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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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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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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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Brea & Neil – Papago Park Engagement

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Loved spending the afternoon with these two during their Papago Park engagement photos!  I asked them each to tell me about Neil’s proposal:

Neil:  We went to the Omni Montelucia for a “staycation” and attended happy hour (one of our favorite pastimes) before having dinner at Prado, where we drank a bottle of Arizona wine.  After dinner, we enjoyed a beautiful desert sunset before walking back to our room.  The stairs up to the second floor opened up to a deck with an excellent view of Camelback Mountain and the desert sunset.  I pulled the ring out of my pocket and asked her to marry me.  The next morning we had a spa day before returning back home.

Brea:  We had talked about getting married and had a pretty solid timeline set.  I had a slight feeling that the proposal might happen that night, but didn’t want to expect anything.  I didn’t want to be upset if it didn’t happen and it was still a lovely evening.  I was quite surprised when he did ask me though!  The funny thing is that Neil says he slept so well that night because he was so relieved, but I barely slept because I just kept thinking of all the things we now had to do! 

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