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love towers high: melissa and wakefield are married!

You might remember the lovely Melissa and her sweetheart Wakefield from their downtown engagement session. You might also recall that Melissa attended one of the first Bible Studies I ever led when we moved to the area. Those two simple facts assured me that it was going to be an incredible day for a super special lady; and also that I’d be even more emotional than ever! Yes, I’m the photographer that needs to carry tissues with her for the ceremony and the first dances!

Melissa started her day off in a room with a view…quite literally! She was able to catch a glimpse of her ceremony location, Bok Tower, all morning long.

Melissa selected warm, rich jewel tones for her wedding. The colors complimented her so well, as you’ll soon see!

A little ring fun as always!

Melissa’s something old was this beautiful gold grape cluster that has been worn by her groom’s family 6 times during wedding celebrations. I LOVE the box! 

This is a little like “Where’s Waldo?” but can you spot the stunning bride getting ready in this image?

Oh Melissa, you were radiant!

Once Melissa was in her gown, I headed over to hang out with the guys for a little bit. 

I am loving this little guy! 

Check out the posing going on here. Seriously, these two ring bearers were precious!

Kyle, this is for you… He presented Wakefield with Titanium cuff-links. 

We tucked the guys away and whisked the girls out for about 10 minutes before Melissa walked down the aisle!

The lovely sisters.

The girls rode on golf carts up to the ceremony site. Here was Melissa catching her first glimpse of her big day.

I love these next two… the bridal party waiting for their cue, standing on what is a hill – in Florida!! Proof that we have a little elevation. Next, Courtney and little Isabelle walking down the aisle. So precious!

One of my favorite ceremony shots of the day. Wakefield and Melissa had just lit the unity candle and if my “mouth reading” serves me correctly, through the lens of my camera nonetheless, Wakefield asked Melissa if they could pray… and they did. What a beautiful moment!

Then they released birds…I would say this is pretty brave to actually hold them on your wedding day- but it was so Wakefield and Melissa!

Not to mention, it made for a great shot too!

If you’ve read this blog before, you know I always keep an eye out for the groom fiddling with his ring. It seems to happen soon after the ceremony, as they get used to the “feeling” of being a husband! Wakefield did not disappoint, in fact, he did something I’ve never seen a groom do before. He started showing it off to the bridal party. I love it!

A few shots of the new Mr. and Mrs. before the reception got underway. I love how Melissa’s joy just spills out of these images.

The reception was held in an old church, which now houses the Lake Wales Art Center. It was stunning!

The first dance…

…and the fabulous cake!

Isn’t this place fabulous?? 

Lots of great dancing! I especially love this one of Carolyn, a bridesmaid, who also happened to lead a Bible Study with my brother at the FSU BCM.  What a small world right? Of course, you know I’ll sneak in a shout out to the garnet and gold whenever I can! 

Melissa’s expression is priceless and that bouquet got some serious air!

The bride and groom off to their honeymoon…so everyone thought!

Actually, they just circled the block a few times and came back for couple shots. Since they didn’t want to have a first look before the ceremony and they also didn’t want to miss out on the beginning of their reception; this bride and groom came up with their own solution. Pictures after the guests were gone! We started off this “newlywed session” at the Art Center. 

They had a fabulous and unique exhibit…tons of color and lots of glass!

Then we headed down town.

Love these two so much!

The perfect picture to end the post! It came by request of the bride and the sun cooperated divinely! 

Congratulations Melissa and Wakefield! It has been an honor getting to know you over the last several years and to watch you exchange your vows was just the icing on the cake! I pray God’s richest blessings over your marriage, as you seek to honor Him in all you do.

Don’t forget if you view this post and leave a comment on the blog by July 27th, the new Mr. and Mrs. will win something cool! For 25 comments, they’ll receive a free 8×10, for 50 comments they’ll receive a free 11×14! So start sharing the love!

Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal; Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein at Diana’s Bridal; Hair and Makeup: Kylelynn; Florals: Abercrombie’s Flower Market; Cake: Tres Jolie Cakes; Ceremony: Bok Tower Gardens; Reception: Lake Wales Art Center

August 7, 2010 - 11:10 pm

holly - All the pictures are incredible but I love, love, LOVE the shot of the “I DO” shoes!!

