Shayna and Beto were married at Troon Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a beautiful day for a wedding. Here are a few of my absolute favorite images from the wedding day.
Shayna did a great job with the dress hanger. Rarely do I see a bride pay attention to the dress hanger. It is usually an ugly plastic hanger. I have never understood dress shops who sell these fantastic dresses for thousands and thousands of dollars, knowing they will be photographed and yet they deliver them on an ugly white plastic hanger. Well, I have to hand it to Shayna for seeing that issue. For those brides out there who are peeking in on this wedding and making notes about your own wedding. Bring along a pretty hanger that says something about you.
So, we took the dress out of the closet and hung it up on this large painting in the bridal dressing room and I was composing the shot when one of the young ushers walked through the shot. I have two shots that are essentially the same of this dress, one with and one without. I can hardly look at the one without the boy in it. He completes the picture. I suppose it is because this boy took my controlled shot and added a bit of reality to it. Sometimes I am tempted to stray from reality and control it all, but the chaos always pulls me back where I belong.
I think the florist was a bit nervous when she saw me with the flowers out in the sun before the wedding. She even made a little comment about the flowers being prone to wilting in the heat. But, I’ll bet she’ll love this image of her beautiful flower arrangements. And I am happy to report the photo only took a few minutes and the flowers were perfect throughout the day.
This next series is one of my favorite getting ready sets I have taken. A lot goes into the shot of putting on the dress. Providing a nice backdrop for the effort is a major part of that. But also, there is just a lot of fortune that goes into getting the shot as well. I think all things conspired together for an opportune shot. And then I have to say that the muted color treatment on the shot really finished it off well.
This moment made everyone laugh. There is a whole series from this set, but these are the two crowning moments. The littlest flower girl got cold feet and was not even going to go down the isle, much less, throw the flower petals. So the older flower girl went back to get her and was trying to show her how to throw the petals, which upset her, I think she intended to keep them all for herself. When the older flower girl realized this, she thoughtfully moved on with her duties and the little one stood in the isle and silently pouted over the loss of her flowers. It was the cutest moment.
I was taken by the canopy of branches in the background, so I asked Shayna to pose for me as the guests and wedding party chatted. Often times the un-planned portraits and scenes that catch my attention at the moment are the very best.
I simply love this image of the bride. I love the contemplative look, I love the way the hair is blowing. The veil being set against the dark on the left of the frame is wonderful. I love this shot.
I looked at this image in color and thought it looked fine, but when I took it to black and white and started aging it, I felt as though it became what it was meant to be.
This shot was taken as the sun dropped over the horizon. There is no better time of day. I love the reflection on the water, the movement of the dress as she walks. I am very pleased with this image. As dress images go, it is a great description of the dress.
These two little girls were constantly providing opportunities for great photographs. Here they are waiting to dance with the bride during a dollar dance. Everyone was dancing with her, and they wanted their chance, but I don’t think they knew how to approach it. Where to they get the money, how do they get her away from all those other people. I think they were sufficiently mesmerized with the bride and equally unsure of how to proceed, so they stood on the sidelines for quite a long time, until the maid of honor saw them and gave them some money and explained how to get a dance with the bride. Even now, thinking about it and about my little girl, I get a little emotional. You can just see the wonder in their hearts. The older is thinking thoughts of being a bride someday and the younger is simply awe struck by a princess. There is an entire thesis in their expressions.
The joy of sparklers. You can’t help but be happy. It was a great wedding and party, people were having a lot of fun. I was glad to have been there. Thanks Shayna and Beto for trusting me with your wedding day. Congratulations.
Wedding Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Slideshow Music by Justin Hewitt, courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Wedding Location: Troon Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona