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Kurtis & Danielle’s wedding at Mountain Shadows

It was raining most of the morning and early in the afternoon, so much so that the ceremony was moved inside…but, I was watching the radar and guessed that around 3:30, the rain would move out and things could clear up. Sure enough, the rain stopped and Kurtis made a command decision to move the ceremony BACK outside…daring it to rain again.

But it didn’t…and it was a brilliant call. The day was perfect, the lighting unbelievable…and everything worked out perfectly.

The views of Camelback Mountain were stunning as well…first time at Mountain Shadows, it was a great venue!

Liza & Weston’s wedding at El Chorro

Liza and Weston were amazing to work with at their engagement session on The Salt River, so I knew the wedding would be a blast. Not to mention working with Andrea Leslie is always a treat, plus my second shooter Courtney and Desert House Productions!

First wedding at El Chorro, it’s a beautiful space, lovely views of Camelback Mountain and a great desert landscape right on property. The bride got ready at Mountain Shadows right across the street, which is also a stunning hotel with some gorgeous rooms.

Here are the photos, I hope you enjoy!

 

Maureen & Will’s wedding at Arizona Biltmore

Every now and then I get to shoot at the Arizona Biltmore and it’s always awesome. Love this one with Will and Maureen from earlier this year. Thanks to Courtney Larson for second-shooting and rocking it as always!

Venue & Caterer // Biltmore
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Brooke Molumby
Invitations // Wedding Superstore
Wedding Dress Shop // Destiny’s Bride
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup // Sarah Brown
Flowers // Rita’s Flowers
Ceremony Officiant // Matt Anderson
Ceremony & Reception Music // DJ Steve
Cake // Classic Cakes (Ella)

Kelsey & Brian’s wedding at The Paseo

Kelsey and Brian’s wedding was my first time ever at The Paseo out in Apache Junction and it was such a blast of a venue. All contained in one spot, beautiful desert surrounding it, I really enjoy looking around and exploring this place!

But the day was made absolutely incredible by this couple and their friends. So much love, laughter and joy all day, I really couldn’t help but snap tons of photos of everything.

Make sure you check out the vendors below, but enjoy these images from a wonderful day!

Invitations // Minted
Wedding Dress Shop // Ivory Row Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Shop // Wedding Apparel Superstore
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup // Kensington Bridal
Flowers // Your Event Florist
Ceremony Officiant // Carter Sapp
Cake // Frost Gelato
Reception Music / DJ // Birkett Entertainment
Caterer // Aioli Catering

Adela & Tomislav’s wedding at Orange Tree Resort

A wedding from last year. I’m way behind on my blogging, but this was a favorite from the spring. The ceremony was at the Blessed Sacrament Church and the reception at Orange Tree Resort.

Can’t really go wrong with umbrellas and top hats! Thanks Adela and Tomislav for trusting us with your big day!

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Emily & Anthony’s wedding in Paradise Valley

I absolutely love backyard weddings. This was a beautiful one from this fall, between Emily and Anthony who is a Marine. Loved all the uniforms in the wedding party and in attendance.

The incredible arch in front of the ceremony was actually made from Aspen trees and antlers that they found themselves!

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Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Melissa Schulte with Gettin’ Hitched
Hair and Makeup //Primp & Blow Salon
Flowers // Cactus Flower Shop
Caterer // Shannon Henesey with Good Times Rolling Kitchen and Catering

Jocelyn & Mike’s Wedding at a Rustic Barn

I love this wedding, and I love this couple. This should have been blogged so long ago, but somehow didn’t get done. My assistant shamed me for not getting it out there, so here you are!

Jocelyn and Mike at Desert Foothills. Working with the amazing Denise Nicolette from What a Day Weddings. Perfection.

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One | Ginny and Jonathan | Wedding

Double-header weekend, here’s a frame from Ginny and Jonathan’s wedding Saturday evening. Special thanks to my buddy/second shooter Jeff for watching the sunset for me until it started changing colors!
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An isolated thunderstorm at sunset

This was one of the more amazing sights I’ve seen so far this year. Kind of reminds of the other “dying monsoon sunset” timelapse I posted back at the start of the season. An isolated, decaying thunderstorm right at sunset.

Everyone was talking about this one last night. You could see it for miles and miles. What made it majestic, kind of like the other one, is that there were no steering winds, so the storm built up and feel apart without really moving. I always find that utterly spectacular for some reason.

Hope you enjoy. Thanks to Luke Neumann for providing the background music.

Shot this from Gilbert Road and the Salt River. Here’s another shot of it with a wider lens. Click on it for the full effect.

Brandon + Amanda | Wedding

You never know what kind of weather you’ll get out here in Arizona. People love it because of the 300+ days of sunshine make outdoor weddings easy to plan without much worry about rain or storms. Especially when you schedule one in the spring where the monsoons are a long ways off still.

But this is the desert and things change quickly. The weekend before Amanda and Brandon’s wedding, it was almost 90 degrees. But when they woke up on their wedding day, it was windy, cold and a chance of rain was in the air. They were worried about the reception, which was going to be in the backyard of a home up in Scottsdale. They brought in heaters. They prayed for no rain.

Some sprinkles showed up, but all in all, the day was perfect. Yeah, there was some wind and it was cold…but on the bright side, we got some very chivalrous photos of Brandon draping his jacket over his new bride!

The ceremony took place at the beautiful Highlands Church up in Scottsdale. We did the first look along a pretty little walkway with iron doors off in the distance, a feature Amanda loved. They were so cute when they finally got to see each other.

The night wrapped up at their pastor’s house in gorgeous backyard reception. A brownie tower for a wedding cake! Brandon singing a surprise song to his wife! Dancing! Sparklers!

So happy for these two…their love for each other was incredible to see. I’m so honored to have been a part of their day for a little bit. I wish them both the very, very best!

And thank you to Rachel Esarey for second shooter with me. I’ll be shooting her wedding in just 10 days!

(you can scroll down through the photos, or you can click this first one and navigate with your arrow keys for a little slideshow!)