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Makenzie & Tommy – Flagstaff Engagement

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It was touch and go whether it was going to rain on us for Makenzie & Tommy’s Flagstaff engagement photos.  We completely lucked out and had some lovely sunshine while we were in this amazing field of flowers!  Then we trekked to a second location where it got pretty ominous and ultimately rained too hard for us to continue shooting.  However, I was able to grab a few fun shots of these two with the rain coming down before we got soaked.  Huge thanks to them for being adventurous and rolling with the punches!

Makenzie & Tommy are Flagstaff die hards and Tommy proposed in the snow in downtown, so being able to travel up north and escape the heat with them was a real treat.  Thank you both so much for a fun afternoon of off-roading!

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Selina & Samer – Tucson Engagement

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Selina & Samer’s Tucson engagement photos were certainly one for the books.  We started out at Selina’s parents home where their wedding will be and where Samer proposed, spending time with their two beautiful horses.  The lighter colored one actually followed me around while I was working and even rested its nose on my shoulder for a bit.  I’ve always loved horses and dreamed of having my own, so this was a real treat for me!  But on to the fabulous couple.  I asked them both to tell me about when they knew each other was the one, and how Samer proposed:

Selina: I knew he was the one when I was at dinner with him, and how he had such great manners, carried great conversation with me and others, and also how sweet he was towards my dog Harley. Anytime he brought me candy, he also brought my dog something as a treat. 

Samer: When we were lying out having great quiet conversation, watching the stars on the roof of the house.  

I proposed to Selina in her parents’ beautiful backyard, using her family and friends as word scramble letters (around their necks), and having her unscramble the words to spell out “will you marry me.” Her reaction was very excited and nervous and then said “Can I put the ring on myself now!?” And I of course said yes, as well as did she!

Congrats you two!  I cannot wait for your wedding this spring with Meagan Crain Weddings & Events!

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Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Wedding – Kylli & Steven

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Prayers were answered for Kylli & Steven’s Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain wedding photos.  Only the day before the weather called for strong winds, possible rain, and unpredictable temps.  But it turned out to be the most beautiful day and we even had a little sunshine early in the afternoon.

Kylli & Steven live in New Orleans, and with the help of Louise Thomas at Events Made Special, they had the perfect fusion of the New Orleans vibe in the Arizona desert.  Bright fuchsias and cobalts ruled the day, popping against the muted palette of the desert.  And can we please talk about Kylli’s Vera Wang gown for a second?!

I asked Kylli to tell me about how Steven proposed:

“We got engaged on our four-year anniversary.  I thought we were going to dinner to celebrate the anniversary, so the engagement was a total surprise!  Steven made reservations at a nice restaurant near City Park and told me that our dinner was for 6:30pm.  When we arrived at the restaurant, the hosts and waiters informed us that our table wouldn’t be ready until 7:00pm, and suggested that we go for a walk in the nearby park.  I was irritated because it was hot and I was in heels, but it was all part of Steven’s plan!  He led me to a clearing by the lake where he got down on one knee and popped the question.  After I said yes, a crowd across the lake cheered, and his friend came out of the bushes where he had been secretly taking photos!  We went back to the restaurant where congratulations, flowers, and champagne abounded.  It was a very special night, and one that we will treasure forever.”

Congrats to you both, and thank you for having me with you on the first day of your marriage!

 

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Event Planning & Design – Louise Thomas, Events Made Special | Venue The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | Floral Design Avant- Garde | Band The JJs Band | Videographer Black Sheep Filmworks | Hair & Makeup Margarita GoDiva | Gown Vera Wang | Bridesmaids Jenny Yoo Collection | Mother of Bride’s gown Zac Posen | Ceremony & Dinner Music TESORO | DJ Satyr Entertainment | Lounge Rentals Frostings Event Design & Rentals | Paper Studio BDR | Calligraphy Jillian Vandall | Hookah Fumar Cigars | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Desert Engagement – Andrea & Adam

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These two came out from Minnesota for their desert engagement photos, and they couldn’t have chosen a better location.  I love when my couples embrace the beauty of the desert.  Its neutral hues really make Andrea’s cobalt blue gown stand out.  We had so much fun laughing and exploring together!  I asked Andrea how Adam proposed:

I have always been a big “activites” person, while Adam could spend all day on a golf course or just hanging in a backyard with friends.  Typically, I have been able to get him out of his shell and do some activities, but one activity that we never did was go to Minnehaha Falls.  I have never been, even though I grew up in Minnesota.  

So one mild winter day, we went to BLVD restaurant where we had our first date and sat in the same booth.  After doing some convincing since it was “cold” outside, Adam brought me to the falls.  He managed to keep it (painstakingly) a surprise and make it seem like it was on a whim.  Adam and his friend, Buddy, had previously scoped out the location, and Buddy was secretly waiting with a camera for the moment.  

When Adam popped the question in front of the icy but still running falls, I jumped up and down and said “Yes!” and “Here?!?” totally surprised!  We were then able to celebrate with our mutual friend and roommate Buddy, then we left to go on a “Light Tour,” drinking Champagne and checking out elaborate Christmas lights in Minnesota.  We were dropped off back at BLVD to meet up with our family and some close friends, and celebrated (maybe a little too much) the rest of the night.

Congrats to you both!  So excited for your wedding with Meant2Be Events at Troon North Golf Club!

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El Chorro Wedding – Toby & David

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It was a very hot and sunny day for Toby & David’s El Chorro wedding photos, but that didn’t stop them from having the most fun, bright & colorful fiesta inspired wedding!  Fuchsias, cobalts, and more were everywhere you looked and everything blended together perfectly.  From the floral, to the paper, to the linens, and the Paletas & Prosecco (yum!!) this stunner was so pleasing to the eye.

I asked Toby & David to tell me about when they knew each other was “the one,” and how David proposed:

Toby:  I knew pretty early into dating David that he was the one.  He was the first guy who I felt like I could be 100% myself around, and someone I always had a good time with. 

David:  I knew she was the one when I would come back to town after being underway for several weeks (I was in the Coast Guard at the time), and she was the very first person I would rush to see.  I knew my life was better when I was with her.  We got engaged in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day.  We had flown in to visit Toby’s sister who lives there, and her parents had joined us.  My parents and brother live in Virginia and drove in to meet up with all of us for the day.  I knew I wanted to ask Toby to marry me, and having our families all together seemed like the perfect time to do it.  We were all cooling off at a local brewery after a day of sight seeing, and I got up to give a toast to her sister for hosting such a great weekend.  Then I turned to Toby and got down on one knee.  She looked totally surprised then she started nodding her head ‘Yes!’

Congrats to you both and best wishes!

 

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Coordinating Victoria Canada Weddings and Events| Venue El Chorro | Floral Butterfly Petals | Cake Růže Cake House | Band TreJa Vu Band | Hair & Makeup Mane Attraction Salon | Gown Schaffer’s Bridal | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Paper MDRNCRAFT STUDIO | Calligraphy The Pretty Paperie | Table Runners MesaChic | Paper Fans ModParty | Paletas Paletas Betty | Ketubah Fresh Ketubah Design | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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