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