MELISSA AND COREY
I’m more excited than ever to blog about this wedding. It sounds cliche, I know. But, there’s backstory on this. I’ve known Melissa since she was in middle school, which means we’re pushing towards the latter half of our second decade knowing one another. You see, Melissa is the younger sister of my best friend from high school, Doran. Doran and I were cheerleaders together, drama club nerds together, shared a birthday month, went to the same college, and were all around inseparable during those formative years. Being inseparable meant a lot of time was spent at each other’s houses and getting to know each other’s families. So the day I received the email from Melissa saying she wanted to meet with me to talk about photographing her wedding, I was ecstatic, honored, and filled with anticipation for the big day. Okay, so I was also a little, “HOLY COW! Where has the time gone?!”
When I arrived at the hotel room where Melissa was getting ready, I walked over to say hello and give her a big hug. It was then that she began to tear up, stating that seeing me with my camera made the whole day very suddenly real. It was happening…she was getting MARRIED! (Melissa, I didn’t tell you this at that moment for fear of further messing up your beautiful makeup, but I had to utilize every ounce of strength I had to fight back my own tears.)
Despite the tears of joy, she and her fiancee (in true Melissa fashion) maintained a laid back approach to their day and kept us all laughing. According to Corey and Melissa, they wanted to keep their wedding “fun,” which for these two included word searches and crossword puzzles for the guests to complete as they waited for the ceremony to begin, as well as a little surprise planned for the kiss at the end of the ceremony…the “Dirty Dancing” lift! (Check it out below!!) Naturally, the reception followed suit, complete with laughs, tears, some additional lifting, and plenty of dancing!
Congratulations, Corey and Melissa! It was an honor to photograph your wedding, and I’m overjoyed and thankful for being asked to be a part of it. Though I’ve photographed many a wedding, and have even tied the knot myself, I’m no marriage expert. However, one thing I know for sure is that laughter keeps a couple together through the roughest of times. And if your wedding day is any indication of what’s to come, then you will certainly weather any storm that may come your way with ease and aplomb. Mazel Tov!
Wedding Coordinator and Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin
Florist: Bouquets of Austin
Cake: Michelle’s Patisserie
Entertainment and Lighting: RLF Society
Caterer: Hyatt Regency Austin
Hair/Make-up: Erica Gray