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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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Robert & Abbie | Downtown Warehouse Wedding at The Palladium | Waco, Texas

A bride  & groom leave their warehouse reception at The Palladium while guests wave glow sticks, Downtown Waco Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Gather round, friends, because we want to tell you the story of one of the most heart-warming and fun weddings. The story of Robert & Abbie’s wedding day.

In case you missed Robert & Abbie’s engagement story, let me catch you up real quick. These two Sweethearts met in high school (HIGH SCHOOL!) as members of the same church in Houston. Fast-forward to freshmen year of college and they decided to make a long-distance relationship work while Abbie attended Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth and Robert studied at Baylor University in Waco. And for the remainder of their college career, they made it work by driving the stretch of I-35 between Waco and Ft.Worth constantly. Then right before senior year, on a perfect Waco date night while tossing tortillas from the Suspension Bridge, Robert proposed to Abbie. She said yes, and the wedding planning began.

And what a wedding that was planned! With so many Waco date nights, a proposal on the Suspension Bridge, and with Abbie joining Robert here in Waco now that she’s graduated TCU, Waco is definitely a big part of these Sweethearts’ love story. So it seemed fitting that Waco would continue to tell the story of their wedding day.

Abbie and her bffs/bridesmaids stayed in a real-life Fixer Upper house, and it was the perfect space for all the late night fun and getting glammed up for the wedding day. Robert & Abbie chose The Palladium as their venue, an elegant warehouse style venue perfectly situated in downtown Waco. Not only does The Palladium’s interior offer some gorgeous views, with it’s wood ceilings, stained concrete floors, exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows. But it’s location in the heart of downtown Waco across from The Hippodrome provides some great cityscape backgrounds for golden hour portraits while the reception rocks on nearby.

But Robert & Abbie’s wedding wasn’t simply gorgeous and heart-warming because of the pretty locations (and that blush wedding gown!). It was gorgeous and heart-warming because of all the little moments that made up their day. 

Moments like arriving at the rehearsal to see Abbie holding a puppy and beaming through tears because Robert just gave her that sweet puppy as one of the best wedding gifts. Moments like seeing Abbie’s besties from TCU all chip in during the dollar dance to dance with her as a group, realizing this was one last hurrah before they all go their separate ways now that graduation is over. It’s seeing Abbie walked down the aisle by her mother, a team of two who have been best friends for so long. Fun moments like when DJ Jon from RR The Voice Productions played the TCU fight song for Abbie and her friends, and then followed it up by playing the Baylor fight song for Robert and his fellow Bears. It was moments of seeing these Sweethearts cheered on and surrounded by their friends on the dance floor, dancing the night away in celebration of their love.

And it's those moments from their wedding day we pray Robert & Abbie remember forever.

Bride's floral heels and bouquet at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridal party at Fixer Upper house in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride in blush wedding gown, groom in white tux for their downtown Waco wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom and his groomsmen pose together at The Palladium in Downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com 
Groom and his groomsmen in downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Reception details at Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Groom smiles at bride coming down the aisle, downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom hold hands at the altar during their downtown Waco, Tx wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom kiss as they are prounouced husband and wife during their downtown Waco wedding ceremony - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Breakfast buffet at Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Wedding rings from downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Guests dance the Grand March at a reception for a Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride and groom's first dance during their downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Cake and cupcake display at a warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Wedding at The Palladium in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bride and groom pose downtown near Waco Hippodrome during their warehouse wedding in Waco, TX - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Bride sings TCU fight song with friends, then groom sings Baylor fight song with friends - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Downtown warehouse wedding in Waco, Texas - www.jasonandmelaina.com
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Wedding at The Palladium in downtown Waco - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Robert & Abbie,

Your wedding was so full of love and fun, and we pray you remember how it felt for years and years. And that life as newlyweds with your new little puppy is everything you dreamed it would be.

Now that you're official Wacoans, let's hang out and be friends still, ok?

Love, J&M

Groom dips his bride for a kiss during their glowstick exit at their downtown Waco wedding - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Venue | The Palladium

Coordinator | Morgan Killen 

Florist | Rosetree Florals

DJ | Jon Wood

Rentals | Waco Party Guys Photo Booth 

Caterer and Baker | Blanek's Custom Catering

Bartending Service | Nomad Spirits

Hair & Makeup | Glam by Tammy Shefa

Bridal Gown | Brickhouse Bridal (Houston)

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids Gowns | David's Bridal

To see more of the Fixer Upper Abbie used as her bridal suite, visit here.