Bettine and Michael’s wedding was a very intimate affair at the Grand Canyon here in Arizona. Before the wedding, they spent some time together with their guests on the veranda of the Presidential Suite at the lodge on the canyon’s edge. We had such a fantastic time with everyone at the wedding (which is a very small number). Here are a few of my favorite images.
Time to head off to the wedding at Shoshone Point. The map was laid out on the counter, but this map doesn’t indicate the path to Shoshone Point. You have to know where it is to find it. The first few times I shot there, I kept missing the turnoff for the point. It’s worth finding though.
It was a simple wedding, perfect weather, beautiful light and great people all around. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day.
This is the entire wedding having a champaign toast directly after the wedding on the point.
Then on to the portraits. The clouds got a little more dramatic for us, although that meant that the canyon lost some of its light. The canyon shifts and changes, but if you are prepared and know what to do with the changes, the canyon will give you something beautiful every time. In this case, Ryan NeVille is off camera right with a beauty dish, providing a little needed light.
I love this shot. Michael is epic.
This one too. One of my favorites.
This one really gives you a good feel for the depth of the canyon below and the height of Shoshone Point. And there is Bettine, calm as can be! I love it.
This is a great moment.One of my favorite images from the entire day.
Bettine’s mother’s ashes made the journey to the canyon where they would later be scattered in the winds of the canyon.
I have to sing the praises of David and Debra Joaquim and the chef at El Tovar. Together they put together an amazing dinner on the edge of the canyon. Everything looked fantastic and by all reports tasted that way as well. Keep in mind, there is no kitchen out here on the point, no power and the wedding was moved up an hour to avoid the threat of rain, so making a fantastic dinner like this is an amazing thing to do. I was impressed. It speaks well to the Joaquim’s planning skills and to the chef’s artistry.
This bouquet was designed by Debra Joaquim. An absolutely beautiful mixture of plants and flowers. It worked so well with the canyon.
Bettine, there’s that purple coming through. The canyon was a bit thin in color throughout the wedding because the cloud cover kept things a bit softer, and Bettine was looking for some of the rich colors of the sky and the canyon throughout the day. But as the sun broke through the clouds just before sunset, we caught some magnificent images with deep blues and purples set against the yellows and reds of the canyon walls. It always amazes me that this can be a Bride’s backdrop to her wedding dinner.
The wedding part took time after dinner to hold an ash scattering ceremony for Bettine’s mother at the canyon’s edge. The idea being that her mother’s final resting place could overlook and be a part of the place Bettine was married. The roses were in memory of her and a few rose petals were tossed into the wind as well. Sometimes, there are moments that I feel like I should put the camera down and step away. When I feel that way, I check myself, increase my awareness of how obvious I am. I try to dial it all back a little so I can be as close to invisible as possible, because I know that an image like this one would mean a great deal to me if it were my mother’s ashes being scattered there in that place.
I love this image. It is the end of a very important day for Bettine. I thought it was only fitting to stand and watch the sunset close out the day.
Debra and David Joaquim did a fantastic job with the preparations for the wedding. Including picking up an umbrella for everyone in the wedding, just in case the rains did come. We never needed the umbrellas, but they matched the decor of the wedding so well, that Bettine thought we could not leave without some photos using them. So…
This would be the backdrop for the signing of the wedding license and since the sun was long since gone, we had to light this up with a few LED flashlights and an ICE Light. Everything looked so nice, I couldn’t walk away without a still life of the beautiful flowers, also created by Debra Joaquim.
Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Wedding Location: The Grand Canyon, Shoshone Point
Wedding Officiant: David & Debra Joaquim
Post production by Shoot dot Edit
Wedding Slideshow music by Jason Livesay and Justin James, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music