Melissa and Nicholas had a few important goals for their wedding; they wanted to uphold military traditions, to honor Melissa’s deceased mother, and to show their guests a grand southern time in Savannah, Georgia. With Nicholas’ dashing uniform, Melissa in her mom’s beautiful wedding dress, and endless fun and thoughtful details, I’d say they surpassed their goals by leaps and bounds! The day was traditional, heartfelt and unique, and it all was captured beautifully by the energetic husband and wife team of Scott Hopkins Photography.
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Melissa and Nicholas: Traditional, honorable, unique.
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Melissa and Nicholas: The initial inspiration for our wedding style came from our mutual desire to uphold formal military tradition so our colors were pulled directly from my husbands dress and daily uniforms: navy, gold, silver, and eggplant (which is his beret color). We knew we wanted a very classic, traditional wedding in the military aspect but wanted to have fun and do certain things differently in other aspects. We also wanted to preserve some of the local southern aspects and knew we wanted to introduce our guests (many of whom had never been to Savannah) to the best the area had to offer. Additionally, I knew I wanted to feel as though my deceased mother was there with me every step of the way and that was evident in my bouquet and my sisters bouquet, the pink sweets candy table displaying our donation to a cause working to end breast cancer, and emerging at the end of the reception wearing my mothers altered wedding dress from 1973. We had fun throughout the entire process and incorporated everything that meant something to us.
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Melissa and Nicholas: Can I say that I loved everything? I loved all the unique aspects we incorporated into the evening from my ring bearers carrying my great grandmothers bible as the ring pillow, the traditional arch of sabers and cutting the cake with my new husbands saber, the cake pull with my bridesmaids, guests drinking out of mason jars and paper straws, Leopolds ice cream, our 5 foot tall cupcake tower, Nicholas tossing a black book instead of a garter, our choreographed first dance together, and emerging wearing my mothers altered wedding dress and taking off in a vintage police car used on the set of the Andy Griffith show…I could go on and on but every aspect came to life and created a beautiful and personal evening better than we could have imagined.
To incorporate my deceased mother, my aunt not only altered her original wedding dress to fit me (my mother was 54 and I am 59!) , she transformed each of the long sleeves on the dress into bouquest stem holders for both my sister and I. Further, she took lace fabric from the original turtleneck part of the dress and made 2 lily flowers which were placed in our bouquets as well. All the personal touches made me feel like my mother was there with me throughout the night and a part of everything.
Aside from getting to show off our hard work on our choreographed dance, I also loved the moments where Nicholas and I got to sneak away and take photos kissing inside the old police car. It was so much fun and we still talk about it!
Junebug: What specifically drew you to Scott Hopkins Photography and their imagery?
Melissa and Nicholas: When searching for a photographer, we knew we wanted a two person team first and foremost and preferably a husband and wife team. We found a few photographers that fit our preferences and had several interviews but none stood out more than Melissa and Scott. Their energy was so upbeat and we could tell they were and are genuinely excited to work with their clients to capture truly creative and unique photos. Above all, their work stood out and spoke for itself. Their style was everything and more we had hoped to find in a photographer and they delivered photos that were even more stunning and beautiful than we could have dreamed.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Scott Hopkins Photography
Event Planner: Alysse Sweeney of Morgan Gallos Events
Ceremony Venue: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension
Reception Venue: The Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees Garden
Videographer/Film Maker: student of Savannah College of Art and Design
Officiant: Reverend Carl Yost
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura
Catering: Creative Catering
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Designs
Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes and Gigis cupcakes
Icecream: Leopold’s Icecream
Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza, Second dress – mothers vintage wedding gown
Bridal accessories: Earrings – Tacori, Bracelet – Swarovski, Hairpiece – Stephanie Brown
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Wtoo
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Military (Army branch) uniforms and Mens Wearhouse
Hair: Brides by Kelly
Makeup: Lynn Quann
DJ: Jeff and Jamey, All About You Entertainment
Live music: Soloist Tami Meister
Transportation: Oglethorpe Tours, Trolley
Dance instruction: Rachael Moore, Salon De Baile Ballroom Dance Studio
Favors: Donation made to Breast Cancer Deadline 2020
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Rings: Tacori platinum
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