Just the words send us back years (for some, decades) to a time of innocence, a time of excitement, a time of awkwardness, a time when the world was at our feet. Those two words certainly elicit many memories for Saturday's bride and groom; for Valeria and Ian, high school was a time of love... because Valeria and Ian are high school sweethearts.
They met at a friend's birthday party where Valeria decided to "conveniently" put her number in Ian's phone. After a few days of non-stop texting (Valeria remembers finally falling asleep at 3am, phone in hand, mid-text), they both knew this could be it. Four years later, overlooking the city of San Francisco, (and after a creme-brulee-dessert-proposal almost went terribly awry) Ian asked Valeria to marry him. And, just like she had when Ian asked her to prom, Valeria said yes!
It was such a blessing to witness these two truly sweet people united in marriage on Saturday! Here are some of my favorite images from their day:
Val gifted her bridesmaids with beautiful necklaces:
What a pretty bride!
Val was surprised with a message from her groom as she went to put her shoes on:
Ian looked so handsome:
It was a balmy 109 degrees in Phoenix on Saturday, so the wedding was moved inside. But thankfully, plan B at Villa Siena was a gorgeous option!
Everyone was emotional as Valeria's father walked her down the aisle:
Husband and wife!!
The newlyweds braved the heat for a few portraits in some pretty outdoor light:
So sweet! I love these two!
Then it was back inside for a fun evening celebrating with family and friends who travelled in from all over the world!
One of my talented associate photographers, Rachel, recently shot a wedding that looked like it was so much fun! Matt and Casey were married at the courthouse in front of their closest family and friends and then celebrated at The Duce in downtown Phoenix afterwards with what looked like a casual, super-fun, hoola-hoops-included kind of reception. I love how Rachel captured their day!
Here are some of my faves:
Amazing job Rachel! What a fun wedding and super-cute couple!
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One of my super-talented associate photographers, Mary, recently shot a wedding that I adore and I just have to share some of my favorite photos with you. Jordan and Michelle were married at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix and I love how Mary captured their day!
Here are some of my faves:
Fabulous job Mary!
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It was April 3, 2010. Jessica and a girlfriend decided to meet up with Jessica's brother and some of his friends at a bar in downtown Columbus, Ohio. A group of them sat together - laughing, talking, enjoying themselves... all except for one guy. This guy was a friend of a friend of a friend. He was kind of quiet and looked kind of bored. So Jessica decided to start a conversation -- why not?! He was so cute!
During their conversation at that bar, she found out that he was smart, he was nice, he was confident. And at the NEXT bar, she found out he could DANCE. SOLD! Jessica told me, "I think I fell in love when I realized he had great rhythm."
She went home smitten and Jeff called on Monday to set up their first date for Wednesday. They've been inseparable ever since.
I loved working with one of my favorite wedding planning teams for this event -- Victoria Canada Weddings and Events. With their careful planning and help, everything ran smoothly and turned out beautifully.
It was a gorgeous day as the girls primped in their suite. Jessica's Brussels Griffon, Jet, was on hand for the festivities and wanted to be on Jessica's lap at all times:
I adored the colorful flowers at this wedding -- brilliantly supplied by one of my favorite florists -- Petal Pusher.
This bride is my kind of people. She loves her doggie!
Jessica alternated between laughing and tearing up all day long. She was so much fun to photograph!
The bridesmaids were a gorgeous bunch. I loved their boots the fact that they were up for climbing rocks!
Jeff and his groomsmen celebrated before the ceremony with a toast:
And Jeff pulled out his cowboy hat for a few portraits:
The ceremony site at The Boulders was gorgeous:
Jeff cried when he saw his bride:
In the middle of the ceremony, Jet was set down at the end of the aisle. When he heard Jessica call for him, he trotted right down to her with the rings tied to his collar.
Yay! Husband and wife!!
After the ceremony, we did more portraits with the bridal party. I'm so glad they were up for this:
Then I got to spend some time shooting the gorgeous newlyweds. These are some of my favorites:
The reception took place outdoors in a courtyard at The Boulders. I LOVED the colorful details! And how fun are these escort cards hanging from ribbons on a tree branch?
What an amazing night!
Congratulations Jeff and Jessica!! Thank you so much for allowing me to document your wedding day!
To see even more photos from this amazing wedding, click here to watch the slideshow! (It doesn't work with the newest Flash Player, but hopefully that will be fixed soon.)
Jeff & Jessica are from Columbus, Ohio. Jessica dreamed of having a spring wedding where everything took place outside under the sun and stars without the threat of rain. So her mom knew the solution was to move the party to Arizona. This past weekend, 170 of their closest family and friends made the trek out to the desert to celebrate.
I had such a great time photographing Jeff & Jessica's wedding celebration! You'll have to come back tomorrow to see some of my favorite photos from their wedding day. Today, I'm going to share some photos from their western-themed rehearsal dinner that took place Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona....under the sun and stars.
I'm convinced that part of the reason the couple went with a western theme was to show off how well Jeff wears a cowboy hat:
But everyone seemed to enjoy the excuse to dress up, including this little man:
Jeff and Jessica's family made some heartfelt toasts, including this one by her brother that brought Jessica to tears:
Jessica's family owns and manages some car dealerships in Columbus, and one of the perks is getting to demo new cars up until 3500 miles. Here Jessica's brother Zach awards Jeff with his first demo car:
But it came with some amusing fine-print:
Super-cute couple alert!
Buffalo Chip Saloon also features live bull riding that the guests were able to watch. This poor guy barely made it out of the gate, but he's definitely braver than I am!
After dinner, guests were invited to participate in line dancing lessons under the stars:
SO fun! Can't wait to share the wedding with you tomorrow!