Posts Tagged Arizona Wedding Photography
April 23, 2012

Happy Anniversary to our April couples!  It’s such a joy being part of a wedding day, and so much fun to look back at the photos to relive all the special moments!  Congrats Katie and Jim (top row) who got married at Sycamore Springs Guest House.  Their 1950s themed wedding was a blast!  Congrats to Tim and Emily (middle row) who had a beautiful ceremony at the rim of the Grand Canyon on Lipan Point  and Ken and Liz (bottom row) who eloped on historic Route 66!  We hope you’re enjoying your first year of marriage and wish you many more to follow!  ~ Melissa and Kristen

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April 19, 2012

Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, and we feel hiring a professional to pamper you on this special day is very important.  Not only do you look your best, but it’s also a much needed relaxing experience in an already hectic day.   Today, we welcome a guest blog from one of our favorite make-up and hair stylists, Christine DeAngelis of Northern Arizona Glam Squad, as she shares some of her thoughts on the importance of hiring a professional.

“The most important reason for hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day is peace of mind for the bride. A bride always wants to look her best from every possible angle, both in person and for her wedding photos. Brides want makeup to last throughout the wedding day activities and ceremony. Additionally, a bride wants to look breathtaking for her new husband on their special day. A professional makeup artist can offer bridal trials, professional makeup products to fit a bride’s skin care needs, convenient on-location service, and their professional experience.

Flagstaff Wedding Hair and MakeupIt is always a good idea to have a bridal makeup trial. Your makeup artist will take the time to help determine which makeup products are best for your skin type, and overall bridal look while taking into consideration weather conditions on that special day. A makeup artist will document every product that is used on a face chart in order to re-create your bridal look. Then your makeup artist will photograph your final look for professional reference for your wedding day. During a makeup trial you will have the opportunity to discuss skin issues, makeup issues, facial flaws that you would like to conceal and facial features  that you would like to accentuate. If you choose, your bridal markup trial could also include trying products including – but not limited to – airbrush makeup and false eyelashes. Trials give the bride the opportunity to discuss her bridal party’s makeup services and refine changes in her final wedding makeup look.

In addition, professional makeup artists participate in extensive makeup education beyond the completion of their cosmetology schooling. Makeup artists are trained in skin care (skin type, common skin problems and skin conditions), high definition makeup, airbrush makeup, lighting concerns and professional beauty products. They keep up to date with the newest professional beauty products, and current trends. In addition, they are trained to know the tricks of the trade that will enable you to maintain a flawless appearance on your wedding day.

A professional makeup artist also provides convenient on-location services for your wedding day. The bride’s time is a primary factor to consider on the wedding day. Salon services can be quite a distance from the venue location. Salons often run behind schedule and since your appointment will be booked in addition to the salon’s regular clientele bridal services may not be concluded in a timely manner, potentially putting the bridal party behind schedule. Professional makeup artists who specialize in wedding services only hire other makeup professionals who have a passion for creating that special wedding look. As stated previously, a bride’s time is valuable and her time should be spent concentrating on herself, the details of her wedding day, and her special guests.

A professional makeup artist is experienced with all types of wedding scenarios. They are familiar with working under varied conditions and situational pressures, while ensuring services are completed in a timely manner. Some brides feel that hair and makeup services can be shaved from the budget, and decide to have a “friend or family member” do their makeup. In the beginning, this may sound like a good idea, but you cannot expect an inexperienced individual to have the same knowledge base and skill level required to create that special individualized professional bridal look that you expect.

Again, the most important reason for hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day is peace of mind. A piece of mind that includes the confidence that your makeup services will last throughout the entire wedding day, as well as creating a look that will help make your wedding photos the most memorable.” ~ Christine DeAngelis

To see more of Christine’s work, please visit her website and Facebook account!  Happy wedding planning to each of you! ~ Melissa

March 28, 2012

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but what better way to unwind after your big day than by going on a relaxing getaway with your groom!?  Sounds like you’re ready to go on a mini-moon. What is a mini-moon you ask? A mini-moon is a shorter trip a couple takes after their wedding day, with the intention of going on a honeymoon at a later date.  A mini-moon is perfect for couples on a tight budget (planning a wedding can be expensive, we know) because the trip is usually shorter and closer to home, saving you time and money on traveling expenses.  Timing is also another factor that makes the mini-moon so great; sometimes it is hard for a couple to take a lot of days off from work, especially when they might have already taken days off leading up to their wedding.  Does a mini-moon sound like the perfect romantic getaway for you? Here are some trips that are close (but not so close to home) that are perfect for newlyweds.

