An Early Fall Wedding at Bella Fiori Gardens | Melanie + Justin

Melanie and Justin’s autumn wedding at Bella Fiori Gardens in Kennewick, WA, was elegant and feminine. Their choice of simple champagne-colored decor, complemented by subtle sage green and blush pink accents, added a timeless charm to their special day. Their meticulous attention to detail was evident in the pearl vase centerpieces, which you’ll truly appreciate when you see the photos. These two are deeply rooted in their faith and exude love, affection, and a zest for life. Let’s dive into the details of their day and get to know this couple better!


Melanie and Justin’s love story began in the sunny state of Arizona. Melanie was pursuing her dreams in optometry school while Justin was working at a local bank. Despite their different hometowns – Melanie from the Tri-cities and Justin from Kentucky – they were brought together in the Arizona desert. 

Melanie has successfully graduated from optometry school, and Justin is now at PNC Bank, specializing in investments in Cincinnati. After a year and a half of navigating a long-distance relationship, their patience and love have paid off. Melanie moved to Cincinnati, where she began her career as an optometrist in October. 

What makes their story truly special is their unwavering faith, which holds a central place in their lives. Reuniting in the same city has allowed them to share their Sunday church visits, a cherished experience they love.

Working with both families was an absolute delight. A pair of genuinely kind-hearted souls, the bride and groom sought an intimate moment away from prying eyes for their first look. Everyone respected their wish, enabling me to capture those precious, private moments for them. The church itself has a stunning rock and fountain feature behind the ceremony area, a must-have backdrop for the bride, which was a dreamy location for their vows. Melanie’s choice of a sweet and simple dress perfectly mirrored her personality, and those shoes – the bows on the back were so cute! The sparklers during their first dance were a surprise and added some fun to their photos.


I’m already daydreaming about the opportunity to capture more beautiful moments at this enchanting Washington wedding venue. If you’re still looking for your Washington wedding photographer, please don’t hesitate to contact me here. Let’s explore the possibility of working together and making your special day unforgettable!


Wedding Dress | Luv Bridal in Phoenix, AZ

Flowers | Road 68 Flowers

Hair Stylist | Kristi Pinola

DJ | Platinum Entertainment

MUA | Hannah Pacetti

Rings | Jared

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Dresses | Birdy Grey

Catering | CG Public House

Wedding Cake/Desserts | Crumbl Cookies

Love Sign | Love on the Go

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