One of the things I love about working with Melissa is being able to accompany brides and grooms in all sorts of weddings, from huge, 600-guest affairs with extensive wedding parties to elopements that involve just the bride and groom. And in both cases, we the photographers are with the happy couple throughout their events! No wonder we say it’s important to choose the right wedding photographer.
Anyway, the wedding of Anke & Marius was one of the latter types. They flew from Berlin, Germany to Las Vegas, Nevada with their son Philip to enjoy warm, sunny weather and the Vegas experience. We travelled in style: I rented a limo for them – an awesome stretch Escalade – and went on a tour of the Strip and Downtown. They got married at one of those great little wedding chapels (Elvis was not involved on this occasion). The day ended with shoes thrown off back at their hotel room at the Cosmopolitan just after sunset, on a balcony overlooking the dancing fountains at Bellagio.
It was great to meet the fabulous couple and their son (who was really really stoked to meet Spiderman!) and to spend this memorable afternoon with them in Vegas. Here’s a few shots from the day.
Aller guten Dinge sind drei!
This was a simple but spectacular wedding in so many ways. Tracee and Chance were married at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, NV last month. Everyone was from out of town, including us (mostly Utah) and the wedding had a bit of a vacation feel to it. It was so relaxed, heartfelt and incredibly sweet. I met Tracee and Chance face to face for the first time on their wedding day and fell in love with them immediately! We actually ended up staying with the couple and wedding party out until late that night. You can’t really say you’re close to the bride and groom until you’ve had pancakes with them at 2am!
Their son Harper was the life of the party and danced the night away. Man does he have the moves! He was also slightly obsessed with the cake but, to be honest, I can’t really blame him because it was delicious.
Also, a wedding isn’t complete unless there are sugar gliders involved… just sayin’.
Here are some of my favorites from a recent trash-the-dress session with Keri & Nino in Laguna Beach. Sometimes you think you have an idea of how a session will go before even starting. I had an idea of what photos I wanted to capture and the feeling I wanted to portray. The ocean had other plans!
First, we arrived to the beach that Keri had chosen and, well… there wasn’t much of a beach. Even during high tide there should have been something, but because of hurricane swell the waves were just incredibly huge (seriously – look!). They completely swallowed up the private little alcove! But it turned out not to be an issue for us. Everyone was really relaxed and having a good time. We spent the next 45 minutes searching various little access points and either the beach was nonexistent, was about to become nonexistent or was way too crowded. After much searching we finally settled on a nice little sandy spot that had some texture and wasn’t enveloped by the ocean… yet! The silly mood had started before we even started taking any photos because of the craziness of the situation.
As soon as the first wave touched Keri’s toes she was all grins! I think even in the most serious of moments you can catch her trying to hold back a smile. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in any photo session I’ve done! It was so much fun! We all ended up sandy and wet and absolutely delighted.
We had fun time in Sedona with Devan and John despite the oppressive heat! This location was chosen not only for it’s beauty, but on the assumption that it would be quite a bit cooler than the Phoenix area. For some unlucky reason it was just as hot in Sedona that day! But we had a great time; it was such a relaxed session since this couple had a nice chilled vibe.
Devan and John were actually the lucky winners of a free engagement session that I gave away at the Arizona Bridal Show! At the next show in January I will be doing the same giveaway! They were naturals in front of the camera.