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Marah and Shawn’s Gorgeous Wedding and Unique Session (by Scott & Breanna)

 

Emotions were running high on the morning of Marah and Shawn’s big day! In fact, I’m pretty sure they were feeling the pressure of the words “big day”!

Marah was dancing around, practically stomping her feet in anticipation as she sat getting her hair and makeup done, before putting on her UNBELIEVABLE dress that I (Breanna) fell in love with immediately!

 

(TING Makeup and Hair did all the hair for Marah and the bridal party, check her out!).

Meanwhile, Shawn was pacing the room filled with all sorts of nerves as he awaited the big moment of the big day…

… the ceremony!

Marah and Shawn had their ceremony at the gorgeous Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. With it’s beautiful architecture and surroundings, the Wayfarers Chapel was the perfect representation of the beauty found in Marah and Shawn’s relationship and it proved to be the perfect place for them to profess their love in front of all their friends and family that day.

After the ceremony, the newly married couple traded their nerves for joy as they headed over with all their friends and family to the Trump National Golf Club to dance the night away at their stunningly beautiful reception!

I think I literally lost my breath when I walked into that ballroom! The deep reds and golds combined with the perfect amount of flowers and lighting, created an absolutely killer ambiance that could be rivaled by only that of the ceremony earlier that day!

Since you’ve now seen her breathtaking handiwork, it seems like an appropriate time to introduce Melissa Veenstra from Let’s Do This!, who was the talented hands that brought all the pieces of this elegant puzzle together.

You may remember Melissa from her own wedding that we photographed a few months back! Well she got married and then went quickly back to work to begin investing her heart and energy into making Marah and Shawn’s day as special as her own had been… with many of the same vendors involved as well!

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I have to say, it was fun to be back together with the old team again! Mainly, with Hoo Films, since we couldn’t have picked a better partner in camera crime for Marah and Shawn’s wedding day! Shannon Avery and her team do incredibly moving work, as they demonstrated at the reception that night while presenting Marah and Shawn’s wonderful love story video that had me scrambling to wipe tears off my camera as I watched it!

I wasn’t the only one with a tear problem, Marah and Shawn’s entire day was filled with all kinds of emotions and special family traditions that left us all in need of more tissues than a huge place like the Trump could even hold!

Marah and Shawn are both of Filipino heritage so they found many touching ways to incorporate their cultural and family heritage into their wedding. During the ceremony, they were given Filipino coins that were borrowed from Marah’s aunt, as a symbol of the wealth that is wished upon them. They also borrowed Marah’s mom’s covering and rope to place over them during a special part of the ceremony to symbolize their new found unity as a married couple. And Shawn used his father’s wedding ring as a way to show honor to his father.

But by far, my favorite personal tradition they held up was having the guests actually pin their money onto the couple during the dollar dance!

Each time someone came up to pay for a dance, they found a new and creative way to attach the cash to the couple! It was so awesome and made for some great photos!

The dollar dance was only a small part of the fun that was had at this party! Everyone was so happy to see Marah and Shawn married, that they laughed, danced and celebrated themselves right into the morning!

Unfortunately for Marah and Shawn, they had an appointment the next day… with us… for more pictures!

Luckily the excitement for their photos easily over ruled their tired bodies from the night before, so Marah put on her reception dress and Shawn laced up his fancy shoes and they headed over to meet us and begin the final aspect of their wedding… the much anticipated Unique Session!

The Unique Session is a photo session after the wedding that gives the bride a chance to wear her dress again and it gives us a chance to be in control of the timing, lighting, etc., etc. to free us up get the very best photos possible! It also enables the couple to have wedding photos taken at a variety of locations so they can squeeze in all the different looks they wish they had time to get on their wedding day!

Scottie and I (Breanna) had spent much of the afternoon driving all up and down the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, since exploring beautiful places is one of the perks of the job for us! And we found some photo locations that fit the beauty of Marah and Shawn’s wedding perfectly! The only thing we didn’t find were easily accessible sandy beaches, but Marah found a way to get her dress wet regardless!

We were all muttering silent prayers that the waves wouldn’t whisk her away as she clung tightly to the rocks as the powerful waves washed over her. Of course Shawn was standing by ready to swim out and rescue his bride if need be!

