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Molly and John’s wedding… rebellion to the end.

When I think of Molly and John’s wedding I think of freedom… freedom from rules really.  The thing I loved most about Molly and John’s wedding is that they threw out all the do’s and don’ts to a wedding and they just did whatever they wanted!  Complete and utter freedom!

If something made sense to them, or fit their style really well… why not?!  If something was unusual but they thought it would be fun… why not?!  They just did everything the way they wanted, no exceptions… and it was exactly the way it should’ve been.

To start with they decided to change up the order of the day a bit.  This means, not only that they had a reveal moment and saw one another before the wedding…

… but that they actually had their cocktail hour before the ceremony, and they were a part of it rather than off taking pictures!

Oh and get this, for the cocktail hour Molly had all her bridesmaids each change into the bridesmaid’s dress that Molly had to wear in their weddings! Genius isn’t it?!

Molly herself changed into a super cute white cocktail dress.  How did she figure out the trick to getting to wear 2 wedding dresses?!  I wasn’t kidding when I said she was a genius!

Since the girls were changing for the cocktail hour, the guys figured they’d better follow suit… so they changed into tuxedo t-shirts… so awesome!

Like I said, we’re talking very non-traditional here!

After the cocktail hour, the girls changed back into the dresses that Molly had picked out for them to wear for HER wedding and the groomsmen changed back into their tuxes with their Chuck Taylor’s and all.

(I love the shaving moment!).

Even the little ringbearer got dressed in his tux…

…who was none other than Molly and John’s dog, Wrigley!

(I love how the tiny flower girl is trying to reign him in like he’s a ginormous out of control monster or something).

By the way, the bridal party consisted of one “dude of honor” and one “best chick” which means there was a guy standing on Molly’s side and a girl standing on John’s side.

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The ceremony was performed by a friend they work at the hospital with, who was once ordained to do a patient’s wedding and has married many of the hospital workers ever since.

During the ceremony, she presented them with a circle of friends to represent the spirit of the Southwest (which was a major theme of their entire wedding weekend).

And instead of lighting a unity candle, they sealed a box with their favorite wine and notes from all the guests that they will open on their one year anniversary.  Great idea, isn’t it?!

True to the rest of the wedding, the ceremony itself was very fun and fitting for Molly and John.

After the ceremony, we grabbed a few photos of the AMAZING sunset Molly and John were blessed with that day…

(Gotta have that cactus in their to fit the Southwestern theme!).

…as well as pics of their stylin’ shoes (or at least of one of Molly’s 3 pairs that day!).

We made our way over to the reception (which was a pool area that had been transferred into a perfect party zone), where Molly and John were greeted by all their friends and family who were excited to be there and ready to have a good time!

And they were not disappointed…

…the reception was the perfect end to their day.

Molly and John we loved loved loved your wedding and we loved loved loved working with you guys!

I especially love that you made your wedding fit you so well and that you weren’t afraid to challenge the norm do things differently… you’re a couple after our own hearts!

We love you guys and we wish you all the best!

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Tonia and Jay’s Unique Session… Jerome style!

Red rocks are totally and utterly amazing and all, but when you have 2 sets of photos in front of them that have both been taken within the past 6 months, you hardly need a third set.

This is the reason that the day after Tonia and Jay’s Sedona wedding, we took them to Jerome, AZ for their Unique Session.

We thought it would be cool to get something different since we did both their engagement session and their wedding in Sedona.

Jerome is an old ghost town that’s been turned into a sort of haven for artists and very “eclectic” people, for lack of a better term.  Which means, this town is incredibly interesting looking!

(We call this our “Where’s Waldo” picture).

Not only does it have all the history and character, but it’s also sliding down the side of a mountain, which I’m sure is very problematic from a logistical standpoint…

…but it does look really cool!

Jerome has all kinds of crazy characters in it. The lady who owned the candy shop said that we could take photos in there as long as we didn’t take pictures of a certain section of art on the wall… which happened to be cartoons drawn by a 14 year old with a magic marker… very valuable I’m sure.

We also had a homeless guy giving us direction.  The picture below was his best idea, I actually like it!

Then their was the lady who pulled up right next to us while we were shooting who had a giant sticker covering the back of her car that read, “Best Photography in Arizona”… um, awkward!

So amidst the tumbling buildings and the friends we met along the way, we fully enjoyed all the culture that Jerome, AZ has to offer.

We got some great shots and were happy to send Tonia and Jay back to Indiana knowing we’d given them a true Arizona ghost town experience!

Thanks for being willing to go on an adventure with us you guys!  Maybe we’ll come visit you someday and you can show us around in all the odd ball places that exist in your neck of the woods!

Click to see the rest of Tonia and Jay’s Jerome, AZ Unique Session.

Tonia and Jay’s wedding was soooo THEM!

