February 16, 2013 Kolacki/Ward Wedding.
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.
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.
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.
There were other events taking place that day,
Even a cycle race
But Melissa’s day was the main event.
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.
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.
Touching up the Makeup
Friends dropping in to congratulate the bride . . . Rita Raley in dress!
Cherie and Sara, lovely as ever !
Stepping into the gown . . .
The Bridal Jewels
One quick picture before it’s time to go . . .
The guest gather outside the church
The photographers check out photo shoot spots in the church and the dressing area for perfect light effects.
Daiana and her girls pose for me by the beach so I can check out the light . . .
The wedding planner sets up her flowers
And distributes corsages . . .
Ready, Set, Go
Tom and his boys begin their walk down the aisle . . . then
Casual Photo Ops for the guest after the ceremony . . .
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 . ..
Out on the Veranda
Next, off to the after party . . . at the Marriott Harbor Spa Resort on Sanibel Island, O La, La!
It was a small affair with a big budget feel.
GREAT JOB ALYA!
The Guests gather in the Everglades Hall
THE PENTHOUSE BRIDAL SUITE
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 . . .
. . .and two spectacular photographers . . .
. . .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.