Melissa and Josh : Wedding


There 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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  1. Bill

    August 16th, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    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!

  2. Nataly

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Beautiful images! I love them all!

  3. Amy Martin

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    You talk about me working the light??? Love the light in the next to last photo… beautiful!

  4. Olivia

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    WOW! I love how you are able to capture the emotion. Great work!

  5. Jolene

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    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.

  6. Jamie Delaine

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Oh Jasmine these are to die for. Wow.

  7. Tanya Perez

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    I love all of these! Awesome sunlight shots by the way.

  8. joy bianchi brown

    August 16th, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    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!

  9. Melissa Koehler

    August 17th, 2007 at 1:46 am

    How beautiful! You got some amazing shots! You are amazing!

  10. Jillian Kay

    August 17th, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Gorgeous! I love the image of the bride and father coming down the isle…with the lighting she just looks glowing!

  11. erin

    August 17th, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Simply gorgeous! Love all the pictures!

  12. Melissa McClure

    August 17th, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Beautiful Jas!! What a radiant bride. You did an awesome job with that golden light 🙂

  13. Crissy

    August 17th, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Beautiful as always!

  14. Donna

    August 17th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    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?!

  15. Brianna

    August 17th, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    This is my favorite ring shot…I love it.

  16. david baxter

    August 17th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    love the ring shot, but the feets by the no walking sign, for some reason i love the sand in the shot, sooo cali

  17. Maureen

    August 19th, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Love these! Esp the feet shot :-0

  18. Jennifer

    August 21st, 2007 at 2:06 am

    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!

  19. brooke

    August 24th, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    the ring shot totally grabbed me…you are unreal!

  20. mary

    January 28th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    hello!please give me your oath.I like very much this.thanks!I recive:)