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I have such a sweet love story for you today. Chuck and Melissa were so meant to be, and even though life put them on paths leading away from each other for many years, like in all epic love stories, they eventually ended up back together where they belong. Something in my eye…*sniff*

Marrying on the day after Valentine’s at the restaurant where they had their first date, their wedding day was a beautiful, natural, chilled event full of love, family and being themselves rather than following traditions. I love this. Such a genuine day. I love how because they had both been married before, the focus was less on the customs and more on the marriage ahead.

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Never Lose Hope…True Romance Returns
We first met when I was 18 and he was 23. I worked at a convenience store around the corner from his house. He would come in every day. I thought he was cute, so I would try to engage him in conversation every chance I could. Eventually, he asked me out to dinner. We dated for a while, and I moved in with him. Several months later, we started planning a wedding. I had even bought my dress. Then, life got in the way, and we separated. We both went on to marry other people, and have children. I never thought I would see him again. I always felt like he was the one that got away.

Then, 16 years later, I went to the mechanic to get my car repaired. I walked in, and he was working there. I felt like I was 18 again. I knew that I had to talk to him. He had been divorced for several years, and I had just gone through my own divorce. We started right back where we left off, and I couldn’t be happier. He proposed to me every day for six months. He would call and say, “You need to marry me today at lunch.” I told him yes every day, and we finally got married February 15th, 2014. It may have taken us the long way to get here, but it is definitely worth the wait.

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The Style
I would have to say the theme for our wedding was comfort. It was just a very small outdoor ceremony. We had 13 of our closest friends and family there. I wanted everyone to dress comfortably, and just be themselves. Neither one of us are really into super fancy occasions where we have to get all dressed up. We are both pretty laid back and easygoing. I wanted our day to reflect our personalities. The venue was the restaurant where we had our first date. They catered barbecue, and even made our cake for us.

We are not very traditional, and I think that our wedding fit us perfectly. I did follow one tradition, though. I had pieces of my grandmother’s lace in my dreads for my ‘something old,’ I handmade the flowers in my hair for ‘something new,’ and I had a pretty blue bead and a necklace that I borrowed from my sweet friend.

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Any disasters?
We didn’t really have any disasters that you wouldn’t expect for an outdoor wedding in February. It was a little chilly, and very windy. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

The Advice
My advice for any bride- or groom-to-be would be to not sweat the small stuff. If you focus on all of the small details, and get upset about every little thing that doesn’t go exactly according to plan, you miss the big picture. When you look back on your wedding day, those little details won’t matter. The day is about celebrating your love for one another. Enjoy each other, and the love of your friends and family that come to celebrate with you. Don’t worry, be happy.

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Credits
Photographer – Robyn Icks Photography
Bride – Lane Bryant
Venue – Bedlam Bar-B-Q

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