Pat & Laney: A Wedding at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Pat and Laney’s Wedding: The Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Pat and Laney were married at the Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

First up of course was a great moment taken by my assistant Ray.  I love the boy’s (Pat’s Son) expressions.  In fact, he turned out to be a great subject for photos all day long.  He was always doing funny things and always had a very expressive face.  I enjoyed having him around very much.

Getting ready for a Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

While we were waiting on something to be found, I asked the bride to step to the sliding glass door of the room to take a quick portrait.  It is one of my favorites of the day.  Which reminds me that the best portraits don’t necessarily take a lot of planning and lighting effort.  Sometimes it is just a matter of seeing a good lighting condition and capturing a natural expression.

Getting ready, bride, Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The flowers were designed by Amy’s Floral Design, who always does a great job.  I was pleased with the flowers.  They held up all day long (which is unusual for a warm Phoenix day)  and they really do have great colors and a variety of flowers.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love this door at the Montelucia.  They brought it in from Spain or somewhere like that.  The textures are perfect.  The handles are a great place to hang flowers.  But it was a bit of a challenge because people kept walking in and out of these doors setting up for the dinner.  So I was constantly in danger of having the flowers fall on the floor.  Yes, I live a bit on the edge, I know, but we were ready to catch them at any moment and thankfully, I was fast enough to get the shots done and get out of there before I had to drop the camera to catch a bouquet. Amy is reading this thinking, “You’d better drop that camera to catch my bouquets.”  I would Amy, I would.

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona

This is the moment Laney stepped out to reveal herself to Pat for the first time.  Rex was positioned inside to watch her exit ad I was on the outside watching Pat.  Rex’s shot was so beautiful, I had to include it in my favorites.  It is framed beautifully.  The Montelucia has a lot of great big doors like this.  It really is a great place for photographs.

First Look: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The next two photos are are a great series.  We were taking Pat and Laney’s portraits and as often happens, someone stands to the side waiting for us to finish so they can pass.  Sometimes they wait for minutes and we have to urge them to just walk on through.  They hesitate and we again have to almost force them to go through.  They don’t realize that if they wait until we are done, they may be there for five or ten minutes.  This was one of those times.  We finally convinced the worker to go through and Laney took advantage of the opportunity.

Portraits: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Got it!

Humorous Photo of Bride: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

I love this portrait of the bride and the groom.  I think too much emphasis is placed on cuddly photos of a couple at their wedding.  We don’t live our lives cuddled together.  So why, in all our photos that describe our relationship, should we be constantly interlocked in a passionate embrace.  While those moments should also be captured, I think that a moment like this one captures the relationship even better.  After spending time with Pat and Laney, I think this shot describes them pretty well.  The glance between them IS the embrace and I think it is more accurate than a kiss.

Wedding photography from a wedding at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona

This has to be my favorite image from the entire day.  It shouldn’t be all that surprising that sometimes the best image from a wedding for me is not of the bride or groom.  The best shot of the day is the perfect combination of being in the right place, at the right time, framing it just right, and capturing the subject in just way.  This is why I love wedding photography so much.  Unlike street photography and photojournalism, it is an opportunity to have complete access and welcome permission to hunt for the perfect documentary moments.  There are a few in every event, and no one ever knows when or were they will present themselves, but they show up, I capture them and take them home like little souvenirs from Paris.  This is one of those shots.  I love it.  Like I said, Pat’s son was a great subject.

Ring Bearer: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

I love the smile on Laney’s face as they bow their heads in prayer.

Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Even the flower petals on the edge of the isle were well preserved.  Often times, these are the most neglected and they end up a bit wilted or brown by the time the couple is saying “I Do.”  But they were vivid, crisp and clean.  Good job Amy, as always.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

At the Montelucia, the lawn is overlooked by the spa, so during the wedding, I can sneak back and get a bird’s eye view of the wedding.  Usually, there is someone around to let me into the spa to get the best angle, but this time, there was no on there.  So I had to do a little B&E.   I set my cameras on the ground near the gate of the spa and had to scale the gate (which is about 10 feet high).  Once I was over the gate, I then had to hoist my cameras over the gate as well.  Once I had my bird’s eye view shots, I then had to reverse the process to get back over and down the stairs to the wedding lawn.  I think I need a key next time…

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

After the sand ceremony (all three of them poured sand), Pat’s son saw the dust rising from the vase and leaned in to get a sniff.  It was very funny.  Of all of us, Rex, got the best shot.  You can see the dust rising from the vase very well because it is against the groom’s tux.  I was on the other side, so the dust doesn’t stand out against Laney’s dress.

Sand Ceremony, Humor: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

How cool are these flower balls at the entry to the isle on either side.  I thought it was a nice touch.

Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The view of Camelback mountain is nice from the Monetlucia.  But the architecture of the buildings really sells the combination.

Portraits: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Embellish, Design for Entertaining designed and coordinated the wedding.  They always do a fantastic job.  My favorite part of the deign was the incorporation of small, smooth river rocks throughout.  You can see them in the pot for the tree on the table.

Embellish Deign for Entertainment; Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The rocks were used to enhance the iron work lanterns, vases and serving stands on the tables.

Embellish Deign for Entertainment: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

And they were even used as a signature book at the place card table.  People could write their well wishes on the rocks for the couple and then the rocks were to be kept in a vase for display.  I thought that was a fantastic idea.

Embellish Design for Entertainment: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Place Cards: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

Place Cards Table: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The Spin Band was perfect.  They not only sounded great, but they are so entertaining to watch!  They got applause after many of their songs.  The two singers made quite an impression.  I have never seen a cover band with such animated singers.  I have to say that if I were hiring a band for any purpose tomorrow, I would be hiring The Spin Band (and I would specifically request these two lead singers be there together.  The guy is Matthew, but I am afraid I don’t know the girl’s name.

The Band: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

The Band: Flowers by Amy's Floral Design: Wedding Photography at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) Arizona

What a great wedding.  It was a pleasure to be there.  Thanks Pat and Laney for trusting us and allowing us to spend the day with you.

-Jared Platt

WEDDING DETAILS:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Designer: Embellish, Design for Entertainment

Slideshow Music: Mindy Gledhill “California”, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Flowers: Amy’s Floral Design

Cake: Julia Baker

Makeup & Hair: Kensington Makeup

Entertainment: The Spin Band

Bride and groom kiss - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Sara & Jay: A Wedding at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona

Sara and Jay’s Wedding at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Sara and Jay’s were married at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, Arizona.  The mansion is an old, eclectic building with hallways and doors that lead you around in circles.  Each room is a unique place to shoot.  Which meant we had a number of choices for photographing the dress.  But this room ended up winning.  I loved the portraits hanging on either side and the texture of the translucent drapes.  Generally, I dislike the plastic hangers that come with the dress, but in this case, I was happy with the hanger because the white helped to set it apart from the wood valance.  I would like to know though, why it is that a bride can spend thousands of dollars on a dress and the dress shop only gives her a lame plastic hanger?  That is ridiculous.  They know the dress will be photographed before it goes on, and yet, they give her a white plastic hanger that, in most cases, takes away from the photograph.  I carry a hanger around with me to make up for this oversight, but in this case, the plastic hanger worked in the photo, so I didn’t use my wooden one.

Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

We were on our way up the stair case (where I am shooting from) and I saw this little archway and the light coming down the staircase.  So we had to use it because the light was perfect.

Grooms Portrait at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The bride’s room at the Wrigley Mansion is full of soft feminine colors.  The paintings, wall papers and drapes are perfect for a slightly desaturated photograph.  I love the layers in this photograph.  Sara looks fantastic in it, the veil is coming into the shot, the painting is framing Sara nicely, the left side of the frame, though vacant, is held together by a bride’s maid’s shoulder and hair.  I just enjoy looking at this one.

