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Arizona Snow Engagement – Megan & Lucas

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Numb toes and fingers were totally worth it for Lucas & Megan’s Arizona snow engagement photos!  We headed up to Munds Park for the afternoon and had some fun in the snow celebrating their engagement with their dog Frank.  I asked Megan to tell me about how Lucas proposed:

Lucas told me the night before that we would have to get up super early the next morning to babysit our nephews.  Once we woke up and got ready, I came downstairs to Lucas sitting on the couch, smirking, and drinking his coffee.  He told me to pack a bag with warm clothes because we would actually be spending the day in Flagstaff!  Lucas said the trip was to celebrate both our birthdays since school would resume soon and our birthdays would be during the week.  

After arriving in Flag, we were just about to leave for dinner and go out downtown when Lucas said, “bring the camera.”  I put up a fight because it was the “nice camera” and the camera bag was “so big” I didn’t want to carry it downtown.  After some serious eye rolls and huffing from me, Lucas grabbed the bag.  Once we arrived to the restaurant 1899 on NAU’s campus, I was just about to open the restaurant door when Lucas said “Let’s walk around for a bit.”  Again, I rolled my eyes and huffed, considering it was freezing outside and pitch black, because campus was technically closed!  

We walked around “Old Main” and came to the clock planter, where Lucas got down on one knee and proposed.  After the ring was on my finger, Lucas saw a man walking his dog, had to ensure he wasn’t homeless, then brought him over to take photos with the camera I didn’t want to bring!

Congrats to you both!

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Arizona Desert Engagement – Natalie & Jeremiah

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When Natalie & Jeremiah met up with me for their Arizona desert engagement photos, I knew it was going to be a blast!  They are both so incredibly fun, down to earth, and just fun to be around.  And who knew they would turn up the heat so much in front of my camera!  They even got to pick cholla out of my leg when it was all said and done.  If that doesn’t make you bond with your photographer, I don’t know what does.

I asked Natalie to tell me about Jeremiah’s proposal:

“During our 10-hour third date, one of the things we did was slow dance in his apartment to Peter Frampton’s ‘Baby I Love the Way’ on vinyl.  We both like that song and have danced to it a few times throughout the last year.  Jeremiah’s quite the dancer, and I love dancing with him, so we started taking dance lessons in August.  

We dance together in our house multiple times a week, so I didn’t think anything of it when he turned on ‘our song’ early in the morning on Friday, October 7 and we started dancing in the kitchen.  He told me how much I mean to him, and that I make him a better person.  Then he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring box!  While down on one knee he told me that on the inside of the ring it says, ‘Beautiful,’ so that even when he’s not here with me one day, I’ll still know every day that I’m beautiful.  I sobbed and said, ‘Yes!’

Like most things in our relationship, every detail of the engagement was thought through.  He called my mom the night before to let her know, so that she’d have her phone on her at work and be ready for my call.  He proposed just hours before we boarded a flight to NJ to visit my friends and family, so that we would get to spend the next 6 days celebrating with them.”

Congrats to you both!  I’m so incredibly happy for you and so glad we have gotten to know each other!

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Desert Mountain Wedding – Nikki & Keenan

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Unseasonably cold weather didn’t stop Nikki & Keenan’s Desert Mountain wedding photos from being truly spectacular!  Nestled in the mountains of Carefree, Arizona, Nikki & Keenan wanted to highlight the stunning vistas and show off Arizona to all of their guests.  Their day was full of nonstop excitement and fun, and I’m so thankful to the bride & groom and their amazing families for making me and my team feel so welcome!

Congrats to you both and best wishes!

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Event Planning Outstanding Occasions | Venue Desert Mountain Club | Floral Petal Pusher, Arizona | Hair The Bespoke Salon | Makeup Jessica Fierro & House of beauty by Lo | Gown Enzoani via Posh Bridal Couture Minneapolis | Band The Instant Classics | Video ZoMei Film Stories | Stationery Foil & Ink Design | Signage Freed Hands | Rentals Event Rents Phoenix | Cigars Fumar Cigars | Photo Booth The HIP Booth | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Cocktail Hour Musician Jeff Ocheltree | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Amanda & Mike – The Boulders Wedding

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What a stunning location for Amanda & Mike’s The Boulders wedding photos!  Surrounded by picturesque natural landscape and rock formations, Amanda & Mike said their vows overlooking the most beautiful scenery.  I asked them each to tell me about their first impressions, when they knew each other was “the one,” and a favorite memory from when they first started dating:

Mike:  My first impression of Amanda was when she was working in the training room with all of the new hires.  I was walking through answering questions for the group.  She had her glasses on, and I noticed how cute she was across the room, even though she would say differently.  

I knew Amanda was the one when she came over for a friends game night a few months after we met.  She was not only able to hold her own on a few awkward questions, but was also able to give me hard time as well!  Due to trying to keep our relationship a low profile at work, it was fun having to find some secret date spots to go to where we had a better chance of not being seen by co-workers. 

Amanda:  When I first started at our company I swore I would never be interested in someone from work, and that was the case when I first saw Mike.  He was just another co-worker.  Then he showed up at one of our company weekly meetings in a suit, and I turned to my friend and said “Wow, now I know what the hype is about Mike… he looks amazing today.”  From that point on, not only did I think he was good looking, but everything else was just as perfect.  

I knew Mike was the one when it felt right to introduce him to my family.  My family is such a huge part of my life; I never wanted to introduce someone to them that I knew I didn’t care about.  I cared a lot about Mike and my family’s opinion of him.  Needless to say, they loved him just as much as I did!  

My favorite memory of when I first started dating Mike was our traditional “Wednesday Date Night.”  We tried to spend the rest of the week (other than the weekend) with our friends or simply alone, and focus on getting to know one another more on Wednesdays.  Slowly that Wednesday turned into Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… We always have the best time when we are together.

Congrats to you both!

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Planning & Design Tie the Knot by Tessa | Venue The Boulders Resort & Spa | Floral Butterfly Petals | Videography The Good Vibe Media | Specialty Rentals Prim Unique Rentals | DJ Got You Covered | Hair & Makeup Kiana Waltz | Gown Watters via LuLu’s Bridal Boutique | Shoes Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids BHLDNJenny Yoo Collection | Groom & Groomsmen Menguin Tuxedos | Rentals Classic Party Rentals | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Taylor & Alex – Arizona Biltmore Wedding

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Taylor & Alex’s Arizona Biltmore wedding photos were so gorgeous!  Their day was inspired by the art deco vibe of the Arizona Biltmore and its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.  From the invitations to the cake their day was pulled together seamlessly, along with stunning pops of color perfect for a fall wedding.

I asked them both to tell me about how they met, their first impressions, and one of their favorite early dating memories:

Taylor:  The story varies depending on who’s telling it–but we’ll go with my version.  We met through mutual friends while I was still in school at ASU and he had already graduated from ASU.  After a night of country dancing and hullabaloo, we hit it off.  

When I first met him, I was immediately attracted to his fun personality and great sense of humor.  He was such an outgoing, funny person and I had a great time with him from the very beginning.  We went on our first date shortly after and the rest is history.

Alex:  The first thing that struck me was how beautiful she was.  Once the conversation began, it became apparent that there was an immediate spark.  We had a ton in common and conversation was fun and easy.  Taylor is an amazing person, has a great sense of humor and has a spark and love of life that is contagious. 

Our first trip together was to San Diego and we had a blast.  It was our first time traveling together and we were able to explore the city and relax on the beach and enjoy each other’s company. 

Thank you both so much for trusting me to a part of your big day.  Congrats & best wishes to you!

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