Category Archives: Weddings

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Ashley and Tyler’s Western Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

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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…. 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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Keri & Jason’s “Uniquely Them” Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

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 midgets 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 Keri loves little people, 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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Christine and Tom’s Old California Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

When we (Scott & Breanna) booked Christine and Tom’s wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch, we couldn’t have been more excited!

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Not only were we going to get to work with two amazing people, but we were going to get to do it at one amazing venue!

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Condor’s Nest Ranch is one of our all time favorite places to shoot weddings in Southern California.  Not only are there more unique and wonderful locations to shoot at than we could ever fully utilize in one wedding day….

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….but the people who work there are some of the most laid-back wedding vendors ’round these here parts. Not only do the people at Condor’s Nest do a great job on your wedding, but they do it with a gen-u-ine country-folk kinda smile.

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This chill atmosphere was an absolutely perfect match for Christine and Tom’s personalities. They wanted a wedding day that was beautiful, but not too stressful to enjoy. So they lucked out when they found Condor’s Nest. Not just because of the attitude there, but because of the style as well.

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Christine and Tom were so inspired by the atmosphere around them that they decided to fully go with it and throw an “Old California” styled wedding. Think Gold Rush era with saloons where men dressed like this…

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…and with ladies who wore intricate boots that look like these.

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That was the atmosphere that Christine and Tom sought to capture, and capture it they did!

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Of course there were a few areas where they veered away from their theme in order to incorporate their personalities.

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For example, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that belly dancing wasn’t a super common past time in Old California. However, it IS a common past time for Christine, so it earned itself a place in her wedding!

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Overall, I think they did a great job using their theme in a very subtle and classy way.

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They styled it enough to make their incredibly cool details noticable (like all the bridesmaids’ borrowed vintage jewelry), but not so much that guests felt like they had to ride up on horses or refrain from using electricity!

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Great job throwing a beautiful, relaxed, and incredibly fun wedding you guys! I hope it was all you dreamed of and more! You were amazing people to work with and we truly enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful day to remember.

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Congratulations!

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Click to see the rest of Christine and Tom’s Old California wedding here.

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Jackie and Anthony’s Emotional Wedding Day (by Scott & Breanna)

Have you ever been to one of those weddings where everyone is super emotional the whole time and it’s unlikely you’ll get through any part of the day without at least a few happy tears being shed?

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I’ve been to some like that too, but I can say for a fact that none of them even hold a candle to the amount of tears that were shed at Jackie and Anthony’s wedding at The Crossings at Carlsbad!

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Out of all the weddings we (Scottie & Breanna) have photographed, none have provided us with as many tearful or joyful shots as this one did! And as you can see, we ate it up!

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If there was a laugh, we were there with camera in hand, if we heard a sniffle behind us, we were quick to twirl around to capture the accompanying tender expression.

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(I LOVE the one above with Jackie’s brand new husband and her younger brother!!!)

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It made us feel like we were amazing photographers to capture so many candid emotional moments, but the truth is, that’s just what the entire wedding was and it’s not our photography that made these pictures special, it’s the people in them and the love they feel for one another that did the trick.

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Jackie and Anthony’s family and bridal party weren’t the only one who were right there with them in emotional solidarity that day…

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…the entire room at the reception was filled with all sorts of people from different areas of their lives who were all laughing boisterously while trying to wipe their tear smudged makeup before we could capture it!

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You would only have to be at this wedding for 5 seconds to be able to see that Jackie and Anthony are truly amazing people who’s lives have affected many others very deeply.

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That was my (Breanna’s) favorite part about this wedding… the fact that so many spontaneous loving moments were happening constantly all night, purely because Jackie and Anthony are so loved, and extend so much love to everyone around them.

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This wedding was a celebration of not only Jackie and Anthony’s love for each other, but of that of everyone around them.

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It was like a “this is your life” kind of night where everyone whom you’ve touched and who’s been changed by your mere presence on this earth comes to tell you what you’ve done for them.

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Needless to say, this was a truly special kind of wedding. And Jackie and Anthony were blessed enough to experience it because they are such a blessing to others.

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Special thanks to Jackie and Anthony for letting us be a part of such an incredibly special day for the two of you. You made us feel like we were your guests, not just your hired photographers, and that says so much about who you are and how you treat people.

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If your effect on the world has been this powerful separately, we can’t wait to see what happens now that you’re a team! Congratulations!

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Click to see the rest of the photos from Jackie and Anthony’s emotional wedding here.

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Kelly and Andrew’s Fun Vineyard Wedding (by Scott & Breanna)

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