Photographer Elmer Escobar says, “Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of flying out to photograph Anais and Eddie’s wedding in Tucson, Arizona. This was an interesting situation because Eddie and Anais didn’t contact me directly. One of my very good friends, Steven, said he wanted to give my services as a gift to his dear friend Eddie. We were able to schedule everything out and I flew in the day before the wedding. Since we didn’t get a chance to do an engagement session prior to the wedding, we came up with the idea that I would cover the rehearsal dinner for them. But of course, I can’t go anywhere without thinking up of something we can shoot that would be fun (this time it involved a trampoline!). Before the officiant would have them sign the marriage license and the dinner began, I took Anais and Eddie around the neighborhood and found beautiful afternoon light. Of course since we had not spoken in person before they were looking at me strangely because they didn’t know what I was seeing. But in the middle of the desert, we found a beautiful backdrop.
The next day I drove over to Eddie’s house to photograph him getting ready. Anais was getting her hair and makeup done elsewhere before heading over to 242 Park Avenue so I decided it’d be best to simply meet her there when she was nearly done. Of course, I mentioned not to get in her dress until I got there. I love photographing wedding details prior to putting them on. It builds up the story. But eventually it was time for me to step out and let Anais get into her her beautiful wedding dress. Her mother and her grandmother were there to help and to witness these special moments.
After Anais had gotten into her wedding dress, we knew that Eddie would be a while so we explored 242 Park Avenue, finding different areas with beautiful light. Anais was a delight to shoot. Not only did she photograph beautifully but she’s just a fun person to be around. Eventually we did have to hide her away because Eddie was approaching and he was anxious to marry the love of his life. He greeted the guests that were there early, and soon enough he was standing at the front of the altar seeing Anais walk down for the first time. It was a very special moment. They had a beautiful ceremony, sealed it with a kiss and they were officially husband and wife!
We walked around the neighborhood for a little bit, capturing the beauty surrounding them. It was hard to get a photo where Eddie wasn’t making Anais smile or laugh: not a complaint, just a fact. They were ecstatic to be together and that’s always what you want to see when you’re photographing a newly wed couple. We walked around and photographed for a while until we had to line them up for their grand entrance. At this point I took a step back and let Eddie and Anais enjoy the evening: capturing candids, with all of their friends having fun. But as usual before I left I did want to give them a night photo. We had the opportunity outside in the back, where there were string lights lining the patio area. It was an absolute pleasure photographing Anais and Eddie on their very special day. Thank you Steven for connecting us, and a big congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez!”
Photographer: Elmer Escobar Photography//Reception Venue:242 Park Ave Weddings and Events