engagement story

Misael & Ellisa | Engagement Portraits on the family ranch | Dublin, TX

A couple laughs together while they hug, engagement portraits in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We're so excited to tell y’all the love story of these two, because it is the sort of cute, everyday love story that shows finding your perfect person is possible.

Misael & Ellisa met at a mutual friend’s house party. Misael, tired from working a long day, was sitting quietly on the couch, watching TV. Ellisa came up and sat beside him, and struck up a conversation. She asked him a lot of questions, but being so tired, Misael wasn’t very talkative. Then, when Ellisa went to chat with someone else at the party, Misael left without saying good-bye.

Ellisa thought that was the end of that, and didn't expect to connect with Misael again. She was surprised when their mutual friend told her Misael had asked for her number so he could call and apologize for appearing rude. The apology led to Misael asking Ellisa out on a first date, which led to a more formal second date. It was at this second date Misael likes to joke that Ellisa “fell for him,” since she literally missed the step getting out of his truck and face-planted in the grass right in front of him. Luckily for these two, laughter is one of their defining marks as a couple, so they laughed it off and have been together ever since.

One of their favorite ways to spend time together is visiting Misael’s family’s ranch. Ellisa enjoys spending time with his family and his mom’s home-cooking. Both Misael and Ellisa work with cows, so they also like to drive out on the property to check in on the cows and enjoy the country views. When Misael decided to propose to Ellisa he picked his family’s ranch as the perfect spot, during one of their drives out in the field on the gator.

Ellisa noticed Misael seemed a little off or nervous that night, but wasn’t really sure what was going on. When he suggested they go for a ride in the gator, she didn’t think it was anything out-of-the-ordinary. Yet when she went to open the glove compartment, Misael freaked out and told her not to look in there. She thought that was weird, but he played it off and off they went for their drive. Little did Ellisa know that her engagement ring was riding along in the glove compartment, and she had almost ruined the surprise.

Misael drove Ellisa out under a tree on a hill that overlooks the ranch. And as her back was turned to him, looking out over the view, he got down on one knee behind her and touched her leg. She swatted his hand away, thinking he was messing with her. But when he kept touching her leg, she turned around and realized what was happening. Misael asked her to spend forever with him as his wife, and she said yes! And so the wedding planning began!

When we were meeting with them and discussing their engagement session, they brought up the idea of doing their session at Misael’s family’s ranch, photographing them at the same spot Misael had proposed. We loved the idea! I mean, how cool will it be to show your children an engagement photo and tell them that’s the exact spot where your dad proposed to me?!?

So we drove out to Dublin, Texas on Sunday to photograph these two Sweethearts for their engagement portraits.

Being with Misael & Ellisa again reminded us just how much fun they are as a couple. They laughed so much during their session, and caused us to laugh along with them. Especially when we wanted the cows in the background of their portrait and had to call on their parents to herd them around for us.

The joy they have in their relationship is so evident you just know they are going to have such a happy marriage, full of love and laughter. And it all started with an awkward conversation at a friend's party!

A couple stands in front of the Dr. Pepper mural downtown during their engagement portraits in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Fun engagement portraits in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Fun engagement portraits in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Romantic engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Romantic engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple smiles at one another in a field of cows - engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple stroll hand-in-hand on the groom's ranch in Dublin, Tx - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Romantic engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Romantic engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Romantic engagement portraits on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Misael & Ellisa,

We had a blast being with you guys out in Dublin! Thank you so much for showing us your ranch and letting us meet your sweet family. And thank you for the reminder of how fun love can be! We pray you continue to laugh together as you finish up your wedding plans...and for the rest of your lives!

Love, J&M

A couple embraces in a field with a Texas sunset behind them during their engagement photos on a family ranch in Dublin, TX - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dustin & Virginia | Engagement Portraits in Belton | Belton, Texas

A couple holds one another and looks into each other's eyes during their engagement session in Yettie Polk Park in Belton, Texas

Dustin & Virginia hold a special place in our hearts! One of Dustin’s sisters, Melanie, is a friend of ours at church, and we’ve even photographed her family a couple of times. Dustin’s other sister, Pamela, along with her husband, Michael, were one of our 2017 Sweetheart couples. (See their beautiful spring wedding at La Rio Mansion here.)

So when Dustin, Melanie, and Pamela’s mom reached out to us to see if we had Dustin’s wedding date available, we were so happy to find that we did! We feel like we already know Dustin & Virginia through working with Dustin’s family multiple times, and even meeting them at Michael & Pamela’s wedding. Now that we’re joining Dustin & Virginia’s wedding day team, it feels like we are their family’s official photographers. And we love that!

