Kelli & Melissa

June 30

Wedding Colors

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Photography: Ashley Escola Photography
Invitations & Favors: Pink Tomato Creative
First Dance Song: In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
and The Story by Brandi Carlile
Number of Guests: 175
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How they met…

Kelli was the manager of a local sporting goods store that Missie frequented. Conversations eventually turned more personal with topics on Cavs Basketball, music, family and the TV show Survivor. The most in-depth conversation centered around a picture that Kelli posted on Facebook. The picture was of a bridge on her grandparent’s tree farm. The black and white picture was of a bridge, old and well used. Barely could you see the reflection of the water surrounding the bridge. Missie fell in love.

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The proposal…

​Funny. Stressful. A trip to see friends in San Francisco. Kelli had the engagement ring nicely tucked away in her backpack. Imagine.… middle of June weather in San Fran and she’s walking around EVERYWHERE with a backpack…. Supposedly waiting for the “right time.” We visited Muir Woods…. rough terrain and lots of people.… fail! We visited Napa Valley…. Over 100 degrees and not our scene…. fail! She thought about the roof of our friends house that overlooked the city and all its lights. It was high, HIGH up and Kelli is afraid of heights…. fail! Last night before leaving to come home… a walk along the beach to watch the sunset. Amazing trees on one side of us, amazing rocks leading into the ocean on the other side.… And with the sun going down Kelli (and her backpack) walked Missie over underneath a tree full of character and said…. “I know it’s taken me awhile (9 years and 2 weeks later), but will you marry me?” To which Missie replied with a smile… “I guess”.

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Favorite wedding memory…

It was very important to us to symbolize literally being surround by our friends and family that had supported and loved us through the years. We placed the chairs for the ceremony in a semi-circle.… to embody that sense of surrounding us. As we stood in front of all of these important people and opened ourselves up, reading the vows that we wrote to each other.… there was a great sense of love and connection.

We had written our vows and Jodi Kennedy from Pink Tomato Creative, took the liberty of printing them on plexiglass and gift wrapped them for us. We opened them for the first time right before reading them to each other during the ceremony. When placing the two boards of plexiglass together.… they become one tree.

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Covering Akron, Canton, Massillon, Dover-New Philadelphia, Alliance, Bolivar, Medina, Youngstown, and Warren – all of Stark, Summit, Portage, Medina, Mahoning and Tuscarawas Counties.


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