Monthly Archives: October 2011

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.

(Like our Facebook page to tag yourself in some of these photos).

(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 kelley@thechansons.com 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.