Wed at The Castle at Ashley Manor

Carlos and Sonia were wonderful to have as clients. This stunning couple is so fun and made their day as unique as their love for one another! As usual, The Castle at Ashley Manor did a fantastic job hosting this wedding. Elegance and romance are perfectly mixed at this venue every time. At the end of the night, the couple and their guests released Chinese Wish Lanterns. This was a special addition to the night. Around the world, sky lanterns have been traditionally made for centuries, to be launched for play or for special festivities. So happy to have been a part of the start to their lives together!

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HAIR & MAKEUP – LINDSEY LEMON BENAY 

CAKE – PIECE OF CAKE 

DJ – DJ JEFF NEILSON

Happy New Year to YOU!

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Happy New Year to all of those who have supported us this year and the years before it! We have had some of the greatest events we could hope for. We are so excited for what 2014 will bring us! Cheers to you!

Wrigley Mansion Hosts Bridal Show THIS Weekend

THIS Saturday and Sunday, The Wrigley Mansion is hosting a great bridal showcase with plenty of vendors to check out.

I wanted to share some of the fantastic wedding and reception images I have had the honor of capturing at this amazing venue. Jeff and Alexi (reception at Wrigley Mansion) & Mike and Laura (Wedding and Reception at Wrigley Mansion) are pictured in the slideshow below.

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The Wrigley Mansion‘s coordinator, Liz Dodds, is wonderful to work with. I would definitely check out this venue when you get the opportunity, or better yet, this Saturday or Sunday at the bridal showcase! Hope to see you there!

For more information on how I can create amazing images that you will cherish forever, call or email me today.  602-254-1711 or Harley@HarleyBonham.com

FREE Bridal Show THIS Weekend: Wrigley Mansion

Come see us and check out The Wrigley Mansion THIS Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25. We will be accompanied by some great wedding vendors at this FREE Bridal Show.

List of the bridal companies to be at the Wrigley’s showcase THIS WEEKEND:

Pacific Event Production & Linens
TableTops Etc.
Special Event Linens
LUX Floral
La Dolce Cake
Click Photo Booth
Harley Bonham Photography
Honeymoon Sweets Cake
Lisa Pressman, Pianist
Candy Bar Curator, Mia Goldenson
All About Transportation
Designs by Claudia
Celebrations in Paper
Mr. Formal
Odessey Travel
Helland Photography
Rev. Gio
Rev. Paul Michael
Amina Some Like It Hot Classic
SKM Entertainment
AZ Photo Booth
Life Design Wedding Coordinator
Trish Peartree, Wedding Coordinator
Fashion show by Teonna Earp

See the Fox 10 News Release on the Event: Wrigley Mansion to host bridal showcase.

The Wrigley Mansion is a fantastic venue rich in history and a serene view.  This Phoenix venue is a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr.

The Wrigley Mansion Club 
2501 E. Telawa Trail
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
602-955-4079
www.wrigleymansionclub.com

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Still Newlyweds After 25 Years!

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I recently had the honor of photographing Carol and Wayne’s 25-year Vow Renewal at Carefree Resort.  What an inspiration!  Julie and I only have 6 years behind us and I hope we are THIS adorable when we reach that milestone.  When she walked down the aisle you could just see that the spark was still there.  Even more fun was taking them out for pictures at sunset once the weather cooled off a little.

Congratulations, lovebirds, and thank you for allowing me to be there on such a special day!!

The little moments make the big picture

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Jeff and Alexi were wed in the gorgeous Central United Methodist church. I am so thankful when I am able to shoot weddings in venues this beautiful. The bride and groom had a love that was easy to capture through my lens. The colors of the venues (wedding at Central United Methodist church and reception at Wrigley Mansion) were so vibrant and the sunset that evening just popped. I love when all of the pieces of the evening fall into place for the bride and groom.

 

The professionals of this wedding:

D.J. – Elliot Mogermon
Florist – Community Florist (550 W Mcdowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003)
Cake – Honey Moon Sweets (606 W Southern Ave #1,  Tempe, AZ 85282)
Phoenix String Quartet

Improvising a studio

I’ve shot sessions in unusual or cramped spaces but this was a first.

We recently made a trip to Denver to visit Julie’s sister and family; it’s our favorite “heat escape” during the summer PLUS they just had a beautiful baby girl, Madeline, 8 weeks ago.  We shot several sessions over the course of the week and had a great variety of images from different indoor and outdoor scenes.  The biggest challenge, however, was an improvised idea for a black-and-white family session.  We needed a black backdrop and a dark room, neither of which we had.  After much thought I decided we could make it work in their upstairs bedroom and we tacked a brown sheet to the wall.  The bedroom was cramped and a mess after Dom’s birthday party but we made it work even though we were all exhausted.  I had to shoot from down the hallway and had just enough room to keep the doorframe out of the shots.  When you see what the room looked like it’s hard to imagine that we were able to pull this off; you’ll see what I mean in the last image of the slideshow.

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Celebrate Your Ceremony Site

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Your ceremony site is a place where your vows are said and the beginning of the rest of your life is before you for the first time as a married couple. Why not use it as a backdrop for a few of your formal images? If  photographed correctly, the images will turn out stunning and it will be a great way to commemorate your ceremony site.

Jordan and Kelcie (pictured above at The Legacy Ballroom in Scottsdale, Arizona) had a stunning ceremony set up. I am so happy we were able to capture a few images of them amongst the setting.

Thinking In A New Light

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As a photographer progresses, it is easy to fall into a certain pattern of doing things.  While it contributes to consistency it can sometimes mean doing the same things over and over; I often like to get away from that.  Every couple and venue is different and that helps to inspire new ideas to break up the patterns.  I’m lucky to have a great team with me and I encourage them to share ideas; 3 heads are always better than one.  Michael and Lia have contributed some fantastic ideas which makes my job easier.

Thinking in a “new light” can be challenging at times and easy at others.  The above image, taken at the Boojum Tree with Nick & Alexandra, is an image where we didn’t want to do the usual “getaway car” shot. It paid off and has created a monumental piece for from their big day.  I often use back lighting and decided that the headlights would fill that need perfectly.  After that it was just a matter of adding some subtle, off-camera fill flash from the front for a romantic shot to finish the story.  If figured it would be a perfect “last-page” shot in their album.

These are moments where I truly get to create images, and not just take pictures….these are some of the things I cherish in my job.