Category Archives: Weddings

These weddings were photographed by the founders and owners of Radiant Photography, Scott & Breanna Chanson

A toast to the little boys in tuxedos and little girls in tiaras

This blog is dedicated to all the little people out there who have been forced to ditch out on a day of cartoons to sit quietly for hours in stiff, mini-tuxes or itchy lace dresses while listening to the grown- ups drone on and on about mushy stuff (gag).


So many kids have passed by our way on wedding days and we don’t help their cause at all since we tell them to stand up straighter, stop hitting their sisters, and quit picking their noses when all they want to do is go climb the trees and get grass stains on their pants.

0233(You may think this kid got away with having a little fun, but I believe this was right about the moment he heard his first name followed by his middle name… uh oh).

0112(While it may seem that this little girl had the best day of her life… again, the dreaded first name/middle name combination was heard.  I always wonder when I’m going to hear my middle name used for being the first adult to witness these things and taking pictures rather than stopping them).

After forcing them to follow all our ridiculous photography instructions that make no sense to them whatsoever, we proceed to further insult their intelligence by pretending that “cheese” is a silly enough word that it will make them laugh.  And we wonder why portrait town is the place where tantrums are born!

alyssa_dan_bc1184(She’s not really throwing a tantrum, this is her own unique dance move.  I’m not about to embarrass some poor parent and put a tantrum shot in here… though we have plenty!)

Yes, we are the stupid photographers that make your day absolutely insufferable by making you smile when it’s clearly your nap time.


We’re the ones who cause your mom to send you that nasty glare with the threat of timeout in it.

alyssa_dan_bc0280(Maybe not this one, she doesn’t look like she ever gets into trouble… then again, it’s always the cute ones that get you!)

We know the pain we cause you and that’s why we wanted to dedicate a little piece of wedding history to you.  It doesn’t make up for the drama, we can only hope it might at least give you reason to hold your tears in until after that one last picture (yes, the real last one…the one that comes after the one we promised was the last one).

alyssa_dan_sc0774(I think it’s safe to say she’s had one too many… photos taken I mean.  She’s trying so hard to pull through and keep that smile going)!

So raise your glasses and toast to the real heroes of the day…. the ones who endure the very worst that a wedding day has to offer… the kids.


As much as they want to show their parents how miserable they are at this wedding they were dragged to, every once in awhile the kids surprise themselves by actually having fun!



booth(I guess having the Radiant Photobooth there helps! And by the way there’s way more fun stuff like this on our Photobooth video so check it out if you haven’t seen it!)

And there’s no way I could write this blog without including my favorites… the kids who decide to REALLY bust a move!!!

00500052-1alyssa_dan_sc14890056(This was one of my all time favorite wedding moments!  Read the full account on my blog about Becca & Ryan’s wedding!).

Alright kids now we’re even, so we expect beautiful, patient smiles at every wedding from now on!  Ahh, we’re suckers, you know we’ll take one look at you in a cute little outfit with your hair all done up and we’ll be like putty in your hands!

P.S. We want to give a special shout out to all the parents we see chasing their kids around at weddings… we are in awe of you!


Sarah and Jason gettin’ hitched!

So we show up at the wedding in Las Cruces, NM and the bride says, “OK, I’m sharing my day today”.  Wait, what?!  I’ve heard brides say a lot of things, but I’m pretty sure that’s a new one!  Thinking back on it, I’m not sure she used those words, but everything about her wedding day definitely communicated that this was not all about her.  It was about her fiance’, her daughter, her mom, and countless other family members and friends.


(Hanging out with her and her mom before the ceremony was sooo fun.  Usually “fun” would be substituted with “stressful”, but this wedding was different!  They were totally cracking me up! Thanks for a good time ladies!)

The most moving part of the day was how Sarah and Jason both went so out of their way to make sure her daughter (Katie) felt like a princess on this day!  Katie got to wear the poofiest, most pretty in pink, super-star princess dress ever!  She definitely out-shined everyone on stage… in a good way!  How can a bridesmaid in a simple, brown dress compete with rhinestones and a tiara?! Katie got to participate in every aspect of the wedding day, she even got her very own princess cake to cut!  (Click the link to see more photos of the awesome pink dress along with the rest of the wedding photos). I have to say, as I watched Katie performing her Hannah Montana dance at the reception in her pink puffy dress, I felt like I was 10 all over again because that is EXACTLY what I would’ve wore and what I would’ve done if I was in her situation at that age!  Actually, it’s possible I would still be willing to wear and do the same things even now!  How could I deny a chance to dance around wearing shiny pink things with all the attention on me?! Watching how Katie was included in everything was absolutely beautiful.


