They met on a co-ed softball team and quickly discovered that they shared a love for more than just sports. They both love hiking, being outdoors, and St. Patrick’s Day. :-) When I met Melissa & Nick for the first time the one thing I remembered was their laughs. You’ll see what I mean as you look through the wedding photos – these two love life and laugh as much as possible. I had an AMAZING time shooting their wedding, and as I looked back through the images I found myself grinning from ear to ear because everyone is so happy!
As I mentioned in Melissa’s NoDa Bridal Portraits, she wanted a vintage wedding, and I was blown away by her details. She and I share a love for all things Etsy, and she did an awesome job finding some really talented folks to help with the details. Let’s start with one of the coolest bouquets I’ve ever seen (from Croska on Etsy).
Make up for Melissa and all of the bridesmaids was by Candace of Colour by Candace and she did a fabulous job!
HUGE Thank You to Dana Mackay Photography for shooting with me on Saturday. We shoot together frequently and I’m always blown away by her talent. She started out the day by helping me with the guys while I stayed with the girls.
LOVE the shoes Nick!
Trading in the Future Mrs. t-shirt for the Future Mrs. dress! :-)
Even a 5 minute limo drive isn’t complete without a little champagne!
More awesome details from Etsy! These bouquets for the bridesmaids (from Dana’s Paper Flowers) are made from sheet music. Each bridesmaid got to pick what song their bouquet was made from and there were some excellent choices – everything from True Companion to Let’s Get it On! Of course, these are also from Etsy. :-) The guy’s boutonnieres were made the same way, but the only one with a specific song was Nick – his was “Sweet Melissa.”
Melissa & Nick wanted to do a first look and there’s a PERFECT spot for it at Asbury Park Grove. I was totally in love with the light (and the smiles).
And here’s a great example of why you want two photographers at your wedding. Most folks think you only need 2 photographers if you have a huge wedding or if you’re getting ready in totally separate locations. Not the case – the goal of the 2nd photographer is to fill in the gaps when we’re not together and to get the “next best shot” when we are together. For example – the guys went down to a general store in the limo for photos while Melissa was changing into her dress. With only one photographer that means either you don’t get photos at the general store or you totally miss the bride putting on her dress. During the first look I said to Dana “I’m going wide here.” Because she and I shoot together regularly, she immediately went in tight. Here’s my view….
And here’s hers…. I’m in love with both (and with these two lovebirds)!
I LOVE these streamers that were hanging on the end of each row during the ceremony. This is the 2nd wedding I’ve shot where they had the “exit” as they were coming back down the aisle instead of at the end of the reception and I think it makes so much sense. Excellent idea!
Another detail I loved – the “Here comes the Bride” sign. :-) And another reason you need 2 photographers – Dana caught this great reaction from Nick while I was shooting folks coming down the aisle.
One of my most favorite things about shooting weddings is when couples laugh during the ceremony. Relaxed and happy bride & grooms are my favorite. :-)
To this. :-) He’s still smiling, so I think he took it well!
I think this sign says it all! HUGE Thank you to Melissa & Nick for asking me to be a part of your wedding day. I had an amazing time! Best wishes on a long and happy life (and many, many, wonderful St. Patrick’s Days together). :-)