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Jacqui and Ron’s Pink Sparkle and Glowing Bling Wedding

Think about the most bling, glam, pink setting you can imagine.  I’m talking Barbie’s penthouse here. Have something in mind? Well I can promise you that Jacqui and Ron’s wedding is going to top it.

Jacqui doesn’t go low-key. She doesn’t like playing it safe and she definitely doesn’t follow the idea that “less is more”.  Jacqui is bold. She’s a successful entrepreneur (with her own social media marketing firm, Gossip Genie). She’s a lover of good style and man, does she do it all well!

If you don’t believe me, check out her shoes….

These are like the shoes girls dream about. These are the kind of shoes you wear when you’re floating on a magical pink cloud with Katy Perry or walking up to accept an award for best actress at the Oscars.  If that means nothing to you (or just confuses you thoroughly) let me just say that these shoes define pink glam…. and they also very much define Jacqui.

They are actually one of the first things Ron asked about when he first saw her… because he knows his girl.

The shoes weren’t the only thing at this wedding that left you with pink stars in your eyes after looking at them. The reception was gorgeous. It was held in Jacqui’s parent’s backyard, only you would have no idea it was a backyard with the way that it was all set up. Ashley Gain (with Ashley Gain Weddings and Events)…. you are my hero. I walked into that reception area and I caught my breath in my chest…. it was stunning.

I had seen the backyard before and I knew it was going to look pretty amazing… but this… this blew me away. And it was all in the details.

Things that weren’t to be seen, were hidden perfectly. Things that looked just normal were caught up in colored sprays of light to transform them into fabulous.

And most of all, things that gushed “Jacqui” were all over everything.

You know you’ve hired the right wedding planner when you are crying and don’t want to let go of her at the end of the night because you know you’re going to miss her so much now that you’re not talking on the phone every single day. Well that’s what happened with Jacqui and Ashley… and if you have eyes you can see why.  It was Jacqui’s dream wedding happening right in front of her… and Ashley was the key player in making it possible.

(Hookah bar at the after party)

(Mojo Yogurt Bar at the after party)

(Thanks to Radiant’s associate photographer, Josh Johnson, for taking most of the details shots of the day).

Sorry Ron, I don’t mean to leave you out here, but I’m sure you know by now that a lot of wedding stuff is all about letting your bride’s inner girly dreams surface.

I do have to say that it was awesome to see how much you supported her in that and how much you did everything you could to make sure she enjoyed her day.  Everything from calming her down during tense moments… to basking in the pink glow of happiness with her when she was overcome with joy…. you did it all. You’re the man.

Together this pair was absolutely adorable to watch. Not only is it obvious that they’re completely head over heals for one another… but they are actually really, really good friends on top of it all. Just from watching them you could tell that they know one another very well, the “finishing sentences” kind of well, and that they have an incredible connection to one another.

Their sense of humors, personalities, and everything else just seem to fit together in a very unique way.

It’s hard to explain it (even for me who will use 1,000 extra words in trying to do so), but there really is a major bond between them that I think goes beyond newly wed bliss.  I guess you can just sum it up by saying they really are meant to be.

(Here is Ron making Jacqui cry during his incredibly beautiful speech).

After a wedding, Scottie and I are always chatter-boxes on the way home.  Going over all the little moments that happened that the other one wasn’t around for, talking about some of the shots we’re most excited about, and there’s always a story or two in there about a little kid in a tuxedo or tiara doing something awesome.  When we were having our excited little recap session after this particular wedding, there was one thing that we kept coming back to over and over again…. we LOVED the people we were surrounded by at this wedding. I mean EVERYONE… from the other vendors, to the bridal party, to the couple, and all their family and friends as well.  This was just a great group of people, all gathered together in one place for one amazing moment in time.

I’ve already told you about Ashley Gain’s talent, and Jacqui’s response to her speaks volumes about her as a person as well… but let me add to that even more. One of my favorite parts about the wedding was watching Ashley watch the wedding. Every little moment, every little detail brought so much joy to her face that it actually made me laugh out loud a few times. She was ecstatic watching all her months of hard work come to life. More than anything, she glowed every time Jacqui was around… she glowed because Jacqui glowed.

