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Pegah and Jefferson’s destination wedding- Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Mexico destination wedding

From the moment I met Pegah I felt like we were dear friends and I was beyond thrilled to be able to capture all the joyful and sentimental moments of her and Jefferson’s destination wedding. Cancun, Mexico became the meeting point for friends and family from all over the U.S. and world to gather and celebrate Pegah and Jefferson’s marriage. This was my first time in Cancun and the beauty of the ocean and soft white sand was astounding, I could sit and look at the changing color of the light and water forever. I had to pinch myself that I was lucky enough to photograph two amazing people in this serene inspiring environment. The ceremony was held on a picture perfect beach at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive Resort. The wedding ceremony had a traditional Persian wedding table, sofreyé aghd, that was a gorgeous white with pops of color against the blue sky and water. After the ceremony the real fun began. I always love the Persian wedding knife dance and of course the music! The party was held under the stars at the resort overlooking the beach. Dancing, tequila shots, sweat, laughter and a groomsman in the pool at the end of the night made this a most extraordinary wedding! All my love to Pegah and Jefferson and thank you for treating me like family!

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Wedding venue: Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive

JR and Emily’s Japanese Friendship Garden wedding- Phoenix, Arizona

The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is a little hidden gem and a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony and photographs. I was thrilled when JR and Emily contacted me about photographing their intimate wedding in the garden. They had a small and heartwarming ceremony officiated by a friend on a perfect Arizona winter day. JR is a photographer himself and for me it is always an extra honor whenever I have the chance to take pictures for a fellow photographer! It was great to get to know JR and Emily and I wish them much joy and happiness together.

Wedding venue: The Japanese Friendship Garden

Kathleen and Mark’s Poco Diablo Resort wedding- Sedona, Arizona

Dark clouds loomed in the distance much of the morning and early afternoon on Kathleen and Mark’s wedding day. Rain in the forecast was not welcome. As the ceremony time crept closer those heavy clouds moved farther and farther away. Kathleen and Mark were married at the gorgeous Poco Diablo Resort. I was in love with the huge cascading willow trees on the property, the green green grass lawn and of course the red rocks in the background. Mark and Kathleen met at school where they are both teachers and their wedding was very kid friendly with lots of dancing and bubbles. Kathleen and Mark are such a sincere and kind couple, I wish them love and happiness always.

Click here to see Mark and Kathleen’s adorable Scottsdale engagement session including their 2 Dachshunds.

Wedding Venue: Poco Diablo Resort
Officiant: Phillip Waring
Ceremony Music: Ray and Paul Van Diest (the groom’s uncles)
Wedding Dress: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique
Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Reception DJ: Rod Pyburn
Maid of Honor Dress/ Men’s Ties: The Dessy Group
My awesome second photographer: David Wallace

Paula and David’s Royal Palms wedding- Phoenix, Arizona

Paula and David met on a cruise ship, a trip they were both on with their parents. A trip where everyone else on the boat was about 30 or 40+ years older them. A journey along the Mediterranean Sea is a pretty fabulous place to begin a relationship. Paula and David now both live in Washington DC so Arizona was a destination wedding for them and many of their guests including an whole contingency of family from Italy. During Paula and David’s engagement session last winter they kept me and each other laughing throughout the shoot so I knew their wedding was going to be fun. They had a unique plan for their day with a religious, and emotional, ceremony at Brophy Chapel for their close family in the early afternoon followed by a second ceremony in front of all their guests at the Royal Palms later in the day (with an In-N-Out Burger run in the middle). The historic Royal Palms is an exquisite venue for a wedding with meandering walkways around the property and views of Camelback Mountain towering above. Paula was an absolutely beautiful bride. In my previous engagement session blog post I wrote that David was rather handsome, but on his wedding day in a tuxedo and bow tie he was downright dashing. The party got going with music from the live band Sapphire Sky. One of my favorite parts of the party was when Paula and all her girlfriends danced their hearts out to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.” Thank you Paula and David for including me in your wonderful wedding!

Click here to see Paula and David’s engagement session pictures.

Ceremony: Brophy Chapel
Reception: Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Ceremony music: Celebration Strings
Band: Sapphire Sky
Dress: Monique lilheur
Bridesmaids dress: J. Crew
Tuxedo: DNKY
Invitations & stationary: The Paper Source

Photographing a destination wedding

I have my rituals when getting ready to photograph a wedding. I make sure my gear is clean, batteries charged, camera bags packed, directions printed and wedding timeline in hand. Life gets more complicated when the wedding is a destination wedding. I have shot a number of destination weddings in California and elsewhere but last April I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning wedding in Italy. I love to travel so having the opportunity to photograph in Tuscany at a five star luxury hotel, Villa La Vedetta, was an absolute joy.

Anyone who has seen what I typically have in the trunk of my car at a wedding knows I like to bring a lot of gear. I don’t like being unprepared so I have extras of anything and everything I might possibly need. In the weeks leading up to Italy I knew I had to be smart about what I packed and what could be left at home. The number one criteria was that was all of my photography gear had to fit in my carry on and NEVER leave my side. This included my camera bodies, Pocket Wizards, strobes, cords, lenses, batteries, memory cards, power adapters and my laptop. Never bag check anything you aren’t willing to loose.

I flew into Florence, Italy two days before the wedding so I was able to acclimate to the 9 hour time difference from Phoenix. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to walk and Florence is ideal because you can walk everywhere. I could get from one end of the city to the other in 30 minutes at a meandering pace. While walking around I found a ton of cool little alleyways and cobblestone streets off the crowed tourist path that would be perfect later in the week for Carol and Adam’s portrait session.

With travel comes a need to figure the best way to secure the photos after they are shot. I admit that I can get a bit paranoid about digital files so after the wedding I had everything backed up in 3 places while I was traveling- my computer, an external hard drive (that I carried in my purse at all times) and I left all the original images on the SD cards.

I am not going to pretend that photographing an international wedding isn’t work. It is and it comes with its own unique set of stresses but being there to capture the magic was worth all the hours of planning and logistics.

My passport is current and I am ready for the next adventure.

Click here to see more photos from Carol and Adam’s Villa La Vedetta wedding set on a hillside overlooking Florence and the Arno River.

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On a side note click here to check out The Fashion Coloring Book the bride authored.

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