There are not enough awesome words to describe Melanie and Jeff. Over the past few years, I have had the distinct honor of capturing a group of close childhood friends’ weddings. It has been nothing but pure magic and each time, I feel so lucky to be invited back into their lives. I had first met Melanie a few years back when she was still living in the area and had just opened up her own Wedding Planning Business, Eleven Eleven Events. I knew that Melanie would be on top of things, and she certainly didn’t disappoint! A well planned wedding makes things so much easier on everyone involved. It’s all in the details, and these fabulous sandals from MarleyLilly are beyond amazing.
The moment I saw Melanie’s dress, my jaw dropped. The bead work was jaw dropping and the feather details towards the bottom dress were unexpected and so much fun. You’ll see below, that this dress was meant to be hers.
A couple of months ago, I asked Melanie for a couple of tips to share with future brides in my wedding magazine and one of them involved writing a letter to each other. Melanie’s tip…..
“Write each other love letters. When planning my own wedding I forgot to write my husband to be a love letter. We had talked about it and then it completely slipped my mind. Yes, he got a thoughtful card but when I read the two page love letter that he wrote me it was the best feeling of the day and then the instant guilt hit me that he didn’t get that special moment that he gave me. Reading his letter will always be a top moment for me when I think back on our wedding day and forgetting to write him one is my biggest regret”.
The dapper guys getting ready.
The front porch at the Equinox provides such a beautiful backdrop and is also a great spot in case it rains!
The lovely ladies looking stunning in their pale blush dresses with their lush and dreamy flowers.
Doesn’t the hotel provide the perfect backdrop?
I loved the lantern lined aisle. One thing I forgot to mention is that throughout the day, the threat of rain loomed during ceremony time. Melanie had her mind made up though, rain or shine, they were getting married outside. The clouds hung low and disguised Mount Equinox behind the pool house, but I think it kind of made things dreamy at the same time!
Now that is one great looking wedding party if I do say so myself!
I love it when the wind picks up when the bride has a long veil.
Melanie’s dad and brother’s made these wicked awesome can openers for their guests.
Talk about making my heart flutter! A HUGE photo from their engagement session at Equinox Pond earlier in the year. Engagement sessions are such a great opportunity to get in front of my camera before the big day and also an even better way to get to know each other better. Not to mention there are countless ways to incorporate your engagement session photos into your wedding day!
I always love it when the bride and groom make a speech before the celebration kicks off. It’s such a great way to thank your family for all that they’ve done and also thank guests that have traveled from near and far for coming to their special day. I don’t know if it’s something that I would have had the nerve to do back in the day, but it’s certainly something I wish I had considered (along with a bunch more of the current trends)!
This was such a LOL moment. Nick from 802 Events would have to ask this lovely guest to move his chair from time so he could get around his booth and the nice version was something like “you’re a pain in the butt”…….but he was laughing and joking the whole time which just made it so much funnier to witness! Shortly before I left, Nick had him spin a tune for the other guests!
Thank you so much Melanie and Jeff for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!
Flowers | Gardenworks | http://gardenworksfarm.com/
Dress | Rosa Clara | http://www.rosaclara.es/en/
Suit| Custom Made
Music + Lighting | Nick from 802 Events | www.802dj.com
Hair + Makeup | Hair Retreat | http://thehairretreat.com
Second Photographer | Tom Bombria | http://www.tbombriaphoto.com/
Videographer | Anthony Caddigan- Caddigan Films | www.caddiganfilms.net
Invitations, Favors + Cutting Cake | DIY
Catering | Equinox Resort | http://www.equinoxresort.com/