Lindsay and Mariano’s White Rock Lake Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 19, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX is one of my favorite locations to take pictures at! There are so many hidden little places to find around the actual lake itself. Lindsay, Mariano, and their kids met up with me for some group portraits and engagement photos. You can tell that our session was in early Spring because of the trees and the light outside! I’m honestly nostalgic for cooler weather (I always get this way in July – the never ending Texas summer can be brutal!)

We were able to head over to the Filter Building at the end of their session as well, which is a fantastic Dallas wedding and event venue that has a lovely outside as well. I hadn’t yet met Lindsay and Mariano in person, but there’s something truly special about immediately meeting someone and receiving a big hug and hearing “Let’s be friends!” before anything else. Lindsay is truly a kindred spirit. I couldn’t possibly be more excited to photograph their wedding this Fall!

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I’d love to be the one to preserve these memories in this special time in your life. Check out my past engagement photography work here, or drop a comment below and say hey!

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Leilani and Kevin’s Pre-Wedding Session at Bella Donna Chapel

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 12, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Bella Donna Chapel in McKinney, TX could practically be in another country! It’s an absolutely stunning venue to get married in, especially if you want to experience what feels like a European-style chapel right here in North Texas. Leilani and Kevin decided to do a pre-wedding session with me when we first met since their wedding was taking place at night after the sun set, and they wanted to be sure to have some gorgeous couple photos with natural light!

Pre-wedding sessions are when the bride and groom get all dressed up in their wedding attire and have their photos taken before the wedding day. Nick and I did one with our photographer. It was a great way to test out hair and makeup, prance around in our wedding clothes, and enjoy the moment together before the hustle of a wedding day! Leilani and Kevin were sure to order prints to display for their guests and were able to hang some up in their home straight away. How cool is that? This was my first pre-wedding session to photograph, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last!

Many thanks to Leilani and Kevin for being open minded and for welcoming me in to photograph this special time in your lives.

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Sometimes, being a bit silly is a great way to break the ice!

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The Bella Donna Chapel is a timeless wedding venue with stunning architecture, fresco paintings reminiscent of the Renaissance, and plenty of natural light. It was a treat to get to shoot at such a special venue that appears to almost be frozen in time!

We still have dates in 2017 and 2018 open to photograph wedding and love stories of all shapes and sizes! View my portfolio and let’s set up a time to chat.

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Kristen and Julian’s Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on April 19, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

The Marty Leonard Chapel is a stunning work of architecture/art located in Fort Worth. I have been fortunate enough to photograph several lovely weddings there of all shapes and sizes. We even got to see two of our close friends get married there in 2013! It’s a stunning venue that can accommodate a large or intimate wedding.

Kristen and Julian were married in front of their dearest friends and family members. I’ve known Kristen since moving into the dorms (way too long ago now) at UT Arlington. It was a true honor to be chosen to photograph her and Julian’s wedding journey. The day started by photographing some simply lovely details. Their ceremony was short, sweet, and officiated by Kristen’s family pastor (which added a very personal touch). We had more than enough time for family portraits and were able to head over to the Kimbell Art Museum for a few more bride and groom portraits after shooting at the chapel! The reception was at Texas de Brazil (YUM!) and was as easy going as the whole wedding day was.

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Congratulations to Kristen and Julian as they venture out into the next chapter of their life!

I may start repeating myself, but I think it’s so important for modern couples to keep their wedding true to themselves. Kristen and Julian wanted no fuss and to enjoy their wedding their own way.

Our first Marty Leonard Chapel wedding took place in 2013. It’s always an amazing experience to return to a venue after several years with more knowledge (and better equipment!). Like any craft, photography is definitely a journey of constant growth and change.

Vendor List:
Dress: A and Be
Flowers: Bice’s
Bridal ring: Etsy
Hair pin: Twigs and Honey
Cake: Hot Chocolates

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Scott and Kassie’s Rio Grande Valley Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on April 12, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Scott and Kassie’s wedding day took place in Kassie’s hometown of Mercedes, TX, so it’s so exciting to be able to say that I’m a Rio Grande Valley Wedding Photographer! Kassie and Scott are the epitome of a fun loving couple, basically everything I hope for when I photograph weddings. I yearn for laughter and joy and couples who stay true to themselves.

Check out their engagement session here!

Scott, Kassie, and I go way back as I met them while working for a restaurant in Flower Mound several years ago. Scott is a fine art painter and excellent craft bartender, and Kassie is a professional counselor. I remember Scott actually saying he was ready to settle down with Kassie pretty soon after meeting her!

The wedding day started at Kassie’s parents’ ranch where hair and make-up were being done. Kassie was surrounded with so much love from her girls. The groomsmen got ready with Scott and Kassie’s pups in tow. The weather was a breezy 80 degress and with a rain forecast, and we were literally outrunning a line of rain clouds when the most stunning double rainbow appeared. I immediately interrupted bridal party photos and quickly posed Kassie and Scott for some of my favorite bride and groom photos ever.

The ceremony took place at the First National Ballroom patio with hand written vows and lots of happy tears (including my own). The party got started after family photos and featured a fantastic Grammy-nominated mariachi band, and everyone danced the night away.

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Don’t mind me, just helping out a sweet bride get ready for the first look! I promise I don’t always look this crazed.

