Over the years we’ve been to many a wedding, danced on seemingly endless dance floors, spent countless golden hours in fields, by the shore, and on rooftops with some pretty awesome couples, and pay witness to moments that remind us what real, honest love looks like. In all these moments, through all these years the thing that we’ve found marks a truly perfect wedding is one where the entire affair - the preparations, the ceremony, all the way till the end of the reception - is one giant celebration for two people completely and incandescently in love with each other. Merisa+Ryan’s story and day is just such a wedding.

These two have been by each other’s side for years (literally since high school) so it’s no surprise that this day, the culmination of their journey together, would bring their entire family and all their friends together to cheer these two on and turn into such a beautiful outpouring of joy and love. From the moment we stepped into the bridal suite we could feel the ecstatic energy as the girls all got ready and began putting on their gorgeous dresses. Then, if we weren’t already completely swooning over these two, the first looks had us tearing up hard as Ryan saw his beautiful bride to be for the first time. It was one of those moments where you just step back and realize, ‘yep, this is LOVE.’

Everything about their day was an amazing reflection of who these two are as individuals, but most importantly as a couple. It definitely makes our list for weddings we’d easily go back and relive in a heartbeat if given the chance. Unfortunately, until time machines are invented we’ll have to rely on trailers and pictures like these to remember what this day was all about - celebrating this brilliant, beautiful, and perfect couple, Mr+Mrs Heeke.

Cinematography: Shadow Shine Pictures

Photography: Guys and Dolls Photography

Wedding Event Design and Coordination: Modern Day Events and Floral

Florist: Modern Day Events and Floral

Wedding Dress: Bridal Gallery

Menswear: Jos. A Banks

Hair and Makeup: The Amway Grand Plaza Salon & Michelle Houston with A Scott Harris Salon

Ceremony String Quartet: Ed Clifford

Reception Band: Mainstreet Soul

Wedding Cake: The Amway Grand

Catering: The Amway Grand

Venues: The Amway Grand - Ambassador Ballroom & Ridgewood CRC