Melissa and Tom’s Wedding

February 16, 2013  Kolacki/Ward Wedding.

They Did It!
They Did It!

 A journey that started for me in 2010 when I began exploring photography as more than a hobby, brings me to this day when I am confident enough to take on the responsibility of capturing and preserving wedding memories for a very special lady.

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Mo, Photographing the Honey Moon Penthouse Suite

This is my third wedding as a photographer. Each event reveals to me the couple and their families in very intimate ways. I always feel privileged to be a participant. Melissa and Tom’s wedding was lovely.MOT_6003

The ceremony was held at the nostalgic  Chapel by the Sea in Captiva. The drive from our hotel was about 40 minutes, mostly due to the busy road, and slow drive speed.

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There were other events taking place that day,

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Even a cycle race

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But Melissa’s day was the main event.

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Sara and Melissa arrive at the Chapel

Meet the wedding planner, Sara Primeau. Having the wedding on Captiva was Sara’s idea, and only Sara would find the perfect little chapel for the event.

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Getting Dressed

The dressing room was also the staging area for the brides photographs as she prepared for her walk down the aisle, to meet her groom.  

Dressing room, staging area for photos of bride, dress, makeup, etc. Distribution spot for flowers
Dressing room, staging area for photos of bride, dress, makeup touch up, etc. Distribution spot for flowers

Touching up the Makeup

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Friends dropping in to congratulate the bride . . . Rita Raley in dress!

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Cherie and Sara, lovely as ever !

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Stepping into the gown . . .

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Cherie helps Melissa step into her gown. I capture the moment from my perch on a nearby chair.

The Bridal Jewels

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One quick picture before it’s time to go . . .

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The guest gather outside the church

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The photographers check out photo shoot spots in the church and the dressing area for perfect light effects.

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Daiana Adams poses in front of the window where we will photograph the bride.
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I check the chapel for light effects and set my cameras to shoot without flash

Daiana and her girls pose for me by the beach so I can check out the light . . .

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The wedding planner sets up her flowers

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And distributes corsages  . . .

Ouma's Corsage
Ouma’s Corsage

Ready, Set, Go

The Groom and his grooms boys, enter the church
The Groom and his grooms boys, enter the church

Tom and his boys begin their walk down the aisle . . . then

Melissa prepares to enter the church and begin her walk down the aisle.
Melissa prepares to enter the church and begin her walk down the aisle.

Casual Photo Ops for the guest after the ceremony . . .

Melissa's dad capturing memories on his Iphone
Melissa’s dad capturing memories on his Iphone

Next, off to the second venue, the Lighthouse Restaurant for Dinner. It’s a mere 40 minute drive back to Sanibel and only a few minutes from the third venue and guest hotels.

Trying out a new photography technique on Daiana . ..

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The Bar
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The Girls
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The Girl who saved the evening with her lovely voice, and musical talents. .. Alya Adams, Daiana’s oldest girl. She is merely 12.
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Noa and Daiana, she’s hungry and tired. . .
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The Wedding Parties’ private area
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Cherie getting cozy with her hubby . . .
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The decor
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Ahhh the drinks
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The Lighthouse Restaurant
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The wines . . .
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Glass Etching of the Lighthouse
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Award winning eatery . . .
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A very happy girl . . .
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A packed house .
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The lights . . .

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Out on the Veranda

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Love in the wind
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Veiw from the veranda
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Heaters to keep you warm
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Taking a time out for some personal shots
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She’s laughing in the wind, and I’m having fun with photo effects
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daring infra-red filter . . . love it!
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Catwalk by the sea
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Couples in love
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Friendship and hugs . ..
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Rita, rocking the catwalk
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Luz, working the walk on the catwalk
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work it girl
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Good Times
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Rita is smoking . . . hot, hot, hot!
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The next couple to take the plunge in October
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Oh no! Is she going to bite him?
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Happy in love . . .
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Yeah, I love playing with actions, filters, and effects.
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Beautiful

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Next, off to the after party . . . at the Marriott Harbor Spa Resort on Sanibel Island, O La, La!

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View from the balcony of the Everglades meeting room
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Great shot of Alya . . . Colorful sunset!
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great shot from the balcony
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The wind kicked up and it cooled significantly

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It was a small affair with a big budget feel.

The Entertainment

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Daiana, admires her talented daughters . .. so nostalgic. . .

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GREAT JOB ALYA!

The Guests gather in the Everglades Hall

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BRIDAL SHOWER

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The girls sneak up to the penthouse bridal suite to decorate the bed with rose petals. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get them in the shower and snap this picture. It’s priceless.

THE PENTHOUSE BRIDAL SUITE

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WEDDING GOWN DISPLAYED
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VIEW FROM THE HONEYMOON SUITE
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The bridal bed for Mr. and Mrs. Ward

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Three venues, a great dress, good food, lots to drink, awesome friends and family, Sara, a marvelous and out of the box thinking wedding planner . . .

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. . .and two spectacular photographers . . .

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Mo and Daiana shooting Melissa through the window from the veranda . . .

. . .made for quite a soiree. From the romance of the Chapel by the Sea, to the nautical ambiance of the Lighthouse Restaurant, where the  Dinner  Reception was held, and later to the spa elegance of the Marriott for the after party. This wedding was a success. 

I can’t wait to see Daiana’s shots! Post some Daiana! I’ve only posted a very small sampling of pictures in this post.  I will include some of the pictures in this post in the final collection. Especially, our Preschool Girls, and Daiana’s lovely children.  The pictures I used in this post, are crowd shots of other people, superficial shots of architectural details all lovely and special. The final collection of wedding pictures are for the Bride and Grooms eyes only and I won’t post the selections until the bride and groom have received them. I hope they will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

It's a wrap!
It’s a wrap!

Mo

5 thoughts on “Melissa and Tom’s Wedding”

  1. Mo! U did a freakin awesome job! Fabulous! I hope I’m lucky to have a special event and for u to capture those moments one day! awesome awesome awesome!!!

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