Voted Best Photographer, 2011
Cover image of Arizona Weddings Magazine June/July 2011
Cover image of Arizona Weddings Magazine Oct/Nov 2011
WIPA - Wedding Industry Professionals Association
Grace Ormonde Platinum 2012
What are your names? Becca and Jordan Itkowitz What is your anniversary date? 3/11/06 How long have you now been married? March will be 8 yrs We'd love to share with everyone how you met, can you tell that story? Jordan and I met through mutual friends going out in Scottsdale. Funny enough, I met my Jewish raised Hubby through a Catholic singles group! I looked terrible from arranging furniture in a showroom all day but managed to say something pretty funny and converse with him a while. When my best friend and I were leaving he shook my hand longer...We knew we'd meet again- a couple of weeks later we arranged to go to First Friday Art Walk in Phoenix. There, we just clicked. We knew we'd be together & have ever since. (He is a much better writer than I am... Maybe I should get HIS side of the story! lol) And of course we have to tell everyone how you got engaged... it's our favorite part; please share! Again... I'd had a long day of rearranging a furniture and accessory store. Messy pony tail, disheveled office clothes (I wasn't prepared to spend the day in the store).. I pulled up to my condo in Tempe and was so confused- there was all of this glowing light coming from my living room window. I thought maybe my Jewish boyfriend was excited to try out some Christmas lights and was perplexed. I unlocked my door and walked in, expecting to see him untangling strands of white lights and a little worried he'd started with out me! haha! - Instead- my ENTIRE living/dining room area was covered in white candles (on foil squares so as not to mess up furniture- how thoughtful!). This massive glow was him having put out white candles everywhere- shimmering off the foil squares and mirrored wall. It was beautiful! And warm- poor guy was getting warm in there! I was so totally surprised I couldn't speak. I finally managed a Jordan! Yes! Please tell us about your wedding? What were some of the details? Where was it? What were your favorite parts? Our wedding was at the Desert Botanical garden in Phoenix. We looked at several venues but this one seemed to fit us. Even with Scottsdale's beautiful resorts and golf clubs, the red rocks and nature spoke to me and luckily Jordan liked it too! We had originally planned on having the ceremony with the red rocks behind us. However, March 11, 2006 was the day the 150-ish days of zero rain broke. Boy did it rain. From 12am until about11pm. North Scottsdale had SNOW! Saguaros dusted with SNOW! INSANE! Needless to say, our forethought to have a back up plan paid off and we were able to offer or plan A room to another couple that was having their wedding under a pavilion in the garden while we moved to plan D. Yep, Plan D folks. Freezing rain drove us INSIDE at the beautiful botanical gardens. It was still so lovely. The deacon couldn't read his words in the dim light under the chuppah, the girls dresses matched the tapestries in the room PERFECTLY (happy accident), the hand held flowers were beautiful- I skimped on the tables using large candles in jars since we were going to be out in nature but it was fine... Everyone looked beautiful and was happy to celebrate with us. I loved our vows. I loved that my grandparents made the trip from Missouri, and I LOVED that people danced and partied! What is the best memory you have from your wedding day? Standing under the chuppah, seeing our friends and family around us. Laughing through tears during our vows. Of course we have to hear about your pictures, since we were your photographers. What was it like having Kimberly photograph your wedding? What do you remember most about your photography? What is your favorite picture to this day? We were so THRILLED to have Kimberly shoot our wedding. She braved our nerves and the crazy weather. We got fantastic photos in the rain! Kim got out out there in dresses, heels, and hair- I'm glad we did too because I'm not one to shy away from getting wet in the rain normally- so why not go have fun on our wedding day?! Some of my favorite photos are of us during our vows. I remember crying (expression emotions = tears for me) and laughing. Kimberly caught those emotions- at the alter and walking