This wedding is celebrating one of the best parts about a wedding… STYLE! Just from taking a glance at this wedding you might think, hmm, someone here definitely knows what they’re doing! And you would be correct!
Lesley is an interior designer and her mad skillz definitely found a way to showcase themselves on the wedding day!
For starters, Lesley and Mike chose the perfect venue to fit their style… The Clayton on the Park. It’s one of our favorite venues to shoot at because it provides such an incredible white canvas that allows any special touches the couple add in to really pop! Plus the lighting there is BEEEAUTIFUL! It’s a photographer’s dream!
Lesley and Mike chose to live up this feature by highlighting bling against the modern white backdrop. That’s right, shine, shiny, and the shiniest, that was the look for this wedding.
And if you’ve been following Radiant for very long, you’ll know that means that I (Breanna) am in heaven! The shinier the better has been my motto since I was a kid!
Yes, there was a lot of feminine bling, but there was definitely some man style in the room as well!
Mike added in his own special touch of Converse All Stars (complete with the wedding date), his presidential seal cuff links which highlighted his monogrammed cuff, and his best man even gave him hand made friendship bracelets to wear on the big day!
Not to mention, Lesley had a piece of her dad’s tie sewn into the inside of her wedding dress (left picture below) which was a beautiful tribute to him.
Other little stylish details were found all around throughout the night as well. Things like their gorgeous bling wish tree…
…dessert table (which was an excellent compliment to their themed appetizer stations)…
…and so many other little touches that I could go on all day!
Besides providing a great blank slate for decor, the Clayton also gives you fantastic views through their floor to ceiling windows overlooking Scottsdale Civic Center’s beautiful green ambiance. Of course when selecting their venue, Lesley and Mike picked up on the fact that this is a perfect way to include a little nature into your summer in AZ wedding while keeping guests in the nice cool air conditioned room at the same time!
The other Clayton feature that brings a smile to my face whenever I hear that one of our couple’s is getting married there, is their wonderful and talented coordinator who works there, Carrie Bayless. We’ve been working alongside Carrie for several years now as we’ve all grown and transitioned in our careers and every time we work with her, she seems to get better and better at what she does! If seeing the Clayton itself doesn’t sell you on having your wedding there, meeting Carrie will definitely do the trick, she’s incredible!
Lesley’s designer’s eye also came into play when she was thinking about what might look good in her pictures. Remember, it’s summer in Arizona and 100 plus degrees, so we’re pretty limited in the amount of places we can go outside for photos!
Fortunately Lesley was thinking ahead and she gave us some great ideas for spots to shoot around the Saguaro Hotel next door where the couple and their guests were staying.
The colorful walls around there were such a fantastic contrast to the white walls of the Clayton that we got an entirely different look and we loved it! Thanks Lesley!
And thanks to the bridal party who were willing to walk through the heat in between air conditioned rooms, we appreciate you following us around and not punching us in the faces for it- we know the heat can make a person a little crazed with anger! Thanks for keeping your cool guys, and for finding a way to smile in the midst of the sweat!
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Another person to thank who helped us set up shots, communicate with everyone, and organize people and details was the coordinator with Serendipity Cinematography We’ve worked with Serendipity before and each time we’ve been thrilled with how well they not only work with us, but help us do our job even better! It’s a fine dance between a photographer and videographer on the big day, and we want to personally thank Serendipity for always doing such an excellent job with that! As you can see, all the people involved came together as a team to pull off this beautiful wedding without a hitch!
(I LOVE this shot of her emotional brother walking an emotional Lesley down the aisle!).
Oh and the guests played their part by partying like it was 1999! The party was definitely rocking and Lesley and Mike seemed to enjoy every ounce of it!
Thanks Lesley and Mike, for being so much fun to work with and for finding that perfect balance of casting your wonderfully creative vision to us while still trusting us to add our own creativity to the mix. We appreciate you putting your time into thinking about the photos as well as putting your trust into us to do our best on them… all of that worked out to help us capture the true beauty behind your relationship and your day. We hope you loved every second of it and that you love the photos just as much!
Click to see the rest of Lesley and Mike’s stylish wedding photos here!