The Basha Family: A Family Portrait Session in Chandler Arizona

Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona makes a great setting for family and children’s portraits.  It’s a big park with lots of options.  One of my favorite areas at the park is the old farm where they hold the Ostrich Festival each year.  This is where we shot the Basha family portrait.  The Basha boys are good looking kids and quite expressive, so I enjoyed making their portraits.

I always hope for clouds, but in Phoenix, Arizona, serious cloud cover doesn’t happen all that often.  So in this case, I had to pull out the off camera flash on a Lowell light stand with the TT1 and TT5 Pocket Wizard set which allows me to fire my flash manually in high speed sync mode.  This means I can match the background ambient light with my fill flash at high shutter speeds.  Otherwise this first shot would have been either over exposed in the back ground or the family would be severely underexposed.  The Pocket Wizards have their challenges in their communication range, but they are invaluable to me in challenging lighting circumstances.

Of course, shooting in the open shade is always my favorite way to photograph.  No off camera light needed, just pure beautiful north light.

This is my favorite photo of the day.  He’s wearing a great shirt for the shot and the texture is fantastic.  We found an old apple box near this wood pile and after checking for scorpions and black widows, we let the little man play in around and on the box.  He was quite the ham though and this little pose was perfect.

Children’s Portrait Photography Information

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Mindy Gledhill, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Location: Tumbleweed Park, Chandler, Arizona

Camera: Canon, Mark IV, 70-200 2.8 IS Lens

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Sebastian’s First Haircut: A Child Life Portrait, Chandler, Arizona

Sebastian recently turned one and it was time for his first haircut.  So, naturally Karen (his mother) called me.  I like the way Karen thinks.  She wants to record her little boy’s life with great images.  Momentous occasions, like a first haircut deserve a photo.  The difference is that most people will have one or two snap shots and Karen has a lot of really great shots that truly document the event.

So, we started at Sebastian’s home in Chandler, Arizona and got some pre-haircut child portraits of him.  In the slide show you will see, we spent some time with his toys.

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And then we went to the park.  It was a toss up on the activities.  Slide on the slide, puck up dirt or pick off the bark from a tree.  Those are some pretty tough choices.

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Then it was time for the big adventure.  Going to the barber shop.  This barber shop was perfect.  The nicest old men were there waiting for Sebastian (his dad is a regular there).

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Needless to say, this little boy was not happy about the haircut.

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The more arms and faces I got into the frame, the more frantic things look, which is perfect for the shot.

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Surprisingly, Sebastian would occasionally find something entertaining and smile for a bit and forget about the barber.

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“Won’t you please help me?”  This image is one of my favorites of the group, with Sebastian’s crocodile tears and his pleading lean, he makes a strong case for breaking him out of there, but alas, I continued to shoot.

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I love the walls in this barber shop.  I love this barber shop.  It is straight out of the 60s.

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I loved that after Sebastian was rescued by his father at the end of the haircut, he points back to the chair and the “brutes” who accosted him in the form of a haircut.

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But like many things in life, we quickly forget about the pain and suffering and we get right back in the saddle.

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After the haircut, we went back home to settle down and play with a few more toys but Sebastian was looking for something else.  He never found it.

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I love this shot.

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PHOTOGRAPHY DETAILS:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Music by Roy Ashen “Never” Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

Nick & Caroline: A Southern Wedding with a Second Line

Nick and Caroline were married at the LDS Temple in Dallas, Texas and their wedding reception was at the Lee Hardware Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Nick and Caroline are a truly vintage couple.  Many people go for the vintage look, but Nick and Caroline really fit the part.  I think you’ll see what I mean.

Dallas LDS Temple

Dallas Texas LDS Temple

I was struck by the architecture of the Temple, but the hedge in front made the situation perfect for a couple’s portrait.

Bride and groom at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

I loved this location, which I found in my pre-wedding scouting, but as Caroline walked around the corner, I had to tell her to freeze.  It was the perfect position for her.  Everything around her framed her quite nicely.

Bride at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

Her dress, her hair, the necklace, even the lipstick were all perfect vintage.

