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New York in the Desert: Chris and Jillian’s Wedding

You may remember a classy little couple named Chris and Jillian who planned a freaking cool “night on the town” engagement session?  (If you don’t, you need to check it out because it’s one of my favorite sessions!).  Well, they’re back and just as glam as ever… which makes perfect sense since it was their wedding day!

While walking to our next photo spot in the desert landscape that surrounds the house they got married at, Scottie looked back at Chris and Jillian and said, “you guys look like a piece of New York got accidentally dropped into the middle of the desert”.

I think that’s the first time I’ve ever thought of a blog title while actually at the wedding (though I guess you could say Scottie thought of it). There couldn’t have been a better description of them (well at least with my limited repertoire of adjectives that are limited to such showstoppers as “cool” and “awesome”).

Since I’m like most girls from the west coast who think 5th Avenue is just a candy bar, there is nothing that sounds more chic to me than saying someone looks like they’re from that wonderful mystical place called “New York”. So just so you know, Chris and Jillian, this blog title is like the highest form of compliment I know!

We showed up to Jillian’s parents’ house (where their wedding was being held) to find Jillian wearing the very look that I wish in my heart of hearts that I could pull off (is it bad to be jealous of a bride on her wedding day?!).  She looked AWESOME!!!!

Chris agreed…

…a lot…

…which made the reveal moment we did before the ceremony one for the reveal moment record books (if such a thing exists) because Chris seriously couldn’t contain himself when he saw his bride.

He was so taken aback by how beautiful she was that he could barely function (sorry Chris, but it’s true).  I was worried for a second that he was going to need a little mouth to mouth resuscitation from his stunning bride… which wouldn’t have helped matters at all of course!

For the rest of the night he kept stopping and asking us if we could believe that a girl like THAT had actually agreed to marry him!

Chris, I hope you know that your reaction to Jillian was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen at a wedding and I happen to think that makes her just as lucky as you since she has a husband who loves her so much!

I did think it was pretty funny that as soon as Jillian saw him, she started breathing better…

…but that as soon as Chris saw her, he started breathing WORSE!

The other cool thing about this reveal moment was that both of their moms were peeking around the corner from a distance and they were both crying up a storm!  I love moms at weddings!

Not to be outdone, the ceremony that shortly followed the reveal moment was great as well!

(I love how her dad’s looking at her as he’s about to walk his baby girl down the aisle).

(There she goes!  Off to greet a whole new world!).

As distracted as we are while running around being photography ninjas during a ceremony, once in awhile we are able to pay attention to what is actually being said, and this time Scottie heard enough of it to say that the talk the pastor (who happened to be one of our old friends… small world) gave was one of his favorites.  I think it was about love or something or other.;-)

After the ceremony…and the few more desert shots we squeezed in real quick afterwards (you know us, if they give us extra time we’ll take it!)….

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…we headed into a reception that was, true to Jillian and Chris, very laid back and cool.

People hung around eating great food (particularly the homemade Italian cookies that family members made), hanging out, and listening to Jillian’s lil’ bro’s very talented band “Billion Dollar Bailout” play.

It was the perfect little soiree (yep, I do know some fancy words… and thanks to Google, I know how to use them too!) to complete Jillian and Chris’s day.

True to her graphic designer’s heart, this wedding had the touch of Jillian style all over it.  The logo, stripe theme, color scheme, and invitations were all  pieces of her larger unique creation that came together to bring in the overall feel she wanted for her wedding.

Lucky for all those girls out there who aren’t married yet, Jillian offers her custom design services for weddings and has more examples coming very soon!  “Like” her page on Facebook so you can see her new stuff as she releases it… you should totally follow her anyways because “Glas Creative” is going to be BIG!

(How could it not?!  I mean look at her… I don’t think she’s ever touched a single thing that didn’t turn to cool!  She’s just leaning against the side of a catering van here and it somehow looks amazing!)

Jillian and Chris… there is only one way to end this blog that is appropriate and it happens to be the exact same way I ended your engagement session blog….you guys rock.

Period.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Chris and Jillian’s “New York in the desert” wedding!

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Jinny and Paul’s Big Day!

Ever been to Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club?

Yeah, I had never heard of it either before Jinny and Paul’s wedding.

Though it’s quite a drive to get to Encanterra, as soon as we arrived we found out that it was definitely worth the trip!

Encanterra is not only a beautiful golf course, but it’s also a course with all kinds of unique features that make it stand out above others.

The stone features, waterfalls, and bridges all make it absolutely stunning!

Not to mention, the dust that’s in the air on the edge of town out there makes for AMAZING sunsets!!

Not only were we excited to have this stunning backdrop to take pictures of, but the people who were going to stand between us and the background (Jinny and Paul) are such a cute and happy couple that we couldn’t wait to see their shining faces on this big day!

It was so fun to do their reveal moment and watch how as soon as they saw one another their nerves, fears, and worries melted away as they suddenly remembered the reason behind the whole day.

Once they felt like the stress had evaporated…

…they began to become their normal selves again and they were ready to handle this momentous day together.

They were a team and they were ready for action!

We took some time to take a few photos of them, their bridal party, and their family before we went back to wait behind the scenes for the main event to begin!

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The ceremony went great and was as beautiful as you’d expect at Encanterra!

And after that, it was time to start the party!

