May 17, 2016

Reese & Lachele || Married! || Arizona Wedding Photographer

One month ago I was bouncing off the walls excited over Reese and Lachele’s engagement session and their amazing chemistry in front of the camera. And now today I’m bouncing again!

This wedding was amazing. Amazing in the details they put in. Amazing families (we love both so much!). Amazing locations. And AMAZING at what they pulled off in only a month’s time! This was seriously such a beautiful wedding for a stunning couple!

Lachele asked about doing a First Look session a few days before the ceremony, and I happily obliged! Getting everyone to the narrow lane on a farm without them seeing each other took a little bit of arranging, but it was the perfect spot!  Watching Lachele walk up the lane towards her sweetheart with the golden sun shining through the Russian Olive blossoms was perfection!


Oh that first look when the groom turns around is fun!



I told them to take however much time they wanted together, 2 minutes or 20. I was far enough away after the first look that I couldn’t hear them talking to each other, but the were snuggled up and so darn cute there just soaking the moment in together!

And then it was time for portraits. And they KILLED it! Lachele glowed. Reese adored. They just were perfect.



















All her rose gold jewelry! It was so beautiful, and so perfect in the pink Arizona glow!


I knew from the engagement session that Lachele was a little nervous about dipping pictures, but I also knew that they have that pose down! They make it look so natural and elegant.


Seriously…we couldn’t have picked a more pretty and perfect spot for the pictures that night. The wind was minimal, the temperature was perfect, the light was golden, and lane just lit up for them!






These two not only pose like rock stars, but they are such a fun loving couple with amazing chemistry. I explained that we were going to set up some dancing pictures and immediately they got into “character” and started dancing away.





I went home that night positively giddy! This truly is the best job ever!

Thursday night everyone made the “trek” down to Mesa, and on Friday morning Reese and Lachele were married, for time and all eternity, in the Mesa LDS Temple. LDS weddings are a little unique in that no photography is allowed inside the temple. Unless we’re family to the bride and groom, the photographers usually wait outside for the “grand exit”, when the couple comes out. It’s so fun to see their excitement as they come out the doors to greet all the friends and family that came to celebrate the day with them!



After a few very fast family pictures, we released everyone out of the 105 degree weather and went straight into their Temple Portraits. We pretty much just hopped from one piece of shade the to next to keep from melting or having our shoes permanently burned to the bottom of our feet. I knelt on the sidewalk in the sun once to get a shot and instantly regretted it! I forgot that it is possibly to literally cook an egg on the sidewalk in the Phoenix Valley in summer. But, even the heat couldn’t get these two down and I love the shots we got from our quick “stroll” around the temple grounds.





















It may have just been a second or two between one of them smiling, but we managed to get the “model face” shot!



Before we melted (but after I burned…I completely forgot sunscreen and now have a great Photographer’s Tan) we scurried to the church next door to join the rest of the family and guests for a luncheon where we were handed cups of water and where plates of yummy food and amazing cookies were waiting for us! Mmmm!!

That night we all headed home to prepare for Saturday’s reception in Joseph City. That morning the weather was fabulous, but by 2 in the afternoon, after they had already set up for the outdoor reception, it was pouring!! Luckily there was just enough time to farm the linens out to various houses to go in the dryers and get everything dried and reassembled before guests began arriving.

This backyard reception was nothing short of amazing! Held at Lachele’s Grandparent’s home, the reception was perfectly planned out and decorated from the start to the end.

Dozens and dozens of soft pink and white roses adorned the arches, banisters, pillars, and tables to give such a perfect fairy tale feel to the evening.






This first entryway was magical. The fluttering wall of strands of tulle, photos, and flowers along with the lights and the trunks were the perfect setting for the sign in and first glimpse of the Fairy Tale setting they had put together.





The desert table. It was so elegant and gorgeous! All the little details just pulled it together in the best way!















In the month between when they got engaged and when they got married, Lachele’s Father built her an amazing Cinderella Coach for her reception. It was beautiful!!



Before the Bride and Groom arrived and the party began, we made sure to make some time to get pictures of Lachele’s Grandparents, the hosts of party. They have been married for 60 years and have 52 grandchildren! Such a sweet couple. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them, and loved being shown their house, yard, and the amazing map they have in their dining room of all the places their descendants have served LDS missions to. The only continent they haven’t been on yet is Africa (well…and Antarctica).





Reese and Lachele came skidding in, after stashing their car where they thought their siblings wouldn’t find it, and we got in some quick bridal party shots before they formed the line to start greeting their guests.

It was so fun to have the entire bridal party made up of their siblings. It really made it extra special.





The night ended with a few dances, and then the sparkler send off!

The poor horse for the carriage wasn’t so sure about the sparklers and noise and nearly overturned the carriage before they even got to it. Added adventure! Even after moving the lines of sparklers back away from the road, cutting the music, and quieting the cheers, the horse was still pretty skittish. They were much braver than I was and still hopped in and drove off to their hidden car!


Almost always, the last shot of the night for me ends up being the Bride’s bouquet left on the chair. It’s such a sweet, poignant, and fun picture. So much of the story and emotion all in on setting. I love it!


Congratulations Reese and Lachele! You make such an amazing couple and have so many fun discoveries, adventures, and memories ahead of you. Thank you for having me there for such a beautiful time in your life!

 Wedding Dress Store : A CLOSET FULL OF DRESSES
Hair and Makeup : ANALISA SCOFIELD
Cake, Cake Pops, and Cheesecake Bites : KAITY WARNER
Gold and Tulle Bridesmaid Dresses: NEESEE’S DRESSES


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  1. Ashley Ziegler

    May 17th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    These are beautiful!! 🙂

  2. Marquette

    May 17th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks Ashley! They were such a dream to work with and shoot! I had a blast!

  3. Dizard

    May 17th, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a lovely couple. Congratulations!!
    ~Glen and Liz Christensen

  4. Marquette

    May 17th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you! They really are such a great and sweet couple!

  5. Sokkha

    September 13th, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Wow what an amazing job, you’ve captured a beautiful wedding with all of the lovely details.

  6. Marquette LaRee

    September 13th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you so very much! It was such a lovely wedding and an amazing couple with the sweetest families!