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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Evelyn and Mike’s Wedding at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 22, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

A Perot Museum wedding. When Evelyn initially contacted me, I was so excited at the prospect of photographing a wedding at this amazing museum. I’m a huge fan of science and found that when we visited this museum it brought back the joyful feeling of being a kid. Why NOT get married there?

Evelyn and Mike met years ago at a Renaissance fair. How awesome is that? They tied the knot in the Geode exhibit in front of an intimate gathering of friends and family after a fabulous first look and portraits taken at the dinosaur exhibit. The perfect setting for a dinosaur themed wedding!

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Evelyn and Mike, no one deserved this perfect day more than the two of you. I am so beyond happy that I got to be there to witness the beginning of your next big adventure! Thank y’all a million times over for being incredible. And really, who DOESN’T want to be a dinosaur?

Cheers to many more years of love and happiness!

I’m a Dallas/Fort Worth/traveling Texas wedding photographer. We specialize in natural light but as  you can see from this post, we can confidently and artistically capture beautiful light in any situation!

Vendor List:

Planning/coordination: Earthling Events
Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations
DJ and Photo Booth: Uptown Sound
Catering: Beyond the Box Catering

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Amie and Joe’s Denton Backyard Wedding

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

I have really loved living close to Denton and also be a Denton Wedding Photographer. Amie and Joe’s laid back, no frills wedding day started out at Oak Street Drafthouse (one of our favorite places) for a beer and a few photos around the Denton square! We then made our way back to their close friend’s house, where their ceremony took place among cheering friends and family. The weather and light were gorgeous and we loved having the opportunity to photograph two families becoming one! They danced the night away and even ended up singing some karaoke during their reception!

I hope you enjoy these joy filled, sunlight filled, absolutely sweet wedding photos as much as I loved taking them.

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Hang loose! Love getting to take photos with my super fun couples.

All in all, it was a truly perfect day and together, Amie and Joe totally compliment one another. They love each other deeply and are absolutely a perfect match! Thanks for having us document your love.

We photograph weddings of all shapes and sizes. We will even help you document that dream wedding you’ve been visualizing (or not, that’s cool too!) What matters to me is that you remain true to yourself and your partner. We’d love to document your love.

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Sarah’s Bridal Session at Piazza in the Village

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on February 14, 2017 in Bridal | No Comments

Piazza in the Village is a stunning Dallas wedding venue, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to photograph Sarah’s bridal photos there! It’s a wonderful venue with fantastic staff guaranteed to help your wedding day go smoothly. It was our first time meeting, and I knew we would have a great time on their wedding day when Sarah said, “I’m kind of a goofball!” It was absolutely meant to be. Also, shout out to Sarah’s sweet mom, Debra, for being the sweetest point of contact I’ve ever had the joy of working with!

If you’re considering doing a bridal session, they are a great way to show off your hair and makeup trial! I also believe that treating yourself is a good thing. A very good thing.

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Sarah, while not only a beautiful bride, was such a sweet person to work with. I can’t wait to blog her and Kyler’s wedding day! Stay tuned.

I am a Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton based photographer with five years experience photographing weddings. I would love to document your special day!

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Jill and David’s Wedding in Arlington, Texas

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

Jill and David’s Arlington, TX wedding took place not far from where Nick and I went to school at UT Arlington! They met in high school but didn’t start dating until they were in college in Denton. Check out their Denton engagement photos: Part 1 and Part 2.

We were very lucky to have absolutely beautiful October weather after a very hot summer! The day started at a hotel in Arlington where hair and makeup were done, the guys hung out, and Jill and David had their first look. The flow of the day could not have been any smoother! We worked closely on a timeline that was efficient for everyone and were running ahead of schedule most of the day. We had more than enough time for bride and groom photos, so Jill and David were even able to enjoy the day with their friends and family.

Their ceremony took place at Jill’s family’s church – St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington. Before the ceremony Jill paid a small tribute to her father at his memorial. After the ceremony, we took a few more bride and groom photos and headed to the reception where they had book centerpieces. I loved the creativity and personal touches to all of their details.

Be sure to scroll down and see all of the wonderful Dallas wedding vendors that made their day so special!

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Jill and David, thank you for making us feel like family.

Vendor List:

Planner: Angie Bluemling
Hair/Makeup: Darling by Elle
DJ: Rob Williams (one of our favorite DJs!)
Floral: Root + Bloom
Cake: Sweet Yo Self

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Erika and Bill’s Classy Dallas Backyard Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on January 31, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

This Dallas backyard wedding was so true to Erika and Bill as a couple. They are very stylish and were looking to have a simple and classic backyard wedding, which Ivory and Vine Event Co made happen. Seriously, if you’re thinking about hiring a planner, check them out for sure. Karli is great, and she will make your life and wedding day so much easier!

Several notes about this intimate wedding: I adored the swoon-worthy details with vibrant pops of pink and orange, we had a mini bride and groom photo session at the Crescent Hotel, their ceremony was simple and officiated by a close friend right at sunset under cafe lights, surrounded by their close friends and family.

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Many thanks to Karli for arranging everything about this intimate wedding. It means so much to be recommended by fellow wedding vendors. And thank you to Erika and Bill for having me out to witness the beginning of their next big adventure. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness!

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Floral: The Garden Gate
Catering: Bolsa
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Bella Acento, Lawson Event Rentals, La Tavola
Planning & Design: Ivory & Vine Event Co.
Cake: Dallas Affaires
DJ: John Mudd of Ishi

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Aileen and Christopher’s W Dallas Victory Hotel Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on January 24, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Aileen and Christopher had a very unique W Dallas Victory Hotel wedding. Aileen was practically a mermaid bride with incredible sparkly platform shoes, beautiful blue hair, and a starfish hair accessory. Christopher brought the alternative groom style with a spiked jacket and bling-ed out punk shoes of his own.

Their ceremony took place with 50 of their closest friends and family under the stars on the deck at Altitude, the hotel’s club. After the ceremony we took some dramatic nighttime bride and groom portraits highlighting the unique decor of the hotel, along with the views of the Dallas skyline! What followed was one of the most vibrant dance parties for such a small group. Aileen and Christopher’s baby, Alaska, even made an appearance!

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They really did dance the night away! Aileen and Chris, thank you for being so incredible to work with. Your unique joy was contagious, and we absolutely loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. Here’s to many more decades!

Are you planning a last minute wedding? No problem! We’d love to be your photographers!

I specialize in photographing intimate and offbeat celebrations in Dallas, TX. I’d love to talk about what will make your wedding day unique. Contact me today.

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