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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Wedding – Sheridan & Tyler

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What an incredible day for Sheridan & Tyler’s Loews Ventana Canyon Resort wedding photos! This was the first ceremony the resort has had out on the green and I’d say it was well worth it! The views were incredible and the setting sun was simply beautiful.

I asked them each to tell me about how they met and when they knew each other was the one:

Sheridan: Tyler and I have known each other and have been friends since the 6th grade. We both grew up playing soccer for the same club. In the eighth grade, we actually “dated” and were one another’s first kiss, but I got scared and we broke up (oops). We always remained in the same friend group though, and really started dating again our senior year of high school. Tyler asked me on a dinner date, and then I asked him that night to the Sadie Hawkins Homecoming Dance. We have been together ever since!

It may sound cliche, but for me, the night of our first date senior year when Tyler kissed me, I just knew something was different with him. I knew him pretty well as a person through our long-time friendship, but as we grew closer as a couple, he continued to amaze me in how incredible of a person he really is.

Tyler: I don’t think there was a single moment that I can pinpoint, but during our freshman year of college we took a break for a month. I realized I was an idiot for breaking up with her, and I didn’t want to be without her.

So happy for you two! Congrats!

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El Chorro Wedding – Brea & Neil

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Brea & Neil’s El Chorro wedding photos turned out so beautifully!  Al fresco weddings are my specialty.  I was thrilled when they told me their reception was going to be held on El Chorro’s Casa Paloma lawn.  I mean just look at those views of Camelback Mountain!  The weather was absolutely perfect, everyone was so kind and genuine, and it was the perfect way to kick off my fall wedding season.

I asked them each to tell me about a favorite memory from when they first started dating:

Brea: I remember the first time I drove up to San Luis Obispo (where Neil was finishing up college). He lived with 5 other guys in a house that I wouldn’t even call “Fratty,” because that is a compliment compared to this place. I found out later that they had a serious dirty dishes problem. Neil had spent 2 hours the day I got there cleaning all of them and putting them away. He says that he’ll never forget the smell. I had never had anyone go out of their way and try to impress me like that. 

Neil: One of our first trips together was to San Francisco. We decided to drive together from Santa Maria, CA (my hometown), and drive up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to San Francisco for New Years. For those who don’t know, taking PCH doubles or triples the drive time, so this was quite the commitment. We stopped by Hearst Castle along the way and took a tour. Brea brought along a playlist she had made. “American Girl” by Tom Petty came on the list. Brea did not realize that this was my favorite song. So there I was with my favorite person, driving some of my favorite coastline, after leaving one of my favorite places (Hearst Castle), and listening to my favorite song. This will always be a special moment for me.

Congrats to you both!

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Desert Botanical Garden Engagement – Mara & George

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A quick flight out from their home in Dallas and Mara & George’s Desert Botanical Garden engagement photos were in the books!

I asked them to tell me the story of how they met:

It was early 2013 in Tempe, Arizona at a going away happy hour for one of George’s coworkers. Mara had plans to hang out with a friend who was going to the event and they decided to stop by. Mara spotted George from across the restaurant and asked her friend make the introduction. Despite George and Mara both working at the US Airways headquarters a few floors apart, they hadn’t ever seen each other until then. For two weeks, George didn’t give in to Mara’s advances, even when she showered him with Valentine’s Day candy, the prospect of a mid-day frozen yogurt date, and what can only be described in hindsight as overtly obvious signals.

Serendipity, however, struck again when Mara and George, unbeknownst to each other, happened to both volunteer for the same Care Team training class, and became partners that had to perform together in front of the whole class. The chemistry was palpable and finally the boy came to his senses. George came up with a cheeky message to her work email (he still didn’t have her phone number), asking Mara to join him at the pool, and she said yes. Before she left the pool that day, George asked Mara if he could take her on a proper date and the rest is history.

So excited for their wedding in January at The Paseo!

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Sedona Engagement – Jade & Bobby

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It was an unseasonably warm day even for Sedona engagement photos, but Jade & Bobby rocked it.  I asked Jade to tell me about how they met and got engaged:

“Bobby and I first met while working in the emergency department. He was so nice to me when I was new, but I thought he was seeing someone at the time! I ended up leaving for three months on a travel nursing assignment. When I came back, he showed up to my birthday party. We exchanged numbers and the rest is history.

We got engaged in Maui this April. We were wandering along the coastline checking out the different beaches when Bobby pointed out a grassy alcove that overlooked the shore. He was saying extra sweet things, but I was shocked when he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring! It was perfect.”

So excited for your intimate ceremony at San Francisco City Hall this fall!

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Heirloom Wedding Albums

Introducing my new heirloom wedding albums, available to all my past, current, and future couples!  The luxurious, custom, handmade wedding albums are to be treasured as your first family heirloom.  Featuring a vellum overlay with your names and wedding date, your names in gold foil on the linen cover fabric, and archival, giclee fine art prints mounted to durable pages, these albums are a sophisticated, bespoke piece of fine art to be handed down to your future generations.

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