Jon and Susan were married in the aspen groves of Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer, Arizona. It was an extremely small, family wedding, which I always love to be a part of. Weddings like this are so intimate and the connection is so immediate. Here are a few of my favorite images from the wedding.
What a perfect window for a portrait.
Sneaking in to see if the Bride was ready.
This massive horse would pulled the carriage with Susan and her children in it. He’s a beautiful creature, more so with the flowers braided into his mane.
It was a beautiful day, albeit a little chilly, but it threatened rain all morning and into the afternoon. Finally, when the ceremony time came, the clouds parted and we had sun.
At one point in the ceremony, I saw this happening and I couldn’t help myself. I am in love with this image.
I love a sand ceremony at a wedding, but they are far more fun with more people involved. They get a little trickier, sometimes provide a little comedy and always produce a more interesting product in the end. The metaphor is great for a couple, but even greater for a merging family. Your separate lives are becoming one, never to be fully separated again.
After the traditional ceremony, Susan and Jon’s marriage was blessed by a Native American medicine man, who then gave the two gifts. A charmed necklace and an arrow. I am amused by this photo. Susan is having such great time, Jon is studying his arrow, as are the boys, and Susan’s daughter, I am sure was caught in a moment by the photo (as we often are) but the look on her face is absolutely priceless. I know, it doesn’t tell the “perfect” story about the blessing, but it tell a great story, whether that story is accurate is completely up to Susan’s daughter. I love the photo.
Jon is a handsome man. He was being teased about this fact as we took his portraits.
Add Susan. What a beautiful woman and a fantastic dress.
I absolutely love this photo. It became such a piece of art in my mind that I had to treat it differently than the other photos. It needed a soft, magical forest feel. I think the treatment of the photo help promote that feeling even more.
This is the first time I have ever been able to accomplish this ring shot and without a saw or a torch.
The cake topper was a heart made of twigs or reeds with a J and an S on either side. Very beautifully done.
It is always an honor to shoot a wedding. It is always a blessing to be involved in small family weddings. And it is always a beautiful experience to spend a little time at Hidden Meadow Ranch. So this wedding was a fantastic experience. Jon and Susan, congratulations and thank you for making me a part of this wonderful time. I wish all the best in the years to come, to you and your family.
Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Location: Hidden Meadow Ranch, Greer, Arizona
Slideshow music by Will Thomas, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music