May 10
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Las Vegas is a one of the top wedding destinations in the world and we are so lucky that we get to photograph weddings from couples who travel here from all over the country and all over the world!  Last week we got to meet and photograph Ellie and Isaac’s wedding day.  They came all the way from Australia to tie the knot.  Along with them came Isaac’s brother and sister-in-law.  Coming from so far away, these guys will be traveling all over the U.S. before getting back to their friends and family in Australia as Mr. & Mrs.

I offered to go along with them as tour guide/travel photographer as they visited some of my favorite cities, but I think they thought I was joking…I was not. Traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do and this year we have had to slow down on the travels and focus on another type of adventure, home buying.  So, in the meantime as we deal with house hunting stresses, I will live vicariously though everyone else I meet who is going on epic travel adventures.  We’ll be back traveling soon enough, but staying put has been rough for me.  To pass the time, I should really start packing up our house, huh?

Anyhow, I met up with Ellie at the Christophe Salon inside the MGM Grand where she was getting the final touches to her makeup.  Jason met up with Isaac and his brother in their room.  Once the boys were ready, they left the room so that the girls could go in and finish getting ready.  The timing was nearly perfect!  Ellie and Isaac were married at the Forever Grand Chapel at the MGM Grand and unfortunately, like most hotel-casino’s on the strip, we were not permitted to photograph their ceremony.  No worries, because after the ceremony we met up with them in downtown Las Vegas  and had a super fun time getting some cool shots amongst the graffiti walls and buildings.  Afterwards, we took a drive out to the desert and showed them a different side of Vegas.  We even got a visit from a couple of burros who photo-bombed some of our shots.  Of course, photo-bombed in the best way possible, the way only a burro can!

E+I: Thanks for having us photograph your day!  We had a blast with you guys.  We hope you are enjoying your honeymoon traveling :)

May 03
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Tomi and John flew into Las Vegas from Texas to tie the knot last month.  They brought with them a handful of their favorite people, family and best friends.  Tomi wanted a simple wedding, something without a lot of fanfare.  She wanted her wedding day to be about showcasing their love for each other and to be shared with those they loved.  It could not have been more perfect for them.  We met them in their hotel room, where John was quickly kicked out so Tomi could get dressed with her best friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law.  Although we couldn’t photograph the actual wedding ceremony, due to Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino’s strict in-house photographer only policy, we met up with them right after!  The rest of our time together was filled with laughter and tons of fun!  Tomi + John are just perfect for each other and we are so happy we got to document all the love, smiles, and playful spirit on their wedding day.

 

T+J: Thank you for having us be a part of your day!  We loved hanging out with you guys.  We wish you a lifetime of love and laughter XO

April 29
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This week’s Family Friday is not about my personal family life and adventures, but it is about family nonetheless.  Today’s post is about a growing family who is very dear and close to me.  Last week, I had the utmost privilege of witnessing the birth of my friend Angie‘s baby girl.  I’d co-hosted her baby shower in March and if you haven’t seen it, I suggest you check it out. It’s very girly-glam! Anyhow, we’ve all been very excited to meet baby girl.

I also had the privilege of photographing their son’s birth just 18 months before, so I was thrilled they’d ask me to be there for the birth of their baby girl.  Both births were planned C-sections, so we had a set date and time of arrival.  I was prepared to wait in the room while the baby was being delivered, just like the time before.  However, to my surprise and delight, I was allowed to go in and photograph the C-section birth.  There’s one to mark off the bucket list, huh! I will admit, I was a bit nervous to go into an operating room, as I had never been in one before or seen a live C-section birth.  It was such a surreal experience to witness and document.  I’ve photographed natural births before and this was so completely different.  It was super bright in there, but relatively quiet and even a bit relaxed.  Yet, however different the atmospheres are, the outcome is still the same.  A baby is being brought into the world and there is no greater joy and amazement than when you see this new life!  That day, we welcomed baby girl June, born just a little bit smaller than her brother at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 inches tall.  I just know she will be a true joy and a most welcomed addition to their family, giving her brothers a run for their money 😉

A + W: Thank you for  trusting me to document such a special moment of your lives.  I am truly grateful.  Much love to you and your family.  Oh and just know, that witnessing the birth of your babies, pretty much means we’re friends for life.  XO

April 14
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On the first Saturday of April, among friends and family, Chanell and Ronnie promised to love each other forever and became husband and wife.  We had the privilege of photographing their engagement session and had a great time getting to know them.  Ronnie flowers Chanell with so much love and attention, it’s adorable!  The way Chanell laughs at his jokes is the cutest!  The love between these two is clear to see and it was such a treat to witness their marriage and document such happy moments during their wedding day.

I love to be there when the bride is getting ready.  Chanell chose to get ready in their home with just her mom.  It was a nice time for them to bond and relax together before the day began.  Chanell arrived to the lakeside ceremony in style via a beautiful gondola.  She was accompanied by her son and he walked her down the aisle.  It was such definitely one of the most special parts of the day! Their reception took place inside the beautiful Lake Club venue where they mingled with friends and family the rest of the day!

Vendor Love

Venue: The Lake Club at Lake Las Vegas

Hair & Makeup Artist: Sheila Gardner from Kuttin in Short Salon

Florals: Tiger Lilly Flower Shop

Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes

Cupcakes: The Cupcakery

DJ: Joes Murillo

Videography: Izzo Pro

Chanell + Ronnie: Congratulations again!  We are so happy for you and cannot wait to hear all about your amazing honeymoon throughout Europe!