Melissa & Jon | Stevenson Ridge Military Wedding


Stevenson Ridge Military Wedding

We watched the forecast all day, I just kept refreshing the rador on my iphone praying for at least a break in the rain. When I went to say hi to Jon before the ceremony the first thing he asked was how would the rain affect their photos. I assured him that we had a backup plan to still create beautiful photos and a flexible reception schedule so I could grab them if I saw a break in the rain. As we started to head to the reception at Stevenson Ridge I checked one last time and was thrilled to find the big green area had moved out the radar looked clear! I looked out the window as we got closer and saw blue skies, I’m pretty sure the bridal party in the limo saw me fist pumping in celebration! The timing was perfect and we had a bit of sun for portraits.

Melissa and Jon had a traditional ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi followed by a reception at The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge.  They picked the perfect reception location with plenty of room for dancing!  In fact I’ve never seen such amazing dancing at a wedding before!  Melissa’s family knows how to move.  I was especially impressed by her parents, they tore up the floor like it was Dancing with the Stars!  Big props to DJ Manny for keeping the floor packed and the crowd begging for more at the end of the night!

Melissa and Jon’s wedding was one of my favorite types, a huge family affair!  Her parents were involved in her planning so much that I kept running into them at various vendor events!  It was great to see them checking things out for her while she planned from another state.  When the wedding day arrived it was truly a family celebration, there were so many little moments I witnessed as they welcomed Jon wholeheartedly into their family.  That is truly what a wedding is about, joining of the two families and celebrating a great love!

As I mentioned in their engagement session post earlier this week they are a military couple and for that I feel a special bond with them.  Melissa and Jon I wish you a lifetime of happiness surrounded by the families that love you!  I’m excited to see what the future brings for you and I was honored to be there on your wedding day to document those special moments.  You guys were pros at portrait time and I hope you love your wedding images as much as I do!!!  Enjoy St. Lucia!!!

Love this cover shot by my second shooter Charlotte!!

Kristen from GoGo Gorgeous did a fabulous job as always on the ladies, they all looked stunning!

Such a cutie!

Amanda from Anthomanic pulled off a flower miracle and got peonies in March!!!  Seriously that is amazing!  The bouquets not only looked gorgeous but smelled so good!

Mr and Mrs. Strobel!!!

I just love the black and white photo on the right, simply stunning!

I think this was my favorite location from the whole day!!  Love this photo!

Seriously gorgeous, Melissa was a knockout and “McDreamy” looks pretty cute too ;)

All my favorite flowers for Melissa’s bouquet!

Let the PARTY start!!!

To see more of Melissa & Jons wedding at the Lodge at Stevenson Ridge, check out the slideshow below!

Click here to view more beautiful weddings at Stevenson Ridge!

The following wedding vendors contributed to Melissa & Jon’s wedding:

Ceremony Venue : St. Francis of Assisi
Reception Venue :  The Lodge at Stevenson Ridge
Photography: Melissa Arlena Photography
Catering: Catering by Dori Farrell
Makeup: GoGo Gorgeous
Gown: Maggie Sottero
Florist: Anthomanic
Cupcake: Sweets by E
DJ: DJ Manny

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