The Bride getting ready at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

This is one of those doorways in the Wrigley Mansion that leads through a series of rooms and hallways that make you feel like you are in a game of Clue.  And, it was a perfect spot for a portrait.  It is not often that you find this much wall without it being interrupted by frames, drapes, light switches, etc.  So I used every inch of vacant wall.  Just to the right and left are elements that would spoil the shot.  It is all about the Bride.  No other distractions are allowed.

Bride Portrait at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Bride and Groom at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

This little ring bearer was quite a show.  Here he comes down the long stairway, which serves as the beginning of the isle at the Wrigley Mansion.  But he caught sight of the cameras and all the people watching him.

Flower girl and ring bearer at a Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

So he literally walked the rest of the distance, down the stairs and down the isle with the ring pillow in front of his face to avoid the paparazzi.

Flower girl and ring bearer, Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The entire way!  He was not interested in the publicity!  Everyone was laughing.  You couldn’t have planned that kind of entertainment.  I think that is why we have little children walk down the isle at weddings, in hopes that we get some comic entertainment.

Woman laughing - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Because the mansion is on a mountain, there few flat spots.  Lots of stairs and hills.  But there are also a lot of trees, and because it is on it’s own knoll, you can find great shade somewhere at any point of the day.  I am always photographing, regardless of what is going on.  Whenever the bride and groom are walking, I am snapping a shot here and there and always looking for little moments like this one.  A small glance, a smile, something.  I was happy to find this one.

Bride and Groom walking - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

I am particularly fond of this shot.  My wife saw it and said, “fantastic lines!”  Yep!  That’s what I was thinking when I was shooting this series.  This is one of those images that has to be seen at the camera.  It doesn’t appear from the contact sheet as a happy accident.  You have to see the lines and square up to them, otherwise they just fall apart in the frame and while you may get an ok shot out of it, you won’t get those “fantastic lines.”  The frame dictates the effectiveness of the lines.

The Mansion - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

The Wrigley Mansion’s entry way is full of visuals.  It is a rotunda with a staircase or a balcony completely surrounding the room.  You could shoot this room again and again and get something different every time.

Inside the mansion - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

I loved the graphic quality of this image with half of the frame in complete white and the other half in an textured white with a few darker elements and lines.  And then, of course, the main event, the kiss, happens in the corner of the frame making it more dramatic and full of energy as it battles with the convergence of the bottom and right hand edges.

Bride and groom kiss - Wedding Photography in Phoenix Arizona at the Wrigley Mansion

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Venue: The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix, Arizona

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Manuel and Samirah: A Grand Canyon Wedding

Manuel and Samirah’s Wedding at the Grand Canyon from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Manuel and Samirah were married at the Grand Canyon in front of a small group of family and friends. The small intimate wedding was full of beautiful ceremony and the location was as beautiful as it could be.

Here is a slideshow of images with my thoughts on the wedding, if you’re interested in what I was thinking about the wedding.

Photography Notes: A Wedding at the Grand Canyon from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

No chapel, no cathedral, no resort can match the awe inspiring combination of 17 million years of erosion and unpredictable in-climate weather. The view was breathtaking and the light was ever changing and fantastic. Of course we had to bare some cold weather. But, I’ll take the cold weather in exchange for the storm clouds and perfect light any day.

The Grand Canyon from Shoshone Point

Just a note from the guests, left on a rock on Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon. “Kiss the Bride”. And he did.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

This has got to be the coolest way to make a bouquet. These are dried flowers made into a bouquet. They certainly fit in with the natural surroundings. And as a bonus, they were light and never started drooping.

