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We want to thank everyone for their infinite patience while waiting for their blog postings.  Fall season has proven to be one of the busiest we have ever had with 10 weddings since the beginning of September, two of which were destination, not to mention the triple header we have beginning tomorrow and the countless shoots in between, all of which will eventually make their way to the blog.  We haven't forgotten anyone :-).

 

With that, we wanted to go ahead and get things started with our first wedding of the fall season.  We received a wonderful Thank You card in the mail from this couple yesterday and wanted to go ahead and get their posting up.  They have been so patient and I am sure they are dying to see some photos.  Michele and Josh were married Labor Day weekend in St. Clair, Michigan, which was the main reason behind our big road trip.  We first spoke with Josh while we were driving along the slopes of Haleakala in Maui last year scouting for our own wedding.  The two live in Phoenix and were inquiring about an engagement shoot.  Once we were back home we met up for the shoot and the rest is history.

 

Michele is from China, Michigan (a very small town adjacent to St. Clair) and it was her hometown that she and Josh chose for their special day.  It is a very charming town positioned on a pretty little river that overlooks Canada on it's opposite bank.  We absolutely love this couple because they are such genuine people and their families and friends were no exception.  We were treated more like guests than "the photographers" and we had such a great time over the course of the three days we spent there.  They had a trash-the-dress session the day after the wedding and afterwards we went back to Michele's parent's home where we were well fed by her mom while her dad washed our car before we hit the road again ... now come on, you can't beat that for hospitality :-)!!

 

The one thing that really impressed us about this couple was how much fun they had on their wedding day ... doing it just the way they wanted.  They even rented a motor home which Josh's dad used to chauffeur the couple, their wedding party and close friends around town for photos.  They simply played by their own rules instead of the "traditional" rules of a wedding day and had an absolute blast doing it.  We think the photos really portray that :-)!  Thank you both so much for everything and for including us in so many wonderful ways in your special weekend.  We had so much fun!!

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Michele's wedding gift to Josh ... he was soooo happy!!
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Michele had a great time greeting the guests - before the ceremony started :-).
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This was the most comedic catholic priest we have ever seen.  It was so hard not to start laughing at many points during the ceremony because of his antics.
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Let the fun begin!!!
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One of my favorites from the day!!!  The women in the background look so disapproving ... hilarious!!!
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Another big fav of the day!!
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OK Josh, your cut off :-).
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Josh is a policeman in Phoenix and he loves these new cars.  He asked the cop if they could pose with his car ... he obliged.  I must say though, Josh caught some heat from his friend's for this one :-).
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The party carried over to Michele's parent's home where they had a bonfire.  Thanks again to you both and congratulations!!!
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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum (a little bit of humor for any theater buffs out there) ...

You see, this wedding story began with Kristel and Logan, who don't reside in CA, making a list of the top places they would like to have a destination wedding.  Ultimately, the Giant Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in CA won out.  Next step - use the internet (a wonderful tool by the way) for all your planning needs.  After nailing down the venue Kristel began her search for a photographer.  She typed in something along the lines of "Wedding Photographers Sierra Nevada" and presto, there we were, Sierra Blanco Photography.  Kristel then emailed us saying that she visited our site, went through the entire thing, fell in love with us, and then realized we were based in AZ, not CA.  She asked if we would travel and with a hearty "HECK YEAH we'll travel" we were soon on our way to photograph a wedding amongst the Giant Sequoias :-)!!

 

This wedding was held on June 10th and was right up our alley with all the magnificent scenery and dramatic weather!  We were also happy with all the photojournalistic images we got out of this one.  It also rates as our longest one-day event ever ... 15 hours!  Factor all that into the equation and you get a rather long posting.  In fact it was hard narrow it down to what we did.  The whole day and all the details were just so amazing!

 

The day began with Kristel and Logan enjoying an early morning picnic at Shaver Lake.  Kristel and her friend (who came all the way from Alaska to participate in her good friend's day) then headed down to Fresno to have her hair done.

Side note: I rode in the back seat of the convertible so I could get photos on the winding mountain roads that led down to the city.  After getting what I needed I laid down in a fetal position and did not move.  Once we arrived, Kristel aked me if I had a nice nap to which I exclaimed, "no ... I didn't take a nap, I wanted to die."  I had gotten so car sick that if I had moved or spoken at all during the remainder of the trip, well it would not have been a pretty scene, let's just put it that way.  I got the photos though.  That's dedication :-)!

