Category Archives: Weddings

These weddings were photographed by the founders and owners of Radiant Photography, Scott & Breanna Chanson

Jennie and John’s uber creative wedding

It’s no secret to the friends and family of Jennie and John that they are both very artistically inclined…

…which is why it was only appropriate for them to have their wedding at The Tempe Center for the Arts!

We were very excited when we heard this was going to be their venue of choice because the outside of this building is one of our favorite places to do portrait sessions at and we’ve been itching to get inside and see what kind of grandiose photo opportunities were awaiting us there!

We satisfied our curiosity and were not at all disappointed with what we found there!  And it’s now officially one of our favorite wedding venues in Arizona!

And as is fitting for an art center (and for Jennie and John) this place had a huge variety of creative details and backgrounds. So of course we were VERY thankful that Jennie and John gave us a ton of time for photos of the two of them (about 2 hours!) so we felt like we were really able to focus on our photos rather than on the seconds hand!


Thank you both so much for planning out your day around us so well and for being so patient with us as we were both foaming at the mouth to keep shooting around the arts center for as long as we could!

Even with all the scenery that was provided by the arts center, majority of the cool details at this wedding were courtesy of Jennie and John themselves!

To start with, Jennie made ALL the flowers at their wedding (bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces) out of origami flowers!

I was really excited to see them when she first told me about it, but I never would have guessed just how amazing they would actually be!  I can’t even imagine how much time this took her, but in my opinion, they looked so cool that it was well worth it!

John also put his special touches on the big day.  To start with, he has great style in clothes on even a normal day, so he pulled out all the stops for his wedding day!  He was looking around at tuxes and found a photo of one that Brad Pitt wore to some premier so he began scouring the world (literally) for a tux like that one!

It turns out the only one he could find anywhere had to be hand crafted from India and flown in (which is less expensive than it sounds since it’s from India) so he went for it!  It was a good decision I’d say!

As you can tell, her dress was freaking awesome too… love the flower!

John is officially the first groom we’ve ever had who created a brand for his wedding!  He does graphic design so he pulled together all his mad skillz to create some amazing details for their wedding!  To start with, he designed a logo for their wedding, complete with a color scheme and an entire feel that flowed throughout much of the wedding.

(The yo-yo favors with the logo on them).

The invitations, the programs, the favors, and even the cake… all matched and set a great tone for this wedding!  But John and Jennie weren’t the only creative ones around. The cake was decorated by a friend of theirs (and it looked awesome!) while the cake toppers were designed by another friend.

They told him to make toppers that looked like them and then just trusted him to do a good job with no further input from them!  They turned out perfectly!! I loved them!

In case you’re wondering why their favors were yo-yo’s…  it’s because John is a world traveled yo-yoer!!

He seriously has traveled all over the place putting on yo-yo performances for people around the world!

So obviously, yo-yos are a huge part of his life… and his social circle.  Tons of his friends are yo-yoers as well so we had a lot of fun watching these guests play with their new toy that they knew how to use quite expertly!  They even put on a little show for us!

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Not to mention, at the end of the night, they made an arch of overhead yo-yos that Jennie and John ran under on the way out to their getaway car.  Now, you know they’ve got to be good if Jennie and John trusted them enough to throw wooden yo-yo’s right past their heads!!

I was a little worried Jennie would emerge from the tunnel as a beautiful bride with a black eye (or a concussion!), but she looks pretty happy!  They came out safe and headed off to enjoy their new life as a married couple!

Thanks again to both of you for being so easy to work with! We feel like we really clicked with you guys and we’ve grown to love both of you in a very short amount of time. We are excited to see where you go from here and we wish you the best in all you do!

Thanks for trusting us enough to give us not only your valuable wedding day time, but also creative freedom and control so that we were able to truly do our best!  We hope you guys love your photos as much as we do!!

Congratulations!

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Abby and Niel’s Perfect Wedding!

Abby and Niel planned out every little detail to their wedding fantastically.

The location, the decorations, the timing… all of it came together to create the perfect wedding day.  When little girls dream about their wedding, I’m pretty sure the one they picture in their head looks like Abby and Niel’s!

Abby and Niel got married at Villa Siena in Gilbert, AZ.  When you step in the doors of Villa Siena you are immediately transported out of the desert and into a little Tuscan village.

Everything in Villa Siena has been selected very careful and every last tiny detail (even the ones you would never think about) have been taken care of so that the feel around the entire place is consistent in every single way.  So basically it’s the perfect place to house Abby and Niel’s perfect wedding!

Another feature of perfection at this wedding was the flowers.  To describe them merely as “stunning” would be the understatement of a century!

(and check out her “I Do” shoes!).

The colors popped out to contrast Abby’s dress (and everything else they were next to) beautifully.  Almost every time I (Breanna) saw them I muttered “wow” under my breath (I couldn’t say it loudly of course because people would think I was crazy!).

And then there was Abby’s dress itself.  This dress had one of the coolest feature I’ve seen on a wedding dress yet!

It had interchangeable details on it!  For the ceremony, she had an artistic looking flower on it…

… and for the reception she put on a super chic sash!

It was such a subtle change, but it was just the perfect touch!  Of course I can’t forget her sparkly chandelier earrings that were to die for!

Apparently you did a great job on your outfit Abby, I can’t stop talking about it! 😉

To make a perfect wedding day complete, one must have a perfect party to finish it off!  And that’s just what Abby and Niel had.  Now, I never got the full story on these 2 families, but it seems like all of them have a ton of dance in their background!

Everyone from the grandparents to the little kids seemed to know official dance moves, it was so impressive!

I sat and watched as one little boy swung a girl up into the air and she landed just right and danced flawlessy into the next position!!

If I tried that, I’d be very lucky if both me and partner didn’t end up in the hospital, let alone be able to keep dancing without missing a beat!  These kids… along with everyone else there it seemed… really knew what they were doing!

I loved watching Abby and Niel dance too, they both looked so happy. 🙂

I hope you guys forever stay as happy as you looked on the dance floor… and that you follow in your grandparents’ footsteps and get to enjoy dancing together for many more years to come!

Your wedding was spectacular and we hope you loved every minute of it!  Congratulations!

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Brenna and Nate’s wedding had it all… and then some!

Somehow Brenna and Nate found a way to squeeze in every single thing they wanted into their big day.

That whole “have your cake and eat it too” thing… well I’d say they conquered that phrase.  This wedding had it all!  They have a church with a special place in their heart (where Nate’s dad was a pastor for many years) so they wanted to have their ceremony there.

But they also wanted a reception venue that was able to capture their style and give off the overall feel that they wanted… so they found Tre Bella!

Which is perfect because Tre Bella definitely has a stylized, urban setting that looks great in photos!

So they had their modern venue, but they also wanted some sunset shots.

So we took pictures around Tre Bella and then headed over to some railroad tracks with wide open sky behind it so that they got both!  You see what I mean?  This wedding had it all… and then some!

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Their ceremony in the church was so fitting for them because they found ways to incorporate so many of their loved ones into it.

Nate has a band in town (Seconds to Breathe)…

(with this guy)

…and is really into the music scene, so obviously music was an important part of the wedding to him.

Luckily he has quite a few talented friends and when it came time to choose who was going to play the music while they walked down the aisle, he knew the perfect person… his childhood friend, Matt Weddle, who now plays with Obadiah Parker (Scottie has been into his music for awhile so he was excited).

Nate is not the only one with talented friends… Brenna was crowned Miss Arizona USA in 2006…

…so through her pageants, she has met all kinds of talented girls who were able to incorporate some of their gifts into her wedding (we LOVED working with the pageant girls by the way, they’re definitely comfortable in front of the camera, which makes our job easy!).

Brenna had 2 of her bridesmaids perform a song during their communion time in the ceremony (one played piano while the other sang) and it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

Here are a few more shots of this incredibly talented bridal party!

