Vanessa, a 5th grade teacher, and Josh, a Tempe police officer, found each other on Match.com. Vanessa saw Josh's profile, found out he loved the Discovery Channel, had the most perfect teeth she'd ever seen and she was intrigued. They met for coffee on a Thursday morning and Josh was instantly attracted to Vanessa's long curly hair and big blue eyes. They both felt like they were chatting up an old friend and what was only supposed to be coffee, turned into an entire day spent together. Vanessa got home, cancelled her date for the next day with another guy, and they've never looked back since.
The day started with the girls getting ready at Le Studio Salon in Mesa.
Josh and Vanessa chose to see each other before the ceremony which allowed us to take advantage of shooting portraits around Villa Siena -- the beautiful venue where they got married. I love capturing the reaction and emotions of couples when they see each other for the first time:
Some of my favorite portraits:
I felt so stinkin' spoiled working with such beautiful people:
The ceremony site:
Vanessa's dad walked her down the aisle:
The ceremony was filled with lots of smiles and laughter:
Husband ... wife!
I mentioned that this couple is super-fun. Well, for their second dance they did a choreographed freestyle number. When I found out, I had Lizzie, my 2nd shooter, videotape it while I shot photos. I'm so glad I did! Check it out!!
What a riot!!
Another thing that added to the fun of the day for me was seeing Kevin ... Marissa -- past clients who attended the wedding!! These two are super-cute and already have a one year old little girl!!