When I first received Melissa and Jesse's inquiry for photographing their wedding in the hills of Charlemont, Massachusetts at Berkshire East Ski Resort I felt like someone should pinch me. Their ceremony would be held on the mountain top of the ski resort and guests could be transported via ski lift or van to the location. Portraits would be taken on the mountain top...UMMMMM....YES...YES....YES....
While young, Melissa and Jesse met because of their families' mutual interests. Their love began to grow as they did. Jesse had always admired Melissa's bright, energetic smile. Melissa's exact words to me about Jesse were, "You think I am beautiful - wait til you see Jesse".
Well unfortunately Mother Nature was not so accommodating and the forecast for Melissa & Jesse's wedding worsened as the day approached. A Tornado Warning in Western Massachusetts put a little obstacle in their way of being married on a hilltop on Berkshire East in the summer. But you know what....they handled the forecast of events with grace and patience. The staff at The Warfield House Inn quickly relocated their ceremony site from Berkshire East Mountain top to their pavilion located minutes around the corner from Berkshire East. It was a beautiful and scenic location that would shelter the bride, groom and their family and friends from the impending storm.
Under the sparkling lights of the pavilion Melissa and Jesse were surrounded by so much love and the JOY....Wow! Such a beautiful ceremony of hymn singing and group prayers. I will have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the ceremony was watching Melissa jump for JOY after being announced that her and Jesse were Husband and Wife. No really - she jumped so high and with such enthusiasm that you couldn't help but feel her happiness inside you.
Thankfully the rain held off following the ceremony and we were able to grab family and bridal portraits. The skies of the potential storm made for some dramatic photos of the beautiful bride and groom. And the location at The Warfield House Inn created the perfect backdrop of Berkshire East Ski Resort to document their love. We quickly ran between rain drops and returned to Berkshire East to attend the reception at The Crazy Horse Bar & Grill. On our way we were held up by a cargo train and of course a perfect photo opportunity arose. It seemed like every obstacle that could be thrown at you Melissa & Jesse was just another testament of your love and how unconditional and strong it really is.
Melissa and Jesse your love is indestructible! It was my absolute pleasure being a part of your joyful filled wedding day and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness! AND a huge THANK YOU to my second shooter Brooke Azevedo of Brooke Ellen Photography who contributed some sweet detail and portrait images to this blog.