Frank & Jen’s Gainey Ranch Golf Club wedding day was perfection. What we thought would be a typical sweltering July day in Scottsdale ended up being a delicate balance of beating a wild storm and staying cool. The drive from the church to the reception dumped buckets of rain and I was just a little worried we wouldn’t have any time for photos of the newlyweds. Well, the storm gave us a break from the sun and the light breeze was the perfect refreshment during portrait time. I have so many favorites from this beautiful day, sharing just a few quick sneak peeks below! More to come!
Alyssa and Steven decided on their beloved alma mater for their engagement session and I don’t think they could have chosen a more perfect place. Their University of Arizona engagement session was so much fun to capture! Their love began here, has seen late nights studying, undergraduate to medical school, and the exciting days of planning the perfect wedding day!
I’d never been through the University of Arizona campus and it reminded me of the stately and beautiful college campuses I love back east! Everything was in bloom, which is evident from so many of their photos below! These two have a playful chemistry which was not only fun to capture but just to be around!
I had a wonderful time capturing Alyssa & Steven’s love, especially in a place so near and dear to their hearts, they are wildcats through and through! I’m counting down the days to capturing their Scottsdale wedding this Fall!
Below are some of my favorites from their session, I hope my work takes me back to this beautiful campus again, to capture more sweethearts in love, some time soon!
Courtney and Ken’s lakeside Pinetop wedding was the perfect day. Perfect in that they celebrated their love in a beautiful setting surrounded by family and friends. When I met Courtney to discuss her timeline (and grab a beer!) about a month or so before her wedding she arrived with a HUGE binder. This girl was prepared! But sometimes things can go a little haywire during a wedding day, in fact, I try to prep my brides and grooms by telling them that something WILL go wrong.
Sometimes its something small like a broken boutonniere, or a missing chair or two. Sometimes makeup takes a little longer than expected. I believe that preparing couples for what could go wrong helps them anticipate a small snafu here and there. Courtney and Ken’s snafu would be that the cabin Courtney had been getting ready in (with all of her and her bridesmaid’s belongings) caught on fire during family photos.
Their amazing families had helped with so many details during the day. Which meant that their full attention went to alerting the venue coordinators and assisting in any way! I calmly turned to Courtney and said “you’re out here, your husband is out here, and your families are out here, everything is going to be just fine”. Courtney agreed and we just let the small fire play out, of course with the help of the amazing firemen and women of Pinetop. Courtney told me she’d never forget that moment. Although it wasn’t anything she could have planned for, we documented it as it was part of her wedding day. You’ll notice a photo below of Courtney & Ken with the firefighters who saved the day!
It’s hard to believe that the bridal portraits of Courtney are taken while the fire was being extinguished just 100 feet away. These are my all time favorite bridal portraits. Courtney you are so beautiful, both inside and out! You’ll also notice that Courtney & Ken honored their grandmothers in such a sweet way. Having them as flower grandmas over flower girls was the cutest thing. I could not get enough of this and loved getting to know their grandmothers and families. They also had a drink canoe, which is just what you do when you have a lakeside wedding in the beautiful pines of Northern Arizona! How cool is that? Reliving all of the beauty that was Courtney & Ken’s lakeside Pinetop wedding below! <3
This El Chorro wedding. All things that are good. A sweet touch of Christmas. All the heart eyes and love on this amazing day! My beautiful friend Marisa Belle had me along to second shoot for her and it was my first time at El Chorro. It was perfect! I’m sharing all of my favorites below, so much detail and thought went into making Brennan & Aaron’s perfect wedding day and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to assist my amazing friend!
Today I’m sharing Katelyn & Jonathan’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement session! These two were so sweet together, their love is playful, delicate, and warm. Some couples just have that magic chemistry that makes my job a little easier, and these two have got it! It’s a beautiful thing to witness, and I love that my job//passion//dream career allows me to witness couples during their engagement session and their wedding day!
Katelyn and Jonathan drove all the way from Havasu for me to capture their engagement photos and they also shared that they were picking up a new puppy while in town! I think I’ve commented on all of little Leo’s Instagram pictures since they brought him home! I had a wonderful time getting to know this sweet couple and my time with them makes me even more so excited for their wedding next January! Now if only I can convince them that they need Leo to be the ring bearer!