Meanwhile Logan stayed behind to help get the Elliott House B&B, their reception venue, ready for that evening.  At this point it was slightly overcast but the weather was holding.  After their first meeting, which they did before the ceremony in order to do couple formals, we headed away from the town and into stunning, nearly untouched wilderness.  This is where the weather became it's most dramatic!  Under warm, sunny skies, we stood on a granite outcropping and looked into the distance to witness an advancing wall of seething black clouds.  As the wind picked up, whipping Kristel's cathedral length veil around, we knew we weren't gonna get much more drama than this!!  Kristel and Logan handled the whole thing like pro models and the outcome was stunning!

 

By the time we made it up to McKinley Grove in the Sierra National Forest for the ceremony, the weather had turned cold under a light mist of rain.  Fortunately, spirits were not dampened and the ceremony went on as planned, under the sheltering canopy of three stately Giant Sequoia trees.  After the ceremony we headed to one last shooting location before the reception.  Kristel had hoped to get some photos at a waterfall and in our scouting the day before we had found the perfect one.  With the rain now intensifying and the temperature yet falling, we all dealt with the discomfort in the name of once-in-a-lifetime photo opps.

 

It was still very cold at the reception site, but at least the rain hadn't made it that far.  We have to throw in two points ... Kristel's dress and accessories were beautiful and their wedding cake was jaw-dropping!!  Kristel and Logan we cannot express enough how blessed we feel to have been chosen as your wedding photographers.  We loved you both, along with your family and friends and could not have enjoyed the day more.  Thanks for trusting in all our ideas and photo locations and we hope you love these images as much as we do!!

Final side note:  Kristel is quite the photographer herself, so the photography was very important to her.  This makes us feel especially grateful that she chose us and we sincerely hope we exceeded her expectations :-)!

 

Kristel LOVES detail shots and even helped to set some of these up :-)!

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The setting for their morning picnic couldn't have been more serene.
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The road to Fresno ... my stomach turns just thinking about it :-).
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Logan helping to set up.
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LOVE Kristel's dress!!
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The many faces of Kristel :-).
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She first tried the dress on this way ...
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but forgot the krenlin ...
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and finally went into the dress head-first.
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I love Logan's expression when he first saw Kristel!!
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And I love Kristel's expression when she first saw her cake!  It was an AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME cake!!!!!
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Check out that sky!!!!
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They look AMAZING!!!
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Kristel had her necklace made for her wedding ... as she called it, her "Couture Necklace" :-).
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These landscapes were just unbelievable ... as was the couple!!!
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What a place to be married in!
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I love the guest's seating ... fallen logs!  How perfect!
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It was so cold by this point ... they were both troopers!
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As you can see, the rain almost washed away the "Just Married" writing on the back of the car.
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This was not Kristel and Logan smoking ... this is their breath illustrating how cold it was for a June evening :-)!  It was really cold!!
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Thanks again guys, it was beautiful!!! 

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sue kovachevich:

WOW!!! They are absolutely stunning.....sorry I wasn't there to see in person. Congratulations!! Are there more to come??

(07.25.09 @ 05:09 AM)

We have hit the busy season and I am falling very far behind on my blogging, so for those couples waiting, I promise I will get your shoots up as soon as possible :-).

 

While we were in Florida, Brittany and Stephen had one last shoot - a spectacular Trash-the Dress shoot.  Again, we can't stress enough how much fun these shoots can be ... they are becoming increasingly popular and are highly recommended!!!

 

Bee and Stephen started the shoot in Downtown Orlando in the Church Street Station district ... I personally love the ice cream shots :-).  From there we headed out to Blue Springs State Park where they got down and dirty - and just a little water-logged.

 

Thank you both so much!!  It was such a blast and we just love you guys!  Hope you love them as much as we do :-)!!

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Love the ice cream shots ... how fun!
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Beautiful "Deep South" old plantation shot - so charming.
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This is such a cool infrared shot ...
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AMAZING!!!
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A little fun ...
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Lisa:

Tina, the pictures look fantastic! ~Lisa

(04.21.09 @ 02:59 PM)

I first met Brittany when she was eight years old.  I went to meet my friend Aubrey at her house for a photo shoot and there she was ... the only blonde in the family.  I remember thinking how pretty she was going to be when she grew up.  I couldn't have been closer to the mark in that prediction.  Today she is a beautiful young woman and I never dreamed at the time that I would one day be photographing her wedding.  Funny how life works sometimes :-).