Fortunately, Marah’s grip is as strong as her determination for good pictures, and a life guard rescue by her heroic husband was not necessary. Though the risk was well worth it because we all had a lot of fun and got some wonderful pictures out of the entire experience!

Thanks Marah and Shawn for being such wonderful people!

You were both so incredibly kind to us and a breeze to work with. Both Scottie and I found ourselves super excited about your wedding, not just because we knew it would be fun, but because we couldn’t wait to see the two of you again! You are both amazing people and we’re so happy you found each other to enjoy life together with. Congratulations and we hope to see you again soon!

Click to see the rest of Marah and Shawn’s Wedding and Unique Session photos!

 

 

Lesley and Mike’s stylish wedded bliss! (by Scott & Breanna)

This wedding is celebrating one of the best parts about a wedding… STYLE! Just from taking a glance at this wedding you might think, hmm, someone here definitely knows what they’re doing! And you would be correct!

Lesley is an interior designer and her mad skillz definitely found a way to showcase themselves on the wedding day!

For starters, Lesley and Mike chose the perfect venue to fit their style… The Clayton on the Park. It’s one of our favorite venues to shoot at because it provides such an incredible white canvas that allows any special touches the couple add in to really pop! Plus the lighting there is BEEEAUTIFUL! It’s a photographer’s dream!

Lesley and Mike chose to live up this feature by highlighting bling against the modern white backdrop. That’s right, shine, shiny, and the shiniest, that was the look for this wedding.

And if you’ve been following Radiant for very long, you’ll know that means that I (Breanna) am in heaven! The shinier the better has been my motto since I was a kid!

Yes, there was a lot of feminine bling, but there was definitely some man style in the room as well!

Mike added in his own special touch of Converse All Stars (complete with the wedding date), his presidential seal cuff links which highlighted his monogrammed cuff, and his best man even gave him hand made friendship bracelets to wear on the big day!

Not to mention, Lesley had a piece of her dad’s tie sewn into the inside of her wedding dress (left picture below) which was a beautiful tribute to him.

Other little stylish details were found all around throughout the night as well. Things like their gorgeous bling wish tree…

…dessert table (which was an excellent compliment to their themed appetizer stations)…

…and so many other little touches that I could go on all day!

Besides providing a great blank slate for decor, the Clayton also gives you fantastic views through their floor to ceiling windows overlooking Scottsdale Civic Center’s beautiful green ambiance. Of course when selecting their venue, Lesley and Mike picked up on the fact that this is a perfect way to include a little nature into your summer in AZ wedding while keeping guests in the nice cool air conditioned room at the same time!

The other Clayton feature that brings a smile to my face whenever I hear that one of our couple’s is getting married there, is their wonderful and talented coordinator who works there, Carrie Bayless. We’ve been working alongside Carrie for several years now as we’ve all grown and transitioned in our careers and every time we work with her, she seems to get better and better at what she does! If seeing the Clayton itself doesn’t sell you on having your wedding there, meeting Carrie will definitely do the trick, she’s incredible!

Lesley’s designer’s eye also came into play when she was thinking about what might look good in her pictures. Remember, it’s summer in Arizona and 100 plus degrees, so we’re pretty limited in the amount of places we can go outside for photos!

Fortunately Lesley was thinking ahead and she gave us some great ideas for spots to shoot around the Saguaro Hotel next door where the couple and their guests were staying.

The colorful walls around there were such a fantastic contrast to the white walls of the Clayton that we got an entirely different look and we loved it! Thanks Lesley!

And thanks to the bridal party who were willing to walk through the heat in between air conditioned rooms, we appreciate you following us around and not punching us in the faces for it- we know the heat can make a person a little crazed with anger! Thanks for keeping your cool guys, and for finding a way to smile in the midst of the sweat!

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Another person to thank who helped us set up shots, communicate with everyone, and organize people and details was the coordinator with Serendipity Cinematography We’ve worked with Serendipity before and each time we’ve been thrilled with how well they not only work with us, but help us do our job even better! It’s a fine dance between a photographer and videographer on the big day, and we want to personally thank Serendipity for always doing such an excellent job with that! As you can see, all the people involved came together as a team to pull off this beautiful wedding without a hitch!

