I first met Melissa through the Mabopane Foundation-- her Mom is the founder of the group and that is how my family first found our way to visit the orphanage five years ago. Two years ago, way back before I ever blogged, I had the privilege of shooting Melissa's sister Heather's wedding. Heather's wedding was also my first published wedding in a local magazine.
When I first met with Melissa and Nicky about their wedding day I was excited to learn that they were getting married in a small mountain town called Meadows of Dan. This happens to be the same little town my Mom's Dad (my Papa) grew up in. My Papa has dementia, so often he is most comfortable talking about his days in the past, mostly during his time in Meadows of Dan. He tells wonderful stories about how his first job was getting paid 30 cents an hour building portions of Skyline Drive, which is now the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the bridge structures that support it. I had visited Meadows of Dan when I was little but had not experienced as an adult. It turns out that our hotel was right beside one of the very stone bridges that my Papa built many years ago.
Melissa and Nicky got married on a foggy, misty Halloween day on the mountain. Melissa was the awesomest sport about the weather! We had lots of gorgeous spots to hit before the ceremony and she was willing to get out there in the cold wind and rain to get the shots.
I loved Melissa's classy Halloween decorations...
... and the star cookies she made herself (her new married name is Starr).
Mom and sister helping Melissa get into her dress...
Melissa getting to pin her groom :)
This little store was not on the "list" of spots we had planned
to stop by but OMG is it not cute?!
Many members of my Papa's family worked in this mill before it became a tourist site.
It is also gorgeous. And so are Nicky and Melissa!
Oh so snuggily.
We rode up the parkway a bit to breathtaking view and an unusual tree that Melissa remembers playing on as a child when she came to visit her Grandma.
P.S. If you are looking wedding-fabulous on the side of a mountain, not only will tourist congratulate you, they will also give you money to by yourself a drink on your honeymoon!
How cute is this church!?
The reception was in an awesome mountain house not too far away...
Nicky whipped up some homemade ice cream for all the guests...
Melissa's dreams came true when her and Nicky's friends surprised them with a gift she has been wanting for awhile now...
The End :)
Melissa and Nicky: Wow! Your wedding day was so unique and wonderful. David and I were just giddy over all the photo-fabulousness that happened throughout the day. I am trying to contain myself and not order 50 canvases from your wedding day for our office. Hope you found better weather in Charleston than we did on the mountain!