Toni + Bryan = Blackstone Country Club in Peoria, Arizona


Bryan's brother Andrew is one of my best friends and I've know their family for years.  They are in fact, my family.  

Some of you know that I moved to South Africa right before my freshman year of high school and lived there for 4 years.  What you may not know is that I would come back to St. Louis to spend my summers. For some incredibly strange reason, Bryan's family took me in as one of their own for 3 months out of the year.  It's scary to think about the tab I ran up between meals, long hot showers, and family vacations.  Taking in a strange American African boy during his teen years  says a lot about the love, openness, and character of this family.  

This trip was as much a reunion with extended family as it was a destination wedding for me.  It's been a long time since I've gotten to be in one place with some of my favorite people in the world, so naturally I had to bring my beautiful wife Lacy along for the trip.  

Most of my memories of Bryan are from when he was 8 - 12 years old. Even though we've been separated by time and distance over the years he's always been a little brother to me.  This is why I couldn't wait to meet Toni, his beautiful bride.  I have to say that they are a perfect match for each other.  Bryan and Toni are both admittedly a little strange, which is my cup of tea because even though Lacy and I hide it well, we are in the same boat. 

The wedding was at a beautiful country club in Arizona called Blackstone.  This is an absolutely gorgeous venue and I loved being able to shoot there.  It was such a blessing to be able to reconnect with my family and make new connections with Toni's wonderful family.  I couldn't be happier for you guys and thank you so much for inviting me to Arizona to take a few photos.