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Saguaro Lake Engagement – Brooke & Clinton

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Brooke & Clinton were dressed to the nines for their Saguaro Lake engagement photos!  These two love going to the lake and hanging at Clinton’s farm, so we headed out to Saguaro Lake, a location that would be special to them.

I asked Clinton to tell me about how he proposed:

“I knew I wanted to propose for some time, and we had talked about marriage and the future plenty. I’d considered doing it on a trip to Costa Rica in the summer, but the timing on the ring didn’t work out. I wanted it to be a surprise, but she also wanted her family there. I thought one of my only chances of doing that was in Tubac, where we had our first date. Her parents were building a house and had bought some stuff for it in Tubac. I had just been down the weekend before with them in Tubac picking some things up. I asked Brooke’s mom, Jacque, if she could help me with the proposal, and tell Brooke they were just going down to pick up more stuff. There were a few times I thought she knew something was up, but whether she knew or not, I was only concerned with the answer. I asked my cousin Delaney to come take pictures of everything, and also drive me because I was a nervous wreck!

I had a 2 1/2 hr drive to Tucson by myself and I hadn’t heard from Jacque. I was thinking, this drive back is really going to suck if she doesn’t show. Delaney and I finally arrive and were standing out on the golf course under a huge cottonwood, hoping Brooke didn’t find out I was proposing and stay home! Finally, I get a text, “We’re here!” My prayers had been answered and it was the moment of truth. As they walked towards us on the path, I came out from behind the tree. I grabbed Brooke’s hand and wasn’t letting go. I got down on one knee in front of her family and asked if she would continue being the best part of me for the rest of our lives. There was lots of crying, but I did get a yes, confirmed twice and inked!”

So excited for your wedding this fall at Tubac Golf Resort with Sassy Soirees!

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El Chorro Wedding – Lindsay & Whit

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An unseasonably warm day was no match for these two sweethearts and their El Chorro wedding photos!  Bright beautiful blooms were abundant, and El Chorro’s lush grounds were the perfect match to the bouquets and floral accents.  Surrounded by some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, Lindsay & Whit had a perfect day with their family & friends!

I asked Lindsay to tell me about Whit’s proposal:

“We got engaged on December 27, 2015 when we came back home to Arizona for Christmas!  My family had planned a happy hour at our favorite spot, the Camelback Inn, and I was definitely suspicious because my grandma was coming to the happy hour with us.  My dad, Whit and I went early to grab a table for the family and I remember feeling so nervous in the car on the way to the hotel.  I had been hoping and praying that Whit would propose to me when we went back to Phoenix, and this just felt like it was going to be that moment.

When we got to the hotel, Whit asked if I wanted to go take a walk with him.  I instantly knew what was about to happen!  He walked me up to a spot with a beautiful view of Camelback Mountain.  Whit told me he loved me, then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!  I obviously said yes without any hesitation!  After he slipped the beautiful ring on my finger, we walked back down to the happy hour area where my family was waiting to celebrate.  Whit’s parents were not able to be there but they had bought us two bottles of champagne to enjoy!  It was perfect and I was so happy that we were finally going to get married!”

Congrats to you both!

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Coordinating Christine Southerland | Ceremony Brophy College Chapel | Reception El Chorro | Floral Carte Blanche Design | Cake Růže Cake House | Band Shining Star Band | Videographer Something New Media Weddings | Makeup – Maureen Cosovich | Hair Meaghan Wessel Gingrich, Pucci Salon | Gown Paloma Blanca via Schaffer’s Bridal | Shoes JIMMY CHOO | Groom Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids BHLDN | Strings Allegro Quartet | Cantor Andrea Melia | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Rings Oliver Smith | Invitation & Paper Foil & Ink Design | Invitation Calligraphy The Pretty Paperie | Reception Calligraphy – Autumn Matney, The Letter House | Ribbon Froufrou Chic | Bridesmaids Robes Plum Pretty Sugar, BHLDN | Men’s Ties TheTieBar.com | Groom’s Ring QALO | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Gainey Ranch Golf Club Wedding – Michelle & Tom

Gainey Ranch Golf Club wedding photos - Rachel Solomon Photography You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for Michelle & Tom’s Gainey Ranch Golf Club wedding photos.  From the perfect weather, to the tenderness between the bride & groom, to the crazy fun reception (and bumping into them for the 2nd time after-hours), this is a wedding I won’t soon forget!

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.”

Congrats and best wishes to you both!

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Planning & Design Tie the Knot by Tessa | Venue Gainey Ranch Golf Club | Floral The Wildflower AZ | Gown Martina Liana via Mariée Bridal | Hair Sachi Salon & Spa, Chelsea Sprinkle | Makeup – Jovita Monaco | Cake Lesley’s Creative Cakes | Videography The Good Vibe Media | DJ Got You Covered | Shoes Badgley Mischka | Groom Jos. A. Bank | Strings Celebration String Quartet | Draping Arizona UpLighting | Ceremony Decor The Confetti Studio | Invitations Minted | Calligraphy & Signage Freed Hands | Officiant Mike Kennedy | Ring Box The Mrs Box | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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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Venue El Chorro | Coordinating Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events | Floral Sarah’s Garden | Cake Růže Cake House | Gown Watters via BHLDN | DJ MT Sounds | Videography An Pham | Makeup – Maureen Cosovich | Hair Molly Bardon | Groom THE BLACK TUX | Bridesmaids Dessy via Bella Bridesmaids | Rentals Glamour and Woods | Invitations & Paper Paperless Post | Calligraphy Letters by Jennifer | Shoes Ralph Lauren | Ring Box The Mrs Box | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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