Elissa + Matt's Pavilion on Crystal Lake wedding

She walked into the room to see her dress hanging, perfectly lit it the sun pouring through the nearby window, and she cried. Big, fat, happy tears. Of joy. Of love. Of hope. Of expectation. And as she put that dress on she studied herself in the mirror, giving a sigh of approval. No words were spoken but we all knew she felt like the most beautiful girl in the world.

She walked down the aisle to meet her future husband, her best friend and confidant from high school, and she cried. Big, fat, happy tears. Of joy. Of love. Of hope. Of expectation. And as she made her way towards him the smile that lit up his face said it all. No words were spoken but we all knew that he thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world.

Matt and Elissa got married last weekend on a day that predicted nasty weather but turned out to be warm and sunny. It was a day filled with so many tears of joy and smiles of happiness. And it was a night of laughter and love.

I can’t even begin to try to articulate how much I absolutely adore these two! Elissa has become a good friend and fellow bride of mine through this process and it’s clients like her that make me realize how much I love what I do! LOVE YOU TWO!!!


Elissa’s gorgeous dress was from Julie Allen bridals

I just absolutely adore these flowers from Hansen’s flower shop! So bright and cheery


Elissa got ready in the loft at the Pavilion on Crystal Lake where the rustic backdrop perfectly suited their DIY wedding


Elissa, my dear, you are a STUNNER!


This cake was made by MATT’S MOM! When clients tell me that a family member is making the cake I always take a deep breath because I’ve seen it be a flop many times. This cake was the exception. not only did it look incredible but it tasted FANTASTIC!

  1. Fran

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    these are the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen! Thank you – I can’t wait to see the rest of them….

  2. Elissa Battista

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I am the luckiest bride in the world that you have become my friend and such a huge part of not just my wedding but my life. Thank you for these gorgeous pictures and Rachel, Katrina, and your talents and spirits on the big day. Also. These pictures. I can’t. Just. Thank you.

  3. Kim

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Gorgeous Fran, thanks for sharing!

  4. Stephanie Novak

    May 14th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hi Elissa, I work with your mom and was so excited that your wedding day turned out so perfectly. You look absolutely stunning and so happy. Best of luck to you and Matt for many years of happiness! Congratulations!

  5. Steve Schongar

    May 14th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Wonderful Wedding, Great Photos !!!!!!

  6. Aggie Mingolello

    May 14th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Oh my gosh…beautiful photos AND gorgeous bride!! I wish you both a lifetime of endless happy moments. Be good to one another and love each other with ALL your heart.

    Aggie (co-worker of your Mom)

    Fran: Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Kim Cretella

    May 14th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Elissa & Matt- Dan & I had such a fantastic time at your wedding. These pictures are some of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen! You make a wonderful couple – enjoy all the good times together that are ahead of you!

  8. Sara

    May 14th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    These pictures are AMAZING!!!! I love them all! Can’t wait to see the rest! Elissa and Matt, you look so happy!! Fabulous work!

  9. Steve DeMaria

    May 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Beautiful shots. Lovely bride. Handsome dad.

  10. Moira McArdle (Eleanor's mom)

    May 14th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

  11. Kim Battista

    May 14th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Love.Love.Love these photos. They perfectly catch the spirit of the day which was so fun and full of love! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  12. Colleen

    May 14th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    a beautiful day captured in an amazingly beautiful way. simply wonderful photos.

  13. Sophia Rennard

    May 14th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Elissa and Matt, you have your work cut out for you in choosing your pictures. One is better than the other. The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a great time!!! Love, Sophia and Rick

  14. joann degregorio

    May 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    First, let me introduce myself. I am alyssa’s cousin. her dad’s. 1st cousin. I follow her on facebook as i now live in Arizona and have not seen alyssa or her family since her sister Katie’s baby shower. Soooo….she is so gifted in so many ways, and most certainly of being able to capture in print the deepests emotions from intense love, joy,sadness, humor, etc. etc., etc. And all inclusive from a to z. sooo beautiful, such softness! and alyssa has done this for both of youin this album. Buut then how could she not but do this because she had such a beautiful couple to work with. She’s also proven she has the gift of expressing herself in words and in song. I know sal and debbie are proud of her, as i am.

    God bless you and matt!!! with all my love, joann degregorio
    D

  15. Vanessa

    May 14th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Congratulations to the both of you! What beautiful photos to capture how you both felt that day! I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!!

  16. peggy e. jones

    May 16th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    these pictures are great!!!

  17. Betsy Stack

    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Best to you both for a lifetime of happiness! The pictures are amazing, what a wonderful way to always remember such a perfect day!

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