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October 28, 2014

We had such a lovely day in Chicago celebrating Sarah & Patrick.  They decided to have a small intimate wedding with their immediate families in Chicago and will later celebrate with their family and friends at a reception in Indianapolis in November.  Sarah was a bridesmaid in Katy's wedding back in 2012, so I was super excited when she contacted us.  She told me about their plans and we thought for sure there was no chance that we would be available for both dates. However, as 'luck' would have it...we happened to have both of their dates available...which told me it was meant to be since the chances of that happening were next to none. ;)  It was a nice change of pace for us since we are so used to shooting full wedding days, and we truly enjoyed being around Sarah, Patrick and their families.

As for Sarah & Patrick...they truly are a beautiful couple.  They have been such a joy to work with and I look forward to sharing more with you all soon!  Much love and hugs to you's been an honor to be a part of this journey with you!

Katy says:

Mel and Jeremy- amazing job as usual!!! What a gorgeous couple inside and out- you definitely captured them. Can't wait for the reception!!

(10.28.14 @ 01:01 PM)
Katy says:

Mel and Jeremy- amazing job as usual!!! What a gorgeous couple inside and out- you definitely captured them. Can't wait for the reception!!

(10.28.14 @ 01:02 PM)
Vangie Lindner says:

Some really sweet pictures--beautiful

(10.28.14 @ 04:28 PM)
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October 16, 2014

I enjoyed a cloudy, misty morning with Sarah and Patrick for their engagement session.  We've had an unusual, but beautiful year here in the Midwest and I will gladly take it. :)  As for Patrick and Sarah...I loved getting to know the two of them.  They are beautiful people inside and out.  I'm looking forward to sharing their intimate Chicago wedding with you soon!!

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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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