Dried flower bouquet from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Here comes the bride.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

This is the longest isle. Samirah was escorted by her father in spirit by the soft beating of a drum. It was probably the most touching procession I have ever experienced.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

To get a shot like this, you sometimes have to lean a little too far over the edge of a cliff. I was not completely comfortable with my proximity to the edge of the cliff, but we have to push the edge to get the perfect shot.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

There were many tender moments in the wedding, but this one was difficult for me to shoot. This was a washing of the feet ceremony. This is something Christ did for his apostles before he was crucified. It was an act of complete humility. John the Baptist had told Christ that he was not worthy to lace the savior’s sandals, and yet, years the savior kneeled before his 12 apostles and tenderly washed dust and soil from their feet, to show his love and his purpose to serve them (John 13:5). It was truly the Condescension of God. So when Manuel washed his bride’s feet and she in turn washed his, I was struck by the complete sacred nature of the act. Of course, I am being paid to photograph this, but I felt like an intruder at this moment. It was truly the most religious act I have every photographed at a wedding.

A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Did I mention it was cold! It was May, but it was only 43 degrees out there on that pointe. And yet, Samirah bore the cold to get these great shots.

Bride portrait from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

After the sun had dropped below the horizon, we went to a burned out section of the forest and got a few more portraits. The quality of light that exists after the sun sets is the best light, hands down.

Portrait from A Wedding at the Grand Canyon on Shoshone Point

Both Samirah and Manuel are pilots, so this was an appropriate setting for their wedding dinner. The entire wedding was a small group, so they all fit around this large table. The candles were a nice touch, but to avoid explosions, it was not possible to light the candles. Airplanes are full of fuel, even some of these old planes.

Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

Portrait at the Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

And finally, the rings! I wanted to use something that was unique to the wedding to photograph the rings. I think I nailed this one. It says so much about them, about how they came together (they met in a flight school situation) and I even though the dials, words and arrows made a great point. So I am very proud of this shot.

Rings in the cockpit of a plane at the Wedding reception in airplane hanger at the Grand Canyon Air Museum

Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Shoshone Point, The Grand Canyon

Groomsmen at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

Lindsay & Travyn: A Wedding at Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona

Lindsay & Travyn’s Wedding: Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Lindsay and Travyn were married at Troon North Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were there to capture them getting ready, the ceremony and a little bit of the reception.

Lindsay’s father got a sneak peak just before the bride and groom would see each other for the first time.  His pride at this moment must have been overflowing.  Two years ago, I may have still captured this image, but would not have fully understood it.  Now with a little girl of my own, I get it… I really get it.

Father admiring the bride at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

It was a warm day in Scottsdale, Arizona and the sun was high in the sky, so our group portraits were taken in the dappled light of the paloverde trees.  Troon North has a lot of interesting tree covered ravine which work great for non-golfcourse looking shots.  And shade in Arizona is a very important thing to find.

Groomsmen at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I always love having the wedding party as a backdrop to the bride and groom.  People are often times the best backdrop to any shot.

bride and groom at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

Of course, a nice scenic backdrop works too.  I love the huge boulders out at Troon North.  They are all over far north Scottsdale.  The make for some great photographs.  Note: I am always very cautious and walk in front of the bride and groom looking for and listening for snakes!  Rattle snakes.  We didn’t find any snakes during this wedding, but I have almost been bitten four times in one day before (a story for another post), so, it is something to take seriously.

Bride and groom portrait at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I loved this lone tree.  I have shot a lot of weddings at Troon North and never saw this tree in this way before.  It just happen to catch my eye this time and I thought it made for a good dramatic portrait of the groom.

groom portrait at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I loved this moment.  Most of the time, it is a hand shake or a simple handing off the bride, but occasionally something bigger and more emotional occurs and when it does, it is a little treasure.  I was glad to be in the right position to get the moment between Travyn and his Father in Law, but Lindsay being in the shot makes the shot.

father giving the bride away at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

I have been shooting weddings at Troon North long enough to see the wedding site change drastically.  It used to occur off the driving range (which had a nice view), but they really did a good job choosing a great backdrop for their current wedding site.  But, you do have to time the wedding just right.  The sun can make things a bit difficult for the photographs and for the guests if it is not timed right.  But if you time it right, it can be perfect.

a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

After the wedding we took a little ride on the golf cart for some more portraits of just the bride and groom.  Lindsay and Travyn got to watch the sunset from a high vantage point.

bride and groom at sunset at a Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

But after the sunset, we did a few more shots in the boulders.  I love the soft quality of the light after a sunsets, and thanks to modern digital equipment, I can capture images in this limited light without difficulty.

