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.

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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

School Spirit - ASU

An Engagement Portrait on Mill Ave, Tempe Arizona

Lindsey & Alex’s Engagement Portrait in Tempe Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Lindsey and Alex’s engagement portraits were shot in Downtown tempe around Mill Avenue. Lindsey is an ASU girl, while Alex is a University of Wisconsin guy, so they brought their school shirts with them and we photographed those as well.

It was a fun photo shoot.

School Spirit - ASU

Mill Avenue has a lot of great places to photograph, with great textures and it always has a good crowd of people, so they can be useful for composition and background shapes.

Engagement Portrait in Tempe Arizona on Mill Avenue
Engagement Portrait in Tempe Arizona on Mill Avenue

Photography by Platt Photography
Location: Mill Avenue, Tempe, Arizona
Music: Mindy Gledhill, All the Pennies, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Golfing groomsmen at the phoenician, arizona.

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

Andrew and Monica: A Wedding at the Phoenician in Scottsdale Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

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

Wedding in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

A Wedding in the Grand Canyon

Wedding in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

It is pretty hard to top getting married at one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It’s like being married at the ocean’s edge, except that there is only one Grand Canyon. It was a perfect day for a wedding at the Grand Canyon. Shashone Point is a great location with almost no tourists and no guard rails. This is the way the canyon was intended to be seen. And what a great backdrop for a wedding.

Arizona Wedding in the Grand Canyon

Thank you, Eric and Alicia for allowing us to be a part of this great wedding. It was a truly one of a kind.

The Bailey / Kintner Wedding – The Grand Canyon, AZ from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Alicia and Eric were married at the Grand Canyon. The ceremony was held at Shoshone Point, which is one of the most spectacular views in the canyon and is one of the most accessible and yet untouched areas on the canyon’s edge.

Photography by: Jared Platt
Wedding Designer: Kim Duncan
Location: The Grand Canyon
Music: Celtic Blessing by Lianna Klassen – Triple Scoop Music

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