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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



Romantic Styled Bridal Session | Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas | Waco Wedding Photographers

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com 

A few weeks ago our good friend Jessica Gudino, owner of The Hair & Beauty Art Studio here in Waco, asked if we’d work with her on romantic bridal styled session. This was an opportunity for her to work with her model friend, Brittany King, and to showcase her studio’s talents for bridal hair and makeup.

We jumped at the chance! One, because we love Jessica. And two, because we love the opportunities a styled session gives us. We’re able to run through and tweak our posing techniques for brides, honing our skills for future sessions with our J&M Brides. We also love thinking outside the box and experimenting with different lighting and posing techniques during a styled session. This helps us grow as artists and allows us to take these skills more confidently into our next bridal session with a J&M Bride.

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

For this session Jessica worked with the lovely ladies at Georgio’s Bridal Salon in Waco to get our model two gorgeous gowns. The first gown is a Maggie Sottero, and has so many of my favorites for wedding gowns! The lace design around the bodice and shoulders wrapping around to a sheer back, the statement-making lace-trimmed train. And the cathedral length veil is gorgeous! The second gown, an Allure, is covered in delicate floral lace appliques. The bejeweled ivory sash is the perfect contrasting accent. And the sweetheart neckline is a beautiful strapless option on this gown. Seriously, if I was picking my wedding gown today both of these dresses would be in my top favorites!

Brittany’s beautiful look was made complete by Jessica’s team at Hair & Beauty Art Studio. Jessica gave Brittany loose curls to create a soft, romantic look. With such bold dresses, this simple yet beautiful hairstyle was the perfect choice! And Angelica Guzman, the talented Esthetician at the Studio, gave Brittany the perfect blend of bold eyes and lashes coupled with more natural cheeks and lips. These ladies did an amazing job creating the perfect romantic bridal look!

Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown on the steps of Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model showcases open back and lace-trimmed train of _______ wedding gown in front of red brick wall at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model showcases lace-trimmed train and cathedral-length veil of _______ wedding gown at Rapoport Academy in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com
Model poses in gorgeous _______ wedding gown in the Hair & Beauty Art Studio in Waco, Texas. Photography by Jason & Melaina Photography, Texas wedding photographers. www.jasonandmelaina.com

This styled session was so much fun for us! We were able to explore a new location, Rapoport Academy, and use it as a bold backdrop for our model. We were able to work together to take some great portraits of a beautiful "bride." And we got to work with some friends! 

Thank you so much to our fellow wedding vendor friends for making this session a reality!

Hair & Makeup | Hair & Beauty Art Studio

Wedding Gowns | Georgio's Bridal

Location | Rapoport Academy, and Hair & Beauty Art Studio


To see some more of our J&M Brides in their beautiful gowns, head over to our blog!

Anahy | Bridal Portraits at Vera Estates | Waco Wedding Photographer

bride at base of spiral staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

We're a sucker for a good love story around here, and this beautiful bride definitely has one to share. Anahy meet her sweet Rene in biology lab her freshmen year of high school and they've been together ever since! There's something so romantic about how these two have been together since they were only fifteen years old. From their first date at Burger King to Rene's romantic proposal on the Waco Suspension Bridge on New Year's Day, their love story is such a sweet account of how two people dedicated to daily making the choice to love one another will make a beautiful love story work.

bride in lace bridal gown | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Anahy and Rene chose the stunning Vera Estates wedding venue in China Spring, Texas (right outside of Waco, Texas) as the location where they would finally become Mr. and Mrs. in front of all their beloved friends and family. And so when we were talking with Anahy about possible locations to photograph her bridal portraits, we jumped at the chance to photograph her at Vera Estates. And not just because it's a beautiful venue. With the large open fields surrounded by dark, tree-lined woods, to the stunning house opening up into the large, manicured back yard with it's tranquil pool, all under an expansive sky that can't help but show off the gorgeous Texas sunset every evening, Vera Estates is such a breath-taking venue. I mean, the staircase alone is worth getting married there!

But we wanted to photograph Anahy in her elegant lace wedding gown and lace-trimmed cathedral veil she pick to wear on her wedding day in the place she was to be married. It's no secret that we love to photograph our J&M Sweethearts in locations that are special and meaningful to them and their relationships. So it was such an honor to capture this stunning bride in all her bridal beauty in the exact location she was going to walk down the aisle in in just a few short weeks.

And now, when she is showing her children and grandchildren her bridal portraits, and they are "oohing" and "awwwing" over her beauty as a young bride, she can say, "And that spot right there, that's where I said 'I do, forever' to your dad and grandfather." And we can think of nothing more romantic.

bride poses on staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride next to spiral staircase | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
lace bridal gown and veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride posing with yellow sunflower bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
lace cathedral veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride poses with sunflower bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
sunflower bridal bouquet | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride in lace gown and cathedral veil | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography
bride by wrought iron fence | Vera Estates in China Springs, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Congratulations Anahy & Rene! May your beautiful wedding be only the beginning to a beautiful, flourishing marriage for years to come!