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Ashley Dalzell.Rehearsal Dinner

When I was contacted by Ashley to do her rehearsal dinner, I was eager to do something a little different.  The dinner was in her backyard in Paradise Valley and I have never been at a home so grand.  Her wedding was a country western theme so we added props for the photo station that also had a country western theme.

I remember when Ashley told me she wanted an orange backdrop and that she would get it on her own.  I was happy to do it, but she had a vision.  My first thought was “orange?”  Guess what?  It worked.  She also had an idea that we had never done before — she wanted a second wall so we would be hidden and the guests would only see the camera and props. 

We aim to please so we added a second backdrop to give the illusion of a larger, but closed in booth.  I ended up buying more fabric in other colors in the event others want a second wall.

They also had a large cutout of a friend of the bride and groom that was placed in some of the pictures.  This was a really fun night.

Arturo and Zaira.Yesenia’s Hall, Phoenix

We met Zaira at the Phoenix Bridal Show in January 2012 and we were so happy that she wanted us to be part of her reception.  Yesenia’s Hall is huge and the bride and groom had us set up in a room in the front   It was perfect.  We were out of the way of the reception, but the guests could see us.  The bride’s colors were black and ivory so she chose a gray backdrop for the photo station. 

There were 300 guests expected at the wedding reception and we were only booked for three hours, so there was a steady stream of people for three hours straight.

The bride chose an ivory photo journal album for her book so we placed extra pictures in the book for the guests to leave personal messages to the bride and groom.

Mark and Jackie.Regency Garden, Mesa

Jackie hired us to have a photo station at her wedding at Regency Garden in Mesa.  Of course, my husband loved it because they played Michael Buble all night long.  Yes, I have become a fan, as well.  We were originally going to be set up inside the reception hall, but in the corner, but because the guest list got a little bigger, we were then going to be in a hallway.  When we got there to set up, the event coordinator asked us how we felt about being outside, and that was fine with us.  Our only concern was it was supposed to rain that night.  We set up in an area on the outside patio where people would see us when they walked in so we would catch them for a picture.

The backdrop for this reception was also paper and since we were set up on the back patio where there were a lot of trees, there was nothing we could do about the branch that was in all of the pictures. 

In this picture, we used a dry erase board, but since the writing didn’t always show up the way I wanted it to, we have since changed to a chalkboard.

Since this wedding reception, we were hired to do Merisa’s wedding reception.  Merisa was at Jackie’s wedding.

Samir and Julie.Arizona Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Gainey Ranch

This wedding was held at Hyatt Gainey Ranch and the reception was in the Arizona Grand Ballroom.  This was a traditional Hindu wedding.  The groom rode to the wedding on a white horse.  It took thirty minutes for the groom to get from the parking lot to the wedding.  The parking lot was full of guests and the DJ had placed large speakers in the back of an SUV.  Music played and guests danced until the horse got to the venue.

Groom on a white horse.

After the wedding reception, the cocktail hour lasted two hours, which was the busiest time for us that night.  We were located in a perfect place so no matter what, guests had to pass us.  On their way to wherever they needed to go, they would stop and have their pictures taken.