When Ashley wasn’t running around getting things taken care of, she was standing there, smiling as she watched Jacqui smile.

She just couldn’t get enough of it…watching all that they had worked on together make Jacqui so happy.  I think Ashley is definitely in the right line of work… and her brides love her for it.

Our other BFF’s there were the great video team from Bright Bokeh, brothers Jeffery and Jonathan Roberts. We knew they were cool guys because we had worked with these two before at the Arizona Princess Program but this was our first official wedding we’ve teamed up for and we found out that they are more than just great people, but they are amazing artists as well!

I’m telling you, these guys really know their stuff!  It was so fun for us to be able to partner with them as we each played our different roles in capturing the story of Jacqui and Ron’s wedding.  I felt like we were ebbing and flowing with a beautiful collaboration of ideas that I think will come together well as giant piece of artwork, created from 2 different perspectives, with 2 different mediums. Beautiful. We love you guys, thanks for being our teammates as we worked towards a common goal.

Now that I’ve covered the people who supported the wedding festivities, let me tell you about the people supporting the couple…Jacqui and Ron’s parents.  The stories that Scottie and I shared together after the wedding were littered with instances of “did you see what Jacqui’s parents did? It was amazing, they’re so awesome” or “did you see how Ron’s parent’s handled that? What incredible people they are!”.

Each parent seemed to have the perfect balance of supporting their kids, hosting their guests, handling details, and of course… partying their little hearts out. That’s a lot to handle and every single one of them did it with grace, love, and so so SO much joy.

It really was so beautiful and we were so happy to see the kind of support that this happy couple has trailing behind them as they forge ahead in their life together.

The bridal party also played their roles magnificently.  Helpful, fun, eagerly relaxing the bride and groom… they did it all and they had the time of their lives doing it.

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Not to mention they worked really well with us and helped us do our job better… which means they held off on the alcohol long enough to maintain a level of respect and dignity during photo times (thanks guys, I know that was a hard decision for you to make… but it helped a lot!)!

And yet again, we had giant smiles on our faces after the wedding as we talked about the great friends that this couple has behind them to catch their backs when they need it.

So it seems to me that you guys have everything you could possibly need to have a great marriage.  You’ve got the love, the compatibility, the bond, the humor, and the support. Now go little ones, be free to live your life of love and happiness in peace!  I release you from your wedding planning duties into your beautiful life of bliss!

Congrats guys, we’re soooooo freaking excited for you. 🙂

Click to see the rest of the photos from Ron and Jacqui’s pink sparkle and glowing bling wedding!

 

 

Lindsay, Scott, and their Lovely, Sentimental, Sedona Wedding

When Lindsay first called and started telling me about her wedding, I knew this is one we couldn’t resist.

(Lindsay)

(Scott)

(Love)

No, not just because she’s beautiful and she was getting married in a beautiful place, but because she explained how much their wedding was about the relationships in their lives.

(Showing off the sentimental ring that her mom gave her on the wedding day).

It wasn’t just about the relationship between Lindsay and Scott…

…but it was also about the relationships among the people who were there to witness this life changing event.

As Lindsay told me on that first call about all the details that would be a part of their wedding, it seemed to me that almost everything she described about was specifically chosen to honor someone in one of their families…

(like her grandmother’s brooch on her flowers. They also had 3 roses placed on 3 empty seats at the ceremony to represent grandparents who couldn’t be there and they read a letter during the ceremony from one of their grandparents who couldn’t make the trip).

….and many of these details of were actually made by someone in her family (her dad).

Her dad is a woodworker and he made some of the coolest details for the wedding… including this guest sign in wooden painting! Such a great idea! If the wood look is something you’re considering for your own wedding, check out his etsy shop! There’s more from Lindsay and Scott’s wedding on there as well.

(This little ringbearer carried this down the aisle right before Lindsay came down and then he flipped it around for the recessional because the other side said “Just Married” and had the date!  Such a great idea and another of Lindsay’s dad’s creations!).

