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Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

It’s been long overdue to share Melissa & George’s Wedding from this past year at Strawberry Pines located in my hometown of Poteet, TX.

I will never forget the first time I met these two. Melissa had recently graduated from Tarleton State University ( My Alma Mater –TSU Pride right here!! #bleedpurple) and got engaged to George. When these two pulled up on the ranch, they instantly won me over with their country charm, and their beloved pup, “Ariat”, who was more than ready to be part of their engagement session.

Y’all see where this is going… TSU Alum + pup + country charm and ability to shoot the breeze and laugh = my kind of people.

I will never forget what George had told me that day, when I asked for him to hold Melissa’s hand and to tell her gosh knows what in her ear, he looked at me like a cow looks at a new gate and exclaimed, “You want me to do what?!” I smiled and said, “Oh GEEEEORGE you just wait! I have more in store just for you!” Melissa couldn’t stop laughing and this turned into comedy hour on the ranch. In the best sense possible, of course!

Then as small towns become smaller like they always do…it turned out in the following weeks my husband, J.T. and George started working together.

So to say the least by the time this wedding rolled around J.T. & I were 100% #teamgeorgeandmelissa and these two became friends of ours.

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

I am so honored to have been part of this beautiful day, it was truly beautiful because everywhere I turned there was a smiling face greeting Melissa & George.

A beautiful ceremony and despite colder weather, the warmth of love from their family and friends was felt. Some of my favorite scenes included, “Ariat” following Melissa everywhere she went from the makeup chair to the dance floor, to the close rancher friends that joked and carried on by the bar area, along with the two step and cry of steel guitar by cactus country. Oh and of course, all the sweet moments between Melissa & George, my favorites being their first look and their night time portrait session.

Weddings like this make what I do absolutely rewarding and I couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it all!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Vendors:

Wedding Venue: Strawberry Pines

Photography: Under the Sun Photography

Planning & Coordination: Diamonds & Dreams Event Consulting

Vintage Rentals, Ceremony Site, & Stylist: Rustic Romance Rentals

Floral Design: Lesley’s Flower Shop & Gifts

Hair & Makeup Artist: Pineapple House Platforms

Live Wedding Painting: Snap Chic Painting

Entertainers: Cactus Country

Gown Designer: Stella York

Gown Store: I do the dress I do

Pies, Fried Pies, Cheesecake & Coffee Bar: The Hayden Homestead

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Bridal Boots: Tin Haul

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Thanks to Ariat I will always want a big pup in these shots! I mean, seriously, isn’t he not the most precious thing you’ve ever seen?!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Such a sweet dog!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Sandra with RRR totally knocked this out of the park, these chairs were used all night by those that wanted a comfy escape yet have a front row seat to watch amazing dancing and music.

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Melissa’s guest quilt was such an awesome idea for their guest sign in! I loved it!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

I told Melissa, “Oh hey don’t forget to put on your earrings!” and she replied, “I forgot them.” (shoulder shrug) I instantly noticed my earrings matched her wedding colors, and flowers in her hair… so this happened. Ha!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

George to me, “What should I do?” Me, “Just be yourself.”

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

This.

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Sweetest couple right here!!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

When I mentioned earlier that ‘Ariat’ didn’t leave Melissa’s side, I really mean he didn’t leave her side!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

One happy little family!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

The Ceremony

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Melissa was very close to her grandfather that had passed, what a beautiful way to honor them.

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Give me all the ceremony smiles!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

And they’re married!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Such a fun bridal party!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

If this picture of the ring bearer, Ariat and flower girl don’t melt your heart, I have no idea what will!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Loved their first dance to Clint Black’s 90’s song, “When I said, ‘I do'”

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Let me tell y’all something, these pies were HEAVENLY! So dang good!! Hayden Homestead did one fabulous job with these treats and the AMAZING coffee!!

D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Two stepping the night away to these guys was a treat!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

From barely holding a hand at the beginning of the engagement session to this… y’all! I didn’t believe my eyes!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Notice, they’re trying to get Ariat to be part of the garter toss. Ha!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

Natalie with Snap Chic Painting created this heirloom painting from the ceremony that was breath taking. Just beyond gorgeous!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

And my new favorite tradition, night time portraits to escape the party for a few minutes.

