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Jeremiah & Shannon | St. Louis Catholic Church Wedding | Waco, Texas

A traditional Catholic wedding ceremony inside St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

When we photographed Jeremiah & Shannon for their engagement session, they showed off their dancing skills for us. Considering they met swing dancing in Austin, it’s no surprise this couple are great dancers and love dancing together. So we’ve been looking forward to their wedding reception and seeing them show off some more moves!

Before their fun reception, Jeremiah & Shannon were married in a beautiful Catholic ceremony at their church, St. Louis Catholic Church here in Waco, Texas. The grandeur of the sanctuary, with it’s large stained glass windows, provided the perfect backdrop for their ceremony.

The solemness of the Mass, the grandness of Shannon’s cathedral-length veil down the aisle, the prayers and beautiful singing, all highlighted the grandness of the marriage journey beginning. But the little moments- Jeremiah smiling at Shannon when she wasn’t looking, the laughter between these Sweethearts as they exchanged rings and vows, and the look of joy they had for one another when they were pronounced Mr. & Mrs.- really showed the love they have for one another.

After their beautiful wedding ceremony, Jeremiah & Shannon invited all their family and friends to join them at Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. There were so many fun details of this reception and special moments, it’s hard to list them all!

Jeremiah created and brewed 5 unique kinds of beer for his guests, even creating custom labels for every bottle. Shannon and her mother hand-crafted every detail, from her beaded bouquet and boutonnieres, to the decor and custom champagne glasses for toasts.

Jeremiah & Shannon did not disappoint in tearing up the dance floor, looking like professional dancers. But Shannon’s brothers were also amazing dancers, as were many guests, so the dance floor was full and fun all evening. From young to old, everyone danced the night away and celebrated the love of these Sweethearts.

And when the evening had come to an end, Jeremiah & Shannon had one private last dance at their wedding, then were sent off with cheers and waving ribbons to start their new life together.

A groom and bride hold hands around a corner to have a moment of connect before their wedding ceremony inside St. Louis Catholic Church, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom read the letters they wrote to one another before their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple exchanges vows inside St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
The Whitehall Center at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom swing dance during their wedding reception in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his bride pose together under the gazebo at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jeremiah & Shannon,

Your wedding was a beautiful celebration of the love you two have for one another. We hope these wedding day images will help you remember the love, joy and fun you experienced on such a perfect day. And we pray you two are each other’s favorite dance partners for many years to come!

Love, J&M

A just married couple holds one another on the bridge at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

The amazing vendor team for Jeremiah & Shannon’s wedding day -

Venue | St. Louis Catholic Church (ceremony), Whitehall Center (reception)

Hair & Makeup | La Bella Salon & Spa

DJ | P3 Pro Sound

Caterer | George’s Restaurant

Bridal Gown | Mary’s Bridal

Tuxes | JoS. A. Bank

Bridesmaids dresses | Azazie



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

To see more of our J&M Sweethearts' wedding stories, visit our blog!

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!