The rolling greens and the tall trees framing the Gracewil Country Club golf course offered beautiful photo opportunities for Melissa and Tyler's wedding day in Grand Rapids, MI. Melissa and Tyler shared a private First Look before the ceremony - which always allows for more time for pictures - in the quiet afternoon shade.
As the hot July day continued, Melissa walked down the aisle escorted by her father and past a sign that boasted for guests to pick a seat, not a side. Her groom Tyler, who looked dashing in a suit and tie, waited excitedly at the end of the aisle for her to reach him. Family and guests in attendance filled all the seats available and it was a standing room only kind of celebration. Melissa's mom couldn't hold back the tears as the couple exchanged vows and family and friends erupted in applause at the first kiss.
After the ceremony I took the new Mr. and Mrs. for some more portraits. Melissa was so much fun and wanted a special picture of her and Tyler - in a tree! You read that right, they both climbed up into the tree in their wedding clothes. Totally awesome! The reception lasted into the wee hours of the night and was filled with toasts, dancing, late night pizza as a snack for the party-goers, as well as a heart warming speech from Melissa's dad. He talked about when Melissa first brought Tyler around and noted how he knew this boy was different than the others. The night drew to a close and sparks erupted.
Congrats again Melissa and Tyler!