Brad & Rachel .

A love so sweet and tender .

Their eyes never leaving one another’s . Even across a crowd, scanning the room until their eyes find each other and a smile swoops their face .

Their constant affection of embraces and kisses . Not caring one bit who’s watching .

It’s a love unwavering . A commitment, now, for the rest of time .

And the honor was all mine to be the one to document it .

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Lauren .

“Creativity is not for yourself… it’s to serve others.”  - I heard this today at the perfectly ordained moment I was supposed to . Heard it in this video to be exact and you should definitely watch it if you’re feeling creatively dry, burned out, empty .

I know I was . Kind of still am, but feeling newness come to life within me . Newness of passion for the creativity God placed within . A new way to use it, grow it, use it .. not selfishly, but for others . for Him .

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This is Lauren . The softest of spirits . Truly a heart of gold . And the eyes of a freakin tiger . 1 2 3 4 5 68 9

a taste .

Just a taste of a wedding I’m working on today and completely loving . I’m always excited to be excited about something I helped create .

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Tony + Julia . [Puerto Vallarta, Mexico]

When Julia first e-mailed me about possibly shooting her wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I thought it was too good to be true . Getting to travel to a dreamy place to document people in love .. literally everything I love to do . I couldn’t believe it! God’s blessed me in more ways than I can count getting to do what I do and with such amazing clients . ah . i could go on and on .

So we set off to Mexico in January for a stay at Dreams Villamagna in Puerto Vallarta . Man was it magical . More than I could’ve dreamt up . The staff was so welcoming and inviting and the resort itself was so stunningly beautiful . So white and open with orange accents and beautiful plant life everywhere . Tony, Julia, and their entire wedding party/family were so incredibly gracious and kind . Josh and I had the best time just hanging out with them and photographing the candid love and laughter that happened throughout their day . When the day was over, we felt as though we were truly just partying with friends! We had a blast and it was an honor getting to be a part of such a love-filled day .

And now for the dreamiest of photos .. one of my favorite weddings to date . Tony & Julie allotted me just over 2 hours of portrait time with just the two them, giving me complete time freedom in creativity and variety of locations . My eyes were having a feast on the beauty surrounding us and the love that was so alive between t & j .

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If any of you are planning a destination wedding or are outside of the U.S. and would like me to be your photographer, please e-mail me! We’ll work something wonderful out and make some magic . melissagreenmachine@gmail.com 

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tomorrow’s holy flippin yes .

[ a quick note! if you do not live in America and are needing a photographer for any reason.. wedding, engagement, baby, just because.. and like my style and work, e-mail me! melissagreenmachine@gmail.com | i have a special offer, just for you ]

I’m so so excited to share my first international wedding . unfortunately, that day is not today . But tomorrow . Tomorrow be here . Tomorrow come feast your eyes on some Mexico wedding goodness . Because I just .. yes .

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playing catch up .

Over the past couple months, I’ve had some wickedly wonderful engagement shoots . Seriously, the couples and clients I work with are the freakin’ bomb and it makes me so excited for the weddings lined up this year! It’s going to be such a fun season .

Here’s a recap of the past few shoots i’ve had an honor of doing .

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bahama mama .

I know i’ve been neglecting my blog . but man i have been to and freakin’ fro!

Mexico and then straight to Austin, from there straight to Crested Butte, and then less than two weeks later, the Bahamas . I am so blessed to do what I do, which enables me to travel and see the world . Which I think I might love even more than photography . What?? Yeah .

But anyway, with all those travels going on, and with a new mindset I now have, I’ve decided that I’m going to share a lot more personal posts on here . Mostly because I want to, but also because a lot of you readers might really just come here to look at pictures .. which is awesome . I’m incredibly flattered and I’ll let my work and art be someone’s getaway or eye candy any day of the week ! But some of you might actually read this thing . And on the posts I do about my perfect clients, I like to write about them and try to poetically say how precious their love is . Because it is . All love is so precious . But on the more personal ones, I’d like to be more open with my readers, and invite.. nay.. encourage you guys to open up as well . Maybe not to me, but to those around you or the ones you might have an impact on . Transparency can be a beautiful thing . Difficult at times, sure . But beautiful . Because heck, who’s perfect? No one . and it’s nice to have the reminder .

So allow me the privilege of showing little parts of my life, separate from the steady flow of engagement shoots and weddings that i love and love, to open up to you guys just a little more .

If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you can! @melissagreenmachine) .. then you may see some repeats on these personal posts . My phone is always full of things I find kind of delightful and I’d like to have somewhere to dump them . Somewhere someone might actually appreciate them with me!

Here’s a “to and fro” dump-age of photos from my latest trip that i went on with my beautiful friend Kallye to the Bahamas . Cheers!a b c d e Processed with VSCOcam with b4 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset h i Processed with VSCOcam with k2 preset k l m n o p q Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset s

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