Melissa and Justin – Ritz Carlton Wedding



Melissa and Justin were originally supposed to be married this coming June.  However, due to some health issues her family is facing, they decided to move everything up to January – I was so thankful we weren’t booked and were still able to photograph this very special day.  I’m not sure that we had ever shot a wedding with THAT much emotion, THAT much appreciation for each other, THAT much thankfulness to have everyone that they love together in the same room.  Melissa, Justin and their friends and family were so incredibly joyful on this day – it was intoxicating and in some ways, life changing in that it really forced us to take a look at our own lives and decide to not take anything for granted.  
I REALLY like Melissa and Justin – if you met them, you would too.  Really, they are a crack up – separately and together.  At one point during the reception I was talking to one of Justin’s friends who described him “the guy who is over dancing by himself without a care in the world” – you can tell, he’s just a genuinely happy guy.  And Melissa?  When she saw me walk into her suite at the hotel where she was getting ready, she greeted me in a way that made me feel like I was her lifelong best friend that she hadn’t seen in 5 years….seriously.  These two are legit.  Love them.
This wedding blessed me.  Big time.  
Reception – The Ritz-Carlton
Hair/makeup – Who’s the Fairest
Bride’s gown – Angelina Bridal Couture purchased from Poffie Girls
Bride’s shoes – Kate Spade
Bridesmaids dresses – Suzi Chin
Suits + ties – Jos A Bank
Guy’s socks – Banana Republic
Trolley – Trolley’s, Inc.
Band – Hot Sauce
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MelissaJustinWedding_0009.jpgMelissaJustinWedding_0010.jpgMelissaJustinWedding_0011.jpgMelissaJustinWedding_0012.jpgWe had a TON of time for portraits – a photographer’s dream to feel no rush. πŸ™‚

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MelissaJustinWedding_0022.jpgBest band ever – Hot Sauce!  If you are looking for a band for your wedding, my highest recommendation.  They.  Are.  Amazing. (and hysterical).
MelissaJustinWedding_0023.jpgThis is Justin’s grandma, who sadly, passed away only a couple of weeks ago.  I was actually blown away by her age (90+) and how lively she was at the wedding.  You could tell she was a sweet, sweet lady.  

Cheyenne Schultz

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  1. Jenny J Cook says:

    Beautiful (and fun!) images, y’all!

  2. love the shot with the building-in-progress. perfect-o! πŸ™‚

  3. jenna says:

    I’m with Candice! I love the lines in that shot!

  4. m parker says:


  5. Lisa Walick says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful! So thankful to have been able to share in your special day! Love you both very much!

  6. these are gorgeous! you can FEEL the love! i adore that bouquet too!

  7. Beautiful couple! The last shot is just awesome. Thank you for sharing their story too!

  8. Cheyenne, you never stop inspiring. I love the angles, the moments, the composition. The tenderness and the natural beauty. You have such an eye – it propels me to want to do better, to be better, to capture more. Thinking of you and the family πŸ™‚

  9. Melissa Tuck says:

    Those portraits are so tender!

  10. Pam & Will Partin says:

    Great shots–great memories!

  11. Pam & Will Partin says:

    Great shots–great memories!

  12. Erin H. says:

    Wow. I loved all of these but seriously… THAT CAKE SHOT?! wow.


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