When Jack and I left Melissa and Barrett’s engagement session in April, we couldn’t stop talking about them. They were just such a fun couple, so down to earth, and fit our personalities like a glove. We couldn’t wait for their Hastings Ranch wedding this November. Well, the time has finally come and their wedding was exactly how I imagined: Full of love, laughter, and surrounded by the best family and friends.
From the moment we walked up to the gorgeous barn at Hastings Ranch, we felt the love surrounding us. First, we watched as Barrett greeted each of their guests with a hug during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. This is something we rarely see due to time constraints, but Barrett made sure everyone felt welcomed and thanked them for coming to their wedding. How sweet!!
Melissa and Barrett’s wedding planner, Marissa, was an absolute joy and so full of energy. She took the time to make sure we were all in sync and felt welcomed at the event. Walking into Melissa’s getting ready room, the love blossomed even more. Melissa’s mom, Robyn, was in tears as she looked at her beautiful daughter in her gown. Her sister, Samantha, and best friend, Brittany, viewed her in awe as she awaited her groom-to-be.
One of my favorite moments of this wedding day had to be Barrett’s reaction to his bride-to-be. As I headed towards that getting ready room, Barrett asked me to tell her that he loved her and he had already cried once that day. But, as soon as she walked down that aisle, his tears flowed even more. It was such a beautiful and genuine reaction that you only wish everyone’s tear ducts could produce! Barrett truly showed his love for Melissa at that altar and I know Melissa was tearing up under her veil.
My other favorite part of this wedding day was portrait time. It may have been mid-November, but the brisk weather stayed away just long enough for us to take some beautiful and intimate portraits! We were working in high-speed mode after the ceremony to get everything accomplished but you would never know it in their portraits! Melissa and Barrett became pros in front of the camera (even though they would much rather be behind it like us!!). This couple was such a joy to work with and it saddens me that our time with them is over!
Being a part of weddings like this is such an honor for us. Melissa and Barrett’s family and friends were so loving and welcoming that it made us feel like family. But the most loving of all were Melissa and Barrett themselves. When we first met with them, we were going through the hardest part of our lives with my dad. The couple was so encouraging and checked in often on us throughout the year, something they never needed to do. It was a gift to us to be able to work and do something that we love in the midst of this hard season of life, with such an amazing pair like Melissa and Barrett.
Melissa and Barrett, we love and adore you both! Your day was absolutely perfect. Being photographers yourselves, I know the hardest part is picking someone to capture the day for you. We are absolutely honored and privileged to have that opportunity. Thank you for allowing us to be there! Take a peek into your amazing fall wedding day!
Thank you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who made this day possible!
Venue: Hastings Ranch
Wedding Planner: Bella Sirena Events
Officiant: Kirk Bane
Hair and Makeup: Shaylene Pase
Florist: Saint Cloud Florist
Catering and Bakery: Publix
DJ: Rick Mondelli
Jeweler: Thompson Jewelers
Bridal Gown: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Tux: Men’s Wearhouse