A Wedding at Troon North in Scottsdale Arizona

Photography: Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music: Jared Platt, The Genesis

Location: Troon North Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona

Stuart Thurkill shooting a wedding at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Shooting with Stuart Thurkill

Stuart Thurkill shooting a wedding at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I shot a wedding with Stuart Thurkill a few weeks ago at the Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona. His assistant was ill and I was free, so I stepped in to help out. We had a great time. The couple was cool and I always enjoy talking with Stuart because he is so passionate about everything, and he’s such a nice guy. This image I shot of Stuart at the wedding was certainly worth showing. I think that look he’s sporting is Zoolander’s patented Blue Steel look.

Portrait of Bride at a Wedding in Chandler Arizona

Enlarging Photographs for Print with Lightroom

Portrait of Bride at a Wedding in Chandler Arizona

I was producing a seriese of 30 inch prints for Hype Parke Jewelers, for a bridal wedding event at the Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona and obviously needed to enlarge the image from about 20 inches to 30.  Shooting with the 5D Mark II, make enlargements a rare thing because the file is so big, but anytime I need to go beyond a 16×20, I need to do a little enlargement work on the image to make it work for the larger print.  In the past, I used Genuine Fractals  to enlarge my images and it did a fine job.  Recently, Genuine Fractals was apparently purchased by OnOne Software and then renamed to Perfect Resize.  I have been playing with it and while it does a god job, and actually does the math a lot faster than its predecessor, the interface is much, much slower.  Which lead me to ask myself, “do I need to use a third party software for standard enlargements?”

So, I decided to do a test.  I do a lot of tests… but I swear I do not have OCD.  But my obsession, turns out to be to your advantage.

First, I enlarged this image in Photoshop with the Perfect Resize 7.1 plug in to 30 inches wide at 300 dpi.  The results were acceptably good for the print.  You will see on the image below, that the process of resizing an image tends to create a painterly texture, but when printed, that texture is generally swallowed up in the texture of the print surface and the grain patterns of the emulsion.  So, I am pleased with the results and they will print nicely.  But, remember, I had to open the image in Photoshop and run it through the Perfect Resize plugin or run it through the Perfect Resize plugin in Lightroom, which has a very slow interface.

Enlargement by Perfect Resize 7.1 by OnOne Software

Then I went back to Lightroom and simply exported the image from Lightroom and told Lightroom to enlarge the file to 30 inches at 300 dpi with a standard print sharpening added to the image on export.  The process was a lot faster than dealing with the Perfect Resize interface and the results were just as good, if not better.  If you look at both images on the dark pupil and iris of the eye, you will see more of a painterly texture with a bit more banding in the Perfect Resize enlargement above than you will in the Lightroom version below.

Lightroom enlargement with print sharpening

So I wanted to see if I could do it even better right our of Lightroom without using any other software or Plugins.  And I promise, I am not OCD, I am just curious!  So I added a bit of grain to the image in Lightroom.  You can certainly see the grain in the image below, but observe what it has done in the pupil and iris area.  No more weird patterns.  I’m going to go with the added grain and no painterly patterns.  It is far more beautiful and takes a fraction of the time to make the enlargement.

Lightroom enlargement with LR sharpening and grain

Now, this was a fairly simple enlargement from 20 to 30 inches.  I am not saying that Perfect Resize is not a good tool for enlargement, it is very good, and indispensable when it comes to extreme enlargements, but for the day to day enlargements, I find that Lightroom does a fantastic job all on its own.  So I will trust Lightroom to make the enlargement and save my time for the more important things in life.

