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Ayla & James Wedding at Kingan Gardens

James and Ayla’s wedding was so unique and at such a rad little venue down in Tucson. Never shot there before, it was lovely and intimate and definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to these two for being such amazing clients, we had a ball first on their engagement session in downtown Phoenix but their wedding was utterly great as well. Hope you enjoy these!

Venue // Kingan Gardens
Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Kingan Gardens
Invitations // Minted.com
Wedding Dress Shop // The Lovely Bride Phoenix
Bridesmaid Dress Shop // Sugar Bits
Men’s Formal Wear // Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup // I Do Hair And Makeup
Flowers // Eastland Alley
Ceremony Officiant // Mike Schmidt
Ceremony Music // Dave Harris
Cake // Cakes by Genevieve
Lighting & Decor // Eastland Alley
Reception Music/DJ // Che Wilson
Caterer // Rincon Market

Rebecca & Matt’s wedding at Brannigan Park

The middle of a pasture. Nowhere to go. And the heavens opened up right when the ceremony started. Rain poured down but Rebecca was all smiles. Everyone was all smiles. Laughter and pure joy erupted as Rebecca walked down the aisle to marry Matt. It didn’t matter that everyone was soaked (aside from those lucky ones with umbrellas), people were enjoying the experience.

Thanks to Rebecca and Matt for trusting me with their day and for letting me capture a ceremony in pouring rain!

Wedding Coordinator/Planner // Ashley Omelianowich
Invitations // Hazel and Violet
Wedding Dress Shop // Bridal Boutique of Arizona
Flowers // From the field
Favors / Gifts // Homemade
Ceremony Officiant // Joaquin Rios
Ceremony Music // Andrew Hamby
Cake // Bashas’
Lighting / Decor // Verve Events and Rentals
Reception Music // SoulPower
Caterer // My Pita Wrap Mediterranean Grill

Arin & Aaron’s Wedding at The Croft Downtown

A favorite wedding from last year. Arin and Aaron were nervous about photos, but they of course turned out to be two of the most photogenic people out there. Their wedding was such a blast, a slamming party with the reception led by the JJ’s Band, one of the best out there. The venue was The Croft, which I’m shooting at a lot these days. Victoria Canada was the planner and she’s always stupendous to work with. Not to mention by buddy Jay Worsley doing video and my friend Alyssa Campbell helping out with second shooting.

Enjoy the photos, links to the amazing vendors at the bottom!

Venue // The Croft Downtown
Event Designer & Planner // Victoria Canada Weddings & Events
Cinematographer // Everly Films
Invitations & Reception Paper Items // Celebrations In Paper
Dress Designer // Sarah Seven
Florist // Angelic Grove
Hair & Makeup // Amanda Huffman & Allison Pynn
Linens // La Tavola
Caterer // M Catering By Michael’s
Rentals // Classic Party Rentals
Ceremony Music // Two People Singing
Band // The JJ’s Band
Officiant // Raun Melmed
Photo Booth // Social Station
Guest Accommodations // Firesky Resort & Best Western Sundial

Rachel + Scott | Wedding

I’ve known Rachel for over a year now. I first met her at a First Friday gallery showing at my churches’ studio downtown. She was being featured and I helped her hang some beautiful images of children from her travels with Food for the Hungry. It took me all of five minutes to realize she was OCD about how perfectly aligned her frames were and I made fun of her about it for the rest of the night. Ah good times.

Last fall she decided I was going to shoot her wedding and I couldn’t wait. She’s a budding photographer herself (check out her work right here) and I think we exchanged a bazillion emails not just about her big day, but also on the subject of taking pictures. She even second shot a couple of weddings this spring with me!

I got to know Scott a bit more last fall when the three of us ventured down to the Pima Air Museum for some engagement photos. Scott flies for US Airways and planes are in his blood. I made the mistake when we first met of bringing up Southwest Airlines, but I think he still likes me anyways. Right Scott?

This wedding was Rachel’s dream. All the way down to the minute details on every table and everywhere you looked. It was beautiful. Flowers, antique place settings, floating candles, old airplanes, a vintage guestbook typewriter…she spent so much time finding all these things and it turned out AMAZING.  Her dress was vintage lace and along with the pearl earrings and bird cage veil, she looked radiant. And I can’t forget Scott’s tie that matched Rachel’s shoes, plus those rocking All-Stars.

Funny. I’m kind of emotional about this one. It was such a journey with these two, such a long process, so much planning and dreaming…it’s hard to let it go.

I need to thank Alejandra Vidal for her amazing second shooting abilities. She really killed it and I couldn’t have done it without her. Thanks my friend!

Look at the bottom for all the vendor names and links! Thank you Rachel and Scott for letting me be a part of your day. Honestly, it was such a honor for me and I wish you both the best of luck. I knew when I saw you two praying outside before the wedding that you were off to an awesome start.

(scroll through the images or click the first to bring up a manual slideshow! Also click “play” below to listen to “Faithfully” by Journey, the song Rachel and Scott danced to)

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Shoes: hey lady
Caterer: rendezvous
Salon: ohana
Flowers: Elisabeth Mareno
Getting ready robes: plum pretty sugar
Invitations: little owl press
Alterations: janet kirkman
Garter: jl weddings
Vintage stamps: verde studio

 

A few of Lyla with the 85mm

I recently got extremely lucky on Craig’s List and found a guy selling a Canon 85mm 1.8 for $225 after he used it one time for only a few shots. Retailing for around $400, I know he could have gotten $300 or so for it, so from the time he posted it to the time I bought it was around three hours. Was praying no one else offered him more money for it!

Anyways, I’ve had a few people ask me how the lens turned out and if I’m loving it or not. Definitely a fun lens. Compared to the 50mm 1.4 that I use almost exclusively for portrait work, this lens is quieter and faster at focusing. On my crop sensor Rebel XSi, it rocks to have a lens where I can be a bit further away from my subjects than the 50mm allows, plus still get that awesome bokeh.

So far I’ve played around with it while out with my daughter Lyla. She’s been dragging me to the park this past week for some “slides…swwings!” as she likes to say. A few of these are from there, a couple are from a recent trip to the Phoenix Zoo.

Hope you enjoy!

If my daughter grows up and loves playing basketball, I will have accomplished at least one of my goals for her *grin*

This one above was taken at the zoo…this is her famous pose where she looks back at you, holds out her hand and says “Mon Daddy! MON!” (come on daddy)