Chester Ca, Wedding Photographer: Mike and Lauren Melville

These two are set to embark on their greatest adventure yet.  With their impromptu hiking trips and camping trips this couple knows how to find their own adventure.  Mikes proposal was only to be completed at the top of Mount Lassen where we all knew Lauren would be in awe.  It was magical.  It was no surprise when their wedding was just as stunning.


This was a magnificently beautiful DIY wedding.  Lauren and Mike had family friends whom had property just outside of Chester California.    It was a short drive into the woods when the tree lines thinned and opened up to breathtaking meadows which lead to the ceremony site. 


The ceremony was lovely, the weather was perfect with a slight breeze. All were stunned to see Lauren walk down the aisle with her father.  Lauren wore a custom designed gown where she worked with a designer she found on Etsy from Bulgaria creating a one of a kind masterpiece. The officiant who was a very close friend was so moved her first words were “WOW YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL”.  The ceremony short and sweet and sealed with a kiss!


We moved into the reception where all of their friends and family greeted them and wished them well.  Lauren kept the décor simple yet very personal.  When you walked into the reception site you were greeted with “Welcome to Melville” sign and a beautiful homemade collection of crocheted lace dreamcatchers cascading with white strips of fabric.  The tables were adorned with two custom made lanterns placed on wood rounds, eucalyptus and pinecones.  Their head table was decorated with a eucalyptus garland, a wood round, and her bouquet. They sat on a custom-made bench they had made from a twin sized headboard and footboard.  Along the side of the cabin they had old windows hung with photos of them for their guest book.  As the reception progressed we had heart touching speeches from the Maid of Honor and Best Man followed by cutting the cake.  The couple played it safe with forks however Lauren snuck in with a thumb full of frosting right on Mikes nose.     Later in the evening they shared their first dance, father daughter dance, and mother son dance, the night continued with many great dances and memories. 


Mike and Lauren, I am truly blessed to have you both in my life.  You both have a very special place in my heart and it was my biggest pleasure to help with and capture your wedding day.  Xoxo