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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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Rachel's Bridals | Waco Bridal Photography

Only hours before this session, the sky was full of ominous thunderclouds and rain was falling in various areas of Waco. Jason and I watched the storms roll in from our porch and wondered if we would be able to make this session work. Family sessions in rain can be fun, and rain on a wedding day can actually make for some amazing shots. But rain for bridal portraits isn't preferred, especially since it's the first time the bride's worn her perfectly altered dress outside and she needs it to still look perfect a month later on her wedding day. So we watched and we waited.

Then the rain moved on and the sky cleared, and the only thing left in it's wake was a very humid and muggy evening.

We met Rachel and her fiance, Mike, through our involvement with the Waco Wedding Professionals group. They both help front the Texas Heatwave Band, an amazingly talented cover band who take any reception or party to the next level. From our very first meeting, we knew they were so fun and were excited to be a part of their wedding day team. They both have this infectious energy, and heart-warming smiles, so you can't help but have fun when you're around them. Therefore, we knew that even if there had been rain, even if there was some mud and crazy humidity and mosquitoes (and OH MY WORD, were there mosquitoes!), Rachel was going to have a blast at her bridal portraits and we were going to have a blast being around her.

And we were right. She showed up wearing her gorgeous dress, enthusiastically showing us her blinged-out, blue-suede Bagdley Mischka shoes. She brought along her sweet mama and fun-loving stepdad, and it became apparent where Rachel's warmth and fun spirit came from. Her fun and warm spirit were so easy to capture on camera, and she knocked this session out of the park.

Rachel, you were a true joy to work with and an even more beautiful bride. Thank you for letting us into your circle!