Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

St. James and Grand Hotel Fairhope Wedding | Melissa & Ric

Congratulations to Melissa & Ric! They’re officially married!!! We celebrated with them in one of our favorite places ever: The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. With the whole day being at The Grand Hotel, it was a dream wedding day. Melissa & Ric’s day was full of so many special touches – such as the sweet sweet moment shared between Melissa and her son, and the speeches given by Ric’s daughters. It was hard to boil down to some of our favorite moments from their Grand Hotel wedding day, and we hope you love these pictures as much as we do!!

Point Clear Wedding Day

Melissa & Ric got ready at The Grand Hotel the morning of their wedding. If you’ve never been, it’s the cutest little boutique bed and breakfast. We think it’s the PERFECT spot for a wedding! They have the best rooms for bridal parties to get ready. It’s seriously amazing. Melissa got ready with her family before a first look with her dad and her son. It was SO special! Like, literally the SWEETEST thing to see Brady loving on his mom so much. Ric’s lovely daughters, Madeleine and Meme, also got some pictures with Melissa. There were a lot of hugs that day. Ric’s sister, Michele, played an integral role on his wedding day, and we were delighted to capture the best laughs and smiles from these two. After the first looks, we got some truly amazing family formals at a different location at The Grand.

The Grand Hotel Wedding

After more portraits around The Grand Hotel, the ceremony commenced. Ric and Melissa had their outdoor wedding ceremony on The Grand Lawn to officially tie the knot. The entire ceremony was joyful and you could feel how much these two were ready to be married! Shortly after, we were able to kickstart the celebration. There were many more beautiful moments to capture at the reception, such as the first dances, and lots of other dancing!

Congratulations again, Melissa and Ric! We loved being a part of your precious wedding day. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!



Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Hotel

Professional Event Coordinator: Wed with Style

Bride’s Dress Boutique: Bliss Bridal 

Bride’s Dress Designer: Justin Alexander 

Jeweler: Bliss Bridal

Bridemaid’s Dresses:  Revelry

H&MU Artists: Adrienne Colletti 

Florist: Wildflowers

Invitation Suite: Zöe Coyne Graphic Design

Ceremony Musician:  Atkinson Duo 

Reception Entertainment: Fly-by-Radio

Cake: Underground Custom Cakes 

Lighting Design: Grand Hotel

Caterer: Grand Hotel

Rentals:  Port City Rentals 

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Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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