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Erica Melissa

Erica Melissa Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
South Florida + Chicago Based | International Travel

Specializing Destination Photographer
Wedding | Editorial | Branding | Family

Serving worldwide - based in South Florida + Chicago

Boss Mom running on coffee + cuddles

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Leader @tuesdaystogethermiami

Operating as usual

From sunshine to hail to rain…it’s been a crazy past few days. Can I just go back here?! *sigh* What is it about the wat...
04/06/2022

From sunshine to hail to rain…it’s been a crazy past few days. Can I just go back here?!

*sigh*

What is it about the waters that brings such a sweet peace. 🤍

The romance and dreaminess was on another level this weekend and there was not a dry eye in the house! There’s nothing m...
04/04/2022

The romance and dreaminess was on another level this weekend and there was not a dry eye in the house!

There’s nothing more amazing then to witness a couple so loved by their families.

It was palpable 🤍

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Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Soco Alicea
Catering: Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production
Cake artist: Cloud 9 Bakery
Gown: Mikaella Bridal by Paloma Blanca
Floral Designer: Julia Rohde Designs
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by VM Hair & Makeup Artistry
Photographer: Erica Melissa
Music: AAMusicians.com
Videographer: @zoomwedding.studio

The ones that have your back for life! 🌿 Also, a little commotion for these dresses! I was obsessed with them and their ...
04/01/2022

The ones that have your back for life! 🌿

Also, a little commotion for these dresses! I was obsessed with them and their whole wedding design.

Wedding day highlights are up on the blog!

Sneak peek in the stories & Link in bio 🤍

The amazing team who made their day extra beautiful:

Wedding Planner: @events_by_priscilla
Hair & Makeup: @bellelite
Florals: @miamicenterpieces
Photographer: @ericamelissa_
Videographer: @melsfilms
Rentals & Decor: @mivintage
Rentals & Decor: @daintyhands
Stationery: @tintaypulso
Venue: @bestmiamiweddings
Bar & Beverage: @aromaespressocappuccinobar
Entertainment: @mpeeventgroup Entertainment: @cuerotrancao
Cigar: @cigarsloveshow

This is the vibe I want all spring long! 🕶 Wedding Planner: @events_by_priscilla Hair & Makeup: @bellelite Florals: @mia...
03/29/2022

This is the vibe I want all spring long!

🕶

Wedding Planner: @events_by_priscilla
Hair & Makeup: @bellelite
Florals: @miamicenterpieces
Photographer: @ericamelissa_
Videographer: @melsfilms
Rentals & Decor: @mivintage
Rentals & Decor: @daintyhands
Stationery: @tintaypulso
Venue: @bestmiamiweddings
Bar & Beverage: @aromaespressocappuccinobar
Entertainment: @mpeeventgroup Entertainment: @cuerotrancao
Cigar: @cigarsloveshow

03/28/2022

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Raine!

Some moments will be nameless ones that you just spend together smiling with each other doing the most mundane of things. And that is all right. 🤍

But others moments will be like this…ones that will forever become core memories of one of the best days of your life. ✨

Both equally important…both moments to treasure. Thank you for letting me capture and celebrate this one for you! 🤍

Xx

Wedding vendors:

Wedding Planner: @theeventplannermiami
Floral Design: @andresaguilardesigns
Hair and Makeup: @bellelite
Gown: @grace_loves_lace
Entertainment: @duttydexcorporate
Cigar Bar: @cigarsloveshow
Coffee Bar: @aromaespressocappuccinobar
Venue: @bay13brewery

Spring break for us begins this week and we are pumped to get in some beach time! As per usual, I will be working throug...
03/23/2022

Spring break for us begins this week and we are pumped to get in some beach time!

As per usual, I will be working through it…but days in between will be spent enjoying fam and views like this. 🌿

Ps. Why yes, this image and others have been added to the fine art shop.