Frank & Jen, where to begin! I’m featuring all of my favorites from their Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement session below. But first, a little back story on this beautiful couple. I remember leaving our coffee consultation thinking “please, please pick me”! These two are so down to earth and know exactly what they want on their wedding day! They shared with me about their sweet little family and that they just want to have a big party with friends and family from all over the US! Yes!
While talking over locations for their engagement session they decided on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum which is literally one of my favorite places. It’s usually a bit cooler than Phoenix, and its so green! So many little nooks and fun spots, it can be busy with hikers and guests, but it’s typically pretty private! I love this place and I love this sweet couple who have hearts of gold. I am so excited to capture their wedding in July! Yes, July! What’s a little heat when you are this in love?! <3 Oh, and that gorgeous ring below? It’s a fifth generation diamond, each lady who has worn it has been able to design a custom band, while wearing a family heirloom. Isn’t that amazing?!
An Agritopia engagement session has been on my must-do list for what seems like forever, so when Katy mentioned somewhere that felt a little Southern, a lightbulb went off! I love this place for so many reasons, it’s super close to home, it’s very versatile, and it’s got charm (case in point – the hidden heart in one of these photos)! Also, you can rent garden beds here and grow your own veggies & herbs; how cool is that?! Add in a super in love and adorable couple, and it’s kind of the perfect spot, wouldn’t you say?
Katy and Caleb have a playful kind of love, which made capturing them with my camera a breeze. They also have a super sweet proposal story which you can read all about over on How He Asked! You can just see it all over Katy’s face how happy Caleb makes her! Below I’m sharing all of my favorites from our time together at Agritopia, and I think my only regret was not ending our session with date shakes from Joe’s Farm Grill! While I’m anxiously awaiting November to photograph these two again, I’m just as excited to share these. <3
This Gather Estate styled wedding was so much fun to capture! Gather Estate is the cutest little spot to hold your wedding day, so pretty and a very relaxed environment. So many wonderful vendors came together to create the perfect styled wedding. I love meeting up with other creatives and photographers to capture styled shoots. Its a chance to see old friends and meet new ones, and a chance to capture a styled wedding where vendors pour their hearts into the perfect day! This styled shoot was extra special as we had a bride and groom, anniversary session, and engaged couple to capture! Any chance to photograph couples in love makes my heart sing! All incredible vendors tagged below, now enjoy some scrolling to see all of my favorites! <3
Blog posts are the hardest thing to write sometimes. I get to spend the most important moments with my clients and document them. Often when it comes time to find the words to express the love I witnessed, I’m left searching. Luckily, I have these moments captured in time and I can share the love and warmth shared in photographs. Emily and Curtis are just the sweetest couple, and they had a memorable Casa Grande wedding! Their love has grown over the years to include new careers, a cross-country move, and the start of law school. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for a man that makes such a big move to be with his love. <3
When Emily and I first met for coffee to discuss her wedding day she was about to start law school. She was poised and so organized, and she brought the sweetest little gift for my baby girl. I cried on the car ride home, how thoughtful and sweet, amongst a crazy busy time in her own life! Hearing her chat about her vision for her day and her love for Curtis had me so excited to be a part of their wedding!
Emily was so excited for me to meet Curtis, and when we met for their engagement photos I could tell why. The love between these two is truly something special! Curtis and Emily both light up around each other and their session seemed more like a happy date that I was invited along to document. Fast forward to their wedding day which was the perfect display of their love for God, their family, and their friends. Emily shared the sweetest first look with her dad and opted for a prayer with Curtis. Emily and Curtis’ wedding day felt like one big celebration of joy and love and I am so thankful to them for choosing me to capture it! Here are just a few of my favorites below! <3
These two! Models, I tell ya! I had the best time photographing Ashley and Nick for their Papago Park engagement photos. They needed very little posing and coaching and are just the sweetest! We had originally planned to go to The Desert Botanical Gardens and despite Ashley securing tickets and me calling to confirm there was no private event, it ended up closing early to accommodate a private party. My heart sank when I saw that sign! I promptly called Ashley and she was just the coolest and most laid back while changing our location. We decided on Papago Park, which is just across the street and we had a great time wandering into the park! Ashley & Nick have the perfect fall wedding planned at The Wright House in October and if these photos are any indication of the love and laughter to come, I know their day will be just perfect! October can’t come soon enough!