I’ve been so excited to share this wedding with you!  For so many reasons!

Braden and Alissa got married in her parents back yard in Newfield, NY {just outside of Ithaca}.  We knew it was going to be gorgeous, but when we got there, the location, the decor, just completely blew our minds!  The location was amazing, very much in the middle of nowhere {no cell phone reception..or very little}.  The location was peaceful and at night, fireflies lit up the fields.

Braden and Alissa are such a special couple.  Not only are they totally freaking good looking on the outside, but they are so sweet, have killer dance moves, and overall, the type of people you want to be around. They are genuine.

Another reason I’m excited to share this wedding is because it’s our first wedding that we’ve mixed digital with film.  We recently dusted off our Mamiya 645, got it repaired, and have been shooting it since.  Most people think film has died and we do get some funny looks when we are unloading and reloading rolls, but film is not dead, in fact, I can see it making a comeback 🙂  That movement has already started.   Film makes you slow down and really think about your shot.

Their style is just plain awesome! Alissa works at Free People and her amazing style and taste definitely carried through in their wedding.  Their style is very similar to our style.  It’s very organic, a lot of earthy elements, and big heads {See picture below.   Not at all what you are thinking} haha.  Michael and I are mostly inspired by  nature. It’s our happy place and so was this space.

This chatty Cathy will stop chatting and let you move along to the pictures! 🙂

 

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I just love floral headpieces.  You can never go wrong with flowers in the hair!

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What a ridiculously good looking wedding party!

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I could live here!

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Free People, I just love these!! I want them hanging all over my house!

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A super moon on your wedding day has to be good luck for eternity, right?

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Braden & Alissa, you two crazy lovebirds, it’s been such a pleasure being part of your wedding day!  Thank you for having us =0)

xoxo

Melissa.

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous!!!! PS- Just randomly saw someone share this on Facebook… LOVE your work!!!

    • Melissa
      July 10, 2013

      Thank You Lauren! PS. I love your blog 🙂

  2. July 10, 2013

    Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous wedding!

  3. Meredith
    July 10, 2013

    Mark and I originally planned for a backyard wedding before deciding to elope. These photos almost make me want to have a backyard wedding again! Everything looks absolutely beautiful. Do you know where they got their chuppah, by any chance?

  4. Alissa
    July 10, 2013

    I can’t stop looking at these pictures, Melissa – you perfectly captured some of the happiest moments of my entire life. Thank you so much for being a part of our day, for capturing it so beautifully and for your very kind, generous words. xo!

  5. Sue Lepisto
    July 10, 2013

    Loved how you captured the loving spirit of the wedding. Braden and Alissa were gracious. loving, and lovely as a groom and bride. Thank you for your artistry in looking at who and what they are!

  6. Rose Grage
    July 10, 2013

    By far, the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen. Love outdoor weddings. Congrats to the beautiful couple.

  7. Amanda Burns
    August 7, 2013

    Such a beautiful, perfectly captured wedding! I feel like I was there!

  8. Beth W
    November 30, 2013

    this is hands down, the most beautiful wedding and photography I have seen!

    good job, & good luck to the couple!

    • Melissa
      December 1, 2013

      Thank you for the kind words Beth!!

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