Monthly Archives: January 2010

Melanie and Derek, Rain or Shine!

When Melanie and Derek were planning their destination wedding in Phoenix, Arizona, I’m sure they didn’t picture it quite the way it turned out!  When the time finally came, their family and friends packed their bags and headed for the sunshine.  Unfortunately…. their search for the sun was in vain!  When they arrived in “the Valley of the Sun” they found nothing but gray skies and people hiding under umbrellas!


Melanie and Derek picked McCormick Ranch Golf Club for their big day.  When it was time, we all ran out onto the golf course and finished the ceremony as quick as we could to beat the rain that was headed our way. It started sprinkling as we began and just as we finished it started really coming down. melanie_derek_bc0285

(If you look closely in the pic above, you can see the rain falling).



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When the ceremony was over, we piled as many people as we could into the 2 golf carts we had and the rest of the guests ran back to the reception room while covering their heads and trying to keep warm at the same time!

melanie_derek_sc0418(Here’s the mad dash).

melanie_derek_bc0389Scottie and I were able to cover our cameras just enough to save them (even though Scottie had to stop shooting for about 20 minutes while his camera dried out)!

Fortunately, Melanie and Derek are incredibly fun people and they were just having a blast through all of this!  I personally thought it was really fun and I was relieved to find that the bride and groom agreed with me!


melanie_derek_sc0365(thankfully their family and friends are just as much fun as they are)!

While the rain made our job slightly more difficult, the wind decided to be on our side for once (thanks to Melanie’s decision to go with a cathedral veil)!


(We were happy Melanie decided to have some fun playing with her veil in the wind).


We spent the rest of the night inside, not counting the few minutes that rushed outside to catch the sunset just as the rain stopped.  We ended up being very glad we attempted that mad maneuver of trying to beat the weather because we’re pretty happy with the results!


Once we were inside we got a chance to ogle the unbelievable flowers they had there… that her mom arranged!  We couldn’t stop taking pictures of them!


These cupcakes held their own as well!


We watched their beautiful first dance…


….and then spent the majority of our night following Melanie around while she played with the kids she used to nanny for.


She LOVES these kids and it was really fun to watch her dance, color (they had a craft table to entertain the kids), and just play around with them in general.


The kids felt so special that they got to hang out with the bride all night!  It was awesome.

Here are the rest of my favorites from the day (click here to see the rest of the photos as well)…

melanie_derek_sc0009melanie_derek_sc0187melanie_derek_bc0200melanie_derek_bc0065melanie_derek_bc0219(There I go again with all my shoe shots).

Melanie and Derek, we had a blast at your wedding and we’re so glad we got to hang out with such fun people!  We loved your chill attitude and your desire to not worry about anything so you could just have a great time on your wedding day.  You seemed successful in that and we hope you enjoyed your wedding day even more than you expected to!


Click to see the rest of Melanie and Derek’s Scottsdale wedding photos!

Year in Review for Radiant Photography (aka 2009: the abridged version)!

In 2009 Radiant Photography….


And my favorite part of all of 2009….

People found our blog when they searched the following phrases on google (all spelling is exactly how it was searched):

  • “giggling bride”
  • “a picture of a baibre trampoline with numbers on it”
  • “America’s got talent zebra hat girls”
  • “barbie shoes wedding”
  • “carried off into the sunset photos o wedding days”
  • “dear Mr. Technology”
  • “gooey peppermint”
  • “help get rid of foster care”
  • “how to man up a little brother”
  • “pool table cake picture”
  • “pregnancy picture poses outside in white gown with older brother”
  • “prostitute chandler Arizona” (there’s a good reason for this one, so don’t freak out!)
  • “what is genuine love” (this person actually spent awhile on our site, so maybe they found the answer!).


Thanks to all our fans, family, and friends who supported us this year!  Thank you for telling everyone you know about us to help create our success this year! We love you all!

Gloria and Ricky are now Husband and Wife!


So what do you think? Is Gloria a beautiful bride or what?!


0014(Her flowers were awesome too!  They had coffee beans in them since Gloria and Ricky like coffee so much… awesome! I wish I had thought of that for my bouquet!)


I had a great time hanging out with Gloria, her mom, and her bridal party before the ceremony.



It was awesome to watch her and her mom interact!


You could tell after just a few minutes with them that they are very close!


They had some really neat sentimental additions to their wedding that I got to hear about while hanging out with Gloria and her mom while they were getting ready.  Gloria’s Grandmother died recently and they chose some great ways to honor her.  For one, Gloria wore her pearls.

0007(It was a very emotional time while her mom put them on her).

Gloria, her mom, and her sisters all wore one of her grandmothers’ rings as well.


And then her cake topper was one of her grandma’s old figurines (and I thought it was beautiful!).


They were all very wonderful ways to honor her grandmother. (Click to see the rest of the photos from this wedding).

If these pictures he took are any indication, it looks like Scottie had a good time hanging out with the groomsmen as well!



Gloria and Ricky were both so excited during the ceremony!  It was so fun to see two people with two of the biggest smiles you’ve ever seen!  They were giddy, they were so happy.  So cool!


The whole ceremony was very nice and the beautiful day fit it perfectly!


00290031(Gloria loves vintage looking stuff, so we processed this photo with an old fashioned, classic look just for her!).


A bunch of happy people on a beautiful day… a wedding can’t get much better than that!


(This picture makes me really happy!)

00360037(Actually, all these pictures make me happy!)


We thought the day couldn’t get any better…. then the sunset came!  Gloria said she actually prayed for a beautiful sunset on her wedding day.  Looks like prayer works!

0047(This is one of Scottie’s favorite pictures he’s ever taken!)


Like I said, Gloria loves the vintage look… which is why she has this BEAUTIFUL vintage wedding ring now!

00500051(Gloria and Ricky gave their bridal party lottery tickets! I need to ask if anyone won!)

And this wedding day story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning her ADORABLE little ring bearer!


I just had to include a few pictures of him in his cute little white tux and tennis shoes!


And I can’t forget to mention the awesome dancing that everyone was busting out during the reception!  I was amazed at what a fantastic dancer Ricky was and then I heard that he used to be a professional dancer!


But he wasn’t the only one, everyone was doing amazing out there!

0515055506380771There was definitely a party on the dance floor!


Gloria and Ricky, your wedding day was perfect and I hope you are as happy with how it went as we are!  We felt very privileged to be a part of such an important day and we really enjoyed the time we spent with you both on that day!  Thanks for treating us so wonderfully.  We hope you are both very very happy! 🙂


Click to see the rest of Gloria and Ricky’s Arizona wedding photos!