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Re-visiting Ashley and Tyler’s Classy Western Wedding

In honor of the great decade we just had with Radiant Photography, we’re featuring a “Best of the Twenty-Teens” series on our blog! Up next, Tyler and Ashley (originally posted Dec. 18, 2013).

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You may have noticed something about us here at Radiant Photography….

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… we have a lot of cousins!

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(No, not all of those people are our cousins, but a good number of them are!)

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Lucky for us, we love them all dearly!

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(How could we not?! )

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And lucky for them too I guess because they get wedding photos out of the deal!

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This cousin is no exception to the cousinly love that floods Radiant. This is my (Breanna’s) cousin, Ashley.

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The funniest thing I can remember about the little girl version of Ashley was how scared she was of movies growing up. Not of scary movies, just of every movie.

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I, being the wise and older cousin I was, remember rolling my eyes when she cried at, no not the Exorcist, but Pinocchio, and I was forced to shut it off. Oh and don’t even MENTION the name E.T. to her to this day (Sorry Ashley, I hope you don’t have night terrors tonight because I mentioned the “E” word)!

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So Ashley, I’m sorry if I scarred you for life with my children’s “horror” movies, but I’d like to believe you’re now stronger for it thanks to me!

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While I don’t have any childhood memories of Ashley’s new husband, Tyler…

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…I do have lots of great ones that involve him playing with their two kids, Kenzie and Cayden. Though I’m sorry that I couldn’t post the best one from the wedding (of Tyler helping Cayden pee behind a tree), because it just seemed inappropriate somehow!

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Now I have some new favorite memories surrounding both Ashley and Tyler and those are from their wedding day. My favorite wedding day memory with Ashley is of her and her dad doing their father/daughter dance to the most ridiculously emotional song I’ve ever heard in my life.

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It was “You’re the Only Little Girl” by Steve and Annie Chapman. Apparently there’s a recording out there somewhere of Ashley singing this song to her dad (complete with costuming) on father’s day when she was 3. If I thought I was overly emotional about the song all by itself (it involves an actual little girl singing to her dad), hearing that story pushed me over the edge! Seriously, Listen to it, you’re going to die! Great, now I’m crying again!

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There are tons of sweet memories and moments that I’ll remember about Tyler on his wedding day, but this blog wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning the truly cool part of his many sentiments, and that is THE CAR!

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It was his grandfather’s car that he had shipped from Minnesota to Arizona the week of the wedding and then spent time fixing up to be displayed on the big day.

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(Here’s Tyler, his dad, and his brother, with his grandfather’s car).

Those were just a couple of the many highlights to this day.

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There were of course so many other things that everyone involved in this beautiful wedding day will remember…

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…there was the location (Schnepf Farms)…

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…. the stunning bridal party….

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(Help spread Ashley and Tyler’s pictures around by liking and sharing from our Facebook page!)

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…. the adorable ring bearer and flower girl….

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… and last but not least, there was the happy couple!

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Overall it was an amazing wedding with wonderful people that we love. Scottie and I couldn’t be happier for you, Ashley and Tyler. We hope the years to come are the best yet for you and we’re so happy we get to be a part of them!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Ashley and Tyler’s Western Wedding.

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Re-visting Shanya and Clarence’s “Fun with Style” Wedding

Well it’s time for a new decade, but we aren’t quite ready to let go of the past! So we’re featuring a blog series called “The Best of the Twenty-Teens”! Everyone needs a little Shanya and Clarence in their lives, so we’re happy to oblige and re-feature them here (originally posted Nov. 15, 2012)!

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One of my very favorite things about the weddings we go to is seeing how couples decide to make them their own. I love how the unique things about each couple and what’s important to them, shows up over and over again at a wedding in both small and big ways. Which is why I was a BIG fan of Shanya and Clarence’s wedding.

From day one they knew they wanted their wedding to reflect their own personal style as well as to be a huge celebration that was tons of fun for everyone!

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Shanya and Clarence had guests from literally all over the world coming, I heard it mentioned that they had someone there from almost all of the 50 states in the US… not to mention from so many other countries. This was like a dream come true for Shanya and Clarence. It’s so hard to have your loved ones scattered out so far… so to have them all under one roof at the same time, is the best kind of mind blow there is.

Out of all the things they were excited for about their wedding, it seemed to me (Breanna) that having all their loved ones together at the same time was the thing that was making them jump up and down in anticipation the most.

That being the case, they were going to party their little hearts out and make this a trip their guests would NEVER forget. So that’s exactly what they did. And a party wouldn’t be a party to Shanya and Clarence if they weren’t able to be their true selves. And in my opinion, their true selves are hilarious!

In fact, it seemed like every person at this wedding had a fantastic sense of humor! Even the person who is typically the most solemn of all, the officiant, was cracking jokes that I even heard people laughing about long after the ceremony ended!

Even their vows of all things, both from the bride and the groom, contained the perfect amount of humor mixed with sentiment that had people laughing with tears in their eyes and huge smiles on their faces the entire time.

