Oh yeah! I gotta tell you this is nothing but the hotness right here in this blog post! April 15, 2011 was an incredible day for two awesome people. Melanie & Chris are no strangers here on the blog either. They made their debut back in August when I blogged what was then and still is now one of my all time favorite engagement sessions. I encourage you to have a look if you have not yet. Anyway after that I session I couldn’t wait to get these two back in front of my lens. Can you blame me? But back to April 15th. It was blue skies and sunshine all day! I mean the kind of day you wait all winter for. The first stop was Melanie’s fathers Saratoga home. It was full of beautiful people too, you’ll see below. As expected Melanie looked wonderful and was pretty much ready to get into one hell of a gown. Chris jokes that Mel can turn it on at any second. Don’t let him fool you though, he too can turn it on. He showed up looking phenomenal and ready. Why? Well besides the fact he’s a handsome dude he bought his own tux and it fit!! When it was time for the first look Mel couldn’t wait! I had to tell to slow down! She was totally excited to see her man. When he turned around to see her his reaction was just great! After the standard formal photos I had some time to capture some great images of just Mel & Chris. Working one on one with the bride and groom is really my favorite part at weddings. I also enjoy working with true professionals such as videographer Al Woodard! You must head to his blog and peep their video that was already online yesterday! It is off the chain! Al, you keep killing it out there, people don’t know how lucky they are to have you capture their event my man. Their ceremony and florals looked really great. Party with Mia outdid herself with all the decor. Should I mention the NY Players absolutely crushed it yet again? Yeah, what else is new right? They always bring their  A-Game. Rather than me keep typing all this I’m going to stop and let the images speak for themselves. I just want to thank Melanie & Chris! You guys trusted us with your big day and we really appreciate that. We’ve enjoyed working with you guys and knew this event would be a great one. Enjoy the honeymoon, but first enjoy these images.


I had to set it off with a shot from their engagement session!

Here’s our bride getting some finishing touches. (not sure who did makeup feel free to leave in comment box)

Mel looked stunning. Also every bride should own that tank because it really is all about you ladies.

Some details..

Melanie’s accessories…. 😉

Melanie’s sister (mother) helping her button up. 😉

Oh I love this light…


My job is seriously rough, I had 9 beautiful women to photograph.

Melanie was loving being a bride. She OWNED that gown.

One more cause I said so.

I was telling Mel to slow down here on the first look. It was pretty funny.

She has that kinda effect on Chris. He just stood back and took it all in..

then went in for the kiss and hug..

and had Mel do the spin around to see the whole gown.

but one more step back to again enjoy this moment.

That blue on the girls was just awesome.

Chris and the boys + 1 beautiful “groomslady” 😉

One of my favorite group shots of the day.

Chris was looking quite sharp in his Hugo Boss tux with the hand tied bow tie & sweet cufflinks. Oh peep the time piece, a gift from Melanie. Nice job Mel.

Chris apparently got the city of Saratoga to fill the reflecting pool in time for the wedding. The weddings the next two days after can send him a TY card.

I got one more but then it was time to head in for the nuptials..

The Hall of Springs is a wonderful setting for a ceremony. Decor by Party with Mia

Chris, on deck..

Mel & Dad, on deck..

I love the exchanges between them here.

Mr & Mrs..

A little E configuration.

I like this one.

Oh that light.. it was on the money right here.

Sorry for the tech talk but my 200 1.8L is straight up da bomb! I mean, look at that background! Gone!

Mel & Chris’ facebook teaser images always get mad love!  BTW, I love new friends so come say hi.

The Hall of Springs by Party with Mia

some details.

The first dance complete with the monogram which has pretty much turned into a must do in this room.

I love when this happens during the first dance.

It was that kind of party..

I love my Elario brides!.. Nicole 07.29.11 (left) & Amanda (09.03.11)

Big thanks to Hayden Yund again for killing it with the Elario Photo Booth.. You liking this backdrop? I do. It’s called swanky and it’s hot!

Monkey see, monkey do… haha

Amanda & Kevin! 9.3.11!!

Fact: On July 29 2011 Nicole and Nick will attend their 42 wedding together only this time it will be theirs and yes we’ll be there!

because they’re all so pretty!

Holler for the vendors. you all know Big Joe and Al Woodard right? Thats Hayden to the right there. Congrats Mel & Chris!!