in the rain too. Photos of laughter. I love those! SO MANY great pictures... The ones we have framed are the ones of Jordan and I walking and laughing in the rain. love it. Now that your wedding is over, what is the one thing you look back on and are so thankful that you did? Oh gosh. I think we are both so thankful we had a plan D! Renting the additional room at the botanical garden was such a good idea and Jordan gets all the credit for that move. The rain was beautiful, symbolic and romantic but it was also COLD. I think having our guests warm and dry helped them party all the more. They were comfortable and relaxed and seemed to have a blast. How has life changed since your wedding day, please fill us in on all the details (moves, kids, new houses, promotions, etc). Holy Moley... Do you have time? haha. a few days before our wedding we were doing final walks on our newly built home. We were getting married a couple days later and moving in after our honeymoon! In July 2007 we welcomed Max Asher into our home. Kim was there to take photos before and after his birth and along his first milestones. Shortly after Max turned 2 we moved to Colorado, an area just outside Boulder. 3 months after our move, Evan Julian was born (Hence his rooting for the Broncos!). We LOVED living in Colorado (and would go back!), but... after nearly 2 1/2 years in Colorado (and having started building another house) we moved to the East Bay of San Francisco. We now live in Moraga, CA. We have been here 2 years and are curious to see where life takes us next! Who knows?!. Jordan is still working in the game industry and enjoying what he does. After nearly 7 years at home I'm exploring how to get back into work! If you have kids can you please share with us about them... we LOVE to hear fun kid stories. Max, age 6 is a creative little director. Always focused on what comes next. He is a first grader this year and loves to torment his younger brother, sometimes loving him too rough. He is a master minecrafter and LEGO constructor. Evan, age 4, keeps us in stitches. He reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously. He is beginning to attempt minecraft too and of course loves LEGOS too. We try to keep a book of their hilarious quotes. You *think* you will remember but you don't... like right now... *crickets* But I swear, the say some funny funny stuff (don't all kids?!) Do you have any updated pictures? Tell us about this picture that you are sending to us. I will see what I can add... we've not had professional pics in AGES :( I hope to have an updated pic of the two of us (maybe even the 4 of us!) this weekend... I've attached Jordan and Max: cubscouts, Max & Evan kayaking under the Tetons this summer, Jordan and I in Austin, TX, and the boys at Disneyland. When you were newly weds did you picture this would be your life, this many years after your wedding? I'm not sure I imagined too far into the future as a newlywed. I imagined having a couple of children- and we do! We still have our dog Sedona too. We are entering the world of t-ball, soccer, scouting.. So a lot of things i expected ARE coming true. I think the one thing that hasn't is the closer knit community... probably because we've moved every 2 years for the last 8...building your tribe takes time! If you were to go back in time and tell your newly engaged selves one thing, what would it be? I'd tell us not to worry so much about what everyone else wants us to have and do what speaks to our hearts. Choose what you love. Choose the people you love. Do you have any advice for new bride and grooms? This is good- I wish I'd have had more advice! That said- I'm not sure what I have to offer other than what I said before. Follow your heart and your gut. Make choices that are best for the two of you.
The Juarez Family is one of those families that I get excited to photograph every time they contact me. I LOVE seeing these little guys grow up and I always have such a great time with them. I have no clue how they do it with 3 boys all under the age of 5, but they are such great parents and these kids are wonderful.
The hardest part of this shoot was afterwards in editing trying got figure out which twin was which... man they look so much alike!! :)
Thank you Juarez family for allowing me to be a part of your life... I truly and honored and LOVE these little guys!
