Archive for 'Weddings'
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
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
Megan and Ryan choose the elegant Amara Resort Spa and Resort in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona as the site for their intimate wedding. Surrounded by their family and friends, on the bank of Oak Creek, the two sealed their vows. Little Rylie, the couple’s daughter, served as the flower girl, and the couple’s son, adorable 5 month old Beau, was the ring-bearer. Megan looked stunning in her gown from Nordstrom and her hair and makeup (Patricia Vega at Le Petit Spa de Sedona) was perfection. Megan finished her rustic chic looked by donning a special pair of cowboy boots and carrying gorgeous flowers from Bliss Extraordinary Floral; she was so beautiful! Ryan’s college friend, Steve, who became an officiant just for his friend’s wedding, gave a heart felt ceremony and all of us were laughing and crying. Megan and Ryan were adorable together and Ryan had a special way to make Megan laugh at just the right moment! Congrats you two and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Ceremony and Reception: Amara Resort and Spa
Hair and Makeup: Patricia Vega, Le Petit Spa de Sedona
Officiant: Steve Morrill, the groom’s college friend
Florist: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Wedding Gown: Nordstrom Wedding Suite
I recently met and have gotten to know Jesse and Kyle through my husband. They are such a fun and easy going couple, I was ecstatic when they contacted us to photograph their Flagstaff engagement session. We decided to drive around to a few outdoor locations and utilize the beautiful summer landscape. We timed the start of the engagement session perfectly, the monsoon clouds had just started to move in and we barely got sprinkled on. We ended the session at the top of Mars Hill at the look out point before the entrance to Lowell Observatory. This is a special place for Jesse and Kyle. They often drive up to this view point to relax and reflect on their day. Congratulations to Jesse and Kyle, it was so much fun working with you both! ~Kristen
We asked Jesse and Kyle a few questions about their relationship:
Tell us the story of how you met …
We grew up within a couple miles of each other. Knew of each other in high school because Jesse’s family rented their house to Kyle’s family for a short time. We hung out in Tempe every weekend at a townhouse in Tempe during college and timing was always off. We lost touch and reconnected 4 years later at a wedding in rocky point that we both happened to be in. We’ve been together ever sense.
Tell us about your engagement/proposal…
Kyle proposed to me on our 2 year anniversary in Jerome. We had planned to go and stay for a night to celebrate out anniversary.After we ate dinner at Quince we roamed around the town and ended up waling in the neighborhood of houses that is above the main street around sunset. We were walking and talking and Kyle dropped down on one knee and popped the question and I screamed . We celebrated at the spirit room all night:)
What things do you two have in common and like to do together?
We like going to the Observatory and Lake Mary. We like jumping in the car and going to Prescott, Cottonwood, Jerome, and Sedona. We also like going to new places that neither of us has ever been before. We also enjoy a lazy river or pool kind of staycation in the valley every now and then. We both love music, cycling, our dog Daisy, socializing.
As Sedona Wedding Photographer’s we love to photograph at new locations and venues. Aimee and Matt were lucky enough to have their ceremony and reception at Aimee’s family’s private estate that sits on West Fork in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. The private estate has been in Aimee’s families since 1950 and has always been a special place that she spent many summers. Aimee started off the day by getting pampered with her bridesmaids by Liz and Lindsey from Sedona Beauty Team, everyone looked gorgeous! The ceremony was held under a canopy of trees that overlooked the creek, and hummingbirds danced along the bride’s flowers during her vows. It was truly magical. After the ceremony, we made our way to the creek for photos of the bride and groom. As the water rushed by us, it almost seemed as if we were in a different world. Thank you for having us you two and we’re looking forward to your one year anniversary session next year!
Venue: Private Residence
Hair & Makeup: Sedona Beauty Team
Catering: Babes’s Roundup BBQ
Floral: Bliss Floral
Cupcakes: Urban Cookies
Officiant: Jeannie Carroll
DJ/Entertainment: Jeannie Carroll
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
Michelle and Barry were married a couple weeks ago on the spirit song deck at the beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona. The couple both work for Continental Airlines, Barry a pilot and Michelle a flight attendant, and met on a trip to Amsterdam. They instantly knew that they had met someone special! Since they met, Michelle and Barry would escape to Sedona for a few days of relaxing and hiking. So when it came time to plan their wedding they knew they had to have a destination wedding in Sedona. Amy Mills from Bliss Extraordinary Floral created a magnificent bouquet and creek side reception area. The reception area was dripping with beautiful florals, cactus, lights and candles. It made for a romantic intimate setting for the beautiful couple and their out of town guests. Because of Michelle and Barry’s love for Sedona they chose to book a day after session with us. This allowed us the time to take them to many beautiful and scenic locations around Sedona. Our first stop was at the Sedona Airport where we stumbled upon this amazing vintage red biplane. A special thank you to Scott “Scooter” Sibson for allowing us to use his beautiful plane. After the airport we traveled to Los Abrigados and Schnebly Hill to take advantage of both the creek and scenic red rock views. We wish Michelle and Barry a wonderful marriage and hope to see them again soon in Sedona! ~Kristen
Floral: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Day After Shoot Locations: