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Westin La Paloma Wedding – Mozelle & Don

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Mozelle & Don’s Westin La Paloma wedding photos were so incredibly elegant and regal, reflecting their day perfectly. The joining of two big families and cultures, it was a fabulous wedding surrounded by their closest loved ones! I asked Mozelle to tell me about a favorite moment from when they first started dating, and when they knew each other was the one:

“We rekindled our relationship at our friend’s wedding, which Don officiated. The wedding was in San Diego, and it was the first time that we’d really spent more than a couple of hours together. We flew out separately and met up to drive out to the wedding location. We spent the early afternoon together, and it was clear that we’d both missed each other, but we were both still nervous, and terribly excited. The wedding was a perfect venue for us to reconnect, as Don gave a really emotional speech for the couple getting married, and his presence and candor really showed me a different side of him. Finally, as the wedding was small, we spent the entire reception together, without leaving each other’s side, which made us feel really connected, although it was really the first time we’d been together.

There’s a specific moment for the both of us when we were still living apart in different states. Don was living in Chicago at the time and we both had an incredible day in the City, exploring, and just being close to one another. We both felt this feeling of effervescence–this airy, light feeling of sort of walking on air, with one another. The day ended with both of us telling each other that we loved one another for the first time.”

I’m so happy for you both! Congrats and best wishes!

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Secret Garden Wedding – Andrea & John

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It was a very warm and windy day for Andrea & John’s Secret Garden wedding photos, but these two were still full of energy and laughter all day long!

I asked Andrea to tell me about how John proposed:

“December 12th, 2015:  That Friday night John had his office holiday party at El Chorro. The moment we walked into the door I could feel how special it was. Romantic lights, outdoor fireplaces blazing, and lush lemon trees lining the beautiful garden. The entire time you couldn’t help but dream of the amazing wedding you could have there, and I just so happened to mention it some of the ladies that night. Toward the end of the evening, John asked if I wanted to walk through the property, as it’s a large venue. We strolled in candlelight to the open ceremony area that overlooks Camelback Mountain. As I was truly amazed by the beauty surrounding us, John looked over at me and began to talk. As he started, he pulled at the ring, and to my amazement, I gasped:

Me: Are you really doing this?
John: Yes, do you want me to get down on one knee?
Me: I mean… Yes if you’re doing this right now!

Laughing in the moonlight, he kneeled and put the ring on my finger. He said to keep it on the DL, as we had plans the next day, so that night we just kept it between us. It was super nice to just have time together. The next morning we woke up and hiked Papago Mountain. When we got back, both of our entire families were waiting for us as a surprise! The night John rented out Coups Des Tartes restaurant and we had a beautiful celebration uniting two families. It was truly a very special night. Afterwards, all the siblings went out for a night in Old Town… needless to say, it was one for the books.”

Congrats you two!

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Bridlewood of Madison Wedding – Lindsay & Reg

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Lindsay & Reg’s Bridlewood of Madison wedding photos in Madison, Mississippi are full of love, joy, family & friends! The was my first time photographing a Southern wedding, let alone one this BIG, and I have to say I’m hooked. Lindsay is a fabulous wedding photographer herself, and it’s always an honor to document another photographer’s wedding! Their family took me in like one of their own and what they say about that Southern hospitality is absolutely true. This Indiana girl felt right at home in Mississippi, and I can’t wait to go back.

I asked Lindsay to tell me about how they first met and how Reg proposed:

“My mom and Reg work together & she’d been telling me for a year about this really nice guy that works with her. Finally, one random workday I walked through the office with mom, and the sweet ladies in the back really wanted me to meet Reg. They ‘lovingly pushed’ me towards his desk and there I was… standing speechless in front of him, just grinning. Haha! Later that night he sent me a Facebook message and asked for my phone number. We’ve been together since then!

Reg proposed on 9.16.16. I had been telling him that I wanted to have one of my photographers take some nice professional photos of us, since we have so many iPhone photos and I’m a photographer! So we decided to go one afternoon to my grandparent’s old land in the country (where I grew up spending a lot of time) and we had a photo session. At the very end, my photographer, Danya, posed me for one last photo where my grandfather’s garden used to be… she had me stand in front of Reg for some photos, and then had me turn around and he was on one knee!!! Happiest day ever! He had also planned a surprise after-party with our immediate families complete with a spaghetti dinner, delicious desserts & fun photo props!”

So happy for both of you and your new lives together! Thank you for trusting me to be with you on the first day of your marriage!

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