Married! Ryan & Melissa : Powder Springs, GA

Love is patient. These words are spoken over and over again in wedding ceremonies, but it's not often that you come across a couple whose lives and love story truly reflect these words. Ryan was the first young man that Melissa ever dated, and shortly after finding him, she decided that she didn't want to date anyone else again. Lots of high school students have dreams of marrying their sweethearts, but often time and distance come between them and life simply moves on. This was not the case with these two. Through high school and college, they stuck it out, determined to build a life together even if they had to wait - and wait they did! Melissa and Ryan have been together almost seven years, and their patient, determined love is encouraging to witness.

Ryan and Melissa's wedding day was full of emotion. Melissa walked around the corner to surprise her parents with a gift, and she broke down into tears. When she regained her composure and her dad turned around to see her for the first time, he began to cry as well. I asked him if this was the first time he had a child get married, and he responded, "No, but it's so different when it's your daughter." How sweet!

Melissa looked so beautiful and elegant.

Are you kidding me? Melissa, where did this hot model face come from? :) FAVORITE!

I have to give my HUGE thanks to my friend Robert Combier for second shooting with me Saturday. I had originally planned to have someone else along, but that person got sick Friday night and I had to find someone else. Robert canceled his plans for the day to come help me out, and I am so thankful. While I hung out with the girls, he spent time photographing the guys.

Again with the fabulous faces. Melissa, you are so fun to photograph!

Melissa was adamant about having a shot of Ryan's face as he watched her walk down the aisle, and it's no wonder. He looks so very happy.

The First Baptist Church of Powder Springs was a beautiful location for the ceremony.

Now THAT is quite a kiss!

Ryan and Melissa made quite an entrance to the reception!

Their first dance was so sweet.

Melissa and her dad surprised their guests with a choreographed dance. It was lovely!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Voyles! I hope you enjoy your honeymoon. Your wedding was a pleasure to be a part of. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your day!