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Reed & Taylor - Four Seasons Wedding

Have you ever seen that FRIENDS episode - the one where the girls tell Joey that he should become friends with a girl BEFORE getting serious with her? But then Joey just tries dating his current friends instead of meeting new ones? Classic Joey.

It's true that often the best romantic relationships grow from friendships ... luckily for Reed and Taylor, the transition was more natural than for Joey. They met the summer before their freshman year of college through a group of friends and spent many of their last days of freedom hanging out together. As the summer came to a close and it was time to head to school, Reed and Taylor discovered they were in the same dorm and saw each other a lot. He thought she was wild and fun; she thought he was kind and genuine, and by the end of their sophomore year at ASU they knew... this was more than just a great friendship ... this was love. The kind of love that is deepened by a true friendship, the kind of love that lasts forever.

Reed and Taylor exchanged vows on Saturday at Four Seasons Troon North in Scottsdale, surrounded by family and friends.

I was swooning over the peonies in Taylor's beautiful bouquet done by The Flower Studio.

Taylor looked stunning in her Priscilla of Boston gown:

Numerous emotional toasts in the bride's suite marked the momentous day:

Reed and Taylor saw each other before the ceremony and that gave us a chance to get some fun portraits of the two of them around the property:

The bridal party was a good looking bunch:

I adore the girls' dusty pink ruffle dresses:

The guys looked dapper:

This sweet grandma cried all the way down the aisle:

Taylor was escorted by her father:

What a beautiful location for a sunset ceremony:

Husband and wife!

The ballroom and reception details were so elegant:

The first dance:

The Instant Classics Band got the party rockin':

Congratulations Taylor & Reed! It was an honor to be a part of your wedding!

To see even more photos from this day, click here to view the slideshow!

Vendors: Ceremony & Reception Venue: Four Seasons Troon North // Wedding Planner: Something Blue Events // Florist: The Flower Studio // Hair: Soti from Rumors Salon // Makeup: A Glamorous You // Stationery: Celebrations in Paper // Band: The Instant Classics


Equipment used for this wedding: Canon 5D Mark II // Canon 50mm 1.2 lens // Canon 24mm 1.4 lens // Canon 70-200 2.8 lens // 2 Canon Speedlite 580 EXs // Gary Fong Lightsphere // 2 Lumedyne HV Tinycycler Battery Packs // 2 Pocketwizards // Light Stand with umbrella bracket and cold shoe

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Frivolous Friday vol. 15

Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Favorite Outfit of the Week: Top: Anthropologie / Striped maxi skirt: Nordstrom / Necklace: Charming Charlie / Bracelet: Ruche / Platform flip-flops: Aldo

My weekend off included breakfast out with friends, shopping for clothes (a black blazer & nude pumps were among my finds), church, and a DBacks game with photographer friends. SO. MUCH. FUN.

Highlight of the week: Gotta be the aforementioned weekend. Also being reunited with my pretty, looks-like-new iMac after 5 long days apart.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Tried to convince the Apple genius guy that Apple should make computers that don't require $800 repairs just because they reside in the same house as a humidifier.
2 -- Rescued a bird from my screened in porch. Poor thing was so stunned from flying into the screen repeatedly that it let me pick it up.

Dixie-dog got an I'm-the-cutest-ever haircut.

Celebrating: A bit of balance. Worked out like a fiend & had quality time with God. Love a week with that combo.

Shooting this cute couple's wedding tomorrow! Excited to share their photos with you on Monday!

Feeling Blessed: Sara is back in the office after a week-long vacation. And I can once again resume the transfer of items from my to-do list to her to-do list. :)

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Annapolis, Maryland MJ2DAY photography workshop

Remember these two?

Dave and Jessica not only are super-cute and hired me to shoot their NYC engagement shoot and Scottsdale destination wedding, but they own a gorgeous home in Annapolis, Maryland....at which we are hosting the upcoming MJ2DAY workshop in June!!!

I'm SO excited! Usually we have photographers host out-of-state workshops, but Jessica (see below for her cute mug) co-owns a wedding stationery business -- MJ Paperie -- as well as a custom calligraphy business -- Jessica Haley Ink -- and jumped at the chance to have a group of wedding photographers descend on her home for two days.

I talked with her a bit to make sure she wasn't crazy. She assured me she wasn't and showed me a photo of her house. And I was sold.

All of the following photos were sent to me from Jessica. This is her and Dave's gorgeous home on the bank of Whitehall Creek only 10 minutes driving or boating distance from quaint downtown Annapolis:

And here is a photo of the back of the house from a boat on the creek:

The view from the back deck. Can't wait to do our workshop lunches on it!

And here's a photo of downtown Annapolis where we will be going out to dinner as a group and possibly shooting:

I wanted to share all this with those of you who may be undecided as to whether or not to sign up. DO IT!!

We only have 4 spots left!

For those of you who are from the area (DC, Baltimore, VA, even New England) -- we likely won't be coming back your way for a few years. We only do 2 out-of-state workshops per year and try to go to different locations each year. This is your chance to attend a workshop in your neck of the woods!

For those of you who do not live near Annapolis, the good news is -- it's easy to get to! BWI is the most convenient airport to fly into. It is a Southwest Airlines hub and is located only 30 minutes from Dave & Jessica's home. DCA is another airport option and is located 45 minutes from the workshop site.

And, a reminder for those attending or thinking about attending the Annapolis workshop -- this give-away is still up for grabs!

Click here for more information about the cost of the workshop and what is included.
Click here to read reviews on the blogs' of past attendees to find out the value of the workshop.
Click here to see a video and get an idea of what the workshop will be like.
Click here to find out why filling every spot in this workshop will provide clean drinking water for 220 people.
Click here to see the fun free stuff you will get from our sponsors for attending.
Click here to email me if you read all of the above and still have any excuses for not signing up.

And click here to claim your spot now!

Hope to see you there!

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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!


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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Frivolous Friday vol. 14

Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Favorite Outfit of the Week: Top: Forever 21 / Skinny cords: Loft / Yellow belt: Target / Heels: Alloy / Earrings: Nordstrom

Dreading this. The hundreds are not supposed to hit until mid-May. That should be the rule anyway.

Highlight of the week: Reading this blog post. It made me cry.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Got my first 2 hour massage. Crazy amazing. Four years later, massage Tuesday is still in effect.
2 -- Removed hundreds of burrs from my dog throughout the course of the week. Although my backyard was sprayed for weeds, it was apparently too late and now my yard is just one enormous dead weed o' burrs. Want to come over? :)

On the bright side, the flowers I planted in January are still alive and kicking in the front yard. And people mostly see the front yard.

Celebrating: Got a slew of sign-ups for the Annapolis, Maryland MJ2DAY this week! It's nearly filled up and less than 2 months out! Can't wait to meet the group! We have a few spots left, so pass the word -- especially if you know any photographers in the DC/Baltimore area!

Have had it on my list for 6 months now to take my iMac in to get a screen issue fixed. For 6 months, we've had to to move photos to the one little quarter of the screen that is crystal clear in order to properly edit them. With two people working full-time and two computers, there's never a convenient time to be without one. Sara is heading out on vacation though, so today is the day!

Feeling Blessed: Have the weekend off from shooting and am going to do my best to reawaken my non-workaholic self. Wish me luck!

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