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Dunia & Ryan – Sanctuary on Camelback Wedding

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Dunia & Ryan’s Sanctuary on Camelback wedding photos are ones where you can’t wipe the smile off your face all day.  Their laughter is contagious and the energy of their family and friends is something I won’t soon forget.  I asked Dunia & Ryan to tell me about one of their favorite moments from when they first started dating, and when they knew each other was the one:

Ryan:  “One day when Dunia and I weren’t yet officially dating, she casually mentioned that there would be a time when we would stop hanging out.  And in that moment, I felt a pang in my stomach and knew I never wanted her to leave my side.”

Dunia:  “I’ll start this story by saying I’m super allergic to gluten, so I can’t ever eat it.  One morning when Ryan and I were still pretty new in our relationship, he asked me ‘What food do you miss most that you can’t eat anymore?’  Without hesitation, I blurted out ‘French toast!’  We both fell back asleep (or so I thought) and about an hour later, Ryan woke me up with breakfast in bed.  He had gone to the grocery store, bought gluten free bread (this is when it first came out and was only stocked at specialty stores) and had made me French toast.  I knew he was someone I’d be lucky to end up with for good, right then and there.

One of my favorite early dating moments was in the very beginning of our relationship.  My boss offered me a free weekend stay at his Oregon ranch/lake house.  I invited Ryan secretly, since we worked together and our dating was still under wraps at our company.  At that time, we were each making barely any money, so we spent all that we had on flights up there.  We had a super spontaneous and adventurous trip and really fell in love there.  Between Ryan showcasing his cooking skills, tons of wine and endless conversation by the crackling fire, it was the best trip we could have imagined.

The funny twist is that we had each taken Thursday and Friday off of work for different reasons (since nobody knew we were going on vacation together or even dating at that point).  When we arrived at the airport in Medford, OR our flight was drastically delayed, and we were warned it might not leave that day.  Normally this wouldn’t be a huge issue, but this was a tiny airport and they didn’t have flights from there to LA until Tuesday.  We were nervous our cover would be blown when neither of us showed up to work on Monday at the last minute!

It was the very beginning of our relationship, but while we were at this small airport, with all the stores and restaurants closed, we had nothing to do but try to lay down and sleep.  Not only one, but a few people commented to us that we were a ‘darling couple’ even though we weren’t even official.”

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Planning Ashley Gain Weddings and Events | Venue Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa | Floral Design Carte Blanche Design | Makeup Michael Franco | Hair Sachi Salon & Spa | Gown Vera Wang | Shoes Badgley Mischka | Groom Burberry | Bridesmaids Jenny Yoo Collection | Cake Classic Cakes and Confections | Videographer Amore Films | Strings Sweetwater Strings | DJ Desert House Productions Inc. | Photo Booth The Live Photobooth | Groomsmen Calvin Klein | Linens La Tavola Fine Linen | Invitations Goodheart Design | Day of Paper Song & Pen| Calligraphy Autumn Farrell Matney | Rentals Us To U Party Rentals | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Lauren & Tom – Seven Canyons Sedona Wedding

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These two New Yorkers brought nearly their entire guest list out to Arizona to experience the beauty of the Southwest for their Seven Canyons Sedona wedding photos.  The threat of late summer rain loomed in the air but it didn’t phase them as they took everything in stride.  Their day was filled with accents of the old west including horseshoes & antlers, and Arizona gave their guests one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in a long time!

I asked them to tell me about when they got engaged:

June 30, 2016 at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Tom asked Lauren to meet him there around 4:30PM stating that he and friends were doing happy hour… Lauren was busy at work and had a lot to do before they left for Newport Beach the next morning. She ended up leaving the office (blocks from the park) around 7:00PM and heading home to the Union Square Park area. Both of their phones died at one point or another but he called her and again, asked that she join. She finally made it there 4 hours after he had arrived. He ended up proposing on the sidewalk and then they went inside to where his family had been waiting. They had dinner (where he spilled a bottle of champagne on her lap). It was perfectly imperfect!

So happy for you two!  Thank you so much for trusting me to be there on the first day of your marriage!

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Planning LVL Weddings & Events | Venue Seven Canyons Sedona | Catering Enchantment Resort | Video Bright Bokeh | Cake Sedona Cake Couture | Reception Floral – Talk of the Town Events | Personal & Ceremony Florals Bliss Extraordinary Floral | Hair Andy Biggs | Makeup Makeup By Heather Wilson | Entertainment Sapphire Sky | Rentals Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Rentals Fancy Lou Designs | Invitations & Day of Paper Freed Hands | Linen La Tavola Fine Linen | Wedding Gown Mira Zwillinger Studio via Mark Ingram Atelier | Groom THE BLACK TUX | Bridesmaids Show Me Your Mumu | Film Lab The FIND Lab

Andrea & John – Desert Engagement

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What a beautiful afternoon for Andrea & John’s desert engagement photos!  The early fall Arizona heat didn’t stop these two from enjoying themselves on one of their favorite desert trails.  I asked Andrea to tell me the story of how they met:

“It was the first true summer night in Chicago in June of 2013 and everyone was heading to the West Loop Randolph Street Days block party.  My girlfriend, Caroline, and I saw a couple live bands and then decided to grab dinner in Greek Town.  On the way out we met a random group of guys who wanted us to go out with them to a local bar.  Between the playful banter, our hunger beat out, and we told the guys another time and headed to the restaurant.  After a fabulous dinner on the rooftop and a couple glasses of wine, we decided to call it a night.  I had my hand on the taxi cab door when Caroline looked over and said, “Let’s stop in this bar for one more drink!”  

I followed her into Dugan’s bar, and who happened to be there, but the guys from earlier in the night.  We had a few drinks and talked about music.  When I mentioned the Calvin Harris show at The Mid that weekend, one of the guys pointed me in the direction of a guy across the table–John.  Some call it instant connection, I like to call it the beginning of our love story.”

So fun!  Can’t wait for their wedding at The Secret Garden Event Center with Your Heart’s Desire Weddings & Events!

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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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Floral Sarah’s Garden | Dress Johnny Was | Film Lab The FIND Lab

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