Dec 182012
 

Meet Amy and Dan!  They met through the help of Match.com and have been inseparable for two years since.  They were an instant match.  Friends and family knew immediately, which is why they were asked to surround the couple on the day of their  proposal.  Dan proposed in Griffith Park after a long hike.  Amy claims she got them lost and Dan was afraid she was going to give up on the hike and announce that she needed to turn around but they pressed on, jumped a chain-link fence and finally made it their destination.  It was all a surprise to Amy when she suddenly realized what that destination was, a scenic vista where their friends had set up a romantic picnic for them. Dan dropped to one knee and proposed as quickly as he could get the words out. And Amy?…said yes.  And so here we are, their engagement shoot.  They both loved the vintage flair offered within Los Angeles’s Union Station and so instantly decided on it for the backdrop to their engagement shoot.

engagement session, union station

engagement session, union station

engagement session, union station

 They were playful, naturally flirtatious and so in love.  It was fun documenting them and served as a great introduction/warm up to the big enchilada… their wedding.  It’s always a great idea to have an engagement shoot, not only for the fantastic shots you’ll have for all of your announcements but to also to work with your chosen photographer and become more comfortable with them, all in prep for the big day.  And what a day it was,  Just wait till you see their wedding, gorgeously planned and originally crafted and…. coming to the blog soon.  So stay tuned. ;O)

engagement session, union station

engagement session, union station

 After Union Station, we managed to snap a few at the Bradbury Building.  The Bradbury building is absolutely stunning and can be seen in many films such as “Blade Runner,” “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Artist,” to name a few.

engagement session, union station

 

Sep 212012
 

Once Upon a Time…

between the mountain ranges and rocky lake beds that comprise our 45th state… (Utah) there lived two young and single kids- Chelsea and Jason. They met through mutual friends, saw each other across a crowded Lake (Powell), shared a beer together and fell in love. They’ve been together for five years since. For the proposal, Jason headed straight into Chelsea’s place of work with a ring in one hand and “the big question” in the other. Her answer of course, was yes and they quickly set off into the planning of their big day. First and foremost, they knew they wanted it to be low-key and no-fuss. So they set the date, same date as their 5 year dating anniversary, and their location was going to be Las Vegas, Nevada. With them they packed the bare essentials- 30 of their closest friends & family, a little luck and a whole lotta love. Their colors were shades from the classics- Ivory, Black, Charcoal, with a dash of red and it all took place within the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The ceremony was held within the Mandalay Bay’s Silver Chapel and was followed by a warm and close-knit reception. After dinner and drinks, everyone danced. It was nothing short of a good time and the love that Chelsea and Jason share was indeed tangible to everyone that surrounded them that day.

Because the bride and groom preferred to see each other privately, before the ceremony (instead of down the aisle) it allowed for a good long portrait session, just the two of them.

So immediately following their “first looks” we headed over to the Cosmopolitan, to explore the decor there.  My favorite location was the Chandelier Bar.

Then it was off to the Mandalay Bay Silver Chapel, for the ceremony.

Congratulations Chelsea and Jason (and happy anniversary).  Here’s to many years of luck and love!

Aug 302012
 

Once upon a time (in Phoenix Arizona) there lived… Jeremy and Ashley.

destination wedding photography, Arizona

 These two originally met in church and have been inseparable ever since. When they weren’t together, they texted… feverishly.  And then one day, Jeremy decided it was time to pose the question. He was going to ask her to marry him.  In fact, he had already mapped out the perfect evening for the occasion. There were flowers, mood music- something from the 90′s of course (their favorite), dinner and candles. He asked her to come on over, as soon as possible, and upon her arrival she suddenly noticed rows of delicate tea lights everywhere, guiding and lighting her way to a candle-lit dinner.  After dinner, he had their favorite music ready and waiting, in order to engage in a few slow dances. He then proposed, she said yes and they quickly ran into the arms of their big day.

destination wedding photography, Arizona

It was an intimate affair and the {jcp} team was honored to have  been asked to cover it.  They announced their “I Dos” in front of 100 of their closest friends and family, at “Noah’s Event Center” in Chandler, Arizona.  The reception shortly followed and was layered between shades of silver, navy and metallic blue. Many of the design details were an Arizona collaboration, their cake design came from Prescott at “The Prescott Sweet Spot” and their flowers were arranged in Mesa by “The Lighthouse Flower Shop.”  Their  first dance, was to ”All for Love” by Bryan Adams (yep, the 90′s. It’s their favorite)!  It was a beautiful Arizona day and a warm desert night. The perfect backdrop for these two young lovers. Congratulations Ashley & Jeremy! Here’s to love and happiness in the”Ever After.”

destination wedding photography, Arizona

destination wedding photography, Arizona

destination wedding photography, Arizona

destination wedding photography, Arizona

destination wedding photography, Arizona