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Kassie and Scott, thank you a million times for being so incredible and for inviting us out to your hometown in the Rio Grande Valley. And thank you for the recommendation to eat at Laredo Taco Company! We stayed in Padre for a few days after and went there several times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. YUM! They need to open one in Dallas! I digress. Tacos can be distracting. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness to Kassie and Scott!
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Ben and Cassidy’s Wedding at The Milestone

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on April 5, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Ben and Cassidy’s wedding at The Milestone was a wonderfully wintry, black tie affair. The Milestone is a mansion venue located in Krum, TX. Cassidy wanted a 100% traditional wedding day and had been dreaming of the moment of Ben’s reaction when she was walked down the aisle. Be sure to scroll down and see one of my favorite groom reactions to date. Their wedding colors were black and gold, which was so unique but perfectly complimented their wintry wedding. The color scheme also added a timeless element to their day. The wedding day went by incredibly smoothly, and we had many opportunities to utilize the beautiful lighting that occurs at The Milestone.

They were both surrounded by so much love from both their friends and family all day that it was contagious.

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That feeling when you see your bride coming down the aisle…

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Ben’s groomsmen had to make an appearance with their new nerdy onesies!

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Ben and Cassidy, many congratulations to y’all! We absolutely love photographing weddings in Denton and truly wish the best for y’all as you start on your new journey as husband and wife. Wishing you all of the happiness in the coming decades! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting us to photograph your wedding day.

Are you located in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, or anywhere in Texas? We’d love to be the team photographing your wedding day. Not only will you be able to actually enjoy your wedding day, you will have photographs to bring up all of the wonderful memories!

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Cassidy’s Bridal Session at The Milestone

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 29, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

The Milestone in Krum, TX is a wonderful location for bridal portraits and for weddings! The Milestone bridal photos feature Cassidy who had a black tie wedding on the Thursday before New Year’s Eve. We were very excited about the opportunity to shoot there and loved getting to work with Cassidy, Ben, and both of their families. Enjoy Cassidy’s bridal photos!

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Cassidy was such a beautiful bride, and it was wonderful getting to know her and her family as we took these portraits! Her mom, Lori, said they’re a bunch of fun, silly people, and we really loved getting to shoot this wedding for them. Stay tuned for Cassidy and Ben’s wedding coming up on the blog soon!

Makeup by the amazing Wendy Zerrudo.

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Kassie’s Bridal Session at Grapevine Botanical Gardens

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 21, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

The Grapevine Botanical Gardens are a wonderful location for photography at any time of year. Kassie was such a trooper for meeting me early in the morning on a Saturday to take her photos. One of my sweet former brides, Kim, even did her hair and makeup! Stay tuned for Kassie and Scott’s wedding in the Rio Grande Valley coming up soon. In the meantime, please enjoy some of my favorite photos from her bridal session.

Don’t you love the vibrant blue flower in her hair?

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If you’re on the fence for whether to do a bridal session or not, keep in mind they are always so much fun! If you’re having a hair/makeup trial run with your artist, you may as well treat yourself and have another opportunity to wear “The Dress” after all. I always love helping my brides feel confident and am not beyond helping you into your dress or offering pep talks!

I am a Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton Texas based wedding photographer. I specialize in photographing weddings for bold and free spirited couples.

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Best Of 2017 – Thank You!!

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 15, 2017 in Personal, Weddings | No Comments

I started my business five years ago this spring. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph many weddings of couples who are crazy about each other. During the wedding planning process, it’s not only a joy to get to know couples but their families as well! I believe that wedding days are important, yes, but it’s not “The Most Important Day Of Your Life.” I believe all of the days after your wedding day are what matters. When life gets you down, there is nothing better than having a loving and supportive partner by your side. I’ve also been lucky enough to get to photograph most weddings with my husband, Nick! We can’t wait to see what the future holds. THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to write us reviews and for trusting us to preserve your memories. Here’s to another wonderful year!

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Sarah and Kyler’s Wedding at Piazza in the Village

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 8, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Piazza in the Village is a lovely wedding venue in Colleyville, TX. Sarah and Kyler’s wedding day had a truly laid back but classic vibe. The wedding planning and coordinating was mainly done with Sarah’s mom, Debra, who was an absolutely delightful person to work with, and I was so honored to be the one documenting this special day for them.

Sarah and Kyler were the kind of couple I love photographing: fun-loving, adventurous, and totally trusting of me and my vision (and tendency to lead people down alleyways!).

Additionally, it was a huge treat to get to work with DJ Rob Williams again! It was a total coincidence getting to work with him twice in one season. Brides, if you’re looking for a great DJ guaranteed to get your guests up and dancing, don’t hesitate to contact him.

I hope y’all enjoy these photos as much as we loved taking them.

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I honestly love it when couples ask to take a photo with me. Thanks, Nick!

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Sarah and Kyler, I am beyond happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next big adventure! Thank you a million times over for being so incredible.

Vendor List:

Venue: Piazza in the Village
Flowers:  Devin Designs Flowers
Cakes: Sweet Memories
DJ: Rob Williams
Car: Blue Diamond Limousines of Texas
Dress: Bliss Bridal

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Gabby and Collin’s Winspear Opera House Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on March 1, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

The Winspear Opera House is a very popular location for portraits and I am 100% not complaining about that! It’s a great location for many reasons: the architecture, the lighting, and the modern urban setting can make for some really great and unique portraits. Gabby and Collin were no exception. I had a wonderful time getting to know them and exploring this area of Dallas. Be sure to scroll down and read several reasons why we recommend doing an engagement session! And in the meantime, enjoy photos of this super sweet and adorable couple.

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Are you considering an engagement session? Not only is it a chance to have some great photos taken of you and your significant other, it’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and the sensation of being photographed! Which is usually a new experience for everyone. Why not practice outside of the schedule of your wedding day? I’m happy to help choose a location and provide outfit suggestions. I want you to feel comfortable more than anything! With me, and with each other.

Thanks to Gabby and Collin for having me out and I can’t wait for their wedding coming up in Spring 2017!

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