Michael & Gabrielle | Puppy Engagement Portraits | Cameron Park, Waco, Texas

A couple kisses in the woods while walking their 4 dogs during their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

It’s our first blog post in 2019, and this fun engagement session is the perfect way to kick the year off!

I (Melaina) met Michael & Gabrielle at the With This Ring Bridal show in January. When they told me their wedding plans- full of pinatas, bubble girls instead of flower girls, and a unicorn cake- I knew their wedding would be so much fun. So when they told us they wanted us to be their photographers, we were so pumped!

A few weeks later at our traditional coffee double-date with new #J&MSweethearts, they told us about their love story - how they had met online and had found their perfect match in one another. And how they each had 2 dogs so when they moved in together, they had a full house right away!

We decided Brazos Park East was the perfect location for their engagement portrait session, since it was the park where Michael tried to teach Gabrielle disc golf early in their relationship. And when they mentioned they’d like to include their dogs in some photos, we knew it would be a fun and meaningful photo shoot!

During the session, I noticed Michael’s red crayon cuff links, and asked him about them. It turns out they were a gift from Gabrielle. You see, Gabrielle had once described to her friends how dating in adulthood was like coloring with someone else’s crayons. And she had ended things with a guy recently because he was like a white crayon, had hardly been used and wasn’t her favorite. She told her friends she wanted to find her red crayon, the one that was her favorite and would be perfect for her. Not too long after, Michael came into the picture and Gabrielle had found her red crayon.

It was such a sweet story that showed not only their personalities, but the beauty in finding the perfect person for you. We are so happy for them, and excited to see what their wedding and marriage has in store!

A couple laughs and hugs in the sunlight by the Brazos River in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A couple nuzzles their faces together beside the Brazos River as the sun sets in Waco, Texas | Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A boy and girl kiss alongside the river and cliffs in Brazos Park East in Waco, Texas during their engagement photo session - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Michael & Gabrielle,

Every time we are around y’all, you are always having fun and seem perfect for each other! (I didn’t blog the funny faces you were making at one another but make sure and look for them in the gallery!) We’re so happy you found your red crayon in Michael, Gabrielle. And we pray you have many more years of fun together!

Love, J&M

A couple smiles at the camera during their engagement photos in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Remington & Marley | Sunrise Engagement Portraits | Cameron Park

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We normally take engagement portraits with our Sweethearts in that magic golden hour right before the sun goes down. But sometimes sunset isn’t possible schedule-wise, so we set alarms and head out to locations and wait for the sun to join us.

Marley and Remington live in Tennessee, but chose to have their wedding in Texas near Remington’s parents since that was the most central location for all their family throughout the US. So when Marley and her mother made a trip to Texas one weekend to get all their vendors booked, they squeezed us in for a quick coffee meet up between cake tastings and a trip to the Magnolia Silos. We loved Marley, her mom, and Remington’s mom right away, and loved how Marley talked about her relationship with Remington. So we were so excited to get to work with them in 2019!

Since they live in Tennessee, we only had one shot for an engagement session with them when they were in Texas visiting Remington’s family for Christmas. And with work schedules and family Christmas celebrations, the only opportunity we had to connect with them for their session was Saturday morning before Christmas. So Remington and Marley drove down from DFW to make it to Waco by sunrise. Talk about dedicated!

It couldn’t have been easy to leave DFW in the 5 am hour, but we are forever grateful to them because sunrise sunlight just might become our favorite light! The way the warm sun filled the space at Cameron Park highlighted these Sweethearts and their love. Remington & Marley were naturals at posing, switching from sweet romantic moments to laughter and dancing with ease. And they seemed wide awake and warm the whole time, which is not easy to do on an early morning in December!

When we asked Remington to whisper in Marley’s ear, Marley busted out laughing at whatever he had said. The “whisper test” is always a great moment at an engagement session, because we learn the true nature of our Sweethearts and their relationship based off whether they whisper sweet words, funny jokes, or random nonsense words. And we knew Remington & Marley were a fun couple who brought out the joy in each other when Marley immediately started laughing.

Their session was so beautiful and so fun, and we can’t wait to be with them again in June!

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Dear Remington & Marley,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for meeting us bright and early in Waco! We loved seeing you in person again, Marley, and meeting you, Remington. You two were flawless, and your love for one another shows so much through these images. We hope you enjoy the remaining days of wedding planning and being engaged. And we can’t wait to see what married life has in store for y’all!

Love, J&M

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Jonathan & Jennah | Christmas Themed Engagement Portraits | Waco, Texas

Couple pose in middle of street at sunset for their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

It’s always fun when we have a connection with a couple before we even work with them!

2 ½ years ago, we photographed Jennah’s brother TJ’s wedding to his bride, Holley. We got to know Jennah too since she was one of Holley’s bridesmaids, and we connected again when she came to help TJ & Holley’s son laugh when we photographed him in the bluebonnets this past year. So when Jennah reached out to us to say she had found her forever Sweetheart and was planning her wedding, we were so happy to get to work with another member of the Goedeke family!

Jonathan asked Jennah to marry him this summer while on vacation with her family. As they started wedding planning, Jennah’s mom thought it would be so fun to have a Christmas wedding. But being a school teacher Jennah didn’t think she’d have enough time to plan a December wedding once school started. She and Jonathan chose July 2019 for their wedding, but still wanted to keep a Christmas vibe. So Christmas in July became the theme of their wedding! And with such a great theme, we knew it’d be fun to have their engagement portrait session during Christmas break to tie it all together.

So Jonathan & Jennah met us the Friday before Christmas for some engagement portraits right before sunset. Jennah had a vision for her and Jonathan wrapped in Christmas lights near a barn wall, so we chose the Carleen Bright Arboretum as our first stop. It felt full circle, because the Arboretum was TJ & Holley’s wedding venue and where we first met Jennah in 2016. It was neat to meet back at that location, this time for Jennah’s portraits with her groom-to-be.

We got some great portraits of them wrapped in Christmas lights (which by the way, get really warm when wrapped on your body!) and then headed to Woodway Park. Waco doesn’t exactly provide a winter wonderland and there was no snow for their session, but we really liked how the trees resembled Christmas trees. They were the perfect backdrop for the session, and made for a great place to hang Jenna’s ring on their cute ornament.

Photographing Jonathan & Jennah for their engagement portraits was a fun way to get ready for Christmas, and we can’t wait to feel all Christmas-y with them again at their wedding in July!

Couple wrapped up in white Christmas lights for engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Couple holds one another in field of tall grass - Waco, Texas
Sunset engagement portraits in a field of dry grass - Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography
Couple sits beside road with sunset behind them during engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
A close up of a bride-to-be’s diamond solitaire engagement ring during her engagement portraits - Jason & Melaina Photography
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Groom carries his fiance on his back while she laughs during their engagement portraits in Waco, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Jonathan & Jennah,

We are so excited to have you two as Sweethearts! We hope your first Christmas together as fiances was wonderful, and that you are looking forward to all the Christmases together to come!

Love, J&M

Couple holds Christmas ornament with their wedding date for their save the date - Jason & Melaina Photography