Sara & Melissa

An Instant Connection

After meeting online, Sara and Melissa had their first date at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. “We had an instant connection,” says Sara. “From that day on, there was no doubt we wanted to be together.” Their first year was spent 200 miles apart, until Sara moved to Chicago to be with Melissa. “Shortly after moving in together, I proposed to Melissa,” she explains. “Melissa also proposed to me about a month later.”

A rainy morning couldn’t dampen the mood as Sara and Melissa got ready separately, then met at the Columbus Park Refectory’s pavilion for their emotional first look. Missy says, “I was more excited for the first look than the party after.” The couple enjoyed a few minutes of privacy as they took pictures. Sara explains, “The time helped set my focus for the real purpose — which was about us, our love, and our marriage.”

Later, the sun came out and the couple’s friends and family joined them under the pavilion for an intimate and very personal ceremony. Melissa says, “I remember feeling an incredible amount of love pour out of all of our guests.”

The moment the ceremony ended, the party began. The cocktail-style reception featured “modified jewel tones, like pink sapphire, blue sapphire, emerald, and amethyst,” describes Sara. Melissa adds, “We danced a lot, laughed a lot, and were able to kick our marriage off to a great start.”

Shared stories and hilarious-yet-sentimental toasts marked the evening as one they would never forget. Says Melissa, “I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive group of people to grace us with their presence as we stepped into our marriage.”

By: Kelsey O’Shaughnessy
Venue:

Columbus Park Refectory

Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Site: Columbus Park Refectory
Photography: Gold Grid Studio
Officiant: Anita Weds
Brides’ Attire: Belle Vie Bridal Couture; Nordstrom
Hair: A Matter Of Style Salon And Day Spa; Encore Studio
Makeup: A Matter Of Style Salon And Day Spa; Joanna B. Artistry
Stationery: Purple Sapphire Designs
Flowers: Life In Bloom
Catering: Wishbone Catering
Entertainment: DJ Disobedience; Allison Deaver-Petchenik
Sweets: Tanner Cole

Photography By:

Gold Grid Studio

By | 2017-07-26T15:34:51+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Real ChicagoStyle Weddings|
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