I’m going to just go ahead and say that this post is heavy on the detail shots, and that would be because the details of this wedding (from start to finish) were just fabulous. Melissa and Matt got married in Lily Dale, and if you’ve been there before, then you probably have some clue as to why I could not stop taking detail shots. I swear that place is magical…it seems like every tree, every plant, every rock, leaf, ray ‘o sunlight, and random creeping critter is completely enchanted. I might just be imagining it, but I don’t think so. Everything seems to be just a smidgen more beautiful there than it would be anywhere else. :)
Melissa and Matt’s actual wedding ceremony was at Inspiration Stump, which is where all types of ceremonies that take place in Lily Dale are held. I had been to Lily Dale before, but I had never taken the trail back into Inspiration Stump before, and I have to say, it, too, was quite magical.
You walk about halfway down the path to Inspiration Stump, and you see a bunch of different signs to go in other directions…like, this trail off to the right, for example.
Then, there’s this sign at the entrance to the main trail. I loved that it was just a giant piece of tree.
This is the “aisle” or the trail to get to Inspiration Stump, which Melissa and Matt lined with these awesome picture signs – LOVED it!
MORE DETAILS!!! Sorry, but I did give fair warning. Instead of bubbles, or confetti, or any of the typical things used to make a grand exit, Melissa and Matt used ribbon streamers!! They were also used to decorate the benches for the ceremony…dual purpose – double WIN!!
Another thing I LOVED about this wedding? Melissa wore a teal dress instead of white, simply because she wanted to, and that’s pretty cool. :)
This is her dad walking her down the “aisle.”
I wouldn’t normally post two shots of the “first kiss,” but I liked both of our perspectives so much, and I refuse to choose just one. So, this was from Ben’s angle…
…and this was from my angle. LOVE. :)
The ribbon streamer thingys in action during the walk back up the “aisle!” Aren’t they so cool? Yes, I know Matt’s face is covered up by ribbons, but I still love the shot.
After the ceremony, we had a bunch of time to take some wedding party and bride and groom shots. I’m in love with this next one.
Actually, I’m going to just shut-up through these, because I love every single one of them, and there’s no point in me saying so before and after every frame. You can imagine me saying it every time as you look through them…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one, LOVE that one…just use your imagination. ;)
Ok, I’m back. We thought this last one of Melissa and Matt under the Lily Dale sign was a good way to end the bride/groom set. If you’ve never been to Lily Dale, you need to go RIGHT NOW. It’s an amazing place all the time, but it’s an especially amazing place for something as special as a wedding. It was such an awesome experience for us to shoot there.
Melissa and Matt’s Wedding – PART DEUX
The day after the whole Lily Dale ceremony/awesome photo session, this couple had a back yard reception that was a DIY-er’s dream come true. Melissa and her mom (and a whole bunch of other family and friends) did all of the decorating, made all of the food, and organized the whole event. We got there before any of the guests arrived, and we were like, “WOOOOOOOOWWWW. Detail heaven!” Having said that, there’s a whole bunch of detail shots in this section, too. They, were just too good to leave out. This will hopefully give an idea of what the back yard looked like. There were cute little tables like this one throughout the whole yard, and gorgeous flowers EVERYWHERE. As far as casual, back yard receptions go, this one was pretty classy. :)
This was a pretty casual reception, so we really just shot a bunch of candids, which is what we love to do anyway. :)
Here are just a few of our favorites…
Melissa and Matt – we can’t thank you guys enough for choosing us to be a part of your AWESOME wedding!! We really, really enjoyed every part of it. You guys are such an amazing couple, and we wish you both all the best!! :)