Today’s wedding has us dreaming about warmer weather and summer vacations by the lake.
For Kelly and Melissa, Grosse Ile, Michigan, a small island south of Detroit, provided the perfect backdrop for their wedding. It is also home for much of Melissa’s family and where Kelley Jordon Photography set the scene for the gorgeous images that follow. Friends and family from all over the map joined together on the island, on this warm summer day, to be a part of their ceremony and watch their love set sail. Two of the bride’s cousins served as wedding planner and graphic designer, ensuring that every last detail perfectly accentuated their personalities and plans – and just look at the bride’s gorgeous dress! Wow! We love everything about this summer-fun event and want to thank Kelley Jordan Photography and the amazing couple for sharing it with us and with you, our always amazing readers!
Who, What, Where ~ Reception: Bishop Cottage. Photographer: Kelley Jordan Photography. Catering: Cafe West. Event Planning: The Darling Empire. Cake: Josef’s European Pastry Shop. Favors: Great Dane Rescue Inc.
From the bride, Melissa…
Kelly arrived home from work Sunday night over Memorial day weekend with not one, but two big surprises. As he tentatively entered the loft with my dream puppy wrapped in his arms, tears began streaming down my face when I saw them. As he dropped to his knee, I thought he had dropped something, but instead he was asking me to be his wife with the ring tied around the puppy’s neck.
We decided to get married on Grosse Ile, Michigan, a small island south of Detroit where my family lives. My two fabulous cousins, Nicole Stone, wedding planner extraordainarie, and Jamie Stone, graphic designer, planned and made my wedding a beautiful reality. My
cousins hand-made all of the invitations, centerpieces and reception decor. I’m forever indebted to them for doing this as I live in Atlanta and it just wasn’t feasible to do this without them!
The ceremony was at St. Anne’s chapel, where I was baptized at 6 months old, and the reception was around the corner at Bishop’s Cottage B&B. The most special photo locations were my grandparents beautiful 1940′s home, garden and boating dock. I also gave Kelly a plane propeller tie pin the day of the wedding as a surprise to remember his grandparents that are no longer with us. Kelly’s life was greatly influenced by his maternal grandmother, Willie Jewel Peacock Kelly, who was a WASP (Women’s Air Force Service Pilot) in WWII. In 2010 she along with the other WASPS were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor which is housed in the Smithsonian. During Kelly’s formative years he dreamed of being a pilot and while still in high school he earned his pilot’s license.
My favorite part of the day was spending time with family friends who traveled from Massachusetts, Chicago, Texas, Georgia, California, Florida, etc to be there! My favorite moment was with Kelly though in the secret garden (first picture).