(This was the part in the ceremony that was all about Katie and the new family they were becoming).

Sarah and Jason included other family members in the ceremony as well.  Jason’s dad is the pastor in the church they got married in so he performed a very touching ceremony.


(Here’s Jason standing next to his dad who’s praying over his son’s marriage during the ceremony.)


(Another thing that showed how much their marriage is centered on family is that they had both their parents come up and pray over them in the ceremony.  All the guests reached out their hands in a prayer over them at the same time.  You could tell it was very meaningful for them both to have so many of their loved ones praying for them and with them).

0033(Another chance to involve the family in her wedding was by having her mom play a special song for them during the ceremony.  And oh wow, can that lady sing!!!).

0046(Even Sarah’s grandparents who couldn’t be there, were involved in the day through a special pre-recorded video message they made.  That’s of course what she’s watching through her tears in this photo.)

So to say that family is important to them is quite the understatement.  Their entire wedding was centered around the strong relationships that they rely on to support their own relationship.  Throughout the whole day, they used the love that’s all around them to highlight their own love and it was beyond beautiful.

Of course I can’t resist putting  a few more of my favorites in here….


(Her dad and I worked really hard to get a non-panties shot and it just didn’t happen… but I think it’s cute this way anyways!)


Well Sarah and Jason, it’s obvious that you put lots of time and thought into every moment of your wedding day and you worked really hard to make it all very special.  First of all we want you to know that your hard work paid off because it was a very special day, but mostly we want to say thank you for allowing us to be part of it all.  Congratulations!!


Click the link to see the rest of the wedding photos from Sarah and Jason’s New Mexico wedding.

Starting a new life in an old building…Lydia & Matt’s wedding!

It’s very rare to find anything that’s actually old in Phoenix Arizona so when we find something that is… we take our cameras!  That’s why we were so excited when Lydia and Matt told us their wedding was going to be at Shenandoah Mills which is an old mill in Gilbert Arizona that actually used to work and everything! Old wood, rusty metal, and a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL bride to contrast it all… sounds like a perfect Radiant wedding to me!!



Lydia and Matt decided to do a “reveal” moment which means they get to see each other before the wedding and spend a little time alone before they get wrapped up in the busy events of the day.  So we made him turn his back to her and wait… and wait… and wait!  I’m sure he was probably muttering curses under his breath at us for making him wait so long!  But you know… suspense and everything! 🙂  Judging by the look on her face, I’m pretty sure Lydia really enjoyed dragging it out too (she was sneaking up on her tiptoes like a little kid who’s trying to catch Santa Clause… so cute)! Check out the rest of the wedding photos here to see his reaction when he finally did get to see her!


Once they finally did get to see each other… they pretty much never let go after that!



The actual ceremony area in the backyard of the Mill was beautiful too!  The easiest way to make me a very happy girl is to put little white lights over a backdrop of solid green ivy (giving me a cup of coffee in that setting will make you my instant BFF)!  Matt and Lydia had all that plus an Arizona sunset, with friends and family all around to enjoy the beauty with them!  We hope our pictures help them all remember this perfect moment in time, just as it was, forever.



I had to throw this one in because it’s one of my favorite groomsmen pictures ever… even if it does lack the actual groom’s head!  That’s reason #124 why I love art… you’re free to move and remove body parts at your whim (just ask Picasso)!


Congratulations to Lydia and Matt!  Thanks for giving us the privilege to be a part of your day… it definitely was a wonderful one!  We wish you all the best!

Click here to see the rest of the pictures from this Phoenix, Arizona wedding!

Genuine Love (aka Emily & Jon’s Wedding)!

On a scale of 1-10, I’d say I’m about a 7 when it comes to being sentimental and emotional. That means I don’t cry when someone proposes on the big screen a at a baseball game, but you can find me silently shedding tears when the main character dies in a movie… I consider myself right in the middle when you’re talking about girl sentimentality. So to find me crying during both a wedding and a reception for people I haven’t known for very long… well that must mean that there’s something really special about the people involved.  And that was me (hiding my tears behind my camera) at Emily and Jon’s Scottsdale, Arizona wedding… at multiple points in time.

