Jun
11
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Poem-inspired Wedding Inspiration: Featured on Ruffled


Wedding inspiration can come from any number of places. Even a poem. The Owl & the Pussy-Cat is a tale of an unlikely pair finding love together. And it was the inspiration for a colorful, bohemian styled shoot I was recently a part of. It is featured today over on Ruffled and I'm thrilled to finally be able to share it with you! I partnered with the following vendors and the combined talent of this amazing team brought our inspiration to life!

Concept, florist & table/props: Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals
Invitation & paper suite: Kelly Ashworth Design
Stylist: Alex of AVE Styles
Dress: Mariee Gallery
Venue: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
Models: Cody & Jessica Helgeson
Makeup: Ashley Nicole
Hair: Kim Cornwell


Amanda gets credit for the amazing inspiration and concept for this shoot -- I just love it. If you're unfamiliar with the poem, as I was, it features an unlikely pairing: an owl and a cat. The owl serenades the cat, and she's so entranced that they decide to run away and be married at once. What about a ring? Well, they borrow one from a friendly pig and are married by a turkey. It's a fun, light-hearted tale about two souls finding each other even though they're an unlikely fit.


Cody & Jessica -- our sweet models -- are a married couple and they are just so cute together:






How fun to include a poem in your invitation to set the tone of the wedding for your guests!


Cody even plays a little guitar -- which was a perfect fit for our story:



I just LOVE all the colors!



What a fun shoot! There are more photos and details over on the Ruffled blog feature! Check it out here!

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Equipment used for this shoot: Canon 5D Mark II // Canon 50mm 1.2 lens // Canon 70-200 2.8 lens


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Apr
23
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Spring Wedding Shoot: Featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs!


I'm SO excited to finally be able to share with you this amazing, romantic and girly styled shoot that I got to be a part of recently. It is featured today over on Elizabeth Anne Designs! I partnered with the following vendors and the combined talent of this amazing team birthed this spring wedding inspiration concept!

Concept, planning & integration of a gazillion details: Jen Thye of Imoni Events
Florist: Petal Pusher
Venue: Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Invitation & paper suite: Celebrations in Paper
Models: Graham & Stephanie
Dresses: Mariee Gallery
Make-up: Sarah Sanmarco
Hair: Sara Alaine Wareham
Linens & Coverings: Wildflower Linens
Equipment Rentals: Pro Em Rentals
Menswear: Mr. Formal
Cake-pops: Cuteology Cakes

I haven't participated in many styled shoots in the past. And I have mixed feelings about them. I don't think images from styled shoots should be used by photographers to show what they can do on a wedding day. Styled shoots and wedding days are two different beasts entirely. BUT I do think styled shoots have their place. I think they are a great way to inspire couples who are planning their weddings. And for me, I specifically want to inspire brides & grooms to make their weddings uniquely about THEM. I want them to feel complete freedom to put their own personalities and the things they LOVE into making their weddings unique. I think sometimes brides see something and copy it, and in this way, many weddings end up looking alike. But I love it when couples feel inspired to do something different that speaks to who they are. Enter the concept behind this styled shoot.

Our bride & groom were a real-life already-married couple, but the shoot was built around two characters who inspired the details and direction of the "wedding". Peyton and Dean met each other while in diapers and grew up as best friends. Things began to change their senior year of high school when the lifelong best friends began to cultivate a romantic relationship. Their relationship endured long-distance through college as Peyton attended Ole Miss and Dean played football for Washington State. The couple's combined interests of painting, cooking/baking, fly fishing, and wood working were incorporated into the details of their wedding.

We're so thrilled with how the shoot came out and hope that it inspires future brides & grooms to put their personalities into their weddings!

I love the intimate setting of this outdoor reception at the Royal Palms. The textures and colors were a feast for the senses:


The place cards paid homage to the couple's alma maters: Ole Miss for the girls and Washington State for the boys:



I couldn't get over this gorgeous linen provided by Wildflower Linens. It had the look of wood but was luxurious and soft. And how cute that the napkins were made into bows!


