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When Jennifer Met Chris

April 24, 2012 | By | No Comments

They were destined to be together! Chris was transferred to Jennifer’s high school school his senior year for only 3 months. Instant attraction. Too bad Jennifer was dating his best friend at the time! They remained “just friends” for a long time even though they saw each other alot. Finally after “making eyes” at one another for 9 years, they started dating. The two of them have gone through a lot together and have built a strong foundation of trust, love, and admiration. Anyone that gets to know them, sees this right away. Jennifer and Chris, you are a great couple. It was a pleasure getting to know you.
Congratulations! You guys Rock!
                                                                                                    Love the Red Converse!                                                                              Lucky Charm has deep meaning for them so this was the perfect pic.
                                                                                           Showing off her Figgie Shoes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love Jennifer’s dress

A great way to end the photo session

 

Hair & Make up: Stevee Danielle
Shoes: Figgie Shoes
Dress: Davids Bridal
Suit: Joseph Banks
Pearl Necklace: Chris’ Grandmother
Rings: Blue Nile

Jennie & Jonas – Family Portraits

April 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

These beautiful guys were visiting Vegas from northern Europe, via California, where they now live. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, fun, relaxed family. We spent an hour or so over at Sunset Park in Henderson. I love how we created formal, lit portraits and in-the-moment photojournalistic photos alike.
Jennie’s sister was kind and generous enough to arrange this photo shoot for her sister and her family.

Margaret & Judd – Griffin Mansion, Loews Lake Las Vegas, Desert Bridal

April 7, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

I can’t rave enough about Margaret and Judd, two of the finest people we’ve ever had the honor to photograph, and to get to know. I love that these guys scheduled dedicated time for “Trash The Dress” bride & groom portraits, several days after their wedding. It’s a great way to go, for so many reasons.

  1. It takes the pressure off on the wedding day – I don’t feel like I have to drag my couple away from their friends and family to make special portraits. Everybody’s more relaxed.
  2. We have time to do it right. In the portrait above, we drove 45 minutes to the Boulder City Dry Lake Bed, I set up some serious studio lighting, and we made gorgeous portraits I simply couldn’t make on the day of the wedding. We gave ourselves time, and the results show.
  3. In the same vein, we were able to visit multiple locations on our Trash The Dress session. In addition to the dry lake bed we spent time at the luxurious Loew’s Lake Las Vegas.

Wedding Dress by: Bridal Party Dresses by. I love the open, light-filled spaces throughout Griffin Mansions.Margaret did such an incredible job planning just about every detail. Beautiful mother and beautiful bride.Literally hours before this photo was made, this green grass was a dug-up dirt driveway, with the amazing landscaping crew furiously racing to transform the driveway into this beautiful lawn. Well done!Moments before Margaret walked out toward her new life with Judd the Stud.The beautiful bride, anxious, happy, content.Here she comes!Judd and the bridal party – everyone looking so fine.Don’t you just wanna kiss him, too?
Yet another great detail planned & executed by Margaret – a perfect sparkler exit.I didn’t notice the full moon until I started editing photos. Fun shot! Fun group!More Trash The Dress awesomeness.We walked around Loew’s Lake Las Vegas, making pretty photos. Everybody is so friendly out at Lake Las Vegas.
LOVE this!While many of the props, and all of the lighting is mine, the mega cool and personalized backdrop for this Crazy Corner is all Margaret and Judd. I love the look and personalization.

WEDDING VENDORS – the following people and businesses made this gorgeous wedding possible.

Venue for Ceremony & Reception: Griffin Mansions

“Getting Ready” for the guys: The English Manor

“Getting Ready” for the ladies: Platinum Hotel

Wedding Dress Designer: Martina Liana

Wedding Dress Purchased: Mariee Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ

Bridal Party Dresses: Las Vegas Bridal Gowns

Men’s Suits: Tuxedo Junction

Wedding Rings: Bulfer’s Fine Jewelry of La Jolla & The Jewelers of Las Vegas

Flowers: Mayesh

Crazy Corner Fabric: Jo-Ann’s

Crazy Corner “M&J” lettering: Hobby Lobby

Jolene and Darcy at the verdant JWMarriott

April 6, 2012 | By | No Comments

How fortunate am I to be the guy entrusted with recording the countless magic moments that take place on your wedding day?! The excitement of getting ready, the anticipation of first sight, the emotions of the public ceremony – committing for life in front of family and friends forever, the relief of post-ceremony portraits, and the joy and happiness of the toasts and dances and party. What a way to make a living, right?

