Ellen & Patrick – The Wedding | Jacksonville Wedding Photographers

It was a wet, rainy afternoon in August when we arrived at Southside Methodist Church in San Marco.  We had scouted the area before Ellen & Patrick’s wedding on a gorgeous sunny day and were excited about shooting in its lovely little courtyard and the neighboring streets.  But as we arrived on their wedding day, mother nature had another plan.  As the rain came down with little sign of slowing, we gathered our gear, umbrella in hand and headed inside to greet everyone.  The mood inside the church was joyful, cozy and filled with people buzzing around in excitement.  The rain hadn’t dampened anyone’s spirits and actually seemed to be bringing everyone even closer together as they eagerly anticipated the wedding that was at hand.

We always say how incredibly fortunate we are to be a part of some incredible people’s lives, and Ellen and Patrick are no exception.  They both have such quiet gentle spirits and openly invited us to be a part of their family that day.  The ceremony was filled with tears of joy as these two long time sweethearts finally tied the knot.  As we wrapped up the formal photos we walked outside to a beautiful, bright, sun-filled sky.  We were so excited to be able to shoot these newlyweds and their wedding party outside in the gorgeous sunlight.  If you are the metaphor kind of person, and I’m feeling rather metaphory (its a word… go with it) today you could say that the rain was washing away their old single selves and the sun was beaming down on their union as man and wife that day.  Okay, so maybe that was a little sappier than you were prepared for.  I promise it will not happen again… today.

After the ceremony, we all headed downtown to the Haskell Building where Ellen & Patrick’s reception was in full swing.  The fountain in front of the building is a modern architectural work of art rivaled only by the gorgeous St. John’s River view from the rear terrace.  Everyone danced for hours, mingled on the terrace and celebrated as these two wonderful families were finally united this day.  Ellen & Patrick, thank you both so much for having us as part of your lives.  You two are so absolutely perfect for each other.  I know I say it all the time, but I love how Patrick makes Ellen smile and laugh.  She absolutely beams!  We hope you two had an amazing honeymoon exploring the Pacific Northwest.  We wish you both eons of love, laughter and adventures together.

In love,

Mel & Brad

Some of the vendors from Ellen & Patrick’s Wedding:

Catering:  Riverside Catering

DJ:  Millenium Entertainment












































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  • Zach, 10.08.09:
    Zach : Great job guys! Looked like it rained there and you still came out with amazing shots! Diggin' the textures too!
  • Emily Beaty, 10.08.09:
    Emily Beaty : Beautiful!! The bride & groom portraits are gorgeous... I love them. I also LOVE the m&m's!! SO fun!
  • Kellie Kano, 10.11.09:
    Kellie Kano : I'm so behind on my blog reading! What a treat to find all of this gorgeousness in my google reader... love it!
  • Star Bradshaw, 10.12.09:
    Star Bradshaw : Lovin the black & whites!

More Sneak Peeks You Say!?!?

Why yes yes there are more… I know all I’ve been posting lately are sneak peeks but its all I seem to have time for.  We are currently interviewing for an office assistant and an intern here at La Dolce Vita Studio to help us with our post shooting work and keep us running full steam ahead.  Until we find the perfect people to join our team, its just Brad and I burning the midnight oil.  We have been shooting some awesome stuff lately and I can’t wait to share it.  Here are a few sneaks from upcoming posts:

Jen & Jared’s Engagement Session:


One of my shots from last month’s Jax Shoot Club:  (yes I edited Brad’s and put my own off forever but I did manage to work on this lovely image)


and there will be some killer shots from our Chicago trip coming soon too!

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  • Zach, 09.30.09:
    Zach : Love the big balloon and the texture in these pics!
  • Becka, 10.05.09:
    Becka : That is quite a large balloon! I <3 it!

Kari & Andrew’s Day After Sneak Peek | Jacksonville Wedding Photographer

Here are a few shots from Kari & Andrew’s day after session.  Stay tuned for the underwater shots to come!




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  • Ashley Bludsworth, 09.24.09:
    Ashley Bludsworth : Wow, they are all good, but that second one is just like so shut up good!!!!!
  • Kelleen Hite, 09.24.09:
    Kelleen Hite : Love the last one!! I cant wait to see the underwater shots!
  • Star, 09.24.09:
    Star : love that 2nd one too ;o) The last one rocks!
  • Melanie, 09.24.09:
    Melanie : Thanks ladies!!! I can't wait to edit more of these! :)
  • Giovanni Lugo, 09.24.09:
    Giovanni Lugo : I was going to comment on how crazy hot these are, but then I remembered that you always ignore my comments and tweets. So I decided not to comment. Aww. crap!
  • shain, 09.25.09:
    shain : #2 is more delicious than doughnuts and doritoes!!! I am in love with her face! You two are the best ever.
  • Melanie, 09.25.09:
    Melanie : Gio... I don't ignore you! :P If I do its on account of my senility. I swear this old age is getting to me. Thanks Shain I like that one a lot too! I will definitely let her know that her face has one upped Dunkin Donuts! ;)
  • Steph, 09.25.09:
    Steph : wow, I agree with Shain, that second one is just oh yea! And I love the lighting in the last one. amazing as usual!!
  • Emily Beaty, 09.25.09:
    Emily Beaty : beautiful!! my fave is the first one. :) can't wait to see the underwater images!
  • Corinna J Hoffman, 10.13.09:
    Corinna J Hoffman : Love the last shot :)

Hilary & Austin Sneak Peek | Gainesville Portrait Photographer

A few weeks ago we woke up bright and early to meet up with Hilary and Austin and shoot some fabulous portraits in the small town of Waldo, FL just outside of Gainesville.  Here are just a few quick sneak peeks for you all.




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  • Kari, 09.23.09:
    Kari : LOVING the yellow!! The first one is definitely my favorite!! :O)
  • brittany Bell, 09.23.09:
    brittany Bell : beautiful images!
  • Star, 09.24.09:
    Star : cute cute cute....can't wait to see more!