Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Ashley & Jacob

The 2017 Spring wedding season was very kind to me this year in that the first wedding of the season was basically served on a nice shiny platter for Janelle and I.  Around every turn was something beautiful to photograph, and the day ran as smooth as any wedding I may have ever had the pleasure of shooting (which is likely due to Angelica from Green Orchid Events being at the helm).  Ashley and Jacob were an absolute dream couple.  You may remember them from the side of a mountain earlier in the year which will prove exactly how wonderful they were to work with!!

Ash and Jake came to Vegas all the way from the Chicago area to have a relatively small and intimate wedding with their closest friends and family.  Ashley envisioned a timeless and elegant black-tie wedding, but since she’s in medical school right now, Jacob actually took the reigns on handling most of the logistics of the day… even though his time is limited since he is an engineer.  Overachievers, right??  ha ha ha!  However, had it not been for these big aspirations then these two may have never met to begin with!! I don’t remember the name of the class, but I remember from one of the heartfelt toasts from the night that they locked eyes during one of their introductory courses in engineering which led them to down the path towards their wedding day!  Now, these two college lovebirds are the freshest newlyweds on the block.

We started our day off at Mandarin Oriental with the bride and groom getting ready in different suites.  They both had their equally as fantastic wedding party with them as they dressed, and it wasn’t long before Jacob was seeing Ashley for the first time as she descended a beautiful staircase on the hotel property.

After Ashley and Jake saw each other for the first time we hopped off to The Smith Center to have the wedding party and bride & groom portraits done on their beautiful property!  The images that came from this morsel of time are absolutely stunning, as we had the best light to work with!

Suzanne from ShePaperie created this custom signage for the couple to enjoy on their wedding day, and  it added a beautiful pop of whimsy to the day!  Amelia C & Company killed the hair and makeup on all of the ladies… and behind the scenes you can’t see them, but NewFly Films was right next to me on all of these images making sure that Ashley and Jacob have a beautiful wedding day video!!


Ashley wore this absolutely insane Lazaro gown that not only was stunning as a fitted silhouette, but also had a removable tulle skirt!  Ashley wanted to make sure to capture both looks in her portraits, and I was all too happy to oblige that request!
I don’t think that it takes a genius to figure out that Layers of Lovely took charge of this beautiful flower wall and the gorgeous arrangements for the day!  She never disappoints!

Let’s Do Work, 2017.

I hope that everyone will forgive me for this post being about 28 days late.  The beginning of 2017 started off in a crazy frenzy with Kris and Jessica Bryant’s wedding, so it has taken me a little bit of time to recover and start getting my head on straight for what is about to explode in 2017.  The last few days in my office I have been wrapping up the edit on Kris and Jessica’s wedding, editing Ashley & Jake and Sarah & Matt’s engagement sessions that happened earlier this year, and giving my yearly planner a run for its money as 2017 gets penciled in faster than I could have ever expected!

This coming year I have something BIG happening with the addition of a new photographer to my business.  I haven’t given a formal shout out to Lianna yet, but it is definitely coming!  Lianna spent most of 2016 training with me, and will now be cranking out a full year of weddings on her own for the J. Anne Photography brand.  On top of Lianna being added to the mix, I’ll be shooting my normal 15-20 weddings this year with my trusty side-kick, Janelle, by my side.  Add to that all of the engagement photos, boudoir sessions, and the fact that my three boys are involved in more activities than ever now that they’re getting a bit older…. I imagine that 2016 is going to look like child’s play in regards to the scheduling that is happening for 2017, but I’m ready.

We’re traveling to Santa Barbara twice this year for what are sure to be some amazing weddings, and I will also be hopping  the pond to Paris and down into the South of France later this Spring.  This summer I’ll be heading to San Francisco to shoot at San Francisco City Hall for the first time and I could not be any more thrilled to check that adventure off of my bucket list!!

There are still a large handful of couples who haven’t done their engagement session yet (Ashley & Blake, Jen & James, Jackie & Tony, Halee & Heath, Heather & Nick, Archana & Diego, and Jeanne & Kyle!!)… but of the engagement sessions that have wrapped you guys can see that it’s going to be yet another year of insanely gorgeous people making my Instagram feed look far better than I could ever manage to do on my own!

