Nik and Melanie’s Gatsby Wedding

“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything” -The Great Gatsby


Glamor. Luxury. Romance. Party.

Newly engaged Nik and Melanie decided that their wedding had to have those elements to be their perfect day!

Their day was hosted at the Christmas House in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (one of my FAVORITE venues).  Walking into the historic home everything dripped black, gold, champagne and sparkles.  The bridal suite had glamourous stuffed victorian chairs, chilled champagne, and roses everywhere.  While the ladies finished getting ready the guests were welcomed to sharing in champagne toasts to offer luck to the day.

Getting Ready-40 NikMel2

The ceremony was outside where all you saw cocktail dresses, white and rink roses, and wine bottles for the couple to store and save until a special anniversary down the road.  Never in my life have I seen more joyous tears from a groom.  His face said “all I ever wanted was to know that this woman was going to be mine forever.”


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby invited us to the Roaring 20’s in style.  So Nik and Melanie asked, “what would a Gatsby party look like today?”

Well obviously there would be a bartender (because in prohibition days that’s all you wanted to do!) dressed in black with signs to encourage you lose all inhibitions and concerns.

Also you have to have casino cards as your party favor because during the night a bit of gambling only gives you more stories to tell!

You would also make sure there is gold, feathers and art deco writing every where!

Last but not least you need DANCING!!!  And plenty of it! From the bridal party entrance, to the toasting, to the sunset hours and on, everyone danced.  I mean EVERYONE!


My favorite moment of all was when the two main men in Melanie’s life teared up when they saw her.  Her dad quickly needed the hanky Melanie gifted him.  Nik, as I explained, was overcome with joy.  Every bride is the most beautiful and most treasured woman that exists on her day.  I’m tearing up now remembering that day when Melanie truly held everyone’s hearts in her hand- and being the amazing, wonderful woman she is, she absolutely deserved it.

  1. Sandra

    July 27th, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Super cute!

  2. JLPhotography

    July 27th, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Thanks Sandra!

  3. Leah Vis

    July 27th, 2016 at 4:33 am

    You did a great job! Awesome photos!

  4. JLPhotography

    August 2nd, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you leah!

  5. Karen D

    July 27th, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Lovely details, good job capturing it all!

  6. JLPhotography

    August 2nd, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you so much!






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