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California Mountain Wedding

Chevy and Todd’s California mountain wedding was a very classy affair, dare we say a dream wedding? We do! (And we are stoked and honored to be their wedding photographers.) The love that Chevy and Todd share with their family and friends, who surrounded them at just over 5,000 feet, is ah-mazing … What a rad location too: the small California mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, California.

Chevy & Todd’s California Mountain Wedding: The Details

Todd took the main role in organizing the event, from securing the vendors (not the easiest of tasks considering the distance from their home in Arizona to the mountains of California) to choosing the color pallet and outfits (save Chevy’s dress). He also spearheaded all the fine details, including the tablescapes, the desert table … and, well, everything! Family and friends stayed at Lake Arrowhead’s only creekside cabin resort, the Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabin Resort, where both the ceremony and reception were held.

How the Day Unfolded …

Chevy, Todd, and their entire crew got ready in their cabins as one of the main cabins was prepped for the day: food, drink, flowers, tunes, etc. Chevy made her way to the ceremony via horse and carriage (sick!) and an intimate ceremony followed. After the ceremony, Chevy and Todd stole away for a bit and had their portraits taken on the mountainside, a most picturesque view and setting to be sure! Then, nestled amongst the pines (and some portable patio heaters), dinner, desert, and a bit of dancing followed. Delectable food? Check! Legit deserts? Double check!! Finally, as the night wound down, family and friends retreated indoors for stories and some traditional nightcaps. In the end, the night fell quiet, and their love showed strong!

The Photographs!

Thank you so much for checking out Chevy & Todd’s blog! Please, scroll on … And enjoy gazing upon the love that Chevy & Todd share … They have an amazing family … and their friends truly rock!

Stay Rad … And Become Love!! – Amii & Andy

 

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Jennifer & Andrew’s Butterfly Wonderland Arizona Engagement

Jennifer & Andrew started out their Arizona engagement adventure with us at Butterfly Wonderland. Butterfly Wonderland is America’s largest indoor butterfly pavilion. In fact, Butterfly Wonderland is the perfect spot to start an Arizona engagement adventure. When we arrived, a butterfly landed on Jennifer’s shoulder. It remained on her shoulder the entire time we were there! Amazingly, the butterfly matched her Jenni Lune butterfly necklace. Rad!

House of Tricks

Jennifer & Andrew love to laugh, and they laughed and shared so many joy-filled moments all the way through their adventure. Now, what’s an adventure without a beginning, right? Jennifer & Andrew’s engagement went down at House of Tricks, an award-winning restaurant with some of the finest dining in Tempe. So we returned there for a brief stop (and some photographs) before heading to their home for portraits with their best friends, their dogs Brody (11) and Macy (3).

Four Peaks Brewing Company

Of course, Jennifer & Andrew didn’t get engaged on their first date. Their first date happened at Four Peaks Brewing Company’s 8th Street Brewery. And that’s where they ended their adventure, and the evening, grubbing on 8th Street Brewery’s legit eats while sampling some of their beverages.

Additional Details for This Arizona Engagement + the Desert Botanical Garden

Jennifer’s ring is from The Diamond Vault. Her dress is from Elizabeth and James, and her heels are Pura López. Andrew’s style combines gear from Express, The Tie Bar, and Cole Haan. Finally, Jennifer & Andrew will be married at the Desert Botanical Garden in mid-March, an event not to be missed!

Scroll on to check out our Butterfly Wonderland Arizona engagement adventure with Jennifer & Andrew!

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WPPI Photo Walk (2017) || A Bride Getting Ready

WPPI 2017 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early February, and we were stoked to participate as leaders of a photo walk. Our WPPI Photo Walk, which we called “Up Your Getting Ready Game, In the Most Rad Way!”, focused on some of our favorite techniques for photographing a bride getting ready. Since we wanted to make the photo walk as real as possible, we brought in the ah-mazing Sam from Amelia C & Co, Las Vegas’ top hair and makeup artistry company. Sam rocked out a hair and makeup sesh on our bride/model, who was compliments of the fantastically wonderful Jennifer Coughran Rapoza of The Model Network (Facebook and Instagram).

Sponsors

Tether Tools and MagMod sponsored our WPPI Photo Walk, and they were both present, along with 25 photographers from around the world. In particular, we demonstrated how we use Tether Tools’ RapidMount PowrGrip Kit for photographing in the shower. Then, we demonstrated how we use Tether Tools’ RapidMount SLX with RapidStrips when photographing in the bathroom. If you haven’t had the chance to grab one of these legit pieces of essential gear, hit up the links and use the code WPPI17, which will net you 10% off!

Finally, we demonstrated how we use MagMod’s MagGrid, which is the essential tool for directing light, and absolutely fundamental if you want to nail that somewhat elusive “shower shot.”

Our WPPI Photo Walk

After getting to know one another for a bit, we walked our 25 photographers through three common siutations: a bride in a shower, a bride doing some finishing touches on her makeup (a “three mirror” shot), and a bride getting her hair and makeup professionally done by a hair and makeup artist. We also talked about a few extra “tools” we use in order to up our getting ready game: a convex lensa prism, and a basic string of LED lights.

 

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The WPPI 2017 Exhibition Floor

While at WPPI 2017, we also spent some time in the RL Handcrafts booth. RL Handcrafts is definitely one of our most fave photography companies! And they make the finest camera straps around, by hand. You can read our review of some of their gear over at SLR Lounge: RL Handcrafts Review.

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Our Photo Favorites for 2016 (So Far)

Hey friends! Welcome to the beginning of the end of 2016! Yay! It’s been a great year so far, and we’re ending it with a bang (well, multiple bangs actually . . . lots of rad weddings yet to shoot)! As award-winning destination wedding photographers based in Arizona, capturing love throughout the world, we get to photograph loads of epic love: not just weddings and engagements but anniversaries, elopements, and all kinds of legit events. Here are some of our favorite images of 2016 (so far).

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Savannah & Tyler’s Arizona Elopement || Arizona Wedding Photographers

Savannah & Tyler eloped in the fruit packing house at the Historic Sahuaro Ranch, outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It was an intimate evening complete with a little dancing, some Buca di Beppo, and a whole lot of laughing. Savannah was adorned in a Lucca Maxi from BHLDN, and Tyler was decked out in a fitted suit and bowtie from Nick’s Menswear. The two were more gorgeous than all the stars combined. In describing the love this pair shares, Jane Austen said it best, “The very first moment I beheld him [him for her and her for him, that is], my heart was irrevocably gone.”

Shine on, bright stars. Shine on!

Hugs & High Fives,

Amii & Andy || a couple of rad, tattooed Arizona Elopement Photographers || serving Phoenix, Arizona, the United States & Worldwide

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