Amanda & David are getting married this weekend up in the beautiful pines north of Payson. I’m honored to be joining them at Verde River Rock House Bed & Breakfast to photograph their wedding. As I think about how beautiful their event will be, I am reminded of the double-session we did for their engagement portrait sessions. We had brainstormed about beautiful places in the historic district of old downtown Mesa, AZ and came up with enough ideas that we weren’t able to fit them all into one afternoon. Well, part of that is my fault, since we got carried away playing in the flood-irrigated grassy “islands” that separate the streets in that neighborhood. So, we planned a second day, with different outfits, a few days later.
Just before their second session, inspiration struck me, and I had an idea (sparked by an old black and white photograph from the early 60’s that my wife had discovered) for a photo we just had to make indoors in my home studio. When the couple arrived, I asked if the change of plan was a good start to our session. They agreed that we could start inside. Well, one idea led to another, and another. Before long Amanda and David agreed that it would be more fun to keep creating new scenes and vignettes in-studio than to go back outdoors again. We has SO much fun!
Amanda’s wardrobe, hair, and make-up for the day had a vintage feel to it, so we started off photographing them “through” an antique Kodak TTV camera’s ground glass.
The Eiffel Tower here is certainly meaningful. Amanda & David will be in Paris for their honeymoon. Guess who’ll be there to photograph them in the City of Light… I promise I’ll share some of those photos here after we get back.
One of the variations of this scene is featured on the cover of their wedding guestbook. We’ve made a 10-page album, with every-other-page blank. The paper of the pages is just right for writing on, so this is what their wedding attendees will sign. I love when we can make keepsakes that do more than give us a list of people we should send thank-you cards to. Instead, this couple will have a book worth looking at with their grandchildren. A sample photo of one of my signable guestbooks can be seen at the bottom of my Weddings information page.