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Jed & Melissa's Greenhouse Wedding

Nestled in the Ozarks outside of Springfield, Jed and Melissa said "I do," surrounded by their loved ones. The new Mr. and Mrs. Friedman were college sweethearts. Better yet, they are actors who fell in love on- and off- the stage!

A few years later, their early summer wedding dawned breezy and filled with sunshine. Melissa chose soft shades of sage, and perfectly balanced boho and classic choices when she crafted her wedding. Speaking of crafting, the lovely bouquets and boutonnieres-bursting with peonies, tulips, and eucalyptus- were hand-made by the bride and her team.

The Greenhouse at Two Rivers was the ideal backdrop for their nuptials. Several ceremony locations are available on the property; Jed and his bride selected the meadow. Golden evening light poured onto their chuppah- it could not have been more perfect. After they exchanged handwritten vows, the guests retreated back into the lush elegance of the Greenhouse.

I must pause to rave about this venue! You enjoy all the beauty of an outdoor wedding, surrounded by nature- but you get to enjoy the benefits of climate control, and there are no bugs nibbling on the cake! Also, their space is a perfect example of how couples can save on flowers by selecting a location that packs a majorly aesthetic punch.

The new Friedmans played a fun game involving their wedding cake. On the dessert table two glasses were set up- one for Melissa, one for Jed. Whoever's glass held more money at cake-cutting time, had the privilege of "smashing" cake into the other's face. This was a playful, consensual way to navigate the age-old debate over "the smash."

Like most Jewish celebrations I've witnessed, their reception was overflowing with joyful dancing, amazing food, emotional speeches, and more dancing. This truly was one of the most memorable weddings! Being a part of their unfolding love story was an honor, and a blessing. Congratulations, Jed and Melissa!

Coordinator/ Planner: Underwood Events

DJ: DJ Sush

Cake and flowers were created by the bride, her family, and friends.

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