Carly & Steve

It has been very difficult to know exactly what to post from Carly and Steve’s incredible June wedding at the UBC Boathouse, so I am posting a link to their slideshow here.

They are both creative and gorgeous people—who were willing to climb steep embankments and ladders on our portrait session, making me both very happy and very nervous. Wherever we went they just seemed to see what I was seeing and jumped into the scene—or onto the ladder! I don’t recommend that everyone try this—Carly for one has actual trapeze training, and I think Steve must have done stunt work at some point, judging from his visit to the photobooth we set up during the reception! It was lots of fun shooting with friend Amish Solanki who usually shoots stills but was in this case flexing his cinematographic (is that a word?) muscles –and thanks go to his wife Natisha who found us shooting in the hot field and brought us all bottles of water!! Please check out the list of Carly and Steve’s fabulous vendors at the bottom of this post, and again, their slideshow for more photos.

wedding coach: Kerry Reid, Fairy Godmother Weddings;
flowers by Katherine, at The Flower Factory;
Carly’s custom made dress by Clara at Clara Couture;
Steve’s suit is Dolce and Gabana, from Mark James, shoes from Gravity Pope;
officiant: Gisa Cole;
Live music by Soulstream;
Carly’s earrings are vintage replicas of earrings worn by Elizabeth Taylor in a 1950’s perfume add;
Steve’s mom, Meg, made the cake, and Carly’s sis, Erin, made the frog prince and princess cake topper;
makeup by Robin Ross, from Painted Pink Productions;
hair by Chris Funk at Blo Blow Dry Bar, in Yaletown;
videography by Amish Solanki;
DJ: Hayden Baptiste;
graphic design by Robert Arndt;
catering by Nicole Burke, at Emelles;
venue: The John MS Lecky UBC Boathouse.

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Marina Miller just WOW! this is the most beautiful wedding portrait session I have seen. love the use of height. they look 10 feet tall. so in love with this couple! congrats to all of you.

Rachel yum. marina shared this link with me and I am so glad. my heart grows deeper just from looking at these images and the fun and love this couple shares.

Kim Kalyn Wow. Where to even begin ?! These are incredibly breathtaking images, all of them! There is no way I could pick a favourite. Amazing, amazing job and so inspiring.

Bella Fiore Custom Floral Design Love the one of the Bride resting her elbow on the ladder with her Groom in front of red backdrop…and LOVE all the photo booth ones! Such fun!

Razvan Wow, Beautiful, creative work. very inspiring.

David Redding Gorgeous couple, cool wedding and an amazing photographer to capture it all! Just Sooooo Good!

Kristi Wright Holy cow! These are super fab!

Those shots on the concrete incline – amazing. Such genius.

You’ve got a friend who mentioned you in a flickr forum…so glad she did – can’t wait to see more.



hugh what. just. happened?

selina just, wow. like the others have said. every single picture!! 🙂 you’re awesome, melia!

Shyann Simply beautiful … every one of them!! I love it!

Lesley Ah! these are freaking fantastic! I can’t get over how great these are! 😀

Sara Montour These photos are PHENOMENAL. I don’t think I’ve ever sat through an entire wedding slideshow, and I was captivated by this one. BeautifulBeautiful work.

Rima Hello from the UK, I just came across your site, I had to stop to say how inspirational your photography is!

Marta Absolutely Gorgeous! Love them all, but my favourite have to be the ladder portraits.

gracci OMG! Melia, you make me want to hide under a rock. Seriously. You are just THE BEST! Seriously. W-O-W!

Emily Porter Wow. This is one of the best – if not THE best – sets of wedding photos I have ever seen. Really truly breathtaking work.

Erik You are unbelievable. Luckily there is a three letter word for this. Wow. How do you come up with this stuff?

Jessie Melia, you’ve got fans! And rightfully so. Beautiful pics of a beautiful couple on what was obviously a beautiful day. I’m especially fond of the embankment shots and the light on those. There’s one of the bride just kind of enveloped in this warm halo of light that is particularly captivating for me. But as your fans have already said over and over again, they’re all fabulous — as per usual (-:

Robyn Ross So what magazine is this spread going to be in? Haven’t ever seen one this grand in any of them and I’m always reading all of them for my job.
Brilliant work!
Robyn Ross
Carly’s make-up artist

Katherine Coe Your work is so beautiful. Thank you! I really enjoyed working with Carly and Steve, such a lovely, stylish and gracious couple.
Katherine Coe
The Flower Factory

Ian Mitchell Its all so effortlessly elegant! Great set of images, theres a really nice feeling to them all.

Meg and George The photos are incredible and the you certainly captured the essence of their love for each other.
I am sure you appreciated working with such a creative and professional couple as Steve and Carly.
These really should be published in wedding magazines.

Sarah @ Cable Car Couture Oh my goodness! These shots are unbelievable! The bride is so old Hollywood glamour. Give me more! The red, the black and white, the gown, the pose — is she a model? Cuz she sure knows how to move in front of a camera! And the red. Yes, the red…

Chris Funk Stumbled on this in google, great pics. I’m out of BeautyMark in yaletown now 🙂