Melissa once saw Garfield and knew he was the one. It wasn't until years later, when their paths eventually crossed that the feeling was mutual. Their love story is the cutest and their wedding was even better. See the photos from their picture perfect wedding day!
The Happy Couple
Bride: Melissa Duchene, 34, Professor
Groom: Garfield Kelly, 42, Police Officer
The Big Day: 8/6/16
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Style/Theme: Romantic Elegance
"Garfield or (Kelz) as I like to call him is an extremely giving individual who often will put others before himself," said the bride. "He’s patient, kind, respectful, and has an old school mentality which I adore."
"Melissa has a big heart and loves taking care of others," said Garfield. "I know that she will undoubtedly be an amazing wife and mother."
"One of my favorite memories was having my mother cry when I presented her with a gift while getting dressed," said the bride. "My mother doesn’t show much emotions and this was a very sweet shared moment."
"I don’t believe that God intended for us to be alone so I knew that my husband was somewhere out there," shared the bride. "Unfortunately, I had to kiss a lot of toads before finding my Prince Charming."
"I was extremely grateful that God sent this amazing man to me and that honored that Garfield wanted to spend the rest of his life loving me," said Melissa of how she felt when Garfield proposed. A year and a half later, on the day they became man and wife, she felt the same!
On Christmas Day, Garfield asked Melissa for her hand in marriage. She thought he would propose on a different day and was so disappointed when he didn't. When he got down on one knee in front of their family and friends when she least expected it, her answer was of course, yes!
"Sticking with my romantic elegance theme, I choose wine bottles as favors," shared Melissa of the gift she and Garfield gave to their 130 guests. "I attached a gold and white paper straw and a sign that had the Philadelphia 'Love' block on each bottle."
"I knew he was “The One” when we had our first argument or “discussion” as we like to call it," said the bride. "At times, I can get frustrated easily and he has the ability to calm me down in a loving manner even when that anger is directed towards him."