September 2011 Archive

Olowalu Plantation House Wedding – Maui, HI – {Crayton + Vanessa}

Crayton and Vanessa (and their friends/family) came all the way from So. California to get married on the beautiful island of Maui.  The weather just couldn’t have been more perfect!  Their first look was one of the sweetest I have witnessed and their bridal party was so nice and willing to help out any way they could!  Cherise from The Perfect Maui Wedding made sure the day ran so smoothly and the talented Della of Dellables created one of my favorite bouquets to date!  At the end of the night, there were a few cases of Kona beer left over so I got to take one home to enjoy on my extended week in Maui with Jason!  Thanks you guys!  Aloha!

Ceremony + Reception: Olowalu Plantation House
Coordinator: Cherise from The Perfect Maui Wedding
Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Assistant Photographers: Bryan N Miller
Florist: Dellables
Caterer: Food for the Soul

Hotel Del Coronado Family – The Cave’s Vacation

I had so much fun catching up with the Cave family when they came to So Cal for a vacation from Illinois!  Mom, Misti is my sorority sister from College!  I photographed the kiddos back in 2008 in Peoria. Wow they have grown so much!  As have I!  😉  Misti and Joe honeymooned on Coronado 10 years ago and brought the whole family back for some fun in the sun (and Disneyland!)



San Diego Maternity Session – Sally and Jeremiah (and Baby Eli)

I could not be more excited for my good friend Sally and her hubby Jeremiah!  They will be meeting their little bundle of joy, Eli any day now!  He is just a little fashionably late!  You may recognize Sally’s beautiful face from the headshots I did of her prior.  She is the owner of Exquisite Blooms, a floral company I like to work with!  We had actually planned a photoshoot before Sally got pregnant with Eli but the weather pushed our plans back.  Shortly after, Sally and Jeremiah got the news that would change their lives forever and we decided to wait on that shoot for this one. 🙂


Maui Trash the Dress – Vanessa and Crayton


Vanessa and Crayton were so much fun to spend time with and they were up for anything!  Even trekking through spider laden weeds!  Poor Vanessa HATES spiders (I do too!)  We never heard any complaints though!  We shot their Trash the Dress session two days prior to their actual wedding (different dress) and ran all over the west side of Maui for photos.  We ended the session soaking wet and under water! 🙂


Balboa Park Engagement Photos by Mandi – Jenny and Matt

Photos by Mandi Contreras – Associate Photographer

Jenny and Matt met Mandi for an early morning engagement session at Balboa Park!  I was shocked to see (in the photos) how little people are there in the mornings!  These lovebirds are getting married this November!

Mandi Contreras is an associate photographer for Melissa McClure Photography.  To contact her directly, email

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