The Wedding Story of Melissa and Tim Hansen

Photos ByKelly Sweet Photography

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Carri Fras
August 1, 2018

A light and airy vision comes to life at Loft 310

Like many young loves, Melissa and Tim met during their college years as they waited at the bus stop to go to the mall. For their first vacation together, the couple planned a trip to Disney World. While Melissa had dreamt of a Disney proposal since the age of nine, she had no idea “the happiest place on earth” was about to reach all new heights for her. After a soak at Splash Mountain and a stop in front of the castle, Tim was down on one knee asking Melissa if she would live happily ever after with him. “It was cheesy and romantic and everything I ever dreamed of!” she says.

The Planning

While the pair didn’t have specific details planned out, they knew they wanted an overall feeling of romance, a blush and gold color palette and for Rhiannon Bosse to be on their team. Melissa says, “I had been following her blog for years and even told Tim a year or so before we got engaged that all I wanted was for her to plan our wedding.” Armed with their preferred planner, the couple was connected with amazing vendors to make their dream wedding a reality.

The Dress

As a girl who loved to play dress up, Melissa completely embraced the wedding dress shopping experience, trying on every kind of dress she could, worried she might miss out. The one that truly made her feel like a princess, however, was a Wtoo by Watters “Selena” dress. “It was an absolute dream dress and, honestly, pretty in line with what I always envisioned for my big day,” says Melissa.


The Florals​

Rhiannon of Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations designed a magical mix of florals that included pink and blush garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas and spray roses. A timeless, summery style was infused with gorgeously formal hints of black. While it was mid-July and the chance of getting beautiful peonies was slim to none, Rhiannon was beyond happy to source the loveliest peonies to use in Melissa's bridal bouquet and ceremony arrangements. Lemon leaf, Variegated Pittosporum and a selection of other greens were also added to the feminine palette.

The Venue

When it came to the venue, Melissa and Tim had a pretty specific vision in mind—wood floors and a light and airy space. Guided by their planner, the two could not have dreamt up a better backdrop. The Loft 310 in downtown Kalamazoo not only had the aesthetic they loved but the separate reception and ceremony spaces they desired—all in one location.

Special Touches

The couple’s escort card display was one of their most favorite details. “Rhi had this vision and completely brought it to life,” says Melissa. “Between the florals at the top, the different colored ribbons and Alex’s calligraphy on the cards, it was absolutely perfect. I also loved that we did a dessert bar instead of a traditional cake.” The couple’s lovely dessert lineup included red velvet and strawberry champagne mini cupcakes, chocolate and vanilla cake pops, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar cookies and caramel corn (the groom’s favorite).


What We Love

Besides the fun fact that Melissa, Tim and their guests played the MSU fight song three times throughout the night, their guests loved the wonderful food, the stunning venue and just how gorgeous all of the details were. “All Tim and I really wanted was for all of our guests to have an amazing time and throw one big dance party, and we definitely accomplished that!” says Melissa.



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