May 11, 2021
Every summer I forget how intense the sun is down in the Phoenix Valley. My first valley wedding every year is always a big shock and this one at the Gilbert Temple with their Mesa Backyard Reception was it for me! We hovered just under 100 degrees in the intense sun, but it couldn’t dampen Jared and Arie’s day. They soaked it all in!
This bunch of friends were the life of the party all day. From their high spirited photo ideas (hang on…they’re coming), to the splash they made at the end of the day, they were up for fun and were ready to celebrate!
Ready for this? You should have seen how high they tossed Arie the first time!
While friends and family went to prepare the wedding luncheon, we grabbed some quick photos as Mr. and Mrs. around the temple grounds where we could find pockets out of the direct sun’s heat. No one wants a sunburn from their wedding day!
If you know me, you know I can’t miss the chance for a shot in the sun and out of the shade. We grabbed these quick ones and I love the light, the green, and Arie’s perfect dress tosses!
Later in the evening everyone reconvened back together for the gorgeous backyard reception for Jared and Arie. The girls all touched back up their hair and makeup together while the guys finished their prep off site.
The details were all beautiful. Everything came together to create magic!
The food all looked absolutely incredible! This was the first pizookie station I’ve seen and it was a hit with the guests!!
The open dancing at their reception easily hits in the top 5 highest energies of the weddings I’ve photographed. They all had a blast and danced their hearts out.
After the bouquet and garter tosses, I heard just enough of a plan brewing to run move my lights. And I do mean RUN to move my lights. I got them moved just in time for the big splash at the end…
It was such a beautiful evening there celebrating Jared and Arie with their friends and family. These late spring/early summer evenings just can’t be beat. Combine the perfect weather with incredible company, amazing food, and a fabulous setting and it’s a recipe for a fabulously memorable party!
DJ: Varsity Events AZ
DRESS: A Closet Full of Dresses
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Hello Honey
FLORALS: The Romantic Floral
CAKE: Kendra’s Country Bakery
CATERING: Gilded Gatherings
VIDEOGRAPHY: Alexis Lee Film & Photo
DECOR RENTALS: Native Events
PHOTOGRAPHY: Marquette LaRee
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