Jessica and Chris’ Texas Hill Country Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on September 28, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Jessica and Chris’s Texas Hill Country wedding took place in Mason, Texas at the Alamo Resort and Dancehall. I have a lot of feelings about this wedding, so y’all buckle up. We first worked with this lovely family back when Courtney, Jessica’s sister, got married to Buck back in 2014. I will say this over and over because it’s true: there is nothing better than being asked to return to document another milestone for the same family. Their families once again welcomed us with open arms.

This was Nick’s first wedding back with me after his accident earlier this summer. Jessica contacted me about a week after it happened and asked if I ever travel for weddings, and if I’d be willing to come out to Mason, TX. I don’t think I’ve told her this, but I definitely cried after receiving her message. I was raw and my life was upside down, and the encouragement (really just the fact that someone wants to work with us again) was an indescribable feeling.

Fast forward to Jessica and Chris’ actual wedding day. It was an extremely cool temperature day (which was wonderful). However, the Llano River was flooded from an unseasonable amount of rain. A 20 minute drive to the venue turned into an almost two hour drive both ways for us and most of the guests. Needless to say, it was a very “go with the flow” wedding day and Jessica and Chris took it all in stride. After a white knuckle drive back late at night (we are suburbanites through and through), we spent most of the day after napping and having a glass of hill country wine.

Congratulations Jessica, Chris, and little Ashlyn on officially tying the knot and your future together. We are over the moon for y’all!

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Vendor List:

Catering: Delicious Details in Fredericksburg

Cake/Desserts: Sophie’s Bakery in Fredericksburg

DJ: Sal with Complete Weddings out of Austin

Bouquets: Linda Machost from San Antonio

Venue: Alamo Resort and Dancehall managed by Phil and Andrea Chavanne

Hair and Makeup: McKayla and McKenzie Balero

Delaney and Jack’s Sneaky Pete’s Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 15, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Delaney and Jack’s Sneaky Pete’s wedding was wonderfully intimate with many personal touches (walking each other down the aisle was one lovely aspect of their day). Their ceremony was attended by immediate family only, and the reception had their closest friends join them in celebrating. The weather was rainy, but honestly, 80 degree weather in August is welcome when it’s usually 100+. We had plenty of opportunities for photos, and Sneaky Pete’s had a room with lovely natural light for family portraits.

I had been looking forward to this wedding for a while because when Delaney originally contacted me, she ended one of her emails with something like, “I heard you love cats – we will get along very well.” It also turns out that I went to art school at UTA with Jack’s sister Heidi – it’s such a small world!! It’s been wonderful working with them, and thank y’all so much for making me feel extremely welcome!

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Vendor List:

Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Flowers: Flowers on the Square
Hair and Makeup: Ana Trenor Hair

Cortney and Will’s Brik Venue Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 10, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Cortney and Will’s Brik Venue wedding took place on a Monday evening! I’m all about weekday weddings. It was an honor to be their photographer for several reasons: this was my third wedding with the Patterson family, and Cortney is in the wedding industry as a florist and planner. Cortney and Will met in college at Texas A&M and have done the long distance relationship thing while Will was deployed in the military. We wish them the very best as this new chapter of their life together begins!

Their wedding style was both modern and industrial (being at Brik Venue – one of the coolest venues in DFW in my opinion) with vintage touches of delicate flowers and lantern centerpieces. There were also many mementos honoring family members who are no longer with us.

All in all, it was a joyous day with a fabulously adventurous couple (be sure to scroll down and see their rooftop photos!) and their sweet families.

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Be sure to check out Debbie and Joe’s wedding! And Susan and Kathy’s. There is nothing more I could ever aspire to than being invited back to document another wedding or life milestone in a family’s life.

Vendor List
Catering- Texas Catering (Jason Kimmel)
Cake- Gold Ribbon Confections (Maurice Ahern)
Bartender- 7th Inning Bartending (Matthew Fisher)
DJ- First Dance DJ (Michael Furr)
HAMU- Tease to Please (Laci Coker)
Florist- Jennifer Cooper
Dessert- Steel City Pops

Jessica and Derek’s Garden of the Gods Elopement

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 3, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

┬áJessica and Derek’s Garden of the Gods Elopement in Colorado Springs was an adventure for the books! Jessica contacted me earlier this year via Instagram and asked if I travel for elopements. (The answer to that question is always yes!) Our consultation was two hours long, and I left worrying about if I revealed too much (I tend to do that when I get excited). Her and Derek had been together for years, and they were ready to make it official with 25 of their closest friends and family. The wedding day started out laid back while they got ready and did their first look in a nearby alley (because of course Colorado Springs alleyways are also gorgeous), and then we all headed to Garden of the Gods. The entire day was very free flowing, and as Texans, we thoroughly enjoyed the mild weather.

I say all that, but really, I was flying by the seat of my pants for part of it. I had 10 minutes to take their romantic portraits while a mountain thunderstorm rushed in. I also made a wrong turn, and we totally missed all of the locations we scouted the day before. But their adventurous spirit prevailed, and we STILL got amazing photos even if our plan didn’t work out quite the way we envisioned! Colorado is such a magical and enchanting state.Colorado Elopement Photographer

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This might be a bit of an overshare, but I plan on writing more about what we’ve been going through on here later this month. This summer has been relentless with a lot of uncertainty/anxiety. Jessica and Derek’s wedding has been a light at the end of the tunnel for both of us. Even if Nick didn’t end up shooting with me, he was still able to come up to enjoy the beautiful Colorado climate and landscape, and we’re both very grateful for that. Shout-out to Alicia D’Elia for stepping in as my second shooter for this wedding! I look forward to more adventurous weddings and elopements in the future.

Elise and Scott’s Piazza in the Village Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on July 18, 2018 in Weddings | No Comments

Elise and Scott’s Piazza in the Village wedding had so many small, personal touches and a knockout color palette! I met Elise at the Piazza in the Village Open House (it was my first open house ever, and I won’t lie – I was a ball of NERVES!), but after meeting and working with her, I’m so glad I did it! They got married on a Sunday morning with all of their friends and family cheering them on. I kept commenting on their impeccable music taste: during the “getting ready” part of the day, Elise and her bridesmaids had a playlist going that included The Beatles, The Kinks, and even some Bob Marley. A group after my own musical heart!

Elise and Scott also wrote their own vows with Scott unveiling his like a scroll with note-cards taped together. They also had their own nerdy touches with Elise stating something along the lines of “Harry Potter is not only a story, it’s a lifestyle.”

I happen to agree.

Congratulations to the happy couple! “Home is wherever I am with you.”

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Vendor List:

Venue/Caterer: Piazza in the Village (Planner/Coordinator: Debbie)
Photographer: Melissa Claire Photography
Baker: Moonlight Cakes
Florist: Sirine Alkazzaz with Flowerstic Event
DJ: DJ Kelly Hooper
Harpist: Jenny Glass
Hair/Makeup Stylist: Holly LaPray with “Hair by Hollywood”