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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.




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!



Book Your Mini Holiday Card Session With Radiant Today

Hello everyone, Kelley here again (1/2 of the new Radiant Photography associate photographer team)! I’m sure you’ve all noticed that fall temperatures are about to finally hit Phoenix. I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief from all of us desert dwellers.

Fall means many things: sending the kids back to school, enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, putting together your Halloween costume, and finally getting to wear the sweaters that have been sitting in the back of your closet since February (Okay, maybe it will be a few more weeks until we can do that in Phoenix.). Would you like to hear about one of my favorite parts of fall? I can finally step outside and not feel overwhelmed by the heat. It’s true, I know some of you may still be too afraid to try it, but trust me. Try walking to your car instead of running to it after work this evening. The temperatures have actually become bearable.

We’re Excited About Cool Weather!

You know what this means? It is finally safe to venture outdoors and take those family pictures that you have been wanting. Yes, real family pictures that don’t end in heat exhaustion and sweat beading up on your forehead. Josh and I can definitely tell that fall has arrived when our phones start ringing off the hooks and our in-boxes start filling up with inquiries regarding family photo sessions. This might be my another one of my favorite parts of fall, because Josh and I really love photographing family sessions.

Some of Our Recent Family Sessions

One of my favorite things about photography in general is the fact that it helps people capture special moments in their lives. Moments like: starting your lives together,

anticipating the arrival of your very first little one,

celebrating the debut of that little gem,

enjoying all of the “firsts” and each new stage your little ones enter,

and watching your family continue to grow.

Book Your Mini Holiday Card Session

We know you’ve been cooped up all summer, and you’ve been meaning to take those photos. It’s not that it’s not important to you, because it is! Let’s be honest, not only are these moments precious to you, but they’re something that you are proud of, and a joy that you want to share with others. That’s right, these are the moments that become your holiday cards, and that is something that you’ve been meaning to get around to as well.

So, Josh and I want to make capturing these moments a little bit easier for you. For the very first time, Radiant Photography will be offering Mini Holiday Card Sessions. This is new for Radiant, and it may be a new concept for you as well, so here is some information that you will want to know.

What is it?

These will be short photo sessions for your family (or just your kiddos if your prefer), at whatever stage in life you happen to be in (up to 5 people). You will have 20 minutes to enjoy the limelight as Josh and I have the chance to enjoy taking pictures of you and your spouse, your whole family, or your child. Within two weeks after your session, you will receive five digital files that will capture your family in this moment, and you can use these photos to make your holiday cards for the year!

How much?

Price: $100 for a 20-minute photo session and five digital images.

When and where?

We want to accommodate as many families as possible, so we are going to have sessions on two different weekends, and in two different locations.

Tempe Beach Park

For those of you closer to the East Valley, we will be shooting at Tempe Beach Park on Sunday, November 6th. This is a terrific location and Josh and I really enjoy photographing families there! Check out a couple of photos from our most recent Tempe Beach Park session.

Daisy Mountain Railroad Park

For those of you closer to North Phoenix, we will be shooting at Daisy Mountain Railroad Park (located in Anthem Community Park) on Saturday, November 12th. This is another great location! Here are a few photos from our most recent Daisy Mountain Railroad Park session.

There are a limited number of photo session slots available, so make sure to email us at soon if you are interested in booking a mini holiday card session. Josh and I are excited to see you and capture a few special moments for your family soon!

You can check out more of Josh and Kelley’s portrait photos by looking at their portrait portfolio.

Josh and Kelley: The New Kids on the Block

For this special post, I (Breanna) am actually going to hand over the control to a special new blogger on the Radiant team, our new associate photographer, Kelley Johnson.  ALL the photos in this post were taken by the Radiant Photography associate team of Josh and Kelley Johnson. Click to see Josh and Kelley’s full portfolio here.  And now a word (or rather many words) from Kelley herself!


