Jason and I met sometime in early 2015. On our first date we bonded over our love for travel and adventure, Batman, and classic cars. As we discussed our immediate future plans including; dirt biking, trips to Washington, D.C., the Ohio river, and boating around Lake Cable, we knew there was something special. Both of us loved adventure! Finally, after what seemed like months of casually dating, in April 2015 Jason asked me to be his girlfriend and we decided to take the relationship to the next level… we were going to travel together. Since then the adventures have never stopped. We have visited Nashville, TN, the Ohio river, Ashville, NC, West Lafayette, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Savannah, GA, Daytona Beach, FL, Charleston, SC, Terre Haute, IN, Columbus, OH, Waxahachie, TX and we have done so many fun things from baseball games, motor cross races, football games, car shows and more. However, of all of the places I've listed Savannah, GA will always be our favorite and in our hearts forever. On September 27th, 2017 Jason asked me to marry him in our hotel room in Savannah, GA. We celebrated with carryout drinks and fine dining. We know our love will only continue to grow stronger and deeper with every new adventure life throws at us.
Megan McCracken-Hauer is Melissa's sister. She gladly accepted the position of Matron of Honor on October 20th, 2017. Megan is currently located in Clarksville, TN working on her Bachelors in Physics at Austin Peay State University. Megan also works for the State of Tennessee as a Feed Grant Supervisor. Megan married Brent Hauer in 2015 and they have three fur babies that call Melissa Auntie; Ray Charles the blind dog, Wobbles the cat, and Lireal the cat.
Kerstin Stahl is Melissa's second or third cousin (we can never really figure it out, we just know we are related!). Kerstin is the most like Melissa in her personality. Kerstin agreed to be Melissa's bridesmaid on October 21st, 2017. Kerstin is currently located in Indianapolis, IN where she works for Alro Steel as a sales representative. She married Tim Stahl in May of 2017.
Michelle is Melissa's longest friend, they have known each other for 10 plus years. Michelle and Melissa started out as twirling buddies in the Jazz Doll Twirling Corp in Ohio. Melissa followed Michelle to Purdue to continue their twirling career together. This made their friendship grow even stronger. Michelle currently works for Intelicare Hospice as a Medical Social Worker and as a Manager at Curves in Michigan. These girls are working on life long and lasting friendship. No matter the distance these girls always seem to find a way to meet and connect. Melissa served as one of Michelle's bridesmaids in 2014 and Michelle has agreed to return the favor on Melissa's wedding day. Michelle gladly accepted the role of bridesmaid on November 5th, 2017. Michelle married Jesse Lefkowitz in 2014 and they currently live in Ypsilanti, MI.
Autumn is one of Melissa's newest friends. Melissa and Autumn met through Jason in 2016. They quickly bonded over their love for warm weather, sunshine, boating, and adventure. Autumn and Melissa have similar personalities types, love event planning, and are always the life of the party! Autumn currently lives in Sardis, Ohio. She is Melissa's closest bridesmaid in terms of distance to the bride and has expressed her willingness and happiness to help. Autumn is a stay at home mom of two beautiful kids Austynn and Makin. Autumn graciously accepted the position of Melissa's bridesmaid on November 6th, 2017. She is married to Rob Arnold.
**!Honorable mention!** Although Anna is not an official bridal party member, Melissa has decided she is an honorary member. Anna currently works with Melissa in the insurance biz. She has become a true confidant for Melissa; in the ways of love, life, and work. Together they have worked through work problems, personal issues, and more. Melissa and Anna have bonded over their love to help other people and love for everything great in the world. You will never not see a smile on either of their faces! Anna's best advice for Melissa is to always have faith and be flexible. This is something Melissa knows she always needs to work on and it helps to have a friend that can provide the friendly reminder!