Alicia and Rusty Desert Ridge JW Marriott

Every so often you get that couple.  The couple that reminds you why you decided to go into weddings in the first place and why you want to keep doing weddings.  Alicia and Rusty were that couple for me.

The night before the wedding Amy and I dropped by the rehearsal dinner to location scout and say hello.  The bride, Alicia asked for our early morning Starbucks order – you see, we were starting at  6 am.  Amy and I refused to let her worry about us, (the bride!) but that shows Alicia’s heart and who she is.  She’s more interested in the comfort of every one else, being a teacher and all.  Rusty, well he gives hugs when he first meets you.  He’s a hugger, a sweet, happy, upbeat and genuinely kind guy, you can tell that as soon as Rusty meets you, he takes a liking to you just because he’s that way.

A calm, yet excited and incredibly smiley bride opened the door in pajamas.  As Amy and I collected Alicia’s details, we headed outside and waited for the sun to rise!

I’ve teared up at weddings.  I’ve never actually had to wipe tears from my eyes, but I did with this one.  When Alicia saw Rusty during their first look and started crying, I went nuts.  I love their love, their souls, who they are individually, and also together.  Alicia and Rusty, thank you for being my untraditional couple who concentrated more on your love for each other and God.  I had an absolute blast with you and you made the 8 hours go by so fast!  I wish I could do it all over again!  Yes, that is a rice krispie treat wedding cake!

See more images of the amazing day on the WEDDING SLIDESHOW!

Venue, Caterer & Cake: JW Marriott Desert Ridge / Wedding Dress & hair accessory: Uptown Bridal & Boutique / Makeup Artist: Mariana Marie / Hair: Valerie Denholm / Florist: Rene Wendell / Officiant: Kale Garrison / DJ: DJ Slyder (Jake Smith) / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Ann Taylor LOFT / Second Shooter: Amy Gallagher

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 35mm f/1.4L / 85 f/1.8EF / 100mm f/2.8EF / 70-200mm f/2.8EF / Speedlight 580 EXII + 480 EXII / Radio Popper JrX System + RP Cube / Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud / UNDFIND One Bag + Bloom Theory Strap / Hufa Lens Cap Clip + Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket / Lowe Pro Roller x100

Diana Elizabeth loves weddings that are out in the sunshine all day – there’s only two more months left for that!  Then, maybe every one should resort to early morning weddings, hm?


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