An Elegant New Year's Eve Wedding at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan
After nearly ten years together, high school sweethearts Melissa Fontanesi (26 and a hair stylist) and Matthew Scodellaro (26 and a marathon specialist for the Detroit Free Press) got engaged on New Year's Eve of 2013. "We were coming home from California and Matt had one of our friends tie the engagement ring around our dog Gracey's neck," Melissa explains. "When we got home from the airport, she was just sitting at the door, waiting. I said yes and the rest is history." Exactly one year later, the couple said 'I do' in a formal, New Year's Eve celebration at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. "It was black tie and everyone came dressed to impress," the bride says. "Plus, I wanted to give the ladies a reason to all go out together on the holiday!" Their New Year's Eve-inspired color palette featured classic gold and white hues paired with pops of gold. "We wanted to enhance the museum with our decor, not clash with it," Melissa explains. Guests were free to roam all 12,000 square feet of the venue and enjoyed a cocktail hour in the museum's car court prior to the start of the reception. While a slow-motion video booth was set up for entertainment, the couple quickly realized that their guests were there strictly to dance. "The energy and smiles on everyone's faces while they were on the dance floor best reflected us as a couple," Melissa says. "We wanted everyone to have just as much fun as we knew we were going to have. In fact, the dance floor was still packed at 1 a.m when they finally turned off the music!"