When I left San Antonio to drive up to Spinelli's for Melanie and Josh's wedding I had no clue I was in for a surprise. One of Melanie's bridesmaids, Meghan, was one of my previous brides! I had to take a selfie with her and her husband during the reception, it was just too cool to see them again! Make sure you check out my blog post on Meghan and Daryl's wedding.
When I arrived at Spinelli's, the girls were all getting ready. Finishing touches were being done on hair and makeup and I grabbed Melanie's dress, shoes, rings, and other accessories to focus on some detail shots. Once Melanie was ready to get into the dress her mother and maid of honor jumped in to help. We created a few images of the Josh and his groomsmen, and then Melanie and her bridesmaids before it was ceremony time. Melanie and Josh decided to not do a first look, and instead we did a be-on-opposite-sides-of-the-door kind of situation where they had a moment to be together before their ceremony without seeing each other. We did get to do a first look between Melanie and her father, and while he didn't cry it was obvious it was a very special moment for both him and Melanie.
Once the guests arrived it was time to get the wedding underway! Melanie looked absolutely stunning walking up the aisle to Josh, and neither Josh nor his brother, the best man, could hold back their tears. It was a short ceremony, but a very touching moment was when both Melanie and Josh turned to face their family and friends, and all of their family and friends vowed to help support them in their marriage. Rings were exchanged, vows were made, a unity candle lit, and their marriage was sealed with a kiss!
As the guests moved to cocktail hour we wrapped up family portraits and photographs with the bridal party before moving on to a few romantic images of just Melanie and Josh. These two are such natural, relaxed beauties that it was so easy to be their wedding photographer! Before we knew it, it was reception time! There was a thread of love and support running through the entire evening. The toasts made everyone tear up, the dances were very intimate and emotional, and it was obvious to everyone in the room that these two were meant to be.
Congrats, Melanie and Josh, on such a beautiful wedding, and on an even more beautiful relationship! It was an honor to be your wedding photographer.