Based on what we knew about Michele and Jesse, we suspected that their wedding would be full of heartfelt, emotional moments, beautiful diy details, and “I-wear-my-sunglasses at night” kind of partying. Let’s start off by saying we were not disappointed!
We started of the day with Michele at Headlines Hair Salon in Niagara Falls, the city where she grew up. It was an incredibly laid-back morning spent with Michele’s sisters, nieces, and her dearest friend (who is clearly her third sister).
Michele had her make-up done and finished getting ready at her parents’ house, which, funny enough, is only a couple of streets over from Jesse’s family’s home. A few of our favorites of Michele’s dress and her carefully selected accessories for the day…
Can’t let a photo of these shoes pass without comment. It is, of course, important to have a sexy set of heels for your big day — Michele’s gold sparkly ones are a couple images down. But don’t forget some stylish flats for when your feet get sore. These feline-inspired, rose-coloured flats were awesome. All the more fitting since Michele adores her cat, Ben.
Okay, now here’s where you could get a little teary-eyed, if you were so inclined. One of us is pretty sentimental so this homemade wedding day gift was just perfect. Michele made Jesse an annotated picture book documenting their relationship together. Too awesome.
Seriously though, the guys were game to strike a few quick poses before they headed over to Legends on the Niagara, where Michele and Jesse would be tying the knot.
Michele’s mom helped her with the bow on her dress and her twin sister, Melissa, helped her put on her jewelry and held the mirror up so Michele could take one last look at herself before heading out the door. You can feel the excitement.
Michele and Jesse were getting married on the covered patio at Legends. To make the space their own, they created a fabulous altar out of re-purposed old doors — painted beautiful pastel hues, adorned with a love banner, baby’s breath, and some hearts.
Jesse and Michele opted to keep it traditional — not seeing each other until Michele’s walk down the aisle with her dad. While we always love it when our couples do a first look, it was pretty special documenting Jesse craning his neck and beaming ear to ear watching Michele walk towards him.
After family photos, we headed out with the bridal party to shoot some group shots. They were all amazing sports. Up for anything. There are some pretty interesting outtakes you’ll have to follow-up with Michele and Jesse to get a look at.
Michele and Jesse — what a day. We had an amazing time with you two. Thank you for opening up to us and allowing us to capture all of the emotion of the first day of the rest of your lives together.