Bride at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

Bride and groom at the LDS Temple in Dallas Texas

At the wedding reception, instead of a guest book, Nick (a designer by trade) created a sign in map.

Sign in map at wedding reception

And of course, even the microphone fit the vintage theme.  I was very covetous of this mic.  I am a mic enthusiast.

vintage microphone at wedding reception

The reception was held in the Lee’s Hardware Gallery, which is an old building in downtown Shreveport.  The textures on the walls in the interior courtyard were phenomenal.  And yes, that is a wedding cake piñata.  It was fun.

wedding cake piñata wedding reception

The textures and colors in the streets of downtown Shreveport are fantastic for portraits, but you must turn off that auto white balance on your camera!

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

I love the warm film look on this shot.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

This is my favorite image from the day.  As we were taking the bride’s portrait, she turned slightly toward the wall and I saw the possibility of this shot.  With a slight adjustment of her hand and head, I shot several variations on this shot and the result was fantastic.

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

If you are going to do a vintage wedding, I suggest taking a stroll in a vintage town.  Shreveport is definitely vintage.  I love this Ridgway’s sign.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

I also love Nick’s “Ronald Reagan” hairdo.  Of course the back ground is perfect as well.  I shot this at a much higher f-number to make sure I got the groom and the metal door in focus.  I am more often a shallow depth of field kind of guy, but there are times when f8 or higher is called for.  In this case, the greater depth of field give the image a illustrated look, which I thought was very appropriate to the image.

groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

The flowers were fantastic. These flowers are called Billy Balls and apparently they look the same when they are dried. The arrangement were done by Patsy Foster in Shreveport. She did a great job.

flowers wedding bouquet

This was the most touching moment of the day.  The bride had been carrying a handkerchief throughout the entire day.  I had not paid much special attention to it and just assumed it was an old vintage handkerchief: something old.  But Caroline knelt down beside he grandmother and showed her the handkerchief and reminded her that she had given it to her when Caroline was a little girl and that she had kept it to this day for this very purpose.  That is something old and something special.

bride and grandmother

I think this will be the groom’s father’s favorite photo of the day.  It would be mine if this were my son.

groom and father walking

Just a couple of great shots on our way down to the “second line”.

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

bride and groom portrait in the streets of Shreveport Louisiana

A “second line” is an interesting tradition in Louisiana, kind of a parade.  The entire wedding (all the guests) met at the water’s edge and paraded, complete with music, up to the wedding reception.  It was a hot day, but was a great opportunity for photos!  This was my very first “second line.”  I enjoyed it, but it was a lot of running and sweating.

jazz band trio at the head of a Second Line Parade for the Wedding Reception

Two of the children led the way, carrying a banner for the bride and groom.

bride and groom at the head of the Second Line Parade for the Wedding Reception

At the end of the evening, the games began.  The children got a whack at the wedding cake piñata and so did the bride and groom.

child swinging at the wedding cake piñata at the wedding reception

Most of the guests came from the surrounding states, so the signature map was a bit crowded near the gulf, but there were a few people (like myself) who came from quite a distance to join the wedding.  This is one of the coolest guest signature ideas I have seen in a long time.

sign in map

I think the straws are a good indication of the “fun” level of this wedding.  Caroline and Nick put their wedding together on a small budget, but I think they spent their money very well and made every detail count.  It all added up to a very fun event with a lot of cute details.

wedding rings and straws for sodas

The painting is by Nick Eckel and the lamps were made by Caroline Majors (the bride and groom), I love both.  Nick is a talented designer and illustrator.  If you need a graphic designer, I highly recommend him.  He’s a talented, stand up guy.

Paper chandelier and painting by the groom at wedding reception

I was glad to represent Arizona at Nick and Caroline’s wedding.  It was a pleasure to be a part of it.

sign in map at wedding reception

Wedding Details:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Special thanks to Jessica Brownell for assisting and second shooting.

