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Live Music at Your Wedding Sets an Elegant and Classy Mood

April 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Many of our couples wonder if they should provide live music at their weddings.  Nathan Jude, singer, songwriter from provides some ideas and reasons to consider live music. 

Why go with a live musician for your wedding/event?


  • A good live musician helps set the mood. When you hire a live musician, they not only enhance the mood by playing the right songs, they also help enhance the by playing the songs with the right tone/energy. Live musicians are able to quickly adapt from high energy to gentle and intimate. These small adjustments make all the difference when trying to create a memorable event.


  • Live musicians give a one-of-a-kind performance. Although many recorded hits are fun to listen to, your audience has heard the songs 100 times before, and will probably hear them 100 times again. When a live musician plays your event, your audience gets to rediscover their favorite songs, because they are being played differently than they have ever heard before.


  • Live music is elegant. There is a reason than the major award shows, high end events, and big fundraisers always feature a live band. Live music conveys elegance. It tells your attendees that you went out of your way to make sure that every aspect of your event was memorable. It conveys that you wanted every detail to be custom-made to fit your desired aesthetic and mood.


Contact Nathan Jude to add a touch of class to your wedding or special event. Check out his samples. They are amazingly beautiful. 

Besame Mucho (Guitar)

The Book of Love (Piano)

Misery (Guitar)

Fly Me To The Moon (Piano)


Olivia | Senior | Hamilton High School | Chandler, Arizona

March 04, 2017  •  2 Comments

On occasion, we get a break from shooting weddings to shoot portrait sessions. This is a recent senior session of Olivia, a high school student from one of our local high schools, Hamilton High School. She has been in Air Force Junior ROTC and on the Drill team for four years.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking walks with her dog, and relaxing.  After she graduates this year from high school she plans to go to Rio Salado Community College to become a dental hygienist.


Q1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ten years from now, I see myself having a stable career in the dental field and starting a loving family. 


Q2. What is your favorite high school memory to date?

My favorite high school memory was going to Nationals with my drill team. 

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Q3. If you were given three wishes, what would they be?

If I was given three wishes, I would wish for a lifetime of wealth, happiness, and good health. 

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Q4. What is your definition of happiness?

My definition of happiness is being stress-free and doing something that I love doing. 

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Q5. If you were given a chance to redo high school, what would you change?

If I was given a chance to redo high school, I would play a sport, make more friends outside of ROTC, and be more outgoing.



From her answers, it looks like this young lady has a good head on her shoulders.  Good luck Olivia, we wish you great success and a bright future ahead!


Stephanie & Bryant | Royal Palms Resort Weddings | Scottsdale, Arizona #werethenussers

February 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On a beautiful fall Saturday in October last year, Stephanie and Bryant married under a great big tree at the Alegria garden of the historic Royal Palms Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their wedding was filled with elegant details presented in bright purple and silver hues.  A fun story on how they met...they loved camping and their worlds collided when Bryant's friends stole Stephanie's campsites. They started hanging out and the rest is history.  These two lovebirds could not have chosen a more romantic setting of the Royal Palms with its old Hollywood setting and the lush beautiful gardens.  It's truly an oasis in the desert. We just love shooting weddings, engagements and other events at this gorgeous venue.
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Love the pin our bride put on her garter.  Her groom Bryant is a fireman. LRI-005NusserSB-10152016LRI-005NusserSB-10152016
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Stephanie and her dad are very close and she decided to have a first look with him. So sweet!

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Check out this ring bearer's adorable purple bow tie.
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Her dad made Stephanie cry as he retold the story of how he would put young Stephanie to bed at night with stories of princesses.  He closed with "You will always be Daddy's little girl." Brought tears to  our beautiful bride's eyes, and mine too!  LRI-032NusserSB-10152016LRI-032NusserSB-10152016
One of the best cake smashes we've seen and sweetly done, you can tell Stephanie can bring it on.  Looks like Bryant found his match indeed. :) Cake smash photos Royal Palms weddingLRI-033NusserSB-10152016 Royal Palms wedding photos garter bouquetBouquet and Garter Toss
An array of after snacks was served to replenish the guests' energies from all the partying and dancing. I truly think this is such a thoughtful part on the bride and groom's families.  LRI-035NusserSB-10152016LRI-035NusserSB-10152016 LRI-036NusserSB-10152016LRI-036NusserSB-10152016 Night wedding photos Phoenix, ArizonaGorgeous wedding photos Royal Palms Resort Wedding photography Royal Palms Resort fountain#werethenussers
Thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as we did!

