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Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Francesca & David

I was awe struck and dumbfounded when she called.  It was Francesca.  The dearest, sweetest, and most adorable wedding design/coordination assistant at Scheme Events.  It is her job to help design and coordinate beautiful weddings; thus, she looks at beautiful wedding imagery all day long.  So when she contacted me to ask if we could meet about me photographing her wedding, my jaw went agape, and my stomach did a somersault.  We met up at an adorable lunch spot to talk about some basics, and my love for her grew… if that was possible.  How could she be even sweeter than I had already known she was?  Fast forward to a few days later when we officially signed her and David’s contract, and I was in disbelief.  I was so honored to be the one that she chose to document her wedding, and already so nervous to please her.

When I showed up at JW Marriott that morning to begin photographing the getting ready details there was an amazing sense of calm.  The team from Square Salon had already come and gone, and the bridesmaids and bride were relaxed and ready to begin the day.  As I stepped into Francesca’s suite my breath was taken away by the gorgeous light tickling her dress which she had already placed on a dress form ready for me to photograph.  Her details were divine, and the light illuminated the joy in the room.

David had a calm about him throughout the entire day.  He seemed perfectly content.  As though this day had been scheduled into his calendar all along.

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My additional shooters, Kristen and Janelle, seriously knocked my socks off with their images.  The images of David getting ready and this photo of Francesca’s Layers of Lovely bouquet are Kristen’s images.

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Kristen also grabbed this shot of David’s reaction to seeing Francesca for the first time.  They opted to do a first look which gave them an intimate moment together while also allowing for plenty of time to get all of their bridal party photos completed before the ceremony.

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The wedding party was so incredible.  And gorgeous to boot.

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Patrick, the ring bearer, killed this striped bow tie.  Like a boss.

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These two images below are Janelle’s shots, and the photo on the right might be one of my ~favorite~ images from the day.

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Francesca and David have dated for 9 years.  And they fit together like a couple who has been married for decades.  David really knew that he was onto something great keeping Francesca around, so he planned what has got to be the most amazing proposal story any girl could have ever asked for.  He whisked Frannie away on a trip to New York.  Just a weekend trip.  No big deal.  It was Christmas time, and they went to visit Rockefeller Center.  While there, a familiar face delivered a ring box to David.  When Frannie recognized the face of one of their good friends… her jaw dropped.  Then she turned around a little more and saw even more familiar faces.  David had flown in their best friends to witness the proposal and celebrate their commitment in the city that never sleeps.  He proposed there, in front of their friends, in the middle of Rockefeller Center, during Christmas.  To say there was magic in the air is a *huge* understatement.  David promised to spend his life with Francesca that day, and I’m pretty sure he is going to keep that promise.

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Venue:  JW Marriott, St. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church, Springs Preserve

Coordination : Scheme Events

Photography: j. anne photography

Videography: Caterpillar Weddings

Cake: Chocolate and Spice

Transportation: Bell Trans

Entertainment: DJ B_Rian

Hair and Makeup: Square Salon

Floral: Layers of Lovely

Lighting: LED Unplugged

Rentals/Linens: RSVP Party

Linens: La Tavola

 

 

Idyllic Desert Romance – A Styled Wedding Shoot

I was probably turning ten or eleven years old.  I had asked my mom to plan me a birthday party, but she said no.  In her defense, I bet I asked her to plan it on Friday and wanted it to take place on Saturday.  I’m kind of a procrastinator …fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl.  So, my mom told me no about the party.  In true, independent girl fashion, I asked if I could host the party myself.  She might have laughed… and then looked down her nose and said… “sure, do whatever you want, Jo.”  So I did.

Some of my friends came over the next day.  I think that it was Amber, Reina, Heather, my neighbor friend Jeni, Crystal, Ashley, and I *think* that we might have thought about inviting some of the Berrendo ES girls (Robin and Mandy), but given that it was so last minute they probably already had plans that Saturday.  They were always a little cooler than us anyway, but I’m sure that they are sad they missed it because it was the birthday party to outshine all other birthday parties.  I mean we had some games to play and a cake to eat.  What else could a girl ask for?  I remember pushing a golf ball across the grass in my backyard with my nose like it was yesterday.  We were, of course, completing an epic relay race that included holding said golf ball on a spoon, then pushing it across the yard with your nose, and maybe the race to the finish line was done three-legged style or something. But either way, it was epic.  But it only lasted about five minutes.  And then we were bored.  I begged and pleaded with my mom to let us take rides out into the pasture on the riding lawn-mower.  I begged silently in my head for her to not say no because the party would be a massive failure if I couldn’t think of something for my friends to do… and FAST!  After a LOT of coercion, she finally agreed and we spent the next several minutes riding a lawn mower that went all of 5mph.  Epic, I tell you!

Why am I telling you this jaw-dropping account of such a wonderful birthday party you might ask?  Because if you’re a wedding or portrait photographer then you now have the chance to attend yet another totally rad production by yours truly and my amazing wedding photographer friend.  Kristen, from Kristen Joy Photography, and I will be hosting a wedding styled shoot for WPPI this coming March!  We are embracing both of our romantic and whimsical styles of wedding photography and styling a shoot with an incredibly talented line-up of Las Vegas wedding professionals!  The shoot will take place in the Las Vegas desert and will have a dream-like aesthetic filled with gorgeous flowers, a beautiful tablescape, two sets of models donning classically romantic wedding attire, with some splashes of whimsical details.

As you can tell, my event planning skills have definitely improved since 1991-ish.

Please click here to get your ticket before all of the spots are taken!!

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