Where to even begin on how much I adore these two? This blog post may take the cake (pun intended) for the longest ever, but I cannot help myself! Melissa and Joel’s wedding day was filled with so much happiness & love that I had a really hard time deciding which ones to use for their preview :) These two were married in early April on a what-should-have-been beautiful Spring day… but the weather kept us guessing with rain, SNOW, clouds and a peek or two of sunshine. But this literally did not phase Melissa or Joel – I never saw either one of them without a smile.
I also owe a huge thank you to the wonderful Heather from Infiniti Photography – she captured so many wonderful details of the day with her creative and amazing eye – and awesome lighting skills on the dance floor!
***STAY TUNED for the end of this blog post to see some pretty awesome blooper photos ;)
Melissa’s day started out at the salon they’ve been going to since she was little!
And the day also started out with… well… snow. ;)
But Spring and happiness continued inside!
The beautiful Sophi, Joel’s niece and their flowergirl!
We continued getting ready at Melissa’s parents… gorgeous house & amazing dress = perfection!
Yes, I found a kitty and of course had to take some photos :)
I love these three! hugs hugs hugs
Melissa looked absolutely STUNNING.
The snow turned to light rain… but no worries, pure laughter!
While I was with the girls, Heather was hangin’ with the boys!
A little Euchre, anyone?
Joel’s awesome cufflinks. I love these!
Next stop… getting married!
A final toast before Melissa and Joel became husband and wife!
These might be two of my favorite photos… Joel’s happiness seeing Melissa for the first time… and Melissa’s dad’s happiness seeing his daughter so happy. :)
Melissa’s brother sang – loved that part.
We hiked out to a nature center in the freezing cold weather. This entire bridal party & Melissa and Joel were so gracious and kind to me as I made them climb through the freezing cold weather for photos. I am SO glad that we did. Totally worth it.
The wind helped (and as you will see in the blooper section, hurt) us get some dramatic veil shots. Melissa, you truly are so amazingly beautiful.
Joel looked awesome!
I was glad that the rain turned back into snow… I think it’s just gorgeous :)
The reception was held at the Village Club. I love it here!
They criss crossed these ribbons for every table!
Handmade “poppers” – the guests each pull a side and candy pops out! This holds a special memory because it’s exactly how Joel proposed :)
Couldn’t resist a few more shots around the Village Club…
And let the party begin… best way to start? Eat some cake!
Joel’s brother and Melissa’s sister :)
And Joel’s dad saying grace…
I love food, so I tend to talk about it a lot, but seriously… this was AMAZEBALLS. So, so good…
Sweet flower girl Sophi TORE up the dance floor!
For the last photo of the night… can anybody guess this song? :)
Melissa & Joel (and family) – I can’t thank you enough for having me as a part of your gorgeous wedding day. Sending all my love – I can’t wait to share ALL the photos with you!
So, as promised… a few funnies ;)
Joel’s dad and Melissa’s dad were pretty amazing cheerleaders…
Melissa’s response to “I’m just testing the lighting, don’t worry” before our family photos inside the church :) For some reason this makes me laugh every time I see it!
Lauren, Melissa’s sister, was given the responsibility of keeping her dress and veil situated during the wind/cold/snowstorm photo session. It was a hard job!
And the muddy field I made everyone with 4 inch heels walk through…
So, it was really, really windy…
I found this when I returned after a mini Joel/Melissa session. The girls were a tad cold… :)
Lauren’s boyfriend got the lucky task of holding all the umbrellas AND scarves. Poor guy :)
Melissa’s veil had a mind of it’s own :)
And for the last (and in my opinion, best)… a JOEL PHOTOBOMB!!! ;)