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Mt. Lemmon Engagement – Kiley & Ty

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It was so nice to escape the early Phoenix heat and meet up with Kiley & Ty for their Mt Lemmon engagement photos!  These two are so sweet and fun together and Mt Lemmon is one of their favorite locations to spend time.  I asked Kiley to tell me about Ty’s proposal:

We got engaged the day after Christmas!  He took me to the same place we went cliff jumping on our first date.  I asked when we got there if it was the same place, but he denied it!  We hadn’t been there in 5 years, so I just believed him and accepted our hike as no big deal.  When we got to the end, there was a waterfall.  He pulled a couple water bottles out of his backpack, and while I was taking a sip of water, he snuck the ring into his pocket.  He grabbed my hands and told me that this was where we went on our first date.  Confused, I asked him why he said it wasn’t.  He then took my hands and I knew what was happening!  He proposed, and I was the happiest person in the world!  I was jumping around and couldn’t contain my happiness.  As soon as we took pictures and decided to head back, he took the ring back and wouldn’t let me wear it on the way out, because he was afraid it would fall into the water!  We got back to the car, I put the ring on, and we called our best friends and family who were beside themselves with joy!

So excited for your wedding this winter at Tanque Verde Ranch!

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Desert Foothills Wedding – Amanda & Caleb

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Rain & strong winds didn’t stop these two from some epic Desert Foothills wedding photos!  A random spring storm tore through the desert that day but they kept a positive attitude and braved the weather and rain.  And I’m so glad they did.

Wind has a beautiful way of creating movement in portraits…from the bride’s hair blowing away from her face, to the ribbons on her bouquet, creating something unique that we don’t get everyday here in Arizona.  And can we talk about those dark blue skies for a minute?  I’m so happy for these two and how they just went with the flow, and trusted me even though they got a few raindrops on their shoulders.

I asked each of them to share with me a favorite memory from when they first started dating:

Caleb:  After going to coffee, we decided to go to a movie.  While we were walking in, we were talking about what kind of music we like, and I like all kinds of music.  Amanda asked, “What kind of music don’t you like?”  I said, “I don’t know, I don’t really like Mariachi music.”  And she said, in the most disappointed voice, “Caleb, my whole family is Mexican!”  And I don’t remember what I said, but what I thought was, “Crap, I thought she was Italian, I’m never getting a second date now!”

Amanda:  Within a month of when we first started dating, Caleb has to get his wisdom teeth removed, and I offered to take him to the dentist and take care of him afterward.  When I picked him up from the procedure, he was still groggy from the drugs and couldn’t talk with all the gauze in his mouth.  I took him to the pharmacy to pick up his prescriptions and left him in the car while I went inside.  Little did I know, I went to the wrong pharmacy, and they didn’t have Caleb on file.  So, not knowing much about him, I had to give the pharmacy as much information as I knew about him in order for them to fill his prescription.  I was so nervous about making sure I was taking good care of him, but it turned out to be one of my favorite weekends with him.  We laid on the couch all weekend, watched tv and ate soup.  I loved taking care of him, and I knew by the way he held my hand on the way home from the dentist (when he was still drugged) that he was so grateful I was there with him. 

So great!  Congrats to you both and thank you for having me with you on such a perfect day!

 

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Four Seasons Scottsdale Wedding – Victoria & Kyle

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Victoria & Kyle’s Four Seasons Scottsdale wedding photos were the perfect blend of intimate and romantic.  The day was overcast with the possibility of rain, but they lucked out and had some gorgeous weather for their elegant al fresco dinner party.  I asked them both to tell me about their early dating days and how Kyle proposed:

In 2008, Kyle began his surgical residency in a Boston hospital where Victoria worked as a perioperative nurse.  He thought she seemed busy and preoccupied.  She thought he was subtly sexy and knew he would be trouble.  Their paths crossed almost daily but it took over a year for him to ask her what she was doing on the weekend.  When she informed him that she was on Match.com, he laughed and asked why she wasn’t dating him. 

Kyle proposed on Christmas 2013 while they were in Cabo. He had planned to propose on the beach after dinner, but she was cold and wanted to go back to the hotel room. He proposed in the room that night after she had changed into a t-shirt and put her hair up in a ponytail.

So simple, and so true to who they are!  Congrats to you both!

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Sedona Engagement – Kelsie & Daniel

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What a great day to escape the early spring heat of the Valley and head up north for Kelsie & Daniel’s Sedona engagement photos.  It was really windy up on those red rocks but these two didn’t skip a beat!

I asked Kelsie to tell me how Daniel proposed:

“Before our move from Illinois to Arizona we came out a month ahead to get our apartment keys.  We got so much done the first 3 days of our 5 day trip, Dan suggested that we go on a hike to get away from all of the apartment details.  He chose the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain.  He got me out of bed at 5 am, without eating breakfast or fully preparing for the intense day ahead, we made it to the base of the trailhead.  After about thirty minutes I felt faint, wanted to give up, and complained a good portion of the hike up.  Dan kept reassuring me that the hike would be worth it, that we had to make it to the top.  

Once we got to the top of the vigorous path of Echo Canyon, I immediately wanted to take a nap!  So I proceeded to lay down as Dan asks me to stand up.  I said, “Dan, you just forced me to climb this mountain at 6:30 am, I deserve a quick nap.”  He repeatedly asked me to stand up.  I finally stood up to turn around and see him on his knee.  I immediately was overcome with emotion of happiness, joy, excitement, tears, and embarrassment!  It was one of the sweatiest and happiest moments of my life.  Truly a memory I will never forget!  Since then I’ve kept my mountain complaints to a bare minimum just in case something fantastic decides to happen once we have reached the top of the mountain.”

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Sassi Wedding – Kaila & Kyle

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With the threat of rain on and off all day, Kaila & Kyle’s Sassi wedding photos turned out so beautifully.  The sun even came out for us and gave some gorgeous clouds, making for a lovely celebration!  This wedding was full of corals, personal touches, and bling and it all came together flawlessly.  As always huge kudos to the amazing staff at Sassi for staying on their toes even with the rainy skies.

Congrats to you both!!

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