Mike and Melissa…where do I even begin?! When Geoff and I met them, we knew Mike and Melissa were people we’d love. Over the course of the past oh, year and a half, together we’ve fallen in love with frozen yogurt, experienced the ending of LOST, both purchased our first homes, and gotten MARRIED! We think Mike and Melissa are the bee’s knees and had SO much fun not only working with them on their wedding design (which you must check out!) but being a part of their wedding day as photographers. I’m so excited to post their amazingly colorful and fun wedding! There was so much love, laughter, and liveliness flying about throughout the day.
Mike and Melissa held the wedding at the lovely Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, CA. Check out some of Melissa’s cute details. Her wedding gown was a custom design, handmade by Carole Kenney Design, and it suited her so well. I love the detail of the little flowers on the sash.
The little ring bowl from Paloma’s Nest has lyrics from The Wedding Singer, one of their favorite movies. The movie was a prominent theme of the wedding.
Our favorite florist, Brandi of Party Petals did an AMAZING job on the flowers throughout the wedding. I especially love the pops of yellow on the girls’ bouquets.
See the little cake? While she was getting ready, the bakers at Forest House Lodge brought Melissa a mini version of the top tier of their wedding cake! The rainbow colored layers are just too much!
How much do I love Melissa? Yup, a lot.
Easily my favorite bridesmaid photo! Melissa and her posse.
Mike is one of the coolest guys we know. He’s a guitarist, a singer and even has his own wedding band, The Hits. Seriously, you need to check them out! Geoff was at the lodge with Mike and his guys as they got ready.
This one cracks me up.
For their groomsman gifts, Mike gave them a handpicked bottle of booze. Finally, something to fill all those gift flasks! Bravo, Mike.
Muy Guapo, Mike!
Rockin’ the cowboy boots. Nice touch.
Then it was time for Mike and Melissa to see each other. I definitely shed a tear or two, they were both so sweet and emotional.
Love, love, love, love, love.
It is impossible not to love Forest House Lodge’s ceremony site.
They had one of the best ceremonies I’ve witnessed in a while. From starting out with the line, “Mawwiage is what bwings us togethaw today”, to the best man singing and playing “The Luckiest”, to the countless movie references, to the recessional back down the aisle to Star Wars, it was the definition of personal. Laughter and tears all around.
I am in love with this photo. I feel like they are in an enchanted forest right out of a fairytale.
Reception and party time! This wedding busting with adorably amazing details. There were so many cute personal touches everywhere. One of my favorites was the tables named after famous couples like Ariel and Prince Eric, Miss Piggy and Kermit, Ross and Rachel, Lucy and Desi, and, in true LOST fan form, Penny and Desmond.
The seating chart poster was designed by me. I love the way it came out and fit in with their invitation design.
Melissa’s mom sewed all of the quilted mats under the centerpieces. She even made M&M tags on each one!
Mike and Melissa Mad Libs!
Their signature drinks were an Oreo Martini and Cherry Limeade. Yummy!
Mike surprised Melissa with a serenade from the Wedding Singer. The bridal party all joined in to sing backup and shake maracas!
Isn’t the cake topper from Etsy seller Lollipop Workshop the freakin’ cutest things you have ever seen?! I know we are already married, but I am seriously considering getting one of these just to put in my house.
Mike and Melissa look kind of scared.
Hello, rainbow layered cake! I think all wedding cakes should be this pretty inside.
Mike and Melissa, words cannot even begin to describe how thankful we are that you chose us and how lucky we feel to call you friends. You are THE coolest couple and your wedding was nothing short of radical amazingness! We know you are in for a long and happy marriage full of love and laughter. CONGRATULATIONS!
Ceremony and Reception Venue | Forest House Lodge
Florist | Party Petals
Catering | Forest House Lodge
Cake | Forest House Lodge
Ceremony Musician | Quinn Hedges
Bridal Hair | Sara Presley
Bridal Makeup | Ashley Thornhill
Photobooth | The Shot Spot by The Goodness!
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