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Handlery Hotel Wedding – {Aaron + Katie} – Photos by Mandi

Photos by Mandi Contreras, Associate Photographer

I’m soooo excited to finally share this wedding by Mandi!  This may be one of my favorite weddings by her, ever!  This wedding was featured on the awesome blog, Bridal Musings.  To see even more photos and read words from the bride herself, click here.

Words from Katie: Mandi of Melissa McClure Photography had an exceptional portfolio and meeting with her was just amazing. She timed everything just right, she was practically my coordinator! She kept me on time and she captured the most special moments. I’m really awkward when taking pictures because I never know what to do, but she made me feel so comfortable. She was my rock. I couldn’t have done it without her!

And now on to the beautiful images by Mandi….

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

Ceremony & Reception: Handlery Hotel
Photography: Mandi with Melissa McClure Photography
Assistant Photographer: Jackie Guidi
Florist: Starla of Enchanted Fine Florals, San Clemente
Cake: Twiggs Bakery
DJ: DJ Adam Loatman of JMC Events
Makeup: Ulta
Brides Shoes: Payless 
Brides Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Friar Tux
Invitations & Stationery: Michael’s & Paper Source
Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21

Atlantis Resort, Nassau Bahamas Wedding – Featured!

I’m sooooo excited about this latest feature! Shawna + Jason’s Bahamas wedding is on the main Atlantis Resort website!  As in their main page of weddings!  Fingers crossed an awesome bride sees this and contacts me. I”m desperate for another trip to the Bahamas! Mandi and I had such a great time at this wedding. 

PS Did you notice it’s 84 degrees there right now…jealous!  🙂


The Pearl Hotel – Styled Photoshoot with After the Engagement

My friend and planner extraordinaire Courtney from After the Engagement posted a call for interested vendors on her Facebook page.  She wanted to enter a contest to win a spot at an industry conference but needed to style a shoot to enter.  I had never been part of a styled shoot before and was curious!  I volunteered and the rest was history!  She pulled this all together in about 10 days!  The contest went live today so I’m able to share the outcome.  Her vision was Fabulous + Graceful and her inspiration was a ballerina bride wearing black.

Click here to visit Backstage Bridal and see the feature. If you are able, take a moment to comment on the blog at Backstage Bridal to give Courtney a vote to help her win! You can also see her original inspiration board/colors over there and compare how her vision ended up!

The vendors that all contributed to this photoshoot were fantastic to work with!  See below for full list!  I’m sharing a few different photos that were posted on the other blog today so I hope you enjoy!


Photographer – Melissa McClure Photography | Designer and Stylist – Courtney Tibbets, After the Engagement | Location – The Pearl Hotel | Flowers – Exquisite Blooms | Paperie – Brightly Designed | Arch – Arc de Belle | Custom-made black bridal gown – D’Marie Bridal Couture |Bridesmaids Dress – Trixxi Ballerina Dress, Nordstrom | Hair and Makeup – Gerine Coronado | Linen and napkins – Ranch Events |  Cake ball cake – Cake Ball Love | Custom bowties – blackrufflebrigade | Jewelry – Claire’s | Bride and Bridesmaid Shoes – Target

The Andaz Hotel, San Diego Wedding – {Ryan + Vanessa}

I met Vanessa when she was the maid of honor for one of my favorite 2009 couples!  She booked me right after their wedding and then I didn’t hear from her until her wedding was right around the corner. She was a super laid back, hands off kind of bride.  She fully trusted me and I couldn’t ask for anything more!  Her details were amazing and the group of vendors that worked with this wedding were top notch.  I was stoked to find out that Style Me Pretty was going to feature this gorgeous green wedding which is why I held off until now to post on the blog.

Photographer: Melissa McClure
Assistant: Mandi Contreras
Wedding Coordinator: Megan with Swann Soirees
Ceremony and Reception Location: The Andaz Hotel
Hair and Makeup: Marisa Von Sheere
Florist: Exquisite Blooms
Officiant: Groom’s Uncle
DJ: Average Joe with JMC Events
Calligraphy: The bride!  Cursive and Ink
Shoes: Steve Madden
Men’s Suits: Men’s Fashion Depot
Programs: Friend of the couple
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Sash: Originally with the dress but altered by the bride
Dress: Enzoani Diana

Featured – Style Me Pretty – Vanessa and Ryan’s Andaz Hotel Wedding

I was planning on posting my Happy New Year/Recap blog today but instead I got a little surprise in my Google Reader!  Vanessa and Ryan’s wedding has been featured on the mecca of wedding planning blogs – Style Me Pretty!  I am so honored they chose this gorgeous wedding and I will be posting it on my blog this week!

Click here to go directly to the feature!

The awesome group of vendors that made this wedding happen:

Photography: Melissa McClure Photography / Event Planning: Megan Mills with Swann Soirées / Hair & Makeup: Marisa Von Sheere / Flowers: Exquisite Blooms / Venue: The Andaz Hotel, San Diego / Calligraphy: The bride! – Cursive and Ink / Officiant: Groom’s Uncle / DJ: Average Joe with JMC Events

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