Mel + Jared’s Lakeside Occasions wedding was one that I will never forget. It was beautiful and everything you would imagine a gorgeous barn wedding to be, but the one thing that I will absolutely not forget is the bride + groom. Individually they are some of the best people I’ve met but put them together and they are a powerhouse. Mel is so kind. The type of person that would drop everything to help. The entire day, (on her wedding day!), she was asking us how we were doing and if we needed anything. Always thinking of others before herself. She showered me with hugs all day long and even told me she loved me about 5 times. Talk about the sweetest person ever! She is full of grace and kindness. I was completely inspired by her kindness in just the short amount of time that I was able to spend with her. Now to Jared. Whenever a man happily takes in a son and treats him as his own, you know he’s a good man. He is patient and had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. Witnessing his love for Boone was epic. They are now a family, and nothing in the world could make me more happy for them!
They said I do at Lakeside Occasions, a beautiful barn tucked away in Amish country. The day was filled with details that reflected on who they are as a couple. Jared’s family owns a party company, so the wedding decor included loads and loads of balloons. As they stood together in the barn, and read their vows to each other, everyone had tears in their eyes. Their vows were written from a deep place of love, admiration, and devotion. The ceremony ended with an Irish Toast and song (the first I’ve ever witnessed), and the biggest kiss, ever!
I cannot begin to say how privileged I am that Mel + Jared chose me to document these moments for them. What a complete honor to not only get to know them but to capture the first moments of them as a family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Here’s a preview of their beautiful Lakeside Occasions wedding day!
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Shout out to the amazing vendors!
Photographer : Stacey Harting Photography
Venue : Lakeside Occasions
Florist : Molly Wallace (Mel’s Aunt)
Cake : Aimee Beiter (Mel’s friend)
Hair + Makeup : Ashley Morgan
Dress : David’s Bridal
Dress Designer : Vera Wang
Invites : Mel Updike
DJ : EA Pro Music