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Sarah & Matt – Woodend Sanctuary Wedding

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What a whirlwind weekend for Sarah & Matt’s Woodend Sanctuary wedding photos!  I get to feel like a part of so many families but when I travel for weddings it’s even more so.  So many warm and welcoming people…I miss them already!  Just minutes outside of DC, driving down a wooded winding road along Rock Creek, this quaint preserve venue stands on 40 acres of wooded land and open fields.  We saw deer & butterflies, and the weather was absolutely perfect.  It reminded me so much of southern Indiana and I felt right at home!  Congrats Sarah & Matt and thank you for flying me out to document the first day of your marriage!

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Event Coordinator Wit Weddings | Venue Woodend Sanctuary | Florist Love Blooms | Makeup Irina Gerasimova | Hair Billy Maloy, Scissor & Comb | Catering Spilled Milk Catering | Gown Monique Lhuillier via The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel | Shoes Jimmy Choo | Groom J. Crew | Bridesmaids Joanna August | Rentals DC Rental | Guitar Sean Holloran | Band Jukeboxx Lite | Invitations Paperless Post | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Brittany & Irving – Saguaro Lake Engagement

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I absolutely love when my couples trust me to venture out to new locations, and these two did just that for their Saguaro Lake engagement photos.

Brittany told me a little about how he proposed:

We got engaged in July. We were at home with our dogs, and he asked if we could go look at the stars. (I thought it was weird since he isn’t normally crazy romantic!)  He pointed to a star, and said he named it after me, and it was as beautiful as me. I turned to look at him, and he was on one knee and was shaking! Simple and sweet, just like us!

I’m so happy for these two and their upcoming wedding!

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Makenzie & Tommy – Flagstaff Engagement

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It was touch and go whether it was going to rain on us for Makenzie & Tommy’s Flagstaff engagement photos.  We completely lucked out and had some lovely sunshine while we were in this amazing field of flowers!  Then we trekked to a second location where it got pretty ominous and ultimately rained too hard for us to continue shooting.  However, I was able to grab a few fun shots of these two with the rain coming down before we got soaked.  Huge thanks to them for being adventurous and rolling with the punches!

Makenzie & Tommy are Flagstaff die hards and Tommy proposed in the snow in downtown, so being able to travel up north and escape the heat with them was a real treat.  Thank you both so much for a fun afternoon of off-roading!

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Selina & Samer – Tucson Engagement

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Selina & Samer’s Tucson engagement photos were certainly one for the books.  We started out at Selina’s parents home where their wedding will be and where Samer proposed, spending time with their two beautiful horses.  The lighter colored one actually followed me around while I was working and even rested its nose on my shoulder for a bit.  I’ve always loved horses and dreamed of having my own, so this was a real treat for me!  But on to the fabulous couple.  I asked them both to tell me about when they knew each other was the one, and how Samer proposed:

Selina: I knew he was the one when I was at dinner with him, and how he had such great manners, carried great conversation with me and others, and also how sweet he was towards my dog Harley. Anytime he brought me candy, he also brought my dog something as a treat. 

Samer: When we were lying out having great quiet conversation, watching the stars on the roof of the house.  

I proposed to Selina in her parents’ beautiful backyard, using her family and friends as word scramble letters (around their necks), and having her unscramble the words to spell out “will you marry me.” Her reaction was very excited and nervous and then said “Can I put the ring on myself now!?” And I of course said yes, as well as did she!

Congrats you two!  I cannot wait for your wedding this spring with Meagan Crain Weddings & Events!

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Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Wedding – Kylli & Steven

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Prayers were answered for Kylli & Steven’s Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain wedding photos.  Only the day before the weather called for strong winds, possible rain, and unpredictable temps.  But it turned out to be the most beautiful day and we even had a little sunshine early in the afternoon.

Kylli & Steven live in New Orleans, and with the help of Louise Thomas at Events Made Special, they had the perfect fusion of the New Orleans vibe in the Arizona desert.  Bright fuchsias and cobalts ruled the day, popping against the muted palette of the desert.  And can we please talk about Kylli’s Vera Wang gown for a second?!

I asked Kylli to tell me about how Steven proposed:

“We got engaged on our four-year anniversary.  I thought we were going to dinner to celebrate the anniversary, so the engagement was a total surprise!  Steven made reservations at a nice restaurant near City Park and told me that our dinner was for 6:30pm.  When we arrived at the restaurant, the hosts and waiters informed us that our table wouldn’t be ready until 7:00pm, and suggested that we go for a walk in the nearby park.  I was irritated because it was hot and I was in heels, but it was all part of Steven’s plan!  He led me to a clearing by the lake where he got down on one knee and popped the question.  After I said yes, a crowd across the lake cheered, and his friend came out of the bushes where he had been secretly taking photos!  We went back to the restaurant where congratulations, flowers, and champagne abounded.  It was a very special night, and one that we will treasure forever.”

Congrats to you both, and thank you for having me with you on the first day of your marriage!

 

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Event Planning & Design – Louise Thomas, Events Made Special | Venue The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | Floral Design Avant- Garde | Band The JJs Band | Videographer Black Sheep Filmworks | Hair & Makeup Margarita GoDiva | Gown Vera Wang | Bridesmaids Jenny Yoo Collection | Mother of Bride’s gown Zac Posen | Ceremony & Dinner Music TESORO | DJ Satyr Entertainment | Lounge Rentals Frostings Event Design & Rentals | Paper Studio BDR | Calligraphy Jillian Vandall | Hookah Fumar Cigars | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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