melissa & matt: saratoga national golf club

Wow it's hot outside! Which is why you should sit in front of your computer, grab a cocktail and peep this beautiful wedding we just shot last Saturday! I knew from day one when Melissa and Matt met with us I was going to have a great time. For those of you who know these two know what I mean, they're just fun and exciting and I had a blast capturing that on July 14th, 2012.

While on my way to Melissa’s parents beautiful home I had the AC kicking because it was HOT HOT HOT outside. For real, it was crazy hot! Like the kind of hot that makes weathermen lose it! Melissa and Matt’s all star vendors on the other hand, cool as cucumbers! Word. We don’t play! Haha. Ok, have I gone too far?  Alayne Curtis, and her crew from Make Me Fabulous we’re on this one which only meant one thing, stunning girls for me to photograph. Melissa’s bridesmaids were all stunning, although I must say Melissa stoled the show! Also another favorite of mine was in the heezy! Thats wedding coordinator, Katie O’! She always keeps the day moving right along while smiling or as she’d say “sparkling”. After our bride Melissa was dressed we did our pre-ceremony pics and had all kinds of fun doing them too! I especially enjoyed that Melissa’s father, Vic hung around while we photographed the girls and laughed at my bad jokes! Good times.

Next stop, Saratoga National Golf Club! A beautiful ceremony space created by, David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design awaited for all the guests to fill up. Matt and the fella’s showed up and we captured them under the overhang entrance of SNGC. It’s a great spot to photograph the guys. It’s also one of the only shaded areas ;). We all know I’m not going to put 9 guys (& the cutest ring bearer ever, we’ll get to that later) in black tuxes in the sun! After that, these two got married. Did I mention it was hot? πŸ˜‰ We moved things right along after their nuptials and got all our group photos done! Al Woodard and myself then took Melissa and Matt out for some bride and groom photos! The grounds were incredible!! From that point on it was pretty much on auto-pilot, as thats just how the crew from Saratoga National operates! Throw in some great entertainment by the one and only DJ Fernando Bustamante and there you have it! All fun, all night. Oh and also, Melissa and Matt opted for the super fun Elario Photo Booth and our girl Hayden rocked it for them!

Melissa and Matt, we can’t say thank you enough for choosing us to capture this super special day for you both! It was an honor to have been the ones documenting your day! We not only enjoyed getting to know you guys, but your families and friends as well. Hope to be seeing you all sometime soon at Cassie and Lauren’s big days! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ I hope you both are sipping mai tai’s while reading this!


Just incase you didn’t see their engagement session I posted last September..

Shhh… the dress is sleeping..

The Manolo’s..

Getting made Fabulous!

Loving this ring shot.. our former bride, (also good friend of Melissa) designed all the stationary for this wedding.

Some sweet details..

Donna and Cassie, help Melissa get ready.. Wow… she’s beautiful..

Especially loving the braid..

A first look with dad (Cassie’s taking notes for when it’s her turn)

Wow, right? Bonus points if you can name the two weddings we shot where two of the bridesmaids were also bridesmaids in.

All kinds of flowers by,  David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design

I know I’ve said this a thousand times but I love, love, love, when a bride wears her hair down!

One more..

Matt and the fellas..

We all know I try to avoid putting little kids in weddings on my blog but this little secret service ring bearer was awesome! Had more swagga than swag!

The ceremony tent by,  David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design

Melissa and Dad..

I love this moment after their first kiss.

Mr & Mrs..

Melissa having fun with the big fans in the ceremony tent… work it girl!

It didn’t take Matt long to steal the thunder… or at least try to. Yup, this is what I was working with. Matt, this should totally be your profile pic.

The bridal party..

How gorgeous?

That red headed wedding planner likes forehead kisses so here you go Katie O’ (that totally rhymed. **brushes shoulder off**)

It was hard for them not to laugh and smile all day..

Oh you killed the configuration.. Killed it!!

My facebook teaser image!

See? Still laughing and smiling..

Saratoga National Ballroom by,  David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design

Way to go DMS of RFD on this color palette. I loved it..

First dance.. Also, notice the center dance floor. I think this is one of the nicest and smartest upgrades you can make to this ballroom!

I’m loving this series from their first dance..

Back outside for that warm light!

So pretty..


Ok so this bridesmaid decided it would be cool to call me “PJ” all day and night.. who’s having the last laugh now Miss Adrienne? πŸ˜‰ (ps… totally told her I was going to blog this, although I’m not sure if she remembers) hahah!!

Haha, good times!

Oh yeah, they had amazing fireworks too!!!

Loving that Melissa and Matt picked “black keys” for their photo booth!

Such a special image to me! All Elario Photography brides and grooms! From the left… Maggie & Joe, Melissa & Matt (duh), Melissa and Andrew and newly engaged and future Elario bride and groom, Brooke and Mark. (all used and are using the Elario Photo Booth too!)

So fun!!

Congrats you two!!

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