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  1. Makeup done by Michelle Johnson at Circles in Stuyvesant PLaza! Mel was such a beautiful bride to begin with! And what a good looking bridal party! The girls were great! Beautiful pics too!

  2. Absolutely beautiful. Love them all…esp the first dance black & white! FYI – the makeup artist is Michelle – she works at Circles & is fabulous! Well done!

  3. Jp! Loveeeeeeeeee alllllll the photos, as usual! thanks for the technical info!!! Congrats to the gorgeous bride and groom!!! looks like it was a fabulous day for a stunning couple!!!!

  4. Melanie, you look stunning and the girls look amazing in the dresses. The color photographed beautifully. I saw your step mom’s beautiful SueWong dress in some of the shots too, looks great! I love seeing everything come together. Now on to Heather wedding 🙂

    Great shots guys …as always!!

  5. Fellas, it looks like you scored another 10+! Tremendous images, outstanding couple & amazing day overall! I was honored to be a part of this one. Congrats Melanie and Chris. Lots of Love!!!

  6. Love Love Love!!! You guys are killing it! First of all I totally love the facebook teaser, possibly my fav. The First look with Chris biting his knuckle is priceless! Oh and love the Groomslady! So many Great shots… getting so excited JP – It’s almost May 7th!

  7. Just love these pics! You did such an awesome job capturing the whole thing! Mel and Chris make one beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see the rest! Congrats again guys! <3 you

  8. Well this was just awesome!!! Where to start – first I noticed Chris was wearing his bling pre-ceremony – I kinda like that! Let me jump ahead to the first look – it was great. Again people, this is why you do a first look. I love the enthusiasm, the surprise, the awe, the excitement. All great things.

    Wedding posts like these make a former bride want to get married all over again – truth! It looks like a gorgeous day. Mel – you look absolutely beautiful, and JP’s right, you were workin’ that gown. So beautiful. The maids’ dresses were awesome – really brought out the blue eyes in a few of your girls, and they all wore the designs beautifully. The men all were looking dapper (nice bowtie there Chris, I like the differentiation between you and the rest of them). And the Hall Of Springs looks fantastic as usual… but even moreso. The colors and design were phenomenal.

    Now one of the shots that made me smile first (well, after the shot of the accessories complete with the Blog Stalker pin), was the one of your mom zipping you up. No words for that one, so sweet.

    And then honestly the ones of the ceremony, the looks on your faces are just wonderful. Also, the look on Chris’ face as your dad gave you a kiss at the end of the aisle was priceless.

    I can’t choose!! Congratulations guys, these are really beautiful and it goes without saying that you’ll treasure all these priceless pics.

    PS – saw the little outtakes by Al. Awesome. 🙂

    pps – Joe and JP – YAY! Another beautiful one down 🙂 Love it love it love it!!


  9. This post literally moved me to tears (not that it’s hard to do!) Absolutely breathtaking pictures and such a beautiful couple. Congrats!

  10. amazing! gorgeous! love! i can’t stop looking… i can’t wait to see them all, beautiful work JP! melanie & chris – congrats again, i love you!

  11. The perfect day for the perfect couple! Mel and Chris- you look gorgeous, best wishes to you both and enjoy every minute together!

  12. These are amazing! What a beautiful day for my stunning cousin and her handsome man. 🙂 Love you Mel and Chris!

  13. These are stunning! I love every single one of them.I even thought about typing in all caps to really express how much I love them! There first look pictures brought tears to my eyes! Of course I love the “Elario Brides” photo, I’m sure I can speak for Amanda when I say we already LOVE being an Elario Bride. JP/JOE -you guys did an amazing job as always! Thanks for the photo booth picture and our very first blog appereance! We are stoked for 7/29! Mel&Chris, we love you guys! Congratulations!

  14. what a gorgeous couple!! these pics are absolutely amazing – love the first look ones. mel, you make a stunning bride!!

  15. love love love!!! i have been stalking all day!!! they all are just perfect!!!! mel and chris you look great in every single one!!! and love the photo booth!!! jp and joe you guys out did yourselfs!! love britt!

  16. I thought I was done tearing up but these got me again!!! The wedding was fantastic and these are amazing pictures of a BEAUTIFUL couple! Congrats again Mel and Chris 🙂

  17. OMG Mel you looked soooooo awesome!! And you too Chris!!! You know you love to pose too!!! GREAT job JP! You totally caputred these two!!! Love Love Love it!!!