Apparently Shanya learned her public speaking skills from the best because her father’s speech that night was also one of the most memorable ones I’ve heard, that had the exact same perfect combination of humor and emotion that Shanya displayed in her vows at the alter.

The thing about the humor that I heard that day was that it wasn’t just people with good timing, or facial expressions, or whatever it is that makes people funny, it was people who were being purely genuine.

The number one thing I saw at Shanya and Clarence’s wedding was people who were real. They weren’t afraid of being vulnerable, messing up in front of people, or wearing their hearts on their sleeves. They were all joyfully connected to one another, and they weren’t afraid to show it.

From that sheer wedding day joy and lack of care about what people thought of them, came the true humor that expressed what was really going on in their heads on the kind of whirlwind and crazy day that a wedding is! It was beautiful and I loved that about this group of people.

Besides the great sense of humor that I witnessed that day, my other favorite way that Shanya and Clarence made this their own was through their unique style. By style I mean STYLE.

Everything from their transportation (Ollie the Trolley for the bridal party and double decker buses for the guests)…

….to the way they honored Clarence’s Filipino and their shared Sri Lankan traditions (the chord and veil ceremony, lighting of the lamp as they entered the reception, and having sponsors for the wedding)…

… to their incredibly detailed and well thought out decor…

… EVERY piece of their wedding reflected their own unique style and showed that this couple REALLY knows how to throw a party.

If you haven’t noticed by now, this wedding had details with a capital D. Every little thing involved in their wedding was there for a reason.

If you’ve ever planned a wedding or an event of any kind, you know that there aren’t magical little wedding elves that go around setting everything up when your back is turned…. well actually there are but we here in the real world call them “wedding planners”. Actually we call them “GOOD wedding planners”, because the kind that really make it happen as good as if magical elves are doing it are hard to find.

Fortunately, Shanya and Clarence were aware of both the significance and the rarity of this magical creature, so they looked high and low (past the gum drop forest and the Lucky Charms Leprechaun) until they found the best planner in the land… Ashley Gain from Ashley Gain Weddings and Events and her incredible, some would say “magical”, team.

You hear rumors that they’re there on the wedding day, but all you actually see are streaks of pink, and the affects of their work. As one thing after another happens flawlessly through out the night, you wonder “how is the happening”?! Someone tells you, “oh, Ashley Gain is here” and that’s when you know that planners as good as her really do exist.

Ashley’s work and Shanya and Clarence’s visions for the greatest party of their lives were so big that they leaked out of the first party and crept into another! In other words, after their grand reception ended (that was fully successful in fulfilling their dreams for an incredible party I might add), the group headed over to another room at the Montelucia Resort and Spa,  to continue on with an after party!

Unfortunately for Scottie and myself, our time was up and we headed home to get some much needed sleep after such an eventful day. But Josh (one of our other photographers), was more than happy to take over and get the chance to be a part of such a memorable wedding!

So I don’t have much info about what actually happened at the after party, but I do know that the pictures speak for themselves and make me wish I had been there to see it myself!

Now I’ve told you more than you ever knew there was to know about Shanya and Clarence’s wedding but I still haven’t told you much about THEM! As you can imagine from all you’ve seen by now, Shanya and Clarence are pretty amazing people!

Not just because they have an absolutely incredible story about how they are both Sri Lankan and randomly found each other and fell in love in New York City (if you ever meet them you have to ask for the long version of that story!), but because they just ARE wonderful people!

And because it seems to me, that them joining together is going to do nothing more than make everything that is beautiful about them, grow even stronger!

I hope you guys stay in touch so that we get to see how the two of you grow and change for the better together! Congratulations, we’re so happy for you!

Click to see the rest of Shanya and Clarence’s Wedding with style and a sense of humor (you can see photos from the rehearsal dinner and photobooth there as well!).

Re-visiting Kelly and Andrew’s Vineyard Wedding

We had so much fun with Radiant Photography this past decade that we were sad to see it go! So we thought a little reminiscing was in order and launched this “Best of the Twenty-Teens” blog series! Here come Kelly and Andrew (originally posted Oct. 25, 2013)!

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A gorgeous vineyard wedding set in beautiful southern California with perfect sunshine, hills all around you, and with the people you love laughing and enjoying life together. It sounds like a dream doesn’t it?

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I would think so too, had I not been there to experience Andrew and Kelly’s wedding and learn that dreams can come true… and do!

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Just look at the amazing setting Andrew and Kelly chose for their wedding, it’s perfect!

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Not to mention, there were so many little nooks and crannies around Orfila Vineyards and Winery that we were able to get some super unique looking shots as well!

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And when I say their friends and family were really enjoying Kelly and Andrew’s wedding, it would be an understatement. Because this wedding was an amazing event to be a part of!

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(Bridal party praying around the couple during the ceremony).

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I think it was more than just the great party that Kelly and Andrew threw that made their guests giddy, it was also them getting the chance to watch two people who they love and care about commit to spending the rest of their lives together.

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It was definitely an occasion to celebrate!

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I mean, just look at these two! You don’t even have to be a close family member or friend to see that they are completely and madly in love!

