Ashley and Chris are loads of fun, and I had a great time hanging out with these two. Ashely had a really fun idea to bring her wedding planning obsession to life, with a wedding magazine extravaganza. Don’t be mistaken now, Chris played a huge role in the wedding planning too. Notice the pic where he is handing over his credit card to Ashley?

Following our Cincinnati wedding planning playtime, things were heated up a bit on the balcony by the bubbling hot tub. Pinterest actually helped us out with this fun idea, by adding in a bunch of romantic votive candles to truly set the ambiance of a romantic evening with feet dangling in the hot tub.

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I’m so proud of these talented young ladies – my beautiful nieces! They both are not only very beautiful and athletic, but they are extremely scholarly. Marissa is due to graduate this year as class valedictorian, and her top college pick is UC Berkley. I have full confidence that she will make it in!
Both of these girls exhibit grace, talent, good manners, and lots of hard work and dedication!
Love you girls!
Aunt Suzi

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The exquisitely sparkling finale to the wedding of Mike and Crissy (pun intended). Now that our happy couple was blissfully wed, there’s nothing else left to do but snap some pictures, eat some food, and celebrate!! I simply love the Siena Golf Club for newly wed portraits. With sprawling archways, beautiful bright green grass everywhere you look and it even has a small pond with its own wooden bridge. There are just so many choices; it’s easy to get so carried away with the bride and groom, it could make a wedding planner nervous to stay on schedule. Mike and Crissy looked nothing less than picturesque posing by the pond enjoying themselves, taking every opportunity to share their love for each other with a kiss. Inside, the reception area was lavishly decorated with crystal chandelier centerpieces and myriad of pink and white. Candy stations are always a big hit, because “love is sweet, so please take a treat”. The bouquet and garter belt toss went right into the hands of the best man and maid of honor almost as if it was planned, but that didn’t slow down the celebration of this lively bunch. Once everyone had their fill of gourmet cuisine and dancing it was time to send the bride and groom off on their new life together and what a sendoff it was! All the guests lined up with sparklers in hand for what was one of the most spectacular exits I have ever witnessed. With the help of their friends and family Mike and Crissy created the perfect ending to this perfect wedding that was simply illuminating. I wish Mike and Crissy the best of life from the bottom of my heart, and am thrilled I was able to work with such a wonderful group of people. Thank you so much!!!

 

 

 

 

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Picking up where we left off in the previous post, after Crissy and Mike finished up getting ready at the JW Marriott, they headed over to their wedding venue, Siena Golf Club. The day was was perfect. The weather was perfect. The moments were perfect! After a few touch-ups in the dressing room, the couple prepared for their first look in the courtyard at Siena Golf Course. It was so sweet, and believe me, it didn’t take away one little bit from Mike seeing Crissy come down the aisle either, because he was bawling like a baby. Okay, well, perhaps not “bawling,” but he definitely shed some tears and had a very emotional time. The ceremony was extra special with a butterfly release at the end of the ceremony!

Love this couple and their family! Crissy shares a bond with her mother that is just amazing, and I must say how impressed with the love this family shares for one another. Crissy’s mom did an INCREDIBLE job! I feel blessed to have been a part of this wedding and capture all of the love! Thank you for allowing me to share my vision of the day with you!

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I find it sooo refreshing and exhilarating being in the company of two young lovers that have decided to make the commitment to spend the rest of their lives together! Mike and Crissy are both fantastic people just bubbling to the brim with admiration for one another, and their beautiful contemporary wedding was the perfect reflection of those feelings. Preparation for the ceremony took place at Summerlin’s very own J.W. Marriot. The atmosphere of extravagance was fitting for Crissy’s magnificent long flowing wedding dress that looked almost as gorgeous on the hanger as it did on her. Spending his last few minutes before marriage Mike spent his time passionately rewriting his vows and preparing his best man to deliver Crissy’s wedding day gift. This wedding was so inspiring I’ve decided to break it up into a series of blogs, so stick around to see how exciting the ceremony and reception was!!!

 

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  • Debbie - Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! Can not wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia C - Oh I’m so excited to see these! Crissy was the PERFECT bride- a total bombshell. I especially love the one with her and her little girl ;) Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

Hayley & Bryan’s wedding was shot my husband’s wedding videography company, Lighten Films.

Venue & Vendor Information

Las Vegas Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events

Videography:  Lighten Films

Floral:  Naakiti Floral

Decor:  Sit On This Chair

Venue:  Keep Memory Alive Center

Wedding Dress:  Mina Olive

Beauty:  Make Up in the 702

Cake:  Peridot Sweets

Invitations and Stationary:  Paper & Home

Hayley + Bryan \\ Andrea Eppolito Events from Lighten Films – 702.266.6226 on Vimeo.

©2014 Lighten Films This amazing wedding was planned and executed by the marvelous Andrea Eppolito Events in Las Vegas. “Further up, further in” by Tony Anderson was licensed through themusicbed.com

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
  • 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

  • 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!


  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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