July 31, 2010 - 10:28 am

C.J. - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!

July 29, 2010 - 7:14 pm

Kelly - Awesome pics. Seems like it was a beautiful ceremony. Congrats Melissa and Wakefield!

July 28, 2010 - 11:10 am

C.J. Huffman - Beautiful wedding pictures for a beautiful couple. God bless you both!

July 25, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Ashley W - I LOVE these photos! Great Job and what a Beautiful ceremony! My favorite picture from the newlywed session is the side by side picture with the bell glass vases and the green wall background. So cute. And the I DO shoes, adorable! Congratulations to Melissa and Wakefield! 🙂

July 25, 2010 - 1:35 pm

C.J. Huffman - Beautiful pictures of a gorgeous wedding! Everything looks perfect!

July 25, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Wakefield Wade - My Bride looks beautiful

July 25, 2010 - 1:02 pm

Melissa Wade - I LOVE THESE!!!!!!

July 22, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Rachel Chamberlain - I love these pictures!!! You can see so much detail in them. Melissa looks radient!! My bro doesn’t look half bad eigther…He’s a man now.

July 21, 2010 - 6:37 pm

Logan Hilliard - Great pictures and fun wedding! I am glad we were able to share your special day and get away from Illinois!!

July 21, 2010 - 9:32 am

Lisa Hilliard - These pictures captured the day beautifully!! You were gorgeous!! These will be great to share with your children someday :)!!! I just wish the photographer was closer to Illinios!!

July 21, 2010 - 7:51 am

Janet Tyndell - What great pictures! The setting was perfect to display the creativity of the photographer and the subjects were more beautiful than ever.
Wish we could have been there!
God’s blessings on your lives together.
Janet

July 20, 2010 - 11:09 pm

Sheena - WOW~ How inspiring our these pictures. I love how creative the pictures our and how they show what great love Melissa and Wakefield have for each other. I have been so excited to see the pictures! I have been blown away!

July 20, 2010 - 10:59 pm

Sally Wade - Wakefield and Melissa are such a blessing to each other and Melissa is a wonderful gift from God for our family. The photos will mean so much to our entire family for years to come.
God Bless,
Sally
Wakefield’s mom

PS The gold grapes have been worn for 6 generations of weddings in my family. They have been worn in more than 6 ceremonies. We are so happy that Melissa agreed to continue the tradition.

July 20, 2010 - 9:33 pm

Laura Wilson - These pictures are so beautiful!! Annie, you do GREAT work! Congrats again Mel & and Wakefield! Love you guys!

July 20, 2010 - 8:04 pm

Lynn Lydecker - So happy to see pictures of your wedding, you are gorgeous! I had told you Melissa that I love your dress & there’s a picture here that shows off your beautiful veil, what detail! God bless you both.

July 20, 2010 - 7:14 pm

Nan (Melissa & Wakefield's grandma) - These pictures are absolutely awesome and you certainly captured the joy and radiance of the bride. Wasn’t she absolutely gorgeous! And I was especially thankful to see the photo of them sharing their first prayer as Mr. & Mrs. Wakefield Wade. I have never seen this at a wedding before. It was so beautiful and meaningful for them to stop after lighting the unity candle to give thanks to the Giver of all good and perfect gifts…their love for one another. What more could a grandparent ever ask for!

July 20, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Christie Self - amazing pictures!!!!! they turned out soooo beautiful!!!!!!!! we had such a great time!

July 20, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Jessica Beagle - Beautiful!!!!!!!!

July 20, 2010 - 5:28 pm

Sarah Newburn - THESE PICTURES ARE GORGEOUS!!!

July 20, 2010 - 5:27 pm

Collin Chavous - Great pictures! The wedding was wonderful and these pictures capture it perfectly!

July 20, 2010 - 5:24 pm

Sharon - Gorgeous! I had no idea the views from Bok Tower were that amazing! (I guess it’s a unique thing to see Florida from any type of “elevation”:) The Arts Center is so cool… if you had only posted the pictures and then said, “I went to Such-n-such-Shire in England for this wedding” it’d have been believable (maybe except for any palm trees in the frame:) Great work again Annie and congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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