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