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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!

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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!

Niki and Steve's Sweet and Silly Wedding (by Josh & Kelley)

You may remember Niki and Steve from the silly and sweet engagement shoot that Josh and I (Kelley) did with them a couple months back.

During that session, Josh and I told you all about how much these two love to have fun and laugh at life. Their wedding day was no exception to this rule.

From the first moment they laid eyes on each other on the wedding day, they were making each other laugh.

Okay, maybe not the VERY first moment. In that sweet moment (the reveal moment) Steve looked at his bride with teary eyes and exclaimed, “You look BEAUTIFUL!”

And boy was he right, Niki made an absolutely stunning bride.

And of course, the groom was looking pretty good on their wedding day as well.

After a few teary and love filled minutes, these two were right back to their wonderful silly ways.

Clearly, Niki and Steve’s friends share their love of silliness and laughter.

This may have been one of the most fun-filled bridal parties that we’ve ever worked with. Josh and I had a blast hanging out with them all day long.

Niki and Steve’s ceremony was unique in that it wasn’t just bringing these two together as man and wife, it was bringing together a whole family!

To symbolize this, Niki and Steve included all three of the kids in their sand ceremony and had a family dance during the reception.

The entire wedding was wonderful, but I would have to say that the family dance was one of the sweetest parts of the day.

After all that sweetness was over, the open dancing began!

With how much these two love fun and silliness, you KNOW there was hardly a second when the dance floor wasn’t filled with people shaking, grooving, and laughing until they cried.

It is beyond clear that Steve and Niki are going to have a life together that is full of joy.

Josh and I are so happy that you two crazy kids found each other!

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Becky and Aditya`s long awaited wedding

Friends forever… and then a little bit more than that. And a little bit more than that… and so on and so on until Becky and Aditya found themselves at their wedding day!

They’d always planned to be at one another’s wedding as they met each other’s significant others over the years. But if you had told them they’d be marrying each other, they never would’ve believed you!

They first met in a dorm room at Pomona college and went through all the college experiences side by side (with maybe a boyfriend or girlfriend squeezed in between them from time to time).

They graduated and continued on their merry ways, all the while their friends and family members were scratching their heads wondering why these two weren’t heading out along their merry ways TOGETHER!

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As fate would have it, Becky and Aditya eventually caught on to the thought that their friends and family had held on to all along and they fell in love.

So about 19 years after they first met and became friends, they said their vows and turned in their friendship bracelets for wedding rings (no, they didn’t really have friendship bracelets, they are not 12).

As you can imagine, such an occasion called for quite a celebration! Best friends getting married is the best kind of party you want to be at! So after their beautiful traditionally Jewish ceremony was over.

Everyone was soon to be found living it up as they partied at the Phoenician in Phoenix, AZ next to some pretty unbelievable decorations!

Becky does letterpress so she handmade all kinds of little pretties that could be seen lying around the place. Throughout the whole wedding, paper replaced a variety of features including centerpiece flowers, guest favors (coasters), and even the contents of the flower girls baskets as they threw paper instead of petals!

Becky and Aditya opted for long tables instead of the typical round look and the resulting centerpieces that cascaded down the lengthy stretch of each table were absolute masterpieces that turned out to be one of my all time favorite reception centerpieces!

On the sides of the room were the ice cream bars (great idea!) that could only be rivaled by the food and drink displays that graced their cocktail hour!

In other words, this wedding had the works! Love, friendship, family…

…elephants on tables…

…the couple lifted up in chairs over the dance floor as they danced the horah…

…family heirlooms (my favorite being a piece her mother’s wedding dress that the bride had sewn inside hers in the shape of a little flower!)…

….and of course absolutely stunning multicolored Saris worn by many!

To Becky and Aditya, you guys had an incredible wedding that we were very honored to be chosen to be a part of. We loved all your family and friends and we couldn’t be happier to see you guys starting off your lives together knowing that you have such a great group of people supporting you.

Congratulations and we hope to see you soon!

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Kim and Tru’s Genuine Wedding Day (by Josh & Kelley)

Josh and I (Kelley) first got to know Kim and Tru during our initial meeting at a Starbucks, and from the moment we met them, we knew we wanted to be a part of their big day.

It may sound cheesy, but Kim and Tru are some of the nicest and most genuine people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. As soon as you meet them, you feel like you’re friends.

During that first meeting they told us all about how they met, how much they loved each other, and how excited they were about getting married.  Josh and I couldn’t help but be excited for them too!

So, when their big day finally came, Josh and I were thrilled to show up and capture all of their special moments.

Moments like reading the sweet notes that Kim and Tru wrote to one another.

And smiling anxiously in those few moments right before the ceremony began.

Tru kissing Kim for the first time as husband and wife.

Or laughing out loud as they busted out some silly moves on the dance floor.

Each and every moment of their wedding day was genuine, including the moments that Kim and Tru shared with their friends and family.

Real moments like bridesmaids laughing together before the wedding started.

Giving teary-eyed toasts.

Enjoying father/daughter and mother/son dances.

And, one of my favorite moments of the night, Tru dancing to “Rhinestone Cowboy” with his grandmother.

Apparently, when Tru was a little boy, he really wanted to dance to this song with his grandma. So, one day while at an event, they put the song on just for them, and little Tru, too shy to dance in front of everyone, left his grandma all alone on the dance floor.  Tru decided to make it up to her and finish that dance on his wedding day.  It may have been one of the sweetest things ever seen.

While witnessing all of these moments (and many more), Josh and I realized that Kim and Tru are an even better match than we first thought.

Not only do they love each other, but they are willing to share their love with the wonderful friends and family that surround them.

With that much love and happiness floating around, we know that Kim and Tru are going to fully enjoy the new life that they have started together.

Congratulations you two, and thank you so much for letting me and Josh be a part of your wonderful wedding day!

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