Posts Tagged ‘Dan and Melissa Photography’

Feb
24
Pepa + Caleb: Vintage Midwestern Summer Barn Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography;  Hair and Makeup: Katie West of Impres Salon Spa; Gown: Maggie Sottero from The Dress Shop; Groom’s Attire: Kenneth Cole; Jeweler: Pomeroy Jewelers; Flowers: Hagstroms Flowers; Groom’s Attire: Kenneth Cole; Caterer: Larry Burdek of Chef’s Pride; Cake: Ruth Ann Segovia; Shoes: Crown Vintage; Venue: The Stanley Barn

Pepa and Caleb were married at The Stanley Barn in Buckley, Mich. on August 23. Pepa stunned in a vintage-inspired v-neck lace gown with a crystal belt. She donned dangling crystal pearl earrings and wore her hair in a low sideswept chignon. She carried a summery bouquet of hydrangea, baby’s breath, spray roses, lilies, pink delphinium, and ferns. Her ‘maids opted for short dresses in various shades that matched the overall color palette. The groom and his men looked handsome in dark gray three-piece suits. The ceremony took place outside in front of the barn and a large tree. “I definitely would have never thought I’d get married in a barn in the middle of nowhere! In the end, I know I received a dream wedding,” Pepa said of the wedding’s location. “It was more beautiful and magical than I could have ever imagined.” After the pair exchanged vows in front of 175 friends and family members, they moved into the barn for the reception. Paper lanterns, string lights, and antique-looking chandeliers illuminated the space. “Instead of a country wedding with hay bales and mason jars, I wanted it to be old and vintage-looking,” Pepa said of the decor inspiration. A wall featured old family photos, and they even displayed the bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress. Bright floral arrangements in clear and white glass vases featuring wooden table number plaques acted as centerpieces. The menu was displayed on a chalkboard accented with twinkling lights. For dinner guests enjoyed beef tips and grilled chicken, among other food. For dessert guests indulged in a three-tier fondant cake adorned with frosted ruffles. There was also a popcorn station displaying different kinds of flavored popcorn. “There isn’t one part of our wedding day that is foggy in my memory,” Pepa said. See the full board here.

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Feb
12
Amber + Aaron: Sunflower-Inspired Rustic Lakeside Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography;Flowers: Field of Flowers; Gown: Gown Boutique of Charleston; Men’s Attire: J.Crew and Belk; Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; DJ: Mr. Music DJs; Cake: Sherricake;  Venue: Bott Cott Family Lakeside Cottage; Hair and Makeup: Andrea Wallace

Amber and Aaron were married at the Bott Cott Family Lakeside Cottage in Lake Leelanau, Mich. on September 20. The bride looked lovely in a fitted lace gown with a keyhole back and cowboy boots. Her hair was curled to one side and adorned with a sunflower. Her ‘maids donned short dresses in various shades of blue with different necklines, which they picked out themselves. “This was a challenge because they are all spread out across the U.S., but the colors and textures just seemed to work perfectly,” Amber said of their attire. The groom and his men opted for a more casual, laid-back look by donning jeans, white button down shirts, and tan and brown vests. The pair tied the knot on the lawn of the groom’s family cottage, which was built by the groom’s great-grandfather. “When we were choosing where to have our wedding, it just seemed like the right place,” Amber said of the venue. “We wanted a place where we could start our lives together and then go back year after year to visit and even take our children some day.”  100 guests looked on as they exchanged vows under a wooden arch adorned with sunflowers and greenery. A tented reception followed and featured lots of handmade details. Guests typed a note to the newlyweds on a vintage typewriter in lieu of a traditional guestbook. Family and friends took their seats at tables with white linens and tin can sunflower centerpieces. “The location has a natural beauty all of its own, so we wanted to capture the rustic, serene lakeside with minimal decor,” Amber said of the reception. After dinner and dancing, guests indulged in a three-tier cake adorned with sunflowers, as well as cupcakes. “I had so much fun that I want to have my wedding day every day,” Amber said. See the full board here.

