y'all and be a part of this chapter of your love story. We pray the love you have for one another on this day only grows deeper and more mature with each passing anniversary. Love you guys! Let's plan a double-date to Tea2Go in Waco sometime, okay?

Love, J&M

Groom and bride kiss in the back of their limo as they leave their wedding reception - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Bear Creek

Wedding Planner | Karla McNeill Events

Rentals | Confetti Rentals

Florals | Creative Innovations

Videographer | Cinderella Films

DJ | DJ Kinect

Cake | Sam's

Caterer | J&M Hill Country BBQ

Hair & Makeup | Beautiful Reflections

Bridal Gown | Ivy & Asher from Unbridaled

Groom & Groomsmen's attire | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids & Flower girl's dresses | Macy's

Transportation | Legacy Limo


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Steven & Erin | Woodway Church Wedding at Central Presbyterian | Waco Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom in wedding ceremony in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

We have been truly blessed to a part of Steven & Erin’s wedding story. And I’m not just writing that because it’s a nice thing to say about a couple’s wedding and a good way to start a blog post. At every single encounter we’ve had with Steven & Erin in the short 5 weeks of their engagement (more on that later!), we’ve witnessed first-hand their love for God and how that is truly the foundation of their relationship. And to be honest, it’s been inspiring for us.

Steven & Erin first met through Cornerstone, a ministry to single adults in the Waco area, at a game night hosted at Central Presbyterian Church. Later, when Erin decided to get out of her comfort zone and take a dance class, Steven and some other friends from Cornerstone joined her. Through these weekly dance classes Steven & Erin’s friendship grew. Soon they began hanging out just the two of them, and this foundation of friendship grew into a deep love.

After only a few months together they knew they were heading towards marriage, so they began discussing when and how it would happen. Both Steven & Erin’s schedules revolve around the academic calendar, so getting married before the semester started was ideal. Which is how after becoming officially engaged after praying together in Erin’s apartment in June, they had only about 5 weeks to plan their August wedding. But that was more than enough time to plan an intimate and meaningful ceremony that was perfect for them!

Lace wedding gown and white peep-toed bridal heels, Summer church wedding at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal bouquet of white hydrangeas, wedding rings and pearl necklace, Summer church wedding at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding Invitations, ceremony program, pearl necklace and wedding bands, and bridal bouquet, summer church wedding at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Mother places pearl necklace on her daughter before her daughter's wedding, Summer church wedding at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride poses outside Bride and groom in wedding ceremony in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride in lace wedding gown poses with her bridesmaids in sapphire blue dress outside Bride and groom in wedding ceremony in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom poses outside Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom poses with his groomsmen outside Bride and groom in wedding ceremony in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridesmaids pray with bride in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groomsmen pray over groom in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

There are so many moments I want to tell you about from Steven & Erin’s wedding. Like how we planned a first look because Erin didn’t want to spend so much time on pictures after the ceremony. And then how they made their time together before their ceremony even more memorable by Steven playing “In Christ Alone” for Erin on the piano, and the two sang in worship together. I want to tell you how Steven & Erin had a moment in their ceremony where her parents and his aunt and uncle (who were standing in the place of his parents who regrettably couldn’t be there suddenly) prayed a blessing over the couple, praying for God to always be the foundation of their marriage that was beginning today. I want to tell you how Steven & Erin specifically requested us to photograph them praying together at the altar after their ceremony, a remembrance of their time spent praying together for their future marriage in a small chapel while on a pre-marital counseling retreat.

There were so many beautiful moments, full of meaning, during Steven & Erin’s wedding day. And the fact they chose Central Presbyterian here in Woodway as their venue, the very place they met for the first time all those months ago in Cornerstone, just brought full circle God’s presence and provision in their relationship.

Bride and groom share a first look in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom share a first look in the sanctuary of Bride and groom in wedding ceremony in front of gorgeous stained glass backdrop at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom plays for bride on the piano during their first look in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Parents lighting a unity candle in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom waits for bride to walk down the aisle, summer church wedding in Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom reacts to bride walking down the aisle, summer church wedding in Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer church wedding in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer church wedding in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom light the unity candle in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer church wedding in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom kiss in front of the stained glass in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Summer church wedding in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Minister signs marriage certificate in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom pose in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom dance in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Reception detail in the fellowship hall of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests pose during a wedding reception at Summer church wedding in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests pose during a wedding reception at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Guests pose during a wedding reception at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake during a wedding reception at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom during bubble exit at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom during bubble exit at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

Steven & Erin,

It was a true honor to help plan and photograph your wedding story. Not only did we feel encouraged by your relationship, and fall in love with the beautiful chapel at Central Presbyterian, we also feel we’ve gained a pair of good friends from our time with you. We pray God continues to grow you together as you go forward in marriage. Congratulations you two!

Love, J & M

Bride and groom kiss as they leave their wedding reception at Central Presbyterian Church in Waco/Woodway, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography, www.jasonandmelaina.com

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