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Morgan + Shelby / The Wedding { Part I}

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!!! xoxo

September 8, 2012 - 11:41 am

lorenz - Well done–enough said!

Morgan + Shelby {a Vegas engagement session}

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!



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 Morgan

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,

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 !!

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.

Zegers Family Holiday Portraits

Just in the nick of time to get those holiday cards out, I was joined by some personal friends for a holiday portrait session! I’m happy to introduce the Zegers Family. We began our session at the unique and rustic Bonnie Springs. About 15 minutes away from Las Vegas, Bonnie Springs retains much of its antique heritage and still has some of its original structures, including the rail road and train stop that were built way back in 1843. The antique wood of the rail way blends seamlessly with the surrounding desert scenery and makes the perfect location for a photo shoot. The Zegers are such a fun loving family – it really was a thrill playing around with and photographing them. After having fun at the railway we moved a bit more North toward Red Rock Canyon to Calico Basin, easily one of the most scenic parks in all of Nevada. From the yellow trees and desert flowers, to the rusty colored mountains Calico Basin is full of diverse landscapes that are simply beautiful. I had such a great time sitting back and watching this family be there wonderful selves, simply full of life and fun. A great holiday photo shoot with great people! Thank you Zegers family and happy Thanksgiving!!!Greg and Cara Las Vegas Wedding_0131.jpg
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Greg & Cara – Wedding at The Neon Museum

Visiting all the way from Broome Australia, I have the pleasure of presenting the new Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, Greg and Cara. Making this their third trip out to Las Vegas, Greg and Cara wanted to do something special, something memorable. So after 7 years of dating they decided it was time to put a ring on it and get married by none other than the king of rock, Elvis!!

Greg and Cara’s ceremony was held at the iconic Las Vegas Neon Museum, personally one of my favorite spots for photo shoots. Not in what we would consider traditional wedding attire, their outfits and even their unique choice of wedding rings, all let their wonderful personalities really shine though. Cara’s wedding ring was an especially gorgeous triangle cut blue lapis lazuli that looked amazing on her. Accompanied by close friends from their home town of London, the ceremony was full of fun and laughs. Greg and Cara’s friends even brought a boom box equipped with the sound of a cheering crowd for the moment Elvis pronounced them officially married.

Once the ceremony concluded, I took Greg and Cara around the museum capturing these two newlyweds love and joy for each other. Using a Polaroid camera their friends had brought along, they snapped a few instant memories of their own which I thought was so adorable. As the sun set, and the lights came on, the electric signs came alive giving off colored lights that highlighted Greg’s suite and reflected beautifully off of Cara’s dress.

Thank you Greg and Cara for sharing your wedding day with me. I had a wonderful time with you and wish you best in your future!

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