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Brittany & Russell 08.08.09

With each wedding there are challenges, discoveries, and the unknown. With this being the standard we’re usually good for any complexities a wedding day can throw at us. However with Brittany & Russell, I knew we would be faced with the next level. When we first met the happy young couple we talked at length about the plans for their wedding day. Most things were standard procedure, the dress, the shoes, the guys & girls, but then there was the case at Brittany’s mother, who’s chair we would be visiting on the wedding day at the National Memorial. Possibly one of the greatest, and most important challenges we’ve ever been faced with, documenting the journey of young girl visiting her mothers memorial on her wedding day. The relationship we have with our clients is vital to capture the intimacy shared throughout the wedding day, and when I found out about Brittany’s situation “it got a little dusty in the room”.

While we were the “hired professionals” Brittany & Russell remained cool, calm, & mature beyond their years. Their wedding day was filled with joy, laughter, dancing, crying, and most of all striving together. Their wedding seemed more than a union, but a triumph of over many more struggles than I will likely know in this life. So amazed by the opportunities we have when we enter into a day in the life of our clients.

Dress provided by: Moliere Bridal

Florist: Oh So Blush

Cake: Johnnie’s Sweet Creations

Venue: Santa Fe Train Depot

Hair & Makeup: Regina Ellis

Catering: Bricktown Catering

DJ: Dance Party Solutions

Transportation: Paris Limo’s







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Shylee - September 29, 2009 - 12:43 pm

Love the pictures can’t wait to see the rest

Sarah - September 29, 2009 - 12:37 pm

Brittany You look so pretty Love the pictures of Aubrey

Ashley - September 29, 2009 - 5:35 am

Yea B Montoya!!!! You are beautiful! The memorial pics are amazing, so special. love you

zach - September 29, 2009 - 5:31 am

so cute! happy for you two!!

Tyler - September 23, 2009 - 7:42 pm

Pictures look great. Especially the one where we look all mafia awesome with you on the couch.

Ashika Shrestha - September 23, 2009 - 5:08 pm

Awesome pics. U guys look great.

Rachael - September 21, 2009 - 11:23 am


Deanna - September 21, 2009 - 11:22 am


Winona - September 21, 2009 - 11:21 am


Tisa - September 21, 2009 - 11:20 am


Kendra - September 21, 2009 - 11:17 am

Your pictures are beautiful…

Mercy Ultrasound - September 21, 2009 - 10:45 am

Beautiful wedding. Love the sofa pics. Congrats!!!

Alecia - September 19, 2009 - 8:53 pm

Beautiful pictures! I’m so happy for you both!

Ashley Hunnicutt - September 19, 2009 - 8:51 pm

The pictures are really good. The wedding was a blast!!

Randy - September 19, 2009 - 8:48 pm

the pictures look great! nice job.

Teresa Medrano - September 18, 2009 - 7:42 pm

These pictures are magazine material!

Gines - September 17, 2009 - 10:50 pm

Mr & Mrs Russell Montoya!!!! I am so happy for you both! Everything looked amazing! Adrian and I wish we could of made it…and we’re so sorry.. but we both congratulate you on the begining of forever together!
Everyone looked amazing! Brittany you were a beautiful bride! Russell You were a very handsome HAPPY groom!! BABIIII TIME :D xo

Johnny Spear - September 17, 2009 - 9:01 pm

pictures are great. really liked the black and white’s at the memorial. love you guys!

suzie spear - September 17, 2009 - 8:18 pm

Brittany, I love these pictures! The memorial pictures made me cry! Your mom would be proud! Love you!

Heather - September 17, 2009 - 7:22 pm

Brittany and Russell – Congratulations on your marriage! I am so happy for you guys and I love your wedding photos! Thanks for sharing!

Regina Montoya - September 17, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Russell and Brittany, I am so proud of both of you. I tell everyone that even more important than how elegant you look, you are such good people. I am honored to be a part of your live.
Love, Mom

Christy Ridge - September 16, 2009 - 6:18 pm

Great pics! You two look so cute together!

Yolanda Duffey - September 16, 2009 - 1:47 pm

Awesome pics! They all turned out great! Can’t wait to see you guys

Heather Sanders - September 16, 2009 - 1:45 pm

these pics are absolutely amazing. i teared up a little on the memorial pics. i love them!!! i’m so happy for you both. love you guys!!

Brooke - September 16, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Brittany-these pics are great and you look gorgeous! Especially of Janell and the girls in the background. Love them all!

Dorothy Ray - September 15, 2009 - 7:17 am

Brittany your wedding was so beautiful, There was not a dry eye in the church. The pictures are amazing, the photographer did such a great job. I am so happy for you and russell. Sweetheart your mom would be so proud of you and happy for you. I hope your future will be filled with more laughter and less tears,I love you.

Briana Shirley - September 14, 2009 - 12:58 pm

Brittany your wedding was amazing and you looked so beautiful! I love you (I teared up lookin at these)

Tad Nowicki - September 14, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Well….. these pics are good, but one would have been great if they had caught that person whos cell phone went off!