We are SO excited to start sharing our new project that we have been working on for this year for the blog! We decided to get in contact with past wedding couples and ask them a few questions about their love story, the big day and what is new in their life, plus a little advice for future couples. To make the post even more special for our couples we are going to be posting their answers on their anniversary day. To start us off we have our first couple Matthew and Leeann, who are busy with their own business and soon to be two children! ............................................................ What are your names? Matthew + Leeann Dearing What is your anniversary date? March 8th, 2008 How long have you now been married? Almost 6 years! We'd love to share with everyone how you met, can you tell that story? Leeann: Well, we're both actors and acting coaches, so we met on stage. Seems fitting. At the time Matthew ran a black box studio on the west side of Phoenix, and I auditioned for him! Matthew: Yeah, that's true. I ended up casting her as my "leading lady" in the play. I guess you could say I liked her in the role so much, that I decided (8 months later) to ask her to play the part permanently. And of course we have to tell everyone how you got engaged... it's our favorite part; please share! Leeann: It was hands down the biggest surprise of my LIFE! At that point we both already knew we were "in it to win it", so I thought that a proposal might be coming in the next 6 months to a year! Matthew: I like to catch her off-guard. That's how I roll. Leeann: So we went for a hike up Lookout Mountain. Hiking is one of our couple things that we do habitually. So I had my hair in a pony tail, no makeup, thought we were just going for a workout...and then we got to the top of the mountain at sunset. And I was admiring the view and then Matthew said "turn around". And I just knew it was happening. Matthew: I was down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. And she cried and laughed. It was the best reaction I could have hoped for. When we got down to the bottom of the mountain, my family was waiting for us. They pelted us with rice or marshmallows or something. It was perfect. Please tell us about your wedding? What were some of the details? Where was it? What were your favorite parts? Leeann: Our wedding was held in a Catholic church (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in Old Town Scottsdale. Matthew: It's an important church to my family. My uncle is a former Bishop of Arizona and my grandmother conducts the choir for OLPH. It's got a lot of sentimental value for us. Leeann: We were so blessed to have our wedding be a real family event. Matthew's grandmother had a full choir singing at our wedding, which was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony. Gave me chills! Matthew: Then the reception was in old town Chandler at the San Marcos Plaza ballroom. It was really special. Leeann: I fell in love with the chandeliers! And the white baby grand piano that I played during the evening. It was the perfect choice for us. What is the best memory you have from your wedding day? Matthew: Just seeing her walk down the aisle. I was completely overcome. Fine, I'll say it. I bawled like a baby. Leeann: I have two. Can I have two? One was praying with my father before I walked down the aisle, and the other was seeing Matthew at the end of the long walk down to the alter. Oh my goodness. There are no words. Of course we have to hear about your pictures, since we were your photographers. What was it like having Kimberly photograph your wedding? What do you remember most about your photography? What is your favorite picture to this day? Leeann: Kimberly was fantastic! I'm such a fan. I fell in love with her photography when I saw a friend's wedding pictures, and I knew I had to have her. Matthew: It's true. She did. Leeann: She tells your wedding day story through photographs. And she's just so knowledgable and skilled at what she does that truly, she doesn't miss a thing. Matthew: Another thing I appreciated was how invisible she was. She got the most amazing pictures, but she was never in any one's face, never blocking the view of the ceremony. Our company (The Dearing Acting Studio) does event coverage, so I appreciate how hard it is to accomplish that! Leeann: Favorite picture? That's hard. I think I love the one of Matthew and I walking through the Chandler streets holding hands. But I also really love the one where I'm doing the ugly cry face with my dad. Matthew: Don't say that about my bride! I agree. I think I like the one of us walking holding hands the best. There were so many good ones. Now that your wedding is over, what is the one thing you look back on and are so thankful that you did? Leeann: To be honest (and I TOTALLY get why lots of couples choose to do reveals), but for us it was so special to wait to have Matthew see me for the first time that day walking down the aisle. It was so emotional and beautiful. I'll never forget that moment. Matthew: I agree with that. And I have to say I'm also so grateful for the time we took getting pictures of Leeann and I with our bridal party. We had so much fun with those group shots. Kimberly is very creative. How has life changed since your wedding day, please fill us in on all the details (moves, kids, new houses, promotions, etc). Matthew: Well, Leeann and I are both actors, as we mentioned. We do commercial and television work for a living. But we also started a business together when we were engaged (DearingStudio.com ) That's really grown and taken off in an incredible way. We love that we not only get to act for a living, but get to coach