Shelby & Jordan’s Strawberry Pines Wedding

What do you do when you can’t fit everyone you want to invite to your wedding inside your hometown tiny church? You take the church to Strawberry Pines of course. Well, theoretically speaking anyway.  

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Jordan is a third-generation Bowen family member from Christine, Texas. The Bowen family has been attending this church as long as she can remember and even well before that. The Christine Baptist Church is where her parents were married. It’s where some of her aunts and uncles were married. It’s where her late grandmother attended church. This is the place Jordan always envisioned her own wedding taking place.

So when Shelby surprise proposed to Jordan and the two families began putting their guest list together, it quickly became evident that Jordan would not be able to marry here. The church simply was not large enough. Jordan was saddened that she would not be saying her wedding day vows in front of those beautiful stained glass windows she had become accustomed to seeing every Sunday her whole life. Cindy, her mom, jokingly suggested remaking the stained glass window and moving it to a venue. Well, that’s just what they did. It took a lot of research, planning and logistics and maybe a bit of hair pulling to make a replica of the church window, but they made it happen. And beautifully I might add.

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One important note about this church window, actually a very significant one, is that Jordan’s great-grandmother was instrumental in having this stained glass installed in the Christine Baptist Church in the early 1980’s. Jordan wasn’t even born yet; her parents were not even married. Actually, the original window is 16+ years older than Jordan and exceeds her parents’ marriage by 13 years. I wished I could ask her great-grandmother what it meant to her to have Jordan and Cindy replicate this window for the wedding day.

Shelby & Jordan’s Strawberry Pines Wedding

But, wait. Let’s back up and tell Shelby and Jordan’s love story. 

The two met on August 7, 2016. Jordan first only thought that Shelby was cute. Neither imagined that 447 days later they’d be married. 

Soon after the initial meeting, the two would be forced to begin a long-distance romance. Shelby was serving in the US Army and training in Georgia. Jordan was going to school AND working. They were 944 miles apart. Shelby and Jordan went over two months without seeing each other in real life. Shelby left for basic training on December 26, 2016 and they didn’t see each other again face-to-face until March 3, 2017. It wasn’t easy being so far apart from someone you wanted to be so close to. But, they made the intrigue work to their advantage and fell deeply in love with each other.

They were able to steal away short visits during military graduations/celebrations and short leave of absences. They would plan visits back and forth and Facetime® as often as they could. They also would text, write letters and Snapchat® anytime they missed each other—though letter writing was officially (mandatorily) reserved for the time Shelby was in basic training.  

Finally, on June 30th, Shelby surprised Jordan with a proposal. He “white lied” and told Jordan that he would be on a field training exercise for the weekend. Jordan was only expecting dinner with his parents who were visiting from Thailand, and her parents. When Shelby’s parents arrived for dinner, his younger brother, Jon, rang Jordan’s doorbell to let them know they were ready to leave. When she exited the house and walked down the sidewalk, Shelby was waiting in front of the garage. He immediately got down on one knee and opened a ring box. Also inside the ring box was a $20 bribe from her future brother-in-law, Ethan. The entire two families had dinner in San Antonio to celebrate the engagement.

Who can say no to a $20 bribe?

On the wedding day, Jordan decided to have first looks with both her dad and her husband-to-be. I’d say that each was very emotional. 

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The look on Shelby’s face was priceless when he saw his bride for the first time.

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The first looks allowed us to have the creative session and family formals before the ceremony. Not only is this less stressful on everyone (bride, groom and photographer), it gave Shelby and Jordan a few minutes of complete private time to enjoy each other’s company. And, we were able to do this in better light without moving the ceremony time up to early afternoon. The added bonus is that everyone got to the reception a lot sooner!

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Jordan got her dream fulfilled of kissing in front of that stained glass window.

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Here are a few of my favorite image captures of the day:

If you’d like to see more images from this wedding, please enjoy this video. For the best quality, be sure to change the video player settings to 1080 HD.

Please leave Shelby and Jordan some love and adoration below in the comments section! Let them know you stopped by!

The team of professionals Shelby and Jordan selected for their special day were:

Wedding & Reception Venue – Strawberry Pines, Poteet, TX
Officiant – Mike Bender
Cake Designer – Creations Cakes, Pleasanton, TX
Flowers – Lesley’s Flowers & Gifts, Jourdanton, TX
Caterer – Lunker’s Grill, Uvalde, TX
Linens/Furniture — Party Rentals, Etc., Devine, TX
DJ — Bring It Productions, San Antonio, TX
My Second Shooters – Fred Jimenez, Frederick Lopez

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san antonio senior portrait photographers ata-girl photography since 2010I am a professional wedding and senior photographer based in South Texas near San Antonio. I pride my business in offering a premier and personal service coupled with an unforgettable photography experience. I cater to clients who appreciate quality photography and help them to create family heirlooms that will last for generations. As a full-time professional photographer, my sole purpose is to provide amazing, memorable and full-service photography.

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67 Comments Shelby & Jordan’s Strawberry Pines Wedding

  1. Kimberlee December 29, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Sweet story about a wedding, great pics:)

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Kimberlee! Thanks for your kind words.

