A Vintage Desert Wedding “Do Over” by Denise Burridge Photography

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Today’s post is very special – it’s part styled shoot and part incredibly sentimental wedding “do over” for a real couple. It’s also starting off a week of posts featuring Vegas wedding do overs.

Ally and Nick are a young military couple who were married just five months after their engagement. With little time to plan ahead of Nick’s imminent deployment, they jumped right into planning and pulled off their wedding.

However, after their wedding photographs came back, they felt extremely disappointed with the photos. That was when family friend and photographer Denise Burridge stepped in.

From Denise:
Nick means the world to our family and we almost lost him two years ago during a deployment where he was shot. So it was very important to me that they have images before he left.

She immediately came up with an idea for the couple to give them some lasting memories of their marriage as best as she could before Nick left on deployment. The idea? A day after wedding styled shoot; a sort of wedding photo do-over.

Working with vendors including Nostalgia Resources she helped create a wedding scene, tying in hints of military red, white and blue in the antique trunk, linens and vintage books under the cake stand. A carpet was rolled out and “George” the antique settee was added in addition to fresh flowers, a bell jar and various other props to create this little romantic desert scene.

Freed’s Bakery replicated Ally and Nick’s original wedding cake – which they cut into and sampled again as the sunset over the desert. The final result of this shoot is gorgeous, heartfelt and I don’t mind saying: very moving.

Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer:  Denise Burridge Photography / Wedding Venue: Sunrise Mountain / Event Concept and Design: Denise Burridge / Makeup: Makeup by Shandell / Cake: Freed’s Bakery / Rentals and Vintage Props: Nostalgia Resources

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Afterwards the couple celebrated with a little sparkling wine and casual photographs. Nick is a pararescue jumper (known as a “PJ”) and one of the symbols for the Combat Search and Rescue community is green footprints. If you look carefully, you can see a pair of green feet on the bottle of bubbly.

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And what did the couple think of the photos this time?

Ally, the bride: […] after a couple weeks seeing the final photos brought me to tears. The photos were absolutely beautiful, and were very personal because my husband had left on a five-month deployment. We were both beyond pleased and value the art of capturing these times more then ever before.

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