The Westfalls // The Films


Boston, MA :: The Westfalls

When Anna looks at David, I am overwhelmed. Their love for one another is one that is centered on their Christian Faith and the conviction that selfless Love is the key to a solid marriage. They met at the Seminary where we study and said “I Do” in Boston on a beautiful day in Boston. It had been rainy, but the clouds cleared for the Big Day as they shared a beautiful ceremony with their close friends and family.
I had the incredible honor of filming their wedding as well as photographing the pre-wedding festivities. I hope that you are encouraged. Many Mazels to the Happy Couple! DSC_0030-2 DSC_0065 DSC_0075-2 DSC_0080 DSC_0152-2 DSC_0181-3 DSC_0325 DSC_0353 DSC_0394 DSC_0402

Nourish your Creativity.

I’ve been into Typography.
And “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp.
And making lists.
And being thankful.

So, this morning I was ride-less for church, so I sat on my bed and wrote thank you notes. And I added to the 1,000 Gifts wall of things I am grateful for. And as I sat there, the warm breeze blew in and I looked down and saw this:

My heart was full. What a beautiful morning spend with the One I love, writing, creating and nourishing.

How are you nourishing your creativity?

San Pedro, CA :: Alissa & Alex [The Films]

Alissa and I grew up together, so when I heard that she was getting married, I knew that I had to fly cross-country for the Big Day. As a dear friend, she has always been a picture of what the JOY of the LORD looks like. While I have an older sister already, I count it an honor to consider Alissa an extra one. She went off to nursing school in LA and stayed after, where she now works as a nurse. Alex is a police officer and so together they make one exciting couple.

As always: Many Mazels to the Happy Couple! I couldn’t be happier.

San Pedro, CA :: Alissa & Alex from Melissa Zaldivar on Vimeo.

Alissa & Alex :: [Reception] from Melissa Zaldivar on Vimeo.

Boston, MA :: Amanda & Ben // Engaged

Here on the North Shore, I get to meet a lot of great couples. Amanda and Ben met one another here, and a few years later, he popped the question. We got to trapse all around the North Shore from Boston to Essex in order to take some photos this weekend and celebrate their love. Thanks to the Happy Couple for enduring the freezing temperatures (and intermittent snow!) to capture their relationship in pictures. Many Mazels!

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South Hamilton, MA :: Chase & Julia

I met Julia and Chase in their backyard during a bonfire that some friends were having. A few months later, Julia had become a friend and we spent a good deal of time studying together as the semester drew to a close.
Over the winter break, she and Chase tied the knot here in South Hamilton in front of good friends and family. I had the total honor of filming this wedding and I just adored every minute of it.
This southern couple brought a little bit of country to Massachusetts and we couldn’t be happier.
As always: Many Mazels to the Happy Couple!

[South Hamilton, MA :: Julia & Chase] from Melissa Zaldivar on Vimeo.

Berlin, CT :: Darin & Shayla

I moved to Massachusetts in September where I live in a beautiful estate house from the 1920’s with about 21 of the most wonderful women I know. One such woman is Shayla. She and her man, Darin, have been doing the long-distance thing for months. He’s in the US Army, and so when he popped the question on a beautiful day in the Fall, they decided to get married sooner than later.
And so, on my parents’ 30th Anniversary (shout out to Mom and Dad!) they tied the knot in a small ceremony that was full of family, friends and lots of love. It was a joy to get to be there to do photography and videography (highlights to come soon!) for this wonderful couple and their big, loud, fun, Italian family.
I hope that this winter wedding brings a little more Merry and Bright to your life this holiday season. Many Mazels to the Happy Couple!

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Tonight, I was spending time with some sweet souls up the Hill and when I came back down, I was simply floored by the beauty of the sky here in Massachusetts. These are the first in a series of Gordon-Conwell at night. The middle photo was taken and a security vehicle drove by. Enjoy!