October 23, 2015
Amidst a chorus of steel guitar twangs at a local country bar, Melissa laid eyes on Adam. “I’d seen him around, and always thought he was handsome,” she says. So, one day Melissa finally gathered her courage and asked Adam out to dinner, and the pair says, “It’s been love ever since.” After an incredible six months, Adam proposed in the presence of their closest friends. Enjoying the great outdoors brought Melissa and Adam together. “We both love to fish, spend time outdoors and with family,” Melissa says. It’s no surprise that the couple wove themes of nature and family into their special day. The wedding was held at Walker’s Landing at the Amelia Island Plantation and the bridesmaids were dressed in wild raspberry colors that complimented Melissa’s lily white gown. Melissa represented the former matriarchs of her family by wearing her grandmother’s pearl ring and her great-great grandmother’s handkerchief. Much of the wedding was prepared in a DIY fashion. “My favorite touches were the handmade entryway doors and the arbor that my father made,” Melissa says. “It was so special to me that he took the time to make it.” And although Melissa felt sure of getting hitched to her Romeo, that certainty didn’t keep her nerves at bay. “I was so nervous while getting ready that I forgot to eat all day. When it came time to get my hair and makeup done, a few of my sweet bridesmaids hand-fed me. It was a trip.” But her nerves didn’t last long. She and Adam savored a night of fun and family under Spanish moss-laden oak trees and observing stars.
Of all the wedding details, Melissa’s favorite creations were those hand-crafted by her dad. “The entryway doors and the arbor my father made were so special to me,” she says. • As luck would have it, the couple made it down the aisle under perfect conditions. “It was about 75 degrees, with a light breeze,” Melissa says. • When it came to setup, it was truly a family affair. “My mother, godmother and bridesmaids helped me out a ton.” • The bride’s “something borrowed” turned out to double as her wedding day jewelry. Melissa wore her grandmother’s pearl ring as well as a handkerchief that used to belong to her great-great grandmother. The “something new,” she says, was pretty much everything else in her wedding.
While the couple shared the big day together, Melissa said she wanted to do a majority of the wedding planning on her own.When it came time to find the tunes, though, Melissa let Adam chime in. “Adam has a music background, so he did have a say in that.” • During the reception Melissa’s 90-year-old great-grandmother Dorothy danced so much, she fell over. “It was scary at first! But once I realized she was okay, it turned out to be funny,” says Melissa. • Looking back on all the moments, Melissa said she was most touched by the reading of their vows. “I don’t see my husband cry often,” she says. But when the moment came, apparently their vows brought Adam to tears.
Credits: Photographer: Stout Photography Ceremony & Reception: Amelia Island Plantation Walkers Landing Hair: Studio Bride (Amber) Makeup: Studio Bride (Paige) Wedding Gown & Veil: Alfred Angelo and Blanca Veils Shoes: Dillard’s Bridesmaid Dresses: Light In the Box Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Rings: Marketplace Jewelers Cake: Publix Flowers & Décor: Parkers Events Caterer: Callahan BBQ Invitations: Shutterfly Music: DJ Tony Hofmann Videographer: Collab Creations