Kristen and Josh

July 21, 2009

Kristen and Josh got married here at Orange Tree on July 4th. Gorgeous, aren’t they? Kristen looked so elegant and beautiful in her wedding gown. Special thanks to Chris from Chris Paxman Photography for sharing these amazing photos with us! More pics can be seen on his blog here.







Too Cute.

February 6, 2009

How adorable is this picture? I love it.


Found in Joel Flory’s Photography Blog

Still Life Studios

October 22, 2008

I’d like to introduce Matt Wheeler from Still Life Studios! They were here at Orange Tree to shoot Celia and Ryan’s wedding and did an amazing job. He was kind enough to share his story with us and some images from Celia and Ryan’s day.

“I am Matt Wheeler with Still Life Studios ( and I started photographing families and children for money when I was 15. At age 16 I was coerced into photographing a wedding because I had a nice camera … and probably because they figured I would be cheap. ūüôā Those people were crazy! I didn’t have backup equipment and I am not even sure I had ever been to a wedding at that point in my life. I WAS cheap but they were pleased and from then on I was a photographer of people. I photographed through college and¬†I graduated from¬†ASU with a degree in Business Economics. At the time of graduation my daughter would be born in 6 months and¬†my wife and I¬†had a short time to make the dream of Still Life Studios a reality to support our family. With her fine art background and my business background¬†our photography company¬†took off. Almost 5 years later we have become a team¬†currently with¬†8¬†fine¬†art photographers who are personable, very creative, and lot‚Äôs of fun! We specialize in Life Moments. From births and weddings to family gatherings at funerals, we capture Fine Art Moments in Life for whatever reason they show up. We hope to become photographers and friends for the life of our clients!

At the Orange Tree¬†I was able to Photograph the wedding of Ryan and Celia. My first impression was wow … they really do have a lot of bridesmaids and groomsmen – 17 total plus a flower girl and two ring bearers! As I set to work documenting the day I was amazed at how many different types of personalities I found among the group. I enjoyed working with them, making them laugh, and showing them that the photographer doesn’t have to be boring. ūüôā Ryan and Celia’s first meeting was incredible. They chose to see each other before the ceremony and have an intimate moment together completely alone. Ryan’s appearance¬†tugged at my heart strings … I could feel his excitement and emotion. As he came up to his beautiful bride with tears in his eyes, he was grateful and swept up in the moment, unafraid to show his joy.

Enjoy the images!”

“The ceremony started with¬†a bit of a brawl between the flower girl and the ring bearer over the use of a pillow. It was nice to see that it made everyone laugh. I have seen similar experiences with not so similar reactions from parents involved. ūüėÄ This one went well.”

“The reception was elaborately decorated. It is not often that I step into a room and think, “Wow, this looks amazing!”. Part of that might be that we see so many amazing places that they all become typical, as sad as that sounds. Many places are¬†¬†incredible but I wouldn’t expect anything less. Orange Tree and their staff went beyond my expectations. The up lighting, the attention to detail, everything was top notch.”

Matt, thank you so much and we’re looking forward to working with you again soon!

Jennifer Bowen Photography

October 9, 2008


I’d like to introduce Jen from Jennifer Bowen Photography! She is an amazing wedding photographer and was kind enough to share her story with us. I follow her blog regularly, and once I saw that she was looking for extra¬†help in her studio, I jumped at the chance! So on my days off from Orange Tree, I am assisting Jen in her studio with post-production work. I’m a huge fan of photography, so it has been really exciting to see how much work goes into it! Jen is an extremely talented photographer, and I’m happy to be able assist her in any way I can.



How did you get started in photography?

“I am passionate about documenting life. I have always been intrigued by the human mind and soul and our innate needs for meaning, connection, and love, so I guess it is not a surprise to me that photography took such a hold on me so many years ago. What is now a full time profession for me started about 10 years ago as a hobby that quickly morphed into an obsession. I learned all that I could through workshops, books, other photographers, forums and classes to learn the craft and my gear. And through that time, I started to develop a style that represented me and how I see the world.¬†


One of the reasons I love photographing weddings, aside from it being one of the most important days of our life, is that each wedding is so unique to each couple. There are so many layered emotions at weddings, involving unique family relationships, hope, love, beauty, details, laughter, tears and always, fleeting moments. Every wedding and every couple has a unique essence and I strive to capture that.”


What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

“I really like the entire day photographically, but I would have to say my favorite parts to photograph are the ceremony, usually preparation time, and the bride and groom portrait time. The ceremony is great because its where you see so much emotion and the couple is unaware you are shooting them, so you get some wonderful, very real, images. I also love prep time because its a point in the day where there is so much anticipation, and with that anticipation often comes an energy that’s often beautiful to photograph. Most of my brides are calm and fairly quiet during this time, perhaps a little nervous, filled with butterflies and expectation and when they project that quiet fortitude that comes from experiencing those emotions, there is a beauty there that inevitably change as the day progresses. And I love bride and groom time because its fun and challenging to always try and push myself further artistically, and to interact with the couple in a way that allows them to be as natural and real as possible. My favorite images are always the ones where they lose themselves in the moment, sort of forget I’m there and just be them. I am always looking for those moments in between poses to capture their true essence.”


