August 2013 Archive

Krabi, Thailand – Railay Bay Resort Wedding – {Matt + Donna}


thailand_wedding_001Prepare for a massive blog post of photos! I’ve been waiting 9 months to share this one!  Now that the magazine is on shelves I finally can!  Donna + Matt had an amazing wedding surrounded by their close family and friends.  22 people flew out (mostly from the US) for their week long celebration and I was thrilled Michele & I could be a part of it!   The day started off with the Eastern ceremony and finished with their Western one.  The party went late in to the night, dancing and drinking on the sand.  There were fire dances and lantern releases.  And a whole lot of love.  Enjoy the photos!  I can’t wait to get back to Thailand.

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Buddhist Monk Blessing + Thai Water Ceremony – Thailand Wedding – {Matt + Donna}


I could not be more excited to share these photos from the wedding I photographed in Thailand last December.  Donna + Matt fell in love with the country, particularly the area of Krabi.  They were engaged on a beach near by and decided on Railay Bay Resort for their wedding.  Wow, what an amazing country. I cannot say enough good things about this area and truly felt a connection with the area.

The wedding started bright and early at 7:30am for the traditional Buddhist Monk and Thai Water Blessing.  During the ceremony, gifts are bestowed upon the monks – and the couples marriage is blessed.  It was so moving to hear them chant with an almost empty beach.   After, the group headed down to the beach for a water ceremony. Water is a symbol of cleansing and luck.  You can read more about the specific ceremony here.  Each guest poured water over their hands and the parents participated in their own traditions.  Absolutely beautiful and heartfelt.   The couple held their Western ceremony later that evening, which I will save for a separate blog!

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Featured! Destination I Do Magazine – Thailand Wedding Photograper


I’m so excited I can finally shout from the rooftops -shortly after I photographed Donna + Matt’s wedding in Thailand it was picked up to be featured in Destination I Do‘s Winter edition!  Check out the magazine in your area starting today (there are two different covers, BTW)!  And I will be sharing the full wedding on the blog very very soon!  WooHoo!!!

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San Marcos Courthouse Wedding – {Nick + Pam}

 Pam was so excited about marrying her “Favorite Marine” when she contacted me a few weeks before their wedding.  Both their moms were able to fly from out of state for the ceremony!  After the necessary paperwork, they exchanged short vows and were hitched!  Then we headed over to Discovery Lake for some more photos of these two newlyweds!

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Ponte Winery wedding – {Ryan + Linda} – Photos by Mandi

Photos by Associate Photographer, Mandi Contreras 


Linda + Ryan had a gorgeous December wedding among the Fall colors at Ponte Winery.  I have never met these two personally but I can tell by the photos (and what Mandi tells me) that they are insanely in love and so at ease for the camera!  Plus their party looked like a blast!
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Mandi is an associate photographer for Melissa McClure photography, she can be contacted directly at

Ceremony & Reception Location: Ponte Winery
Photography: Associate Photographer – Mandi Contreras
Assistant Photographer: Jamie Lawler

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