Bride Spotlight: Melissa


Happy wedding week to Melissa and Jonathan!!! Hooray! I am so, so excited for these two lovebirds as their wedding day quickly approaches, and it’s going to be such a magical, meaningful, and beautiful day as Melissa and Jonathan are married this weekend!

It has been such a joy to get to know them throughout their engagement, and M + J were clearly made for one another! I love how much they complement each other, bring out the best in each other, and have such a strong bond and foundation. Seeing them together is so sweet, and I love the way Jonathan looks at Melissa (as evidenced in their engagement session by the amazing Megan Kerns Photography!). We had Melissa’s bridal portrait session just a few days ago, and WOW. She is so, so radiant, so breathtaking, and so excited — and I can only imagine how Jonathan will react when he sees her for the first time walking down the aisle. There is already so much anticipation and excitement for their wedding day, and I couldn’t be happier that they’re mere days away from becoming husband and wife!

I’m excited to share Melissa’s bride spotlight with you today, where you can learn more about the two of them, their love story, and what they’re most excited about on their wedding day!

1. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Jonathan!  We are both dorky, silly homebodies, but we also love doing anything outdoors, going to local breweries, and spending time with my, soon to be our, dog Layla.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Celebrating with friends and family and starting our lives together.  Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?  Walking down the aisle.

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design?  The venue and playing on the winter theme.

4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? Saving it – one of the few things we were in complete agreement on!

5. Describe your style in one word.  Classic?


6. What’s your favorite way to relax?  Reading.

7. What is something you’re passionate about?  Working out/being physically active. What are some things you and Jonathan love to do together? Hiking, camping, anything outdoors and spending time with Layla..

8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process? So many decisions!  Thankfully Stephanie has helped us narrow those down so much!

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? The mix of dark and light shades combined in the flowers.

10. What is your favorite thing about Jonathan? His patience.

Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their wedding on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life… and then to see how Megan captures their joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Megan Kerns Photography

Winter Elegance Shoot – Sneak Peek

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Back in December, right before Christmas, we brought our Winter Elegance editorial shoot to life at The Parlour at Manns Chapel! December was an incredibly busy month for me with a couple shoots and a huge wedding, but it was such a dream to bring this vision to life with some truly amazing people. There may have been absolutely torrential downpour for almost the entirety of the day, but we managed to pull together a pretty gorgeous shoot despite having to move it all indoors. Thankfully, there was a five minute window at the end of the day where we could move outside and snap a few frames before it got dark! The whole day was so calm, fun, and the creative energy was truly overflowing. I love when almost all of the talented vendors stick around throughout the day, despite the fact that it can be a very, very long day!, and it was so fun to watch the entire shoot unfold together.

Here are a few favorite sneak peeks that I can’t help but share! I think that’s one of the hardest parts about a styled shoot – not being able to share the entire gallery of images the second I receive them! Waiting for publication/being featured is definitely a test in patience!! I actually cried happy tears when I first received the gallery from Amber Hatley because they were THAT good. That’s one of the most fun and fulfilling parts of my job, for sure.

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Photography Amber Hatley Photography

Planning, design, & styling Stephanie Scholl Events

Venue The Parlour at Manns Chapel

Florals Wylde Flowers

Paper goods Sage Paper Co

Ceremony backdrop Simply Jessica Marie

Cake stands + candlesticks Greenhouse Picker Sisters

Hair & makeup Lula Hair and Makeup

Dress Truvelle

Jewelry Gemma Jewel Shop

Ribbons Adorn

Ring Trumpet & Horn

Jewelry box The Mrs. Box

Cakes Big Bundt Bakery

Model Pretty in the Pines

This was the most wonderful vendor team, for sure. It’s so hard to put into words just how wonderful everyone was and how much each person/business contributed to this editorial shoot. Let’s just say that I am SO, so grateful! Everyone blew me away with their talent, sweet hearts, and creative vision.

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all images by the amazing Amber Hatley Photography