 

Brittany and Stephen are a wonderful couple and I was so glad to be a part of their very special day.  I have felt blessed to be able to cover each sister's wedding (Ashley and Aubrey before this) and Bee's was no exception.  Brittany comes from a large family - 4 sisters and 3 brothers total - and I just love all of them, including their wonderful parents.  Stephen's family was just as wonderful to get to know, very warm and gracious.

 

Side note: As you view the photos you will think your eyes are playing tricks on you, and in a way they are.  For the record, that is not former President George W. Bush, but he sure is a darn good look-alike!!  In fact Stephen's father, John Morgan, is a bit of a celebrity himself having taken third place in ABC TV's celebrity reality show, "The Next Best Thing."  It really was mind-boggling how much he looked like him.

 

Brittany and Stephen, it was a beautiful wedding and you two make the cuttest couple.  Thank you for your hospitality and for entrusting us as your wedding photographers.  Stephen is a videographer and Brittany has always grown up around the camera so photos were extremely important to both of them.  It meant a lot that they trusted us to document their special day.  Hope you love them and we wish you the very best in life!!  Hope you have a chance to stop by and visit while you are out this way :-)!

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I love this shot with Bee holding her extensions for the stylist to fix up :-).
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Proud Mama!!
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Stephen is a real ham.
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John Morgan as George W. Bush ... uncanny!!
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Bee is soooo beautiful!!!
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It was just a tad windy.
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A total ham :-)!
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Love the way they lit the stage.
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Bee's sister Ashley made the cake ... so talented!
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I love this departure series. It is so theatrical!!!
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Finally had a photo taken with all the Jarvis sisters ... I felt really short (and I'm 5'5). Love you guys :-)!!!!
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Aubrey Reel:

The pictures are fabulous!! We are so blessed to know you and even more blessed that you are so amazingly talented! haha What would our weddings be without you! Plus I like all these Florida destination weddings! I have seen you more in the last month than I have in the last 5 years..haha Miss you! Aubs

(04.15.09 @ 01:54 AM)
Leslie Styler Photography:

I love how you really get in there and close up with your work. It is truly unique!!

(04.17.09 @ 07:32 AM)
Brittany Morgan:

I am speechless, the pictures are absolutely breath taking! i just love them all. You captured our wedding day so spectacularly! I couldn't be happier. You're work amazes me every time. I thank God for you and your friendship to the family. Stephen and I are so lucky to have a little bit of Sierra Blanco in our lives. Thank you!

(04.29.09 @ 02:44 AM)
We love destination weddings - it is so much fun to travel somewhere new and get to do wedding photography at the same time!  It is also so nice to have a couple that you meet for the very first time on the day of the wedding, yet feel like you have been longtime friends.  This is how it was when we met Alicia and Michael on March 7th.

Their wedding was held at the Mirror Lake Lyceum in Saint Petersburg, Florida and was such a ball.  The historic building (built in the 1920's) was very charming and the architecture was beautiful.  The ceremony was very close to sunset, but we still had a chance to sneak outside during the cocktail hour for a fun little photo shoot :-).

The reception was ... how shall I say ... insane!!  Everyone had a very, very, very good time - no matter the age, it was a good ol' time for all.  We love receptions like this one - never a dull moment :-).  At the end of the night, Alicia and Michael were picked up by a horse drawn carriage and taken on a beautiful midnight ride.  The horse's name was Duke and we loved his hooves - painted with green glitter for St. Patty's Day ... so cute!

Alicia and Michael, thank you so much for choosing us as your wedding photographers!  It was such a pleasure meeting you both and being a part of your wonderful day ... enjoy!!
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Michael Chansley:

I LOVE destination weddings! Good to see you got to go to Florida and spend some time out there.

(03.18.09 @ 09:29 PM)
Alicia Dickinson:

LOVE the pictures!!! They are just awesome....The wedding seemed to go by so fast, I am so happy you both were our photographers. I can't wait to see more..YAY

Thanks!!!

(03.25.09 @ 03:27 PM)