When we arrived at the Mann residence in Chesapeake, Virginia, we were overwhelmed by the amount of thought, planning and support that went into putting together Melanie & Cody’s intimate backyard wedding. From the natural, rustic elements of the land and barn to the number of hands that were helping put together the decorations, it was clear from the start of the day that Melanie & Cody had many friends and family that were going to do all they could to ensure their day was perfect. Melanie chose a mint green and mauve wedding theme with neutral, rustic elements that was represented through her bridal details, ceremony and reception. Her beautiful long sleeve lace bridal gown looked like it was made for her and her beauty team nailed her bridal look with perfect hair and makeup. After spending the early afternoon with the bridesmaids, the anticipation came to an all-time high when Melanie & Cody finally got to do their “first touch” right before the ceremony. They were minutes away from becoming husband and wife and we couldn’t wait for Cody to finally see his bride when she walked down the aisle!
Their ceremony was sweet, lots of pictures were taken and laughs were had. Once we all made it to the reception, there were many more laughs, a few extra drinks and lots of dancing. All in all, Melanie & Cody’s wedding day was so much fun and we had a hard time leaving at the end of night, especially because the party was still going to continue for a few more hours after we left. We loved every moment of their day and we were so excited to capture these very special moments for them.
Melanie & Cody, we have truly enjoyed getting to know you both through your engagement and we couldn’t be more excited that you’re finally husband and wife!
Congratulations and best wishes!
The bible pictured is Melanie’s grandfather’s Bible that he’d had since the 1950’s. Although her grandfather has passed, his legacy of love is still being passed down through the generations. We were so pleased to incorporate it and other family heirlooms into her bridal detail photos and in her wedding day.
This cute little guy is Melanie & Cody’s son, Wyatt. He made for the cutest ring bearer!
Melanie asked for her bridesmaids and mom to pray over her and her upcoming marriage. There’s something powerful that happens when a bride chooses to incorporate prayer into her time with her bridesmaids before she walks down the aisle.
First look with dad
The veil that Melanie wore on her wedding day has been in Cody’s family for over 125 years. To say she was honored to wear it as she and Cody married would be an understatement.
While Melanie & Cody did not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, they did choose to do a “first touch” which is always so sweet to witness. Just look at the anticipation on both of their faces as they began to realize they were only minutes away from exchanging vows.
Aren’t they the cutest little family?
Here you go Cody! You managed to get a photo with your truck! 😉
Any couple that chooses to have donuts at their wedding automatically levels up in our book.
These two special dances were so sweet. Father-daughter dances are always so sweet, but this emotional mother-son dance definitely pulled at our heart strings.
Our favorite husband & wife DJ team, 196 Events, kept everyone dancing throughout the night; so much so that they were partying until long after we had left for the night!
If you’ve ever been to Eagles Nest, you have one chance to guess the song they were dancing to 😉
Right before we left for the night, the family got grandma on the dance floor! As soon as she got out there, everyone else did too!
This was such a sweet moment where Melanie & Cody said goodnight to their little man so they could continue their reception with their friends and family
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Gatliff!
Michael & Chelsea
Photography: Rowlands Photography
Hair: Flawless Beauty On Site
DJ/Entertainment: 196 Events
Video: Another Forty Production
Catering: Topside Catering
Cake: May’s Parlor
Donuts: Amazing Glazed
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