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  • WELCOME!

    I'm so glad to have you here! I'm Suzi, and I'd love for you to kick up your feet and browse through my work!
    Nothing makes me happier than working with couples who have a zest for life, are deeply in love, and are excited to capture incredible memories for their own history books!
    To learn more about how I can capture your story, head on over to my contact page!

So, my phone rang one day, and I heard such a cheery, bright voice on the other end of the line. It was Emmajoy calling from lovely Australia. She was very excited to tell me about her destination wedding in Las Vegas and was eager to find out if I had her date open. She said that her fiance and her had been looking at photographers and no one quite caught their eye like I did, and as soon as her very picky rockabilly fiance saw my work, he said, “She’s the one! Let’s hire her!”:D

Once I confirmed I had her date open, she said, “Okay, great – I’d like to book you right now!!”
That was a-okay by me! So, I emailed her over a booking proposal and she locked in her date!

Fast forward five and a half months later, we first met at The Hardrock Hotel for some preparatory shots of both “the girls” and “the guys.” After everyone was properly primped and suited up, I rode along with the girls in a pink Cadillac that they hired by The Vegas Elvis himself. I totally LOVE this guy – he is amazing! His caddy, on the other hand, well, that is a different story! It actually broke down on the way to The Little Church of the West. So, if you think about hiring Elvis, make sure he’s got his car fixed!! To check out a fun little movie we actually filmed with Elvis, click here.
Before the car broke down on the Las Vegas Strip, we were jammin’ – it was a lot of fun cruising with the top down! Luckily though, after the car broke down, an ambulance pulled up right behind us and two very nice EMTs offered for us to jump in the back of the ambulance, and they drove us the rest of the way to the chapel! Totally cool, right? It was such a great experience – and the bride remained totally happy the whole way!
Following the ceremony, we headed over to the Las Vegas sign in a large party bus, equipped with a dancing pole, to get some group portraits and a few romantics of the newlyweds.

By this time, tummies were beginning to growl, and the party bus took us all to the Hard Rock Cafe. We snagged a few more portraits around the outside and inside of the cafe and then headed upstairs for some serious grubbin’ and fantastic speeches!

Truly a great time! Thanks so much Emmajoy and Kris for allowing me to tag along and capture some great memories with you!Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Little Church of the West Hardrock Hotel Hardrock Cafe_0200.jpg
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Ahhhhhh! Can I just scream out how much I love Morgan and Shelby?! They are from Orange County and were looking for a Las Vegas engagement photographer.  They had a cool concept to do their photos out here since Shelby actually proposed to Morgan here in Vegas, at a beautiful 30th birthday party that he threw for her with their closest friends. We had an absolute blast together at their engagement session together! We hit up some cool vintage Vegas locations, like The Neon Museum and Fremont Street.

With all of the correspondence I had with Morgan for the engagement session, they decided they wanted to have me come out to Orange County (the Laguna Hills area) to photograph their wedding as well! I am sooooooo happy they did! Their wedding was so amazing, the details were incredible, and I felt as though I were in Photographer Heaven!  Oh, and the weather out there is a nice 20 degrees cooler, so that helps a lot too!!:)If you’re from Vegas, you already know what I’m talking about, LOL.

So, I decided to do two separate postings of their wedding, since there just happens to be tons of great stuff that I can’t make up my mind on what to post! This posting will cover the first half of the day (bride getting ready, bridal party shots, ceremony and newlywed romantic shots.)

Morgan and Shelby’s ceremony definitely goes down in my book of top wedding ceremonies of ALL TIME. It had the right amount of humor, heart-tugging emotional moments, seriousness, education, and a great deal of warmth and sunshine (in a metaphorical type of sense). The officiant, Pastor Todd, did a wonderful job, and I heard he had a few secret admirers following the ceremony as well! LOL. Sorry ladies, he’s taken – married for 24 years with 3 kids.:)

I’d like to extend a BIG thank you to all of the guests and family of Morgan and Shelby as well – they were all such easy-going people! Extremely warm-hearted people!

Let me also give a HUGE shout out to the event coordinator at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, where the couple’s lovely wedding took place. I don’t think I’ve met a nicer, more hospitable coordinator. Allison was sweet, down to earth, and went out of her way to make sure that not only the guests were well taken care of, but that me and all of the participating vendors were given extra special care. She brought me out cold water, gave me a tour of the property, and was always checking in with me to make sure I had everything I needed. WOW! I couldn’t have asked for a better coordinator than her. She made me feel so welcome and cherished.:)So, Allison, if you are reading this, my hat goes off to you – you are amazing, my dear!!

Morgan’s reaction when she first saw the reception room was absolutely killer. The smile on her face wrapped around her face probably about three times!:)Here is the lovely Miss Allison, who is the event coordinator extraordinaire at the Arroyo Trabuco.