Most memorable moments:

“There is usually a very memorable moment at every wedding and its different and touching each time, so I’m not sure that any one really stands out above other. Recently at Ginny and Dave’s wedding in San Diego (link), the bride and groom got up on stage with the band and sang “Honky Tonk Woman” to 250+ cheering guests and that was cool. They were so into the song and the moment, and their guests were loving it, so it made for a memorable experience. I always tear up when there are very touching moments between the bride and groom and their respective parents – a tender look or moment during the dance, when they show emotion during the day at seeing their children get married and several other small moments that many may miss if not watching closely. I guess as both a child and a parent, I am sensitive to those relationships. Funny and touching toasts by the couple’s closest friends often can get me too, as well any genuine display of emotion between the bride and groom, especially during the ceremony.”


Favorite kind of bride: 

“She cares about her photography and trusts in me to capture the best images of the day as possible. I feel very very blessed that I have amazing clients. I know it will be a good fit when couples tell me they want images that look as natural and possible and really capture so many moments during the day. Most families do want some posed group formals, and of course I do these as well, but the majority of my couples really want the images that tell the story of their day and capture real moments. Most of my brides are those I could see myself being friends with (and some do in fact become friends), are generally easy going (not that they don’t know what they want) in nature and are working, professional women. I am lucky to to have wonderful clients!”

Here are some more wonderful images of her work…


Ginny and Dave:

Aimee and Matt:

Thank you Jen, for taking the time to share this with us!

Mandy Hank Photography

August 14, 2008

I’d like to introduce Mandy, from Mandy Hank Photography. She was the photographer for Krista and Tim’s Wedding. She was very sweet and¬†a pleasure to work with.¬†¬†I’m a big fan of her work, and she was kind enough to share some information about herself and how she got started in this business….

“I started my photography business after the birth of my first child¬†
and I couldn’t put down the camera.¬† My husband was in a wedding and¬†
the night before at the rehearsal dinner that their photographer 
wasn’t going to show up so they asked me.¬† I was so nervous and went¬†
out there and did the best I could.  I shook the entire wedding. I was 
so scared.  But I did pretty good and they loved the photos so I built 
up my business after that.

My favorite part of weddings I think has to be getting to know the 
couple.  I love meeting their family and friends.  I love when their 
family gives toasts and speaks about them and wishes them well.  It is 
such a wonderful time where the whole family comes together, everyone 
is so excited for this couple to start their life together.  I love 
the reception as well.  I love how once the toasts, dinner and cake is 
done everyone lets loose.  After months of planning and stressing they 
are able to relax, have fun and create memories.¬† I’m a part of that¬†
and feel so honored.

Krista and Tim’s wedding was really special to me.¬† Their family was¬†
really welcoming to myself and my assistant.  I love the details that 
Krista and Tim had at their wedding.  Their quirky cake, their table 
settings, the groom’s cake, everything.¬† They both were really laid¬†
back and willing to have fun!¬† That is always a photographers dream.”

Thank you Mandy for sharing your story with us!

Inga and Jason

July 28, 2008

Inga and Jason got married here at Orange Tree in April. She was a wonderful bride to work with and I loved the green color scheme of her wedding. Photos were taken by Keith Alstrin from Alstrin Photography. Thank you Keith for providing the images for this beautiful wedding. Congratulations to the lovely couple and thank you for choosing Orange Tree!

Orange Tree silk orchid centerpieces on display during cocktail hour.

Our gazebo lit up at night.

Mariposa Ballroom

I love these customized bubbles and tissue packages created by the couple.

Fruit, cheese and drinks awaiting our bride and groom after their ceremony.

Chipotle Tenderloin on Toast Point with Chambord Onion Jam

Our server letting out a chime to lead the guests into the ballroom.

The sweet couple.

Nicole and Steven!

June 27, 2008

This¬†wedding has been all the buzz at Orange Tree for quite some time now. Steven, the groom, just happens to be the son of Sheldon Ginsburg, Chairman and CEO of Shell Vacations. This lovely couple had a candlelight ceremony and wedding reception¬†here this past May. The bride and groom are absolutely gorgeous and the wedding couldn’t have been more spectacular, and their families couldn’t have been more gracious and sweet.

This wedding was shot by the AMAZING Kimberly Jarman. Kim was the photographer for my sister’s wedding a few months before, so I knew Nicole’s pictures would turn out phenomenal, and sure enough they did. I cannot say enough about Kim’s work! She is wonderful to work with.¬†You can view their slideshow here.

Getting ready in one of the Orange Tree suites.

One special touch that the couple added to their ceremony. They each took turns to give a speech to their parents, thanking them for their love and support. There was not a dry eye in the house.

Beautiful bridal party.


The amazing fireworks went off at the end of their ceremony.

Thanks to Nicole and Lucas for choosing us to share in their very special day. There are so many little details they added to make their day unique. Stay tuned, we will show you details of their reception!

Tiffany and Ryan

June 27, 2008

Tiffany and Ryan got married here in March. Their photos were taken by Marriott Photo. I love the pictures of them walking around the Orange Tree property.


 Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

Krista and Tim

June 27, 2008


Krista and Tim got married here in April. They were a lovely couple and couldn’t be more sweet.¬†These wonderful pictures are¬†from Mandy Hank at Mandy Hank Photography. Their slideshow can be viewed here.

The head table in the Seville Ballroom.


Their beautiful wedding cake created by our awesome pastry chef Ellie

Thank you both for making us a part of your special day!

Erin and Jared

June 27, 2008


Erin and Jared got married last winter. Here are some pictures from¬†Jefferson Todd from Jefferson Todd Photography. Check out¬†Erin and Jared’s¬†slideshow here.¬†