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Stephanie & Mark – Desert Glam Engagement

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You guys.  This desert glam engagement with Stephanie & Mark is going to have you drooling for days.  I mean, can’t EVEN!!  They wanted an over-the-top glam session, so I enlisted the help of a fabulous creative team to help their vision come to life.  We decided that the glam styling would be a perfect contrast to the dramatic desert backdrop of Arizona.  And after all that, it’s still their engagement session, so I asked Mark how he proposed to Stephanie:

“Our proposal was a well thought out magical journey! I had planted the seed several weeks prior to have a fantastic date night. For the first 5 months of the year, we both had been working extremely hard as we ventured into new careers. I established the date night and the planning began! With the help of her sister and Pinterest, we went ring shopping! Then the great people of Barnes Jewelers designed a special ring just for her. As the ring was being designed, I called her dad to fly him out from New Mexico to stay with her sister without her knowing.

My plan for the night would start with me laying out a sexy outfit for her to wear on this special night. Then the knight in shining armor would arrive to pick her up to take her to an amazing dinner overlooking Phoenix. I called the restraunt to let them know we were celebrating our new careers, which was true, but it was really part of the engagement! We enjoyed our delicious dinner all the while our family and friends were setting up the backyard to look romantic. Once we were dropped off by our driver, we walked into the front door which was laced with rose petals leading to the backyard, and the sound of John Legend’s “All of Me” jamming in the background. Once I walked her to the backyard, the whole family and friends gazed upon on us while I got down on one knee and asked the love of my life to marry me and she said YES!

Well played sir, well played.  And a huge thank you for your trust in me and the creative team to create this magical session for you.  Congrats to you both!  I’m so excited for your wedding!

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Coordinator/Planner: Duran Events

Wardrobe Styling: Cardigan Empire

Makeup: Jessica Fierro

Floral: Hoot & Holler

Furniture: Creative Occasions

Katie & Mike – Castle at Ashley Manor Wedding in Chandler

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It was an absolutely stunning day for Katie & Mike’s Castle at Ashley Manor wedding in Chandler!  It was a beautiful blush, gold and ivory wedding, surrounded by tons of family & friends.  And the Castle was an incredible backdrop for their outdoor ceremony; something you wouldn’t expect in the middle of the metro Phoenix area.  It’s like something in England!  Such a gorgeous venue.

I asked Mike how he proposed to Katie:

“We flew up to Alaska and stayed at My uncle’s Bed and Breakfast. On the second day, I took her for a drive up the mountain that overlooks the Homer “spit” (it doesn’t sound nice but it is!). I told her how much she means to me and handed her a compass with a ring attached to the end of it and she started to cry; she was so happy.”

So sweet, and love the cufflinks that have little maps from their hometowns!  Congrats to you both and best wishes in your marriage!

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Venue: The Castle at Ashley Manor

Cake: Piece of Cake

Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Mark Girls

DJ: Jeff Nelson

Gown Boutique: Lillian Lottie Couture

Gown Designer: Pronovias

Headpiece: HandyMandyStore, Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Nick’s Menswear

2nd Shooter: Morgan McLane

Karena Dixon - Beautiful wedding! Love that shot of the bride and flower girls.

Nikki Santerre - Absolutely stunning work, Rachel!

Lea & Fabian – State Fair Engagement in Phoenix

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It was an absolute blast with Lea & Fabian at their State Fair engagement in Phoenix!  I’ve been wanting to shoot at the State Fair for so long, and I was thrilled with these two suggested it!  It’s been an annual date for them since they met 7 years ago.  We rode rides, played games, and they even bought me a corn dog before we left.  So basically it was the best day ever.

I asked Fabian how he proposed to Lea:

“Lea’s father and I made up the plan after I had asked him for her hand in marriage. The plan was to have a fake fancy dinner with the whole family- her parents and mine- for the first time. When she was ready to leave, I told her to come on the roof to see the lights I put up.  I had a romantic table and chairs with music and candles waiting for just the two of us. We sat down, drank some wine, and her parents brought up a fancy Italian dinner. We ate and drank and danced then I got down on one knee beside the table and proposed. Her friend from 1st grade and another friend from college brought up champagne and chocolate strawberries. Then after a little while all of our family and friends came up to the roof with balloons to congratulate us. Then we all went back inside to have an engagement party.”

So thoughtful and awesome!  Can’t wait for your wedding!

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Reachel Bagley - I love this on location shoot. Turned out gorgeous.

Lynn & Keith – Paradise Valley Engagement

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Had such a nice evening with Lynn & Keith and their Paradise Valley Engagement.  We had the opportunity to enjoy a stunning private residence with lush landscaping and scenic views.  Lynn & Keith even brought their pup Riley along for some fun!

I asked Lynn how Keith proposed:

“We were in Costa Rica in June of 2014 on a vacation with Keith’s family. The second night he proposed to me in front of a huge fire pit. I screamed! I had no idea he had a ring or even was planning this! Apparently his entire family who was with us was aware and did a great job keeping a secret. It was truly a surprise.”

So awesome.  I’m so excited for your wedding!!  Congrats you two!

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Cassandra & Alex – Boojum Tree Wedding in Phoenix

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Cassandra and Alex chose a beautiful time of year for their Boojum Tree wedding in Phoenix!  Driving all the way down from Canada, they were surrounded by about 20 of their closest friends and family, none of which have ever visited Arizona before.  It was really fun meeting everyone and seeing Arizona through their eyes for the first time.

Cassandra and Alex decided on Boojum Tree because they have nothing at all like it where they live in Canada!  Boojum Tree is certainly a unique venue in and of itself, and we were able to spend a little time shooting around the property right after they said “I do.”

It was so fun meeting you and all your guests!  Hope you enjoyed your visit to the desert!  Best wishes to you both in your marriage!

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Venue: Boojum Tree

Florals: Curious Floral

Officiant: Rev. Michael Lee

Gown: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal

Menswear: Tip Top Tailors

2nd Shooter: Denise Nicole