A couple walks hand-in-hand in Belton, Texas
A bride smiles at her fiance while they walk together in the park

Even though we had met Dustin & Virginia before, we didn’t know their love story. So it was so sweet to read what Dustin wrote to us about how he & Virginia’s story began.

These two Sweethearts met when Virginia began working at the same restaurant as Dustin. Though there was immediate attraction, dating was out of the question since Dustin was Virginia’s supervisor. But when she switched to another restaurant, this opened up the door for their relationship to officially begin.

There was a hiccup in their story, however, when Virginia moved to New Orleans and then back to Honduras. The two stayed in contact as best as they could, but the future of their relationship seemed uncertain with the distance between them.

Then one day while at work, Dustin received a text from Virginia, telling him to go outside. Unsure of what was happening, Dustin walked outside to find Virginia standing there in person. And as Dustin says, “The rest is history.” These Sweethearts picked up where they left off, and now they are a few weeks out from their wedding day.

And we can’t wait to be there with them at the end of June, documenting this next chapter in their love story as their marriage begins!

A couple holds their young daughter during their engagement session in Belton, Texas
A woman looks into her fiance's face during their engagement session in Yettie Polk Park, Belton, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography

Dear Dustin & Virginia,

We are so glad to get to know you two, and so honored you've chosen us to document your love story. We can't wait to be with you again at the end of June! And sometime soon we'll have to get a taste of your famous BBQ!

Love, J&M

Couple embraces and looks at one another by a river in Belton, Texas

Robert & Abbie | Suspension Bridge Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

A couple kisses in front of the Suspension Bridge in Waco, Texas at sunset - Jason & Melaia Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

We took Robert & Abbie out on a ice-cream double-date back in late May to discuss their wedding and let them see if we’d be a perfect fit as their wedding photographers. Over ice cream at Heritage Creamery we learned all about their June 2, 2018 wedding day. How that anniversary is shared with members of Abbie’s family and how special it is she can get married on that day too. How Robert is letting Abbie take the lead in the planning, except for his request they have breakfast for dinner at their wedding (which we are super excited about!). How when we asked them their vision for their wedding photography, Robert described his as “whimsical.” We knew then we had found such a fun couple!

We also learned how Robert & Abbie have been making a long-distance relationship work with her attending TCU in Ft. Worth and Robert enrolled in Baylor University. These two travel I-35 regularly to see one another, and when in Waco for their date nights, enjoy taking part of some fun Waco traditions like tortilla tossing off the Suspension Bridge. So this past April, at the end of a fun date night in Waco, Robert took Abbie tortilla tossing. Except this wasn’t a regular tortilla tossing date, because while Abbie tossed out her tortilla from the bridge to try to get it to land on the stone pillar in the river, Robert knelt down on one knee behind her and held out a ring. When Abbie turned around there was Robert, asking her to marry him. She said yes, and suddenly they were surrounded by friends who had come to celebrate this joyous moment with them.

With such a romantic and Wacoan proposal story, it made perfect sense to photograph Robert & Abbie in Waco on the Suspension Bridge for their engagement portraits. We went exploring in Cameron Park first together and found beautiful spots for some romantic pictures. It’s always fun to see our Sweethearts’ personalities come out during their engagement session, and these two kept each other laughing the whole time. And us too! Then we headed over to the Suspension Bridge and took some portraits at the exact spot they were engaged. We finished the session with Robert & Abbie in each other’s arms and the lit Suspension Bridge in the background, making some heirloom portraits we know their grandchildren are going to love to look at in years to come.

A man kisses the top of his fiance's head while she rest her head on his shoulder during their engagement portraits in Cameron Park in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple laughs while whispering in each other's ear standing on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas for their engagement photos - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com
Photo by Jason & Melaina Photography - www.JasonAndMelaina.com

Dear Robert & Abbie,

The joy and laughter you guys share with one another is contagious, and your love for one another is inspiring. We pray you continue to make each other laugh for decades to come! We cannot wait to see you again this summer in Waco. Until then, we'll be thinking through "whimsical" locations and poses to give y'all the perfect wedding portraits! Happy wedding planning! :)

Love, J&M

A man kisses his fiance's forehead as they embrace during their engagement photos on the Waco Suspension Bridge - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Want to see more love stories of our J&M Sweethearts? Check out their wedding stories below!