Just Married. Melissa & Nicholas

Melissa adores his sense of adventure and how brave and beautiful he makes her feel…not to mention his kind smile. Nicholas adores her joy for life and the energy she brings every single day. Together, they love going on adventures and learning new things. Heck, they went to Thailand for their honeymoon for like 3 weeks! They hope to spend the rest of their lives continuing to travel and laughing their way into old age. :)

I asked Melissa if there was anything she’d change from her wedding day and she simply said the rain. Which I totally understand. It was originally supposed to be an outdoor wedding but the rain was absolutely pouring. Melissa said that Nicholas has a wonderful way of seeing the rain as a symbol of renewal and cleansing, and what better way to start their first day of marriage than with a literal fresh, clean plate. I like that.

It was held at one of my favorite, DIY venues ever, Winfrey Point near White Rock Lake in Dallas. The drive to the venue was a little scary because of the heavy downfall, but luckily it stopped a little bit so we were able to photograph a few exteriors of the building.

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 Crazy fact…the burlap you see here is from another wedding I shot. Melissa got it from Craiglist. Small world yo.


So I love this ‘Go Pro on the wedding arch’ idea.

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 Melissa’s bridesmen, helping out with the cake. :)

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 Such a stunning cake…would you believe me if I told you that the bride made them? She took a cake making class prior to her wedding. She’s very creative. 

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Let’s not forget the grooms cake.

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 She hand painted these signs too!

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 This is why I adore the first look!

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 Hugs galore y’all! Even I got hugs. :D

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Melissa and her sister wore the same “infinity bracelet”.

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 This little guy tried to ruin the pictures.

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As you can tell, it was a beautiful and fun day, regardless of the rain. I had a blast myself. They made me feel like I was part of the family. I love it when that happens. :) I want to thank my second shooter, Zac Switzer, who continues to amaze me.

You may also check out Melissa’s Dallas Arboretum bridal session here.

Cake – Bride designed and made the cakes | DJ – First Dance Dj’s | Catering- Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse | Dress- by Jasmine from Melange Bridal in Austin, TX | Florist- 500flowers.com and arranged by Bride’s mother | Venue – Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake | Hair/MUA – Bride did her own hair and makeup | Photobooth – Complete Music| Videographer – Chad Jones and company

I asked her to list everything that was DIY:

“All the decorations (chandeliers — my mom aunt and I made 1000 coffee filter flowers for them, gold monogram frames on the fireplaces, all the tablescape design, table runners were made by my grandmother, the cakes and cake displays, chalkboard program sign — that took for freaking EVER, invitations were completely handmade at my home, wedding arch that we got married under, burlap bows hung around the stage (they were supposed to be chair decor along the back when we were going to get married outside), giant gold picture frame with all our photos clothes-pinned to it, boutonnieres and corsages, my bouquet, sister’s bouquet and toss bouquet, cones for the petal toss. Sheesh.”

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