Melanie + Tommy - A Vintage Celebration of Love

“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.” — Honore de Balzac Quotes

Anyone that knows me, will tell you... I am a cynic.  I don't make it a secret.  Love? BLECH!  CRYING at a wedding? WHAT is that?!   I thought for SURE without any doubt in my mind, that I would show up to this event just like any other I've documented.  Nope.  I did my job.. I laughed almost the entirety of the ceremony,  my camera plastered up against my face.  I smiled as I looked through the lens, and I most certainly did tear up on several different occasions.  This couple exudes love.  They are the epitome of happiness.  I thought I'd walk away from this one as I have any other.  A sense of relief that my job was done to the best of my ability.  Coming down off of the adrenaline rush as I sift through the images of the day (maybe with a glass of wine in hand ;)  Instead, I found myself reflecting mostly.  Thinking how lovely it must be to have someone look at you the way these two look at each other.  Bravo Mel, you made a believer outta this girl! 

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Historic barn in Tonganoxie, Kansas.  We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! 

Melanie worked relentlessly on everything from the cake and cupcakes, down to the decor.  Everything you see, was created by her own two hands.  Impressive to say the least. 

Mom was unable to be there due to some health issues so the girls got to video chat :)  Gotta love technology these days!  Some photographers can't stand the phones at events like this.  They really don't bother me.  Besides, who would NOT want to capture a moment as sweet as this?  

Tommy came to Kansas from Louisiana with a plan.  He said he had three wishes. 1: win a million dollars.  His last two wishes were both to get a wife.  The two met that night.  They fell in love, by the simple touch of a hand, backed by those two very specific wishes that had been hanging out in his back pocket for quite a while.  

The look on his face pretty much says it all. 

Butterflies like weddings too!  

All three of Melanie's boys were in attendance. Thank you Ian for missing homecoming for mom's day :) 

Mom danced with her son and smiled throughout.  I think this may be my favorite image of the day! 

A wall in memory of the loved ones attending this ceremony in spirit. 

Mel and Tommy... Thank you for allowing me the great pleasure, to document your wedding, your memories, and your love.  This family is truly special.  Congratulations!