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October 9, 2014

I have so many feelings/memories (all good:) going into writing this blog post that its hard for me to put anything into words.  We have quite the history with this family, so saying my normal 'congratulations, beautiful day, loved the couple' doesn't seem to do justice to it all (ps. Those thoughts are always genuine when I write them. ;).  So, I'm going to trust that this family knows how much we love and appreciate them and move on to the beauty of Evan & Ashley's day. :)  And, what an incredible day it was...Ashley was exquisite, and Evan was quite dapper.  We had some heat and a few sprinkles, but looking back...their day was perfect because Evan & Ashley are married!!!

Love you both!!!  So excited for you to begin this incredible journey! were stunning.  This will go down as one of my favorite bridal photos...ever.

This family...I've known them for 13 years.  I was Evan's 4th grade teacher, both boys' X-country coach, we've captured family weddings, family photos, senior photos, then throw in a house purchase and friendships that have been such a blessing in our  We love them...

Check out the little ring bearer...I think the celebrating took him by surprise, haha. ;)

We had a sunny, rain shower during the this photo.

You guys are stunning.

Oh, Evan.... ;)

Another celebratory congratulations to Evan's grandparents....56 years on Nov 9!

2 of the 3 brides from this family...we missed you, Becky!!!'ve been such a blessing to me over the years.  Thank you for your friendship. Who would've thought that the new 4th grade teacher to Pendleton all of those years back would result in all of this. :)  It is an honor to call you friend.  Love you.

Ellen Hite says:

Beautiful photos as always, Melody.

(10.09.14 @ 10:38 AM)
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October 1, 2014

We had such an amazing day in Michigan celebrating Seth & Jessica!  I have loved getting to know these two over the last year.  The love they share is admired by all who know them.  And, they are as sweet as they are adorable.  Thank you both for entrusting your day to us.  It was such an honor.  Much love and hugs to you guys!! 

These guys...I tell ya...they took ownership of these photos, ha!  We can only take credit for a couple of them. ;)  I told them to walk to me in the photo below...they turned and took off running.  This would've been a great 'photoshop in the dinosaur' photo (which is what I think they had in mind;)...too bad we don't participate in that kind of 'art.' ;)

There are many times when I tell little ones that they can do a funny face photo if they give me one good smiley photo.  These 3 nailed it. ;)

I'm indifferent between whether or not the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony.  There are positives to both. :)  Since, Seth and Jessica didn't see each other before the ceremony they had to take a minute and stand in awe of each other afterwards.  Love this...

Yep, they were quite stunning...

You may remember these faces from a few years back...we were so excited to see Julian & Meredith again!!
Jessica had made a request for a sparkler shot.  We got it, Jess! ;)

Vangie Lindner says:

These pictures are just beautiful--made me feel like I had been there. Love the colors pink and grey. . .everything was judy like it happened. You did a good job catching it all.

(10.01.14 @ 08:58 AM)
amanda shaw says:

Mel these are gorgeous!! you knocked this one out of the park I think!

(10.01.14 @ 09:39 AM)
Sally B says:

These photo's are amazing, the photographer captured these moments to perfection. I loved all of the pics but especially loved two of them... the bride and flower-girl and the hands of the bride, mom and grand-mother, that put a lump in my throat.

(10.03.14 @ 11:56 AM)
James sr. says:

Very nice pictures, Dad

(10.03.14 @ 12:35 PM)
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September 10, 2014

We have had such a beautiful summer for weddings this year...not too hot, humidity has been low...I would welcome all summers to be this way.  The one thing we've had to battle is the rain forecast...many chances for rain.  Sometimes the forecast is accurate, but the majority of the time it is hard to say.  This was the case for Jen and Kyle's wedding.  The 10 day forecast looked awful, but as the day came closer the chances improved...and, what a beautiful day they had!  The weather, the venue, the beautiful couple, the details, their family and friends...I could go on and on. :)

As I mentioned before, I love Jen and Kyle.  They are an adorable couple with hearts of gold.  I've loved joining them on this journey and honored that they chose us to be a part of it all.  God's blessings as you begin this amazing journey! 

Hats off to their incredible vendor team!

Ceremony/Reception:  Mustard Seed Gardens
Hair/Makeup: DL Lowry
Flowers:  Kathy's Kloset
Cake:  Classic Cakes
DJ:  Event One-Jared Wade
Videographer: Spot On Filmworks
Catering: A Cut Above Catering
Line Dancing (!!!):  Jen & Pete Zappulla
Jen and Kyle love to go line dancing together, so they decided to have their instructors teach a few dances.  The guests loved it!

Vangie Lindner says:

Beautiful bride and groom--love the pictures--especially the one where you were looking through something and got her -- very sweet pictures

(09.19.14 @ 03:22 PM)
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September 3, 2014

I have truly loved getting to know Jen & Kyle over the last year.  They are sweet, down-to-earth, and have a love for all things country.  Jen and I have shared some wonderful conversations outside of photography, as well, which always sweetens this journey.  We had a lovely summer evening capturing these two!  Looking forward to sharing their wedding day with you soon!

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And, now the wedding...all I can say is WOW.  I'm still in awe of their day!  There was so much color, beauty, and lots of celebrating.  The love that is shared between these two families could be felt for miles.  It was such an honor being a part of it all.  Both families made us feel so very welcome, and went out of their way to explain the Indian traditions to us!  Many hugs to all of you!!  We loved getting to know each and everyone of you! 

As for Sonia and Pavan, thank you for entrusting your day to us!  We've loved capturing these moments for you.  Much love and hugs to you both!

We had quite the vendor team!!!  And, a huge thanks to our dear friend, Shelly!  She joined us for the day...we had lots of ground to cover. :)

Hair/Makeup:  Karen Hall & Co
Sarees/Kurta:  Seasons & Kalki
Wedding Coordinator:  Tara Nicole Weddings
Videographer: Unique Heart Productions
DJ/Lighting:  DJ Krush
Ceremony/Reception:  Hyatt Hotel
Cake:  Simply Perfection
Florals:  Bokay Florist
Decor:  Elegance Decor
Yellow Carriage

Time for the Baraat!  Pavan drew quite the crowd during his ride to the front doors of the Hyatt.  Did I mention it was quite the celebration?  One bystander even asked if he was a prince. ;)

The exchanging of garlands (mutual acceptance of one another) resulted in Pavan accepting first. ;)

An Indian tradition...a little snatching of the groom's shoes...the groom has to pay the bride's side to get them back. :)

So many favorites... were absolutely exquisite!!  I loved all 3 of Sonia's Sarees, but I'm pretty sure her reception gown was my favorite. :)

Vangie Lindner says:

Just beautiful--almost felt like I had been there, except I didn't get any of that good spicy food! ha

(08.15.14 @ 02:36 PM)
Tara says:

looks like a super fun and lovely wedding :) great images!

(09.07.14 @ 05:00 PM)
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