melissa and edler's wedding

commentator: monica

we knew that when we met melissa & edler, they would be throwing one elegant and organized event of a wedding. (okay, okay, so it was probably mostly because of melissa. =) with the help of leslie campbell of let's celebrate!, this dynamic twosome created a tropical oasis, in chocolate brown, cymbidium orchid green, and hot pink.

at the home melissa grew up in is where she prepared for the big day. we began our day, alongside videography team, monster crayons, where melissa and her gals beautified for the ceremony. at st. patrick in rodeo, we caught up with the guys just before the ceremony. it was a moment that this couple and their dearest family and friends had been waiting for for more 13 years. it was an emotional ceremony to, to say the least.

we arrived with time to spare before their reception would begin at caffe verbena in downtown oakland and had plenty of opportunity to photograph the 20 members of the bridal party. we made sure to take advantage of all the awesome architecture, sculptures, and surrounding high-rises in this modern urban site.

once the party began, the guests enjoyed plenty of gorgeous details, lots of laughter, plenty of dancing, and of course, more tear-filled emotions. melissa is definitely my kind of bride, as she had a cupcake tower from my all-time favorite cupcake bakery, teacake bakeshop in emeryville. "yummo," as rachael ray would say.

congratulations to the beautiful newlyweds, melissa & edler. may your marriage be as long as your best man randy's speech! =)

//ed pingol

the lovely bride prepping for the day she's been waiting for! make-up/hair by florence kurniadi of fkjc creations.

splendid details

beautifully-designed invitation, program, and menu card by es designs

from middle school to marriage

angelic melodies provided by bertina mitchell. sweat and tears literally went into this wedding!

the ceremony

eyes only for each other

the entourage. flowers provided by bella bloom

now do you believe there were 20? count the frames!

stealing away for just a moment

gq & modern bride magazine shots

their awesome ceremony site. leslie's wedding night surprise for the newlyweds.

tropical details and cupcakes galore!!!!! lighting provided by: got light?

the moment he realized she's no longer daddy's little girl

the couple's first dance

time stands still

dad can't bear to watch. the tosses!

gettin' down on the dance floor! entertainment provided by: musicraze