Jill & Ted originally approached me with a rather unique request. They would be traveling to Arizona from Afghanistan to wed amongst the striking desert backdrop with what could possibly be the most drama free wedding scenario anyone has ever asked for. They were to wed at the Four Seasons Troon North on the patio of the Talavera, a venue we have photographed on numerous occasions, and would tie the knot with just bride, groom, officiant, and photographer in attendance. There would be no wrangling of families, no lewd acts by crazy uncles, no ipad photography from the guests, not even a bridal party – just the couple to share in each other’s love and company. I could not think of a better scenario in which to capture a series of stunning portraits for the couple to take home.
Jill & Ted arrived several months prior to their date for a tour of Troon North, where I also met them in person for the first time. As we talked about the positioning of everything on the small patio area of the Talavera, things got a little complicated in trying to plan for the perfect backdrop, decor, timing, and other details. To simplify things the couple decided to switch venues to Boojum Tree, a “hidden” garden of sorts in North Phoenix, and perhaps a more intimate space for just the two of them. Things could not have worked out any better.
When the day finally arrived we did end up with a very small wedding party – but it was still easily one of the most memorable events that I had ever been a part of. There were times when it was great to step back and capture the smile on Ted’s face or the loving gaze in Jill’s eyes, knowing that they had put together a successful and stress-free day. We are just honored to have been a part of it all, and hopefully all of those who were not in attendance can relive the emotion and joy through the images we were able to create and capture. Elopement? Maybe. Romantic Getaway? Definitely.