Dani & Ben had a beautiful small ceremony at Freestone Park in Mesa, AZ which was a special place in their courtship. After the intimate ceremony, they arrived at Grace Church in Mesa where a much larger group of friends joined family for a wonderful reception. Being such a quiet couple who placed a high value on privacy and family, I was truly honored to be chosen to document their engagement and to be a part of their wedding day. The day was hot, but it was much nicer than it had been the day before at the rehearsal (I always attend rehearsals), so it seemed so much better!
I was skeptical when Dani and Ben suggested and outdoor daytime wedding in July (here in the Metro Phoenix area),but look at the beautiful sky we would have missed if we had played it safe. We had just enough cloud cover to give us some relief from the Arizona sun.
This and the photo below may be my favorite pair of reception images ever! I captured this one, while my wife Lisa prepared for the catch below. We had no idea about the last minute plan for the Maid of Honor to boost the Flower Girl into the air.
Giving new meaning to the title Flower Girl! I spoke with Kayla, the Maid of Honor, later. She said she had no idea this would work. It was one of the most fun moments at a reception I’ve ever been witness to. My wife and assistant Lisa says she saw Kayla’s hands go under those arms, into a “boost” position and focused in on them. So. Much. Fun!