Link below 🤍

https://ericamelissa.pixieset.com/fineartprintgallery/

The dream is real 🤍 So grateful to celebrate another perfect wedding day with Daniela + Steven, an insanely beautiful co...
03/21/2022

The dream is real 🤍

So grateful to celebrate another perfect wedding day with Daniela + Steven, an insanely beautiful couple inside and out! 🌿

Wedding Team:

Wedding Planner: @events_by_priscilla
Hair & Makeup: @bellelite
Florals: @miamicenterpieces
Photographer: @ericamelissa_
Videographer: @melsfilms
Rentals & Decor: @mivintage
Rentals & Decor: @daintyhands
Stationery: @tintaypulso
Venue: @bestmiamiweddings
Bar & Beverage: @aromaespressocappuccinobar
Entertainment: @mpeeventgroup Entertainment: @cuerotrancao
Cigar: @cigarsloveshow

::Forever is composed of nows:: -Emily Dickinson This is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me of photography. It’s t...
03/16/2022

::Forever is composed of nows:: -Emily Dickinson

This is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me of photography. It’s the “now” moments collected in a single image.

I love that I get to use this gift to collect not only my own moments like this…but yours. 🤍

Finding peace in the sweet moments in between. 🌿Planning & Design | Soco Alicea] Photographer | @ericamelissa_Videograph...
03/15/2022

Finding peace in the sweet moments in between. 🌿

Planning & Design | Soco Alicea]
Photographer | @ericamelissa_
Videographer | @melsfilms
Catering | @la_caters_palmbeach
Gown | @inesdisanto • @chicparisien
Hair | @ivyandlacefl
Makeup | @rachelefialcobeauty
Rentals | @ecpeventrentals
Floral Design | @everafterflorist
Linens | @overthetoprentallinens
Photobooth | @dippphotobooth
Stationery Suite | @minted
Table Tops | Soco Alicea] • #dustybluestyling
Band | @soundsocietyband
Venue | @themansionattuckahoe

Things to practice often🤍Take walks with your best friend. Dance in the rain. Eat the ice cream. (Or whatever your treat...
03/11/2022

Things to practice often🤍

Take walks with your best friend.

Dance in the rain.

Eat the ice cream. (Or whatever your treat of choice may be ✨)

Be a tourist in YOUR city.

Share or write down something you are grateful for EVERY day.

Happy Friday!

03/09/2022

These two just celebrated their 2nd anniversary this week and I had to share one of the most epic first looks ever for all the reasons…

The view 🌿
His reaction 😍
Her gown 🤍
Etc. ✨

Wishing you guys many more years of epic moments like this!

Venue: @thebetseyhotel
Wedding Planner: @eventsbyzeiry
Floral & Decor: @petalprod
Hair & Makeup: @marzmakeupandhair
Wedding Gown: Boutique- @powder_bride Designer- @pronovias
Shoes: @jimmychoo
Veil: @whitetoronto
Tux: @boss
Custom Beer Bar: @graceandingridevents
Calligraphy: @salvagingeden
Save the date: Custom Painted by Risa
Cake: @earthandsugar
DJ & Lighting: @eventfactor
Band: @tropics.entertainment
Photo booth: @miamiphotoboothboutique

Happy International Womens Day 🤍Let’s celebrate life and each other!Let’s foster community and help each other grow! Let...
03/08/2022

Happy International Womens Day 🤍

Let’s celebrate life and each other!

Let’s foster community and help each other grow!

Let’s empower each other through words and deed!

You can offer opportunities for mentorship. Take another industry peer and teach them all the things you wish someone would have taught you when you started.

When you are sunshine, everything around you blooms! ☀️

 #iwd2022

03/03/2022

You know what I love about kids?! They remind us what pure happiness looks like! ☀️

He didn’t care what he was wearing…bow tie and all he went directly for the water and began to splash & play!

This gives me life! It reminds me that there are moments we can and should choose to see the world with the same joy and wonder of a child. 🤍

#celebratelife

P e a c e 🌿 praying this over the nations today and each and every person that sees this. You are loved 🤍
03/02/2022

P e a c e 🌿 praying this over the nations today and each and every person that sees this.

You are loved 🤍

Some 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 you just can’t put into words.🌿I have a lot of tips I can share on wedding days. But if I could share just ...
02/25/2022

Some 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 you just can’t put into words.🌿

I have a lot of tips I can share on wedding days. But if I could share just one, it would be this…

No matter what is on your timeline, take a few moments to steal away & watch the sunset.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy a quiet moment alone. A space to just be together for another few moments to breathe, and take it all in.

𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒖𝒏𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒖𝒔𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒇𝒆.

It will forever be a beautiful moment captured in your story!

And for all my married couples years removed from your wedding day or my sweet singles celebrating life, there’s a sunset every night waiting for you.

Take a moment for yourselves. It’s a sweet reminder that every season of life is to be celebrated.

Happy Friday 🤍

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Planning & Design | Soco Alicea]
Photographer | @ericamelissa_
Videographer | @melsfilms
Catering | @la_caters_palmbeach
Gown | @inesdisanto • @chicparisien
Hair | @ivyandlacefl
Makeup | @rachelefialcobeauty
Rentals | @ecpeventrentals
Floral Design | @everafterflorist
Linens | @overthetoprentallinens
Photobooth | @dippphotobooth
Stationery Suite | @minted
Table Tops | Soco Alicea] • #dustybluestyling
Band | @soundsocietyband
Venue | @themansionattuckahoe

•Hello• I was going to prep a really cool fun video for a long over due introduction buuuut life. 😅Nevertheless, I have ...
02/24/2022

•Hello• I was going to prep a really cool fun video for a long over due introduction buuuut life. 😅

Nevertheless, I have endless shots of places that I love so figured I would share one of my favorite memories at the @metmuseum.

If you are new around here, WELCOME!!!!

My name is Erica and I could throw out a lot of fun facts but I'll try to keep it short, which leads me to my FIRST...

1: Whenever I say "Long story short..." you may want to sit down and grab a snickers. I love a good story!

2: History was my favorite subject in school. I was fascinated by it and would create crazy cinematic images in my head on how things played out! (I'm pretty certain this is where my love for amazing fine art imagery came into play.)

3: Growing up I was known by my middle name, Melissa. I shall not point out the obvious here 👀

4: There are 2 little cuties who frequent my page and stories. Those guys are my sweet boys-Ezekiel, 7 and Alijah, my 11 year old.

5: I love any dress that has pockets and or lets me twirl.

6. Follow up to 5…tutus and chucks are a forever staple in my closet and I need no excuse to rock em' out!

7. My current Starbucks order is the Pistachio latte and it’s like a like taste of heaven.

8. We just bought a house (YAY) and if you know anything about renovations…let’s just say I have become quite the professional with drill, hammer, and let’s pray I master the miter saw here shortly.

9. Current Song on repeat: In Jesus Name, by Katy Nichole 🎼

10. Current binge: Sweet Magnolias on Netflix

📷by: @emmanuelsmonsalve 🤍

One of the toughest questions  to answer is, “What is the definition of success?”Almost every interview I have done, I g...
02/10/2022

One of the toughest questions to answer is, “What is the definition of success?”

Almost every interview I have done, I get asked this same question. For the most part my answer does not change.

I think in my part it’s because my why has always remained the same.

Success to everyone is personal.

It does not have just one definition. It can made up of life experience + taught experience, morality, faith, etc.

Maya Angelou has a lovely way of putting it…

::Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.::

My heart and the heart of my business is in loving and serving people well. I focus on capturing and celebrating both the loud joyous occasions as well as the still quiet moments.

My goal in each session or event is for my clients to walk away from their experience feeling excited, loved, celebrated…& of course beautiful images to remember every moment in between.

🤍What is your definition of success?

These views give me life…even in a winter storm! lol But now it’s off back to the palm trees. People always ask me what ...
02/03/2022

These views give me life…even in a winter storm! lol But now it’s off back to the palm trees.

People always ask me what my preference is between the Midwest and the south. Guys, I could never choose.

There’s so much I love about both! The mix of life and culture + art. I’m so grateful that I get to share in the #bestofbothworlds ! 🤍

With that being said, It’s going to be a whirlwind of wedding magic!

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Happy birthday 🎉 sending you a big hug. Xoxo
Seriously i wish you could come to argentina and remake my wedding photos. Tashas photos are absolutely beautiful
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