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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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The Farm at South Mountain Wedding – Kelsie & Daniel

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Kelsie & Daniel’s The Farm at South Mountain wedding photos turned out so beautifully! It was just the perfect day and their boho feel was evident throughout all their details. I asked them each to tell me about when they knew the other was “the one.”

Kelsie:  “The day I knew that Daniel was my true forever was the first time I met his family. We are big baseball fans, I am a Chicago Cubs fan, and Dan (& his ENTIRE family) are strong St. Louis Cardinal fans. His parents as tradition would take the kids every year to a Cubs vs Cards baseball game. Only after a few months of dating I was invited to the family game. This was the first time I met two of his siblings and both of his parents. When I saw how passionate he was when around his family, and how I immediately felt a part of their family, I knew that I had found my complete family and my forever love. This is still to this day one of my favorite days. Before meeting his family I came from so many broken pieces, his family and his love for his family was one of the most whole feelings I had ever felt in my life.”

Daniel:  “I knew she was the one the first time she met my family at the same baseball game in Chicago. It was the most fun I had ever had with someone, and she really clicked well with my family. It was clear to me after that day we were meant to spend our lives together.”

So happy for you two!!  Congrats and best wishes!

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Tanque Verde Ranch Wedding – Kiley & Ty

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It was cold but beautiful for Kiley & Ty’s Tanque Verde Ranch wedding photos!  A crazy storm blew through the night before but we had clear sunny skies for their big day.

I asked them both to share a favorite memory from when they first started dating, and when they knew each other was the one:

Kiley:  I love the time we spent at my family’s cabin together.  It’s my favorite place in the world, and showing him around was like giving him and insider look into my childhood.  We got to go stargazing which is nearly impossible in the valley!  

I have a journal from high school, and as cliche as it sounds, I wrote back then that he was the one.  In the real world, outside of my 12th-grade infatuation, I knew he was the one when he got his puppy, Koda.  He is so loving with her, and I knew that would translate to everyone he came into contact with for the rest of his life.  He also loves to play on the floor with my dogs, which is a winning signal if I’ve ever seen one.

Ty:  When we went cliff jumping on our first date!  I loved seeing how she was excited to try adventurous things.

After being long distance for almost a year, Kiley came to visit me for a week.  We spent time in New Orleans, and she was even willing to stay in a trailer park with me!  One night, she made me dinner… when I got home and saw her so excited to see me after work, I knew that’s what I wanted for the rest of my life. 

Congrats to you both!

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