This elopement turned wedding inspiration shoot on our wedding blog today is nothing short of a grand romantic gesture – similar to the way these two became engaged! A team of fabulous vendors made this day come true for the beautiful couple so they could have all those once-in-a-lifetime wedding moments. We love the hanging floral wreaths that served as a ceremony backdrop and the wooden “love always” cutout – both providing picture-perfect moments for the couple’s wedding photos! Amy & Jordan Photography envisioned the whole shoot and found the perfect real life couple to make it a dream come true. Don’t miss the videos of it all coming to life!
Amy says, In March, Tasha Smedley, a model and member of the Phoenix Suns dance team, got the surprise of her life when her fiancé, Trevor Cruz, stopped the dance team’s half time performance in the middle of a game with a proposal at half court of a Phoenix Suns game in front of the fans. The video went viral.
Tasha told us that she and Trevor were planning to elope at the courthouse, which meant they wouldn’t have any wedding photos from their wedding day.
But we had other ideas! We had a photography workshop scheduled for around that time and offered for Tasha and Trevor to be our models for the stylized wedding inspiration shoot (something we do every workshop with a team of local volunteer wedding vendors to give our 16 attendees a chance to photograph as close to a real wedding as possible). A few weeks later, Tasha emailed us and said they’d love to ACTUALLY GET MARRIED FOR REAL during the editorial shoot!
We enlisted the help of Jennifer Thye of Imoni Events, one of Martha Stewart’s Top Wedding Planners of 2015, and an entire creative team of local volunteer wedding vendors to put together a stylized shoot with a twist: it was actually a real wedding for a real couple!
Amy went shopping with Tasha in the weeks leading up to the workshop/wedding so she could say “yes” to the dress, which was donated for the day by Shaffer’s Bridal. Instead of just making a fake wedding cake to be photographed, the cake artist at Heart Sweet Cakes created a separate one so Tasha and Trevor would have a real wedding cake to take home. And the officiant, Matt Nathanson, prepared and performed a personal wedding ceremony for the happy couple with two lead photographers (Amy and Jordan) and 16 workshop attendees capturing every moment. FOX 10 Phoenix came out to cover the actual wedding, too.