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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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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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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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