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Nicolas & Kayla | Bohemian Garden Wedding | Gathering Oaks Retreat, Crawford, Texas

A bride and groom embrace with the Texas sunset behind them during their spring wedding day at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Crawford, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

Easter weekend was the most gorgeous spring weekend you could ask for, and the perfect weekend for Nicolas & Kayla’s wedding celebration!

When we arrived at Gathering Oaks Retreat we found Kayla in the La Casita cottage, getting her makeup done by Callee Kelly. This cottage is the cutest bridal suite! And the big windows and large mirror made for some beautiful portraits of Kayla getting into her dress.

Kayla picked out her dress from Georgio’s Bridal - a gorgeous, fitted gown, complete with intricate lace detail on the bodice and train. She looked stunning! Her daughter, Aubree, agreed, and it was adorable watching Aubree admire Kayla in her dress all day.

Before the ceremony began, we had to take pictures of the beautiful work Kathy Thorman with Before I Do had done. Her hanging baskets filled with soft purple and white roses, and a touch of macrame fringe, hanging from the arbor completed the bohemian garden vibe for the ceremony. All the tables were decorated with spring blossoms and lanterns, and the bridal bouquet Kathy made Kayla was so beautiful it brought Kayla to tears.

While it’s always fun to admire the hard work our wedding vendor friends put into such beautiful weddings, our favorite part of our Sweethearts’ wedding days is still noticing all the special little moments that happen. And being there to photograph them.

We’ll never forget how in awe Aubree was of how beautiful her mom and dad looked on their wedding day. Nor how much love Nicolas & Kayla had for Aubree so obviously on their faces whenever they looked at her.

Nicolas & Kayla wrote their own vows to one another, and Nicolas even wrote vows to Aubree and shared them with her during the ceremony. It’s little moments like those that are such an honor to photograph

We still laugh about how Aubree learned to count like Jason- “1, 2, 3, cheese!” -during all the family portraits, and how she even stood beside him directing her grandparents and aunts and uncles in photos. Kayla emailed us later to say Aubree had been playing photo shoot with her dolls since the wedding day, so we’re looking forward to seeing her work in the future!

And when we snuck these Sweethearts out of their reception for some sunset pictures, we were able to photograph them with a Texas sunset in the sky and a field of cows behind them. It’s the perfect image for them to hang on their wall in their new home in Alabama and remember the magical place in Texas where all their family and friends came together to watch them begin their life together.

Purple and white roses hang in wooden holders from the arbor for a spring garden wedding at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Crawford, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride taps her father’s shoulder and he turns around to see her in her wedding dress for the first time | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride hugs her father before her wedding ceremony at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride poses with her flower girl daughter before her bohemian garden wedding ceremony in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom cries as his flower girl daughter walks down the aisle before her mom | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom cries as his bride walks down the aisle at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom have their daughter be their flower girl for their wedding day | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride holds her groom’s head and looks into his eyes while they dance during their wedding reception at Gathering Oaks Retreat | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom swing on a tree swing in a field on their wedding day at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Crawford, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom gives his young daughter a bite after he cuts the cake with his bride | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom dances with his young daughter during his wedding reception at Gathering Oaks Retreat | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom leave their reception under a tunnel of sparklers at Gathering Oaks Retreat in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom kiss under a tunnel of sparklers at the end of their wedding day | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Nicolas & Kayla,

The only thing more beautiful than your wedding day is the love you share between you…and with Aubree. We pray for many more years of whiskey in mugs, loving glances at one another, and a close bond between you. We hope Alabama feels like home because you are all there together.

Love, J&M

A bride and groom look out over a field as the sunsets in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography | www.jasonandmelaina.com

Wedding Professionals who made this beautiful wedding possible-

Venue | Gathering Oaks Retreat

Planner & Florals & Decor | Kathy Thorman of Before I Do Waco

Caterer & Cake | Bestyett Catering

DJ | DJ Kris with a K

Hair & Make up | Callee Kelly

Bridal Gown | Georgio’s Bridal

Austin & Andie | Carleen Bright Arboretum Wedding | Waco, Texas

A newly married couple kisses on their wedding day underneath a sunset sky - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Do y’all remember Austin & Andie from their engagement session earlier this spring? More importantly, do you remember the romantic way Austin proposed? ICYMI, Andie is a instructor for deaf students in Waco ISD, and so when Austin proposed to Andie while celebrating Christmas Eve with her family, he got down on one knee in her parents’ living room and signed his proposal to Andie.

Seriously, it’s one of the most romantic proposal stories we’ve heard, and we’ve heard a lot of them as wedding photographers! With such a sweet proposal, it was no surprise to us that Austin & Andie’s wedding day was full of sweet and sentimental touches. Or that Austin & Andie come from such sweet families!

One of the first things Andie proudly told us when we arrived at the Arboretum was that her dad BUILT the arbor she & Austin were getting married under. And to see how the arbor transformed with Andie’s wedding day flowers of white hydrangeas, sunflowers, blush roses, and soft blue flowers was truly amazing. It was such a special touch, and one they can take with them into their backyard now!

It was also touching to see how Andie’s 3 sisters surrounded her on her big day, helping her with makeup and perfecting the placement of her headpiece. Or how Austin and his mom took a few moments to practice their dancing on the patio in between taking family photos. And while I missed out on all the shenanigans at the groomsmen’s Fixer Upper AirBnB beforehand, Jason assures me that this group of guys was supporting Austin and having a blast doing so!

But I think our favorite sweet moments from this wedding are just seeing Austin & Andie experience so many happy emotions throughout the day. Being there when Andie showed her mom her bouquet and started tearing up. Seeing her dad’s look of glee when he first saw Andie, and their tears through the smiles as they hugged. Watching for Austin’s face when he saw Andie for the first time THE ENTIRE DAY when the doors opened as she began her walk down the aisle, and seeing this HUGE smile break out across his face. In fact, just watching Austin & Andie smile at one another through their vows, sneaking glances at each other...you just knew this was a couple that was so in love and so excited to begin their marriage.

And when they danced around sporadically to “I’m So Excited” as their final dance, with all their family and friends dancing in a circle around them, it was the perfect ending to the perfect wedding for this sweet couple- a day full of joy, smiles, laughter, and fun, surrounded by their amazing family and friends, beginning their new life together.

Navy, white, yellow bridal details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas -Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Diamond wedding band detail - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Navy, white, and yellow wedding details - summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A mother helps her daughter in to her wedding gown - the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his groomsmen hang out in a Fixer Upper Airbnb for his summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
First look with dad at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
blue and white wedding bouquets - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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A groom smiles when he sees his bride coming down the aisle - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Pale blue bridesmaids gowns and navy slacks and yellow ties for groomsmen
A bride and groom in the garden at Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas - summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Blush wedding gown with full layered skirt and lace details from Georgio's Bridal in Waco, Texas
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George's Restaurant in Waco, Texas caters a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom's first dance in The Pavillion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Sunset portraits during a wedding reception at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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4-tiered white buttercream bridal cake and Baylor groom's cake by All Sugar'd Up in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Glowstick send-off at a summer wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Austin & Andie,

It was truly an honor to photograph your wedding day. It was such a beautiful day full of sweet moments that we hope you carry with you in your memories for years to come. May the love and smiles you had for each other on your wedding day grow bigger with each anniversary!

Love, J&M

A bride and groom silhouetted by the Texas sunset at their summer wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | Carleen Bright Arboretum

Florist | HEB Blooms

Baker | All Sugar'd Up

Caterer | George's Restaurant

Bridal Gown | Georgio's Bridal

Tuxes | Old Navy, Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie