Destination weddings are always really exciting. I mean, I had never been to Arizona and had no future plans to visit. Really, I didn't even know what to expect besides cacti and a whole lot of desert! (no, not dessert. although we had a little of that, too - I'll get to that later.) But once I was slated to shoot Susan & Taylor's wedding, I realized how cool of a job being a wedding photographer really is. I mean, there are a ton of interesting jobs out there, but for me, I would have never, ever had this fun adventure without pursuing what I love to do.
So with my second photographer Mekina as the best travel buddy out there, we spent our down time exploring our hotel, The Saguaro, which I mispronounced the entire time we were there, and Old Town Scottsdale. I kept saying a little too excitedly how colorful everything was and that our hotel made it feel as if we were in Palms Springs in the 1950's. Any type of sun and pool time for a east-coaster in February is just what the doctor ordered, so Mekina and I were on cloud nine with a little extra vitamin-D in our veins.
Some of our favorite things we did were morning coffee at four till four, the most insane breakfast I have ever had at Daily Dose (we ate there TWICE), tacos & margs at Cien Agaves, and ice cream sundaes at The Sugar Bowl. We worked out in the mornings, went antiquing at Sevale Flowers and Antiques...oh yea and we shot a wedding!
If you are looking for a great place to visit, I would 100% recommend Scottsdale - I will definitely be going back there as soon as I can!
(These snapshots are a mixture of film shot on my contax 645 with fuji400H film, and digitals shot by myself and Mekina on Mekina's camera - all edited by me! We had fun trading off with one camera as we explored the town)