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography
Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

This wedding was such an honor to be a part of and I cannot be happier for these two!!! I wish them nothing but endless years of marital bliss! Love you guys!!

Wedding at Strawberry Pines Poteet, TX by Under the Sun Photography

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Jess is the best, from the moment we met her we knew we made the right decision. We had to make major changes to our wedding due to covid, Jess addressed all our concerns, and answered all our questions along the way making all the necessary changes effortlessly. Jess captured our engagement, bridal and wedding day photos each every photo is absolutely amazing. We have the most beautiful moments of our lives captured so beautifully because of Jess.

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"Jessica was right there with us getting ready and capturing some very sweet and intimate photos that I know we will forever treasure. She knows exactly what to say and when to say it to get that best smile out of a very nervous bride! We had a perfect ceremony and I've seen a sneak peek of my wedding photos and am just speechless! Jessica was with us for our entire FIVE hour reception and was the perfect combination of photographer and dance partner! Jessica very quickly became a guest favorite and a family member for life! I would have her as my photographer and friend 100 times over! I will never be able to thank Jessica enough for making my day even more special."

Katie & Derik

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"Jessica is so much more than a photographer! She is a planner, friend, someone who listens, and such a beneficial asset to any wedding! I cannot recommend her to enough people. She exceeds any bride's high expectations - all with a smile on her face. It is impossible to feel uncomfortable around her, she is goofy and will constantly keep you laughing. She does anything for her Bride and Groom and will not stop until you are satisfied."


- Kayla & Derek

"Jessica is so much more than a photographer! "

I love Jessica and her work!! She took mine and my husband’s engagement pictures, wedding pictures and bridals and did an outstanding job. My husband is not very happy when it comes to taking pictures (especially with PDA ) but by the time the first session was done she turned him into a pro. The night after our wedding he was telling me he was ready to see how all the pictures turned out! She definitely knows how to help you feel comfortable in your own skin while in front of the camera. Highly highly highly recommend her for your wedding! I cannot say enough good things about her work!

- Melissa & George

My husband isn't happy when it comes to taking pictures, by the time the first session was done she turned him into a pro.

"Would recommend to any and everybody! She did an amazing amazing job with our wedding and engagement photos. I couldn’t feel more grateful and thankful that we found Jess! She is amazing and funny and finds all the great moments that we take for granted. Thank you so so much for taking care of us and our crazy family!"


- Kaitlyn & Chris 

I couldn’t feel more grateful and thankful that we found Jess! 

"Jessicas passion for photography radiated from her soul the moment I met her. When looking for a photographer, We decided that we would call a few to get a feel for the type of people they were and if they (the photographer) would fit into what we were looking for in our wedding vendors. We saw your work, we LOVED your work, but we didn’t know you. From our first conversation up until now you made us feel like you were meant to be apart of our big day! On my wedding day you made me feel like the prettiest bride to ever walk this planet! Your photos blew my husband away! You captured the uniqueness and beauty of us, our surroundings and our guest! This review, nor my “thank you”, will ever be enough to show you how grateful we are for your talent!"

- Eliza & Bradley 

 You made us feel like you were meant to be apart of our big day!


I can't say enough great things about UTS. Jessica is the BEST photographer, not just because she makes you look great, but she makes you feel great! She fills the shoot with funny jokes, music, and laughs to make sure you feel comfortable because not everyone is a super model. Each and every time I get our photos back I am blown away by great they look! She went way above and beyond anything I ever expected from a vendor. She helped us out on the wedding day in so many different ways and worked side by side with our other vendors to make our day successful and perfect. The sneak peak was incredible! She also brought a partner with her who was equally as fun as Jessica. I loved how they both worked and made the pictures fun. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. My husband & I will be using UTS exclusively for all of our photography needs. 

- Bailey & Doug

She went way above and beyond anything I ever expected from a vendor!


"Jessica is so passionate about photography, not only does she take amazing pictures BUT she also makes you feel so beautiful and comfortable while you’re with her! She’s very professional but FUN!! I used her for my engagement photos and my wedding, beyond happy with her!


-Kailey & Garrett

she makes you feel so beautiful and comfortable while you’re with her!