Slideshow music by J’Nae, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

Wedding Location: LDS Temple, Dallas, Texas

Reception Location: Lee’s Hardware Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Tyler’s First Birthday: A Baby Portrait in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Tyler just turned one and his parents threw him a big monkey filled birthday party.  I am always interested in watching a child’s reaction to the first birthday cake.  My boys were always very cautious about getting messy.  Tyler was a bit apprehensive at first as well.  “Is this really for me, or is this some kind of trick?”

Baby in high chair with his first birthday cake

Monkey Balloon at a baby birthday party

While the baby was being changed, I took the opportunity to take a portrait of him.  I had nice window light and a black changing blanket, so it was a great situation for a quick black and white portrait of the baby.

Baby portrait on his first birthday

What do you do when your father won’t stop talking?

Baby giving his father his pacifier

Baby and his mother

Tyler’s father is an excellent pianist and Tyler was not doing to bad himself.  The most meaningful and precious photographs I have of my children are those where we are doing something meaningful together.  So when I see a moment where a father is playing the piano with his son on his lap, I will drop everything for that shot.

Baby and his father at the piano

Baby playing on the piano with his father

I’d say, that Tyler came out pretty clean for a baby with a birthday cake on his plate.

Baby with a messy face after eating his birthday cake

Photography Details:

Event: Baby’s First Birthday and Baby Portrait

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Slideshow Music by Kevin Burdick

Location: Home in Paradise Valley, Arizona

 


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chandler arizona wedding photography

Heather and Jeremy: A Wedding in Gilbert, Arizona

Heather and Jeremy: A Wedding in Chandler, Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jeremy and Heather were married at Noah’s in Chandler, Arizona.  Noah’s is a small even hall south east of Phoenix.  I have photographed a few weddings there and all of them have been in the heat of the summer, so we spent the entire time inside.  When Heather approached me about the idea of not going outside for portraits and photos, I said, “YES!”  Who wants to go out in 107% temperatures and sweat it out.  Plus, it made for an interesting challenge.  So, I put together a portrait studio and with their retro style wedding dress and tux, I thought the portrait studio should feel a bit retro itself.  I was pleased with the outcome.  I love doing something a little different.

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I loved the artwork for the programs for the wedding.  Very cool.  Very personal.

Artwork for wedding program

The chandelier was quite beautifully decorated by AZ Wedding Decor. It is not often that a centered “bullet composition” works, but I like this one.

I love the use of the monogram in both the boutonnieres and the bouquet.

And what bride can resist the cute shoes.  It is all about the shoes.  Of course, I know this more because I am married and my wife loves shoes as well.  I don’t know a woman who doesn’t.  But I am always excited to see what the bride has done with her shoe choice.  It says a lot about her more private side.

But the bouquet says even more about the bride and her public side.  And you have to admit that a fruit and vegetable bouquet is something very unique and different.  I loved it.  This was designed by How Appropriate Floral. It, changed the way I felt about the colors in the wedding.  So, a lot of the decisions I made about how to shoot the images and how to effect them in post came from this one detail.  I shot a lot of wide open f1.2 images for their portraits and details and pulled back the colors to make them more muted and soft.  While what I know of the client before the wedding, helps to dictate the direction of the imagery, it is the visuals I see when I get to the wedding that shape the final imagery and how those images will be seen.  I think that being open to changing direction, based on what is in front of me, helps me to truly describe the event and the people I am photographing.

This of course, has to be my favorite image from the wedding.  I love everything about it.  I love the bouquet.  Heather looks fantastic.The lens and aperture choice makes it soft and dreamlike.  The colors are perfect.  Sometimes you have a vision for a photo and you execute it perfectly, but the subject does’t nail the look, but she nailed it!  Way to be Heather.  Way to be.

And these little kids just made me laugh.  What a funny concept.  They loved their little capes and they were certainly fun to photograph in my studio. They were not “ring bearers” but were announcing the coming of the bride. Yet, another way Heather made her wedding a little different from the typical.

Jeremy’s tux was the one other thing that directed me to the style and feel of the final images.  His tux and his beard put me in the right frame of mind for the style.  We shot very high ISO, wide apertures and fixes lenses to create a grainy old school look to the portraits and photographs.  And when we didn’t shoot high ISO, we added the grain in post.  I think we got a great consistent style across the entire photo collection.  I am very happy with it.

