Dominican Republic Wedding Photography :: Shannon & Bishop

In the Dominican, they say that if it rains hard one day, then it probably won’t rain the next.  So, on Sunday, when the clouds parted and drenched everything at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, Shannon was happy.  It was the day before her wedding, and as the rain drops pounded her shoulders, the weight of rain on her wedding day lifted off of them.

The weather superstition held true the following day with bright blue skies, puffy white clouds, and gorgeous turquoise water.  The day began with the guys getting ready, and from that first moment, the laughter, dancing and fun never ceased.  All of the members of Shannon and Bishop’s wedding party were a true representation of their love and character.  Their friends laughed with them throughout the day, cried happy tears to see them wed, and were willing to go above and beyond to serve their wedding-day needs.  Because that’s what Shannon and Bishop do.  They take care of people.  They laugh, they have fun, all the while they make sure that everyone around them is taken care of… making sure their needs are met… and making sure that they are having fun, as well.  Their wedding day was a true testament to everything that Shannon and Bishop embody as individuals, and what their marriage will stand for together.

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I think that the photo on the right, below, is the only photo that I have of the guys being serious.  I’m pretty sure a dance party ensued directly following this photo.

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There were audible gasps from Shannon’s bridesmaids as she slipped into her gorgeous wedding gown!

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Shannon’s bridesmaids all got together one night to create their own individual wedding bouquets!  And Shannon’s bouquet was created by Bouquet Couture.

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When I took the photo on the right, my stomach did a flip flop.  I checked the back of my camera display, and I ran to Shannon to show her immediately.  Beauty like that just had to be shared.

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Shannon and Bishop had several family members who weren’t able to attend their wedding due having passed on… They represented these members of their family by displaying framed photographs on the aisles of the ceremony which were then moved over to sit with Shannon and Bishop at the head table of the reception.  I took a quick moment to take photographs of the guests with their family members who were unable to join them on such a special day.  Although very difficult to photograph, this proved to be one of my favorite parts of the day.

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Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Jackson!!  To say that I was honored to document your wedding would be a huge understatement.  I am humbled to have been able to share this day with you, meet your friends and family, and to have made memories that will last a lifetime.

Double Header Wednesday :: Featured on Style Me Pretty

Catherine from Layers of Lovely summed it up perfectly this morning on Facebook when she called it a double-header, Wednesday.  I am beyond.  Beyond. Beyond myself this morning to get to post this blog.  Earlier in the year I blogged about Francesca and David’s wedding being featured on the Southwest Region’s blog for Style Me Pretty.  It was the first time that a wedding I had  photographed had ever been accepted by this mega-blog, and ecstatic was not a word that could sum up my emotions.  So to find out yesterday that not only would the styled shoot that Kristen Joy Davis and I designed, executed, and photographed was also going to be featured on the Southwest Region of SMP… but also that Brittney and Mike’s wedding was going up on the main page of the international wedding blog… I couldn’t quite find the words.  I have been so so so honored to work with some of the most amazing talents in Las Vegas (and thanks to Etsy, from around the world), and photographing their work is such a dream!  There are huge teams of people, talent, and creativity that go behind producing our couple’s weddings, and without everyone coming together… there simply wouldn’t be anything to photograph.  So, as much fun as it is to write this blog and show you pretty pictures… please know that it is not only my work you are seeing, but the work of so many amazing talents!!

Here’s the vendor line-up for Brittney & Mike’s wedding!  Photography: J. Anne Photography | Floral Design: Layers Of Lovely | Cake: Retro Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Springs Preserve | Reception Venue: Springs Preserve | Lighting: LED Unplugged | Entertainment: Lounge Orphans Music | Officiant: Casual Elegance | Coordination: Scheme Events


And here’s the lineup of vendors for the Idyllic Desert Romance shoot designed by Kristen and I :: Photography: Kristen Joy Photography | Photography: J. Anne Photography | Floral Design: Layers Of Lovely | Stationary: Paper & Home | Hair & Makeup: Mosaic Salon | Cake Design: Showboy Bakeshop | Furniture Rentals & Alter Setup: The Wooden Trunk | Tuxedo : Tuxedo Junction |


Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Wedding Albums

The airport in the Dominican Republic doesn’t have any air conditioning.  And it also doesn’t have any walls.  It is a large hut-like building with several palapas for a roof.  Huge fans move the air around, but palapas held up by wooden columns does not a building make.  Getting through ticketing, security, customs, and onto the other side of this glorified tent might end up taking two hours due to the incredibly laid back mentality of the island workers; however, once you make it to the other side you are rewarded by a generous helping of duty-free shopping.

I meandered through the perfumes and cigars when I was struck by something beautiful.  It was right in front of the watch cases.  A lazy-susan of paper.  Christian Lacroix Papier to be exact.  And I might have almost dropped my passport and dive lunged towards the display.  Okay, maybe a bit dramatic.  But when Janelle said… “Oh yeah, that’s right… you love paper!” as she sauntered passed me… a smile surfaced on my face that may have resembled something closer to a cartoon cheshire cat.  I do love paper.  And more so, I love well-designed paper.  Which is why it has taken me so long to finally fall in love with an album company, and to feel like I’m married to a product for my couples.

I design the spreads within the album myself (which is one of my faaaaavorite parts of the wedding process), and then the album is printed and bound by a company called Madera Books.  After I receive the book from Madera… secretly… I never want to give it to my client.  I am bound by a contract to do so, but the actual exchange of the album is always a bitter sweet moment for me.  And I also have to resist the urge to buy a duplicate album to keep as a “studio sample”… I use air quotes because having a stack of other people’s wedding albums on my bedside table would hardly meet the definition of a studio sample.  In fact, if my couples knew that I was staring at their faces before I went to bed at night… running my fingers across their embossed names on the leather front and spine of the book… smelling the flush mounted spreads… well, I might not book another wedding.  Evah.

So… I resist the urge to order the duplicate every time… but after you see the photos below, you might think about ordering a copy of David and Francesca’s wedding album for your own bedside material. {wink}

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