Jennie and John’s uber creative wedding

It’s no secret to the friends and family of Jennie and John that they are both very artistically inclined…

…which is why it was only appropriate for them to have their wedding at The Tempe Center for the Arts!

We were very excited when we heard this was going to be their venue of choice because the outside of this building is one of our favorite places to do portrait sessions at and we’ve been itching to get inside and see what kind of grandiose photo opportunities were awaiting us there!

We satisfied our curiosity and were not at all disappointed with what we found there!  And it’s now officially one of our favorite wedding venues in Arizona!

And as is fitting for an art center (and for Jennie and John) this place had a huge variety of creative details and backgrounds. So of course we were VERY thankful that Jennie and John gave us a ton of time for photos of the two of them (about 2 hours!) so we felt like we were really able to focus on our photos rather than on the seconds hand!

Thank you both so much for planning out your day around us so well and for being so patient with us as we were both foaming at the mouth to keep shooting around the arts center for as long as we could!

Even with all the scenery that was provided by the arts center, majority of the cool details at this wedding were courtesy of Jennie and John themselves!

To start with, Jennie made ALL the flowers at their wedding (bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces) out of origami flowers!

I was really excited to see them when she first told me about it, but I never would have guessed just how amazing they would actually be!  I can’t even imagine how much time this took her, but in my opinion, they looked so cool that it was well worth it!

John also put his special touches on the big day.  To start with, he has great style in clothes on even a normal day, so he pulled out all the stops for his wedding day!  He was looking around at tuxes and found a photo of one that Brad Pitt wore to some premier so he began scouring the world (literally) for a tux like that one!

It turns out the only one he could find anywhere had to be hand crafted from India and flown in (which is less expensive than it sounds since it’s from India) so he went for it!  It was a good decision I’d say!

As you can tell, her dress was freaking awesome too… love the flower!

John is officially the first groom we’ve ever had who created a brand for his wedding!  He does graphic design so he pulled together all his mad skillz to create some amazing details for their wedding!  To start with, he designed a logo for their wedding, complete with a color scheme and an entire feel that flowed throughout much of the wedding.

(The yo-yo favors with the logo on them).

The invitations, the programs, the favors, and even the cake… all matched and set a great tone for this wedding!  But John and Jennie weren’t the only creative ones around. The cake was decorated by a friend of theirs (and it looked awesome!) while the cake toppers were designed by another friend.

They told him to make toppers that looked like them and then just trusted him to do a good job with no further input from them!  They turned out perfectly!! I loved them!

In case you’re wondering why their favors were yo-yo’s…  it’s because John is a world traveled yo-yoer!!

He seriously has traveled all over the place putting on yo-yo performances for people around the world!

So obviously, yo-yos are a huge part of his life… and his social circle.  Tons of his friends are yo-yoers as well so we had a lot of fun watching these guests play with their new toy that they knew how to use quite expertly!  They even put on a little show for us!

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

Not to mention, at the end of the night, they made an arch of overhead yo-yos that Jennie and John ran under on the way out to their getaway car.  Now, you know they’ve got to be good if Jennie and John trusted them enough to throw wooden yo-yo’s right past their heads!!

I was a little worried Jennie would emerge from the tunnel as a beautiful bride with a black eye (or a concussion!), but she looks pretty happy!  They came out safe and headed off to enjoy their new life as a married couple!

Thanks again to both of you for being so easy to work with! We feel like we really clicked with you guys and we’ve grown to love both of you in a very short amount of time. We are excited to see where you go from here and we wish you the best in all you do!

Thanks for trusting us enough to give us not only your valuable wedding day time, but also creative freedom and control so that we were able to truly do our best!  We hope you guys love your photos as much as we do!!


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November 18, 2010 - 11:29 am

Gilbert wong - I must say, this album collection rocks creatively and artistic too! Ok, I admit I’m a bit biased because yoyo is involved. Lol. Congrats to bride n groom. John, if u ever yo’er ur way to malaysia. Give me a holler! Woot! Good one Brea and Scottie!

November 18, 2010 - 11:41 am

BOYD - Stellar, as usual, guys. I’m never let down when I cruise your blog or FB posts and there’s a little twinge of envy when I click through.

I hope you’re well!


November 18, 2010 - 11:51 am

Denise - LOVE THESE! Totally one of our favorite venues in town! And what a fabulously stylist couple 🙂 Amazing job Chansons!

November 18, 2010 - 12:14 pm

Erin Paris - You guys are so lucky to get such an awesome couple! And your creativity is awesome – you guys should seriously submit this one to a magazine. <3 🙂

November 19, 2010 - 1:06 pm

Dan - I HATE looking at wedding photos, but I LOVED looking at these. Absolutely spectacular; honestly never seen anything like these!

My daughter’s only 3 so hopefully I don’t find myself needing wedding photogs too soon, but man if you guys are still doing this when the time comes, I know who I’m hiring.

November 24, 2010 - 11:14 pm

ashley - love these pictures!!! …they remind me of how awesomely, amazingly fun it was to be a part of their wedding!!!!

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