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Kristy and Carl were married September 26, 2009 in Puerto Penasco, otherwise know as Rocky Point, Mexico.  The chose to have their ceremony and reception in Las Conchas at a beautiful beach front hacienda named Villa Del Ensueno.  The hacienda perfectly highlights the colors and architecture of the local Mexican culture!

 

The entire event was held outdoors with the ceremony taking place on the beach and the reception set up on the spacious back patio complete with full bar.  A Mariachi played as guests arrived for the ceremony and continued through the cocktail hour and sunset.  Then the party began ...  and it was a wild one, going well past midnight!!

 

This was a beautiful event with a beautiful couple and we felt privileged to be a part of it!  The only down side was the rogue heat wave that hit the area that particular weekend.  It was 105 degrees that day with 100 percent humidity and it was the first time that I have ever gotton a heat-related illness at a wedding.  There was a short time where I thought I was going to pass out, but in the end, I pulled through and carried on with he show!  Despite that, it was a truly wonderful wedding ... thank you both for having us!!

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This is one of my favorite pics from the day ... this random dog came by and he was just sooo happy to be around us :-)!!
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In memory of Kristy's late mother ...
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Aren't the flowers spectacular??!!
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And this is one of my favorite first dance pics ever ... it just looks so magical!!
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This guy could sing!!!!
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The party gets a little wild from this point forward ...
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The day after the wedding, we met up with Lisa and James for their trash-the-dress shoot.  This shoot was totally off the hook.  We had such a blast!!

 

We started at Lisa's parent's farm, which is full of everything imaginable to use as a prop or backdrop for this kind of shoot.  We had a lot of fun rummaging through the garage, and with a little help from Lisa's father, we got some crazy shots :-)!  The farm equipment was fun too as was the participation of many adorable dogs, including Quizas.  Lisa's brother, a photography buff himself,  took us to the far reaches of the farm where they grow all sorts of palm trees and we got some beautiful shots in the deep green forests ... not to mention a few mosquito bites :-).  The family definitely participated in this event and had fun doing it!  We hope they love the photos!!

 

We finished up the shoot at the beach and WOW, no holding back.  When we told them to jump in the water, they jumped.  When the waves battered them, they just got back in them again for another take.  They were amazing!!  I have to say though, I got just as soaked as they did almost ... drenched up to my neck.  The water was warm though, kind of like bath water :-).  Lisa opted not to keep the crinoline and tossed it in the trash as we left the beach ... made for a cute departing shot!!  Thanks so much you two, this was soooooo much fun!!

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Lisa:

Tine & Kevin!

These photos are HOOOT!!! And they look They came out better than I would've thought! I can't wait to see all of them :)

~Lisa

(12.08.09 @ 01:16 PM)

Lisa and James were married at the Breakers West in West Palm Beach, Florida in October.  For fear of writing a novel, I am going to try to keep this somewhat short and sweet ... the posting is extra long and the photos speak for themselves!

 

From the first contact with Lisa, we instantly hit it off and we eagarly awaited her and Jame's wedding!  The couple lives in Chicago but have family in Florida, which is why they chose West Palm as their wedding destination.  We met the day before the wedding and were amused at some family member's relief that we "showed up" :-).  In all seriousness, both families wecomed us with open arms, and Lisa's family warmly opened up their home to us both on the day of the wedding and for the trash-the-dress shoot the following day.  Everyone was so wonderful to be around.

 

There were many highlights to the wedding day, not the least of which was a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed immediately after the ceremony as a surprise from Lisa and James to their guests!  It was spectacular to watch and total eye candy for any photographer with all the stunning costumes and colors!  They also had hookahs and a bubble machine at the reception ... what fun.  I LOVE receptions with this much energy, even if I do get smaked around a bit on the dancefloor :-).

 

The next postng will have highlights from their trash-the-dress shoot and you don't want to miss it!  Thank you Lisa and James ... we had an unbelievable time!!

