Melissa and Jackson : Wedding

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heir day was filled with a potpourri of personal touches. Melissa wanted to ensure guests were brimming with a sense of connection with her and Jackson. As she finished dressing, Melissa heard Jackson’s booming laughter from the hedged rose garden and tried to gain a sneak peek of her groom waiting for her. Just being around him, Melissa said to her bridesmaids, will make my day so much better!!

For their First Look, Melissa asked her father to escort her down to see Jackson. When they saw each other, Melissa wilted away from her father’s arms and into those of her future husband. Her father took a step back and watched from a slight distance with pride, happiness, and a twinge of melancholy…letting go, both physically and emotionally, can often be difficult. However, sadness can easily be replaced with pure joy seeing two people so in love.

Melissa and Jackson, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. It was beautiful in so many ways and I truly felt connected to your love. Thank you for continuously thinking of JD and me as one of your guests…your kindness did not go unnoticed! Have fun in Maui...and get a tan for me!! Much Love and Appreciation…J*



I loved Melissa's Maggie Sottero wedding dress~






Melissa asked for the First Look to be just her, her father and Jackson, but her friends and family found a clever way to still be in on the action! :)




























They had some of the funniest toasts ever!






I dubbed this guy Sir Smilealot...Keeper of the Dancefloor ;)






To see more of their wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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kay english - lol cute! Do you often shoot weddings in the same place?  07.29.09 - 11:42am
Kelsey Horner - Your photos are so wonderful. Really, they are. It makes me happy to see that you really love what you do. That's not what spurred me to write a comment, though. I wanted to say that I really love the 8th and 12th photos from this shoot. They're beautiful.  04.25.08 - 8:40am
marie moyers - Success is largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.  11.01.07 - 7:09pm
Desiree Hayes - Beautiful! I love the emotion you capture. The Sir Smilealot pic CRACKS me up! You are a hoot.  11.01.07 - 4:25pm
Jasmine* - Hi Ana! I use Canon 580EX flash :)  11.01.07 - 9:44am
Ana Gabriela - quick question... Indoors, what kind of flash do you use? XOXO  11.01.07 - 9:37am
erikalaisphotoblog - Oh, I think the red shoes are the same he has uded inher engajement session ...  11.01.07 - 3:04am
Emily DeWan - I love all the emotion! And that's an awesome dress shot.  10.31.07 - 11:03pm
erikalaisphotoblog - Hi J*, Iloverd her red shoes ... and the bouquet' shoot!!! Great!!!!  10.31.07 - 11:37am
Melissa Koehler - Awesome shots. Love the dress and bouquet shot!  10.31.07 - 11:12am
Amy Martin - Looove that flower shot! The toast shots are great too!   10.31.07 - 9:44am
Korey - Oh and I forgot to add that your written description made me cry. I am scared for that moment!  10.31.07 - 8:39am
Korey - I love the black and white one on the couch with the beautiful window light!! These are so creative and beautiful!  10.31.07 - 8:33am
Melissa Jill :) - Hey Jasmine--LOVE the bouquet shot and the one underneath it! Great job!!  10.30.07 - 10:22pm
Stacy Cross - Absolutely wonderful! I love the series of 3 pics you caught of their reactions to the toasts - thoses are such real, candid, joyful moments!  10.30.07 - 8:49pm
paula - hi jasmine! i'm a regular blog-stalker. i have a silly but practical question: what shoes, as a photographer, do you suggest/wear that are functional, cute, and comfortable?  10.30.07 - 8:32pm
david baxter - the bouquet shot...TO DIE FOR!!  10.30.07 - 7:37pm
cassandra m - jaz, one of my favorites...the bouquet shot...LOVE IT! these are fantastic and wow how you captured their emotions. they look very happy & very much in love. great job as always girl!  10.30.07 - 7:08pm
Simply Modern Weddings - love the reveal shoot...and the story to match! Great job!!  10.30.07 - 6:56pm
nicole green - beautiful :) i am in love with her dress!  10.30.07 - 6:03pm
Jennifer Elaine - I love the picture of them seeing each other for the first time...its so romantic!  10.30.07 - 5:41pm
Jasmine* - Thanks for the info regarding the slideshow...I fixed the link! :)  10.30.07 - 5:39pm
Jennifer - Ohhh, my gosh. I'm so close to coming to where you are to stalk you and suck creativity right out of you! (so kidding.) These are SO fabulous. Love them all…but what sticks out most is the flower shot and the one of her looking at him. Aughhh…you are so blessed with an amazing talent. You go girl!   10.30.07 - 4:52pm
Julie Cohen - Jasmine - I especially love the one of the bouquet in front of the brown window - gorgeous!  10.30.07 - 4:08pm
brianna - jazzy, you linked your website instead of their slideshow....  10.30.07 - 4:05pm
kerri mcconnell - awesome! love the idea of having her dad be there when they saw each other. :)  10.30.07 - 3:55pm
ksen :) - BEAUTIFUL work as always jasmine!!! love the expressions during the toasts. :D (ps. when i tried to view the slideshow, it went straight to your website instead?! i tried a couple times... could just be my computer but I thought i'd let you know!)  10.30.07 - 3:37pm
Shelly - Beautiful Jasmine! I had so much fun at this wedding:) Thanks for taking the time to talk to me at the end.   10.30.07 - 3:11pm
Tanya Perez - Beautiful!   10.30.07 - 3:10pm
Rachel Brooke - When I look at your pictures I feel like I know these people. Thats the sign of a GOOD photographer cause it means you truly capture the essence of your clients!  10.30.07 - 2:48pm
cathy - these are STUNNING!!!!   10.30.07 - 2:41pm
Jasmine* - Hi Mark! Yes, I always encourage my brides to see their grooms before the ceremony. It's such a moving, beautiful, and private moment. It allows brides to soak up the emotion and enjoy the rest of the day. Also, it allows for the types of pictures they want. It's hard to cram all the formal shots in after the ceremony and makes for a rushed feeling of cumpulsion. Especially for spring and fall weddings, I heavily suggest seeing each other before. I saw my groom before the ceremony and I wouldn't have dreamed of doing it any other way! :)  10.30.07 - 2:18pm
Jeanette - Darn...I wasn't the first one to comment...I tried so hard Mel!! Jasmine you did a fabulous job as always!! You totally captured Melissa's beauty, witty & joyous character!!! Melissa you look absolutely STUNNING!!! Can't wait to hear all the indepth details of the wedding AND honeymoon!! Ü Love the slideshow!!!  10.30.07 - 2:17pm
ray santana - Nice job as always J*  10.30.07 - 1:54pm
Mark Brooke - Absolutely Fantastical! Do you try and talk your bride into seeing each other before the ceremony?   10.30.07 - 1:53pm