Last month Kristen and I traveled to New Orleans, LA to photograph Jules and Thomas’s wedding. You might remember Jules and Thomas from their engagement session we photographed here in Arizona, where the couple resides. To say we were excited, well, is an understatement. I think we both packed about one week before our flight left because we were so anxious to go! If you’ve never had the chance to visit New Orleans, you should do it. This is a city filled with history, gracious architecture, delectable food, and so much more than the famed Bourbon Street that most people associate with Naw-lins. I think Kristen and I came back 5lbs heavier, much thanks to a unending menu of Po-Boys and charbroiled oysters from the Royal House Restaurant.
We met Jules and her five Maid of Honors (We LOVED that she let them all carry that honor!) at the Omni Royal located in the middle of the French Quarter where they were getting the royal treatment in the penthouse suite from the talented stylists at the Flawless Bride.
Jules choose a fit and flare gown with hundreds of intricate flowers adorning the skirt. The ladies wore all black and got to choose their own gown.
Thomas and his groomsmen got ready a few blocks away on the edge of the French Quarter and Kristen got some great, natural images of them getting their formal wear together.
We choose a sidewalk in the French Quarter for their first meeting that was tucked away from most of the tourists. We simply adore the look on both of their faces as they turned to see one another for the first time!
For the bridal and couple photos, we walked around the French Quarter and found lots of great walls and buildings. I love these photos of Jules! She was a stunning bride!!
New Orleans is known for it’s music, and the street musicians there are very talented. We were able to take a few photos of Thomas and Jules as they were serenaded by this guitarist.
As we walked back towards the ceremony location, we snapped a few photos of them walking down Bourbon Street. I absolutely love this moment caught while they walked away hand in hand.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were all so much fun! Thanks to each of you!
It’s not everyday we get to photograph an indoor wedding, so we were really looking forward to the Latrobe’s on Royal ceremony location. The candlelight really enhanced the romantic feel.
What was really, really fun was the Second Line Parade! One of my most favorite traditions of all has to be this parade. Simply stated, it represents the beginning of the life between the bride and groom. A brass band leads the couple and guests around the French Quarter while everyone cheers on and dances in the streets. I honestly cannot think of a better way to celebrate the first moments of marriage! Kristen and I had a great time following the parade, and participating in all the fun!
Zoe’s Bakery designed two beautiful cakes for the event. The one on the left is Thomas’s Grooms Cake, a Southern tradition that I’ve missed seeing. Traditionally, this is a gift from the Bride to the Groom and is decorated to reflect a particular hobby or interest to the groom. This one reflected Thomas’s love of NOLA. And, both cakes were as delicious as beautiful!
The evening was filled with lively sounds from the Ron Jones Band. They had everyone dancing all night long! Also, a dear friend of Jules and Thomas, surprised the couple by singing “At Last” for them, and she was phenomenal! I think Ron Jones wanted to be her agent after that performance! 🙂 When the time finally came to end the evening, the couple escaped via a tunnel of sparklers to their get-a-way bicycle taxi!
Congratulations to Jules and Thomas! Thank you so much for having us there for your wedding. We loved every minute of it! ~ Melissa
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Latrobes on Royal
Floral: Nola’s Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Flawless Bride
Wedding and Groom’s Cakes: Zoe’s Bakery
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
After this weeks snowy start we were blessed with a gorgeous day yesterday! Melissa & I spent our afternoon on the Northern Arizona University campus photographing college senior Kati for her upcoming graduation. She was such a doll and dealt with the mud and melting snow so well. Here are a few of my favorite photos so far, what a great smile!
We are almost finished editing this gorgeous couples wedding but could not resist showing you a few of their couple photos. Amy and Rick were such great sports which allowed us to take advantage of this beautiful winter evening at Flagstaff Ranch. Check back soon for the rest of their fabulous wedding!
Ceremony Venue: Flagstaff Christian Fellowship
Reception Venue: Flagstaff Ranch
DJ & Lighting: Downtown Browne Productions
Florist: Sutcliffe Floral
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography
Samantha and Stephen were married in Aspen, Colorado at The Little Nell’s famous Sun Deck. I can’t imagine a more spectacular setting for a wedding. I remember getting off the gondola and simply just starting at the 180 degree view of the Rocky Mountains. It was spectacular. There is a reason that this mountain range inspired many poets and songwriters. Looking out, I felt so small, and yet, so inspired. I looked over to see Kristen, and she just nodded in agreement. There really are no words, so I hope our photos do it justice.
