What a blessing this wedding was and these people were, in the midst of a chaotic year and so much hardship going on. Thankful to Andrea and Brad for being considerate and thinking about their family and friends more than about having a huge wedding. This sweet little elopement was magical and beautiful.
One of my favorite venues is The Paseo, and absolutely loved this wedding from this past fall. Lauren and Luis were the first wedding in the spring that had to postpone because of the pandemic, and they were my first fall wedding! Loved how awesome they were about doing most everything outdoors, spaced, with masks for everyone who needed one. Felt very safe and everyone was incredibly kind!
After nine days of no storms, I struggled with motivation, but somehow still dragged myself out of bed last Thursday at 5am to get to the AZ/NM border in time for late morning development. It seemed like a lock for a supercell to form between 10-12 near San Simon and move east into New Mexico. Arrived early, took a cat nap, enjoyed a weaker storm waking me up with rain drops, but I knew the real show was the tail end one rapidly intensifying over the Chiricahua Mountains. Lightning showed up on radar finally and I knew I was in business. I sat back and watched it arrive in San Simon mostly a blob of rain, but then the bolts starting hitting around me and some structure began to show. I headed east on 10 to get out of the precip and avoid the widow maker bolts, but after a few miles I pulled over to a nice high view overlooking this valley. And that’s when this thing rapidly turned into the most incredibly structured supercell I’ve ever personally witnessed here in Arizona. The wall cloud, the vertical updraft, the incredible rain/hail falling to the right and then NUTSO towering lightning bolts landing everywhere. There is actually another faint one on the left. Thankful I pushed myself to chase this and feel lucky to have been on this guy for the 20 minutes it was awesome. The time-lapse is great, look for it in Monsoon 6!
Larissa and got married a few years ago and their first little kiddo is on the way!
Been on a maternity kick lately…this was this past spring and wow, the light in this location was just stunning! Another sweet couple who’s wedding I shot awhile back!