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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



Stephen & Ariel | Star Wars Wedding | The Palladium in Waco, Texas

A bride dressed as a Jedi Knight and her groom, dressed as a Sith Lord, embrace holding lightsabers down a darkened alley in downtown Waco, Texas  - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Man, oh man, we’ve been so excited to share Stephen & Ariel’s wedding day on the blog! Remember these Sweethearts and their love of Star Wars? It was so fun to photograph their engagement session with their custom made lightsabers. But their wedding was on another level!

There were so many custom made pieces Stephen & Ariel made as part of their wedding decor. They built the blast doors that served as the ceremony background (and made for a really cool backdrop for formal portraits). Every table had a unique centerpiece of a scene from Star Wars displayed as a diorama in glass jars. The bar area was set up to look like a space cantina, and the photo booth area was a custom built replica of the trash compactor from A New Hope.

The Star Wars details weren’t limited to decor, though. These Sweethearts went all out in their outfits for their wedding day too. Stephen & Ariel wore custom made outfits to dress as Revan & Bastila, characters from the Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic series. Everyone in the bridal party, including Stephen & Ariel’s family, dressed up as jedis and siths and characters from the Star Wars movies. The bridal party, bride and groom, carried lightsabers. And the Sweethearts were even married by Darth Vader!

This awesome wedding may have looked a little different than a traditional wedding you’d see on wedding blogs, but it still had so many little wedding day moments that are what make wedding days so special.

There was all the bridal party getting ready at Ariel’s parents’ home, getting their jedi outfits just right. There was Stephen & Ariel seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, all smiles in their excitement to get married. There was Ariel’s sister, her parents, Stephen’s family, and all their friends, there in costumes to support them and celebrate their love.

There was sneaking these Sweethearts out of the reception for some sunset portraits. And though we may get a little stares from on-lookers when we take a bride and groom down Austin Avenue, we’ve never really had people walk up and ask us what Stephen & Ariel were doing. And there was the excitement of their exit, with everyone cheering on the newlyweds as they ran under a colorful tunnel of lightsabers.

A bride and groom, dressed as Star Wars characters, see each other for the first time before their ceremony - Star Wars Wedding in downtown Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
A Jedi Knight bride and her Sith Lord groom pose in front of the blast doors at their Star Wars wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
The bridal party poses in front of blast doors dressed as Sith Lords and Jedi Knights - Star Wars  Wedding  at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
The groom watches his Jedi Knight bride come down the aisle, escorted by her Han Solo dressed father, at their Star Wars wedding in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Star Wars wedding ceremony on May the 4th at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Star Wars wedding details for the reception at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride, dressed as a Jedi Knight, and her groom, dressed as a Sith Lord, pose together in downtown Waco on their May 4th wedding day - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple poses in a downtown Waco alley with their lightsabers on their May 4th Star Wars wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom, dressed as Star Wars characters, kiss under a lightsaber tunnel as they leave their May 4th wedding reception - The Palladium at Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography

Dear Stephen & Ariel,

Your wedding was definitely a day to never forget! All the years of planning and preparation paid off for such a magical day. We hope the love and joy you felt for one another and from all your loved ones stay with you for many more years to come.

Love, J&M

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The awesome wedding vendors who helped bring Stephen & Ariel’s Star Wars’ vision to life-

Venue | The Palladium

Caterer | Blanek’s

Cake | Kakes by Kat

DJ | PhilDoesIt

Tad & Lauren | Downtown Waco Wedding | Waco, Texas

Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Tad & Lauren hold a special place in our hearts. God has really blessed us with some amazing Sweetheart couples who become friends and stay in touch long after the wedding day. But Tad & Lauren are different, because we were friends long before the wedding was even a thought. Lauren has been a part of the small group we lead through our church for almost 4 years now. She’s known our daughters since they were toddlers, and we consider her one of our close friends here in Waco.

When Lauren started dating Tad and talking to us about him, we knew this was special. We knew this could be it. We even had conversations together, wondering not if but when Tad & Lauren were going to get married. So when Lauren texted me one night and told me she needed to tell me something, I wondered if this was it. And it was! We were so happy and excited for them! And then when they began planning their wedding and asked us to be their photographers, we were so honored to be a small part of their wedding story.

Tad & Lauren had a short engagement (about 2 ½ months!) but still were able to make a wedding that fully represented them as a couple. Lauren chose to wear her sister’s wedding dress as her own, a sweet sentimental detail to show her connection to her family. Tad & Lauren chose The Chapel at Meyer Center in downtown Waco as their venue. It was the perfect location for the intimate wedding with close family and friends they planned for Thanksgiving weekend. And the afternoon sunlight through the large windows lit the ceremony beautifully! Continuing the intimate wedding day feel, Tad & Lauren kept their wedding party to her sister, his brother, his son and one of Lauren’s close cousins.

After their afternoon ceremony, everyone headed a few blocks over to The Palladium for a fun reception! Guest enjoyed a coffee and ice cream bar from Common Grounds and Heritage Creamery, a tasty hors d’oeuvres spread by Kathy Thorman of Before I Do, and delicious cake by Kakes by Kat. There was dancing, and fun at the photo booth. And after running through a tunnel of ribbons, the couple drove away to their honeymoon in Lauren’s family’s classic red truck!

There are moments at every wedding that are special, but knowing these Sweethearts personally made them even more significant. Watching Tad & Lauren see each other for the first time was sweet, but knowing how much they have prayed for one another, even before knowing each other, made it such a joyous moment. Also, for over a year our small group has been praying for Lauren’s dad, who underwent a successful lung transplant for his health. So to see him walk Lauren down the aisle, and dance with her during the reception, was more than sweet moments between a father and his daughter. They were moments that spoke to the power of prayer and brought thankful tears for the blessing these small moments truly were for Lauren. And taking pictures of Tad & Lauren, with Tad’s son, seeing their little family together, reminded us how God weaves together people’s lives to create beautiful futures.

Tad & Lauren’s Sunday wedding was a beautiful chapter in these Sweethearts love story. And we can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes them!

Bride getting ready at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting ready in Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride getting into dress for her downtown Waco Texas wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride’s family before the ceremony at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Groom poses with his son before classic church wedding at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom have a first look at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride, groom, and son tie cross together during wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom praying at the altar - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom kiss in front of the doors at The Chapel at Meyer Center in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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White buttercream wedding cake with pink roses - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom share a first dance at their downtown Waco reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Father-daughter dance at reception at The Palladium - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom pose in front of The Hippodrome in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom with their names on the Hippodrome Marquee in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom have ribbon exit out of The Palladium in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Dear Tad & Lauren,

Y’all are married!!! We continue to pray blessings on your relationship as you move into married life together. We were honored you wanted us photograph your wedding day, but even more honored to call you friends.

Love, J&M

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