Melissa and Josh : Wedding

© Jasmine Star. This post cannot be republished without permission. Stealing makes me sad.
here was a hustle and bustle outside of the hotel. Luxury European cars honked and the valet ran back and forth with flurry, but the blue sky and warm sea breeze had a calming effect on the waiting patrons. Located on Santa Monica beach, Shutters on the Beach is a nod to classic Americana and is one of the busiest hotels in Los Angeles, but—tucked away in her parents’ room—Melissa sat calmly on the elevated bed and laughed alongside her best friends. With her small feet dangling over the calico bedspread, her makeup artist applied the finishing touches and Melissa’s bridesmaids cooed in approval.

Melissa and Josh spent months meticulously planning their wedding day, but few would realize how many more layers were involved with the process. The ceremony—officiated by Josh’s father—was beautiful and their words ebbed and flowed with the sound of each crashing wave as they stood on the veranda. During the reception, Melissa’s step-father toasted the couple and explained that the wedding was so much more poignant because there was a time when they questioned whether it would ever arrive. Because of many serious health complications, Melissa was only 14 when she doubted she’d even go to college, much less marry the man of her dreams. There, in the opulent Shutters ballroom, she sat next Josh and cried tears of joy. Glasses were raised in honor of health. In honor of commitment. In honor of love.

Melissa and Josh, I know you don’t doubt how much JD and I loved being with you on your special day. We laughed with your friends and we cried right along with you (okay, okay…I’m the only one who cried!). Your thoughtfulness and generosity did not go unnoticed and we were stoked to be there with you. And I have to say that your families and friends were the absolute funnest to be around…the dancefloor was packed even before the salad was served or the toasts delivered…so awesome! Have fun on your honeymoon and I can’t wait to catch up when you return! Much Love and Appreciation…J*

JD caught this cool picture...

To view more of their wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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mary - hello!please give me your oath.I like very much this.thanks!I recive:)  01.28.08 - 6:30am
brooke - the ring shot totally grabbed are unreal!  08.24.07 - 10:02am
Jennifer - UGH, you're so stinking amazing. You "see" with eyes that not everyone has. Love your perspective on the day. LOVE LOVE LOVE your work. Aughh!  08.20.07 - 7:06pm
Maureen - Love these! Esp the feet shot :-0  08.18.07 - 9:41pm
david baxter - love the ring shot, but the feets by the no walking sign, for some reason i love the sand in the shot, sooo cali  08.17.07 - 4:19pm
Brianna - This is my favorite ring shot...I love it.  08.17.07 - 9:40am
Donna - OK Ms. Star, LOVIN' your photos (DUH) but.... when will you be writing your great American novel. I envision it set in the O.C. with an obviously stunning wedding in the end! Who doesn't love happy endings?!  08.17.07 - 7:00am
Crissy - Beautiful as always!  08.17.07 - 1:10am
Melissa McClure - Beautiful Jas!! What a radiant bride. You did an awesome job with that golden light :)  08.16.07 - 11:53pm
erin - Simply gorgeous! Love all the pictures!  08.16.07 - 8:52pm
Jillian Kay - Gorgeous! I love the image of the bride and father coming down the isle...with the lighting she just looks glowing!  08.16.07 - 7:40pm
Melissa Koehler - How beautiful! You got some amazing shots! You are amazing!  08.16.07 - 6:46pm
joy bianchi brown - jasmine, i love your style! you did a great job with shutters--it is such a fun venue. i love the flare shot of your groomsmen! hope to see you soon!  08.16.07 - 12:52pm
Tanya Perez - I love all of these! Awesome sunlight shots by the way.   08.16.07 - 12:39pm
Jamie Delaine - Oh Jasmine these are to die for. Wow.   08.16.07 - 12:33pm
Jolene - I don't even know the entire story and I was practically in tears with your intro. You have such a way with words and their pictures are nothing short of amazing.   08.16.07 - 12:27pm
Olivia - WOW! I love how you are able to capture the emotion. Great work!  08.16.07 - 12:26pm
Amy Martin - You talk about me working the light??? Love the light in the next to last photo... beautiful!   08.16.07 - 12:09pm
Nataly - Beautiful images! I love them all!  08.16.07 - 12:00pm
Bill - Great photos! I particularly like the way you used the bright sun behind your subjects and the use of shadows in the groomsmen picture. Nice work! Love the B-log!  08.16.07 - 11:38am