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Melinda Graham’s Seashell Wedding Dress

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Decorate with shells, Main Sail Video Productions, Melinda Graham | 20 comments

seashell bride with umbrella

This wedding gown embellished with seashells would be any bride’s dream come true.

beach bride with umbrella

seashell wedding dress captiva island florida

Artist and interior designer Melinda Graham made this stunning dress for the 2012 Shellabration fashion show celebrating the 75th Sanibel Shell Fair and Show earlier this month.

beach bride sea shell dress

She painstakingly sewed and glued shells, beads and pearls for an extraordinarily elegant silhouette.

bride seashell gown hair piece

Her artistry in every detail is phenomenal.

wedding seashell bodice

I’m in awe of how beautiful she and the dress are in this back drop of Sanibel and Captiva.

captiva island seashell gown


bride on captiva rocks

Melinda made flower girl dresses embellished with seashells to complete her bridal collection.

beach wedding sanibel captiva


coastal wedding seashells

Laura and Valya were seashell princesses of the beach.

flower girls shell dresses

flower girl seashell dress

I was tickled to tag along on a photo shoot at Captiva’s Blind Pass beach with friend and producer Ilene Safron of Main Sail Video Productions as she and her team filmed Melinda for a national television segment. I have no idea what this shoot will be for or when it will air but I’m sure Nancy will let us know when she has details (fingers crossed!).

captiva beach photo shoot

It was a day to remember with Nancy from Lee County VCB, Melinda, photographer Doug, Tracy (from Main Sail Video as well) and Ilene.

film crew captiva

 These talented folks have a lot of fun!

lee visitors bureau photo shoot

It was a beautiful day for Melinda to share with her mom as well.

melinda graham with her mom

melinda graham with her mom

To see her dress on display on Sanibel, stop by Melinda’s beautiful retail shop inspired by the sea called Surroundings.

melinda graham seashell

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Spreading The Shelling News

Posted by on Jun 18, 2010 in Florida Weekly, In the News, Main Sail Video Productions, Wink TV | 17 comments

Jessica and Ilene from Main Sail Video Productions

You won’t believe this……… is going to be in the news!!!!! Thanks to you!!

I guess you’ve been spreading the word about my shelling blog and the pictures I’ve been posting because I had two…..yep, I said “TWO” interviews yesterday for the press. Holy cow!

Yesterday morning, I met writer David LaGaccia from the Florida Weekly newspaper at the lighthouse beach to show him why we all loving shelling so much. What a nice guy.  He didn’t know a lot about seashells or any of the other treasures that wash up on our beaches so I think he was genuinely intrigued. I was a little nervous so I completely forgot to take a picture of him or the shells on the beach to share. Okay,  maybe I was a little more nervous than I thought because I felt so tongue tied being interviewed and goofy having my picture taken. I’m usually the one behind the camera taking the pictures.

And then I started SWEATING (sorry, but I had to scream). Get this- in the afternoon, I had an interview with Ilene Safron from Main Sail Video Productions to do a segment for our local news channel WINK TV. They filmed me blogging! I am like a deer in head lights when I have to speak on a video and this is going to be on TV. Yikes! Ilene and her assistant Jessica turned out to be very easy and calming that my anxiety changed to excitement. I was even more relaxed when we got to the beach at Blind Pass where I got to show them all of the shells. So now I’m more excited than crazy (a shower helped too- LOL) and I can’t wait until both show up next week.

The Florida Weekly will hit the stands on Wednesday June 23.

The WINK TV (local CBS affiliate) segment will air Friday June 25 at noon

I had to share all of the excitement since you are helping to spread the shelling joy! I’ll keep you posted.

The shell pile at Blind Pass yesterday while we were "filming"

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