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So Kelly and Andrew, congrats on not just planning a beautiful wedding with a fantastic party, but on finding someone you are so obviously meant to be with!

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We couldn’t be happier for you both! Congratulations!

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Click to see more of Kelly and Andrew’s Fun Vineyard wedding here.

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P.S. That’s not all! We went out with Kelly and Andrew for an epic photo shoot the day after the wedding! Like our Facebook page to tag yourself in photos and to be the first to see when Kelly and Andrew’s Unique Session photos (like the one below) go up!0097

Re-visiting Carrie and Doug’s Hawaiian Wedding

Our trip down memory lane continues in our “Best of the Twenty-Teens” blog series! Next in line, Carrie and Doug (originally posted April 4, 2014).

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Carrie, Scottie, and I (Breanna) grew up together.

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No, not in childhood but in careers!

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We first met Carrie when we were a newbie photography company and she was working at a golf course that had weddings on the side. About the time that our company was growing by leaps and bounds, Carrie moved on to work at a wedding and event only venue. And as our company really got into it’s full swing, Carrie moved onto her current job at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel working in weddings with a whole team of people around her to help!

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The cool thing about our side by side careers, that made changes and evolved simultaneously, is that we’ve gotten to work together much longer than we dreamed possible!

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So after our many years spent with Carrie, hearing about her life as a single girl as we stood alongside the newly happily married couples we’d worked with together, you can imagine the doubt Scottie and I had when we heard there was a new man in her life!

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I mean, who could really be good enough for Carrie, you know?!

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Luckily, we soon found out that Doug is!

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And I’m not just saying that because they flew us to Hawaii to shoot their wedding…

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…I’m saying it because it really deserves to be said!

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It has been so fun watching Carrie grow and change not only in her career, but as a person. And now we can’t wait to see what changes are in store for her now that she’s partnering up with Doug to form an amazing team!

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Carrie and Doug, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next and we couldn’t have been happier to be a part of such an incredible moment in your life (and again, NOT just because it was in Hawaii!).

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Thank you for being such a great couple to work with, for loving and supporting what we do as much as you do, and for not freaking out when I called and said I’d be shooting your wedding with a broken arm (and thanks to my cousin, Jeff, for flying from Maui to Oahu to be my extra arm!)! Judging by the pictures we got, I’d say it turned out OK despite lacking full use of all my limbs!

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Congratulations on the wedding… and on the soon to be here baby! Oops! I gave away the secret!

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Click to see the rest of Carrie and Doug’s Hawaiian wedding

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Re-visiting Keri and Jason’s Ice House Wedding

Our “Best of the Twenty-Teens” blog series continues as we review some of our favorite moments with Radiant Photography this past decade! And now I present, Keri and Jason (originally posted Dec. 11, 2013).

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If you know Keri and Jason, you were not surprised that their wedding wasn’t what you’d call an “ordinary” wedding.

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Of course every wedding is unique, but Keri and Jason took unique to a whole new level.

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(OK, they didn’t actually PLAN for a giant Ronald McDonald to be sitting outside their venue, they just got lucky on that one!)

For starters, they had their wedding at The Ice House in Downtown Phoenix.

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The Ice House was, historically, exactly what it sounds like. It was the place were they kept ice (not an easy task in the desert back in the day!). Now it’s a gorgeous event venue, unlike any other in Arizona.

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(Help Keri and Jason spread their wedding photos by tagging and sharing their photos from our Facebook page!)

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Which was the perfect spot for Keri and Jason… who are unlike any other bride and groom.

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They also got ready at Hotel Palomar which has another unique spot (one that Scottie and I LOVED taking pictures at) and that is the Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails.

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(Notice the “Blue Hound” – hence the name- in the photos!)

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Now, you may be saying, “well that stuff is uber cool and all, but lots of weddings are uber cool, I don’t see why this one is SO unique as you say”. OK, that’s because I haven’t gotten to the things that REALLY set Keri and Jason apart from the rest.

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For one thing, instead of a traditional religious officiant, or even a friend who is licensed to do weddings, Keri and Jason decided to go with something that I (Breanna) have never seen in all of my wedding experience…

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…they hired an actual comedian to be their officiant! They saw his set and loved his style so much that they asked him to do the honors at their wedding! What a great idea and awesome way to entertain their guests!

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The other thing that was unique about their wedding, is that Jason happens to be a very handy craftsman and was able to come up with this gorgeous creation to highlight their last name at the reception! SO impressive!

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And now for the most unique of unique things about their wedding. Drumroll please… they hired little people to be servers at their cocktail hour!

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They also came into the grand entrance in place of the bride and groom! Of course the bride and groom DID come into their reception, just not the first time they were called!

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Apparently little people hold a special place in Keri’s heart, so she wanted to invite them to be a part of her wedding! Now that, is something I’ve never seen at any of the hundreds of weddings we’ve photographed!

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So way to go Keri and Jason for making your wedding fit you perfectly and reflect the fun and hilarious people you are! I love that you made your wedding your own and I hope you enjoyed every second of it!

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Congrats!

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Click to see the rest of Keri and Jason’s “Uniquely Them” Wedding Photos.

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