An UP inspired summer wedding on the lake
In the middle of the busiest part of our summer wedding season, we were gifted with some of the sweetest couples. It’d be hard not to place George and Melissa near the top of that list. Let me tell you, their sweet & adventurous personalities and romantic & fun wedding ended the month with an absolute bang!
Nearly a year ago, we met for their engagement photos. Melissa mentioned their love of the movie UP and it being an inspiration for their big day. It’s no question that Carl & Ellie are #couplegoals. I’d argue the same could be said for George & Melissa. So, it’s no surprise I’d been looking forward to this day for quite a while.
The two wed on a beautifully sunny afternoon at the historic Vermilion on the Lake clubhouse. After, what felt like, weeks of rain in Ohio, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. The sun shone through the trees on the side yard of the Vermilion on the Lake clubhouse while the two exchanged vows. The light was so dreamy as the waves crashed on the shores of Lake Erie, creating a stunning backdrop.
After the ceremony, we walked through downtown Vermilion, to the Main Street Beach, snagged a couple of photos in front of the Vermilion Lighthouse, and finished with a stop on the historic blue truss bridge over the Vermilion River. All of which paid off; just look how amazing they look in their downtown portraits! Some of my all-time faves!
While many elements of the day were drawn from the Disney Pixar movie, the bride also wanted to incorporate her own lavender, purple, and yellow details. And, since music is such a huge part of both George and Melissa’s lives (she is a band director and music educator and they both performed in marching band at the collegiate level) having a live jazz performance was a must. Their first dance, choreographed by the groom’s sister, had their guests lining the dance floor while they danced to “Married Life”-the UP theme song.
George and Melissa, we hope you’re loving the newlywed life. We’re so thankful to have been there to capture such a fantastic day. Mr. & Mrs. Rosekelly, welcome to the blog!
Roses played a significant role in the wedding, and not simply in the bouquets. Rose is not only the bride’s middle name, it’s also part of her married name, as well as the name of the park where we took their engagement photos – Columbus Park of Roses. Even more sentimental, it’s the same park the bride’s parents were married.
The mother of the bride posing with a handkerchief Melissa gave her on the wedding day.
Gown: The Brides World
Florals: Corso’s Flower & Garden Center
Caterer: Blue Ribbon Catering