The spring flowers by Petal Pusher were so soft and romantic:


The favors were little salt & pepper shakers:



I love this sweet ceremony vignette:





Instead of traditional cake, the guests were served cake-pops: individual cake servings in push-pop form! What a unique and fun idea from Cuteology Cakes! This little cart was decked out with the cake-pops and super-fun tins with flowers and signs pointing to the couple's love for baking.


There were cake-pops for the boys with fishing poles on top and ones for the girls with painting boards -- again, incorporating some of the couple's hobbies. And I love the wood stand they are displayed in!



What a fun shoot! There are more photos and details over on the Elizabeth Anne Designs Blog feature. Click here to check it out!

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Equipment used for this shoot: Canon 5D Mark II // Canon 50mm 1.2 lens // Canon 24mm 1.4 lens // Canon 70-200 2.8 lens


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Jan
16
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S'Mores Bar


I love unique wedding ideas. I recently had the chance to shoot an adorable dessert bar created by the talented planners at Outstanding Occasions. And it's not just any dessert bar -- it's a s'mores bar!!!

It's only 9 in the morning but I'm suddenly craving chocolate and warm marshmallows.

This adorable table was put together by Heather, Jennifer & Rachel of Outstanding Occasions with stationery products & cute sign by Idieh Design and Linen by Wildflower Linen. Photos of this fun table are featured in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine. Here's some of the cuteness:


I love how each step is labelled clearly, and multiple chocolate and marshmallow options are provided for guests to customize their s'mores. Finally, instead of a bonfire, multiple Sterno's canned heat are provided to magically transform the creations into gooey perfection.


So fun!


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Nov
28
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Modern Wedding Shoot: Featured on Junebug!


I'm SOOOO excited to finally be able to share with you an amazing styled shoot that I recently got to be a part of! It is featured today over on Junebug Weddings! I partnered with the following vendors and the combined talent of this amazing team birthed this modern wedding inspiration concept!

Concept, planning & integration of a gazillion details: The girls from Outstanding Occasions
Styling: Alex Evjen of AVE Styles
Florist: Camelback Flowershop
Venue: W Scottsdale
Invitation & paper suite: Idieh Design
Models: The Agency Arizona
Dresses: Mariee Gallery
Make-up: Bliss Spa
Hair: Organic Hair Lounge
Pink Necklace: Laura Eva Designs
All other jewelry: Emmaquist
Shoes & Menswear: Saks Fifth Avenue
Linens & Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Cakes: Classic Cakes & Confections

I haven't participated in many styled shoots in the past. And I have mixed feelings about them. I don't think images from styled shoots should be used by photographers to show what they can do on a wedding day. Styled shoots and wedding days are two different beasts entirely. BUT I do think styled shoots have their place. I think they are a great way to inspire couples who are planning their weddings. And for me, I specifically want to inspire brides & grooms to make their weddings uniquely about THEM. I want them to feel complete freedom to put their own personalities and the things they LOVE into making their weddings unique. I think sometimes brides see something and copy it, and in this way, many weddings end up looking alike. But I love it when couples feel inspired to do something different that speaks to who they are. Enter the concept behind this styled shoot.

Our bride & groom were models but this shoot was built around two characters who inspired the details & direction of the "wedding." Tori, an interior designer and fashionista from LA, married Tyson, a quirky, Arizona guy who grew up riding horses. This modern couple juxtaposed masculine & feminine details throughout their wedding with a primarily black, white & grey color palette inserted with a pop of pink. Their love for fashion, horses and donuts also showed up in the details.

We're so thrilled with how the shoot came out and hope that it inspires future brides & grooms to put their personalities into their weddings!

Camelback Flowershop created two amazing bouquets and I fell in love with the zipper wrap on this one!


