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We are Grant & Sara Dotson. As a husband and wife team, we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur. We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and helping them feel that they're a part of a partnership. Every client is different, and our photographs seek to reflect each individual personality for truly unforgettable memories.


Photo of Grant: Courtesy of Jamie Weiss. Thanks Jamie!


Giselle & Kevin’s Wedding

Photographing Giselle and Kevin’s wedding was pure pleasure. They were so happy and relaxed, and their First Look was for the books! So sweet and beautiful. Plus who doesn’t love a reception in an airplane hanger…and a plane flight getaway! I loved every detail!

Congratulations to Giselle and Kevin…thank you so much for asking us to be a part of your day.

Enjoy, Giselle and Kevin.

How did you decide on your dress?
I went shopping with my mom, my sister, and my brother Anthony. When I tried this dress on, I couldn’t stop twirling around in it and swishing about the Wedding Boutique in it. It was so light, airy, comfortable and just gorgeous. I felt like it embodied my personality of classy and fun loving. It was probably the second dress I tried on and I just knew it was made for me. :)

What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
Giselle: There is no doubt on this question, my favorite moment was my “First Look/Special Moment” with Kevin. It was just me and him in the sanctuary. He had been standing and looking at the stained glass, facing away from the door. My wedding coordinator led me in, set up my dress and veil, turned on our favorite song, (The book of Love – Peter Gabriel) told kevin to count to ten and turn around. He did what he was told and when he turned around, so many emotions washed over me as I saw him standing there, waiting for me, waiting to become my husband and being so incredibly excited about it. Words cannot describe what that moment meant to me as we just shared all the joy together. It will be something that will be etched in my mind forever. I had been so nervous that morning, but when I saw him standing there, all those feelings just faded away. (And I was super excited for him to see my dress, hair, veil and shoes, since I had kept it all a secret from him.) :)

Kevin: I think Giselle will say that her favorite moment was when we saw each other in the church for the first time before the actual wedding while our song was playing. While I have to say that was my favorite moment as well, to add another one, my other favorite moment was watching walk down the isle with her dad.

What did you enjoy most about planning your wedding?
Giselle: It was difficult for me to plan the wedding, though one of the best parts was getting to hang out with my mom a whole lot :) Sometimes the details were overwhelming, but the most fun part was being able to remind myself that at the end of the day, I would be married to Kevin. That made all the hard work and preparation pale in comparison to the real reason for the day.

Kevin: While I enjoyed planning the wedding from choosing tuxes for me and my boys, researching venues, visiting venue sites, searching for photographers, to selecting items for our registry (all while getting to spend time with Giselle), planning the honeymoon was special for me. I wanted a place we could truly relax, where stress did not exist and we could just enjoy starting life together. I was getting to plan a trip at one of the most meaningful times in our lives. In the end we went to Maui and enjoyed a room right on the beach, the warm calm beaches, snorkeling, mount drives to Haleakala, coastline drives to Hana, para-sailing, zip lining, boating and sunset walks on the beach. It was a dream the whole week and we didn’t want to leave when it was over.

What is your ring like?
My ring is a eternity band that is a circle of diamonds. I wanted something that did not stick out far from my finger and would be fluid with my active lifestyle. It is so sparkly and classy. It is perfect, he did such an amazing job. The story behind this is that I was quite vague as to what I wanted, just not giving much information. So Kevin did some looking on his own and sent my friend a picture of the ring he found. My friend somehow convinced me to look online at various rings and I ended up picking one that I just thought was wonderful, it was my favorite. When I sent it to her, it actually happened to be the exact one that Kevin had picked out for me. So it was meant to be :)

What was your favorite detail of the wedding?
Giselle: Well there are just a few awesome details that I loved….When Kevin surprised me, by singing me a song. I thought I was going to fall over from all the emotion, but it was such a sweet and surprising gesture. I know he was as nervous as I, but managed to do an amazing job….Also, my brothers officiated the wedding and told our story in such a loving way and weaved it into the homily. It was such a fun and personal service….And then my last favorite detail was flying away with Kevin on the plane, it was magical.

Kevin: I thought it was absolutely amazing that Giselle’s dad was able to fly us away in his plane and then to see all our family and friends wave us off as we made a pass by the house.

What are three words you would use to describe your day?
Giselle: Surreal, Ethereal, Unforgettable

Kevin: Best day ever!

What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?
We will be living in southern California for the next couple of years as Kevin finishes his medical residency and I finish anesthesia school. After that…God only knows. :)

September 22, 2011 - 10:41 am Betty Dotson - Sara and Grant, this has to be one of my favorite weddings you have shot. Such an interesting much detail.....and your wonderful pictures captured it all! I am sure the bride and groom are just thrilled with this forever history of their special day.

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