The Bride

This bride is so very special to us. I have written this post a million times and I am still unsure of what to say. When I was asked to possibly photograph her wedding in Stuart…I was honored. We have known Kylie and her family for several years now. It all began when she started to baby sit for us. She came twice a week, and outside of that we also got to know her family at church (whom we love so very much!). Soon after, she graduated high school. Then it was off to college…and then soon engaged! I really admire this sweet girl and all that she stands for. Most of all she loves Jesus. She’s a straight shooter (so refreshing) and always stands up and speaks up for what she believes is right. And our kiddos, well they adore her.

Over time we have also gotten to know Braden (the groom) and his family. Our family has so much love for both of these families. And we were honored to be a part of witnessing Kylie and Braden join together in marriage and begin their big adventure of this wonderful life we live.

A Wedding in Stuart

I loved watching this wedding come together and hearing about the planning process. There were so many people within our church and within our community that poured their love, prayers and special gifts into their wedding day. Very cool to watch!

As part of our discussion about photos, the one thing that Kylie and Braden REALLY wanted at the end of the day was some really nice wedding portraits in a butterfly garden here in town, as well as some portraits at the beach. They have a mutual love for the beach (both being surfers) and they really wanted some pictures with a lucious foliage background. We had sunshine all day, until we didn’t.

You see, in Florida, we typically have AFTERNOON showers. Kylie and Braden planned their day so that we wouldn’t start wedding portraits until everything was over. And that way, we could shoot right through sunset and not have to worry about being anywhere, or those pesky afternoon showers. But God had a much better plan than ours that day. (As always – DUH!)  As soon as Kylie and Braden walked out of the tunnel of sparklers, waving good bye to their guests, the heavens opened up and the rain poured down. Not just rain. Lightening, thunder…and the radar was no where near clear for hours. Hmmm…we only had two hours of sunlight (on a sunny day) left. So we resorted to plan B. We shot all of the bridal party at the church inside and after it was over, we decided to shoot the rest in the rain.

Wedding Portraits – IN the RAIN

After driving to the butterfly garden, the rain kept coming down and the lightening only got worse. I have shot in the rain before, but never this bad. It was coming down in sheets and not one inch of you was going to be dry even after making a dash to the car. So I prayed -the whole way there. How can I make this work? It’s dark, SUPER wet, and the lightening is bad. As soon as I arrived I jumped in Kylie and Braden’s car. I was game but let them know my concerns – they looked at me and said we trust you, let’s do it! I love a bride and groom that aren’t afraid to get little (or a lot) wet!

With the help of a rockstar bridesmaid and groomsman holding lights and umbrellas…we got it done! We love the portraits that we came away with. They aren’t full of sunshine, beach and butterfly garden foliage, but what they are is raw, real, romantic, unexpected, beautiful images of two gorgeous people who just got married.  These images are by far some of my most favorite of the day.

Rain is Good Luck?

You know that saying that it is good luck to have rain on the day you tie the knot? Well I never knew why it was supposed good luck until recently – a wet knot is stronger than a dry knot. Love it!

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Vendors & Partners

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Ceremony & Reception – Covenant Fellowship Church

Florist –Harbour Bay Florist

Hair – Caroline Klein

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Invitations – Kylie Olsen

Music – Traxx Entertainment

Wedding Coordinator – Monica Jochum

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  • September 23, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    Judith Adams - What a special time for Kylie and Braden. The milestone you will cherish each year. The pictures put you in that moment. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

Newborn Photos  – My Sweet Niece

Recently I flew to Atlanta with both of my kiddos to meet my precious and tiny niece.  That was something new for me…flying solo with two kiddos. Props to you mommas who do it all the time and with multiples!

At only 12 days old, we were able to take Lila Gray’s newborn photos with her eyes open in some to see that precious little personality of hers. I think we even got a little baby smile or two in there. She is so sweet! I am a little biased, however, she’s a cute one for sure. After I got my snuggles we began to shoot right away.

