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Melissa + Brad

There’s something about getting a second chance at love that makes me feel all hopeful and happy about life in general.  Brad and Melissa got their second chance.  They dated in high school, drifted apart in college and then, after moving back to Elizabethtown a few years ago, found each other again.

Kind of sounds like a romance novel, doesn’t it?

They chose the Belle of Louisville as their wedding venue and it couldn’t have been more perfect for them.  They gathered family and friends for a sweet ceremony on the deck overlooking the boat’s iconic paddle wheel. The Belle’s calliope player played through the wedding march repeatedly until we finally had to beg her to stop (so we could start the ceremony before they began boarding other passengers onto the ship)–needless to say, the ceremony was filled with lots of laughter and many happy tears.

The recessional music was accompanied by a loud cheer from the crowd that had gathered by the Belle–those same folks yelled out their congratulations the entire time we were taking photos on the dock.  What followed was a cruise down the Ohio River, cake and champagne in the Captain’s Quarters, and dancing down below deck.

Brad and Melissa were one more couple that managed to overcome a rainy forecast this year.  All week the forecast said we were facing full-on rain all day long, but Saturday morning we woke up to sunny skies.  Their carriage made it to their hotel just as the rain began!

*fun fact:  Brad and I went to the same high school.  I was at the same Senior Prom that he and Melissa went to together all those years ago!  I didn’t end up marrying my date, though.  😉

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