Whites Chapel UMC Wedding – Lori and Adam’s Southlake Wedding

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 30, 2017 in Weddings | No Comments

Lori and Adam’s Whites Chapel UMC wedding in Southlake, Texas was elegant, simple, and laid back. We did something a little different and started with portraits immediately (which I was all for!). I had the honor of photographing their rehearsal dinner the night before, so it was great to work with familiar faces when we arrived on their wedding day.

Scroll down to see: the sweetest first look ever, dreamy locations with gorgeous natural light (always makes my heart happy!), and Lori’s uncle officiating their wedding. It was a wonderful evening planned by the fantastic Kristyn Hall with Event Elements. Be sure to keep a look out for the second part of their wedding story featuring their super awesome dance party reception at The Marq in Southlake!

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Are you tying the knot or planning on getting married? We would love to document your big day and the journey leading up to it. We still have dates available in late 2017 and in 2018! Take a look at my portfolio here and read Lori’s review about working with us here!

Vendor List:

Ceremony Site and Music: White’s Chapel UMC Wedding, Celeste Dunbar
Coordination: Kristyn Hall, Event Elements
Florist: Emma Chappell
Officiant: Rev Larry Duggins

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Grapevine Botanical Garden – Rachel’s Bridal Session

Posted by Melissa Claire Photography on August 16, 2017 in Bridal | 1 Comment

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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Makeup and Hair by Kiss and Makeup DFW

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 | 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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Dallas Wedding Photographer www.melissaclairephotography.com

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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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