Archive for 'All Posts'
Since I’ve been a wedding photographer, I’ve come to expect the unexpected. I’ve seen couples panic from big issues like lost wedding gowns at the airport, incorrect catering and floral orders the day of the wedding, to small things like missing shoes, spray tan disasters and the dog-as-the-ring-bearer chasing a duck into the golf course pond. We, at Tangled Lilac Photography, always tell the couple to release all their expectations and to just embrace their day as it unfolds. More likely than not, a little something will go wrong, and more times than not, the couple does not even notice. That’s because it’s usually something so small and insignificant that in the big scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.
I wasn’t expecting this latest hiccup however. This morning at 12:01AM in Washington DC, the government shut down.
But, what does this have to do with anyone’s wedding?
We at Tangled Lilac Photography photograph a lot of destination weddings at the Grand Canyon. If you’ve seen any of the photos there, you can see why so many couples from around the world are drawn to this majestic wonder of the world. It is a scene that conjures no words to adequately describe the beauty, serenity and magic of this place. We’ve had couples from Germany, Switzerland, New York, Maine, Florida, Kansas and all states in between that have been married while looking over the rim.
So, when we were contacted by our friend, Andrew, at Heart of Sedona, to photograph a Grand Canyon wedding at Shoshone Point, we were delighted. It’s definitely one of our favorite places to photograph in the world, and to have it in our own backyard is a fortunate blessing afforded to us living in Northern Arizona.
What we didn’t anticipate is the Government Shutdown. This morning, the gates at the Grand Canyon were closed, permits revoked and a “I’m truly sorry” was issued to the couple from New Jersey who we were scheduled to photograph tomorrow as they exchanged vows overlooking Shoshone Point.
Lucky for the couple, they had the foresight to hire a great team of professionals. Andrew and I brainstormed and decided that a different location, not too far from their original destination, Merry Go Round Rock, would be a beautiful option. It offers a beautiful overlook and heartstopping sunsets. It’s going to be the perfect solution and, more importantly, gives the couple the peace to know they are going to have that perfect wedding after all.
We’re looking forward to going to Merry Go Round Rock tomorrow and helping our new friends celebrate their life together. Thank you for trusting us to be part of your new life together! ~ Melissa
Kristen and I photographed Stephanie and Eugene’s wedding in gorgeous Lake Tahoe three years ago at the Zephyr Cove Resort. We were amazed then, at the magnitude of how much this couple adored each other. They are one of those couples that by just being around them, you leave feeling surrounded by love. When Stephanie contacted us about doing her maternity session, we were ecstatic! What a lucky and blessed little soul to be born to these sweet and devoted parents. To add an element of surprise, they have decided to wait to find out the gender of the baby. We can’t wait to find out too! Steph and Eugene, congratulations! You’re going to be two of the most amazing parents ever and we’re so blessed to be a small part of that journey.
Melissa and I photographed Caitlin and Jason’s engagement session last February and couldn’t get over how sweet this couple is together and with their cutie daughter Emma. They were so amazing we could not wait for their August wedding! Caitlin and Jason were married on a gorgeous stormy day at Sedona Golf Resort. We were lucky enough to sneak away for a few photos to bell Rock pathway with Jason’s restored yellow Corvair. The clouds and scenery were beautiful and dramatic for their couple photos. We arrived back at Sedona Golf Resort to have a evening ceremony with red rock views as the backdrop. Caitlin and Jason enjoyed the night dancing and drinking with a close group of family and friends. They ended their special day with a fantastic sparkler exit! Congratulations to Caitlin and Jason! ~Kristen
Congratulations to the Meiners! Baby Hank is the perfect addition to their beautiful family! The Meiners chose to do our two location session. We were able to capture some family photographs downtown Flagstaff, utilizing the colorful graffiti art. The second half of the session was done in our studio so we could get those precious close ups of baby Hank. Congratulations, baby Hank is amazing! ~Kristen
In the time between the harsh early summer winds, and the aspen changing colors, lies the sweet spot of Northern Arizona’s weather that we call monsoon season. Each year I hold my breath as the sunflowers seem to climb out of the earth and burst into a brilliant display. It has to be one of the most miraculous displays of flowers anywhere in the world. The day that I met this sweet family we were also blessed with big, billowy, monsoon clouds that provided creamy ambient filtered light. It was perfection. Brittany and Matt moved to Northern Arizona about a year ago, and this was the first time they had seen the sunflower fields. It was cool to see their reaction when I drove them up to this beautiful location.
Baby William was perfect and seemed to enjoy his first experience as a super model, both inside in a studio setting and outside in the great wide open. He never cried and fell fast asleep once he got comfortable. Congratulations Brittany and Matt! Your beautiful baby boy is a sweetheart! ~ Melissa
Last week we had the honor of meeting this little angel, Elsa Margaret. We loved getting to know this little slice of heaven and she definitely stole both of our hearts. Congratulations Becky and Brian on your newest family member!