(Signs for their chairs at the reception).

(Lindsay and her dad standing by the guest sign in he made her as they get ready to walk down the aisle).

Lindsey was so focused on the relationships surrounding her wedding that she seemed more concerned that all of her guests had a great little family reunion than how perfect her hair, her flowers, or any other detail related to herself was that day (which is great because all those things turned out perfectly even without her having to waste energy worrying about them!).

Like I said, it’s wasn’t the kind of wedding we could resist.  Family and friends all gathered together focused on truly enjoying one another’s company and celebrating the beautiful relationship between these two… we’re in.

Our initial assumptions about the wedding were correct and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful experience for Lindsay, Scott, and their families. A lot of Lindsay’s family hadn’t all been together for quite awhile and once they were, you could tell it was a joyful reunion that they were very thankful for (the rocking dance floor alone could tell you that!).

I have to take a second to tell you about two of my favorite favorite moments from this wedding… both are hilarious and both have to do with the kids there (of course). The first is about how Lindsay and Scott quickly realized the smallest ring bearer was not actually going to make it all the way down the aisle with the pillow still in his hand, so they velcroed it to his back!  Ha ha ha!  That was so clever and it totally cracked me up! They said they tried everything, including having him wear around his neck, but in the end it was best if he was totally unaware of it!

My other favorite funny moment was when I caught the flower girl EATING the flowers! Ha ha ha ha!  It was one of those moments that every photo journalistic photographer finds themselves in…. do I intervene or do I just take the picture?

You can see what my decision was. Don’t worry, I’m sure she’s fine… or at least I haven’t heard otherwise yet!

Lindsay and Scott met when Lindsay decided to break away from the summertime heat in Phoenix and temporarily transfer her job to another location in Oregon (hmmm… sounds familiar!).  But unlike when Scottie and I made this decision, Lindsay actually returned home after the summer! And she returned with a guy nonetheless… and not just any guy but it was her future husband, Scott!

(Do you like how I used this picture to symbolize them coming back to Arizona together?! Sometimes I actually know what I’m doing! Ha ha).

They met at the golf course that Lindsay had transferred to (that’s how we know her too… the course she normally works at in Arizona, Eagle Mountain, is one that we photograph weddings at often so Lindsay had been to enough Radiant weddings in the past – including her good friend Gina’s, who also works at Eagle Mountain – to know that she wanted one for herself when her turn came!).

Scott had recently transitioned to his job at the golf course in Oregon to pursue one of his passions further. They met, fell in love, returned to Arizona together, and had themselves a beautiful wedding at Sedona Golf Resort!

Such a sweet love story isn’t it?!

So the big day arrived, the family gathered, Lindsay and Scott smiled (a lot), everyone ate and danced merrily, and the fairytale story headed towards happily ever after.

Thanks so much Lindsay and Scott for letting us be a part of your memories and your beautiful day… we loved every second of it … and I have a feeling you can say the same! Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of Lindsay and Scott’s wedding pictures.

The perfect recipe for Joy and Rob’s wonderful wedding

Ah Sedona.  What a beautiful place for a wedding.  The red rocks are just begging to have a white dress placed in front of them… and when it is, everyone is happier for it.

So Joy and Rob decided to respond to the call of the red rocks and have their wedding at L’auberge in Sedona, AZ. And this choice definitely proved to be a very wise decision.

The day was gorgeous…

…the sky was clear…

…and the people were smiling.

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(I loved watching both of her parents be completely entranced by their beautiful daughter on her wedding day.  They couldn’t stop smiling at her with that shining look of love in their eyes that you can see in her mom above).

(Her dad never took his eyes off her… it was so beautiful to watch him watch her).

I don’t know about you, but I consider that the recipe for a perfect wedding! One quick glance at these photos is all you need to know exactly what I mean!

Despite the perfect recipe for this wedding, the day still wouldn’t have been complete without the inclusion of Rob’s 2 sons.

Joy and Rob did such a good job in including them in special day that existed to unite their family together.