Now, I’m off to help my son solve an particularly hard level on Angry Birds.

For a step by step lesson on what I did to get these results in Lightroom, see the Lightroom Podcast below.

Making Photo Enlargements in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

There are plenty of plugins and photoshop methods for enlarging photographs beyond their native size, but Lightroom 3 can match or beat even Genuine Fractals or Perfect Resize on standard every day enlargements.

In this video you will learn how to use Lightroom to enlarge your digital images without the use of Photoshop or a Plugin.

Photography Details

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Subject: A Bridal Portrait

Location: The Inspiridor in Chandler, Arizona

Wedding Portrait at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Brandon and Lindsey: A Winter Wonderland Wedding at the Montelucia in Scottsdale Arizona

A Winter Wonderland: Lindsey & Brandon’s Wedding Slideshow from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Brandon and Lindsey were married at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on the first weekend in December. Everything about this wedding was beautiful. Thanks to the the hard work of The Montelucia Staff, Embellish Design for Entertaining, Julia Baker and Amy’s Floral Design.

Brandon and Lindsey’s rehearsal dinner was quite a production on its own.  Everything was white, with a little hint of green.  Everyone wore black and white.  That is, everyone…

Rehearsal dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

…everyone except for the bride!  Lindsey strolled in with Brandon in a red dress that was absolutely stunning.  The band began to play “Lady in Red” and they danced.  It was perfect.

The Montelucia’s Castillo Lucena is an impressive room.  I have shot wedding ceremonies, wedding dinners and receptions in this room and each time, the room is perfect.  The rehearsal dinner was no exception.

Rehearsal Dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Brandon’s tux for the rehearsal dinner reminded me of James Bond.  It was a good looking tux.

Bride and groom at the rehearsal dinner at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And the bride’s wedding dress was as beautiful as the rehearsal dinner dress.  We actually hung the two dresses side by side to decide which was better.  Couldn’t choose.

Wedding dress Bride and groom at and bride at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love a good portrait with activity in the background.

Groom at a Wedding at Bride and groom at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Like I said, the wedding dress did not play second fiddle to the rehearsal dinner dress.  It was very beautiful.

Wedding dress at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Now comes the bath tub.  Lindsey was getting ready in the bathroom and I saw this tub…  How could I leave without putting her in the bath tub for a photograph?  That is one beautiful bath tub.  Only at the Montelucia!

Bride in dress in art bath tub at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And I have to take my hat off to Amy’s Floral Designs and Embellish Design for Entertaining.  Their work was nothing short of spectacular.  And they were so great to work with.  Everything worked together to create a beautiful winter wonderland.

The flower girl ran out of flowers a little short of half way down the isle.  I think we should give flower girls a lot more flower petals.

Flower girl out of flowers at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Of course you can see where all the flower petals went.  I love the designs on the grass out of flower petals.  That was a perfect touch.  I actually want to know who thought that one up?  Brilliant.  It adds so much to the photo.

Wedding at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

This is a new spin on the Unity Candle.  It is called a Unity Cross.  Although it is a bit too complicated to actually put together during the ceremony.  I think it would take too long, like building a lego set during the wedding.  So they had it mostly put together so that all they had t o do was put in the pins to secure it.  I’m not sure if anyone would sit through a Unity Cross ceremony if they started from scratch.  But the end result is quite nice, don’t you think?

Wedding Unity cross at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

The winter wonderland was even more impressive with little gems hanging off of everything.

Winter trees on table tops at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And yes, the cake had glowing balls made of little gems.  No one can match Julia Baker’s cakes.  And now she has a little shop at the Montelucia Resort.

Wedding Cake by Julia Baker at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

And of course a few portraits of the wedding couple around the grounds of the Montelucia.

