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

Remington & Marley | Blush & Gold Warehouse Wedding | Hillsboro, Texas

A bride and groom stand together during their wedding ceremony, next to an exposed brick wall with hanging floral hoops at The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Since Remington & Marley live in Tennessee, our relationship with them has been mostly via email. Well, except for their sunrise engagement session they met us for back in December. So we were excited to be with them again on their gorgeous wedding day!

Remington & Marley chose The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas for their special day, and it was the perfect venue for them. The exposed bricks and open expanse of the space gives a great warehouse vibe, a perfect blank canvas to transform into your dream space. And that’s just what Marley’s mom and sisters did! 

We’ve never seen such a beautiful treatment to a warehouse venue, with blush curtains separating the ceremony site from the bar and reception area. Then, after dinner, the curtains were tied back and framed the dance floor, creating a great atmosphere for guests to dance the night away.

Curtains weren’t the only beautiful ideas Marley’s mother and sisters came up with. They spray painted hula hoops in gold to create the ceremony backdrop, as well as old frames to provide more gold touches throughout the reception space. There was a gorgeous seating area in the back of the space, filled with flowers and vintage furniture that complemented the wedding colors. 

While the decor transformed the Eagle Historic into a beautiful space, it was made even more magical by the joyful moments throughout the day. We never get tired of being flies on the wall when a bride and groom have a first look before their wedding ceremony, and Remington & Marley were no exception to this. Seeing their genuine delight and joy when Remington turned around to see his bride for the first time was so special.

Another special aspect of these Sweethearts’ wedding day was the love surrounding them in their family and friends. Many friends from Tennessee joined in the wedding day festivities. Marley’s closest friends were in her bridal party, and her childhood best friends do her hair and makeup for her big day. Remington’s friends were fun too, dancing together and singing along to any lyric that gave a special shout out to Tennessee throughout the reception.

These two Sweethearts spent a magical day celebrating this new chapter in their story. And as the day came to an end, the walked hand-in-hand through a tunnel of loved ones and sparklers, heading off to their next adventure.

Blush linens with white and rose gold plates and centerpieces for reception seating, Gold circles adorned with magnolia blossoms and leaves hanging on a brick wall, and monogram gold clutches as part of the wedding details - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
Bridesmaids react with squeals, gasps and tears when they see the bride in her dress for the first time in the bridal suite at The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A grandpa smiles at his granddaughter when he sees her in her wedding gown for the first time - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride taps her groom on the shoulder as he turns to see her for the first time on their wedding day - - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom smiles at his bride while she’s escorted by her father down the aisle at The Eagle Historic Warehouse - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom kiss as they are pronounced husband and wife at the end of their wedding ceremony - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom laugh during their first dance at their wedding reception at The Eagle Historic Warehouse in Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A bride and groom smile at one another as the wind catches the brides veil in downtown Hillsboro, Texas - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com
A groom dips his bride as they walk down a tunnel of sparklers as they leave their wedding - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

Dear Remington & Marley,

Your wedding day was so full of joy and love. We hope your wedding photos help you relive all the joyful memories. And that you two have many more years of adventures ahead of you!

Love, J&M

A bride smiles up at her groom while her veil floats in the wind - Jason & Melaina Photography - www.jasonandmelaina.com

The wedding professionals that were a part of Remington & Marley’s team -

Venue | The Eagle Historic Warehouse

Rentals | RSVP, Vintage Gold Dust

Florist | Natalie's Floral, Gourmet and Gifts

DJ | Bobby’s DJ Services

Baker | Sweetness Desserts

Caterer | Dickey's Barbecue

Bridal Gown | Ava's Bridal

Tuxes | Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaids/Flower girls' attire | Birdy Grey