Check these 2 studs out!

They definitely added in their own little brand of spunk to this wedding… particularly on the dance floor! I’d rather watch these two get down than the people on Dancing With the Stars any day!

Another thing that made this wedding as wonderful as it was were the spectacular shining talents of mother/daughter team Sandy Walker and Kelsey Murrietta from In Awe Weddings and Events (isn’t it so awesome to have a mother/daughter wedding planner team?! I love it!)! They did such a great job with Joy and Rob’s colors!

Not to mention that a wedding with Sandy and Kelsey is a wedding with what I call “the perfect flow”. We always tell our brides that having a good schedule is one of the easiest ways to make sure you’ll fully enjoy your wedding day and Sandy and Kelsey are truly experts at this!

In general they do a great job doing their job… which means that the rest of the vendors are freed up to do our jobs to the best of our abilities! When we are the ones in charge of the schedule, organizing people/details, etc. that means we have that much attention taken away from actually taking photos (not to mention we are that much more tired while trying to take photos!).

So having Sandy and Kelsey around to make sure everyone was in the right place at the right time for photos and that all the details were ready and waiting for us (instead of us having to track down flowers and pin boutonnieres ourselves!) gave us the ability to focus on what we’re good at… taking wedding photos!

So a special thanks to Sandy and Kelsey for doing an amazing job as always!

As you can see, Sedona + a beautiful bride + a happy couple + great weather + good planners + stunning details = Rob and Joy’s wonderful wedding. And who doesn’t want to be a part of that!?!

Thanks so much Joy and Rob for including us in your wedding day and for spending the time with us on pictures that you did… we hope you love them!  Congratulations! We wish the best for you guys!!!

Click to see the rest of Rob and Joy’s wedding photos!

 

 

Doug and Bobbie’s Winery Wedding

Doug and Bobbie’s wedding was all we hoped for and more!  For their engagement session, we took a trip to the winery where they were getting married at and the whole time there we kept getting more and more excited to see this beautiful location on the wedding day… and we weren’t disappointed!

The natural greenery of the location mixed with great decorative lighting, a few perfect rustic details, and all of Doug and Bobbie’s wonderful smiling friends and family… and it was absolutely a fantastic day to remember!

The ceremony….

… the reception…

… everything about this wedding was stunning!

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To give you a little background (in case you don’t remember it from their engagement session) Doug and Bobbie have their own vineyard in Paso Robles, CA.

They put their heart and soul into the work there and they really love what they do and where they live. So when it came time for their wedding, they thought it was only appropriate to include their passion for farming grapes into their big day.

So they found a vineyard and winery down the road called “Carmody McKnight Estate Wines” and they fell in love with it immediately…you can see why!

When I say this wedding had some fantastic personal touches, I mean it!

Everything from serving wine from both Doug’s place and from Carmody McKnight…

…to gifting their guests with olive oil that was made there that included a special painting on the label done by one of the owners of Carmody McKnight, Gary Carmody.

Aside from having the personal connection to the vineyard included in their wedding…the other thing that was super important to them about their wedding was that it be the best party their friends could remember!

So they brought in a stage, a band, and all that wine we were talking about… and made it a night to remember (or forget, depending on how much wine you had!).  It was a fantastic party that went well into the night amongst the beautiful open space of the vineyards.

It was just one of those incredible nights where you look around at the tress, the vines, the stars, and all the smiling faces and you feel more than just contentment, but joy.

It was perfect.

Thanks to Doug and Bobbie for such a great night!

I think it’s safe to say that we had as much fun as your guests and are just as grateful as they are that you threw such a fantastic party!  We’re just soooo happy we got to be a part of it all! Thanks for inviting us into your world!

Click to see the rest of Doug and Bobbie’s winery wedding (as well as pictures from their rehearsal dinner and day after BBQ at their house).

Alyssa, John, and their wedding with it all… and then some

The main thing to say about Alyssa and John’s wedding is that it fit them PERFECTLY!

