meet melissa

Hi there! I'm Melissa, a fine art wedding and portrait photographer soaking up the sun in beautiful South Florida. I'm an old soul with a passion for travel, history, romance (unapologetically obsessed with Jane Austen), a home cooked meal, and hearing all about my couples love stories!

I began capturing images at 16 when my dad gave me my first camera. It was then, while on a trip to Paris, that I fell in love with photography and how it allowed me the chance to truly observe this beautiful world and the people around me. I'm forever inspired by quiet peaceful moments, soft light, pastel tones, nature, and most importantly- love. 

All about the gal behind the lens

I believe in creating romantic and timeless images while capturing those sweet and unguarded moments in between so that no detail goes unnoticed. I got married last year so I know first hand just how important it is to have your wedding lovingly captured by someone who knows you, shares your same values, and wants to honor and preserve one of the most important days of your lives together. 

When I'm not photographing you can find me spending time with my husband, lounging poolside, cooking a new recipe, trying new breweries/wineries/restaurants, spending time outdoors, or planning our next European adventure!

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We are so blessed to of had you as our wedding photographer. I'm just so grateful. We cried going through the pictures.

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I got my own fairytale ending last March when I married someone even better than a Jane Austen hero, my best friend Tyler. He's the most genuine, caring, self-less, and compassionate person. My forever travel partner, personal chef, and biggest cheerleader. He fills my days with laughter, sweet gestures, quotes from the Office, surprise flowers, and so much more.

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Married to my best friend

@katirosado

Nothing brings me more peace than being in nature. I love evening strolls around our neighborhood lake, the sound of swaying palm trees as I sit on my patio, and the way the light glows just before sunset. I love hiking, kayaking, and more recently zip-lining. Tyler and I try to visit new national parks as often as possible in order to be surrounded by mountains and the endless sea of green. He even proposed to me hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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nature lover

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My parents took me to Paris for my sixteenth birthday and it ignited in me a lifelong love of travel, history, and photography! Since then I've traveled to almost ten countries and counting including Scotland, Greece, Italy, and Spain. Of all the places I've been, Madrid will always have my heart. Tyler lived there for a year and then took me for our one year anniversary. We went again on our honeymoon and hope to go this year for our one year wedding anniversary! 

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aspiring globe trotter

What makes my heart skip a beat? Delicious food, cooking, good wine, and local beers. All of which taste even better when surrounded by family and friends. Tyler and I love to cook and are working on a our own book of recipes we've either found or created recipes to pass onto our children and families. 

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Foodie

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Since I was a little girl, my mother has told me that I have an old soul. I love history, traditions, the smell of old book stores, and visiting places reminiscent of times long gone. I love listening to jazz and blues from the 20s and 30s, and watching old films. But most of all I love hearing about love stories that have stood the test of time. Probably why I've read/seen Pride and Prejudice more times than I care to admit. 

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Old soul

Whether it's fields of flowers, weekly fresh cut white roses for my desk, floral printed dresses, or vintage floral tapestries, I live for it all. I even have wild roses tattooed on my forearm. I cannot wait till we buy our first house and I can plant a garden in the backyard!

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FLOWER obssessed

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The way you still get butterflies when they come home to you after a long day. That special restaurant, that one type of flower, or little phrase. The way they know just what to say and when, or how to make you belly laugh. All these little moments and things that make up your love story and so many more are what make my heart flutter. Each love story is unique, made up of so many moments, gestures, and words. Capturing that on camera and telling love stories is my greatest joy and I would love nothing more than to tell yours.

Hopeless romantic

Your at-a-glance guide to where I stand on all the truly important things.

QUIZ

Pearls, lipstick, & a floral dress

Signature style

Fleetwood Mac

Favorite BAND

Outlander, Downtown Abbey, GOT

Favorite shows

Norway, South of France, Lake Como

DREAM DESTINATION

Pool days & Anthropologie

GUILTY PLEASURE

I live for Champagne and Belgian beers

Favorite cocktail

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my philosophy

It all started on a Summer afternoon hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains when Tyler proposed to me. I was a portrait photographer then and the idea of photographing more weddings was intriguing but also seemed like a dream I wasn’t ready to chase. I had no idea that in planning our wedding I would not only fall more in love with Tyler, but with love itself, marriage, and preserving that legacy for others.

Our wedding day was the happiest day of our lives. Our photographers captured it in a way that left us both with tears of joy. The images and moments captured on our wedding day are all we have to remember it by and for that reason they will always be one of my most loved possessions. From the moment I said "yes" to Tyler on the Blue Ridge Parkway, something in me changed and I became so passionate about capturing those same joyous moments for other couples. In becoming a bride myself, I found my true calling. 

Love, I have learned, is the most beautiful and rewarding thing to witness and capture. I want nothing more than to learn about your love story, family, traditions, and how I can help preserve and honor that for you both with images full of light, color, and most importantly, love.

THE HEART BEHIND WHAT I DO

explore the wedding experience

I'd love to adventure with you!

DESTINATION WEDDINGs

Whether you are planning a beach side wedding in the Keys, a romantic escape in Europe, or a gorgeous mountain wedding in Virginia, I would love to adventure with you and tell your story.

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