 

Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Mission Viejo CA
Lighting: BTB Events, Fountain Valley CA
Floral: Colin Stevens Design, Lake Forest CA
Decor: Bride…lots of DIY and flea market finds:)
Hair & Make-Up: Mai Lockwood
Bride’s Dress: Allure Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bride’s Earrings: Eliot Danori
Bride’s Hair Accessory: A creation by the bride & her bridesmaid, Mai Lockwood
Bridesmaid Dresses: Minuet
Bridesmaid Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Friar Tux
Candy Shoppe Design: Bride
Cupcakes: Made with love by a family friend
Guest & Bridal Party Hotel: The Hills Hotel, Laguna Hills CA
DJ: Justin Lopez with Generations Entertainment
Cinematographer: Solomon Gross with Mission Visual
  • September 8, 2012 - 12:31 am

    Morgan - Suzi!!!! You have outdone yourself, once again! I am so blessed to have found such a talented photographer :) I can’t wait to see all the rest! Thank you again for being so amazing!!! You could not have made this bride any happier!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2012 - 11:41 am

    lorenz - Well done–enough said!ReplyCancel

Um, so, Morgan and I… we have this thing. We just can’t get enough of one another. She’s a designer from Orange Country, California, and claims she stalks my work! LOL. I adore writing to Morgan, as she shares so much of her personal life with me, from her adorable dog, Belmont, to all of the tiniest details of her wedding day.

Shelby planned the perfect proposal here in Las Vegas! As part of Morgan’s 30th birthday celebration, he schemed up a clever plan to turn it into a proposal and engagement party as well! Morgan was completely shocked, as she explained to me that Shelby is more of a quiet and conservative type when it comes to matters like that! Morgan is the one who typically plans everything, as detail-oriented as she is – so it was a very pleasant surprise indeed for Shelby to pull of this secret!

Morgan thought the perfect place to have their engagement photos taken would be in Vegas! She started searching for Las Vegas photographers with a vintage flair, and lo and behold, lil’ ole me popped up.;)

We had such a great time communicating back and forth regarding the engagement session, that Morgan began inquiring about having me come out to California for the wedding as well! I was thrilled, and am totally psyched that I get to capture both of these fun events for them!! (I know it’s a stretch, but hopefully baby pics in the future… hehehe).

Granted, I’m  usually a little slow to make postings on my blog, but Morgan lit a fire under my butt this morning when she sent me this beautiful thank-you e-mail:

Last night was sooooo amazing:)We had an amazing time with you all and could not have felt more comfortable and relaxed! It really was a lot of fun!!!

 

I am so excited to see the pics and I am really really excited about the future wedding pics:)They are going to be amazing!

 

We are so glad we chose you Suzi:)We just couldn’t stop taking about how darn cute you are!!!

 

Thank you again! Have a wonderful day!

 

Xoxo
Morgan

Isn’t it totally amazing to wake up to an email like that in your inbox? I <3 you Morgan!!

So, for a little intro into the photos themselves, these were taken at The Neon Museum (aka The Neon Boneyard) here in Las Vegas. Morgan knew it would be the perfect location. I suggested that after we finish up there, that we should pop on over to Fremont Street for a few more photos, as it’s just down the road. What a great time we had together!

Thanks Morgan and Shelby for having the confidence in me to capture these very important and special moments in your lives! Much love to you both, and I am looking forward to the wedding! Here’s a sneak peek just for you!


  • February 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Morgan - I am in love with these photos Suzi :) Can’t stop looking at them! You are amazing and we are so happy to have you involved in this journey! Cannot wait to have you with us for a whole day in August! We are going to have so much fun!!!! xoxo MorganReplyCancel

    • February 1, 2012 - 5:46 pm

      Suzi Lighten - Morgan, clients like you totally make my job all the more amazing! I’m very excited for the wedding and cannot wait to dive into the rest of these engagement photos! Thanks for driving out to Las Vegas to hang out with us! xoxo,
      SuziReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Jennell - Wow !!! these pictures are really special :)
    I think you captured my friends perfectly !!!!
    Such -life- & creativity coming through each photograph …. Well done Suzi !!ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Jennifer Cucitro-Baque - LOVE the pics they are awesome. You both look so amazing. Can’t wait for the special day; Morgan you will look stunning.ReplyCancel

Continuing with my explorations for unique wedding ceremony and reception venues here in Cincinnati, I came across The 20th Century Theater. This theater has been around since 1941 since it’s grand opening, and is still going strong today. It continues to showcase theatrical and musical performances, as well as turns into a totally unique venue to host a party of any kind – definitely a super cool and fun place for a wedding reception in the Cincinnati area. One of the things that I really love about this place is that they actually put the couple’s names and wedding date on the marquee. Pretty cool, especially if you’re having a themed wedding.

If you’re looking for a Cincinnati wedding photographer for your upcoming wedding, be sure to shoot me over a message on my contact page – I’d love to hear from you and hear about all of the exciting details of your big day.

xx,

Suzi

 

 

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