(I LOVE this shot of her emotional brother walking an emotional Lesley down the aisle!).

Oh and the guests played their part by partying like it was 1999! The party was definitely rocking and Lesley and Mike seemed to enjoy every ounce of it!

Thanks Lesley and Mike, for being so much fun to work with and for finding that perfect balance of casting your wonderfully creative vision to us while still trusting us to add our own creativity to the mix. We appreciate you putting your time into thinking about the photos as well as putting your trust into us to do our best on them… all of that worked out to help us capture the true beauty behind your relationship and your day. We hope you loved every second of it and that you love the photos just as much!

Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of Lesley and Mike’s stylish wedding photos here!

Beginnings, endings, and everything in between: A Farewell Photo Session (by Scott & Breanna)

Take a second to think back on the people who really helped shape your life. The ones who were there watching you grow up, make mistakes, shed tears, overcome obstacles, realize your potential, etc., etc. These photos here are all about those kinds of relationships.

Chelsea…

(yeah, that’s her).

…is a sweet twenty something who wanted to make a difference in the lives of young girls. So she began volunteering as a mentor for girls at her church who were about to enter the eagerly anticipated (and also secretly dreaded) world of Junior High!

They bonded that first year as the girls stepped into 7th grade facing school dances, making or not making the cheerleading squad, friend problems, figuring out which group they fit in with, and ultimately discovering who they really are.

8th grade came along and Chelsea decided to stay along side the girls and help them through their upcoming challenges that she knew through experience, would continue to come their way. That year she stood by helping them through more friend problems, moral dilemmas as they began defining and learning to live by their personal beliefs, saying good bye to good friends as they headed in different directions for high school, and preparing to become full fledged teenagers!

Guess what? They SURVIVED Jr. High!!! Hooray! And off to High School they went! Chelsea decided to come along for that too! Of course the group members changed from time to time, but even with that, they remained very close as a whole.

They had already spent two years together maturing into real live teenagers and now they were headed into four of the most life changing years… still together… still with Chelsea supporting them, guiding them, and comforting them all along the way.

They made it through football games, drivers license testing, break ups, good grades and bad grades, senior year goodbye parties, more friend problems, more fun, more pain, more drama, more growth… more of life… together.

Which brings us to now. Now they are graduating. Now they are all following the paths they’ve been discovering and working towards along the way. Now they are saying goodbye to one another. To their support, their comfort, and their friends.

Their relationships with one another and with Chelsea will be changing as they head to different parts of the globe. So they are grieving those changes together, but who am I kidding? They live in the land of Facebook, emails, texting, Skype, etc. This isn’t goodbye! This is just a celebration of moving forward!

Time for a last hurrah together with everyone in the same place at the same time! Of course we all know what that means….

…. ROADTRIP!!!!!

They packed their bags, left the AZ desert and headed to California for a weekend full of Disneyland, the beach, van sing alongs, boy talk, and you guessed it… a photo session with Radiant Photography!

I (Breanna) have to admit that I was so excited for the girls as they embarked on this memorable trip that I was actually a little jealous! I wanted to be a part of the fun and the memories, but I knew I was just going to be a third party observer. But before the photo session had even started, I realized that wasn’t going to be the case at all because they swept me up into the crazy fun and made me just as much of a part of it as if I’d been in the group all along!

Photo session, food truck night, and Disneyland…

…I got to be right there having a ball with them through all of it!

I’ve never been lucky enough to have a group like they’ve all had together, but while they were here I felt like a part of something I’d always wanted to have! So a special thanks to the girls for making me an honorary member, I LOVED it and you guys made my year!!!!!

And a special note to Chelsea… Chelsea, you are incredible. I’ve been around you as you’ve poured more and more of your heart, time, energy, thoughts, etc, etc into these girls and I have to say that I think it was all worth it.

You’ve been a huge part in helping these girls grow up into the amazing people they are now and I know they will remember your role in their growth for the rest of their lives. I’m so proud of you for the things you’ve sacrificed in your own life for the good of these girls and I’m sure they’ve thanked you for this from time to time and I want to do so myself as well. Thanks for being an incredible role model, not just to the girls themselves but to everyone who sees you with them. You truly are a great example of what it means to love and give of yourself to others. You’re a hero to more people than you know, Chelsea.:-)

We had so much fun capturing this incredible group of girls who we could easily see were super close and had been through so much together. They really love one another and we were so happy to get to be a part of this great group as they celebrated their time together, their friendships, and their upcoming new adventures. Cheers to all of you!

