Hello there! We are so glad you are here.
We are Melanie and Manuel (also known as Manny), a husband and wife photography team and that’s us on our own wedding day! It was, hands down, one of the best days of our lives!
We know how excited you must be for your wedding and we promise to share in that excitement with you. We won’t ever just show up to shoot your wedding. We become invested in you from the moment you send us that first email (just read some of our reviews). We want to hear all about your day, your vision, and what makes you giddy. We will send helpful emails along the way, scout your wedding venue and create a customized timeline to capture all the best light. We believe your wedding photos should be a reflection of you both and the happiness you share. We want your children to recognize the way you’ve always smiled at each other and we’ll do our best to capture just that. We won’t ever make your bridal party jump in the air (unless they want too). We won’t put you in any awkward poses, especially that one where you look off in different directions and we will ALWAYS do our best to make you have fun, laugh, and remember what it’s all about. We take our job seriously enough to know that you’ve trusted us with a pretty amazing task but keep it lighthearted enough to capture the REAL you.
We feel SO much joy getting to celebrate and document the beginning of our couples journeys. After each wedding, our favorite thing to do is grab a cocktail and talk about how awesome your day was. Melanie is the one who will probably cry alongside your guests and encourage the soft and tender moments. Manny always keeps things light-hearted and fun and ensures that Melanie has fresh tissues and film. At the end of the day, we are a team. We each have different strengths that we bring to a wedding day but we believe “It’s always better when we’re together”. P.S. This was actually the song we played for our first dance and one we still dance to in our living room years later.
One of our favorite things to do is travel the world together. We have been to 6 of the 7 continents… so far. Our adventure began 13 years ago on a trip to New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. We’ve been inseparable ever since! We’ve got the cutest white Labrador, Max, who goes just about everywhere with us. In fact, we’ve driven cross country at least three times, just so he could go too. On the rare weekend we have off, you’ll probably find the three of us taking a road trip somewhere that will let us get lost in nature. We think old things are better than new things and hugs are better than handshakes (this means you should probably prepare yourself for a hug when we meet).
Maybe a photo on our website caught your eye or you adore dogs and sangria too? Even better if it’s both! We would love to hear all about your story and see if we might be a good fit to work together. We want to smile, laugh, cry and celebrate with you but mostly we want to create moments that you’ll love for a lifetime.
This is us on the evening before our wedding. We know how excited you must be for your own wedding (we sure were!). We’d love to get to know each other so we thought we’d share 6 totally random facts about us:
1. Manny really is Handy Manny. So far he’s successfully built every bed, table, and couch Melanie has dreamed up. Which brings us to #2.
2. We love designing spaces and have renovated every place we’ve lived in. Someday we plan to restore our dream house together.
3. We know the lyrics to most of Jack Johnson’s songs and love singing them (off key) in the car together. If there is one thing we know we will never be, it’s wedding singers.
4. We are obsessed with SugarFish sushi. It’s our FAVORITE date spot!
5. We fall in love with most countries we visit and we always talk about how we could move there one day.
6. We are best friends. After 13 years of working together almost every day, we still hate being apart.