Valerie & Steve | Mesa Wedding, Wright House, Tucson Reception

Boy have I been excited to post these. Many of you might have seen a couple photo tweets with some teasers, but I had such a blast working with Valerie & Steve on both their engagement portraits (at the Tucson Ritz-Carlton) and now with their awesome wedding. The temperature had cooled down the week before their wedding, but the day of their wedding our wonderful sun had to rear its nasty hot flares in our direction. It was bright and got hot very quickly . . . but their pics were definitely hotter! They were married at the Mesa LDS Temple in Phoenix and then shortly thereafter a wonderful luncheon was provided at The Wright House, which was my first time at this venue. Very Victorian and romantic setting for a great reception (or luncheon in this case). Awesome interiors and cool courtyard = win!

After some great frames at the Wright House, we traveled back to Tucson for an evening reception at a local chapel. A very fun and very unique wedding day for me! Congrats again to Valerie & Steve!

For the photographers, this wedding set was processed almost entirely with Presetopia Presets v2 which just came out this week! Make sure you grab your copy while they are on sale. Sale ends Nov 9th!


LOVED this exit shot, sooooo hot!

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Fun candid of the guys being guys

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

I normally don’t post formals, but I thought I’d post this as a demo/lesson about lighting. The 2 pictures here are nearly identical, taken within 2 seconds of each other. The one on the left is “natural” light, meaning only ambient light was used. The one on the right used “artificial” light (known as a flash) to enhance the scene. Both are great portraits in my book. BUT, it just goes to show how lighting can dramatically change the mood or feel of a portrait. The one on the right required a VERY powerful flash, which most photographers I know shooting these days don’t care to lug around. It’s not needed, but, every photographer should know why they are lighting their portraits the way they are!

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phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Different angle

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

EYE EXPLOSION! Couldn’t resist tweeting this one, so cool . . .

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The Wright House courtyard, lovely place indeed

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

This one is almost straight out of camera, EPIC

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Loved this other courtyard shot. You can see some lens flare, and the flare ended up highlighting the bride & groom!

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Totally candid, so fun

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

I LOVED her flowers. They remind me of Andi’s flowers from Tubac, except not roses of course

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phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Check out this awesome window light!

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Another great formal portrait of the bride & groom!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

This place had way too much awesome natural light coming from every room

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Mmmmm, love the background, its like butter!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Classic reception kid, reception’s always have them :)

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

The father/daughter dance was just so sweet. So many teary eyes during their dance

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Little backstory: Cake cutting obviously going on here, but, Steve thought he could sneak a fast one by Valerie and not allow her to feed him the cake, so he took a bight of his own and got what he deserved :)

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

Another great sparkler exit. Valerie & Steve were a little late with their exit and most of the sparklers had extinguished by then :( Still was fun!

phoenix wedding wright house arizona tucson wedding photography

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4 Comments

  1. November 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm ·

    Spencer,
    The photographs are really stunning.
    You have a wonderful eye for composition.
    My niece and nephew-in-law are absolutely thrilled with your work and it’s a lovely, lasting keepsake of their wedding that they will always treasure.

    Thank you!
    Sincerely,
    Claudette

    P.S. The engagement pics were excellent, as well and made for a unique and personal wedding invitation. You are a very gifted and talented photographer.

  2. K
    November 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm ·

    Lovely photos of a beautiful couple!

  3. Eric
    November 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm ·

    Spencer, great shots. Can’t wait to see the whole wedding album.

  4. November 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm ·

    I love the pictures. I’d like a few more of their faces though, with them actually looking at the camera.

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