waco wedding

Alex & Hailey | Courthouse Elopement | Waco, Texas

Couple kisses under the stained glass rotunda inside the Waco Courthouse during their courthouse elopement in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Hailey was attending undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin when she first met Alex. As a pre-law student, Hailey competed in a mock trial competition against other pre-law students across the state. One of the students on the opposing team was a guy named Alex from Baylor. Even though they competed against each other in the tournament, they hit it off, and stayed in contact as they finished their undergrad degrees.

Not long after, both Alex & Hailey found out they were accepted into Baylor Law School. Hailey told us that since she didn’t know anyone else in her new school, she started hanging out with Alex. And luckily for them, it was a friendship that grew into something more throughout their time at Baylor Law.

While in law school Alex & Hailey both worked in the 10th Court of Appeals at the McLennan County Courthouse. So when these two Sweethearts decided to get married, the 10th Court was the obvious place to start this next journey.

Alex & Hailey’s wedding was beautiful and simple. The location spoke to their shared history and served as an important marker in their relationship journey while at Baylor. The judge who presided over their ceremony was a favorite former professor from BU Law. Their closest family and friends joined them for an intimate Friday afternoon ceremony, and then the party moved to a local favorite restaurant to celebrate.

It was a wedding day perfect for them, and perfectly them. And we were so honored to be a part of it.

Dear Alex & Hailey,

We pray that when you look at these photos from your wedding day, you will be taken back to those special moments and remember the love, joy, and happiness you felt that day. May you have many more years journeying together!

Love, J&M

A bride and groom hold one another outside the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography

Jonathan & Jennah | Christmas in July Wedding | Waco, Texas

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We finished out the month of July with Jonathan & Jennah’s wedding day. Jennah is the sister to one of our previous J&M Grooms, TJ (see TJ & Holley’s wedding day here!). It was so much fun to be back with the Goedeke family for another wedding!

When it came time to plan Jennah’s wedding, she & her mom thought it would be wonderful to have a Christmas wedding. You may remember Jennah’s love for Christmas from her & Jonathan’s Christmas lights and ornament engagement photo session we did back in December! But the timeline for planning a December wedding didn’t work out with Jennah’s schedule as a school teacher. So they came up with the next best thing, a wedding theme of Christmas in July!

Jonathan & Jennah chose Tucker Hall as the perfect venue for their wedding, and transformed it into a navy, red and gold celebration of Christmas. The tables were decorated with red, blue and gold ornaments. Instead of a guestbook, Jonathan & Jennah asked guests to sign ornaments to hang on their Christmas tree for their first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. And everyone left the evening with their own keepsake ornament to commemorate Jonathan & Jennah’s big day.

The Christmas in July theme wasn’t the only memorable thing from Jonathan & Jennah’s wedding. There were so many memorable little moments throughout the day, the type of moments you want to hold on to forever.

There was the excitement of all Jennah’s bridesmaids as they waited to turn around and see her in her dress for the first time. And the different reactions her brothers and father had to her were priceless too. 

There were the sweet moments Jonathan had with his mom right before the ceremony and during their mother and son dance. And watching Jennah dance with her dad, and then brothers showed how close of a bond they all have.

There were all the moments of Jonathan looking at Jennah with such love in his eyes throughout the ceremony. And hearing him share his own personal vows to her after they shared their traditional wedding vows touched everyone’s hearts.

And as the sun set and the celebration came to an end, Jonathan & Jennah left their wedding surrounded by their loved ones, running through a sparkler exit to start their new life together.

Dear Jonathan & Jennah,

We were so honored to a be a part of your wedding day. We hope these wedding photos help you remember exactly how you felt on this special day every time you look at them. May you have many happy years of slow dancing together ahead of you.

Love, J&M

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Venue | Tucker Hall

Rentals | Action Rentals

DJ | HT Productions

Baker | Shannon York

Caterer | La Fiesta

Hair and Makeup | Sherry Fair

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