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lakeside wedding: derek & melissa

i don’t know if i’ve ever been to a wedding that had SO many elements which reflected the character of the bride and groom and was so truly unique to them.  from the peruvian embroidery to highlight derek’s childhood to the traditional german bee sting cake from melissa’s heritage, they did their best to incorporate things that were meaningful to them and reflected their history as individuals and as a couple.

they both love the outdoors, so it was a no-brainer that the wedding would be outside and a member of derek’s family so generously opened their property for us to enjoy.  it felt like the sound of music up there…gotta remember to wear my twirly blue dress next time (i may or may not have busted out a little “hills are alive” for old times sake).  melissa arrived at the ceremony escorted by her dad in a row boat and she and derek planted a tree together to signify the roots they were establishing and the new life they were creating together.  and while melissa’s brother made lattes and we munched on prosciutto wrapped asparagus, people told stories, sang songs, wept, laughed and danced while the sun went down.

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4 Comments to “lakeside wedding: derek & melissa”

  1. Joyce Miller says:

    Sharalee, I love how you captured the scenery and how it highlighted the couple and their love. Bridge, water, boats, trikes, unique bouquets and table center pieces…all so unique and beautiful!! Evidence that the day was celebrated in very memorable ways!! Beautiful work, as always!!

  2. Corinna says:

    Love the one of Melissa on her own… very classic looking bride. Looks like they had a super special day that you captured beautifully. I like the idea of being rowed into your wedding ceremony, and also the pics of the two of them in the boat afterwards… reminds me of Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables. And that bridge looks like it was going to go underwater if one more person stood on it. So many cool details to the day.

  3. Hannah says:

    gorgeous photos of a gorgeous couple.