Jen & Dan have an incredible redemptive story to their marriage. They’ve been together for years and have some beautiful children. After some biblical counseling, Jen & Dan decided for themselves that they needed to get married. We had the honor of being a part of telling their love story and their continued decision to follow Christ with their lives.
Tara and Andy have already been married for 5 years, so they wanted to have their ceremony and party done right. They chose Val Vista Lakes in Gilbert, AZ, to host their celebration. The best word to describe their day was simply “fun.” Tara boldly chose an AMAZING red dress and pulled it off with her attitude and style which was complimented by her father’s surprise top hat, white gloves, union jack socks and cane. Ceremony backdrop was Val Vista Lakes’ signature waterfall. Andy couldn’t have been more smitten with his bride and it showed in all of their couple’s portraits. One could even say that he was in “deep smit.” Their marriage is a fusion of Andy’s Brit and Tara’s American. They took our suggestion to make the Finney Fusion not only their signature drink but also their wedding hashtag. #finneyfusion They partied well into the night with their awesome friends and family with a great mix of music which heavily favored The Beatles.
Venue – Val Vista Lakes
Officiant – Pamela, Paradise Weddings
DJ/MC: Chad Trapeur, All American DJ
Tuxes – Mens’ Wearhouse
Savannah has the awesome privilege of joining into Cami & Simon’s family. We had the distinct honor of doing Cami & Simon’s wedding photography in December of 2014. We have the continuing honor to help tell their family’s story through Cami’s maternity session and now their precious daughter Savannah’s newborn session. What a beauty! Here are some of our favorites of Savannah at their private residence in Glendale, Arizona.
We were incredibly blessed to get the call from our December 2014 LS Bride Cami who wanted to have her maternity session with us, as well! Being a part of telling their family’s continuing life’s story is such an honor. Here are a few of our favorites.
Venue: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Tamara+Kyle are an incredibly fun couple. From their love of basketball and football, to their incredible sense of humor, they make a great match. When Kyle proposed, it really didn’t hit Tamara. She said “fo sho!”, but the weight of it didn’t land on her until dinner that night when she started freaking out that she was really engaged. They had already been together for 7 or 8 years, so they were sure this was the perfect next step for them. Phoenix was the place Tamara would vacation with her family when she grew up. It seemed appropriate that they would make it the destination for their wedding because of their connection to the area and family, as well as the awesome weather during December. The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort was part of those vacations, and became the site of the intimate celebration of their commitment to each other. It was quite the honor for us to be welcomed and added into their family. Congratulations, Tamara+Kyle!
Venue – Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Broach Bouquet – Janet Nelson (MOB)
Officiant – Gwen Waring with AZ Ministers
Catering – Different Pointe of View
Cake – Laura Coleman
Rings – Lewis Jewelers
Hair – Lorie Jean Clayton
Makeup – Tocaloma Spa & Salon
Wedding Arch – Arrowhead Flowers
What happens when you meet the bride and groom only two days before their destination wedding in Phoenix? What happens when you spend that visit laughing and carrying on while planning the timeline? You schedule an engagement session the morning of the wedding to get more time together, more laughing, and to build trust for the rest of the day. We got to do that with Tamara+Kyle. What an amazing couple! We had such a great time becoming fast friends and serving them on their big day. These images are from their day-of engagement session at Papago Park.
Life’s Story Studios Photo+Cinema was been honored with the 2016 Editors’ Choice Award from TwoBrightLights! We are thrilled to have received this honor and are so grateful to all of our #LScouples who have given us the opportunity to share the #LSexperience with them and even get published on blogs around the interwebs such as The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, Up Up & Away, Inspired Bride, Bridal Hot List, Southern Maryland Weddings, and Wedding Favors Unlimited. Below is their explanation of the selection process take from their award website:
Editors’ Choice Award Winner Selection Process
The 2016 Two Bright Lights Editors’ Choice Awards is a signature program that recognizes photographers and vendors within the Two Bright Lights community whose number of published features in 2015 placed them among the top 5% of all Two Bright Lights members. Winners were published across many of the most respected lifestyle, wedding and other print and digital publications in the United States and worldwide.