Wedding Portrait at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding portraits at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding Portrait at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bride and Groom at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

After our portrait session, we made our way back to the wedding dinner and reception.  Of course there is always the pre-reception fussing to get the bride ready for her grande entrance  I always love the shots of bustling the dress and looking in the mirror, etc.  You get the same interesting activities that you get at the beginning of the day, but now the bride is nearly perfect anyway, all made up, hair done, but not perfect.  It is beauty with the added allure of a few hours of life.  I like it better once there is less perfection.  I am always telling other photographers, there is no life in perfection, it is in imperfection that we find life and passion, etc.

Bride and dress at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bride in mirror at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

The wedding couple had a great first dance.  It was well choreographed.

Wedding first dance at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I have shown this image before as a teaser to this wedding.  I love it so very much and the most important thing about this wedding is that it is a truly real moment.  It was caught before the bride was aware of me and my camera.  The subsequent photographs when she is aware, are not quite so perfect.  I told the story of capturing the image in my teaser post in which I postulate on her thoughts as the photograph was being made.  I have since learned from Lindsey that I was right about her thoughts.  I am so proud of capturing this moment.  It is my favorite image from the wedding day.

Bride and candles at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

I love the movement.

Wedding Tabletops at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Like I said, it was a winter wonderland.  The frosty flecks of snow on the branches along with the clear gems made every centerpiece sparkle.

Winter wonderland at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

Wedding Details:
Photography: Platt Photography
Wedding Location: The Montelucia Resort
Event Design: Embellish, Design for Entertaining
Flowers: Amy’s Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Julia Baker
Makeup and Hair: Holli Christensen
Officiant: Pastor Brian Hommel
Videography: Beautiful Day Films

Golfing groomsmen at the phoenician, arizona.

Andrew and Monica: A Wedding at the Phoenician in Scottsdale Arizona

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Andrew and Monica were married at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was quite an event with a great band, a Rolls Royce, a rowdy bunch of groomsmen and bridesmaids and some fantastic parents.

Congratulations Andrew and Monica!

We spent a few days with Andrew and Monica and their guests photographing the golf game, the afternoon tea, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  I especialy enjoyed the golf game, and I think the guys were having a great time as well.  Andrew is in the background sinking his 20 yard chip…

Golfing groomsmen at the phoenician, arizona.

The bride’s waiting room at St Joan of Ark’s Catholic Church is quite large and is a perfect spot for a portrait. Getting the flower girl to stay in one spot for more than a fraction of a second was a challenge.  No, this was not a naturally occurring shot.  The idea was not manufactured, the bride was looking in the mirror and the flower girl did look at her.  But, as is the case with much documentary work, we see something that really happened and then make the best version of that event for the camera.

The bride and flower girl getting ready

It was an extremely bright day!  So why fight it?  Go for the gold and use the sun…

Bride and Groom at St. Joan of Ark Church in Phoenix, Arizona

If you have to travel from place to place on your wedding day, there’s nothing like a Rolls Royce to take you there.

Rolls Royce traveling down the Freeway with Bride and Groom

Rolls Royce at the Phoenician in Phoenix, Arizona

Bride and groom at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona with Rolls Royce

I absolutely love this photograph of Monica in the back of the Limo.   The light is perfect and she has such an elegance about her.

Bride in the limo at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

The Phoenician is a fantastic place to photograph the wedding couple.  And of course their service is second to none.

Bride and Groom at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

Sweet moments like these are so perfect.

Mother and Father with baby girl at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

And of course, the event was to well designed.  The tables were beautiful.  The band was great.  And everyone had a great time.

Room shot of the ball room at the Phoenician in Phoenix Arizona

Wedding Info:

Photography: Platt Photography
Wedding Location: St Joan of Ark Catholic Church
Reception Location: The Phoenician Resort

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Wedding Photography and A New Song by Kevin Burdick

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Being Ready for the Moment: A Montelucia Wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona Wedding at the Montelucia in Paradise Valley Candles on Table

This is a quick note about one image I captured last night at Lindsey and Brandon’s wedding last night at the Inter Continental Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  It was a beautiful wedding which was designed and styled by Embellish (a fantastic team) with Flowers by Amy’s Floral Design.

