They stood up at their reception. Together. Behind a blush and navy sweetheart table draped with lace linens and succulent flowers in the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North ballroom. He took the microphone from his best friend, who’d just given a testament to his character as a man. His bride, his new wife, was at his side. The intricate detailing in her white dress came alive when the light illuminated it. We can’t say the same about her smile, because things that are always shining don’t need extra illumination. They provide the all the brightness a room needs. He looked to his family on the left, and her family on the right. A hundred hearts hung on words he hadn’t even yet spoken. A hundred pairs of eyes welled up while they watched and waited.

Things that are always shining don’t need extra illumination.

Then, he started. With thanks. With gratitude. For each and every one of them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. But what caught us and caused our eyes to join the parade was this: he recognized the wait staff. The men and women who bring bread, refill waters, and clear plates. The ones who, night after night, weekend after weekend, serve. With their whole heart. With class. And with grace. To make each couple’s wedding as special as the next. They’re intentionally invisible. That’s why they’re the best. But that doesn’t mean

we shouldn’t do our best to be be intentional about making them visible. Which is exactly what he did. By giving them the same, sincere thank you he gave everyone else that night. With such a simple sentiment, yet such a powerful one, he confirmed everything about their character as a couple that we already knew and revealed a timeless truth that we all need to know: out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Or, in other words, beauty doesn’t start on the outside and work its way in. It starts on the inside and works it way out.

Mai and PJ, where do we even begin? From the moment we met you for the first time, your infectious laughter and contagious joyfulness grabbed us… and never let go. Then, we went to The Grand Canyon together. And you brought that laughter and joyfulness, but this time dressed up in a tule skirt and red soles. And. It. Was. Epic. The hikers and tourists stopped and stared at you two longer than they did the real Wonder of the World. And then came your wedding. We didn’t think it could be better, but it was. It has been. Every time we’ve been with you. That, friends, says everything someone needs to know about who you are. We love you both to the Grand Canyon. And back.

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the creative team

Coordinator: Andrea Leslie Weddings

Band: Desert House Productions • Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror • Bride’s Ring: Brown’s South Africa & Cartier • Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin & Klub Nico • Bridesmaids’ Accessories: Cara • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo • Calligraphy/Signs: Freed Hands • Catering: The Four Seasons Troon North • Ceremony Location: St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church • Dessert: The Four Seasons Troon North • Floral Design: Flower Studio • Getting Ready Location: The Four Seasons Troon North • Groom’s Ring: Family Family Heirloom • Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit: Suit Supply • Groom’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin • Groomsmen’s Tuxedo/Suit: Men’s Wearhouse • Hair & Makeup: Allison Pynn • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens • Officiant: Father Anton Tran • Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas • Photographers: Amy & Jordan • Reception Location: The Four Seasons Troon North • Rentals: Us to U Party Rentals • Transportation: Ollie the Trolley

Our Gear: Canon 5D Mark III • Canon 50 1.2 • Canon 85 1.2 • Canon 70-200 2.8 • Canon 100 2.8 • Canon 24-70 2.8 • Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT • Entire Gear List

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6 comments

    Erika Mills

    His and her red soles?!?! Be still my heart! Love this stylish yet classy wedding. Those desert shots make me want to forego my salt water shore and move to dry land!

    Amy & Jordan

    RIGHT?! This couple's taste is ON POINT! We LOVED this day! And maybe we can trade places for a weekend! We wouldn't mind swapping our saguaros for some salt water every once in a while :)

    Mieder Uys

    Absolutely stunning! Well done!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Mieder!! We loved every minute of this one!

    Danie Markgraaff

    Amazing photos of an amazing couple. You guys at Amy & Jordan did a fantastic job. Congratulations.
    We are family of PJ from South Africa and we are so proud of him and May. Wish we could have been there

    Well done and many Blessings

    Danie & Marieta Markgraaff

    Amy & Jordan

    Thanks so much, Danie! Love hearing from you all the way across the ocean! Man an dPJ are such a special couple :)