The day of their wedding was bright and crisp, perfect for their big day. Melissa was surrounded by some of the funniest most attentive bridesmaids and her loving mom. They were there for her every step of the way, from zipping her up to holding her makeup bag while she touched up her lipgloss.
I love the colors that Melissa chose for her wedding - they SO fit her. The bridesmaids dresses blew me away and I LOVED the shoes.
Melissa and Jake's ceremony was so beautiful - they were both positively glowing with happiness!!!
After the ceremony we headed out to take photos of just the two of them. They are both so easy to work with - they go with the flow and are completely natural in front of the camera. As per usual I tripped and ended up in a hole, but, these two were so awesome despite my clumsiness!!
This bridal party was so much fun to work with. They were awesome despite the steadily dropping temps (those poor girls!!!) They kept us laughing until our cheeks hurt. I just loved our time with them!
The reception was held at the rustic Yates Lodge. It was decked out in twinkling lights, Christmas baubles and Melissa's red and black color scheme. There was a candy bar full of yummy goodies that stayed busy. The cake & cupcakes were totally gorgeous and delicious. Melissa truly outdid herself with turning the Yates Lodge into an amazing and warm reception.
After arriving at the reception Jake and Melissa shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. They were still glowing, it was so sweet!
Then it was time for the father/daughter dance:
The dance Jake and his mom shared brought me to tears. It was one of the most touching parent/child dances I have ever seen!
I quite honestly never expected Melissa to attack Jake with the cake..but I'm so glad she did lol!!! I don't think he expected it either!!
Everyone at the reception really knew how to party! Once the music came on the dance floor started hopping. Everyone was getting in on the action!
I always love watching the guys' reaction to the garter toss. Without fail, the guys will refuse to make any move to catch it. Typically it ends up on the ground until somebody caves and picks it up. Cracks me up every. single. time. lol!!!
The girls on the other hand don't hold back! They will jump, run and choke someone out to catch that coveted bouquet! You never know what is going to happen!
One last shot before I go..the ring shot. I truly love ring shots - it's so much fun to get creative and play around with different "props" and lighting. For this one I used some of Melissa and Jake's decorations and the light of my husband's iPhone!
Melissa, Jake, I can't thank you enough for being so wonderful throughout the time we have known you. We have loved every shoot, every email, every conversation. Your wedding was absolutely stunning and so were the both of you. We are lucky to call you our friends and we wish you nothing but an insanely happy life together!