Matt and Whitney were married on April 28th, with a ceremony and reception at the Marriott at McDowell Mountains.
This was one of those weddings where friends and family really came through in the clutch to pull it together so that Matt and Whitney could enjoy their big day. Everyone was involved, from Whitney’s friends Brianna and Lexi—who gifted her a trip to the salon to get her hair done in a classic updo—to her friend Tara—who surprised her with flower bouquets—to Matt’s Aunt Julie, who officiated the ceremony for them.
After a morning spent out and about with friends at the salon, Whitney headed back to the hotel, and we enjoyed the morning getting ready with an Angry Orchard. From there, we went out to one of the side gardens to meet up with Matt for the first look.
It was a little windy, so we took family formals down under the balcony to escape the weather (and to keep veils and dresses from escaping!) Getting everyone together for those formals was fun, as not only did Matt and Whitney have friends who had traveled from Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Wyoming but also, they’d brought their children to celebrate the big day. After all, Avery, Slevin, And Austin were just as excited to see their family come together as everyone else, and it wouldn’t be the same without them around!
After the ceremony, it was off to a cocktail hour with all their friends and family, though I wanted to steal Matt and Whitney for some pictures around sunset. The colors were perfect, and the sunset over the golf course didn’t even look real—how could I pass up an opportunity like that? Of course, the wedding coordinator was amazing and was able to get us to the rooftop for mountain views over the palm tree tops, so as a photographer, I was loving the scenery.
One of my favorite moments of the night was when I was able to catch Whitney and her father dancing out on the balcony. A good song had randomly just come on that the DJ was playing as background music during cocktail hour, so they started randomly dancing together, and it ended up being an incredibly emotional and beautiful moment shared between the two of them. I love it when things happen organically like that; it makes my job so much easier.
Whitney & Matt, thank you for asking me to be a part of your special wedding day… and so glad I could share a gift & talent as my wedding gift to you as a wedding photographer. I loved being able to enjoy the sunset and the gorgeous surroundings with the two of you and letting the day unfold around us!
Dress – Mori Lee
Venue – Marriott at McDowell Mountains