Tori & Tyson wore one look for the ceremony portion of the day and one look for the reception. This first dress is a WTOO dress with a sweetheart neckline. Tyson sports a checkered shirt, bow tie and tweed jacket.


I love the varied black and white patterns on the invitation suite that Heidi put together!



The details for the reception tables included ghost chairs, horse heads and pink painted succulents:



I had a lot of fun shooting around the fabulously modern W Scottsdale:


These three cakes from Classic Cakes & Confections were INCREDIBLE:


The second gown was a Matthew Christopher Dalia Dress and Tyson changed into a black polka dot tie:




Pink painted succulents also made an appearance as part of the escort cards:


In addition to the fabulous cakes, the reception included a designer donut table:



What a fun shoot! There are more photos and details over on the Junebug Weddings Blog feature. Click here to check it out!

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Equipment used for this shoot:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 50mm 1.2 lens
Canon 70-200 2.8 lens

For reception table shots:
Canon Speedlite 580 EX
Lumedyne HV Tinycycler Battery Pack
2 Pocketwizards
Light Stand with umbrella bracket and cold shoe
50" Softbox


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Jan
27
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Inspiring Details - The Special Event 2011


This week I was in detail heaven.

I was the sponsor photographer for The Special Event Wedding Lunch. The Special Event (TSE) is the largest tradeshow and conference in the world for event professionals. And this year, it was hosted in Phoenix by our very own Heather Crabtree and Jennifer Thinnes of Outstanding Occasions.

The Wedding Lunch is a HUGE event during the conference. A ballroom at the Phoenix Convention Center was transformed by amazingly talented vendors and planners into a grand lunching setting. There were 72 fully decorated tables showcasing 9 unique designs:


The theme for The Wedding Lunch this year was "In Love with Metallics." This was one of my favorite of the 9 table designs. I love how the light reflected off the mirrored vases:


In addition to the grand ballroom set-up, there were 7 galleries put together by some amazingly creative teams of vendors to inspire the guests with over-the top creative ideas for decor and details. I had the pleasure of shooting all of these galleries and the grand ballroom the evening before the event. I went in Tuesday night and shot details non-stop for four hours then stayed up till after 3am editing them so I could supply a CD of images that was then duplicated and handed out to the 800 attendees. That way they all went home with low-res images of the detail inspiration and they didn't need to worry about taking photos to remember it all themselves. Kinda brilliant!

I can't possibly share with you ALL the spectacular details from the 7 galleries. But I wanted to share some of my favorites.

The green gallery in the photo at the top of this post was sponsored by Fresh Wata - a boutique furniture and decor rentals company. I LOVE the color, the bench with the stripped pillows on it and the white chandelier hanging in the arbor. So fun!

This next gallery was sponsored by Wildflower Linen with help from Victoria Canada Weddings and Events - both local Phoenix companies. Check out the AMAZING colors, the custom dance floor provided by Platinum Pro and the to-die-for linens and chair covers:


This next gallery done by Tic Tock Couture Florals was one of the most creative. Talk about making a farm-theme sophisticated! Check out the cow on the wall! The other side of the room was bordered by a similar female cow and the cake was made out of cheese! I also love the dramatic lighting and bold color.


This booth was sponsored by Wendell Design Group Florist - another local company. They brought in 3D Sounds who donated a lighting package. It's amazing what a difference lighting makes in terms of the overall effect of the decor. I LOVE shooting events with professional lighting. It really takes details to the next level.


This final gallery by Napa Valley Linens was done in an "Old Hollywood" theme and was one of my favorites. There were SO many scrumptious details to shoot!



AMAZING!! Thanks to Heather and Jennifer for asking me to sponsor TSE Wedding Lunch! It was so fun to connect with so many talented vendors.

If you're a photographer and are interested in reading some tips on shooting details - click here! And click here if you're interested in my blog collage templates -- the means by which I made all these pretty photo combos!


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