Big sister Tiffany - September 14, 2009 - 9:01 am

I LOVE the pictures. Real life would have been better but I’ve enjoyed looking at each one. You make a beautiful couple. What was she laughing so hard at at the reception? Geez!! It must have been good! ;-)

Desarae Gilmore - September 13, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Oh my gosh Britt! While looking at these pictures i immediately started crying. U look absolutely amazing as does russell. Seeing your moms chair and u standing beside it is amazing. I know she was smiling down at u looking at how amazing her daughter has become. I love you as more than a friend britt u will always be my family. Congrats to u and russell.

didre park - September 11, 2009 - 1:52 pm

i love the pics, great job!!!! beautiful wedding!!

Janell Burch - September 11, 2009 - 11:59 am

Awesome pics!! You and Russell look stunning! I had a blast!

Elicia Ray - September 11, 2009 - 11:58 am

Brittany – you look beautiful!! I love the dress. These are some cool pictures.

Ashley Leonard - September 10, 2009 - 4:44 pm

These are too cute! I wish I could have been there!

Aunt Lana - September 10, 2009 - 3:30 pm

Brittany and Russel, I loved the pictures and have showed them to everyone. My wish for you is that you will always be as happy as you were on your wedding day. I love you.

Stacey - September 10, 2009 - 2:48 pm

Pictures are AWESOME!!!

Joanne - September 10, 2009 - 11:04 am

I can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures! What a fun day!!

Alexis - September 9, 2009 - 8:47 pm

Gorgeous pictures! And yes, I did tear up with the memorial shots…they were done so tastefully!

Stephanie - September 9, 2009 - 8:38 pm

I love your pictures!

Jill - September 9, 2009 - 7:48 pm

These pictures are sooo cute!! Congrats and Good Luck to you guys in the future.

Lauren Buchanan - September 9, 2009 - 7:20 pm

These pictures are absolutely beautiful, the lighting is just amazing and i really do not know how you are going to choose which ones to get! (fyi probably don’t get the hideous one of me looking pregnant and brittney looking like an ostrich)Anyways the wedding was gorgeous and soo much fun i wish the very best to you both!

Tiffany - September 9, 2009 - 7:18 pm

The pictures a beautiful. I have to admit the memorial ones made me tear up. Congratulations!

Stephanie - September 9, 2009 - 7:04 pm

LOVE the pictures they are wonderful! These pictures really show your personalities and how happy you make each other!

Lyndsey - September 9, 2009 - 7:02 pm

I loved them all! They made me cry! You were a beautiful bride, and you have a very handsome husband! These are some of the best wedding pics that I have ever seen done! I love the way that you incorporated your mom in your big day…so sweet!! Many years of happiness and love to you both!!!

Lesia Pollard - September 9, 2009 - 6:26 pm

Oh Britters….. I am speechless. These photographs capture the essence of who you are. Your husband is so handsome and obviously very in love with you! The way you look at him and the strength you draw from him is pure poetry. The blessing upon your union is felt by all because of these beautiful candid shots. I will recommend Traina Photography to everyone I know as well as be directing them to this website! So, so happy for you and Russell !!

Christy - September 9, 2009 - 5:49 pm

The pictures are beautiful! It was such a fun wedding.

Lauren Pelfrey - September 9, 2009 - 5:46 pm

These pictures are beautiful.. its obvious how happy you guys make eachother.. i wish you guys the best!

Ashley - September 9, 2009 - 5:39 pm

These are absolutely gorgeous!!! The wedding was so beautiful and tons of fun!! Congrats again to you both!!!

Sherry Pelfrey - September 9, 2009 - 5:31 pm

Brittany and Russell….There are no words to describe how wonderful these photos are. They completly capture the beauty of your wedding and the many emotions felt by all who love you.

Laura - September 9, 2009 - 5:04 pm

Great pics. Love them all!!

Darcy - September 9, 2009 - 10:42 am

Absolutely LOVED every pic! What a gorgeous couple!

JESSICA - September 9, 2009 - 7:08 am

Hey Russell and Brittany! Your pictures look amazing!! And the memorial pictures made Tara and I tear up while we were looking at them in class!! AWESOME pictures!!

Tara - September 9, 2009 - 7:08 am

Your wedding photos are absolutely beautiful!!!

Teresa - September 9, 2009 - 6:09 am

Pictures Look Great!

Katy - September 8, 2009 - 7:46 pm

These pictures are very classic! Love them!

Brian - September 8, 2009 - 7:40 pm

The pictures are great. They really captured the mood on that dance floor. Of course I was out there!

Jenny - September 8, 2009 - 6:57 pm

Your wedding pictures are so great! Congrats!!

Tori - September 8, 2009 - 6:03 pm

Your pictures turned out so beautiful! It was a beautiful evening captured on film.

Sarah - September 8, 2009 - 4:57 pm

I saw the pics first on Facebook but then wanted to visit your blog to get the story behind the photos at the memorial. Such a sad yet special moment… I don’t even know them and you made me cry.

Donna - September 7, 2009 - 12:24 am

Beautiful pictures!! Love the details and the way you guys captured all the emotion!

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