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Henry & Cassandra | Traditional Wedding at First Baptist Church | Waco, Texas

A traditional church wedding on Christmas weekend inside First Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, Jason & Melaina Photography -

We ended 2017 with the beautiful, traditional church wedding of Henry & Cassandra on Christmas weekend, and we are so excited to show it to you! If you read Henry & Cassandra’s engagement blog post, you’ll remember these two Sweethearts met when they were younger because their families attend First Baptist Church, Waco together. So FBC was the perfect choice for their wedding ceremony!

If you asked us what would be the most beautiful sanctuary in Waco for a traditional church wedding, FBC Waco will definitely be one of our top suggestions! With the soaring ceilings, all the stained-glass windows, the rows of beautiful wooden pews, the architecture of the is just such a gorgeous sanctuary! The beauty of the sanctuary and the small touches of red poinsettias for Christmas provided the perfect backdrop for Henry & Cassandra's wedding day.

Henry & Cassandra continued the traditional theme of their wedding by choosing not to see one another before her walk down the aisle. However, to help calm their nerves and to have a special moment together before, they decided to do a “first touch.” We love when our Sweetheart’s choose to do a first touch, taking a moment to connect and talk together before saying "I do." Since we couldn’t find a great doorway without exposing Henry & Cassandra to all their guests who were arriving, Jason found a small bench in front of stained-glass windows on the second floor landing. I brought Henry up from downstairs and had him sit facing the corner, and made him PROMISE he wouldn’t turn around. Then while Jason got into place, I brought Cassandra out of her bridal suite and placed her behind Henry on the bench. Maybe Cassandra was able to sneak a little peek at Henry before the ceremony and see him looking all dapper in his blue tux, but this location paid off in one of the most beautiful first touches we’ve photographed.

After the first touch it was time for the ceremony, and it was such a meaningful ceremony filled with beautiful moments. A pastor from Mexico closely connected with the family presided over much of the ceremony, encouraging Henry & Cassandra in their new roles as husband and wife. There was also a time in the ceremony when relatives and close family friends were invited to give traditional gifts to the couple getting married. One of our favorite parts was when Henry & Cassandra were encircled with the wedding lasso rosary during their time of prayer together. It was such a perfect symbol of marriage, being tied together, side-by-side as you journey forward.

A bride gets into her beaded wedding gown from Georgio's Bridal Salon, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A calligraphy wedding invitation suite laid out on bride's veil, surrounded by bouquet and bride's jewelry - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride gets emotional giving her father a gift before her wedding at First Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride and groom hold hands during a "first touch" at their wedding at FBC Waco - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A groom cries when he sees his bride coming down the aisle at a wedding ceremony at FBC Waco - Jason & Melaina Photography -
A bride and groom kiss in front of the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Waco- Jason & Melaina Photography -

After the ceremony, Henry & Cassandra invited their guests to a fun-filled reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center. They kept the traditional reception elements such as the Father/Daughter dance, toasts, and of course, cutting their gorgeous wedding cake! But there were some fun additions to the celebration we had never seen before in our experience as wedding photographers!

Before Cassandra did her bouquet toss, she and Henry stretched her cathedral length veil between them and all the young women (and some young-at-heart) joined hands and ran through the venue and under the veil. Then, right before Henry tossed his boutonniere to the young, single men, they did the same! Also, a group of Cassandra’s cousins from Mexico swarmed Henry and tossed him up in the air to the music. He almost hit the ceiling!

After all the cake had been served and the bouquet had been tossed, a family friend led the entire reception in a few rounds of competitive games. It was fun to see the women compete against the men, each team trying to win for the bride or groom! The fun reception ended with everyone praying over these Sweethearts, praying blessings on their new marriage as they left the reception to start their new life together.

A bride and groom dance together during their wedding reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography -
Guests at a wedding reception run under the bride's veil - Jason & Melaina Photography -
Guests throw the groom into the air on the dance floor during his wedding reception at Castle Heights Bijoux Events Center - Jason & Melaina Photography -

Dear Henry & Cassandra,

There were so many beautiful moments on your wedding day that we hope you cherish in your memory for years. We hope you remember the joy and emotions, the way all your family and friends came together to support your love and marriage. And we pray that the way you two smile at one another and the love in your eyes for one another doesn't fade but grows stronger with each anniversary. Blessings on your marriage!

Love, J&M


Charles & Alex | Highland Baptist Church Wedding | Waco, Texas

Bride and Groom stand in front of stained-glass window during a traditional church wedding, Highland Baptist Church, Waco, Texas, photography by Jason & Melaina Photography -

Early in September we were able to photograph Charles & Alex on a romantic horseback riding date. During that engagement session these Sweethearts could not stop smiling at one another, and it was the cutest thing to see. It was then that we really got to see Charles & Alex as a couple, and how they loved one another through their joking, their smiles, and the sweet way they cared for one another. Nothing was flashy or over-the-top, it was a quieter, joyful, playful love shared between the two of them. So when their wedding day came only a few weeks later, we knew we were in for a day of sweet moments. And when Charles saw Alex for the first time at their first look, their smiles spoke louder than any words could of the joyful love they have for one another.

While seeing Charles & Alex's love was the most romantic and special part of their wedding day, there was a close second - the love of their family and friends who came to witness their marriage. 

Family and family-like friends played important roles in Charles & Alex's big day. Alex's brother, Bebo, played the cello, while her brother, William, served as her "man of honor." A large number of Alex's extended family traveled far to be here for the wedding, but perhaps most special was the presence of Alex's grandmother, who flew in from Taiwan to see her granddaughter marry her sweetheart.

Charles’ uncle and cousin both served as groomsmen, joking around with him during portraits and then standing by his side as took Alex to be his wife. And during the reception, Alex’s childhood next door neighbors were a big part of the celebration. Childhood neighbor friends who Alex used to babysit now served Dr. Pepper floats to guests at the reception, and neighbors who became like family to Alex's parents cut the cake and gave a prayer over the couple during toasts.

The importance of family-like friends was even present in the choice of Highland Baptist Church as the venue for the wedding. Charles & Alex kept to the traditional details of wedding planning, such as reciting traditional vows and having their ceremony inside a church. But their connections as members of Highland made this location the perfect spot for their wedding day. Alex plays violin for Highland's worship team most Sundays, so it was special to see Jared, Highland’s worship pastor, lead the congregation in worship during the ceremony. And John, the pastor Charles & Alex see every Sunday morning, officiated the ceremony and pronounced them husband and wife. 

Surrounded by the important people in their lives, Charles & Alex had the perfect intimate traditional church wedding to begin the next chapter of their love story.  

Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Groom reacts to seeing his bride the first time, Traditional Church wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography,
First look between bride and groom - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Groom smiles at his bride coming down the aisle, Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Father gives away the bride, Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,
Groom kisses his bride in front of stained glass window, traditional church wedding, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,

Dear Charles & Alex,

Your wedding day was one filled with so much love. We hope that as you remember the day in your mind and look back over these portraits for years to come, you remember the love you had for one another and the love all your family and friends had for you. May you have many more years of smiles and love before you.

Love, J&M

Bride and groom kiss in church chapel, Traditional Church wedding, Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography,