The gift of a child.


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Not long after Julie and I wed I entered yet another magical period of my life…my wife’s pregnancy and the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Reagan Elizabeth. Suddenly, I became enamored with “the baby bump” and then little fingers, little toes, little ears, and that precious little nose! As much as I love the various projects, events and weddings that I shoot, there’s nothing more glorious than the squirming, squealing, whole-body experience of a baby’s smile. I am captivated and forever changed.

Below you will see a few of the couples I have had the honor of capturing. It’s been an amazing journey to watch through my lens and I look forward to sharing the same special moments with you as you fall in love and grow families of your own.

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Red Mountain Ranch with Mike & Amber

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Red Mountain Ranch is a a great place to be married. The view is spectacular for the guests and the Bride & Groom. The ability to walk from the aisle to the reception area is an easy transition for your guests and bridal party! The colors which accent the exterior and interior are great for all wedding color pallets.

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Special Moments Revealed

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As a Bride & Groom it is so important that you hire a photographer who can rise to challenge of capturing the essence of your day in every sense possible.  A photographer needs to be able to capture emotions as well as anything tangible.

Special moments are the memories which make your big day last. Jeremy & Rory’s day had so many moments worth remembering. Whether it was the Bride’s “first look” with her father, or the touching moment shared between the Bride & Groom before they walked down the aisle (above), the day was full of emotion for everyone.

I am so honored to be able to capture moments like these for my friends.  Congrats to Jeremy and Rory.

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Wedding: “Different Pointe of View” in Phoenix, Arizona.

Venue Spotlight: Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center

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Kevin and Jennifer had their March wedding at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. The venue was absolutely stunning and fit the couple perfectly. This venue really allowed for my team to capture the best images. We were able to gain access to an upper level to allow for an overview of the whole ceremony. Also, the lighting opportunities for the ceremony AND reception added just the right amount of drama! I would definitely recommend Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center to any bride & groom looking for simple elegance on their big day!

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Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center7700 E McCormick Pkwy  Scottsdale, AZ 85258

“Aisles of STYLE” this May!

THIS May 11, come check out the latest wedding styles and trends at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona! You can register or contact Thee Wedding Warehouse using the information below. Prizes, Food, Entertainment and MORE! The vendor list is amazing, so you are able to book all your needs and finalize the planning for your big day!

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Thee Wedding Warehouse

Wedding and Event Specialists

 500 N. Bullard Suite C29

Goodyear, AZ 85338

(623)332-9831

www.theeweddingwarehouse.com

Sneak(er) Down the Aisle!

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I love it when a couple thinks outside the box to make that style statement! It makes their wedding images that much more fun to capture.

Alan and Marti decided to “sneak” down the aisle by adding a little sneaker to pizazz to their feet. I loved how Marti added details of pearls and a pop of color to set it all off for this bridal party. These are the type of details which get your guests talking and add great memories to your day for everyone.

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Sometimes what holds a bride back from making such a bold style statement is the inability to find the right bridesmaid dress or proper venue. These things all need to jive together and I think that Marti did a great job of getting all of the details to compliment each other. The wedding and reception were held at the University Club. It was a great venue for this trendy wedding.

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39 E. Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004

A Lasting Impression…

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The “First Look” is a great time for a bride to present herself for the first time to loved one’s she cares for most. The “First Look” doesn’t have to be solely reserved for the Bride and Groom. I have captured many moments between a Bride and her father or even a Bride and her grandfather. To some brides, this moment is incredibly important and most of all, incredibly memorable.

The picture above is of Anna is one of my favorite “First Look” images of a Bride to her grandfather. No words could properly describe the emotions in the room. That is why I love my job, capturing the moment is by far the best way to hold onto that memory.

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Lindsey and John’s wedding at Grayhawk Golf Club

Some stories really get me choked up.  I met them last year through a wonderful wedding planner, Janet Finden with http://www.causeforcelebration.co/.  Anyway, about 6 months back Lindsey emailed me to say John had been diagnosed with Leukemia and they were going to have to cancel the wedding.  I was heartbroken thinking about what they would be going through; I lost my dad to cancer 3 years ago and know how difficult that process can be.  Well, an hour later she emailed again saying “I got in trouble…John says no way we are cancelling and the wedding is ON!”  I was thrilled more for his positive attitude than anything else.  The good news is he was declared CANCER FREE before the wedding!

The wedding was beautiful and emotional and we were really fired up to be there for the celebration.  Grayhawk Golf Club was the setting and we had a stunning sunset.  We were also thrilled to work AGAIN with Jeremy from Ray the DJ; he also provided some gorgeous uplighting and a gobo of the couple’s name which was projected on the wall.  Congratulations Lindsey and John; I love you guys!!!

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A cool boutique!

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I discovered a great resource for the bride, mom, bridesmaids…really anyone who wants designer handbags, shoes and other accessories.  Ok, so I also realize it’s a little odd that a GUY would write about this so I have to give credit to the wife for suggesting the current blog post!

The boutique is called De Noce Ferrer.  Owner Amy Mancuso (already a much sought-after wedding consultant) opened the shop a few months ago.  I had worked with her on a wedding recently and offered to help her out with some photography for a bunch of her product line.  Her product line is stunning as you see in the pictures!!

I asked her where the idea came from:  “I found there wasn’t just one place that a Bride, Mother of the Bride, Bridesmaids, or any woman could go to find a large selection of just Designer Bridal/Evening Shoes and Luxury Handbags,” she said.  “The department stores have some selection, but there wasn’t a store just dedicated specifically for those items.”   Amy told me her product is pretty exclusive: “We carry shoe Designers such as Badgley Mischka and Benjamin Adams, as well as Luxury handbags by Judith Leiber and Sondra Roberts.”  I can attest to the quality because Julie LOVED the sandals I bought for her…I gotta score the points when I can.

Check out the images and pay Amy a visit; it’s very impressive!

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7144 E. Stetson Dr., Suite  C203
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
Located on the 2nd Floor – The Shops at Southbridge
Enter through either Destiny’s Bride or Savvi by Mr. Formal

Shabby Chic Hits The Aisle

Shabby Chic is one of the most popular trends hitting weddings today. It is a contemporary spin on the vintage lace look.

Some of my recent brides have really shown off their style by using props. Others have chosen venues to give the right atmosphere such as The Boojum Tree Hidden Garden (Greg & Julie), My Vintage Venue (Gabe & Felicia) and The Windmill Winery (Charlie & Nicky) .

A few of my brides have gravitated toward the trend through their wedding dress and other garments. Alexi and Grace both looked stunning in their lace wedding dresses. Felicia’s garter was perfect for her vintage inspired wedding.

This trend has been a photographer’s dream to capture. Each bride makes it so different and the colors allow for a great image without being overbearing.

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A Wedding at Oakwood Country Club

This past May I spent the day with Zach and Jay. They chose Oakwood Country Club for their wedding venue. It was great for their “first look” shots (below) and their wedding overlooked the pond.

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At sunset we had a great time capturing their love for each other. As the evening moved along, the reception hall allowed for plenty of space for dancing the night away! What a great wedding!

The Group Shots: Perfectly Diverse Images

I stopped counting the weddings I have shot at 100. With the help of the great couples I have worked with, I have gotten to create such unique group shots!! Take a look!

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The Huddle:

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Groom-Centered Shot:

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The Peek-A-Boo Kiss Shot:kiss

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The “Lift ‘Em” Shot:laying

The line Up Shot:

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Add a Prop Shot:

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Stairway to Heaven Shot:

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Walk With Me Shot:

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Mimicking Shot: Pictured here is “The Bridesmaids”

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Keyhole Shot:

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Out of Focus Shot:

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The Party Shot:

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The Playful Shot:

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The Shoes Shot:

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Do you have more ideas? Comment below and let me know! I love when people can think of some really creative things!