Wendy was referred to us by our past video client, Michelle. The girls met at the gym and Michelle was raving to her about her wedding video and how much she loved it. She showed her video to Wendy, and she was instantly in love! I was so excited to get an email from Wendy and we quickly set up a time to talk and discuss all the details about the wedding!
Wendy and Roy are another love connection made possible by Match.com! They both had profiles that set the tone for an active lifestyle, and they were exactly each other’s type: smart, athletic, funny, ambitious, and they each have two adorable children. Their first date took place at Rachel’s Kitchen, and lasted what seemed like for hours. Roy proposed after one of Wendy’s cross-fit tournaments, and now they are planning their wedding for next April at The Westin at Lake Las Vegas, which also happens to be the same place where Michlle was married as well. It’s truly a gorgeous venue, and we love how hospitable the staff is, plus the food is always on point! It’s a win- win!
When discussing ideas for the couple’s engagement session, we wanted something that was relevant to their lives – something that they both enjoy doing together. After work, they both like to fill their time at the gym doing cross-fit, and have even converted a section of the garage into their own personal little cross-fit training gym. They also like to unwind by cooking dinner together, enjoying some wine, and of course dancing to the song Fireball, after downing a shot of Fireball. Based off of their hobbies and interests, this is what we came up with to help tell the story of their love and how they like spending their time together:
Makeup By: Las Vegas Makeup Girl
Wendy and Roy, it was absolutely amazing hanging out with you two! We enjoyed sharing a delicious and nutritious home-cooked meal with you both! Welcome to the Vitamin C and Lighten Films families!! xoxo
Also, if you’re interested in seeing Michelle’s wedding video that initially won Wendy over, check it out below. The password is: Grad
Michelle & Tommy, we love you guys!! Thank you so much for all the love you’ve shared with so many these past couple of years!! You’re AMAZING!!
Michelle + Tommy \\ Feature Film from Lighten Films – 702.266.6226 on Vimeo.
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So… back in the day, my husband, Terrence, and Ashley used to work at Costco together. We’ve all been friends on Facebook for years, and we were thrilled when Ashley reached out to us regarding needing wedding photography and videography services for her April wedding in Las Vegas. Come to find out, we filmed her cousin Lisa’s wedding over 7 years ago, which was also at the Las Vegas Paitute! Wow – time flies! We actually saw Lisa and her husband Patrick at the wedding, along with Lisa’s sister, Teresa and mother! We absolutely LOVE reuiniting with our past couples and their families!!
Ashley and Derek were connected through the ever-so-popular dating website, Match.com. Derek fell for Ashley on the first date and didn’t want her to go on any dates with any of the other guys that she had been chatting with! The connection was so great between the two, and they really hit it off. 🙂 Thanks, Match.com!
I did Ashley and Derek’s winter themed engagement session up at Mount Charleston. We had a lot of fun together, but boy was I COLD! Brr….
Fast forward to April 9, 2016, Ashley and Derek tied the knot at the gorgeous Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, located in the very north west part of Las Vegas, close to Mt. Charleston. Ashley was so nervous about it raining on her wedding day, but I tried to reassure her that her wedding day was about so much more than the scenery and pretty pictures, and to just focus on the actual purpose of her wedding day, marrying the love of her life! Well, it did end up raining here and there on Ashley and Derek’s wedding, but in all honesty it was not bad at all. It was completely clear during the ceremony, so we were able to proceed with an outdoor ceremony, which the couple wanted in the worst way – so hurray for that! And then it only seemed to rain for about 10 minutes after the wedding during the family portraits segment, but we worked through it.
The reception was gorgeous, the food and drinks were spectacular, and everyone had an amazing time. The DJ, Steve, was a load of fun, as per usual (he’s been at the Paiute for 18 years now, and I’ve been working with him for about 9 of those years… and he is always so wonderful!) The guests were recording how funny we was on their cell phones and uploading it to Facebook.
Ashley and Derek capped their night off with a lovely sparkler send-off!
We had a great time with you both! Thank you so much for your love and trust!
Suzi & Terrence
Our family has known Connie for years! We go to church together, and her daughter Stephanie used to be my assistant. Speaking of Stephanie, her family portraits are up next!! Yay!
But anyway, I just wanted to thank you, Connie, for letting me capture some really sweet and intimate moments between you and your adoring husband, Jeff. And of course your horse too! Oh, and Lacey, too, of course.
You have a beautiful home, and it was a joy being able to capture these moments for you both at your home that you love.
And, even greater, we ended up getting a beautiful sunset that evening, and a rainbow as well! How perfect was that?
Lots of love,
So, I received kind of a random text message from Roxee on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 saying that she and her husband were flying in to town visiting from Miami. Here’s what she wrote:
“Hi Suzi! I know this is crazy last minute, but I’m having a 10 year anniversary wedding in April and will be in Vegas Thursday-Sunday with my husband who requested that I find a photographer for a photoshoot. Please let me know if this is even possible or if I’m crazy for asking!”
Roxee later mentioned that they wanted a Vegasy look and definitely needed help with direction and poses. Roxee wrote, “I think we look great together in person but we’re super awkward in pics. Mainly him… LOL. We did a shoot in New Orleans and (Alex) is not happy with any of them.”
