Summer in Scottsdale is something truly spectacular. R + M’s wedding day was no exception. Their elegant wedding at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale was filled with love and light. Looking back at this intimate wedding makes me smile. The desert provided a gorgeous backdrop to the first day of their forever after.
An Elegant Four Seasons Resort Wedding
I started out the day capturing the bride getting ready in her hotel room at the Four Seasons. Once R had gotten into her wedding-day finery, she was willing to do some glamorous photos on the stairwell outside the room entrance. She looked simply stunning, especially in contrast with the bright, cloudless June sky. Meanwhile, the groomsmen gathered in the on-site restaurant, Proof, where we were able to use the existing architectural elements inside and the spotty shadows and sunshine outside for some creative photos.
Light-Filled Wedding Photography
One of the things I highlight with my couples when I meet for consultations is that I am truly a “light ninja”. I do not just rely on natural light to guide my photography, but rather blend expertise and experience together to harness the light where it exists, create it where it does not, and generally understand how to make it work in any situation: indoor or outdoor. This mastery of light allows me to capture everything from the soft, dreamy, romantic photos at sunset, to the dramatic, night glamour photos that make a bold statement. I loved being able to harness the power of light with R and M all throughout their elegant wedding day.
The First Look
Their first look occurred in the Four Seasons marble-floored parlor off the lawn where the ceremony would take place. R came down the hallway and reached out to M. They embraced and shared a truly emotional exchange. Once they had seen each other, their nerves were soothed and they were ready to start the rest of the day – and the rest of their lives.
A Meaningful Outdoor Ceremony and Reception
The outdoor ceremony was filled with joy and emotion. So much love shone in the groom’s expression when his bride started walking down the aisle. He cried happy tears and her eyes and her smile said it all. This couple truly seemed to embody the point and purpose of marriage, for all the right reasons.
The cocktail hour had stunning views of the sunset and the desert. You just can’t beat a desert sunset! In 2018, I will continue working as a Southern California wedding photographer, and I will miss views like this. I look forward to seeing what new views I can capture. I can’t wait to explore the southern California wedding locations!
The cocktail hour was followed by a small, intimate, elegant reception held in the Four Seasons Talavera restaurant. Toasts were made by the best man and matron of honor. The catering and cake were also provided by the Four Seasons. All over the nation, the Four Season Resorts do an amazing job focusing on providing world class service to brides and grooms. I am very much looking forward to weddings at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in the coming year.
As the evening drew to a close, I stole the bride and groom away for some night photography, capturing dramatic shots of the new husband and wife together. I love, love, love how the light created such an interesting, glamorous affect in these after-dark shots. They look like the only two people in the world, lost in their embrace.
I am fortunate enough to bear witness to love, and marriage vows, on a more regular basis than most people. And one of the things that stops me in my tracks every time is when couples speak thoughtfully crafted, emotional words to one another; vowing beyond just the “I do” and venturing into the “why I want to with you.” R+M spoke to one another, promising, laughing, crying, and knowing that as much as she might love him, or he might love her, the most important thing is that they love together, facing the same direction, walking hand in hand towards their future. I was honored to capture their forever after.
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress: Tara Keely
Catering: Four Seasons
Cake: Four Seasons
Florist: Aubrey’s Petals
Officiant: Pastor Mark Faul
Hair and Makeup Artist: Heather VanHouten
Hair stylist: Chelsea Adams