On April 21, 2012, we were hired to set up our photo station at McCormick Ranch Golf Club for the Ashley/Tyler wedding. We were originally going to set up outside and I was excited to put Camelback Mountain and the golf course as the backdrop for the short period of time that we would have sunlight. When we got there, plans had changed because of the heat — and it was hot outside. They placed us in a corner of the reception area and we just let people take pictures. The only thing I didn’t like about these pictures is the can light that was directly on top of the guests getting their pictures taken, but the guests kept telling me that they loved the pictures and I have to admit – the can light added a nice touch. The bottom line is the guests had fun and I got the nicest thank you letter from the mother of the bride, who hired us.
The bride on her wedding day.
Wherever we set up our photo station, there is a line of people wanting to get their picture taken. The only breaks tend to be during the bride/ groom toasts, dinner, and cutting the cake. In this case, because we were in the same room as the dancing, cake cutting, toast, and DJ, we had a pretty steady stream of guests getting their picture taken. We were able to work with Thee Wedding Warehouse for the first time and they were fabulous. It is important to have good communication with the wedding planner.
About half the time, the mother of the bride contacts us and inquires about our business. In this case, the mother of the groom contacted us. We promptly met her and the bride’s mother at Red Mountain Ranch to look at the venue. They liked us immediately and signed the contract right away.
The bride’s colors were red and black and unfortunately, this was prior to us using cloth backdrops, or else I could have used a red or black backdrop. Both the wedding and reception were held at Red Mountain Ranch. The cocktail hour was outside on the balcony and at dusk, the view of the sunset and Red Mountain was spectacular. I like it when we are set up right outside of the reception area. If I have to answer a question, it isn’t too loud.
It was nice to see the mother of the bride and mother of the groom working together to put together the best wedding and reception.
Loved loved loved this venue. I had never realized until this wedding that art museums are available for weddings and receptions. This venue was absolutely beautiful and there was so much security because of the paintings. The wedding was held outside and then it was brought into the museum.
The bride didn’t want us to put watermarks on the photographs because she had purchased frames with their names on it as the favors.
The bride was a Marine Corp nurse so I didn’t have a chance to meet her before the wedding, but we were able to communicate by email. I say was because I’m not sure if she is still in the Marines.
I love listening to toasts made by family members and friends to the bride and groom because this gives me a little insight into the parties. With this couple, and having worked with the bride’s mother, I knew this was a marriage that would last forever.
Thank you, Tara, for serving our country.