Melissa & Jeff: Fireworks Infuse a Beach Wedding in Stone Harbor

by Allison Micarelli

For their waterside wedding, Melissa (Missy) Hauck and Jeff Bryan chose to marry at the oldest church in Stone Harbor. And there was a special surprise: Jeff's high school friend performed a song he had written for the college sweethearts (Missy and Jeff met at Bucknell University).

THE BRIDE Missy Hauck, 28, middle school math specialist
THE GROOM Jeff Bryan, 28, IT consultant
THE DATE June 29
THE SCENE A traditional Presbyterian wedding followed by a reception at a lush golf club in Stone Harbor

FROM CRAB CAKES TO POUND CAKE The two main doors of the church were strung with heart-shaped wreaths made of white roses, and a large church bell clanged as the bride and groom exited the church. As guests were ushered to the Stone Harbor Golf Club for the cocktail hour out on the veranda, the wedding party headed to 9th Street Beach for photos. The seven bridesmaids, dressed in silk shantung dresses in robin's egg blue with deep aqua sashes, looked stunning against the pale blue water. When the bridal party arrived at the club mid-cocktail hour, guests were receiving their escort cards, which were embossed with a seashell. For dinner, black Angus beef tenderloin and Stone Harbor Golf Club's signature crab cakes were the main meal attractions. For dessert: a three-tiered lemon pound cake covered in cream-cheese frosting and adorned with marzipan calla lilies and small polka dots (resembling beach pebbles and matching the wedding invitations).

SPARKS FLY Later in the night, Missy and Jeff led all their guests outside to the veranda for the cake-cutting ceremony. Once the bride and groom sliced into the cake, they kissed-signaling the start to a 15-minute fireworks display. "It was amazing!" says Missy. "Everyone was sitting on the veranda wall in awe. Jeff and I walked down onto the golf course to watch on our own. It really was magical."

A SURPRISE SERENADE At the end of the night, Missy and Jeff were called out onto the dance floor to find-much to their surprise-that Jeff's sister and father had put together a personalized song to the tune of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." Remembers Missy, "All of the guests had a copy and were singing their hearts out."

A FLAVORFUL FAREWELL Glass spice bottles decorated with starfish and seashells had been filled with homemade rosemary-infused sea salts and were passed around as favors. As a final farewell, friends and family tossed rose petals from baskets labeled "Love Is in the Air" as the newlyweds escaped.

--Allison Micarelli
Photography © Phil Kramer Photography

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