I have been very fortunate to have 4 woman in my life that are like family to me, sisters if you will. Within the span of a year they have all been married off have begun their journey of starting a family. The last one of these ladies to tie the knot was Melodie Slaughter. On September 13 2013 I had the honor of capturing Melodie Slaughter and Paul Erdman’s Indiana wedding.
The following was written by Melodie about where it all began:
“We met on a cruise ship. Both of us were entertainers for Holland America Line, sailing the seven seas on the ms Rotterdam in search of adventure in foreign lands. All while making new friends and chasing our dreams! I distinctly remember the first time I saw Paul. It was embarkation day, which always meant the old crew members would crowd the gangway eagerly trying to sneak a glimpse at the the newbies coming on board. My gal pal Jo and I were walking down the main hall way when a very tall, broad shouldered, dark brown haired guy was walking our direction. His head was down, but as the three of us drew. Loser he lifted his face to us revealing the sweetest eyes and kindest smile I hadn’t seen on ships before. We exchanged nervous but cordial hellos. Once we passed earshot I recall saying to Jo, “Who is that?!”
Time passed and we became friends. I used lame excuses of wanting him to teach me how to play guitar just so I could spend time with him. He became my hug buddy. Paul gives the best hugs. Our friendship seamlessly blossomed into a relationship that both of us didn’t want to lose. After 8 months of grueling separation due to ship contracts we were reunited and everything was right in the world we created for ourselves.
We agree that for each of us there was no one moment when we knew the other was it for us. It was a culmination of moments, epiphanies, and explosive connections ranging from having the same favorite movie to what we wanted to leave behind to our posterity once we left this world. We are from two very different backgrounds, but instead of it being a hindrance to our relationship it’s quite the opposite! The differences between us broaden us individually, creating two well rounded open minded individuals committed to understanding, accepting and appreciating the other whole-heartedly.
When it came to our wedding Paul and I completely agreed that we were only doing this once. There wasn’t going to be “if I could do it again…” One chance to see his warm and excited smile at the alter. One chance to kiss him as my husband for the first time. Blessedly, we had a fantastic celebration, surrounded by our closest friends and loved ones. I don’t think anyone could have, or ever will, doubt our love and loyalty to one another.”
The wedding was held at Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn in Berrien Springs, MI. With less than 50 people in attendance, this wedding was one of the most special and intimate weddings I have ever had the privilege of capturing.
Melodie found this dress at an antique shop somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Her Mother-in-Law, Diane Erdman, who is an incredible seamstress and reconstructed the entire top portion of the dress to make it exactly what Melodie envisioned. I mean – stunning, right?
Just the most stunning J.Crew necklace, and of course some Miss Dior Perfume.
The stunning floral arrangements were done by The Flower Cart . I mean, stunning.. right?!
Literally some of the most amazing cup cakes in the world. Classic Catering & Events did an amazing job with the food and desserts.
I love this last minute portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Erdman
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