BEING READY FOR THE MOMENT

On taking this photograph, I was reminded of the importance of being ready for the shot, which requires an intimate knowledge of photographic principles of light, exposure and of course skill of execution.

This was not a posed shot.  And when photographers today say that, they often mean, “I didn’t tell the bride to stand here and put her finger here and tilt her head just so.”  When I say, it was not a posed shot, I really mean it was not a planned shot.  I was down the hallway taking a snap shot of the bride’s father and a few friends, when her father saw his daughter down the hallway looking at the place card table and remarked upon it.  I spun around and saw this shot.  Had I planned it, I would have asked her to put down the drink in the right hand and then we would have shot a much less natural shot.  But it was this moment that was important.

I left the candid shots I was taking and moved quickly to get close enough for the shot.  As I moved there, I spun the dials on the camera to the correct settings for the best exposure and spun the flash head around into the right direction for a pleasing bounce and set the flash at the correct setting to produce an appropriate amount of fill light.  All of these changes were done while speed walking toward Lindsey.  Once I was in position, I stopped, aimed, focused and shot three frames.  That was it, that was the end of the opportunity.  I got the first two shots off before Lindsay became aware of the camera, but I encouraged her to ignore me (which she did), and I got one more of her looking at something on the table.

It was the first two shots in this moment where she is almost touching the flame of the candle that grab me.  It was late in the evening; she left the party for a moment and was all alone with one of the many beautiful tables, admiring the beauty of the decor and resting from the excitement of the day.  No doubt some happy thought was floating in her head in that half conscious state we all experience when mesmerized by the flicker of candlelight.  And this thought brought a peaceful look to her face (that is not easily fabricated).  That thought is the moment I captured here and that I am now so thrilled to pass on to you.

At the end of such a beautiful day, I am so glad she had an opportunity to step out alone and reflect on how well the event came together and to appreciate the wonderland she created with the help of the professionals at the Montelucia, Embellish and Amy’s Floral Design.  And I am glad to have been there at that moment, and glad for the training and practice that allow me to be ready for that moment because a knowledge of exposure is just second nature.  Don’t misunderstand, it is not about the equipment and the technical stuff, it never is.  It is about the moment.  It’s just that those who know their technical by heart, have more opportunities to capture the moment.

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For those of you interested in camera setting, the camera is at the following settings:

-ISO 800 – good for indoor lighting exposure with minimal grain on the Canon 5D Mark II.
-f5.6 – allows me to have a little extra depth of field to get some focus on the entire table, but still wide enough to allow some additional light in.
-1/15 Second Shutter Speed – This is called dragging the shutter.  I needed the candles to glow nice and brightly.  And since the shutter speed controls the ambient light without regard to the added flash, the best way to get the candlelight at 800 ISO at 5.6 was to drag the shutter at a slower speed.  In normal lighting conditions, this would cause camera shake concerns, but it was so dark in the hallway, that the only thing that was going to be exposed by the slow shutter speed was the candles themselves and a little bit of glow on the bride.  So, I was not to concerned about movement on the part of the bride or the camera.  Of course, when I took the shot, I planted myself firmly on the ground and practiced my snipper breathing.  Of course these settings would not work with a moving subject quite so well.
-Then comes the flash.  Bouncing the flash off the right corner of the ceiling with a slight bit of forward flash then filled in the areas of the scene that needed to be seen, but were obscured by the darkness.  The flash also served to freeze the movement of anything darker than the candlelights.  I had the flash on TTL with a slight flash compensation reducing the power output of the flash by 2/3 a stop.  This kept the flash from overpowering the ambiance in the hallway and the general glow on the brides face, but allowed the dress to light up along with brightening up the face enough to soften the contrast that would have been in the shot without the fill of the flash.