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 | 2 Comments

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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The Flour Mill Wedding

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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.

Vendor List:
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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