Kat and Kurt's Children's Museum of Phoenix Wedding

Kat and Kurt used to live next to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. One night from their place, they noticed a bride and groom coming out of the museum. They also knew the museum used to hold Play Date nights for adults. They thought it would make a pretty kick ass wedding venue. They were right. In terms of unique and playful venues to have a Phoenix wedding, I’m not sure you could top the Children’s Museum. But these two really leaned into that and brought their own fun all day. There were jam sessions, a cute dog, a pub visit, leaping groomsmen, beers passed out as guests walked into the ceremony, photos in play areas, dancing…and one of the nicest, most laid back, most fun couples you could ever meet. I’ve been pretty pumped for this blog post. But it was one of the hardest times I’ve had narrowing down images.

This venue should be on the bucket list for all Arizona wedding photographers. But you can’t have Kat and Kurt. ;) The following is my best attempt at picking my favorite photos from their Children’s Museum of Phoenix wedding.

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The Team:

Venue: Children’s Museum of Phoenix

2nd Shooter: Erin Evangeline

Venue Coordinator: Alex Wurth

Hair and makeup: Something Beautiful Styles

DJ: Miss Mixx

My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

Hit me up if you’re getting married at the Children’s Museum. I’d love to be your photographer if you’re into it. No matter where it is. Next up on my museum bucket list is a Phoenix Art Museum wedding.

Lisa and Alicia's Northern Arizona Wedding and Redo Reception

Weddings are one of the biggest moments in a person’s life. I may be a non-traditionalist who thinks you should do whatever you want on your wedding day and whatever is right for you, but I’m also someone who knows it’s a huge deal, no matter how you do it. From courthouses to backyards to the most elegant wedding venues in the world, no matter how you do it, weddings and marriage represent the love you have with another person and making the commitment to keep that love going for life.

Lisa and Alicia’s wedding was a destination wedding up in northern Arizona and filled with little details and things they loved. They even handmade the concrete pots to put their succulents in for their wedding guests to take. Lisa and Alicia poured themselves into their wedding…and then mother nature poured on them. Everything at their wedding was to take place outdoors, but we were hit with serious rainfall that wasn’t on the weather forecasts. It was a mad scramble to move everything indoors…and then the venue lost power. No backup.

But weddings are really about the love you have with the other person, and you can’t stop these two. Not only did the rain let up just long enough (except for a light sprinkle) to do their wedding ceremony outdoors, but they rallied around each other and their loved ones rallied around them. Lit by cell phones (and my flash in the photos), they pressed on and had a first dance. I can honestly say it was my favorite first dance I’ve ever photographed. They earned it, they deserved it, and it was so symbolic to see their loved ones be part of making it possible.

Still, it crushed a lot of us to see them have to have this experience. So, their planner, Ashley with Honey & Shaw, did her thing and set up a surprise redo reception at Gather Estate and we all chipped in and gave it to them. These two love each other and their kids so well, so it felt great to give them something they deserved.

On a side note, if you have a chance to hire Ashley and Honey & Shaw, do so in a heartbeat. Seeing her have her clients back like that was a joy to see. Same goes for Gather Estate, or the other incredible vendors listed below who contributed to the makeup reception.

Below are some of my favorite images we got at their wedding and the reception redo. Cell phone first dance included.

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Redo Reception Team:

Planner: Honey and Shaw 2nd Shooter (for main wedding): Megan Blanchard

Venue: Gather Estate Video: Nat and Jared

Cakes: Dessert First by Veronica and The Herbivore Bakeshop

Food: Mighty Bites by Mel Drinks: Couple of Bartenders

My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

You deserve the wedding (and wedding photographer) of your dreams just like Lisa and Alicia. Let me help you with that part! Contact me below and let’s have fun together.

Alex and Nick's Desert Botanical Garden Wedding

I’ll be honest, I get nervous before photographing weddings. It’s a big, long day where you are trying to make art while also documenting the most important day of two people’s lives. I know I am great at what I do, but I feel the gravity of the situation and I always want to nail it for my couple. It always goes away almost the instant I see my bride or groom for the first time. The moment I arrived to start photography for Alex and Nick’s Desert Botanical Garden wedding, Alex said something to the effect of how happy she was to see me. It was so warm and genuine and the best welcome I could have had. The nerves were gone. Butt kicking art mode was engaged.

Just like their engagement session, we had a ton of fun all day. They even hired the dynamos at Your Jubilee as their planners, and they always laugh at my dumb jokes. Here are some of my favorite photos from their wedding at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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The Team:

Venue: Desert Botanical Garden 2nd Shooter: Erin Evangeline

Planner: Your Jubilee Flowers: The Wildflower AZ

Hair: Hair by Kalet Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson

Cake: Ruze Cake House Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

My Equipment:

Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

I’m a wedding photographer out of Phoenix who is laid back, but serious about getting you amazing images from your wedding. Send me a note and let’s chat.