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Newport Center, VT :: Andrew & Valerie // Reception

Andrew & Valerie fell in love and threw a party. So excited to share this Reception Film with you!

Andrew & Valerie // Reception from Melissa Zaldivar on Vimeo.

Bluffton, OH :: Jon & Julie



If there is one word I can use to describe Julie, it’s constant. We met back in 2008 when she was a senior and I was a freshman in college and by God’s grace we have stayed in touch. We haven’t communicated much, but we have communicated honestly, which is something I deeply love about this friend. She is kind and a little quiet and powerfully consistent and when she met Jon, I knew that he had to be a man of some SERIOUS character.
I was not let down.
Jon understands who Julie is and he delights in her in a deep way. When she looks at him, I just come undone. They are all those things that a photographer loves: affectionate, fun, honest, excited.
They met when working at a boarding school in Germany, and even some of their students flew across the globe to join in on the Big Day.¬†On a beautiful, clear Ohio afternoon, Jon and Julie said “I do” in front of family and friends. It was a reunion of all those who love and support this couple from childhood, college and beyond. I cannot express how alive this weekend made me and how overjoyed I am for this beautiful couple.

Many, Many Mazels.

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Bluffton, OH :: The Salsbury’s

It was dusk in Ohio and the big, white, barn was the setting that I’ve been dreaming about. After shooting a friend’s wedding (more to come on that!) I was able to do a quick maternity shoot for the sister-of-the-Bride and her hubby. Amanda and I met a few summers ago, working at Springhill Camp up in Michigan. She’s the quintessential camp gal from her down-to-earth style to her love of being outside. Expecting their first little one SUPER soon, she and Brandon had a great sense of humor and playfulness that I adore. We had a wonderful time snapping some photos, even when a cat got a LITTLE territorial and steered us away from the barn.
They even brought Buckeye, their trusty pup, along for the shoot; a fun element to add to the mix.
Can’t wait to see images of that sweet new baby, and can’t wait to cross paths with Amanda and Brandon (and Buckeye!) soon.

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Newport, VT :: Andrew & Valerie // The Ceremony

It was Memorial Day weekend and I made the trip up to Vermont to capture the BIG day for these two love-birds. Set in the beautiful mountains of New England’s farmlands, this wedding had all the elements of a summer wedding. The barns, the trees, the fields, the mountain range in the background. I could have spent forever loving the beauty of it all. These college-sweethearts are just that: sweet. Here is the first film for them: The Ceremony.

Portland, ME :: Andrew & Rebecca

Ah, Spring in New England. The sun is out and the birds and singing and there’s still some snow on the ground. I ventured just up the coast to a beautiful little place called Portland, Maine. Andrew and Rebecca said their “I do’s” in front of a few friends and family with a great deal of Joy and it was so much fun to capture. From braving cold temperatures to the first time Andrew saw his bride, it was a sweet day full of so much Gratitude.

Here’s to the Happy Couple!

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Hamilton, MA :: Olga & Emanuel

Olga and Emanuel said, “I do” in front of their family and friends in a bi-lingual ceremony a few weeks ago and we were so glad to get to witness it all go down. The first video is UP and we can’t wait to show you more.

South Hamilton, MA :: The Linds are (Expecting!)

One of my favorite things is working with other Creatives. Jenni and Ryan are two fantastic parents that have been taking New England by storm for over a year with their sweet little man, Beckett. A fellow photographer, she recently asked me to snap a few during a Blizzard in February. In a few short months, they’ll be welcoming another little boy into the family and we took some photos to celebrate and announce the big news a few months back.

This family is bright, fun, full of J O Y and I cannot wait to meet the fourth member who, I am sure, will flip them upside down with gratitude.


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Essex, MA :: The Kluths are (Expecting!)

Tis the season for “we’re expecting” shoots! (And another is on the way!) I’m so excited to have been able to photograph the adorable and hilarious duo of Josh & Tara. Hailing from Washington, these cuties are on the North Shore for a few years for grad school. When they aren’t hanging out on a cool frozen lake or the woods, you can find them still basking in the glory of a Seattle Seahawks Superbowl win.
Here’s to Josh & Tara–and baby–due August 2014.

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Retreat House Girls

There are a few other souls that live in this house with me. And we took “family” photos a few months back, but work piled up and I never got to them until now. These are the gems that live down the hall and share the stories and tell the jokes and cry with me. These are the souls that remind me of the beauty that lies in the hearts of women who have seen the Goodness of the LORD. The ones that actually made me stand in front of the camera for once.
These darling women make me very, very thankful.

Here’s hoping they can forgive my tardiness.
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Hamilton, MA :: Bryn & Mollie [The Film]

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