Wedding Professionals:

Wedding Planner:  Danielle Colleto/ Events by Danielle

Bridal Dress: Brides by Demetrios 

Bridal Party Dresses: White by Vera Wang

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Hair & Make-up: Ieshia Warwick 

Venue, Caterer & Cake: Nora Narkevic | Royal Palms Resort & Spa

Officiant: Fr. Jim Hushek

DJ:  Dan Bare of Ray the DJ

Florist:  Beloved Lily

Guitarist: Brendan Lake

Photo Booth:  Crazy Shotz Photobooth

Videographer: Film Monkey

Photographer:   LightRain Images

Nikki & Sarang Day Four - Reception

January 17, 2017  •  1 Comment

On the evening of Nikki and Sarang’s incredible reception, I walked into the bridal suite as Nikki was finishing the last touches of her hair and make-up by Makiaj Beauty.  She literally took my breath away as she dazzled in her stunning cocktail gown. Sarang looking dapper, sported a dashing deep blue tuxedo to match his beautiful bride.  Months of planning and hard work by the bride’s family and event coordinator extraordinaire, Event Architects, had finally come to fruition and the results were simply breathtaking! From the eight-foot photo booth backdrop of Nikki & Sarang, a photograph from the engagement session we shot in the spring of last year, to the stunning décor inside and outside of the ballroom. Check out the gorgeous details:  the elegant flower-draped wall on the stage, flower canopied sweetheart table,  the Black & White photo cake designed by Chateau Luxe’s Chef Kaushik,  the wishing tree, table décor with three gorgeously designed centerpieces to the dessert station, complete with an array of desserts and an ice cream bar.  Just before their entrance, the bride changed into another dazzling outfit. The evening went on with high energy dance performances from the couple's friends, a special song by the groom’s sister and heartfelt speeches.  Love is literally in the air as the bride and groom were celebrated by their families and friends.  Sarang and Nikki’s love was palpable as they danced their first dance as husband and wife. Guests dined on sumptuous buffets. The party exploded with excitement as 3D Sounds whipped the crowd into a frenzy as they played their music with dazzling lights. It was so much fun to see our couple as they danced with their guests and enjoyed this unforgettable evening.  We hope you enjoyed this multi-post series of this sweet couple’s multi-day celebration. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Koushik! 

Vendor information is included at the end of this post.


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LightRain Images, a Phoenix wedding photographer, captures priceless imagery all around Arizona, the USA, and is available for destination weddings worldwide.

Wedding Professional Vendors:

Venue:  Chateau Luxe
Décor:   Lupe Krikorian
Wedding Planner:  Seema Syed , Event Architects
Henna:  Purvi Galiya, Henna by Purvi
Hair & Make-Up:  Pooja Mehta, Makiaj Beauty
DJ:  Amit Kotecha, 3D Sounds
Videographer:  Skyler Pierpoint, Skypoint Productions
Photographer: Lilet Hamp and team, LightRain Images

Safia + Alyshah | Imperial Dunes, Arizona Engagement Shoot

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Safia & Alyshah's Engagement Shoot at the Dunes

On a cold December afternoon, we ventured out to the dunes for the first time to photograph this sweet couple’s E-session.  We always love collaborating with our clients and encourage ideas to make their dream weddings and engagement shoots come true. The more legendary and epic, the better. So, when Safia and Alyshah came to us with the idea of shooting in the dunes between Arizona and California, we jumped at the chance.  It was fun (albeit a little challenging) to climb the mountains of sand, our feet sinking with each step as we climbed higher and higher to the tops of the steep and sharply carved dunes.  With the drone flying overhead, we captured these priceless moments of our couple having fun enjoying this relaxed special time looking their best in the spectacular and unique landscape.  Like the sands of time, the dunes are endlessly changing and transforming into surreal shapes by the the wind.  


Enjoy the serene, calm and beautiful scenery.  The cold weather, gorgeous sunset, the sea of sand…almost a month to the day and I am still feeling the sand in my shoes and coat.  All worth it of course! Keep scrolling for more photos :)

For the drone footage, see below:

Engagement Photography and Video in the Sand Dunes from LightRain Images on Vimeo.

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On a side note, in his preoccupation flying the drone, Glenn unknowingly dropped his phone and the sand quickly covered it, never to be found. It’s okay, it was time he got a new phone anyway. What a beautiful unique shoot that was! Now we are excited to photograph and film the wedding events of these two lovebirds this weekend!  It’s going to be amazing for sure! J