I don’t know if I give enough public credit to our couples for how well they plan their weddings.

If you haven’t had a wedding yourself yet, I guarantee you that no matter how prepared you are for it, you will still be totally shocked by how much time, energy, thought, and let’s not forget money of course- go into wedding planning.  I’ve now had my own wedding and been to hundreds of others and it STILL surprises me how difficult the planning can be!

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I say all this because I want to make sure I take the time to give mad props to both Tonia and Jay, as well as their wedding planner, Sandy Walker from In Awe Weddings and Events, for the incredible job they did making their wedding uniquely them.

Let me first tell you a little bit about Tonia and Jay so that you can get a better feel for how well their wedding fit their personalities.

Tonia and Jay are both in the medical field and are currently living in Indiana.  Their families are spread out all over the country so instead of choosing one family hometown or the other for their wedding, they decided to throw caution to the wind and choose an entirely different place for their big event so that it would be a great vacation for everyone involved.  Sedona, Arizona was their destination location of choice, and good thing too because the location (at L’auberge de Sedona) was spectacular!

When I think of Tonia and Jay, the first thing that comes to my mind is F-U-N.  These two have the best dry sense of humor ever and they’re like the perfect comedic duo when joined together!

I could just sit back and listen to their little snippets of conversation while watching them interact together and be totally entertained for hours!

They love to laugh together, and if I’ve learned anything from sitting through hundreds of speeches at weddings related to marriage and love, it’s that laughter is one of the main ingredients for a successful and happy marriage… so  if all those well-wishers were speaking the truth, I’d say they’re all set to have a great time for the rest of their lives!

Which brings me to the part about how their wedding fit their personalities.  Tonia and Jay, with the help of Sandy, were able to create this perfect mesh of elegance and fun.  It started with their wedding ceremony where the pastor read the vows they had written to one another… and those turned out to be some of my favorite vows of all time.

Again, it fit so well as the perfect blend of funny, yet beautiful and quite sentimental.  They both wrote about living real life with one another and how much they love all the little “peccadilloes” about one another (to quote Robin Williams in “Good Will Hunting”).

On top of those great vows, they also had another reading that blew my mind with it’s amazingness!  They combined pieces of about love from each of their favorite sources into one reading and it flowed together so incredibly perfectly that I actually asked them for a copy of it!

Apparently, they had a hard time choosing just one source to be read at their wedding, so they just went ahead and picked them all!  It was such a cool idea that just reflects again, how many personal touches went into this wedding!

To top off the personality of the ceremony, Jay’s mom had a song written especially for the happy couple and then she sang it to them herself during the ceremony… how cool is that?!  What an amazing wedding present!  Also, what a great way to get every single person within a mile radius to shed a tear!

And now on to Sandy’s part in all of this… Sandy is the kind of planner who listens to the dreams and visions of her clients and then figures out how to make them happen.  This works out amazingly well because it allows the couple to focus on the fairytale/fun side of the wedding and then leaves all the harrowing details and hard work in hands that are experienced and capable of pulling them off without a hitch.

I’m totally convinced that Tonia and Jay enjoyed their wedding 10 times more than they would’ve had they been trying to do Sandy’s job themselves.

They were able to cast their vision and then catch their breaths as they walked onto their wedding site to see everything they had envisioned actually come to life in a way that seemed to just happen magically (of course that magic actually came from the magician otherwise known as Sandy).

So when they look back on their wedding, they remember the beauty, fun, elegance, and relationships more than the stress, worry, frustration, etc., etc. that Sandy was able to take off their shoulders.

And now about the reception.  If you were a guest, wondering if you were in the right place, you seriously only had to walk in for like 2.5 seconds to know that this reception was definitely for Tonia and Jay.  There were so many details that reminded you of them.  The most noticeable was that there was pizza on everyone’s plate.

Yep, you heard me right… they served pizza at their wedding reception.  Though I’m sure Tonia and Jay got some interesting reactions when they first told people about their culinary plans, but they held firm to their love of gourmet pizza and I think all their very full and satisfied guests were happy they did in the end!

Other noticeable aspect of the reception were the table names.

They were all named after various movies that Tonia and Jay loved and all the name cards included quotes from the movie (which is why I put in a movie quote above… that’s called “foreshadowing”.  Admit it, you’re impressed with my literary ninja skills).

There was another card with a quote on it that was placed near the guest book to tell guests that in lieu of favors, Tonia and Jay were donating to the humane society.  I have to mention that part because the quote on that card was such a great one: ” Getting a dog is like getting married. It teaches you to be less self-centered, to accept sudden, surprising outbursts of affection, and not to be upset by a few scratches on your car”.- Will Stanton.

Alright, I could go on and on about all the personal touches to Jay and Tonia’s wedding but I’ll stop there and let you see the rest for yourself in the photos!

