Category Archives: Weddings

The bride… the groom… and crazy aunt Zelma. Read about it all right here.

Alex and David and their perfect wedding!

When David proposed to Alex, it didn’t take her long to figure out where she wanted to have the wedding.

Next to David, Trune North Golf Club in AZ was her one and only.

And I can see why!

The desert setting in January was PERFECT for all of their out of town guests who just couldn’t wait to get out of the snow.

It was an absolutely perfect day, and everything from the sky and the decorations…

…to the bride and her bridesmaids, were just beautiful.

It really couldn’t have been a more perfect setting for a perfect wedding.

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The only thing that was about to go wrong was quickly solved as one of the bridesmaids graciously rushed back to the hotel to get Alex’s forgotten jewelry and arrived back just in time for pictures.  See, even the “almost mistakes” were fixed perfectly!

Alex was the perfect bride with her relaxed attitude and beautiful laughter that was heard every time David was near (I must say, he’s a pretty funny guy!).

And David was the perfect groom as he was ready and willing to climb any rock and stand in any pose we asked of him, all while maintaining a big, excited smile on his face the entire time.

Alex and David…  you guys definitely know how to put on a successful wedding and you made our job go so smoothly!  Thanks for being so easy to work with and for being wonderful people.  We wish you all the best of luck in your future together!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Alex and David’s perfect wedding!

The Top 25 Radiant Photos of 2010: Weddings/ Unique Sessions

All of you Radiant fans have spoken… and you have been heard! The results of our “Best of 2010: Weddings and Unique Sessions” contest are in!

Out of 118 photos in the album on Facebook, these are the photos that received the most votes (click here if you want to see all the runners up). The winners are divided into categories so you can see which ones had the most votes, but within each category they are listed in a random order.

So please sit back and enjoy….

“The Top 25 Radiant Photos of 2010: Weddings/Unique Sessions”

40 – 60 votes

Best wedding photography contest

This photo got 2 votes for her being a mermaid.

(See more from this session in the Cenotes of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico here).

“Captured exactly how I was feeling.” – The Bride.

Best photography 2010 Southern California winner

This photo got 3 votes for her being a mermaid… I guess you can tell what my (Breanna’s) favorite movie was growing up!

One voter began the rumor that he was playing chopsticks here… the truth is a secret between the two of them (mostly because I don’t remember).

Winning Mexico wedding photographer

Described as “epic, dramatic, exceptional, dream-like, phenomenal, gorgeous, and breath taking”… I’d say this one is a winner for sure.  Read all the comments (and add your own) here.

21- 39 votes

Winning Hawaii wedding photographer

“I loved everything about this wedding! It was definitely one of your best works EVER!” – Molly Ellison

Click to see the rest of this Hawaii wedding here…. Molly vouches for it!

Best vintage wedding photos 2010

This one had some great comments. Here are a few…

“I love these crybabies.” – Stephanie Kafton (sister of the groom)

“One of the only moments I remember clearly from that day!” – The Bride

“I wish I had a picture of my parents or grandparents like this.” – Inez Moreno

“If this doesn’t win, I am moving to Canada.” – Sari Beliak (looks like you get to stay, Sari).

“I love this shot! So Indie and so cute.” – Kirsten Leah Bitzer

See more of the comments here.

” Her love awaits, just outside those doors…” – Janae Tyars (of Tyars Media)

The general agreement is that this kid rocks.

One word votes: “Romance”.

“Beautiful beautiful beautiful. I want light like this to follow me around all day.” – Molly Ellison (what an excellent commenter you are, Molly!)

Many agreed that this looks like a scene in a movie. But if this is a movie, it’s definitely based on a true story because one of their friends let us know that they really are that in love!

16- 20 votes

Ek, I’m so sick of hearing about how beautiful Julie is!  Just kidding… Julie you are freaking stunning!

” My absolute favorite! Looks like a movie! Perhaps a Pride & Prejudice moment.” – The Bride.

“This cave and water shoot just stirs something in me. love it.” – Gabrielle Dailey Bass

See more from this session in the Cenotes of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico here.

“Earthy and elegant!” – Janae Tyars (Tyars Media). I thought that was the perfect description of this photo.  Also, my pride insists that I inform you that another commenter said this belongs in a bridal magazine! 🙂

This one is meant to remind everyone that there is more than just cactus in Arizona!