Newborn photos are one of my favorite things to shoot. They are always fun and it’s really special when I get to shoot a close friend or even family. I LOVE shooting family because that means there’s one more little to our clan! HAHA. But seriously, newborn photos are a must have and a really important time in your life. If you haven’t booked your newborn session yet and are expecting or just had a baby…do it now! You won’t regret it. And then after…print those beauties and line your walls 🙂

 

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My Clients…

Kristina and Carl were a dream to work with from the beginning. They came to me through a friend of theirs who’s wedding I photographed over four years ago. I was so excited to work with these two. We hit if off from the beginning. Kristina and Carl had a great vision with all of the perfect elements -not only was it a plantation wedding (always gorgeous!); but they wanted their wedding to be fun, special and intimate with lots of details that had meaning. And best of all, they wanted their photographs to really document their day for what it was, with a journalistic approach.

A Plantation Wedding…

This Vero Beach plantation wedding had all the feels. There were so many moments of laughter, joy, tears, dancing and more that were happening at every turn. The weather and light could not have been more perfect for an outdoor wedding space at the gorgeous Bellewood Planation. If you haven’t visited there, well, you should! It’s a really great venue for all kinds of events. I love how peaceful Kristina and Carl’s day was and how beautiful everything turned out.  The wedding planner, Melissa Patrick, pulled everything together just perfectly.

Wedding Details…

Most of their details were made by or put together by loved ones – from the bar, the bunting, a ring box, gift box, signs and even the officiant was the groom’s best friend. The veil was even something borrowed from a close friend (who’s wedding I shot four years ago!). The vintage tea cups were collected by Kristina and her family from around the world and used as wedding favors with goodies and tea inside. And there were several fun and special traditions incorporated throughout the day. A meaningful and intimate  outdoor wedding for sure.

I am so thankful to Kristina and Carl for choosing me to document their wedding day in Vero Beach. It was such a pleasure working with them and their families. Gorgeous day for a gorgeous couple!

Vendors & Partners

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LOCATION & VENUE – Bellewood Plantation

EVENT PLANNER – Melissa Patrick

Vintage Rentals – Bellewood Planation

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Florist – Lara’s Theme Floral

HAIR & MAKEUP – Abyss Salon

MUSIC – Smoking Jackets

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Headshots

No matter what profession you are in, I believe everyone needs a great headshot – one that sets you apart from everyone else. Headshots, or professional portraits, are a great way to represent yourself, your personality and your profession. They can be traditional, more relaxed or completely candid while your at work.

What’s your professional portrait style?

Industries are changing and clients are turning to a more relaxed style shoot. Their customers are wanting someone they can relate to. Whether it’s an outdoor session or indoor session with lighting and backdrops, we can make your professional headshots appropriate for you and your business all while letting a little bit of your personality shine through your photos. Don’t be afraid to schedule your own headshot session…we will make it fun! It’s a simple process figuring out what location is appropriate for you and your business and then we can make it your own from there. Email us today and schedule your own portrait session! Can’t wait to create a gorgeous headshot for you!

These are a few of recent professional portrait and headshot sessions that I have done here in Stuart and Jupiter, FL. These professionals in industry range from doctors, medical professionals, photographers, Mary Kay reps, marketing and insurance.

 



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Wrapping up with a Day in the Life

As I am wrapping up my last two months before we welcome our second little peanut into our home, I am squeezing in as many family sessions as I possibly can before mid March. My all time favorite family photo sessions are the ones where I get to document families in their home, doing what they love to do on a daily basis. While a bit planned, these sessions are all about fun, relaxing and creating real moments that capture your real life! An at home documentary approach gives a glimpse into your life, whether it’s brushing teeth, pool time, backyard play, baking cookies, bath time, reading books, snuggling on the couch or just normal moments around the house, hence A Day in the Life.

For the first time ever I am offering two days of A Day in the Life Mini Sessions. February 4th & 5th. There are only 6 mini sessions available! While my main lifestyle sessions are half and full days, these sessions will be a shortened amount of time but still in your home, doing what you and your family love to do. Email me at melissa@melissaserra.com to get your spot and we can start planning your Mini Day in the Life!

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