I love this final portrait of Jolene and Darcy, clearly exhausted yet looking great after their giant day. They had hired me to stay an extra hour and a half because things were running a little late. I’m SO glad they asked me to stay a little as we got some of the best shots, and best emotions of the day, in that final hour.

The beginning of the day started out pretty awesome, too! Check out the beautiful bride coming down the aisle with mom and dad. Radiant!

Elvis just happened to be out at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, and Darcy’s best men kept slipping him cash to let us do some fun shots on his awesome pink 56 Cadillac. Very Vegas baby!We’re lucky enough to have one of Frank Gehry’s extraordinary architectural objects right here in Las Vegas – the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. We played all around this spectacular space. Fittingly, both Frank Gehry and my beautiful bridal party are examples of Canada’s finest.
Fixing to get back to the reception for some spirits and dancing and laughter.A quick intimate quiet shot of the lovely Jolene.Just married. Looking very fly in the lush gardens of JW Marriott in Las Vegas.I love the beautiful effects one can get using off-camera lights. And these guys are troopers for standing behind a waterfall for me! I make my couples work! 🙂Scrumptious food all over.Jolene’s mom and the little angel flower girl. Two of the three stars of the day.The three stars.This one knows she’s something special 🙂A quiet moment during the heartfelt & eloquent toast from Jolene’s dad.Jolene’s studly dad.The groom, looking kinda fly. Just married the woman of his dreams. He’s feeling good.One of the final shots of the evening.

Cake to you, gently.

WEDDING PROFESSIONALS:

Venue: JW Marriott

Portraits: The Cleveland Clinic

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Veil & Tiara: The Bridal Debut in Alberta, Canada

Bridal Party Dresses: Impressions Bridesmaids

Rings: Spence Diamonds & Paris Jewellers

Flowers: Julie Reed Events

Catering: JW Marriott

Hair & Makeup: Stevee Danielle

Limo: Rent the Party Bus

Off-the-Strip Wedding @ The Lake Club Lake Las Vegas

March 5, 2012 | By | No Comments

Yay! Venue Safari blog just published the gorgeous wedding of Denise & Scott at the uniquely private and comfortable The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas. Cool blog – check it out! Hat tip to Adam Trujillo for excellent 2nd photography!
Wedding Blog: Venue Safari
Flowers: Blossoms by Gayle
Makeup: Makeup in the 702 – Megan Payne
Dress: Dress by Alfred Angelo
Tuxedos: Bowties Bridal
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Pastor: Officiant – Pastor Pete

Denise & Scott at The (Verdant) Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas

January 11, 2012 | By | No Comments

Denise and Scott are one of my favorite couples ever. They celebrated their gorgeous wedding with lots of family and friends at the incomparably beautiful The Lake Club @ Lake Las Vegas.

The Lake Club is truly one of my favorite places to photograph a wedding, for so many reasons:

  • Lush, Green, Beautiful
  • Water water everywhere
  • Intimate, human-scale layout, easy to walk everywhere you need to go
  • First rate staff with tremendous experience and elán
  • Private, absolutely no tourists traipsing through your gorgeous wedding
  • Only 30 minutes from The Strip – yet secluded, exclusive, comfortable, quiet

Denise and Scott did a 2 hour pre-wedding shoot where all of the formals, bridals and bride and groom shoots were done.  When couples choose this route, it eliminates  the stress associated with wanting to hurry to get back to your guests. This is the new trend with couples.  One might wonder if the thrill and excitement of “first sight” is gone but, not at all.  Denise and Scott were still filled with emotion  and excitement as she walked down the aisle. I highly recommend doing pre-wedding formals, for the very best portraits, and for dramatically less stress for everyone.

Venue: The Lake Club at Las Vegas with Sophia Bettelhein and Shawna Michelle Kellis

Ceremony: Pastor Pete with Elegant vegas weddings

DJ: Manny Ramos with Thirty Three Group

Hair: Tonia with Bombshell Beauty

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Makeup: Megan Payne with Make up in the 702

Tuxedos: Bow Ties Tuxedo

Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers: Blossoms by Gayle

Centerpieces: Kelly Larsen (step mom)

Cake: Chef Flemming with The Lake Club

Second Photography: Adam Trujillo

Linens: The Lake Club