Mercedes + Ray | Quirky + Relaxed Wedding

September 3rd, 2016 | Burlington, Iowa

Mercedes and Ray wed on the sunniest September day in Burlington, with emphasis on being true to themselves. With a lovely color palette of navy and orange and Star Wars details ranging from a Han and Leia cake to special cufflinks for the guys, the day was sophisticated and quirky all at once. Special elements included the involvement of Ray’s two sons as his best men, Mercedes choosing to do a first look with all of her parents and bridesmaids and the bride and groom having a group of friends and family around them that kept the party alive all day. I loved how laid back Ray and Mercedes chose to be about their day without compromising their wish not to see each other before their ceremony but also have amazing portraits, which led them to the decision to have two photographers to capture their day, a fact I always love. Ray was careful to surprise Mercedes with a personal gift before their ceremony around a doorway, which led to feels all around. Another emotional moment was after Mercedes and Ray exchanged their rings and vows, Mercedes made a vow to Ray’s two sons to be the best and most loving role model to them. Their ceremony was held at Majestic Estates and reception at Catfish Bend Casino. Enjoy and congratulations again to the Otts!

The team:

DJ: Purple Star Entertainment
Floral: Valerie Gray, Burlington Hy-Vee
Ceremony: Majestic Estate
Reception + Caterer: Pzazz Events
Officiant: Jill Larkins
Hair: Nikki Grim, Atomic Salon
Makeup: Sadie Mercer, Grand Strand Salon
Jewelry: Becker's Jewelers
Suits: Melissa's
Dress: Mori Lee
Second shooter: TJ Widbin

XO, 

Melissa