Melissa and Justin’s wedding was a reflection of Melissa and Justin themselves-sweet and peaceful. It started with the getting ready which is one of my favorite parts of the day. I love the excitement in the air and the preparation of the bride as she prepares to see her groom. Everyone had big smiles on their faces as Melissa donned a gorgeous tea-length lace dress and a few tears were shed as well. The weather prediction said to expect rain but everyone kept their hopes up that it wouldn’t happen. Although if it did everyone was sure to point out the fact that it was good luck. With everyone ready to go we headed over to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden where the ceremony was to take place.
During the ceremony I could not help but get choked up seeing the way Melissa and Justin looked at each other. You could see that they valued every word of the commitment they were making to each other. As we arrived at the reception and began watching Justin and Melissa’s first dance the first drops of rain began to fall. No one minded though and everyone seemed to be determined to stay put no matter how wet they got while they ate. Only once it became clear that the rain would not let up did everyone move inside to a little classroom for plan b. It was a sign of the amazing people that Melissa and Justin have in their life as they all banded together to bring in the cake and decorations to recreate the reception that had been outside. No one minded the rain. They were all there to have the best time ever and celebrate the fact that Justin and Melissa were now husband and wife!
Melissa and Justin, we think you guys are pretty spectacular. Thank you so much for choosing us to be your photographers. We hope you love the pictures! Here is a slideshow to see even more of the big day!
Melissa’s mother handmade her beautiful headpiece. Melissa sells antiques so it was only natural that she incorporated that into her wedding using antique vases to hold her florals and other vintage items in her decor. It was gorgeous!An adorable antique love bird cake topper.