They opted for a small wedding at the Indiana State Museum on the Canal in Indianapolis, IN, and had the people who love them most in the world in the room to celebrate. After 11 years together — to the day, they enjoyed each other, their love and celebrating finally becoming husband and wife.
Melissa and Ryan first became best friends, talking on the phone every day and hanging out. After a year of being best friends, they both knew they had fallen in love with the other and decided to start dating. Melissa moved to Indianapolis after she graduated college and a year after the move, they moved in together and started their journey together.
It’s hard to narrow it down to a couple of things you admire in a person you’re in love with, but Melissa summed up her feelings well. “Ryan has always amazed me with his hard work and drive. Once he puts his mind to something, he will do everything in his power to make it a reality. He has a sense of humor that cannot be beat, on even my worst days, he can always manage to put a smile on my face. We have so many great memories just laughing together and being silly. His loyalty to me and those he loves is beyond measure. Ryan is always there for anyone who needs him, he is willing to drop anything to talk to me or a friend after a bad day, give advice or just listen.”
Ryan’s top of the list when it comes to Melissa is her selflessness. “Melissa always puts other peoples needs before her own, 100% of the time. She enjoys being there for people she loves and helping them with any problem, celebrating their successes and loving unconditionally, her drive and work ethic–it was one of the things that pulled us together to begin with. I have always been impressed with her business sense. She has always had big dreams and worked hard to accomplish them. I also admire Melissa’s dedication to family. She has a strong love and dedication to her family and closest friends. She has always put these people first and cherishes the time she gets to spend with those she loves.”
The Oceanaire, where their wedding reception was held, holds special memories for the two of them. They dined there on the night Ryan asked Melissa to be his wife. Being foodies, they had a wonderful dinner, then went to Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo, something Melissa had been wanting to do for years. After a few hours of walking around and looking at the zoo lights (and animals), Ryan pulled Melissa off to a quiet, private area next to the Lions Den, dropped to one knee and asked Melissa to marry him. Ryan pulled the most beautiful ring out of his coat pocket and the rest is history.
“We both love Indianapolis and wanted our venues to give the Indianapolis feel. It was important it felt intimate and personal and both venues gave the ambiance we had dreamed of,” said Melissa.
Melissa and Ryan, it was more than a pleasure to capture and share such an important day in your lives. Thanks for asking me to be your wedding photographer!
- Ceremony – Canal Overlook Bridge at the Indiana State Museum – http://www.indianamuseum.org/
- Reception – The Oceanaire Seafood Room – http://www.theoceanaire.com
- Dress – Brides by Demetrios – Ilissa Collection
- Tux – Hickey Freeman New York
- Ryan Watch – Rolex
- Rings – Petite G Jewelers. Melissa’s Rings were designed by Martin Flyer
- Florist – Annie Corman, Cracker Jacque Flowers, Indianapolis, IN – http://www.crackerjacque.co
- Cake – Terri Harrison, Richmond, IN
- Shoes – Badgley Mischka
- Hair – Helene Ray, Indianapolis, IN https://www.facebook.com/helene.ray.salon/
- Makeup – J. Marie Make Up, Indianapolis, IN – http://jmariemakeup.com/
- DJ – Platinum DJ Productions, Indianapolis, IN http://platinumdjproductions.com