wedding date: July 1st, 2017
It all started with a crush when they were in high school. Melissa was younger and loved everything about Jacob, but Jacob was older and a little hesitant. That’s where it all started. They’ve been best friends for 10 years and dating for the last 7. That is what helped build this strong relationship between the two of them. They did everything together and when Melissa attended college, they stayed together. They have been through a lot together and you can honestly feel the love they have for one another when you are around them. It is infectious! I’ve had the pleasure of teaching and coaching both Melissa and Jacob. Every wedding I am at is special to me, but this was extra special to be a part of, especially since I photographed their proposal as well!
Their wedding day was nothing short of perfect! They were surrounded by all their friends and family on the beach at Lighthouse Point in New Haven, CT. The afternoon called for rain, but it stayed away, except for a small sprinkle after their vows, but that brought out a rainbow over their venue. I am sure we all believe it was a little sign from their friend Ed, who was watching from above. Ed would have been a groomsman, but he passed away too soon. Melissa and Jacob had a beautiful tribute to him in the reception hall and his brother Christian, was the best man. Aside from the rainbow, Ed also let others know he was there- a twisted tea was opened and it said “Ed” on the cap. When the Best Man was asked to hand the rings to their officiant, he pretended he “lost” them,… and as a surprise to Melissa, their dog Tucker, brought the rings down the isle. It was perfect!
The reception continued on inside the venue where there was an antique carousel that guests could ride at any time through the evening. The sunset was spectacular, and Spencer, the DJ kept the dance floor rocking all night long. At the end of the evening, their friend, and one of the groomsmen, Charlie, played the bagpipes for everyone.
Here’s to the many more years of love and happiness for this couple, Cheers!
Caterer: Carriage House Events and Catering, Chris
DJ: Dance to the Music, Spencer
Rentals: All Season Party and Tent Rentals, Dave & Sarah
Photographed by: Erica Keane and Ali Lee for Keane Eye Photography