-Napa Valley

Many hotels and resorts offer honeymoon packages like the one at  River Terrace Inn which includes private wine tours and an awesome two night stay in the River Deluxe Jacuzzi  Room with Balcony. Other hotels like the Marriott offer other exciting experiences like Balloons Above the Valley, a hot air balloon tour above the valley!

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Photos taken from Melissa’s honeymoon in Napa Valley

-Las Vegas

With so much going on, Las Vegas has something to offer for everyone.  There is more to the city than it’s wild and crazy nightlife; mini-mooners can experience a plethora of entertaining shows such as The Blue Man Group or Cirque du Soleil or stroll the strip and shop in one of the many stores and malls they have to offer. Looking for a more relaxing trip to Sin City? Nearly all the hotels offer spa packages, and who could resist a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian?

Photo courtesy of The Venetian and Cirque de Soleil

-San Diego

For couples looking for a relaxing stay on the beach, San Diego is the perfect mini-moon hot spot with it’s warm weather year round. San Diego offers everything a beach-goer looks for, from waterskiing to sunset sail boat tours, to simply sitting back and relaxing on the long stretches of sandy beach.  Hotels such as the La Jolla Shores Hotel are situated right on the beach – who could ask for more?

Photo courtesy of (Left to Right), Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa, and


Nestled in southwestern Colorado, Telluride is known for by ski-enthusiasts for its awesome slopes. Telluride is the perfect mini-moon spot for those looking to hit the slopes on their get-away, but even during off season Telluride has much to offer newlyweds. Hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities are very popular for Telluride tourists, and the town holds many popular festivals throughout the year like the Jazz Festival  in August or the Blues and Brews Festival held in September. Telluride has lots of cozy resorts for couples, such as The Mountain Lodge at Telluride and The Hotel Telluride .

Photo courtesy of (upper left and right) and The Hotel Telluride (lower left)


Hidden between the gorgeous red rocks, Sedona is a perfect get away for couples wanting to escape for a weekend without having to ever leave the state! Couples can choose between tons of fabulous hiking trails in the area, take a tour of the beautiful red rock country with a Pink Jeep Tour or enjoy the day relaxing  in one of the many spas resorts have to offer. Resorts such as L’Auberge and  Enchantment Resort are great for a romantic vacation in Sedona.

Photo courtesy of (Left to Right) Melissa Dunstan, Enchantment Resort and Pink Jeep Tours


Check out this other article on mini-honeymoons!

February 29, 2012


As wedding season soon approaches us, we thought it would be helpful to show off Pantone’s Color of the Year for Spring 2012! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pantone, they are the fashion world’s color guru, spotting the hottest colors of the season and pairing them with shades that complement them perfectly.

This year, the title of the Color of the Year goes to Tangerine Tango, which Pantone calls “an enticing juicy orange… a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s look this spring.”

Other colors of the season  are Solar Power, Bellflower, Cabaret, Sodalite Blue,Margarita, Sweet Lilac, Driftwood, Cockatoo, and Starfish, which can all be mixed and matched with Tangerine Tango to create a lively, fun look. Whether it be in your bouquet, cake, or an accent in a groom’s suit, Tangerine Tango looks fantastic in the details of a wedding. Need some inspiration? Here are some examples of what past brides have done to incorporate this bold color in their wedding!

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First Row: Cake by Katie Cakes, Boutonniere by Bliss Floral

Second Row: Bouquet by Bliss Floral, Cake by Heather Frederick at KupCake

Third Row: Bouquet by Bliss Floral

Fourth Row: Bouquet, Boutonniere, and Center Pieces by  James Geores



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