I’ll start by explaining the couple.  Emily and Jon have been dating since high school (or somewhere around the end of it), only they have hardly ever lived in the same place for long!  I don’t know the whole story, but it has something to do with going away to college and lots and lots of trips over seas… or something like that (forgive me if I’m getting the details wrong on this… just post comments with the corrections)!  All I know is that Jon was living in South Korea up until about a week before their wedding!  Fortunately, he was still being a very good fiance’ and using Skype to help her with all the planning!



You’d think the extreme long distance relationship would be what stands out the most about this couple, and it would be if it wasn’t for the fact that they are one of the funniest couples I’ve ever been around!  They had a slideshow at the very beginning of their ceremony, and let me tell you… you didn’t have to know them very well to be moved to out loud laughter and open mouthed moments of shock at their antics!  The pictures captured their personalities perfectly and it showed how much they really, REALLY love being together.  They truly are best friends and that fact was reinforced through many of the details throughout the day (including the repeat playing of the song “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat that says “lucky I’m in love with my best friend”- perfect for them).  I have to brag and say that one of the pics from the slideshow was a picture we took when they were in the bridal party at another wedding we shot.  We were flattered to be included and to be given the chance to show off the pic again (below). 🙂


So now that I’ve talked your ear off about the uniqueness of their relationship story, the hilarity of their personalities, and the beauty of their friendship, you’re probably sure that pretty much covers how awesome this couple is.  But oh no… there’s definitely more!  And this has to do with the pieces of their life that make up all of this and have brought them to where they are now.  What I mean by that is, both Emily and Jon have come from unbelievably beautiful families.  I met some of their family members on the day of the wedding for the first time, and even with being that new to my introduction to these people, it did not escape me that there was something very, very special here.

It seems like many people consider a wedding to be the one time that it’s OK for everyone to be selfish. You know the story, the bride is mad that not everyone is looking at her, or the mother of the bride gets upset if her dress isn’t prettier than the dress the mother of the groom is wearing… and it gets worse and worse. Of course this kind of thinking doesn’t make much sense considering that a wedding has to do with the uniting of two people into selfless love, but still… the story we’re fed our entire lives is that wedding days are all about ME.  So here was a family that disregarded that myth completely.

The bride was NOT demanding her bridesmaids pay attention to her every need and jump (out of fear) when called, but rather she was laughing with people and greeting everyone that came in with a welcoming smile.  She was so considerate to all her bridesmaids, family, and vendors… but not in a way that was trying to please everyone (therefore pulling her apart in too many directions), but just in a genuinely caring way.  It was so obvious that this day was about so much more than herself or her love for her fiance… it was about her love for EVERYONE around her general.  For someone to be really thinking about how to care for others on her wedding day (in a way that is not out of obligation or a desire to be a people-pleaser) is a pretty much unheard or thing and it is such a testimony to what a beautiful person Emily really is.  She was shining on the outside AND the inside on her wedding day.


The mothers of both the bride and groom were NOT chewing out the florist because the bows on the flowers were not the right color (they were the right color, that’s just an analogy) or sitting around gossiping about one another, but rather they were talking to people calmly and basking in this special moment of love for their children.  Both mothers were just radiating kindness to both Scottie and I.  When they smiled at us, it was like we could feel their happiness and joy flowing out of both of them (rather than the usual stress and frustration that lies behind the mothers’ eyes at too many other weddings).  Both mothers were just full of genuine compliments and caring comments towards us the entire night.

The fathers blew us away as well.  It was extremely evident that both fathers were heavily involved in their families lives in a way that supported and encouraged all family members to excell in their own individuality, while remaining united in love to their families.  I know that’s a huge statement, but we just couldn’t ignore the strong leadership their fathers both expressed through a level of humbleness (rather than arrogance or dominance).  Both fathers were very verbal in their affirmations and praises of their children and of each others’ child.  They uplifted and spoke so highly of everyone around them, that you couldn’t help but tear up just from knowing how it must feel for a child to hear their father speak of them AND their new spouse in that way.


