This is one of the most emotional and soulful weddings I have ever had the privilege to record. These guys are so in love, and are so happy and fulfilled to be together! They have such interesting lives, having both traveled extensively, including while serving Christian missions in difficult and sketchy places around the world spreading the Good News.
They paid special attention to the details of family, showing respect and honor for their family members present and past. The wedding colors were subtle pastels. The flowers were an unusual drier variety, perfect for Las Vegas and the Springs Preserve gardens.
This union brought so many smiles and tears of happiness and hugs that it brought me out of the moment, out of my laser-focused job of recording it all. Some weddings you can’t help but feel a part of.
Big thanks to 2nd photographer Juliana Goldberg, who did a fine job as an associate 2nd. I think she’s ready for full weddings!
The day after their intimate yet glorious wedding out at Valley of Fire Park Monica and Asa got engaged! Or so it appears in these wonderfully light, love-filled happy photos down at Nelson’s Landing, aka Eldorado Canyon, one of the very best places in the Vegas area to photograph. Owners Bobbie and Tony are completely welcoming to folks wanting to be photographed in their desert beauty.
This man is a pharmacist. But he’s also a sheep rancher. When I interviewed them about themselves, he didn’t say much at all about pharmacy, but he lit up about his ranch and his flock. He clearly loves his avocation. So the look and feel and topic of their family portrait was obvious to me.
These guys wanted a family photo that was a little different. So they got all dressed up. I busted out my big studio lights. We went to the gorgeous Aria hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. And we made gorgeous.
Smartly, they got permission from management to make our photo, so we were not even approached by security. This family were good sports, letting us pose them while we moved our lights from left to right. I don’t know about you, but I love it – don’t they look hot!?
Because it is much more challenging, and because it looks so different, I must say that this kind of styled, studio-lighted photography is among my favorite types of family photography.
But I also love the simpler family portrait in the park, like these below we did yesterday.
Tory L Cooper Wedding and Event Planners donated their overabundance of talent to CAMELOT – the big fundraiser for Opportunity Village. With an army of volunteers from throughout the Las Vegas community, one of the Opportunity Village campuses was transformed into a winter wonderland.
Virtually every thing and everybody’s time was donated in the service of raising funds for this most excellent and efficient charity. I will attempt to list the many incredibly generous vendors as I get that information.
More than 80% of Opportunity Village’s funds are privately raised. Over 98% of the money raised at this year’s CAMELOT goes directly to funding Opportunity Village.
Hat tip to the pastry artists at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA, for donating this exquisite, elegant, indescribably delicious feast of sweets for Opportunity Village’s Camelot fundraiser. At the end of an evening of entertainment and generosity, all the guests were met with this kaleidoscopic exhibition of excellence. Having missed the dinner service, I snuck one or two. All I can say is “Vive la France!”