15 – 10 votes

Looks like you just happened to capture a tender moment…” – Jennifer Gabrielson Anderson

It’s unanimous… this is one of the coolest bouquets of all time (and I agree… I totally wished I had thought of that for my wedding)!

“WOW!!!” – Andrea Sholer

… several comments later…

“I’ve already commented, but I just can’t get over this one!!!” – Andrea Sholer

Best Phoenix wedding photographer 2010

” Best day of my life!!” – The Bride.

To answer the questions, this is at the Tre Bella wedding venue in Downtown Mesa.  See more from this wedding here.

Many people have told us since we first posted this photo that it is their all time favorite because of the symbolism of a dad working hard to be there for his beautiful little girl.

“Working hands for a beautiful daughter!!” – Kimberly Brown (mother of the bride)

” Beautiful shot…i can still ‘hear’ Breanna’s words explaining the incredible symbolism behind this one on the Radiant Blog!” – Chelsea Nelsen (The blog post she’s talking about is here).

Winning Mexico wedding photos

“Scottie-you’re a lighting wizard!” – Lucinda Green

I (Breanna) agree.  Watch the “Making of Video” for this session to see what we’re talking about!

Best vintage wedding photographer phoenix

One word comments: “Vintage”.  This wedding did have a super cool vintage feel.  See more from it here.

Julie and Andrew, I think your Unique Session is a big winner in the contest… people love it!

Congratulations to all of the couples in our winning photos.  Your win is a testament to you putting a lot of hard work, thought, and time into your photos and to you planning amazing weddings and Unique Sessions… thanks for making our portfolio amazing!  We can honestly say we love you all and we feel so blessed that we get some of the best couples around.   We regularly get comments on our Facebook page and blog telling us how cool our couples are… and we SO agree!

And thanks so much to everyone who voted.  We had so much fun reading all the comments and you were all a major encouragement to us.  Thanks to all your kind words we’re all refreshed and psyched out of our minds to blow it up in 2011! Here’s to a fantastic 2011!

P.S. Our winners in the high school senior/family photo session category will be going up later this week!


Best Radiant Photos of 2010… vote now!

We’ve been over and over and over it and we just can’t decide… so now we’re asking you to do our dirty work!  We have narrowed down our favorite photos of 2010 and broken them into 2 different categories.  One is Weddings & Unique Sessions and the other is Seniors Sessions & Families Portraits.  So now we need you to go through each album and pick your faves!

Each comment you make on a photo in the Facebook albums counts as a vote for that photo (make sure you have liked our page so you are able to comment). You can comment on/vote for as many different photos as you want… if you like one, just say so!

Once we tally up the votes, we’ll choose the photos with the most comments to be featured in a blog post highlighting the best Radiant photos of 2010!  Oh and by the way, you are totally allowed to vote for your own photo… we know you’re dying for another opportunity to show off your pics again, so this is your chance!

Go now and vote to your little hearts’ content!

Wedding & Unique Session finalist photos

stunning wedding photo

Senior Sessions & Family Portrait finalist photos

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Gina and Jake… the perfect golf course wedding

Every time we get a call to shoot a wedding for someone who works in the wedding industry, we’re especially flattered to be chosen.  So when Gina, who works with weddings at one of our favorite venues (Eagle Mountain Golf Club), called us to shoot her own big day, we couldn’t have been more honored!

Of course the problem with having your own wedding when your job IS weddings is that it’s difficult to sit back and enjoy it while other people run it!

Wedding industry people know WAY too much about what really goes on behind the scenes to be able to be around it and not be handling it all themselves!

(Gina really wanted a shot of the rings on golf tees!).

So whenever Gina tried to take something over, her Eagle Mountain co-workers were awesome about pushing her away so she could go mingle with her friends and family members instead!

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The groom on this big day, Jake, was doing a much better job of relaxing (not to say he didn’t have a few nervous jitters going on himself) but hung around with his groomsmen, drinking out of their engraved beer steins, and enjoying himself in the hotel room they used to get ready at before heading over to the golf course.

When the time came for their reveal moment, Gina immediately forgot all her wedding planning cares and dove right into the emotions of the moment… it was beautiful.

We were happy that Gina cried during the reveal moment, and Jake during the ceremony so that we were sure to get some emotional shots during both! What can I say? Crying makes for great pictures!