and train other actors to follow their dreams. Leeann: Yeah, we're really blessed to get to do what we do! We work with kids starting at age four and up! Some of our students are just trying to build confidence and find a creative outlet, and others end up taking on acting as a career. We help place talent with the right agency, and offer really fun movie camps and performance opportunities. I love commercial acting, and that's been a lot of my work this past year or so. It doesn't require the same time commitment that film does, so that allows me to be home more with my son! Matthew: Then on the weekends, we perform in a comedy show at our studio together. It's a family friendly Improv show every Saturday night at 7pm. (ChaosComedy.com) If you have kids can you please share with us about them... we LOVE to hear fun kid stories. Leeann: We had our beautiful son Jack on March 24th, 2012. He's just unreal, and we adore him. Jack is really bright, funny and very sensitive. Matthew: He is just so much fun. The faces that kid makes... Leeann: And in March of this year (with a due date of March 24th, to be exact) Jack's little sister is due to join our family! We're so excited to be adding a daughter to our family, and to see Jack with a sibling. Do you have any updated pictures? Tell us about this picture that you are sending to us. Leeann: This is our Christmas card! I was maybe 19 weeks pregnant here? I'm much bigger now! When you were newly weds did you picture this would be your life, this many years after your wedding? Matthew: I would say "yes". Yes, and at the same time it's even better than you imagine it. You can't possible dream of what's it's like to grow deeper in love with the person you marry, or what it feels like to build a family together until you're there. If you were to go back in time and tell your newly engaged selves one thing, what would it be? Leeann: I would say to remember that the purpose of marriage is not to make you happy. Marriage is about loving someone else more than you love yourself! We want our marriage to glorify God, and to bring us closer to Him, and that's only done by continual daily sacrifice. Do you have any advice for new bride and grooms? Matthew: Never stop dating each other. That's a big one. Leeann: Huge! And I would also say not to be afraid of the challenges that come up. Matthew: Yeah. I think that so many people get freaked out when marriage feels difficult for a minute. You're going to disagree sometimes, but there's freedom in remembering that love is a daily choice. Leeann: And the blessings that come from that kind of dedicated love are immeasurable.
Main Photographer: Kimberly Jarman // 2nd Photographer: Elise // 3rd Photographer: Kayla // Assistant: LaurenLisa & Adam's wedding day was truly a labor of love. Adam's mom, Kathy, was the mastermind behind it all, and created a such a memorable day for both of them. She volunteered her own home for the celebration (which she actually designed herself many years ago!), planned the day, did all the decorations, constructed the beautiful tent they stood under during the ceremony, and SO much more. Even the morning of the wedding, when the mother of the groom should normally be sitting back and getting pampered, she was running around, putting the finishing touches on everything. The very definition of a super mom! What she put into the day was definitely returned by the love Adam & Lisa clearly felt for each other and the appreciation of everyone that helped them get their beautiful day. From the moment they were getting ready, right down to the second that the cake was smashed in their faces...there were countless tender, sweet, and playful moments between these two. Their first look was held outside of Adam's parents house in Fountain Hills, and then we hopped in the car and captured the beautiful views and amenities that the city has to offer. Before long it was time to pronounce these two husband and wife, and even though Adam had seen Lisa only 30 minutes earlier, he still became emotion when he saw his bride walking down the aisle towards him. The Officiant was an entertainer (also providing the music for the wedding)/officiant and gave the ceremony a nice personal touch - the tissues were brought out quite frequently to wipe away so many happy tears! After everything was official, it was time to eat and party. Adam and Lisa had a cigar bar for their guests to enjoy and at least 10 different kinds of cake (each one was so delicious!). Their October 26th wedding definitely screamed fall with autumn colors woven throughout all the decorations. In no time at all everyone was on the dance floor and enjoying the evening - one of the most important things to Adan & Lisa. And although we did not stay long enough into the evening to witness it, we DID see a Facebook video of these two leaping into the pool at the end of the night - tux, wedding dress, and all!
We are SO excited to be able to show off our associate, Emily's wedding today. Mike & Erin sealed the deal at the gorgeous Sanctuary Resort this past November - it was a beautiful wedding! Erin and Mike had fun-filled yet emotional wedding day, with lots of tears shed and laughs erupting from their ever-smiling faces. We sure do love to see such wonderful people enjoying the happiest day of their life! Congratulations, Erin & Mike!
And thank you, Emily, for capturing it all so beautifully.
Emily (lead photographer) // Jennifer (2nd photographer) // Dacia (Assistant)
Venue: The Sanctuary // Florist: Flowers by Jodi // Hair & Makeup Artist: Park Avenue Blowdry and Beauty Bar // DJ: Jeremy w/ Ray the DJ //Officiant: Phil Waring // Cake Artist: Cake Classic Cake and Confections