engagement story

Ernie & Stephanie | Glen Rose Engagement Session | Glen Rose, Texas

A bride-to-be smiles sits beside her fiance and they turn in towards one another to smile during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Last November we had the joy of photographing Misael & Ellisa’s wedding. It was there we first met Ellisa’s close friend and bridesmaid, Stephanie. A few months later, we got a DM from Stephanie asking if we had August 31, 2019 available. She and her fiance, Ernie, were having their wedding celebration that day and they wanted us to be a part of it. We’ve met a lot of bridesmaids over the years, so it’s always fun when we get to see one again for her own wedding!

Ernie & Stephanie first met as freshmen at Tarleton State back in the day. They dated for a brief period that year, but ended up parting ways. They continued on with their studies at Tarleton State and graduated, and then both moved into adult world with jobs and homes.

Then, in 2012, Ernie sent Stephanie a Facebook message to connect and catch up on life. They jokingly say Stephanie ignored the message, and five years passed. But luckily, in 2017, Ernie decided to message Stephanie again. This time, she responded to his message, and the two of them met up for lunch to catch up on life since their freshmen year at Tarleton.

At that lunch, they both recognized a connection between them that was still there, and it wasn’t too long after they began their long distance relationship. And after about a year of long distance, these Sweethearts decided to close the distance between them and get married!

When we were discussing the perfect spot for their engagement portrait session, we all agreed returning to the Glen Rose area would mean a lot for them. It’s where Stephanie grew up and her family still lives, and a place they visit frequently as a couple. We even began their session at her parents’ home, because it was where Ernie proposed.

During her family’s Christmas, Ernie gave Stephanie her gift. She opened the larger gift to see the smaller ring box inside. Surrounded by her family, next to the Christmas tree, Ernie got down on one knee and asked Stephanie to be his wife. With such a romantic proposal, we loved the idea of starting our session where their journey to marriage began!

After taking some sentimental photos of these Sweethearts at her parents’ home, including in a sweet little patch of wildflowers near her parents’ driveway, we headed to our next stop. Heading into Glen Rose there is an abandoned structure of an old home made of petrified rock. Stephanie said a lot of locals take photos there, but it was especially meaningful for her to do so because it was her dad’s childhood home.

After a little photo shoot at the petrified rock home, we headed into Glen Rose proper and stopped at a local park. This park had historic buildings from Glen Rose throughout, and a beautiful walking path along the river. It was the perfect spot for a romantic sunset stroll. And as the sun faded in the big Texas sky, we grabbed some beautiful engagement photos of these two Sweethearts.

A couple faces one another and holds one another in a field of little white flowers during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple holds one another under an archway of an abandoned petrified rock building in Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A man kisses his fiance’s cheek with a large, blue Texas sky behind them during their engagement session at Glen Rose, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Ernie & Stephanie,

It was so fun connecting with y’all during your session, and our Dairy Queen double-date afterwards! We hope you treasure these photos and remember this wonderful season of starting your married life together whenever you look at them. We can’t wait to see y’all again in August!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera while standing near a river with a pink sunset sky behind them during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

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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