Yearly Archives: 2010

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!

Click to see the rest of Abby and Niel’s perfect wedding day photos!

Brittany, Brandon, and baby boy

Brittany’s back… and she’s bigger than ever.  No, I’m not just cruel.. I’ll have you know that she happens to be pregnant this time around!

We have had multiple photo experiences with Brittany (and her husband, Brandon) and every time we work with her, we are reminded of how much we L-O-V-E working with her!  How could we not?  I mean, look at her…she’s perfect!

(This is a pose that Brittany wanted so she could have a similar photo to one that Scottie took at her trash the dress session.  So now she has matching photos… only in one she’s wearing her wedding dress and in the other she’s wearing a maternity shirt!).

Not to mention, she’s totally flawless and smooth in front of the camera (she claims she feels awkward at times, but I don’t see it).

I know by now that most girls out there are probably beginning to feel a little jealous of beautiful Brittany, who’s totally cute even when she’s very pregnant. Just wait girls, it’s about to get worse because Brittany is not only gorgeous but she’s also one of the coolest people around!

(Her and Brandon made that piece of art behind her! See? So cool.).

(I mean, how many girls do you know who want to do jumping shots in their maternity session? I told you… it’s the coolness).

Not to mention she will kill you with her genuine kindness.  I mean it!  We went out to dinner after the session and our waiter was… well, kind of an a-hole.  But by the end of the night he was laughing and talking to Brittany like she was his best friend!  He went from being super uppity and aloof to her biggest fan in the span of one dinner… just because Brittany was being lovable Brittany!

I’ve known her long enough that I should no longer be surprised by amazing Brittany feats involving winning the hearts of everyone around her, but I can’t help it… it’s still so awesome to watch!

So if you were a little jealous before, put it to rest because even if you try to hate her for being so wonderful, she’ll win you over in a matter of minutes. (Oh yeah and did I mention she’s super talented and extremely creative as well?! You should see how cool her house is!).

Her husband, Brandon, knows he totally scored when he married Brittany, and he’s still very much in love with her.

In fact, we caught some great loving moments between the two of them.

They have so much fun together and they seem really happy with their life (which makes me happy just to witness!).

We were so honored to work with this great couple yet again and we look forward to meeting that baby one day!

Thanks guys, we had a great time with you and we are seriously so excited for you to experience this new stage in life!

Click to see the rest of Brittany’s maternity photo session!

Growing your business with Facebook: Video 2

We’re back again, full of just as much on camera awkwardness as before! (Click here to see video 1 if you missed it). Don’t worry, we get more comfortable as the series goes on… and the information gets better and better!  This video is covering the basics to get everyone started off on the right foot.  It’s all about Business pages vs. Personal pages and it will help you understand some of the decisions we’ve made on this topic.  Video 3 is where things start to get really juicy as we talk about getting people to come to your page… so stay tuned for that one next week!

Video 2- Business pages: Starting Right

Helpful links…

Facebook security page

Facebook privacy policy info

Set up you personal profile

Set up your business page

Our “Making of Video” trailer!

Finally, you get to see Scottie and Breanna in live action!  During our trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico we met some awesome video guys from Ah Cult TV who wanted to film a “Making of Video” for our Unique Session with Bethany and Mike!  It turned out great and we’re excited to now show you the sneak peak trailer!!

View Part 1 of “The Making of a Unique Session in Mexico” video here and Part 2 here.

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!