Hello wonderful blog readers! Let me start off by introducing myself. I’m Kelley Johnson. My husband Josh and I are lucky enough to be the associate photographers for Radiant Photography. That’s right, Radiant has two teams now. You can hire one team, the other team, or both.  It seems that Scottie and Breanna wanted to spread the Radiant love, and Josh and I were deemed cool enough to be added on.  Pretty amazing huh? I know we’ve met once before (check out our “welcome to Radiant post” if you missed out earlier), but I thought you might want to know what we’ve been up to recently.

Since joining the Radiant team, Josh and I have had the honor of working and shooting with Scottie and Breanna (the Radiant founders/Photography Rockstars) for multiple weddings. I could describe everything to you by simply typing it all out, but let’s get real, you come here to see pictures right? That’s what I thought. How about we meet half way; I’ll show you some of the photos that Josh and I have taken recently and also explain how much fun we have been having along the way. Sound like a plan? Then let’s get going!

First, let’s talk about Jeff, Laura, and their wedding. If any of you guys stopped by the Radiant wedding expo booth this July, you may recognize Laura. She is the beautiful bride that was awesome enough to hang out with Josh and me all day!

Look at that great group of people! Don’t they look fun? They really were! They were fun, their family was fun… Actually, speaking of their family, Jeff is Breanna’s cousin!

Jeff and Laura both love the work that Scottie and Breanna do with their cameras (who doesn’t?) so they knew they wanted them to photograph their wedding, but they also wanted them to be able to have fun and relax with their family on this special day.

So, Scottie and Breanna handled the pre-wedding and ceremony shooting, and then relaxed/partied as Josh and I shot the reception. Although, we could not help ourselves and took lots of photos before the reception too.  I mean, look at these good looking people, how could we resist?

I must say, fun was had by all on that great night, and Josh and I really enjoyed getting to meet Laura, Jeff, and so many other members of Breanna’s great family!

Next up was the epic wedding of Dash and Morgan.

Coincidentally, Josh and I have been friends with Morgan for years, so when we heard that Scottie and Breanna were thinking about having us help out with this wedding, we were thrilled and honored!

From the first moment they saw each other, this wedding was beautiful.

Sometimes knowing the bride you are taking photos of can be dangerous though. I definitely cried while taking photos of Morgan dancing with her dad. Now, those two things can be tricky to do at the same time, but I sucked it up, wiped my tears, and I think it worked out just fine.

Even their sweet flower girl looked epic in her cute tulle skirt and bejeweled hair clip. I know Morgan and Dash put a lot of work into planning each and every detail of their wedding, and I think it is safe to say that their hard work truly paid off.

Josh and I also had the pleasure of helping out during Stephanie and Garrison’s white wedding day.

I have to say, Josh and I were digging this location and the lighting that it brought with it! You almost couldn’t take a bad shot. Although, that may have also had something to do with the fact that Stephanie and Garrison are the perfect models… Yeah, I think that was it.

These two were troopers when it came to photos outside. The Phoenix heat was killer, but somehow, I don’t think they even noticed.

From the wonderful bride and groom, to their friends, their family, and the location, this was all around a wonderful wedding!

One week after Stephanie and Garrison’s Scottsdale Wedding, we headed north to the cool Heber, Arizona.  The break from the Phoenix heat was fantastic, but even more fantastic was the wedding and unique session that Josh and I got to be a part of.

Meet Ken and Barbie.  Oh sorry, I mean Jay and Christen.  They look so much alike, sometimes I get confused.

In all seriousness though, this couple is the epitome of being beautiful inside and out.

Needless to say, we were thrilled to get to spend another day with them during their unique session.

I love that they got images that were romantic and dramatic, and then they showed their fun side as they jumped into the pond!

What a great weekend, and an absolutely amazing couple!

Well, it’s been great showing you some of our recent work while also letting you in on what Josh and I have been up to lately. Still, this relationship is feeling a little one-sided. We’ve told you all about ourselves, and now we want to meet you, and maybe take your pictures too! Josh and are I are looking forward to getting to know all of you more!

**Want to see more of Josh and Kelley’s photos? Check out their portfolio.**