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Every wedding and every couple is special to us, but this particular one is special for a different reason. The bride, Melissa, happens to be my cousin! We were so excited to hear that she and her fiance Brian had chosen to do a destination wedding in Bonita Springs. Everyone came down to Florida from Pittsburgh to celebrate their wedding at The Club at Barefoot Beach just before sunset. As everyone processed down the aisle to live music by Bill Beck, the tears started to fall. The tears turned into giggles when Lexie, the most adorable “flower girl” ever, came running down the aisle. As Missy & Brian held hands and spoke their vows to one another, their voices choked a little, and they could no longer stop the tears from falling.

While everyone went inside the Club for the cocktail hour, Missy & Brian walked along the beach and enjoyed a brilliant sunset. As the sun started to fade past the horizon of the Gulf, the sky grew brighter and bolder with pops of orange and pink. You couldn’t ask for a better sunset!

The reception was full of laughter and fun times, and even though the wedding was in Florida it was definitely a Pittsburgh reception! Toward the end of the night everyone danced to the Steelers Polka (I had to sneak a little video clip on my phone – see below their slideshow). It was a fun time. At one point Matt turned to me and said “We really need to make another trip up there.” He’s not even from there and I think he’s homesick! : )

It was so great seeing everyone and being part of Missy’s wedding! I promised (or threatened?) Missy that I was going to post a pic of us when we were babies:

Some things never change… you were always the pretty one! You looked stunning on your wedding day, and it’s clear that you and Brian are perfect together! Matt and I wish you both much love and happiness ALWAYS! Congratulations! : )


Venue: The Club at Barefoot Beach
Officiant: Tom Funk
Music: Bill Beck
Hair: Amy Hogan
Makeup: Aphrodite Varkis
Cake Designer: Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop

Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch the slideshow at the end!

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18 Responses to “Melissa & Brian | The Club at Barefoot Beach Wedding Photos | Destination Wedding Photographers”

  1. Matt says:

    So happy for Melissa and Brian (and Lexie!) and wish them the very best. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your beautiful day! I had sooo much fun and it was great getting to see everyone again!!!

  2. Missy Koziak says:

    What beautiful photos and such a creative slideshow! I wish we could do it again! :-)

  3. Stacey Brock says:

    Missy, the pictures and blog of your wedding are awesome! Thanks for sharing them:) Love the flower girl:)

  4. Mike says:

    Awesome job Gwen! It was great to relive that night and know that Missy and Brian will have a beautiful album to have to relive it over and over again!

    Congrats Mis and Bri!!

  5. Holly says:

    OH MY GOODNESSESSSSSSSSSS! The sunset pictures are ahhhhmazing!!!

  6. Administrator says:

    It was a fun time! I guess you guys will just have to come down to Florida and do a vow renewal every year! : )

  7. Mom says:

    She looked gorgeous!

  8. Heather says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! The pictures are beautiful, too! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!! All the happiness and love to you both!

  9. Brian says:

    Thanks again Matt and Gwen for an incredible job of capturing the moments!!!

  10. LeeAnn says:

    Absolutely Beautiful, wish you both the best love, happiness and LIFE!!

  11. Ray aka Dad says:

    Gwen & Matt thanks for everything, pictures and slide show are the nicest I’ve ever seen….congratulations to the newlyweds!

  12. Bonnie says:

    Just had the first opportunity to view the slide show, awesome!!! Thanks again Gwen & Matt for being part of this special day! Love to Missy & Brian!

  13. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful beach wedding. The pictures captured so much happiness and love.

  14. Karly says:

    Loved all of your pictures. Great work. Def. keeping you in mind for my wedding.

  15. Char says:

    Gorgeous wedding! Great pictures and video! Missy – What a beautiful bride!! Congratulations to you and Brian. Best wishes to you both for a long, happy life together!

    • Marmee says:

      A beautiful bride and a handsome groom!!! The entire day was a great event catured by Gwen and Matt”s photos Best wishes for a happy and healthy life together!

  16. Robert says:

    Congratulations to Missy and Brian!!

  17. Tracey says:

    Thanks so much for including us. We had a fabulous time. It was a perfect day. You are a beautiful couple. Gwen, you did an unbelievable job. So nice to see you & Matt.

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