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Desert Botanical Garden – Devaja & Neil

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While these may look like Desert Botanical Garden engagement photos, Devaja & Neil are simply a young couple in love and are starting a tradition of having professional photos taken every year. Be still my heart! They both wanted to capture this time in their lives and then even introduced me to their adorably fluffy pup Riley.

Devaja told me about one of her favorite early dating memories:

“I remember when we went on our first official date, Neil took me to La Thai, a restaurant in New Orleans. He picked me up, brought me flowers, and was a complete gentleman! My favorite part of the night, though, was when our food arrived. We both get so nervous eating around new people, and neither of us really had an appetite. I noticed that Neil was being shy about eating too, so I brought it up and we laughed about it. I think we both liked that the other was nervous because, ironically, it made us feel comfortable around each other.” 

Thank you so much for trusting me to photograph a little snippet of your lives!

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El Chorro Wedding – Marian & Mark

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Marian & Mark’s El Chorro wedding photos are jaw-droppingly stunning thanks to the gorgeous bride, incredible setting, and an overcast breeze that made everything move ever so slightly in the wind.  Kudos to the amazing vendor team who pulled off this day without a hitch!

I asked Marian & Mark to tell me about their first impressions the day they met, and when they knew the other was “the one:”

Marian:  “I don’t remember exactly when I first met Mark, but I remember that he was extremely kind and very fun to be around.  When we went to a wedding together on our first date, I remember thinking, “Wow! He cleans up nice.”  We spent the whole evening talking and laughing, and I had so much fun.  The conversation was so free and easy, it was like we had been friends for years. 

I knew Mark was the one during my family vacation in Carlsbad in summer 2013.  I have a very large extended family and I remember enjoying cocktail hour with all my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and not having to worry about Mark.  Any time I’d look over he’d be deeply engaged in a fun conversation with one of my family members.”

Mark:  “My first impression of Marian was, “Wow, I can’t believe I get to go on a date with this beautiful lady.”  And we proceeded to have one of the most fun nights of my entire life.  She made me laugh, and I loved how smart she was and how she made me feel.

I also knew Marian was the one during that same family vacation in Carlsbad.  There was a moment after the craziness of the day died down, and I very clearly remember thinking, “This girl is the one.”  I couldn’t verbalize it at the time, but it must have been obvious because she said what I was thinking.”

Congrats to you both and thank you for the honor of photographing the first day of your marriage!

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Desert Engagement – Amanda & Jake

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When Miss Nebraska and a Texas Rangers player get together for desert engagement photos you know it’s going to be a home run (couldn’t resist)!  These two are the sweetest people with the kindest hearts and it was such an honor to spend a very, very cold and windy spring afternoon with them.

I asked them each to tell me what they love about each other.  Their responses say it all!

Amanda:  “Jake is the funniest person I know.  I have never gone a day that I don’t embarrassingly, ugly laugh (cackle) because of something he has said or done.  He has the biggest caring and giving heart.  He would give me the world if he could.  He puts others before himself and that is something I admire about him.  I’m a major homebody and there is nothing more he would love to do than stay in and have a movie night with just the two of us, and I adore that.  We are so alike in so many ways that when we are goofing around together… sometimes we look at each other and say, “Please never change!”

I love him just the way he is and I know he feels the same, and I think that’s so powerful!  I remember the first time I knew I was in love with him.  It was about 3 months into our relationship and we went to a movie, and as he was dropping me back off at my apartment, making me laugh the whole way home with his singing and dancing in the car, I simply couldn’t get out of the truck once we got to my place.  I just wanted to stay in that moment forever.  I couldn’t stop looking at him and knowing I loved him and would marry him someday.”

Jake:  The ‘spark’ for me is everyday with Amanda… every single day she does something that amazes me.  She is the most beautiful person I have ever seen.  She’s my best friend!  From coming home and cooking dinner, to her breaking out into a song and dance number in the living room just because she is feeling it at that moment.  Amanda is my rock.  She’s my everything.  I’ve been in and out of the hospital several times this year and she never leaves my side… honestly NEVER!  

There are so many things throughout the day that she does, and it blows my mind.  Walking in after grocery shopping one day she had Nerf guns laid out with a note saying, “Loser cooks dinner!”  I love seeing her happy more than anything!  Her smile makes everything better and could bring down a room.  She’s full of surprises and everyday is new with her!  I love her more and more everyday.”

Congrats to you both and thank you for letting me into this little part of your lives.

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Phoenix Country Club Wedding – Gina & Blaise

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A cold and windy day?  You’d barely know it the way these two smiled all day for their Phoenix Country Club wedding photos.  Even though it was cold, everyone rallied hard and made this day truly special.  The post-sunset candlelit ceremony was incredibly intimate and Victoria Canada created a reception space full of color and drama.

I asked Gina to tell me about how Blaise proposed:

“We got engaged on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.  My parents took us and my brother and sister-in-law on an amazing vacation to South Africa.  Blaise completely surprised me when we went up to Table Mountain.  I was standing on a rock admiring the amazing views when I noticed Blaise nervously approaching.  He got down on one knee, almost fell, and brought out the most beautiful diamond ring.  My whole family was in on the surprise.  It was a dream come true!”

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Desert Botanical Garden Engagement – Sheridan & Tyler

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We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for Sheridan & Tyler’s Desert Botanical Garden engagement photos.  You just can’t beat that Arizona golden hour light!

I asked Tyler to tell me about how he proposed to Sheridan:

“We got engaged on Thanksgiving in Rocky Point, Mexico.  Both of our families along with a few other close family friends had planned a trip down there.  Beautiful tables had been set on the beach for Thanksgiving dinner, and right before dinner everyone had a champagne glass for what Sheridan thought was just a toast of gratitude for the holiday.  We all sat with our families for dinner and someone from each table stood up to say what they were grateful for.  When it got around to our table, my dad started out with a few words and then passed it over to me.  I stood up and asked Sheridan to join me in standing and that’s when I asked her to marry me.”

Can’t wait for their wedding this fall with Table Number One Events at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson!

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