On the left is Sarah & Matt!  They’re going to knock my socks off with a white on white on white wedding at the International Peace Education Center in April… on the right are Lindsay & Mark who will be married in October on the beautiful grounds of TPC Summerlin!

This adorable couple below are Cole & Alyssa who are also getting married in October, but they’re taking us on a little scenic tour up to the Paiute reservation for their gorgeous wedding!! 

Ashley & Jake are below on the left and they are the next wedding up on my docket for the year!!  Mandarin Oriental will host their black tie affair this coming March and I’m over the moon excited for them!  Ashley and Will are below on the right… and these two babes are taking us up the coast of California as they will be married at Bacara in Santa Barbara in July, and it will basically be everything that my dreams are made of!  Caitlyn & Scott are below on the left and they are seriously the sweetest two people you might ever meet.  They will be having a dreamy lavender wedding at Dragon Ridge this Spring while Olivia and Brad on the right are kicking it old school in September at the classic and amazing Las Vegas Country Club!! I seriously can not wait to see both of these babes walk down the aisle!

Last November Newfly Films came over and made a video for me to show to my ladies during Bridesgiving dinner… in that version of the video I cried like a little baby telling all of my 2016 brides how much they meant to me, and that my business would basically not survive without them… I wasn’t about to let that cry face make the internet, so I asked my guy Stefan over at Newfly to make me a new cut of the video because it  is just too much fun not to share some bits and pieces of my hoes!!

Soo…  let’s fucking do work, 2017!

 

 

Las Vegas Engagement Photos :: Ashley & Jake

I just delivered Jake & Ashley their engagement photos and I received a follow up email from Jake that said, “Love them, they are spectacular!!! She looks like an angel with that light! You are unbelievably good.”

I responded by saying, “You are an unbeliveably hot piece of sexy man meat!!!  ;)  Can’t wait to see you in a couple months!!!  xo.”

He responded, “LOL (insert laughing face with tears).  Wow.  Thanks.”

This is why they’re my clients.

Jake and Ashley showed in for their first set of engagement photos in Chicago crazy late.  They were driving in from Champaign, IL… and it was a rainy gross day, so traffic wasn’t at its finest.  They came to our meeting spot full of apologies and kindness, and we went straight to work shooting through dark Chicago clouds that were spitting rain on us.  Throughout the entire shoot we laughed hysterically as though we were old college friends… except, I’m way older, so maybe I’d be more like the sorority sister who took 10 years to get though a Bachelor’s degree, but whatever.

I knew from the moment we got started shooting that these two were going to be an absolute dream to work with on their wedding.  They are smart and charming, witty and full of banter…. and not to mention they’re freaking nails in the looks department.  The photos in Chicago turned out beautiful and worthy of a midwest fall season, but when these two darlings hopped a plane to spend a weekend doing some wedding planning , I whisked them away into our sunny Vegas desert to show them what engagement photos could really be!!


On the side of mountain we stood.  Ashley and Jake stood before me in beautiful winter sunlight.  Ashley looked radiant, but I could tell that there was something missing.  I tried to order wind for the shoot, but somehow nature didn’t oblige my request… so it just seems that Ashley’s skirt was laying too flat and lifeless.  As luck would have it, Ash had asked me to bring a pair of scissors to cut some tags she had in her shirt that showed through.  I asked Ashley if I could take these scissors and cut a slit up her skirt, and I’m pretty sure she said… “You want to what?!!”  And then she said yes…. And then I chickened out…. And then she said, okay… And then I said… “No!  It has to be done!”  And then…. a little snip was made and the Project Runway star in me came out as I grabbed the two sides of the material and separated them up her leg.  I’ve never done that before in my life, but Tim Gunn would be so so so proud.

And, I do have to say myself… it was the RIGHT decision.

Exhibit A.  Jake, Ashley, and Leg.  What a beautiful family of three.  ha ha ha!

Ashley and Jake are getting married this March at Mandarin Oriental and I can’t wait!!  Hair and Makeup done by Amelia C. & Co!!