And then there were the siblings.  Again, the sense of involvement in each others’ lives was apparent.  You could tell they were hardly able to contain their excitement for the wonderful things that were happening in their brother and sister’s lives.  Not to mention, the siblings were just as fun as the couple and the speeches reflected that very well (most the time I was laughing too hard to hold the camera steady).  The friends of the couple who were in the party were just as excited for this couple and their speeches were laced with a genuine awe for their friends who they look up to as examples.

Here’s a shot of Jon and his brother…

This is Emily’s brother giving his awesome speech (and apparently Jon heartily agrees with what’s he’s saying)!




So you try sitting through speech after speech that reflects the kind of love and genuine family bond that you’ve seen demonstrated all day, where a mom cries when talking about how much her son has affirmed and encouraged her since he was a little boy, and a father talks about his emotions throughout the progression of his little girl’s relationship from a crush to marriage and see if you can keep from tearing up… it’s really hard!

So thank you to Emily and Jon (and families) for letting us witness such a truly beautiful moment in the lives of such truly remarkable individuals.  We wish the best to all of you.



P.S. I had the hardest time deciding what pictures to put in this post because so many of them communicate all the stuff I’m talking about.  So you really should check out all the pictures from Emily & Jon’s wedding.  And speaking of how fun everyone at this wedding was… check out all the wedding photobooth pictures (like the one below)!


Becca & Ryan tie the knot!

When Scottie got a call from his old friend Ryan who wanted us to do his wedding photography, he was so excited!  And when we heard WHERE the wedding was going to be at, we got REALLY excited!  No, it wasn’t Oro Valley, AZ that lit up our faces, it was the church in Oro Valley that really did the trick.  It sits on top of a hill and is complete with a glass wall background to show off the stunning scenery.  Oh and did I mention it’s completely made out of brick?!  BEE-autiful!



Becca, you’re such a perfect bride!


I think this is how most girls envision their wedding day when they’re little… a good looking groom, a fantastic location on a beautiful day, surrounded by family and friends. 🙂


I can’t top the comment this picture got from one of our fans on our facebook page, so I’ll just copy it… “who would’ve thought cactus and dirt could be romantic?”


I have to say that I’ve never liked the desert as much as I do in this picture!  As a lifelong Phoenician (translation: people who live in Phoenix, AZ) I have to try really hard to appreciate the scenery that I’ve taken for granted my whole life, and this picture does help!


Wow, wow, wow, this picture is all Scottie’s doing… and I freaking LOVE it!  I think Scottie goes, “hmm… if I could be on a movie poster for Boondock Saints 2 (his favorite tough guy movie), how would I want to look?” and then that’s what he does to create these amazing groomsmen photos that he manages to get wedding after wedding!  I guess I should start watching more… I don’t know… princess movies? No… maybe some Charlie’s Angels or Ever After? Apparently just anything with Drew Barrymore will do the trick.  I should figure out something so I can take photos of the bridesmaids that can hold their own against these.  The competition is on!


OK, so I don’t even know where to start with this picture!  I’m just standing there, snapping my shutter away like usual when all of a sudden the air around me seems to freeze.  I pause to take in my surroundings.  A new song has started but for some reason everyone has cleared the dance floor… everyone except for one person.  I look on curiously as this kid stands in the middle of the floor with his legs spread apart, his head down, sunglasses on, tapping one foot to the beat.  All of a sudden, the song picks up and so do his moves!  He gracefully slides across the floor in a style of dancing that’s so cool, I’m too behind to even know what to call it!  He proceeds to do an entire perfectly choreographed routine through the course of the hip hop song that’s blaring through the speakers!  It was unreal and I’ve never seen anything like it!!  Well maybe I did when I used to watch Star Search when I was young or something (I know I’m supposed to compare it to something cooler like “America’s Got Talent”, but don’t judge me!).  I’ve definitely never seen it in real life though!  So keep an eye out for this little red head whenever you watch the Disney Channel, or when High School Musical 7 comes out!


This picture couldn’t have worked out better… perfect timing… perfect angle… perfect background…. and somehow, perfectly matched clothing (even for those who were not groomsmen)!  So I don’t know if this picture can be counted as our doing, or just to good luck!  But either way I love it!  I love any wedding photo that shows true comradarie among friends like this.  🙂

Click to see the rest of the photos from Becca and Ryan’s Arizona Wedding Photography.