Grapevine Botanical Garden – Rachel’s Bridal Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 16, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

Rachel’s bridal session at the Grapevine Botanical Garden was an absolute blast! We had plenty of gorgeous spring light and a slight breeze that we were able to use to our advantage. Be sure to stay tuned for her and Matt’s Fort Worth wedding blog post in a few weeks! Their wedding took place at 809 at Vickery in Fort Worth.

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Check out more of my bridal photography here!

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Marla and Brendan’s White Rock Lake Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 9, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

Marla and Brendan’s engagement session took place at White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX on a breezy and warm winter day. I loved hearing about their wedding plans and wish them the best as they commit their lives to each other in New Hampshire this October!

I love working with couples who are laid back and up for anything. When a couple is willing to trust their photographer, the best light/locations can appear in the most unexpected places.

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Loved getting to take a silhouette shot!

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Lora and Allan’s Wedding at the Church of Christ and Reception at the McKinney Flour Mill

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 6, 2017 in Weddings | 1 Comment

Lora and Allan’s wedding ceremony took place at the Church of Christ on McDermott Road, and their reception was held at The McKinney Flour Mill in Mckinney, TX. Allan’s love of cat shirts and Lora’s love of Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock made it into their wedding vows which, as an appreciator of all of those things, I absolutely loved. Their wedding colors were blush, gold, and teal blue (check out the beautiful bridesmaid dresses below!), and the reception had Southern vintage charm with many personal touches from Lora’s family collection.

Side note: I’ve been spending time thinking about how to most efficiently manage my workflow while keeping my blog up to date. If you have a small business, you know how important blogging can be! To be honest though, it’s time consuming and not my favorite thing compared to working with couples and shooting photos. However, I do LOVE sending my clients a sneak peek of their photos within 24 hours of their session or wedding day.

Because of this, rather than only sharing on social media, I’ve decided to bring these sneak peeks over to my blog. So hello potential new readers (and hopefully better Google SEO rankings)! I still have a backlog of all of my past 2017 weddings and sessions, so to my previous clients: don’t worry, you will see your post up in the next few months! In the meantime, there will be an overlap with my current sessions. Such is the nature of business!

Congratulations to the new Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton as they start the wonderful journey that is marriage.

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Vendor List:

Coordination: Andrea Johnson, Bliss Events

Hair: Dora Palao

Makeup: Belks

DJ: Ken Adams

Caterer: Blue Mesa

Cake: Rachel Marshall

Floral: Bob Lane with Lane’s Flowers

Officiant: Jeremy Arrendondo

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Leilani and Kevin’s Evening Wedding at Bella Donna Chapel

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 3, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Bella Donna Chapel McKinney is a lovely wedding venue located in McKinney, TX, a northern Dallas suburb. Leilani and Kevin had already had a pre-wedding photo session with me, but that didn’t take away any of the specialness of their wedding day. When Leilani initially met with me, she told me they were planning on having their wedding ceremony after sunset. No problem!

Evening weddings can be so unique on their own and I seriously felt privileged to photograph these two and their families and friends celebrate their love. Scroll down and take a look on how they incorporated their own personal touches, including A Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker groom’s cake!

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Leilani and Kevin, thank you for making us feel so welcome. I’m truly lucky to get to work with such wonderful people such as y’all.

Are you planning a wedding in late Fall 2017 or Spring 2018? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s set up a coffee date and talk about how we can best document your love and this special time in your life.

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Hair – Kayla Schram

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Lora and Allan’s Deep Ellum Engagement Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 26, 2017 in Engagement | No Comments

Lora and Allan’s Deep Ellum engagement session took place on a foggy February morning earlier this year. They were absolute troopers meeting up with me so early on a Sunday morning! I am not a morning person but Deep Ellum is one of those places where it’s worth it to meet up early. For one thing, it’s much less crowded! Also, we have access to all of the beautiful painted murals without having to dodge cars in the parking lots. Plus, who doesn’t like having a delicious brunch to look forward to early in the day? If you have any brunch recommendations for the Deep Ellum/Downtown Dallas area, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to drop suggestions in the comment section below.

Also, It had been several years since I last photographed in Deep Ellum and was a wonderful experience to go back.

Lora and Allan’ wedding is coming up in a few weeks, and we’re so excited!

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A sign of change: this area is now competely under construction. No more foggy view of the Dallas skyline.

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We can’t wait to photograph Lora and Allan’s McKinney, TX wedding this August! It’s been great to get to know them during this period of their lives. View more of our engagement and wedding photography here. This year has gone by so fast and I’m so excited for their wedding in a couple of weeks!

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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 | 1 Comment

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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