On a chilly day in February Stellie and Melissa locked eyes for the first time and passion swept through them… well, not exactly. It was more like volleyballs sweeping through them during their first match together. Stellie and Melissa met through the Champagne Volleyball League which they both played in. One day when they both had a match, Stellie’s partner did not show up. Melissa had just finished her game when Stellie locked eyes with her. In search of a new partner for the day, Stellie ran up to her and asked her to play with him for his match and he would buy drinks after. While finishing up drinks, Melissa realized she found a guy that could be a really good friend but Stellie, on the other hand, thought this new relationship could be something more. Stellie got denied by Melissa three times before she asked him to accompany her to a friend’s wedding. Several dates later they fell in love and Stellie proposed in Las Vegas, to which Melissa replied with a ‘Yes!’
When discussing the wedding, they started out with an idea for it to be urban summer theme. Once they figured out their colors, everything else just fell into place. They both agreed that the colors majolica blue and warm olive were a perfect choice for their urban wedding. After a short engagement of just 4 months, they exchanged their vows and made their toasts at 3015 at Trinity Groves. The venue made their delicious cake as well. Melissa’s gorgeous gown was designed by San Patrick and she purchased it at Lasting Bridal Couture.
Melissa says that her favorite moment of the whole wedding was having a first look with Stellie. It expressed that it was such a memorable and special moment that they two shared. She was nervous and excited to see him. It was much needed alone time before walking down the aisle.
Their floral arrangements from Fleurs de France really captured the colors and feel that the couple was hoping for. The center pieces were simple and modern. The photos were taken by the talented Harry from Harry Photo.
For the entertainment they had a violinist Richmond Punch, Ernestos mariachi band, and a DJ from ES Events. The violinist played during the ceremony while the mariachi band and DJ played during the reception.
Melissa and Stellie loved the dance floor. They said that it was a joy to see all their family and friends getting down to the fun music. Even Stellie’s grandparents were getting jiggy with it! Melissa said that she loved every song and every dance. They even had choreographed a mash-up for their first dance. How fun!
Stellie and Melissa withstood 3 large thunderstorms that wonderful day but the rain was certainly not going to stop them. They luckily got their first look done at the Magnolia Hotel minutes before the first down pour started. But hey, you know what they say, it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day! We will take it! Stellie and Melissa were a joy to work with and it was an honor to be apart of their big day. We truly witnessed love as they became husband and wife.