Roxee also sent me pics that she pulled off of my blog from Shelby and Morgan’s engagement session in Las Vegas, and said, “I love the way the chemistry comes out in the pics! I want that!”
Again, Roxee, writes in a future text, “We both get really awkward so we need all he help we can get!”
Okay, so based on these conversations, you could easily see that Roxee had me a bit worried. She had already sent me a few pictures form her engagement session in New Orleans, so I knew they were good-looking people, so that made me feel a bit more at ease that I wasn’t going to have to work with Frankenstein and Jaba the Hut or anything like that. Not that that would be a super awful thing, but it just makes my job a wee bit harder. In other words, there is a reason, there is such a thing as “professional models.”
But seriously…. do these people look like they “get super awkward in pics”???? Whaaaaa??? I think not! What a dream couple to work with! Just check it out!
We had a such a great time together, and I truly hope that you guys like these Las Vegas engagement photos, at least a little bit better than the ones taken in New Orleans!
Hugs to you both,
Eleven months before her wedding, Kayla reached out to me with this thoughtful message,
I’ve stumbled upon your website while looking at wedding photos and am AMAZED – your style is exactly what we are looking for!”
So, as a photographer, I must say, it is so awesome getting to work with people who really value what you do and see your work as art, and appreciate it as such!
Kayla and Andrew came over from Canada with their absolute closest friends and family to celebrate their union in marriage “Vegas style.”
Yep, even Elvis was there to marry them at the infamous Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.
We all laughed. So. Hard. Elvis was super funny. Let’s just say that he really “got into character.”
Before Kayla and Andrew said their “I DOs” and exchanged rings and personal vows, they got ready at the Flamingo hotel, which was really nice. They had an amazing suite! They had a first-look outside at the Flamingo as well, which was soooo sweet. I definitely think it took the edge off for the both of them, and they were just so eager to be back at each other’s side.
We all enjoyed the trip over to The Neon Museum, as we rode on a red double-decker bus. Following the hilarious yet super sentimental ceremony, with tears galore, the three of us separated from the group to hit up Fremont Street on our own for a bit just to get some nice romanitcs of the Newlyweds. I know they must have worked up a big appetite and were ready to head back to meet up with their guests for their favorite type of food – Mexican. I know the food must have rocked, because they chose one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town to cater their reception part, Lindo Michoacan.
I had such an amazing time with this couple and am so grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this very special day!
Join me in welcoming Aubrey Taylor to the world! Her parents wanted to capture some of her earliest moments, so we scheduled the shoot for two weeks after she was born.
Let’s be honest – can there be a better job than spending time with a bundle of sweetness that looks like this precious girl? The biggest problem I have when doing a shoot filled with this much love is tearing myself away from the lens and saying ‘We’re done.” and can you blame me? Take a look at some of the cutest little cheeks I’ve ever seen! Those eyelashes are incredible, too, aren’t they?
Weighing in at 6 lbs 11 oz, baby Aubrey stole her mommy and daddy’s hearts when she made her appearance on September 26, and she stole mine while I was capturing these sweet pictures.
Her momma told me she’s very chill – napping is her favorite way to spend a day, when she’s not being treated like the royalty she is, of course. Watching her parents lavish her with love and adoration was one of the absolute best parts of the shoot. It is easy to see why she loves to be carried and talked to – her parents can’t get enough of her!
Those sweet headbands are the perfect accent, and I’m glad she was so accommodating because I just wanted to keep playing dress up with her all day long!
A special ‘thanks’ to Aubrey’s parents for letting me spend time with their delightful baby.
Doing the newborn photo shoot on location in the home is a great way to make sure that everyone is comfortable and relaxed, and allows for some special candid moments that make the day more meaningful. Plus, it’s a great way to capture the sweetness of baby’s nursery and the darling little touches that are a reminder of how much care went into getting ready for the big arrival.
It’s hard to pinpoint which type of photographs I enjoy taking more – weddings, which are full of love and hope, or babies, which are full of love and hope. I think it’s a tie – I just love being invited into people’s lives and having the opportunity to capture the special moments they create.
A Las Vegas photographer’s job is never done … off to record more memories!
So…. Monica and Drew are friends of past clients of ours, James and Kassie, who were married on a private plantation in Mississippi. James and Kassie actually booked us because they met us while we were filming a different friend’s wedding, Amanda and Dennis. So, it’s funny how these types of things work out. We absolutely LOVE our clients to pieces, and they are like family to us! We are so blessed to be able to document and record such beauty and love for such wonderful people!
Monica and Drew’s wedding ceremony took place in a Catholic church, followed by a reception at Botanica Gardens, in Wichita, Kansas. Originally, Monica and Drew only booked us for our cinema services, because they were willing to invest a good amount of their budget into the video, to the point where photography was something they were willing to forgo completely. Just a couple of months before the wedding, Monica had a change of heart, and wanted to have us take photos as well. We worked up a game plan to get all of the pictures she felt were important, and yet keep most of the concentration on the video.
I absolutely cannot wait to see the final video that my hubby, Terrence, at Lighten Films, is going to put together for them! It’s going to be EPIC! 🙂
Drew and Monica, thank you both for including us in your very special day! You were beyond hospitable, kind, and generous to us! That means so much to us! Love you!
Suzi & Terrence