The Legacy of Photography – In Memory of Regina Melgares

One of the reasons I love being a photographer is to capture a moment in time which tells a story or brings back a memory to the viewer.  As a wedding photographer I want my clients grandchildren to be able to sit on their lap and see their grandparents wedding day in an album.  The idea of leaving images for generations to come is something which I am very passionate about.

About a month ago I got a call from my bride, Jamie.  She told me her grandmother had been diagnosed with brain cancer and might not make the wedding. She really wanted her grandmother to see her get married, so it would possible they would change their plans for when the “marriage” would happen.  Seems 86 year old Regina had a different idea and planned on seeing her granddaughter get married on the day it was planned.

Last Sunday, August 3o, 2015 Regina arrived decked out and looking beautiful for her granddaughter wedding.  I had the privilege of photographing her portrait and then capture her with her loving family.

After the first dance she mentioned to her son she didn’t see him dance with Jamie so they danced again.  Then she was passed to her granddaughter for a little dance and a tender embrace and loving good-bye.

Regina stayed the night and you could see the joy in her heart.  It was a magical day filled with a loving family, a new couple and a grandmother determined to see her granddaughter marry.

Today Regina passed away peacefully in her sleep.  It is such an honor to capture these moments which are the legacy’s of families.

To your loving spirit!

Regina Melgares – August 24, 1929 – September 1, 2015

The Beautiful Regina Melgares

Generational Portrait with Jamie the Bride, Regina and Jamie’s Mom

Regina and her Son (the brides father)

Regina and her Sister

Jamie and Matt with Regina

The Melgares family

Regina and her two son’s with Jamie.

The Bride Immediate Family

Regina’s big beautiful family

Regina seeing Jamie dance with her dad

Regina one last swing on the dance floor with her granddaughter

A loving embrace of a grandmothers love

Sweetness of a granddaughter holding her grandmother

Your family loves you and you will be missed. Blessings on your new journey Regina


September 3, 2015 - 1:40 pm

William C Davis - Very sad. Valerie and Jose are like family. We knew Regina personally and she was like family, as well. It was lovely seeing her at the wedding. I spoke with her twice. The first time she had trouble remembering me. A few minutes later, standing near her, she grabbed my arm and thanked me for talking to her. She said, ‘I know who you are, and thank you.’ She is loved and she will be missed.

September 3, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Pam Smith-Luna - Uncle Jose,Aunt Val, My Cousins Jamie & Matt,Michael & Megan & All the Melgares Family I know that was/is a bittersweet moment but a Beautiful Memory I Love & Miss You All ❤️

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