The 2016 honorees reflect those that have demonstrated a superior quality of work for their customers, and those that have used Two Bright Lights’ online platform to quickly and easily get published by submitting their authentic, stunning imagery and services directly to the top industry publications and editors.
Among thousands of photographers and vendors competing for publication, the Editors’ Choice winners represent the best-of-the-best.
Violet & JD are a great couple. We had the honor of doing Violet’s senior portraits a few years ago, and now we get to continue being a part of her story as she is in college and finding a great guy in JD while attending Northern Arizona University (NAU). We had a great time getting to know JD and the two of them as a couple during this shoot and by sharing dinner afterward. Many blessings to them!
Paula and Mark were high school sweethearts. Their paths took them away from each other, but now they get to be together. Mark proposed to Paula in Nebraska on an annual family trip to visit Paula’s grandparents who live there. Paula invited Mark to come because it is a very special place for her, and Mark wanted to make it as special as possible with family in focus. Their commitment to each other and family is inspiring. You can see their love for each other in the way they look at one another in their portraits we captured at the Desert Botanical Garden. We look forward to serving them on their wedding day in May 2016 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club.
This is now the third annual McAllister Family Photos with us. We are so honored to have them keep coming back to us. The rapport keeps growing and it is a lot of fun to see their kids grow up!
Jamie and Ian are one dang fun couple! Their wedding in Dec 2016 will be Harry Potter themed and we will be wearing our house colors. Amy is especially excited to do this wedding as Jamie and Ian are both great people, and she is extra thrilled to have the opportunity to wear her Slytherin green and black. This engagement session was a blast! We walked around the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, enjoyed the colors of fall, and capturing the emotion of Jamie and Ian’s love…and their quirkiness!
I’ve known Shane since he was in 7th grade. I had the honor to be his discipleship group leader at church from then until he entered college. From watching this young man grow, mature, desire to honor the Lord and others, to him now getting married to the wonderful Meg: it has all been a pleasure. This was a true honor. With our full-day coverage, we were able to be there for all of those special moments throughout their day. We helped them plan the flow of their day ahead of time, and then helped to keep the flow going and their day as stress-free as possible. The first look was incredible: when Shane teared up as Meg tapped him on the shoulder and they got to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, I was deeply moved and very proud.
Venue – Private Residence
Officiant – Todd Krombien
Karaoke/DJ/MC – Ashley & Drew
Flowers – Pam McLaughlin (MOG)
Cake – Custom Created Cakes by Brandi
Dress – Dylan Queen
Suits – Dillards
Rings – Shane Co.
Caterer – Papa Paulie’s (FOB)
Bry & Zach got to know each other because Bry was friends with Zach’s sister. Zach was the first to take Bry out on a real date. They went to the Rain Forest Café, then to see the Muppets in theatre, and he gave her a large panda. One day, up near Potato Lake (past Strawberry), Bry & Zach were camping. After she cleaned up the camp area, Zach suggested they take a photo in front of the pop-up trailer. She thought he had set the camera on a timer so that he could get in the picture, too, but instead he had turned on the video function. To her surprise, he got down on his knee and proposed to her. The diamond in the ring was Zach’s great great aunt’s. It was a pleasure serving Bry & Zach.
My family has personally known this beautiful family since before John (the husband/father) or I were born. Our parents have been good friends for decades, and the tradition of this bond continues in our generation, and I pray that it may continue into the next. Carla makes an incredibly beautiful mommy-to-be! I was so blessed to spend a couple hours with them just before Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.
Venue: Jewel of the Desert, Cave Creek
Here’s a sneak peek at Mary+Mark’s photos from their 11/21 Brophy Chapel/Secret Garden wedding!
Sarah & Trevor want their love to be more than words: they both put in their vows that their love will be shown through their actions. These two are obviously deeply in love. It was an honor to serve them on their wedding day for both photo and video.
We are honored to have recently received this review from Melanie P on our Google+ page:
Adam and Amy are amazing! They left an everlasting impression on my husband and I. So much more than great photography! There was even one point in the night that Amy was helping pin a piece of my dress that ripped when someone stepped on it. They made us feel comfortable while still producing high quality work!