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Brea & Neil – Papago Park Engagement

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Loved spending the afternoon with these two during their Papago Park engagement photos!  I asked them each to tell me about Neil’s proposal:

Neil:  We went to the Omni Montelucia for a “staycation” and attended happy hour (one of our favorite pastimes) before having dinner at Prado, where we drank a bottle of Arizona wine.  After dinner, we enjoyed a beautiful desert sunset before walking back to our room.  The stairs up to the second floor opened up to a deck with an excellent view of Camelback Mountain and the desert sunset.  I pulled the ring out of my pocket and asked her to marry me.  The next morning we had a spa day before returning back home.

Brea:  We had talked about getting married and had a pretty solid timeline set.  I had a slight feeling that the proposal might happen that night, but didn’t want to expect anything.  I didn’t want to be upset if it didn’t happen and it was still a lovely evening.  I was quite surprised when he did ask me though!  The funny thing is that Neil says he slept so well that night because he was so relieved, but I barely slept because I just kept thinking of all the things we now had to do! 

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Tulli & David – Troon Country Club Wedding

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Simple, classic and romantic can only describe Tulli & David’s Troon Country Club wedding.  So much love and happiness surrounded by family & friends…it was an honor to be a part of it!

I asked each of them to tell me when they knew each other was “the one” and to share one of their favorite early dating memories.

David:  I knew Tulli was the one very early on.  Tulli was so unlike every other girl I had met at college; she was down to earth, funny, smart, and beautiful.  She also had amazing perspective, which was due in part because she worked two jobs to support herself through college all on her own.

Tulli:  I was more focused on the social aspect of school before I met David.  When I met him, I started wanting to change my focus to my grades and doing well in school.  I had never dated anyone who made me want to be a better person.  When I realized it was his influence on me to do better and reach my full potential, I knew he was the one! 

One of our favorite memories was the summer before we moved to DC.  We visited the city and went to visit all the memorials late at night when no one was around.  We brought a bottle of wine and walked the Mall, stopping to look at the sights and enjoy the beauty of everything.  Being at the Lincoln memorial late at night when there is no one around is breathtaking!  It was a special night for us. 

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Planning Sandy Walker, In Awe Weddings and Events | Venue Troon Country Club | Floral The Flower Studio | Hair & Makeup – Jessi Nagy | Cupcakes Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | DJ Got You Covered | Gown Allure Bridals via Lillian Lottie Couture | Groom HUGO BOSS | Strings Celebration String Quartet | Photo Booth The Arizona Photo Booth Company | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Chelsea & Ryan – Desert Maternity

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Chelsea & Ryan asked me to capture their desert maternity photos for them and their one request was lots of cactus!  What a treat to see my past wedding couples starting their families.  I love when my couples embrace the beauty of the open desert.  Especially when they are up for a little adventure and trekking off the trail.  So excited for Chelsea & Ryan’s exciting new stage of life!

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Hair & Makeup Jessica Fierro | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Michelle & Tom – Phoenician Engagement

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Michelle & Tom wanted a lush, green feel for their Phoenician engagement photos and we had the perfect day for it!  These two got engaged at The Phoenician so it holds a special place in their hearts.  They were also nice enough to let me squeeze in some desert photos, too…and the Phoenician has one of the loveliest private cactus gardens, perfect for a session like this.  My clients are the best and I love when they trust me to do my thing!

I asked Michelle to tell me about how Tom proposed:

“There was a New Year’s Eve cocktail party and people were singing to Piano Man.  Five minutes before the ball dropped, Tom asked me to take a walk down to the pool.  We made our way there and as the crowd above rang in the new year, Tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I was surprised and overcome with joy, and said “YES!”  We went back up to the bar to celebrate over a bottle of champagne.”

So excited for your wedding with Tie the Knot by Tessa at Gainey Ranch Golf Club!

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Shawna & Dave – El Chorro Wedding

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Shawna & Dave’s El Chorro wedding photos turned out simply incredible thanks to the stunning couple and the amazing details!  It was crazy hot for a late October wedding but you’d never know it the way these two were smiling all day.  Their family & wedding party were so much fun it made you feel like you just wanted to be friends with all of them and share in their camaraderie.  Congrats to you both!!

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Planning Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events | Venue El Chorro | Floral Sarah’s Garden | Cake Růže Cake House | Band The Instant Classics | Makeup Chanel Warwick | Hair Erin Fink | Invitations & Day of Paper – Shelby Bursley | Gown Watters via Mariée Bridal | Officiant Fr. Jim | Groom Vera Wang | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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