Friends aren’t the only ones who got to be involved in Brenna and Nate’s ceremony, but Nate’s dad had the great privilege of marrying them.  I can’t imagine what that’s like (since I’ve never done it myself!) but I can imagine it’s everything from emotional to challenging, to very very fun… and Nate’s dad pulled it all together into a fantastic ceremony.

Great job to everyone involved in the ceremony part of Brenna and Nate’s wedding… we thought it was perfect!

After the ceremony we headed back to Tre Bella… with a little stop at the railroad tracks at sunset in between!

Shooting weddings at Tre Bella is so much fun!  They have a totally different look than most of the venues around town and it really forces us to think differently about how we shoot and get creative… which is a good thing!

I’ve been in Tre Bella several times and every time I step into it’s white walled glory, I’m stunned.

I mean, that room is just perfect… every single little thing fits in with the decor and it is so well done.  Everything from the hardwood floors to the chandelier on the ceiling comes together in just the right way to create a really modern/elegant effect.

So of course we made sure to get not only the railroad shots around that area… … but to spend a good deal of time inside Tre Bella itself!

Really though, when working with Nate and Brenna it doesn’t matter where you’re shooting.  Those 2 are so much fun!  I would call them goofy but… well, yeah I’d just call them goofy! 😉

It’s pretty impressive when a girl can make a ton of funny faces at her groom and still look beautiful!  Brenna’s got the beauty pageant look, but she’s also an actress… so she’s got a fun personality that’s big enough to hold up her massive amounts of beauty as well!

Of course Nate loves to have fun as much as Brenna does, but he’s also mastered the cool band guy look… so which ever direction they decide to go for a photo, it’s always going to look great!

After we ran out of time for photos (we weren’t about to stop early since we were having so much fun with the two of them!), we headed over to release Brenna and Nate into the arms of all their family and friends at their party… and the real fun began!

Brenna and Nate, thank you so much for letting us be a part of this great event in your life.  We really did love working with you, not just because you’re easy to photograph, but because you are both such great people!

You guys deserve the best of everything and we wish you luck in all that you do!  Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Brenna and Nate’s perfectly wonderful wedding day!

Melissa and Josh in wedded bliss!

This wedding was definitely a first for us.

It was the first time that the bride could shut off all the sprinklers around the entire golf course with a single phone call…

…the first time we walked up to a golf cart and the groom said, “not that one, the batteries are about to go”…

…the first time a bunch of the country club employees were out strutting their stuff on the dance floor…

…and the first time we got to shoot a reception in the “Members Only Club”.

Why all the special privileges?

Because both the bride and the groom work at Ancala Country Club where they got married.

We always get to feel somewhat like VIP’s since we’re part of the exclusive club of people who are at a location to be a part of a wedding… but this one felt like we had our VIP pass along with a special gold sticker on it or something!

Everything and everyone at Ancala bowed before the precious day that was Melissa and Josh’s wedding.  Of course they didn’t have to do this, but everyone loves this couple so much that it was only natural to treat them with a level of holy reverence on their big day!

This day had another special significance for us as well… we got to work with one of our favorite people!  Dawn Candrea (who used to coordinate weddings at Ancala and has since moved over to Arrowhead Country Club) came back over to her old stomping ground to help out her past co-worker and good friend, Melissa. We had a great time working with our old friend, Dawn, and getting the chance to meet the new girl, Jennifer,  at Ancala on the same day!

(Here is Melissa- with her dad and Dawn- getting ready to walk down the aisle …when she first saw the surprise her groom had waiting for her…)(…that’s right, he got her a beautiful horse drawn carriage to take her to and from the ceremony!)

(It was such a thoughtful gift and she loved it!).

Of course Ancala wouldn’t be the same without that beautiful sunset that dazzles in the wide open space that lies just in front of the mountains.

Melissa and Josh meticulously planned the schedule in a way that fit in the sunset shots perfectly because they were fully aware of the potential we have to capture it there!

And capture it we did… the sunset did not disappoint that day!

It was the perfect backdrop to a perfect wedding!

One thing we didn’t expect from this wedding was for Melissa and Josh’s guests to light up the dance floor the way they did.  Those people were glued there!