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The stone in the necklace is called Tanzanite.  It is very hard to come by these days, especially one of such color and clarity, and  Lisa's mom gave it to her to wear on her wedding day.  It was stunning and it is my favorite stone!!!
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Check out the super cool shoes!
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Lisa's pooch, Quizas, traveled from Chicago to be a part of the weekend festivities.
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OMG ... soooo cute :-)!!!!
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Lisa and James had a very sweet first meeting.
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Check out the Lion Dance!  It was a spectacular display!

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Some Hookah fun :-)!!

I love these cake shots!

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Lisa's father gave an emotional and touching speech.
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Let the party begin ...
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Lisa and her twin sister, Leena.
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Thanks again you two and Congratulations!!!

 

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Lisa:

Tina,

I LOOOOOVE the photos! I There's so many fantastic shots, I can't pick a favorite. I love the cake shots, way more fun than the standard shots you see all the time. The character in the heart is "double happiness" the "symbol" for a wedding. You guys did fantastic work again! I'm so excited!

~Lisa

(12.08.09 @ 01:14 PM)

After leaving Michigan (where we had a wedding over the Labor Day weekend) on our Great American Road Trip, we headed south and west to beautiful Tucson where Patty and Turner were married on September 10th, 2009.  They enjoyed an intimate elopement at Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.

 

This exquisite resort is more like a wilderness retreat than a hotel.  It's labyrinth of pathways wind their way through dense desert scrub and saguaro-covered mountainsides with one in particular leading to a rare find as deserts go - a soothing natural waterfall plunging over a shear cliff wall.  This was the setting for the ceremony and it couldn't have been more magical, especially for this couple who hail from Dallas, Texas, opting for a destination wedding in the Sonoran Desert.  And though the teperatures flirted with the century mark, we all had a great time and we were privileged to act as Patty and Turner's witnesses.  We even encountered a curious javelina along one of the pathways during our intitial scouting when we first arrived :-).

 

The only thing we couldn't understand was how Patty and Turner didn't consider themselves to be photogenic ... I know, it's shocking when you view the photos!  These two are about as photogenic as two people can get!  I think they were just being modest ... a good trait by the way :-).  Thank you both so much for having us at your elopement.  We were so happy to be a part of it and you were a wonderful couple to work with and get to know.  It made for a great ending to our Great American Road Trip!  Best wishes!!

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How cute is this little guy :-).
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What a beautiful ceremony location.  The waterfall is natural ... not man-made.  Amazing!
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This was so funny!  Patty couldn't get the ring to fit on Turner's finger because of the heat :-).  They finally got it though.
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Patty doing a happy-dance at the end of the ceremony :-).
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Seriously ... look at Patty ... how could she not consider herself photogenic?!!  Gorgeous!!
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They look like they belong in a fashion magazine!
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Jody Stasko:

Beautiful pictures Patty!!! Great to see you and Turner looking so happy together!
Please post more!

xoxo Jody

(12.14.09 @ 04:20 PM)

The day after the wedding, Michele and Josh opted for a trash-the-dress shoot.  They were worried that it wouldn't be exciting to us beacuse we are able to do so many of these shoots in beautiful places like Sedona.  On the contrary though.  We love places that are fresh and new for us.  China, Michigan was full of rustic old barns, lovely fields of wildflowers and miles and miles of corn fields ... we have always wanted to do a photo shoot in the corn fields.  This was like being a kid in a candy store to us ... we ate it up!!

 

There was only one drawback.  People, I have lived in Florida for heaven sakes.  I have trudged through some seriously mosquito infested swamps.  I have even been to Africa and slept along river banks swarming with the blood-sucking creatures, but Michigan ... Michigan in the summer is as bad as any swarm I have ever had the misfortune to be in.  I hate mosquitos ... they love me ...

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Check these two out!!  They totally look like they were ripped from the pages of a fashion spread!!!
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This is my favorite!!!  When we were shooting it, Josh though it was super cool ... not so sure that's what Michele thought :-).
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Melissa Dunstan Photography:

Oh, I LOVE these! So beautiful and creative! Nice work as usual!

(10.14.09 @ 01:05 AM)
Michele Goodrich:

You were able to capture every single emotion I felt that day. I can look at a picture and remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling at that moment in time. You have a true gift.

(10.23.09 @ 04:43 AM)