• Michael & Melissa

    April 27, 2024
  • We hope to see you soon

    April 27, 2024
  • Michael & Melissa

    April 27, 2024
  • We hope to see you soon

    April 27, 2024
Melissa Janiga
The Bride

Melissa grew up in Pflugerville Texas, a suburb of Austin, Texas. She played basketball, ran cross country, and most notably played soccer. Melissa went to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Lamar University. Melissa loves her work in technical staffing, she enjoys weightlifting and playing soccer on two recreational teams.

Michael Stramel
The Groom

Michael, aka “Stramel,” grew up in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. An eagle scout, he also played soccer, baseball and most notably ran cross country. He now weightlifts, hunts, fishes, and has participated in powerlifting competitions (having a squat personal record of 510 lbs. – whew!). Michael went to Rolla University where he became passionate about software development and is now a Staff Software Engineer at PayPal, working remotely. Friends and family describe Michael as reliable, kind, and thoughtful.

We're getting married!

April 27, 2024 — Austin, Texas

Our love

Our Story

From Melissa - I had just moved to Wichita to work as an Engineer for FedEx, I was out one night with friends I had met at my apartment complex. I had a great but short conversation with a girl named Anne Marie and asked if she wanted to go to dinner later that week. The day of dinner, she asked if her cousin could come along, they were in town from St. Louis, I said of course! Thinking I was heading to a girl’s night, I walked along Douglas Ave to meet them at this restaurant shaped like a train, Grand Station Bar. I was sitting at the table for three and in walks Anne Marie, but turns out her cousin is not a girl, it was Michael! Insert big smiles. The three of us talked the night away, it felt so nice to meet great people in a new city.

The next night Michael and I went on our first date, we then met each other out every day that week until he went home to St. Louis. The next month I flew out to visit him, and he planned an entire weekend of “surprises,” all very sweet and fun date nights. Although Michael initially said long distance wasn’t in the cards, he eventually came around (of course!!). With some help from video calling and Southwest’s amazing one-hour flights between Wichita and St. Louis, we were successful in making long distance work for 2.5 years.

We then moved down to Texas in March of 2022 and built a house in a suburb of Austin. The house finished in December of 2022, and the day we got the keys, Michael proposed!!!

Dec 14th, 2022, We Said Yes!

Two dogs (Leo and Murphy) and a kitten (Mika) later, we are so excited to complete our family by getting married. I love our story and can’t wait to continue it.

We will become a family in

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Our Wedding Party

Thanks for being there

Looking forward to seeing you!



When & Where



  • 2:00 PM


  • 3:30 PM

    Reception Begins

  • 5:00 PM

    Bar Opens

  • 5:30 PM

    Grand Entrance

  • 5:45 PM


  • 7:45 PM

    Dance Party

  • 9:30 PM

    Late Night Snack

  • 10:00 PM

    Bar Closes

  • 10:30 PM

    The Big Exit


Gift Registry

Things to do:

Austin Favorites


Frequently Asked


Formal attire. We suggest that men wear a suit in any color or dress shirt with a tie, and women wear a cocktail dress or a nice pantsuit.


If using Uber and Lyft we suggest scheduling the day before in order to avoid a wait. (Wait times could be around 45mins if you do not) Our venue does allow you to leave a vehicle and pick it up the next day between 8am and noon.

Reception start?

3:30pm. Before the bar opens at 5pm, there will be non-alcoholic beverages, a charcuterie board, and plenty of lawn games!

Open Bar?

Yes! Our venue restricts the bar service to 5 hours, this will be from 5-10pm.

Michael & Melissa