Of course I’m going to say a ton more as I (Breanna) always do… I just wanted to get that out in the open right up front! I mean, who else is able to squeeze their favorite beach spot…

…favorite dog…

(yep, that’s their dog/ flower girl understudy)

…favorite family heirlooms…

….and favorite local bar all into their wedding?!

John and Alyssa are the only ones I can think of, that’s for sure! I’m not kidding, there were so many perfect details at this wedding that I can’t even fit them all into this blog post so you’ll have to go check them out with the rest of their pictures.

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There are so many more details to see, like photo fans for guests to wave if they got hot, homemade paper fortune tellers (you know those things you put your fingers into when you were 8 and pinched together to reach different outcomes?), a vintage book by LIFE Magazine that they used as a guest book, handmade cloth flower boutonnieres with pictures of them as children on them for their parents to wear, chalkboard signs in vintage frames, postcard centerpieces… do you see how much room I’d take up if I put in pictures of all this amazingness!!

Some of the really cool vintage aspects they included were old fashioned keys that hung up with seating assignments…

…a REALLY snazzy old suitcase on the gift table…

…and you know… Sasquatch of course (he’s old enough now to be considered vintage right?).

Some of the more personal vintage touches were my favorite.  For example, yellow was the wedding color that both of their parents had at their own weddings and Alyssa even used the hat her mom wore at her wedding as a flower girl basket!

So creative!  My favorite family heirloom though was Alyssa’s grandmother’s wedding ring that she wore tied into the back of her lace up dress and tucked in. Her sister wore the ring the same way at her wedding.  I almost cried when I heard about this fabulous detail!

Even the places they held the events at had special meaning! John and Alyssa live near Newport Beach so they did everything they could to finagle in time to stop by some of their favorite hang outs to get some shots of them in their normal world (only wearing wedding clothes this time!).  And I’m SO glad they did, because we got some amazing pictures out of it!

(At one of their favorite local bars, Blackies).

Their actual wedding was even held at an incredible place that couldn’t have fit the vintage vibe of their wedding any better… the Heritage Museum of Orange County.

I have to tell you guys, I was a little skeptical when they first told me they were getting married at a museum… I was picturing dusty, musty statues of very serious looking old dudes with chipping paint.  But I have now learned to never doubt the serious style savvy of John and Alyssa who had their wedding at one of the most beautiful museums I’ve ever seen!

My favorite part was the old house that Alyssa and her bridesmaids got ready in.  Every room, every item, every piece of furniture was authentic… and AWESOME!

Oh and then you wander down the beautiful vintage steps to find yourself in either the rose garden…

…orchard…

…gazebo…

…or vine archway…

…you know, take your pick. That’s like, every type of wedding location a person could ever want, all rolled into one… especially when you add in the beach like Alyssa and John did!!! How is it possible that a place like this even exists?!?

I don’t think I’m overstating it when I say that this is by far one of the best venues we’ve EVER shot at!

There was so much beauty there that I have to say yet again, I don’t have room for all of it on the blog so you’ll just have to go check it out with the rest of their photos.

I seriously can’t describe how many very special touches were put on this wedding that just screamed John and Alyssa.  I was totally impressed and it was beautiful.

Now, about the people themselves…. every time I think of Alyssa, I picture her with a smile on her face.  Maybe that’s because she never stops doing it!

Not even for her big wedding kiss!

Even through her somber, traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, she looked like she was on a ride at Disneyland (as I heard someone put it).

Seriously, doesn’t she have one of the most beautiful, joyful, contagious smiles EVER?!?  I absolutely adore it (and her too by the way!)!

There is no doubt in my mind that this was the happiest day of her life.  And I know it was the happiest day of John’s life because you could tell that all he wanted to do was watch her smile all day… and of course, he got his wish.

As you can see, this day had more good surrounding it than I can either describe or show you…as well as plenty of wonderful things from one of the loveliest couples, whom I only have time to give you a brief glimpse into.

There couldn’t have been a single thing about the look, the feel, the style, the mood, or the people at Alyssa and John’s wedding that could’ve made it better than it already was.  It had it all and then some. Perfection.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Alyssa and John’s Dream Wedding.