Villa Siena Wedding : Heather + Tony


The story started when he stopped sending the photo albums, online libraries of his recent adventures to keep his out-of-state family up to date with his life. Tony was a precocious kid (the type of junior high kid who took apart his father’s new computer just to see how it worked), who quickly formed an alliance with his parents when they thrusted the weight of their belief in his ability to succeed in anything he put his mind to. Many years later, after landing an engineering job at Intel in a different state than his family, he sent them pictures to keep them up abreast with ongoings.

Until the emails stopped.

Tony’s father casually inquired about the sudden silence, but wasn’t surprised when a new photo album arrived a few weeks later filled with pictures of Tony…and a beautiful girl at his side. Soon the photos became the story of a new adventure (hiking the Grand Canyon, biking, skiing) with Heather becoming his best friend along the way. Slightly shy, Tony cautiously approached a relationship with Heather, but if his parents taught him anything, it’s knowing his ability to succeed in anything he puts his mind to. Last Saturday in Arizona, Tony and Heather started a new photo album…this time as husband and wife.

Heather and Tony, thank you for your kindness and overwhelming welcome into your lives. Your wedding was truly delightful and I couldn’t have pictured a better way to start the year. Hope you enjoy the Maldives…and please be sure to take lots of pictures of your new adventures together! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The day started exceptionally well when I discovered Carina of Flawless Faces was on hand for makeup…after loving Carina’s work for her Orange County engagement session, Heather decided to fly the both of us to Arizona for the wedding day. Loved it…

Tony and Heather married at Villa Siena in Arizona…the light was just perfect and the backdrop lovely for a wedding. JD captured this photo of Tony just before the First Look

I absolutely lovelovelove when a bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Not only does it provide plenty of time for wedding photos, but it’s a private moment just for the two of them. When Tony and Heather saw each other for the first time, the moment was pure magic. I know that sounds terribly dramatic, but there’s no other way to explain it. Tears, laughter, joy…love. I felt incredibly honored to document it all.

Heather is a stunnah and I loved the moment JD captured on the right…that’s right…a husband checking out his wife. Holler.

I say this often, but I love shooting with JD. He just sees the world differently…and makes us a better team. While he was capturing this photo…

…I was capturing this photo…

Le Love.

This is Heather. Working it for JD’s camera. It made me jealy.

I become emo when a father gives his daughter away…it’s gut-wrenchingly beautiful to watch…

I’ll end this post with a photo of the First Dance…and the start of many memories…together.

To see more of Heather and Tony’s Villa Siena wedding in Arizona, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by Amy Seeley found at WithEtiquette or watch it here…

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  1. Keri Doolittle Photography

    January 18th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    One of my fave venues in Arizona. Fantastic job J*! See you in Denver in a couple months!

  2. Gabby / En Route Photography

    January 18th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Oh how lovely! It makes me wanna go out and shoot a wedding RIGHT NOW! 😉

    P.S: I wrote a little something something about you on my blog today (yeahhhhh another love note! ;D)

  3. Tara

    January 18th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    So beautiful!! I love your close up with both their eyes closed making a T face to face! stunning!


    January 18th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Oh man oh man…sooooo many great shots! Heather looks stunning!! The first look photos….Gorge! You could feel exactly what you described coming through each image. Great great job J* and JD!!! (that window shot….NICE!!!)

  5. Amanda Evans

    January 18th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I love them, as always!!!!!

  6. abbey

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    glad to see your posting weddings again, these are beautiful images 🙂 yay!

  7. Alex

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    So beautiful, Jasmine. You guys rocked it.

  8. Abby Grace

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Oh man, that close-up portrait is so beautiful! And the shot of her shoes is stunning! You dunnit again, girl.

  9. Natasha

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Beautiful as usual! Congrats to the lovely couple!

    Can’t wait to see you Jasmine in DC 🙂 I can cross it off my list of photographers I’d love to see (and hopefully meet) in person!

  10. Stephanie Stewart

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Gahhh! I don’t know if it’s the music (love the Amy Seeley song!), your words, the way these two look at each other, ok, it’s all of the above, Le Love! Le Sigh…tears as I watch the slideshow. So beautiful, Jasmine, so beautiful.

  11. May

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Beautifully written and captured!

  12. Sabrina Nicole

    January 18th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Simply lovely couple and wedding!

  13. Aimee

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I admire how you really get a couple to shine through. It goes beyond posing. I’ve had one photographer do this for me and my husband and I’m trying to pinpoint what it is…I think you must just make them forget about being self-contious. Anyway, I’m impressed!


    January 18th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Stylish and elegant coverage Jasmine. Beautifully done!

  15. Jillian

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Beautiful photos! Love how you captured this.

  16. Stephanie

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    B-E-A-utiful, Jasmine! Gah, I can’t get over how perfect the skin tones look. It’s…fantastic.

  17. Alexis

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    beautiful photography and slideshow J*! 🙂 Your work inspires aspiring photographers like me! All the best! 🙂

  18. James

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Love your work, so natural and fun too!

  19. stacey ramsey

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Jasmine, you are an inspiration!! BEAUTIFUL– love your and JD’s compositions. Timeless and elegant as always…bravo

  20. Rachel Tatem

    January 18th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    What a beautiful wedding, love the close up black and white shot of the bride and groom: too beautiful!

  21. Tina Nandi

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Those are the cutest shoes EVER and these are awesome pictures, as always!

  22. Susana Cristina

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Gorgeous as ever! They look completely wrapped into each other and you and JD captured that perfectly 🙂

  23. Mireya

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Maybe I am just having one of those sensitive days but the writing at the story almost made me cry for some reason haha and then the pictures almost bring tears to my eyes too. WHY?! I DON’T KNOW!!! haha
    P.S. "Jealy" <– Genius! Sounds way better 🙂

  24. Jarusha Brown

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    JASMINE! You knocked it outta the park as usual! What a beautiful story and beautiful couple 🙂 xox

  25. Martin Hambleton

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Another beautiful collection of images. Great looking wedding (great looking couple!).

  26. Ashley Goodwin

    January 18th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Both you & JD’s versions of the window shots are fantastic!!

  27. Sabrina

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    You blow me away with your words and how you so distinctly tell the story of the couple. I love it! Sometimes I pretend that I can write but it doesn’t always work out so well 🙂 PS – I may have exclaimed, "Yay! She posted a wedding!" when I went to your blog today 🙂

  28. Suzy G

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Gorgeous. I love their story to. Simply beautiful.

  29. Sabrina

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    You blow me away with how you tell the stories of couples you photograph. Sometimes I try to pretend that I can write, but it usually becomes laughable 🙂 PS – I may have exclaimed, "Yay! She posted a wedding!" when I clicked on your blog today 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in ATL!

  30. Robyn

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This wedding’s slideshow made me tear up and I don’t even know this couple! Beautiful wedding, beautifully photographed.

  31. Kirsty

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Love this photo set! I remember these two from their engagement shoot you posted, their adorable. I LOVE the story about the photo albums, so cute, I’m not gonna lie I welled up a little.

  32. sarah conner

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Nice pictures. Curious, do you prefer to blow the sky when shooting daylight to eliminateharsh shadow on the face? Would you use fill flash to balance the light? And save the skies and have fewer blown highlights. I struggle with this in shoots where there is harsh sun. You say you shoot wide open for the dreamy shallow depth of field, but I have issues shooting wide open. Can you offer some suggestions? Thanks always.

  33. tina merriweather

    January 18th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Gorge. Love her dress! DJ you have out done yourself, love your candids how you captured them with heart. Jasmine is right to be proud, often the second shooter gets over-shaddowed as 2nd, but it is clear you are a huge part (#1) of your success. Hola! No dis to jasmine, I know the hard work of being the lead photog. It’s team work baby!

  34. Lafayette Hicks

    January 18th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    These are beautiful but somethings changed. Was anything done differently this wedding?

  35. ashley barnett

    January 18th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Gawwwgeous! Loving her dress and those portraits…that bw up close one is to die for!

  36. Jackie Lamas

    January 18th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    so elegant and pretty!

  37. Meredith Sledge

    January 18th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, Jasmine. Wow.

  38. Jeni Brower

    January 18th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Gut-wrentchingly beautiful just about covers it. I feel the same way. Not another relationship on the planet is like the one the one between a father & daughter. So many things to take in -looking at that photograph 🙂

  39. Liz Lovi

    January 18th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    What a beautiful wedding…and the slideshow…it made me tear up! Stunning!

  40. Erin & Andrew Dodson

    January 18th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Great photos – especially the dancing shot at the end. It looks so intimate.

  41. Addie

    January 18th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    so, so gorgeous!

  42. Delaware Wedding Photographer

    January 18th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Beautiful bride, beautiful bride! Love your attention to detail!

  43. Lisandro Rivera

    January 18th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I love your style! Thanks for all of your help with your blogs and tutorials.

  44. Stephanie Hart

    January 19th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Absolutely love LOVE! Heather is such a stunning bride and the day was captured perfectly! Great job Jasmine…I can never get enough of your blog.

  45. Adriana Morett

    January 19th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Your compositions just keep getting better and better, your photos show even more emotion, they are more and more beautiful wedding after wedding. As if you could get any better, you are.

  46. Onsite Minnesota Photgraphy

    January 19th, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Love the shoes!

  47. Ariana

    January 19th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Another absolutely gorgeous wedding! Love that shot with the bride and groom illuminated by the window. Stunning!

  48. feuza

    January 19th, 2012 at 3:30 am


  49. Evan & Melissa Roth

    January 19th, 2012 at 3:52 am

    I looooove this wedding!

  50. Dave

    January 19th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Great Photos 🙂

  51. Camilla Knudsen

    January 19th, 2012 at 9:48 am

    just LOVE the shoe shot and the necklace, beautiful. I think this is one of your best weddings ever 🙂

  52. Fotograf Sofia

    January 19th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Great pictures!

  53. Vania

    January 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Beautiful shots! Sending love from Florida.

  54. Hilary Cam

    January 20th, 2012 at 5:54 am

    This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ! Stunning details, location, couple and of course photography!

  55. Wedding Snapper

    January 20th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful work. Again!

  56. the detailed life

    January 20th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    i love that cake shot.

  57. Dade Freeman

    January 21st, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Jasmine, your images just paint the story so well. LOVE the shot of them next to the curtain with the light breaking through, well seen!

  58. stacy medows photograpghy

    January 21st, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Very nice. But the images seem a little dif then previous, maybe its the soft/flatter lighting. Did you change something up? New lens? Like it, just not as popping as others. Like the softer j*!!!!!!!

  59. Jennifer Medeiros

    January 24th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    "I become emo"… haha.. that’s fantastic!! Lovely, as always!

  60. Tony|Essex Wedding Photographer

    January 24th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Another wonderful collection. I love the shot looking in through the window and also the first dance shot – very nice!

  61. Andreas Will

    January 25th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Very nice Photos. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Hannes Uys

    January 25th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You know your stuff!

  63. Somerset Wedding Photographer

    January 27th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Just beautiful Jasmine – those detail shots at the beginning are just killer. Hook you right in to the rest of the post!

  64. Albert | Somerset Wedding Photographer

    January 27th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful work Jasmine – the opening detail shots are just stunning!

  65. Ryan Hutson

    January 31st, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Love the first look shot. Well done!

  66. photographe mariage

    February 4th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I really love your style and recognize somehow what I like when I make photographs during wedding !
    a french photographer (photographe mariage), Roger

  67. Aberdeen Wedding Photographer - Rubislaw Studio

    February 5th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    really enjoyed the two different viewpoints of the same picture, and how different they are.

  68. Roberto Farren | Boston wedding photographer

    February 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Always nice coming back after a while and checking out some of your latest work! Great photos all round. Regards, Bob.

  69. NIKA | Montreal Wedding Photographer

    March 13th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Great work as usual, love visiting your site for inspiration. You should think of holding a workshop in Montreal. Would participate for sure.

  70. Nika | montreal wedding photographer

    March 13th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Really nice work with the off-camera flashes.

  71. Mornington Peninsula Wedding

    March 15th, 2012 at 3:34 am

    We are in love with your blog. Love the whole layout and of course your images. Brilliant!

  72. Colorado Wedding Photographer | John Gibson

    March 16th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Some really nice moments here. The First Dance shot is fantastic.

  73. Stephan

    March 22nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Very awesome, love the first look!

  74. Sunil Umbre

    April 2nd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I just love the way you capture the moments. Will follow your work and be inspired.

  75. Mario

    May 30th, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Love the first shot. Nice job.