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First look at Alyssa and Chris’ wedding at The Sanctuary

Twenty-ish guests. A bride. A groom. The Sanctuary. Good friends, family and a beautiful wedding.

Oh and a bacon wrapped filet at dinner. Nothing could be better.

Thank you Alyssa and Chris for having me and my buddy Jason along to help capture your day. Hope you enjoy this first look!

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One frame

One quick image from Alyssa and Chris’ wedding yesterday at the gorgeous Sanctuary in Paradise Valley.

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Misti and Brian | Wedding

Right now Misti and Brian are on their honeymoon in New Zealand, making the rest of us about as jealous as you can get. While I’m sure they are out and about and enjoying the beauty of that place, I’m also curious if they needed a few days just to rest up from the wedding. I know I did.

Which is a good thing. The dancing at this wedding was epic. It lasted for hours. In fact, I left a bit after 11pm and there was still an after-party supposed to happen at the bar across the courtyard. I’m sure it went all night, I’ve seen pictures on Facebook of a bridesmaids’ pyramid happening!

I love the glimpses you get into people’s lives when you shoot weddings. There was so much love for Misti and Brian. A gaggle of bridesmaids (their term, not mine, but I love) did nothing but make Misti’s entire day amazing. Brian’s buddies did the same. The entire wedding party was really just a giant group of friends having the time of their lives. Everyone was so relaxed, you would hardly know two people were about to embark on the biggest journey of their lives. Maybe it was all the drinking. Maybe it was something more.

It was an honor to be a part of it. I can honestly say this was some of the most fun I’ve ever had doing this.

And let’s face it…the wedding was at The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous venue. And the wonderful Lauren ran the show flawlessly and made sure everything came off without a hitch. It was a treat to be able to photograph at a place like this. I also cannot wait to see the wedding video shot by the people from The Story is Told. I appreciate the way they worked together with us to make sure we all got our angles and shots!

I was pretty relaxed myself and that was because I had the maestro Jeff Ambrose second shooting with me. You can’t ask for a better partner in crime.

Thank you Misti and Brian for letting me do this for you guys…I hope you had a spectacular honeymoon and I can’t wait to see the pictures!

This house below rents for $5000 a night. Beyonce and Jay-Z had their honeymoon there. Not joking.

Here Misti’s dad gets “Iced”…a tradition amongst their friends and family. If someone hands you a Smirnoff Ice…well, you have to down it…right then and there.

Dad rocked it out.

A few frames | Wedding

There were so many amazing moments at Misti and Brian’s wedding! I’m having a blast going through the images from the day and wanted to share just a handful of my favorites before I do a full blog post later this week.

The love that surrounded Misti and Brian was something you could feel by just being there. Their parents…friends…family. It was kind of awesome to get a glimpse into their lives for a few hours. It’s definitely one of the huge reasons why I love photographing weddings!

I know they both are boarding a plane today bound for New Zealand, and while I’m incredibly jealous of that, I pray they have a sick time out there!

Now, some pics.

Misti | Wedding

Here’s one frame for Misti and Brian’s wedding. This room had an epic doorway, the light coming through was sick. Misti looked absolutely STUNNING.

Click on the image so it fits your screen.