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  2. Martha Patton December 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Such beautifully captured moments. The wedding was gorgeous.

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Martha, you are so sweet! Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Jacob Bowen December 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Looked like a beautiful wedding!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:28 am

      It was super beautiful! The window was gorgeous!

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  4. Patricia December 29, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    A day of beautiful memories, captured for all time in these lovely photos!

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    1. atagirl December 30, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Photos are powerful like that.

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  5. Shelby Clifton December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks

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  6. Dorothy West Ragland December 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the pictures. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend so they are very special. I know Mom would be thrilled with the stained-glass window she provided.

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  7. Thomas Graham December 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Amazing work. There is always something magical about your work that makes it stand out.

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  8. Susan Smith December 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    The wedding was beautiful, the stained glass window was gorgeous, and your pictures were breath taking. Great job by all involved. Really enjoyed the evening!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you, Susan.

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  9. Mike December 29, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Great wedding.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Yes it was!

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  10. Stella Brendel December 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Loved everything about this wedding!!! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. ?

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you, Stella.

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  11. B Smith December 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous wedding. Beautiful couple.
    Exquisite pictures!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      I agree on all accounts.

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  12. Bob Brendel December 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    My wife and I really enjoyed this wedding. The pictures tell a beautiful story.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Bob. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  13. William Bedingfield December 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures of such a beautiful occasion! I also like your shots from the ball games here in Jourdanton!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks. I do also live shooting sports.

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  14. Denise Williams December 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    What a sweet story. Recreating the stained window was such an incredibly personal touch. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      I thought it was super personal too when Cindy told me what they had done. Incredible wedding.

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  15. Lisa Fry December 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story, writing and photos! Best of luck to Shelby and Jordan.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Lisa.

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  16. Annie Herrera December 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures. We were out of town and couldn’t make the wedding. You captured the joy in everyone’s hearts.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Annie.

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  17. Lisa Stevens December 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Awe! Beautiful story, writing and photos! Best of luck to the sweet couple!!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Lisa.

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  18. Danna Daughtry December 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Love all of the precious memories from Shelby & Jordan’s beautiful wedding.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I loved their wedding too.

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  19. Kimberly Soward December 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    So absolutely stunning!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Agreed.

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  20. Diane Massengale December 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures!!!!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you, Diane!

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  21. Shawnene Heather December 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Beautiful couple and Tammy you captured memories that will be cherished for years to come and generations to share.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      That is why I do what I do-legacy preservation.

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  22. Pamela Manning December 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Great job capturing the essence of this couples’ story, Tammy! These photographs will be a cherished part of the remembrance of such a beautiful moment in time for generations to come. So many have lost the true art of holding a photograph in their hand and I am so glad to see you work so hard to preserve it! It was an honor to be present at the ceremony that day and such a joy to sit here now and relive it all in these dynamic works of art! LOVE beyond measure!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more. The printed image is slowly dying. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. The day was beautiful!

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  23. Kathy Jo December 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    What a beautiful love story and love the pictures!! Congratulations Shelby and Jordan!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      They do have a grand love story!

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  24. Bekah December 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Beautiful blog about a beautiful couple!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Yes, a beautiful couple indeed!

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  25. Shirley Hessong December 29, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Congratulations Jordan & Shelby! Great job capturing the memories & moments of this special day.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you. The pleasure is all mine, really.

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  26. Lisa December 29, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Love all the beautiful pictures. I was unable to attend due to health issues and was excited to see what a wonderful job you did.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Thank you so much. Jordan and Shelby are a beautiful couple so it was EASY. I hope your health is better!

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  27. Missy Korus December 28, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Sweet love story and beautiful pictures!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thank you, Missy! Thanks for visiting.

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  28. Brenda Bowen December 28, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    What an awesome day. A beautiful story with pictures. Very heart warming!

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you, Brenda! Your family is beautiful!

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  29. Christi Castellano December 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Love it!! The wedding was so fun and the pictures capture the day beautifully. Great job Tammy! Love y’all Jay & Shelby! I love the stained glass idea.

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    1. atagirl December 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Thank you, Christi! And I agree, the day was perfect!

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  30. Tracy December 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I love all the pictures and especially their story. Congratulations to you both!!!

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! They do have a lovely love story, don’t they?

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  31. Christy Hindes December 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you!

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  32. Sandy December 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    That was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding. Wonderful love story. The stained glass window is truly evidence of the strong family bond for the Bowen and West families. Truly a wonderful mix of both in Jordan.

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Sandy! This was a very special day!

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  33. Lesley Bedingfield December 28, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    You did an amazing job for Jordan and Shelby’s wedding.

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you very much!

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  34. Megan Wetzel December 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Beautiful wedding and loving couple. Couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of it and to call them family. Congrats Shelby and Jordan!

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      They are a very loving couple! I’m honored to have been a part of their wedding day!

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  35. Cindy Brister December 28, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for capturing Shelby & Jordan’s special day! The moments you captured will be memories that are treasured forever!

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    1. atagirl December 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thank YOU for trusting me with such an important milestone in your family’s life! It was an incredible honor to be able to photograph this very special moment for your family and friends.

      Reply

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