Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ashley and Mark introduce us to the brand new little Wyatt.

When Ashley and Mark (a past bride and groom of ours who’s wedding was over 4 years ago) called us to do newborn photos for their brand new little one, we were super excited! And when we found out that they had just been waiting for a good excuse to call us again, we were even more stoked!

Lucky for them, we’ve been studying up and practicing our baby photographer ninja skills… so we were ready and waiting to go by the time they called us!

(A decal on the wall in the baby room… awesome!).

So we packed our gear, which included things that we’re still trying to get used to being a part of our equipment like a bean bag, blankets, and a soundtrack called “sounds of the womb” and headed over to meet little Wyatt.

He was only 6 days old (the ideal time to do a newborn session by the way… she called us when she was still pregnant so we could block off time around her due date) and he already looked like such a perfect little man!

Little did we know he was actually a perfect little angel as well!  This baby just chilled and let us do our thing for several hours!  He didn’t complain… or even poop on our cute little blankets… even once!

OK, maybe he complained once… but you try sitting completely still while a stranger twists and turns your head and gets way past the line where your personal space bubble stops. He did amazing with it all and his patience with us seemed endless.

It was like he knew that his mom and dad are new at this so he was like, “don’t worry guys, I’ll go easy on you with this one”.

So thanks Wyatt, for letting us do our thing (even if it wasn’t always your FAVORITE thing), your mom and dad are already very proud of you!

(Mark and Ashley are from Canada, so needless to say, hockey is going to be a big part of little Wyatt’s life).

(This is Wyatt in the amazing bassinet his grandpa made for him!).

Thanks guys, we can’t to see what little Wyatt grows up to be like! Congratulations!

Click to see the rest of the photos from this adorable little guy’s session!

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!