They danced and danced on that floor until I thought their legs were going to fall off!

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It was great watching everyone there have an absolutely fabulous time!

Thank you Melissa and Josh for being so easy to work with and for picking us (out of all the photographers you’ve seen shooting at Ancala!) to have the honor of being there for your special day!

We loved getting to know you guys throughout this whole wedding process and we hope you stay in touch and let us know what exciting things await you in your future!

Congratulations!

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Kazoos, Ninja Turtles, pinwheels, and goblins… Meg and Mark’s wedding story

We knew as soon as Meg and Mark booked us, that this was not going to be an ordinary wedding.  Meg and Mark both have very unique styles that they show off proudly so we couldn’t wait to see what their big day was going to look like!

For starters, they didn’t rent a very typical wedding venue.  They had the entire event at The Paisley Violin Cafe in downtown Phoenix.

This is not your average cafe’, it has a few distinct features that bring a unique charm to it…. mainly their beautiful back porch, which is where the ceremony was held.

Meg and Mark added to the cafe’s quirky charm by bringing in somewhere between 50-100 handmade (by Meg) pinwheels that were all individually crafted to each look a little bit different.  They were beautiful!

So beautiful in fact that I was dreaming about decorating my house with them right when Meg told me I should take all the left over ones home!

My other favorite detail from their wedding was the STUNNING bouquet that Meg’s mom made her.

It was a combination of tons of antique jewelry and oh WOW, did it shine!!  It was such a perfect fit for Meg!

Meg and Mark went nontraditional for their actual ceremony as well.  Meg’s cousin, Monica, said a few words, prayed, and read a few passages from the Bible before she gracefully stepped down and let Meg and Mark run the rest of their ceremony themselves.

They each asked if the other was willing to devote their life to love, handed one another some rings, kissed, and promptly put kazoos in their mouths to provide their own exit music (with the help of the groomsmen)!

One of the groomsmen, Mike, got himself ordained so that the could sign the paperwork that night to make it all official.

The ceremony ended exactly at 10:10am on 10/10/10.  So I took a picture of the time and date (all 10’s in a row) on the back of Scottie’s camera.

After a brunch reception, Meg and Mark took a break and went over to check into their hotel and prepare to head back over to their “Costume Party Wedding Reception Extravaganza-a-a-a-a” later that night!  That’s right…. reception #2 was a costume party.  How awesome is that?!  Scottie and I went home for a little R&R ourselves before heading over to meet Meg and Mark for a little photo session before the reception.

As luck would have it, just as we began picture time, an ice cream truck drove by!  So yet again, Meg and Mark found a creative way to make their wedding pictures unique.

(This is definitely our first wedding photo that we can attach the words “teenage mutant ninja turtle” to in anyway… let alone to say that the groom was eating one!)

We also had the good fortune of being in Downtown Phoenix where there are interesting features all around!  A little spray paint here… a few bums there (no, we didn’t take any pictures with them!)… it’s Phoenix, dressed in it’s wedding day best!

I don’t even think I need to mention how spectacular the costume party was… but of course I will anyways!  People were ALL decked out!  I’m not sure if their friends are really dedicated to Meg and Mark or just really loyal to Halloween itself, but either way they were in the spirit!

We brought The Radiant Photobooth along with our normal props (and a bunch of Meg’s mixed in) but in this situation, props are hardly even needed!

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The food was great, the band (What Laura Says) was amazing…

…and all the people were very VERY happy…

…a perfect party.


Meg and Mark, I’m so glad you guys put the time and energy into finding creative ways to showcase your personalities on your wedding day. It was all sooo you!

I loved watching who you are as a couple, take shape in such an experiential way… the location, decorations, music, activities, food, people… all of it felt like it morphed itself into a walking picture of who Meg and Mark are together…. so cool!

Thanks for inviting us to be there… as guests and as photographers… you couldn’t have been easier for us to work with and we couldn’t have been happier to do it for you. 🙂

Congratulations on your new statuses as married people… we love you both!

Click to see the rest of Meg and Mark’s photos here (photobooth pics are also up and available for purchase here).