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Nov
24
Anna + Travis: Handmade Intimate Backyard Michigan Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Alec Milano from The Wedding ShoppeHead Piece: Twigs and HoneyHair: Ellie at Basic Black SalonGroom’s Attire: Banana Republic, Gap, and The Tie BarFlowers: Lasting Expressions; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A Bank,Gap, and The Tie BarFavors: Sanpedrocactus on Etsy; Caterer: The Fresh Palate; Chairs, Tables, and Linens Rental: JJ’s Rental; Venue: Private Residence; Reception Music: Lyle Tucker; Cake: Groom’s Grandmother, Rhonda Mundt

Anna and Travis were married in the bride’s parents’ backyard in Alpena, Mich. on July12. The bride looked radiant in a beaded cap sleeve gown with a side braid and a beaded crystal hairpiece. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, two-tone chrysanthemums, waxflower, and bay leaves. Her ‘maids donned short sage green chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom looked dapper in a dark suit and a navy blue tie, and his men looked handsome in gray vested suits with blue-checkered shirts and navy neck ties. “Getting married at my childhood home in northern Michigan was the most meaningful decision I made while planning this wedding,” Anna said. “I had had so many wonderful memories in my life with growing up in the woods, and this would be another one to add.” Anna and Travis’ ceremony was filled with sentimental homemade touches. The path leading to the ceremony was lined with wooden signs that denoted how close they were to the ceremony site, which was on the front lawn overlooking Thunder Bay River. When guests arrived they were encouraged to pick a seat, not a side by a framed chalkboard sign. They were given ceremony programs which served double-duty as fans. The 100 guests took their seats in white folding chairs, and watched as an adorable flower girl and ring bearer made their way down the aisle. Anna and Travis exchanged vows under a beautiful birch arbor that the groom and his father made together. “Standing on the river’s edge with the breeze blowing, the birds chirping, and even some canoes riding by while I stared into my husband’s eyes was probably my favorite part of the day,” Anna noted. After they officially tied the knot, guests were occupied by lawn games and cocktail hour as the bridal party went off to take pictures. Guests were given mason jars to fill up with mock mojitos, peach bellinis, or iced tea. At the reception, guests picked up succulent escort cards, and were given individual lunchboxes with a gourmet sandwich and other sides inside. They sat at round tables with white linens and burlap table runners. Each table featured a mercury glass vase with wildflowers and blue mason jars. “I had decided to make this amazing pinwheel backdrop for behind the head table at the reception…the end result became one of the most talked about pieces at our wedding. It was totally worth the effort,” Anna said. For dessert, the groom’s grandmother made three different flavored cakes including a carrot cake, adorned with a topper featuring the couple; a lemon-thyme cake, topped with lemon slices; and a naked cake, topped with berries. The night ended setting off fireworks and sparklers, an appropriate touch for the weekend right after July 4. Anna’s best planning advice? “Don’t over do it. Sometimes simple is better,” Anna said. See the full board here.

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Nov
11
Christina + Joe: Intimate Pastel Summer Beach Wedding by Dan and Melissa Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

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Photo by Dan and Melissa Photography; Gown: Monique LhuillierHair: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Groom’s Attire: Express; Shoes: Vera WangJeweler: Tiffany & Co.; Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew; Rentals: JG Rental Co.; Musician: Brian NolfCake: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa; Venue: Private Residence

Christina and Joe were married on the bride’s parents’ beach, with the reception following in their backyard in Traverse City, Mich. on June 27. The bride looked classic with a hint of vintage in an all-lace strapless fit ‘n flare gown accessorized with a jeweled belt and a birdcage veil. She wore her hair in a delicate updo and carried a bouquet of garden roses and lamb’s ear. Her ‘maids donned pale green short chiffon dresses with various necklines. The groom and his men opted for gray suits with matching ties. The couple tied the knot on the beach under a birch tree arch in front of just 40 guests who sat in wooden folding jars marked with floral mason jars. “We wanted to have a small, personal ceremony and reception with just a few close family and friends,” Joe said. An acoustic guitar player and violin player provided the music for the ceremony, as well as the reception, which followed under a tent. Guests dropped notes for the couple into a wish jar, played games such as cornhole and Jenga, and claimed their chalkboard tag escort cards which were clothespinned to a wired display board. “The weather for our wedding day was great – lots of sunshine,” Joe said. The reception featured a summer beverage station with iced tea and lemonade. Guests enjoyed a three tier white cake adorned with pink flowers along with an assortment of brightly-colored macaroons. The couple’s getaway transportation? A subaru decked out with “Just Married” bunting. “The night was capped by a send-off in which we walked out under the glow of sparklers held by our family and friends,” Joe said. What a magical exit! See the full board here.

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