Samantha got ready at the bottom of the mountain, at The Little Nell resort. Her makeup artist, from Full Circle, had just spend a weekend with Kevin Costner as his personal makeup artist for a documentary he was filming. Being one of his biggest fans, I was happy to hear he was gracious and endearing. The pearls you see were hand selected by Samantha’s dad in Hong Kong, as a gift to Samantha’s mother years ago. I thought it was perfect that Samantha wore them as a way to remember her dear mother. The gown was a beautiful Romona Keveza, light and sweet, and reflected Samantha’s personality perfectly. Anne from Anne’s Alterations did some custom work on the gown, and even made her a custom corset, which was gorgeous!
The wedding on the Sun Deck was perfect! The Rocky Mountains don’t need any decorations at all, so Dana at Glamorous Occasions decided to emphasis the scenery with garden chairs, small hand tied bundles of peonies and stock and a beautiful white runner for the bride to walk upon. The reception at The Aspen Mountain Club was flocked with gorgeous champagne linen and romantic candles. We loved her candle tower and the peony centerpieces, so elegant and refined. At the reception, the bride’s father gave a speech that had us all in tears. To be surrounded by so much love was pretty overwhelming. Thank you Samantha and Stephen for choosing us as your photographers. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! ~ Melissa and Kristen
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Event & Floral Design: Glamorous Occasions
Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza
Make Up & Hair: Full Circle
Alterations: Anne’s Alterations
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography
Alex & Kenny’s wedding was outside of Flagstaff at the beautiful Foxboro Ranch. This special couple, with the help of Kim from KD Event Designs, created one of the most meaningful weddings Kristen & I have ever worked or attended. This was a relatively large wedding but all the personal touches made you feel like you were at an intimate wedding witnessing something extremely rare and special. From the wedding gift that Kenny made for Alex, to their creative wedding vows, and their long time friend singing as Alex walked down the isle, let me tell you this was a special day! As Sedona wedding photographers, we adore having a fantastic outdoor space to capture the couple in their environment. Foxboro ranch allows you to have the amazing scenic outdoors and an elegant but rustic indoor reception. Cheers to the beautiful couple! ~Melissa & Kristen
Event Design & Planning: KD Event Designs
Floral Design: Glamorous Occasions
Venue: Foxboro Ranch Estates
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography
Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts
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Kristen and Adam are dear to my heart, in so many ways that I hope this blog post will do it justice. I met Adam in 2003, when he (and his 13 bicycles :)), became my roommate. It was a strange thing, one day someone asked me if I wanted a roommate, and the next week a complete stanger moved into my house. Except, Adam was never a stranger. Do you ever meet someone and you feel like you’ve known them for a 100 years? Well, Adam is definitely that person to me. He was the little brother I never had, but always thought was out there. I remember when I was a little kid, I would ask my mom if I was adopted, over and over. She finally asked why, and I said I wanted to find my other sibling that I thought was “out there”. She laughed, but in all honestly, I really did think that. He and I became best friends quickly and even more quickly, he was family.
When Adam started to date Kristen, I knew even before he did that she was “the One”. She was spunky, smart and loved to laugh….a lot! I just adored her and she quickly became my soul sister. She and I are one of the 4 founders of our invented adult sorority group called “Chippies”, but that’s a whole different story…:) Now, like all little brothers, Adam really started to annoy me when he didn’t know as quickly as I did that she was the One, but a couple of years later, it hit him like a ton of bricks had just fallen from the sky. So, I found myself going to the jewelers with my ‘adopted’ little brother, helping him pick out the perfect setting for his mother’s heirloom diamond.
I was so honored when they asked me to do their engagement photos! We choose this location, a section of the Arizona Trail, because this is where they fell in love, spending hundreds of hours over the years in the outdoors of Flagstaff riding their mountain bikes and hiking with their dogs, Cindy and Sapphire. It was a near perfect day and I really think these photos show their adoration perfectly for one another. As sedona wedding photographers I was so glad to have my good friends at Sierra Blanco Photography (Tina and Angie) photographed their wedding (I was a bridesmaid!!), so check out their wedding photos on their blog. I really do wish someone had videotaped my speech. It was one of my best ones ever, and I don’t mind saying so myself. 🙂