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Congratulations Tonia and Jay, we are so happy for you guys and we are so happy that you are so happy together!  Keep laughing and enjoy the rest of your lives together!  Thanks so much for giving us the honor of being a part of this great day in the story your lives together.  We loved every second of it!

Maureen and Matt’s cute, classy, clever, Catholic Wedding.

Maureen, I can’t believe you’re married now!!!!

During our days of stressing about tests, traveling around the country with choir, and spending lunch breaks at that ghetto Mexican food place with the crazy loud mariachi music…. the idea of you getting married seemed so far off.

And now it’s here! Not only is it here, but it’s already happened!

Maureen and I (Breanna) were friends in High School.  We met our first week of Freshman year and saw each other almost every day after that for the next four years.  We experienced so much of life and growing up together during those times, so to be a part of another major milestone in her life was something I was so thrilled to do!

When Maureen called me and asked if we would photograph her wedding, I think I spent at least the next hour telling Scottie all about how amazing she is. Not only was I excited because Maureen’s amazing and I was getting to shoot a good friend’s wedding, but I was also psyched because Maureen is a HUGE Radiant fan as well!

She is constantly spreading our name all over Facebook and gushing over her favorite sessions that we’ve shot.

(Unbelievable color choices, Maureen… it’s absolutely stunning!).

So when you combine all those factors together, you could see why I was so excited for this wedding that I could barely contain myself!

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Once Maureen and Matt did hire us for their wedding we got spend a little more time with the two of them up at Matt’s parents cabin where we shot their engagement photos.  I am very happy to say that I ended up deeming him very worthy of the marvelous Maureen!

So now you add a great groom onto this great event and my excitement grows even MORE!

(Here he is during their reveal moment, getting prepared to turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day!).

So the big day finally arrived and it was so totally beautiful and so totally fitting for Maureen and Matt.  The ceremony took place at Maureen’s church…

…which was a very important factor to her and which I know made the entire wedding all the more special to her.

The reception was at Regency Gardens in Mesa and it was such a Unique place!  It was very “Disney, meets greenery, meets weddings”!

It had the perfect combination of being welcoming and mysterious, adorable and elegant.

It had white lights everywhere so it had me for sure!

It has also had plenty of the ladies to go around so it got this kid for sure too!  Ha ha!

(Ha ha ha, I’m still laughing about that photo above!)

(I love this shot of the longest married couple in the room with the shortest married couple in the room standing in the background).

Maureen and Matt added their own personal touches to the already very magical place.  Their reception was focused around the thing that they love doing together the most, and the thing that brought them together one memorable day…. traveling!

My mom makes fun of me for saying the word “amazing” too much, but can I just say that their wedding cake was AMAZING!!!!

It was the cutest thing ever with the little people and the little pieces of their travel memories together! So cute I could cry!

They also had travel post cards so their guests could write them personal messages on the back. So fitting for this couple!

Maureen and Matt, Scottie and I both loved being a part of this wedding with you guys and we are so grateful to have people as amazing as you in our lives.

I’m so glad that your wedding was so wonderful for you and we wish you all the best together and hope to see you lots from here on out!


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Friends as clients, clients as friends… Gabe and Julia’s anniversary session

When Gabe and Julia came into our lives, our lives got better. When Gabe and Julia stepped into our pictures, our photography got better.

Pretty awesome phenomenon, huh?!

Gabe and Julia are great friends of ours who are coming up on their 10 year wedding anniversary and wanted to get some pics done to commemorate it. During the session, we were pretty impressed that a couple who’s been married for 10 years can still pull off the same type of photo session that an engaged couple would do.

In other words, they’re still very much in love!

Though we know them really well, we had a hard time choosing a location for the photo shoot.

Julia loves the outdoors and anywhere with greenery is heaven to her.

Gabe on the other hand, loves the city.

He really appreciates cool architecture and modern looks.

Hmmm… we weren’t quite sure how to make that work. Luckily we ended up finding 2 perfect spots to shoot that were close together (thanks to Courtney Sargent Photography for giving us the tip!).

So we started out on a little picnic and a hike through the great outdoors for Julia…

… and we ended up working on some cool new lighting tricks at an amazing building that Gabe liked.

Perfect combo!

We also did a few photos for us…

Julia and I (Breanna) had some fun in front of the camera!

We gave Scottie and Gabe a turn eventually!

I know I’ve said it before, but it is always so true… we have so much fun working with our friends!

Whether they begin as clients and become friends or begin as friends and become clients, either way it’s a perfect situation because all of us are so relaxed and we’re basically just having a good time hanging out together!

This session was no different and we had a blast with Gabe and Julia!

Thanks for coming along for the ride guys and being patient while we experimented with stuff… we appreciate your trust! 🙂  Congrats on your anniversary!!!

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