New York in the Desert: Chris and Jillian’s Wedding

You may remember a classy little couple named Chris and Jillian who planned a freaking cool “night on the town” engagement session?  (If you don’t, you need to check it out because it’s one of my favorite sessions!).  Well, they’re back and just as glam as ever… which makes perfect sense since it was their wedding day!

While walking to our next photo spot in the desert landscape that surrounds the house they got married at, Scottie looked back at Chris and Jillian and said, “you guys look like a piece of New York got accidentally dropped into the middle of the desert”.

I think that’s the first time I’ve ever thought of a blog title while actually at the wedding (though I guess you could say Scottie thought of it). There couldn’t have been a better description of them (well at least with my limited repertoire of adjectives that are limited to such showstoppers as “cool” and “awesome”).

Since I’m like most girls from the west coast who think 5th Avenue is just a candy bar, there is nothing that sounds more chic to me than saying someone looks like they’re from that wonderful mystical place called “New York”. So just so you know, Chris and Jillian, this blog title is like the highest form of compliment I know!

We showed up to Jillian’s parents’ house (where their wedding was being held) to find Jillian wearing the very look that I wish in my heart of hearts that I could pull off (is it bad to be jealous of a bride on her wedding day?!).  She looked AWESOME!!!!

Chris agreed…

…a lot…

…which made the reveal moment we did before the ceremony one for the reveal moment record books (if such a thing exists) because Chris seriously couldn’t contain himself when he saw his bride.

He was so taken aback by how beautiful she was that he could barely function (sorry Chris, but it’s true).  I was worried for a second that he was going to need a little mouth to mouth resuscitation from his stunning bride… which wouldn’t have helped matters at all of course!

For the rest of the night he kept stopping and asking us if we could believe that a girl like THAT had actually agreed to marry him!

Chris, I hope you know that your reaction to Jillian was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen at a wedding and I happen to think that makes her just as lucky as you since she has a husband who loves her so much!

I did think it was pretty funny that as soon as Jillian saw him, she started breathing better…

…but that as soon as Chris saw her, he started breathing WORSE!

The other cool thing about this reveal moment was that both of their moms were peeking around the corner from a distance and they were both crying up a storm!  I love moms at weddings!

Not to be outdone, the ceremony that shortly followed the reveal moment was great as well!

(I love how her dad’s looking at her as he’s about to walk his baby girl down the aisle).

(There she goes!  Off to greet a whole new world!).

As distracted as we are while running around being photography ninjas during a ceremony, once in awhile we are able to pay attention to what is actually being said, and this time Scottie heard enough of it to say that the talk the pastor (who happened to be one of our old friends… small world) gave was one of his favorites.  I think it was about love or something or other. 😉

After the ceremony…and the few more desert shots we squeezed in real quick afterwards (you know us, if they give us extra time we’ll take it!)….

(Like Radiant’s Facebook page to tag yourself in some of the photos!).

…we headed into a reception that was, true to Jillian and Chris, very laid back and cool.

People hung around eating great food (particularly the homemade Italian cookies that family members made), hanging out, and listening to Jillian’s lil’ bro’s very talented band “Billion Dollar Bailout” play.

It was the perfect little soiree (yep, I do know some fancy words… and thanks to Google, I know how to use them too!) to complete Jillian and Chris’s day.

True to her graphic designer’s heart, this wedding had the touch of Jillian style all over it.  The logo, stripe theme, color scheme, and invitations were all  pieces of her larger unique creation that came together to bring in the overall feel she wanted for her wedding.

Lucky for all those girls out there who aren’t married yet, Jillian offers her custom design services for weddings and has more examples coming very soon!  “Like” her page on Facebook so you can see her new stuff as she releases it… you should totally follow her anyways because “Glas Creative” is going to be BIG!

(How could it not?!  I mean look at her… I don’t think she’s ever touched a single thing that didn’t turn to cool!  She’s just leaning against the side of a catering van here and it somehow looks amazing!)

Jillian and Chris… there is only one way to end this blog that is appropriate and it happens to be the exact same way I ended your engagement session blog….you guys rock.


Click to see the rest of the photos from Chris and Jillian’s “New York in the desert” wedding!

P.S. OK so now that you are done with what you were doing, make sure you go like the Facebook page for Jillian’s business!

December 10, 2010 - 10:05 pm

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