Scottie and I have enjoyed getting to know all of you at different points through various things we’ve photographed that you’ve been a part of, and of course through this trip. We can’t wait to meet up with you in the future and see who you’ve all become and what’s going on in your lives! You’re moving forward into life with enthusiasm, and we couldn’t be more excited and happy for you all!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this Farewell Session here.

Jennifer and Kenyon's Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Amazed by this heavenly location?  Josh and I (Kelley) were too.  However, we can take absolutely no credit for finding it.

It’s true!  This beautiful location was all Jennifer’s idea.

You see, back when she was attending NAU, she used to hike out to this location to find a quiet place to study (apparently sorority houses can get a bit noisy at times).

As soon as she saw this place, all those years ago, she KNEW it was going to be the location for her engagement photos.

That was before Jennifer had even met her groom to be, Kenyon, who was also studying at NAU.

That’s right ladies, she hadn’t even met the man she was going to marry yet, but she was already planning her engagement session.  That’s what I call being proactive!

Jennifer admitted to us that when her and Kenyon first met, she wasn’t 100% sure what to think about him.

At first glance, he looked like a big, tough, mean, football player (and rightfully, so being a linebacker on the NAU football team).  However, she very quickly came to find that he’s really just a big teddy bear.

A big teddy bear who is completely perfect for Jennifer, and, like her, loves country music and the outdoors!

Don’t believe me?  I’ll sum up the top five conversation topics that took place between the four of us during our two hour session together:
1. Hunting
2. Elk Spotting
3. Archery
4. Country Swing Dancing
5. Jennifer and Kenyon being in love (I mean it WAS an engagement session after all).

I promise, those were our REAL conversation topics!  I’m a country girl at heart, and Josh is originally from Missouri, so we were loving it!

On the drive back into town Josh started lamenting about never having seen an Elk in Arizona before, and Kenyon and Jennifer were immediately determined to rectify the situation.

Wouldn’t you know it, not two seconds after Jennifer said that she sees elk up there all of the time, and usually in the middle of the road, we saw THREE elk, one of which was RIGHT in the middle of the road.

We were all pretty excited, and I’m still not convinced that Jennifer doesn’t possess some kind of magical elk calling powers.

Jennifer and Kenyon, Josh and I are so happy that you two found each other up in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona and decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Beyond that, we’re absolutely ecstatic that we get to be a part of your big day!  October can’t come soon enough, and we can’t wait to see your awesome country swing dancing moves… just make sure you don’t kick over any televisions;)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jennifer and Kenyon’s Flagstaff Engagement Session.

Allison's Sunflower Soaked Maternity Session (by Josh & Kelley)

When Allison first contacted me (Kelley) and Josh about doing a maternity session, we went back and forth on locations for a while.

She wanted something unique and interesting, but also wanted the photos to be classic enough that they could have them up in their home for years to come.

Understanding her dilemma, Josh and I did quite a bit of location scouting in order to find the perfect spot.  After lots of searching, we finally landed on a downtown location and set a date.

Not four days later, Josh and I stumbled upon a beautiful field of sunflowers, and, even though we had already picked a different location for Allison’s session, we KNEW this would be perfect.

However, there was a catch, the beautiful flowers would be harvested in about a week.  We had to move fast!

That night, I went home and sent Allison a message and showed her a couple of photos of the location. She was hooked!

Apparently her husband Tim was pretty excited as well.  According to him, they wanted photos with sunflowers “more than [they] want[ed] to live”.

Enough said.  This was happening. We all moved a few things around and set the session for three days later (a month earlier than we originally planned).

I think it’s safe to say that we were all more than pleased with the way things worked out!

Allison told us that yellow is one of her favorite colors and she absolutely loves sunflowers.  How perfect is that?

Not only were the flowers beautiful, but the surrounding area was beautiful as well!

Allison, we’re so happy that you got the unique yet classic session that you’d been dreaming of, and we’re even more excited to meet that new little one very soon!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Allison’s Sunflower Soaked Maternity Session.