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Cherry & Eric – Jerome Engagement Photos

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It was so nice to get out of the desert heat, and travel up north for Cherry & Eric’s Jerome engagement photos.  For you locals, if you haven’t been to Jerome, you really need to take a day trip up there.  The views are incredible and the winding roads up the mountainside can’t be beat!  It’s a sleepy little town that used to be an old mining town.  Now I’d say it’s known for bikers and tourists, but there are so many cute little shops and stores to enjoy.

We started out the day at Caduceus Cellars, one of Cherry & Eric’s favorite spots for wine tastings.  Most of the wine is made from grapes grown in Arizona.  Who knew Arizona could make such great wine?  We enjoyed a flight and some cheese, then headed out into the streets of Jerome for our afternoon of fun.  Cherry & Eric are also getting married on “pi” day, so they brought along some pies to commemorate it!

I asked Eric how he proposed to Cherry:

“We got engaged on May 10th of this year. We were living in Austin and I made a promise to myself that if we were to move back to Arizona, the first thing I wanted to do was marry Cherry. I knew that music was a big part of how we met and it continues to be a big part of our relationship. So continuing with that theme, I decided to propose at the live music capital of the world. We enjoyed an evening of great food downtown, followed by a stroll in front of the Texas Capitol building, where I got on one knee and asked her to marry me. Cherry started crying as soon as she saw me get on my knee and after some time said ‘Yes I’ll f***king marry you!’ “

Love it!!  You two are so adorable I can’t even handle it.  So excited for your wedding!!

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Nadia & Rocco – Desert Botanical Garden Engagement Photos

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What an incredible afternoon with Nadia & Rocco for their Desert Botanical Garden engagement photos!  Nadia reached out to me and said they were planning a summer trip to AZ and wanted to do their engagement photos here.  How fun!  And what better place to explore the AZ desert than at the DBG.  I asked Nadia about their story and this is what she had to say:
“Rocco and I have known each other practically our entire lives… Our families have been close for 30+ years, and have already walked down the aisle together as the ring bearer and flower girl.
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Rocco and I started dating five years ago… Our first date was going to the movies to see The Hangover. Last 4th of July, Rocco and I had plans to go down to my family’s beach house… Rocco works in New York City and told me that he forgot his wallet at work and would need to pick it up before we headed down the shore. Instead of his office, Rocco pulled up to the Ritz Carlton and proposed to  me in a breathtaking room overlooking Central Park with Andrea Bocelli playing in the background. Rocco had also hired a car service to take us all over the city for pictures and dinner overlooking Columbus Circle. It was such a special night and I was so surprised! 
 
We planned our trip to Arizona back in February after a brutal East Coast winter… I always wanted our engagement photos to be memorable and reflect Rocco and I as a couple. We stayed at The Phoenician and enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather… We visited The Grand Canyon and Sedona, and enjoyed the local eateries of Phoenix. The best part of the trip? Visiting The Desert Botanical Garden for our photo shoot and seeing all the plants and cacti (we certainly don’t have those in New York/New Jersey!)”
It was so fabulous meeting with you both and playing tour guide a little bit!  :)  So glad you enjoyed yourselves here in the desert and appreciate the beauty of it as much as I do.  Best wishes to you both!!
Hair & makeup:  Jessica Fierro

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Brittany & Keith – Glendale Engagement Photos

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What an incredible morning with Brittany & Keith for their Glendale engagement photos!  Because of the heat we decided to do a sunrise session, and I’m so glad we did!  Not only was the light gorgeous from the overcast morning, it also flooded later that day so we would have been rained out for sure!  :)  We spent the morning getting to know each other, dodging quite possibly 50 cats, rabbits and peacocks, and just enjoyed our time together.  It was really special for me because these two don’t get to see each other that often, so I was honored that they were able to spend some time with me for their engagement session.  I asked Brittany how they met and how Keith proposed… (scroll down to read more)

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“Keith and I dated in high school, but parted ways some time after graduation. It wasn’t until after college, when we ran into each other at a Halloween party, that we began to reconnect. We started hanging out more and more and, soon after, things picked up where they left off. In May 2013, the time came for Keith to move to Charleston, SC with the United States Navy. Long distance is never easy, but we’ve done our best to make sure I visit him every few months or so, with plenty of phone calls and Skype dates in between. Even still, nothing beats him coming home.  

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That being said, we were both beyond excited when we knew he’d be coming home for Christmas. So much so that we made a list of things we wanted to do while he was here. On that list was “day trip to Jerome,” and “go out to a fancy dinner.” I was a little surprised when he suggested doing both on Christmas Eve, but he assured me that we’d make it home in time for the festivities. With that, we went with my parents up to Jerome on Christmas Eve and had a wonderful day looking around and wine tasting. (Little did I know he had asked for my parents’ blessing prior to this trip so they were in on it the whole time!)  

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We made it back to Phoenix with enough time to get ready and make it to our dinner reservation. When we got there, Keith suggested that we take a picture. I was shocked because I’m usually the one to bring that up! He went to get the waiter to take our picture and said that we should stand. We were surrounded by other diners so I told him I’d prefer to sit. Somehow, he managed to get me out of me seat and I’m so happy he did, because as the waiter snapped our picture, Keith got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!!”

Seriously, hearing proposal stories never gets old.  I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and I think this is probably one of the favorite parts of my job.  It was so great hanging out with both of you and I can’t wait for your wedding!

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