Matt & Melissa // A nature inspired Willowdale Estate wedding

Almost ten years in the making, I introduce to you, Mr. & Mrs. Campbell.

Matt & Melissa are one of my most loved and cherished wedding couples. You really get to know a couple when you shoot their engagement, go out for ice cream, bridal shower, secret video shoot, meetings over lunch... by the time their wedding day FINALLY rolled around, I thought, "Oh! So this is what we were all waiting for? Well gosh!" The two of them are such deep soulmates. They're best friends, always laughing at each other, doing sweet things for each other, and being the best people they can be.

Melissa, her mother and her sister got ready on the second floor of the incredible Willowdale Estate, followed by the boys across the hallway. Lace from her mother's wedding dress was sewn into Melissa's silk dress belt, while she wore her grandmother's ring on her finger. The couple exchanged gifts without seeing each other, until their first look. They exchanged vows with tears from the audience, and sealed it with a kiss and HUGE smiles! They attended their own (gorgeous) cocktail hour, surrounded by vintage boxes and crates and live music. Matt & Melissa entered their reception with a surprise video, followed by Melissa breaking into an epic air guitar dance with her dad, and Matt giving everyone a tear-jerking dance with his sister. They had the most DELICIOUS cupcakes and warm, gooey cookies straight out of a Toll House commercial, fuel for them to dance the night away.

I don't have enough "thank you's" to give to my incredible second shooter Anthony Fusco, and Leslie and the team at Planned Perfectly Weddings & Events. M&M fell in love with Anthony right away, and Leslie and the girls couldn't have made anything more perfect for Matt & Melissa on their special day. 


This was Matt & Melissa's surprise reception video. The summer before their wedding, we met up (in secret!!!) and filmed their introduction video - as they talked about what they're most looking forward to in life, how they met, and read parts of their Dear John letters when Matt was overseas.

Venue: Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA
Catering: Willowdale Estate
Event planning: Planned Perfectly
Cupcakes: Creative Cakes by Deb
Clergy: Elizabeth Gemelli
Ceremony music: Matt Descoteaux
Hair & Makeup: Andrea from Indra Salon
Florist: Garden Designs
DJ: All Start Entertainment
Signs & rentals: Antea Amoroso Design
Transportation: McGinn Bus Company

Lena Mirisola

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.