George and I met through my future matron of honor. At the time, I was living in Nashville, Tennessee, and he had recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia. We spent a year and half tearing up I-75 every weekend before I finally moved to Georgia. After a few more years, we got engaged. The planning began immediately. We decided to hold a destination wedding in my hometown – Menlo Park, California – and my mom booked a date at our family church, the same church my parents were married in 33 years earlier.
Inviting all our friends from across the country was the top priority, so we had to stretch our budget to accommodate a large guest list. The goal was to make sure people felt like our wedding was a really fun vacation, and to celebrate our guests as much as we were celebrating getting married.
All photographs by Sabine Scherer.
Melissa Fontaine is a California native living (and loving) the Southern life in Athens, Georgia with her husband George and dog Ryman. She is a blogger and the owner of Hip Pops , an artisan ice pop company.