While stepping into layers of tulle and satin, she filled the room with her laughter. Surrounded by her Mother’s and Sister’s love, they exclaimed how beautiful she was as they held back a few tears. And she was radiant! She didn’t even bother to check herself in the mirror before she glided down the stairs to meet her Father who was waiting to whisk her off to their next destination to join her Groom.
After many years of building a strong foundation built upon love, support of their community, and the grace of God, Mélissa and Derek were excited to finally become Man and Wife. The moment came for their first look; when she grabbed his hand and he finally saw her, he was speechless and immediately swept her up into a large hug. With their fingers intertwined, he never let her go. When she would be pulled away for others to wish her congratulations, he’d look lovingly at her even across the room. And when they finally met again he’d hold her hand and gently kiss the top while looking at her with all the love in the world.
Their ceremony was filled with applause and cheering when she walked down the aisle to meet him and laughter echoed off the walls while stories were told of their relationship over the years. And then, when they were pronounced Man and Wife, they couldn’t contain their happiness any longer and embraced each other with a lingering kiss.
It was such an honour to meet and photograph Mélissa & Derek, to be welcomed as if we were part of the family, and to witness a beautiful and amazing community come together to celebrate a marriage.
To view the highlights of the day, view the slideshow here!