Melissa & Luke Wed at Cork Factory Hotel

A first look on an elevator, a unique venue, and super sweet balloon shots all contributed to the beauty of Melissa and Luke’s wedding. Married on September 5, 2014, McMasters Photography kindly shared their images of the lovely couple.

An Allure bridal gown was selected by the non-traditional bride who “wanted our day to be all about the celebration and fun.Melissa added, “We wanted things that most people wouldn’t do. My dress was very similar – I wanted something that was different from the others.
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Would you spend more or less on anything?

Not really, we did a lot ourselves. I can say that it really wasn’t cheaper in the long run but it made me appreciate every detail. Actually if money weren’t an option, a wedding planner would have been a great addition to the day.

Best use of budget?

Best: photographer. I can’t say enough good things about Matt and Mo. They are so creative, professional, and understanding. DJ Cincere was awesome as well. He had us all out on the dance floor all night.

Advice for future brides?

It sounds cliche but enjoy every minute of the day. It goes by so fast and I really wish I had stopped at certain points to take it all in.

Is there anything that didn’t go as planned?

  • HAHA yes. Half of the flowers got stuck in customs in Florida and my florist had to scramble last minute to find a bunch of flowers that would work. She didn’t want me to worry so she kept it all to herself and made it all look fantastic.
  • My uncle had a diabetic seizure and needed to go to the hospital. I found out when we were taking pictures and an ambulance happened to pull up. I was upset at first but once I knew he was okay, we rolled with it and actually snapped a few pictures by the ambulance.
  • The photo booth guy thought the wedding was the following Friday, but he showed up right before the ceremony.
  • And we had a dress snafu 30 minutes before walking down the aisle. Instead of freaking out, I asked for a stapler, glue dots, and needle and thread. I had an amazing group of people around me that day so it helped me immensely.

Favorite moments?

The first look. It was so awesome to have all of that captured. Those are some of my favorite pictures. And this sounds silly, but my dad and I had a moment right before we walked down the aisle. It was just a sweet few minutes right before he walked me down where we both cried and laughed. I wouldn’t let them open the doors until thatuglycry had stopped. All in all, the entire day was pretty fantastic and one I will always cherish.

Photographer: McMasters Photography ~ Venue: Cork Factory Hotel ~ Dress designer: Allure Bridals ~ Entertainment: DJ Cincere ~ Lighting: Simple Soiree