I can understand why Jake got a little misty eyed during the ceremony, it was a pretty amazing moment.

(Her dad praying with her before she walked down the aisle).

It’s one of those times when you just never know how you’ll react until you get there!

At our own wedding I (Breanna), much to my surprise, laughed through out the whole ceremony!  Whatever way the emotions of a wedding day express themselves, you can be sure they’re there and just waiting to bust out of people!

Working on a wedding together is a delicate dance…

…not just between Scottie and I as we are shooting, but between the couple getting married, the wedding planner, the caterers… and anyone and everyone who is involved behind the scenes!

So when you work with someone multiple times, you begin to understand their flow and you develop your own little dance steps that you can eventually pull it off without a single hitch!

That’s why we love working at Eagle Mountain (especially when the bride herself works there!).

Our weddings at Eagle Mountain come together like a finely tuned machine!

Nic Smith, the food and beverage director up there who is in charge of weddings, knows the way we shoot, the amount of time it takes us to do our thing, and how to create the perfect balance of being helpful and yet giving us enough freedom to do our best.

The events we work together with Nic on (and the rest of the crew at Eagle Mountain, who had a lot to do on this particular night since they didn’t have Gina there working!), are some of the smoothest flowing weddings we have!

Nic knows all our favorite spots to shoot at, so he and Gina planned just the right amount of time into the schedule for him to drive us around in a golf cart stopping at all the best places!

Gina and Jake, I hope your wedding was everything you dreamed it would be and that it was the best night of your life!

Congratulations and we wish you both the best!

Click to see all of Gina and Jake’s wedding photos!

Friends and family celebrate Hector and Diana’s wedding!

The first thing I think of when I look back on Diana and Hector’s wedding is how freaking BEEEAUTIFUL Diana looked!!

She was so stunning!  I can’t believe Hector didn’t pass out when he first saw her coming down the aisle!

Her hair, makeup, dress… all of it was perfect!

(She also looked incredibly happy throughout the entire day!  She couldn’t stop her smile… it was sneaking out all over the place!).

Don’t worry, Hector, I won’t leave you out… you looked pretty good yourself! 🙂

Of course there were other fantastic aspects of their wedding…

…the major one that stands out in my head is how obvious it was that they have really awesome relationships with their family and friends.

Right from the beginning of the day, I got the chance to hang out with all the great people that were involved in the wedding and get to know them a little bit better… the room that Diana got ready in was full to the brim with women up until the start of the ceremony and it was so much fun to watch them interact and listen to their own stories while putting the finishing touches on their makeup!

It was definitely a very fun group and I loved spending so much time with them on such a significant day!

Speaking of their family… Hector’s mom made all the flower arrangements and they were so impressive… she definitely has a talent for it!

A lot of their friends were long term friends who were very invested in Hector and Diana’s lives (the best man told stories about kindergarten in his toast!)…

…and their family was pretty connected to each other throughout the day as well.

(Diana’s two brothers walked her down the aisle).

(The mother son dance).

You can’t beat a day that is full of watching emotional interactions happen among a group of people who care about one another so much!

There was definite genuine love in this group and it was beautiful!

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Creative Phoenix wedding photographerThe ceremony itself was a good example of this (by the way, they had Bible readings in both Spanish and English and it was awesome!)!

The officiant was a part of the family and she made the ceremony very personal by including lots of stories about the two growing up.

She spoke of times when their family was there for them and she did a great job highlighting all the beauty in these families that stood out to me so much during the rest of the day.

(I love this one of her and her mom during the ceremony!  I’ll bet that’s a moment neither will ever forget).

It was so fun to get to hear all these stories and to feel like I got to know everyone so much better through the ceremony.

We were so glad our friends Janae and Ron from Tyars Media Videography were there to capture it all on video!

So of course with this many fun people, who have known each other for so many years… the party could be nothing but amazing!

Dancing, laughing, drinking, eating… everyone there maintained permanent smiles on their faces!

Especially Diana and Hector of course!

Thank you Diana and Hector for inviting us into your tight knit community to have the privilege of being a part of your special day!

We truly enjoyed your wedding and we are so happy that the two of you found one another… you seem really perfect together.

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Click to see the rest of Hector and Diana’s wedding photos!