During dinner, to the surprise of Paul, one of their friends stood next to a mike with her guitar and began to explain that she was about to sing a song that consisted of her music and Jinny’s words.  Together, they wrote a song as a special surprise to Paul!  The song was beautiful and it was one of my favorite moments of the whole day.

The details at the reception were really cute as well.  They had a candy bar… not like a snickers bar, more like a trip to the candy store where you scoop various kinds of candy into a bag to take home as a wedding favor!  The cool part about the candy bar (besides the fact that it was made up of delicious sugar) was that all the candy fit their color theme!  It was all brown and green… and there are more green candies out there than I ever knew! This was quite a tasty and pretty little feature at their wedding!

So Jinny and Paul tied the knot and I’d say the whole event was quite a success!  It was beautiful, the couple was happy, and all the guests had a fantastic time!

Congratulations Jinny and Paul and the best of luck to you both!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jinny and Paul’s wedding!

Ghostbusters, the science of love, and a giant pumpkin cake… the story of Tiffany and Ed’s wedding

I tried about 10 different titles for this blog before I finally settled on one.  Tiffany and Ed’s wedding had so many interesting things about it that I had way too many creative options for this title!

What I mean to say is that the details at Tiffany and Ed’s wedding RULED!

(Notice their wedding date on the back of her shoes!).

Or they rocked, killed it, were sick… insert whatever random phrase you use to describe things as “the best” and you will know what Tiffany and Ed’s wedding looked like.

Leading up to the wedding we were hearing bits and pieces about this wedding that we didn’t quite know how to put together.  Things like, “ribbons for the guests to wave”, “unity candy” (I thought Scottie had meant to write candle on the notes sheet… but candy was actually correct), and “chemistry beakers for toasts” were all thrown and out there and left us scratching our heads.

Basically, when we arrived at the Arizona Science Center on the day before Halloween with our cameras in hand, ready to shoot Tiffany and Ed’s wedding we had no idea what we were about to walk into…

…and what we found, took our breath away.

Their wedding had a theme that was a cross between science and Halloween, and somehow Tiffany and Ed found a way to make Halloween elegant and science romantic!

If Martha Stewart had walked into this wedding, she would have realized that the quality of this work makes all of her work look like a complete failure and she would have run away crying! Yes, that’s how good all of the decor, details, and handmade items at this wedding were!

As we wandered between the ceremony and reception site (passing guests along the way who were happily learning about gravity and relativity in the science center), we were awestruck at how beautiful and completely unique everything was!!

There were the science details such as each table being named after scientists both real and fake (that’s where I got the ghostbusters part of the title)…

…the beakers they drank their champagne out of that said “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, and of course all the things that naturally sat around the science center like little science facts on the wall behind their head table!

In fact, science was such a major part of their wedding that it was the major topic of their ceremony.  Their officiant gave a very poetic and elegant talk -that was simultaneously very intellectual and factual- all about string theory and how the universe brought Tiffany and Ed together.

I am still impressed that she was able to make science sound romantic… but she really did explain the science of love very beautifully!

She adjusted a quote from Casablanca to introduce string theory saying, “out of all the candy stores in all the towns, in all the world, he walks into mine” (they met at Fuzziwig’s candy store.. hence the unity candy that they poured together during the ceremony and the nerds/smarties favors they had for all the guests at the tables).

Aside from having their wedding in the “hallowed house of science” (as Ed put it)…

…there was another thing that was very important to Tiffany and Ed that was well represented at this wedding… Halloween!

(Check out her orange bling!).

The elegant touch of the Halloween theme was brought in through the avenue of “fall”.  Fall leaves and colors coated everything, with big leaves and little pumpkins added into the beautiful bouquets of orange and red, and large pumpkins with classy decorations on them as the centerpieces.

The black chairs, the white pumpkins with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” painted on them and most of all – the unbelievable pumpkin cake…

(Yes, that is a REAL cake!  I had some myself just to make sure! And of course, it was pumpkin flavored).

…made this wedding not only unique, but also very stunning!  One of my favorite details were the little balls with fall leaves and candles inside that looked like they were hanging down from the sky… SO cool!

I’m totally stealing that idea for my next party!

It’s OK though because they “borrowed” the idea we used at the bridal show of having photos on a chalkboard wall with frames drawn around them!  We were honored that they liked our idea so much and we felt like we got to put a little piece of Radiant into their wedding decor!

(Click to see our version).

I seriously could go on and on about the details here.  Every little nook and cranny was covered with time and thought that represented Tiffany and Ed’s personalities oh so well! You will just have to check out the rest of the photos to see more!

We did venture out of the Science Center some to explore the area around the little historic district that we were in.

Tiffany and Ed did their reveal moment outside of one of the old houses (that they made us give a “donation” to in order to take pictures in front of!!)…

… and then we hung around the area to get some pics of the entire bridal party!

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Check out their shoes… just another great detail that Tiffany dreamed up!!

Tiffany and Ed, your wedding was definitely freaking cool and we loved every part about it!

The ceremony, the decorations, the people, and the dancing (something I haven’t even mentioned yet but was amazing as well)  was all wonderful!  I hope you guys had as much fun as you seemed to be! We are so glad you booked your fall themed Unique Session in Sedona (photos from it coming soon!) because we are so happy to have more than one opportunity to work with the two of you!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Tiffany and Ed’s Science/Halloween/Fall/Awesome wedding photos!

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!

Click to see all the photos from Jennie and John’s uber creative wedding!

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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