Alyssa & Matt | Harbour View Wedding

Alyssa and Matt have been one of my sweetest couples!  We met at a bridal show earlier this year and I was so happy when they decided to book me for their Harbour View wedding!  When I found out in the spring that I was pregnant and due in October I was so worried I wouldn’t be there for their wedding.  It was 10 days after my due date but I was determined to go.  I even talked to a photographer in Cali that I admire who had a baby during wedding season and she said if you pop enough pain pills you can get through 8 hours of anything 😉  haha!!  Instead of the pain pill route I enlisted the help of my fabulous second shooter Lindsay and another local photographer Charlotte to either back me up or be me for the wedding.  Alyssa and Matt had complete faith in me that they would have amazing wedding photos whether I was there or not!  They even emailed me at one point saying while they really hoped I could be there they understood if my baby made his entrance into the world too close to their wedding.  The fact that they were so sweet and supportive made me more determined than ever to be at their wedding!!  So just over two weeks after having Will I was there to capture their Harbour View wedding and I’m so glad it all worked out!

The excitement and love Alyssa and Matt have for each other was contagious.  During the first look there was not a dry eye in the house between them or us photographers!  For those that wonder if a first look spoils anything I think it’s safe to say not one bit, Matt was still emotional as he watched Alyssa walk down the aisle to become his wife.  Also thank goodness we did a first look because it decided to POUR rain about 30min after the ceremony!!!  Without the first look we wouldn’t have gotten so many beautiful portraits of the two of them!  I’d also like to thank the lovely cloud cover that came in and allowed us to shoot on the docks at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, normally it would have been waaayyy too bright.

When it comes to receptions photographers can usually tell from the crowd whether it’s going to be a busy night on the dance floor or if we are just going to see the same 5 people all night long.  Alyssa and Matt’s friends had us stumped though and we were delighted to find out they were definitely the dance the night away crowd!  The bridal party kicked it off with a coordinated dance to “Wobble Baby” and that set the tone for the whole night!  This was my first “Gangnam Style” wedding too.  I’ve been hearing about it from other wedding photographer friends but really had no clue what they were talking about!  Alyssa and Matt had the moves and cracked me up as they got down “Gangnam Style”!!

Alyssa and Matt thank you for being such sweet and awesome clients!  Your wedding was a blast and I’m thrilled I was able to be a part of it!!  I wish you a lifetime of happiness and laughter!

The following wedding vendors contributed to Alyssa & Matt’s wedding:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Harbour View
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Cake: Nancy’s Custom Desserts and Pastries
DJ: AP Andres

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