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Melissa and Ali’s Intimate Riverfront Ceremony

by Amy Serrago

Ali is a police officer. She and Melissa met while Melissa was working at the local Sheriff’s office and they quickly became friends. Soon, their friendship grew into love. Melissa’s three children have fallen in love with Ali too, and so their wedding was an intimate, family affair. The day started with Melissa and her daughter Brooke getting ready in the bridal suite while Ali and Melissa’s two sons waited at the ceremony site by the river. The forecast had called for rain, but right before Melissa and Brooke made their grand entrance, the sun peeked through the clouds. It was going to be a gorgeous day.

Melissa made her way towards Ali holding a bouquet of blush peonies. She had added photos of their dearly departed fur babies to its stems to honor them. Meanwhile Ali held the antique pocket watch Melissa had given her as a wedding gift. They exchanged vows in a heartfelt ceremony, with the children there to witness and to create a whole new family. After their first married kiss, Melissa and Ali shared a celebratory drink before posing for portraits with the stunning Shenandoah Valley as a backdrop. Congratulations Melissa and Ali!

Photographer: Morgan Lee Photography

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