Melissa and Luke met each other in Primary School, Mel was in Grade 5 and Luke in Grade 6. He picked on her about her white hair and she had a big crush on him. She invited him to her birthday party that year, the party was at the Pizza Hut and they watched the babysitters club. They remained friends for the rest of the year and when he left to go to high school. Mel thought that she would never see him again.
But fate had other ideas, and in 2008, when Mel was at a bar with her best friend, she met up with Luke again. The next night Luke tagged along on a night out and stayed near Mel the whole time, but barley said two words to her the whole night. About 2 weeks later Luke asked for Mel’s number and they started talking, and as they say the rest is history.
Their wedding was on a lovely day in July, the wedding ceremony was held at a beautiful little chapel at Ballara Receptions in Eltham. It was truly a Melbourne winters day, it was raining and cold, but this did not change the romantic and beautiful feel of the day. They venue matched perfectly with the classic feel that I knew that Mel and Luke were striving for, the cars and even the rain on the day all added to the ambience.
Melissa and Luke a included rose and a candle ceremony into their wedding ceremony. I especially like the candle ceremony as it is a fantastic way to include people from both sides of the family. They shared some funny and heartfelt vows. This was a particularly nerve racking wedding for me, being a wedding of a friend, and I had worked with her and also her dad, also a lot of close friends were in attendance. I just wanted it to be great for Mel and Luke, knowing how much work they put into preparing the day and how much Melissa wanted it to be just perfect and knowing that not everything had been smooth sailing for them leading up to the wedding day. Having my friends see me do what I love to do, made me quite nervous, I really wanted to make everyone proud.
Melissa’s sister Catherine, who was her maid of honour, did an absolutely fantastic job of making the cake. The reception was lovely and we were treated to one of the best father of the bride speeches that I have heard, funny, witty and truly heartfelt. Ballara Receptions was a stunning place for a wedding, check out their website here. I was lucky enough to be working on this wedding with Blueberry Studio again. Check out the great work on the Blueberry Studio’s site here. As you can see from the photos, Melissa looked amazing her beautiful dress matched with the whole romantic theme of the day, the bridesmaids looked simply stunning and the flower girls were just so cute, (they danced the night away too) the boys looked alright too.
What a beautiful fairytale wedding, to begin the next chapter in their lives together.