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Friday, December 30, 2011

PayPal Holiday Party

We were thrilled to provide photographic coverage for PayPal's 2011 holiday party at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. The event and decor was seamlessly and beautifully organized by William Pailley of Artistic Surroundings. Guests were welcomed Hollywood style, complete with a red carpet, papparazzi and adoring fans begging for autographs. The evening's musical entertainment and MC was provided by Ray the DJ. Guests also had a chance to try their hand at blackjack and poker in a casino room.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amber and Jeff Engagement Session, Tempe Center for the Arts, AZ

Amber and Jeff met us this past October at the Tempe Center for the Arts for their Engagement Session photo date. Although we've photographed here before, we're constantly amazed how this location transforms over the course of a day, with new photo opportunities presenting themselves each hour. 

We started out in the soft diffused shade of the Center's building and courtyard. As the sun started to set, we then moved to the new pedestrian bridge, just completed on October 18th of this year. The 912-foot long bridge connects the north and south end of Tempe Town Lake for pedestrians and bicyclists, and also shades and cools the repaired dam system. Best of all, it provided a beautiful backdrop for Amber and Jeff's pictures! After the sun went down, we headed back to the Center, where orange fire pits sprung to life against the blue of the pedestrian bridge in the distance.

Amber and Jeff first met each other at work back in 2007. They were recently engaged this past April at sunset on a secluded La Jolla beach, and are looking forward to their April 2012 wedding at Regale

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Katie May and Andy Wedding, The Farm at South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ

Katie May and Andy found our wedding photography services at the bridal show nearly a year ago. We were thrilled they chose us to be the photographers for their Farm at South Mountain wedding. (Amanda and I almost got married here ourselves.)

Their wedding was full of personal touches and tradition that represented the melding of these two, their families, and cultures. Some of the rustic embellishments included kerosene lanterns on shepherds hooks down the ceremony aisle; green apples (representative of Andy's small Washington hometown); Katie's homemade apple jam; mason jars; and apple and heart-shaped cookies.

Andy presented each of his groomsmen with NFL-themed cufflinks--Seattle Seahawks being the hometown favorite--as well as embroidered navy ties.

An amazing variation on the standard guestbook was Katie and Andy's fingerprint tree. A hand-drawn tree representing the families was inked and signed with the fingerprints of attending family and guests!

These two celebrated long into the evening on the Morning Glory Patio, absolutely enchanted with each other. We know this will be an enduring relationship and we wish them the best!