The center pieces on the tables were created by Ethereal Events Decor.  They made for great foreground elements.

The tables were all covered with these big glass jewels, so I couldn’t resist putting the rings in the jewels.  This is always an entertaining few minutes of the evening for me.

Thank you Jeremy and Heather for trusting me with your wedding.

Photography Details:

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Wedding Location: Noah’s, Chandler, Arizona

Slideshow Music: The Genesis by Jared Platt

Flowers by How Appropriate Floral

Decorations by AZ Wedding Decor & Ethereal Events Decor

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Baby Boy Bailey: An Infant Portrait, Gilbert, Arizona

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

I got a call from my great friend and fantastic photographer, Isaac Bailey, asking me to come over and photograph his new baby boy.  Congratulations Heather!

Of course, the thing we photographers deal with is that we can take plenty of pictures of our children, but we never seem to be in them…  I completely understood how Isaac was feeling, so I dropped everything and went over.  We got some fantastic infant portraits.  The first one (above) is my very favorite.  I think it describes Isaac very well: a strong man with a very soft heart.

The next image is perfect.  Isaac has large hands, which was good because Baby Boy Bailey (that is still his official name on the records) has very long feet, so making them look super tiny requires BIG hands.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Baby Boy Bailey (I love calling him by that name, I think I will always call him BB) was very sleepy.  So we had a time getting him to open his eyes, but with some patience, we got a few shots of him with his eyes open.  Sleepy, but open.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

I love the yawn.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

This has to be my second favorite image from the infant portrait session.  I love the contrast between Isaac’s beard, his rough carpenter hands and the baby’s soft skin.  And of course, the tender kiss seals the importance of the image.  Nothing is more precious than a kiss on a baby’s cheek or forehead.  That connection can not be over stated.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Isaac wanted to make sure we captured a few images with the hospital band in them.  I completely agree.  I think I wore my hospital band for weeks after my daughter was born.  Anyway, this image does such a great job of showing off that hospital band.  It is definitely one of the major characters in this image, but doesn’t over power the other players, like BB Bailey and his dad’s hand.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

The size relationship of a father’s thumb and his baby’s hand should be one of the wonders of the world.  I am always amazed that those little fingers work just like mine do.  BB Bailey also has long fingers.  This boy will be a very tall concert pianist.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Feeding time is a precious moment.

Infant Portrait in Gilbert, Arizona - Baby Boy, 1 Day Old

Congratulations to Heather and Isaac Bailey on their brand new baby boy.  He is precious.

Infant Portrait by Jared Platt, Platt Photography

Location: Gilbert, Arizona

By the way, Isaac Bailey is not only a great photographer… he designed and built this blog!

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

Nick and Shelby: A Wedding in Mesa, Arizona

Nick & Shelby’s Wedding, Mesa Arizona from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Nick and Shelby were married in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. Some of their portraits are there on the temple grounds. Others are our near Red Mountain and then others are at their home on South Mountain where they had their wedding reception. Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding.

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

This is my absolute favorite image from the wedding.  The light coming through the trees is fantastic and the couple looks perfect.  I have another shot with them kissing, but I always prefer the almost kiss to the kiss itself.  There is more anticipation in it.

Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple Wedding Portraits

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Shelby’s hot rod car.  I love that she brings the hot rod to the relationship.

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

I love the tone on this image.  It takes an otherwise, harsh sunny day and softens it up and cools it down quite nicely.

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

Arizona Wedding Photography Portraits at Red Mountain

This little flower girl was super cute throughout the entire wedding.  It’s always fun to follow the kids around.

Arizona Wedding Photography Documentary Photos

Bridal wedding Flowers

This was a cute idea.  The kids all drew posters for the bride and groom and then shared them with the couple at the end of the night.

Wedding reception

The boys on the roof were tasked with trowing bird seed or something like that down on the couple as they left, but they completely missed.  The best laid plans…  But I did enjoy the motion in this shot.

Leaving the reception

Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Wedding Location: Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple
Slideshow Music: Kevin Burdick, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music

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