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Melissa & Nick

There were so many things that I loved about Melissa and Nick’s wedding, where to start is the hard part. The getting ready took place at the Holiday Inn, surrounded by close family and this amazing hairstylist named Angelique, who owns Platinum Imagination. Angelique was there for the intimate images with Melissa and Nick, there for the formals and even throughout the ceremony, making sure Melissa was comfortable and looking her absolute best. She did everything in her power to make Melissa feel like a queen for the day, and it was an incredible testament to this young lady’s work ethic. She told me that she has a quote that she tries to live by every day. I think it’s worth passing on to all of you… “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with your talent is your gift back to God.”

There was plenty of time for Melissa and Nick to meet and share a few moments of peace, just the two of them. We played for a bit downtown, grabbing the trolley on the way by…

It was an intimate wedding. All natural and available light. Less than a hundred people. Quiet, peaceful, full of grace.

The dad’s lit the candles from the back and passed the flame down the line of guests, who in turn filled the room with beautiful candlelight. The flame reached the bride and groom and the unity candle was lit.

There were servers from Chef Dominique’s offering drinks to the guests as they left the wedding ceremony, while listening to the smooth songs of a string quartet playing in the gardens. It was the second wedding in a month that we’ve seen the same musicians, playing effortlessly as one. Instead of your traditional wedding party table, these two sat at a simple round table in the middle of their guests, alongside their own parents and family. Nick’s father relived the moments of their past through a slideshow that Nick created and ran himself.

They even had a table for Kari, Melissa and I, with placeholders and all, already arranged, and we were served an amazing meal as guests. I told Melissa not to let that go to her head, as it was only her third wedding with us, and in all my years, a first for us all. 🙂 At the end of the night Melissa and Nick stood up and thanked everyone who had made the day complete for them, and then took a moment to honor their parents. Their priority was the comfort and fellowship of their family and friends, and it was a refreshing celebration to see the focus on the things that really matter.

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