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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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Venue Arizona Biltmore | Ceremony Christ Church of the Ascension | Day of Coordinating & Floral Bloom & Blueprint | Makeup Court Montes | Hair Dual Vanity | Gown Martina Liana via Mariée Bridal | Cake Classic Cakes and Confections | DJ Scottsdale Music Company | Groom THE BLACK TUX | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Goblets & Flatware Fancy Lou Designs | Invitations & Paper Sara Schultz | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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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Tulli & David – Troon Country Club Wedding

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Simple, classic and romantic can only describe Tulli & David’s Troon Country Club wedding.  So much love and happiness surrounded by family & friends…it was an honor to be a part of it!

I asked each of them to tell me when they knew each other was “the one” and to share one of their favorite early dating memories.

David:  I knew Tulli was the one very early on.  Tulli was so unlike every other girl I had met at college; she was down to earth, funny, smart, and beautiful.  She also had amazing perspective, which was due in part because she worked two jobs to support herself through college all on her own.

Tulli:  I was more focused on the social aspect of school before I met David.  When I met him, I started wanting to change my focus to my grades and doing well in school.  I had never dated anyone who made me want to be a better person.  When I realized it was his influence on me to do better and reach my full potential, I knew he was the one! 

One of our favorite memories was the summer before we moved to DC.  We visited the city and went to visit all the memorials late at night when no one was around.  We brought a bottle of wine and walked the Mall, stopping to look at the sights and enjoy the beauty of everything.  Being at the Lincoln memorial late at night when there is no one around is breathtaking!  It was a special night for us. 

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Planning Sandy Walker, In Awe Weddings and Events | Venue Troon Country Club | Floral The Flower Studio | Hair & Makeup – Jessi Nagy | Cupcakes Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | DJ Got You Covered | Gown Allure Bridals via Lillian Lottie Couture | Groom HUGO BOSS | Strings Celebration String Quartet | Photo Booth The Arizona Photo Booth Company | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Chelsea & Ryan – Desert Maternity

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Chelsea & Ryan asked me to capture their desert maternity photos for them and their one request was lots of cactus!  What a treat to see my past wedding couples starting their families.  I love when my couples embrace the beauty of the open desert.  Especially when they are up for a little adventure and trekking off the trail.  So excited for Chelsea & Ryan’s exciting new stage of life!

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Hair & Makeup Jessica Fierro | Film Lab The FIND Lab