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Madison & Brian – Engaged

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There really are no words to describe the awesomeness that is Madison & Brian and their Gilbert Riparian Preserve engagement photos.  I mean.  You guys.  My camera was melting in my hands from the hotness.

I asked Madison when she knew Brian was the one:

“I can’t say that there was necessarily a specific moment, but really a combination of moments that made me realize I would be laughing for the rest of my life with Brian. I remember telling one of my friends after about two months of getting to know Brian that I was probably going to marry him. This of course sounded crazy since we had only known each other for such a short amount of time, but I had never felt so intrigued and laughed so hard with someone ever before. I felt like we got each other and I knew he was going to be my forever.

One of my favorite memories of when we first started dating was actually our first date. Brian took me to see a movie, which really isn’t the greatest way to get to know each other, but then we sat in his car and talked for about two hours in the parking lot about anything and everything. My favorite moment from that date is when a song came on the radio, and Brian dropped everything we were talking about and just started singing it to me. Every time that song comes on I still get taken back to where it all started.”

So excited for your wedding!!

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Film Lab: The FIND Lab

Madison’s dress: Lulu’s
Madison’s shoes: Steve Madden
Madison’s jewelry: Necklace – Etsy, Earrings – Claire’s
Makeup: MAC
Brian’s blazer: H & M
Brian’s pants and shoes: Obey
Brian’s watch: Fossil

Lacey & Cody – Backyard Wedding

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What a fun day for Lacey & Cody’s backyard wedding in the home where Lacey grew up.  It was a rustic, casual, DIY affair with their backyard turned into a wonderland of burlap, lace, and just plain ol’ down home fun.  Lacey’s bouquet was a throwback to her mom’s wedding bouquet, and Lacey’s horse Pepperoni even joined us for a few portraits.  Guests danced the night away under the stars and cafe lights, with plenty of two stepping and homemade moonshine.  It reminded me of Indiana and I felt right at home!  Thanks to you both and your families for making me feel so welcome!

I asked Lacey how Cody proposed:

“I actually knew the proposal was coming because it was right around Christmas time.  We were going home for the holidays, and I knew Cody was old fashioned and was going to ask my dad for his permission. The two had never met before, and since I just up and moved to South Dakota to be with a guy my dad had yet to approve of, I knew Cody wanted to do it the right way. Plus, he kept making smart little remarks about Christmas gifts, and I just had a hunch it was going to be the ring of my dreams. I sent my mom to the jewelers to scope out some rings.  When we arrived in Arizona, Cody and I went to the jewelers, and without even knowing, I picked the same ring my mom previously picked out for Cody to buy!

That night Cody needed to receive my dads approval. My dad was already in bed watching TV from a long day at work, so my mom poured two fireball shots, put them on a platter with the ring and sent Cody into the bedroom with our little doggie Madden as backup. Cody went in with the fireball shots, puppy, and ring in hand and asked my dad for his permission.

The next evening Cody still wanted to include my two best friends and do something special, so they snuck off to the Wigwam Resort and decorated the reception area with flowers everywhere, candles and flower petals lining the aisle, and note cards of why he loved me. Even though I knew the proposal was coming it still brought me to tears hearing all the reasons why he loved me and was ready to spend the rest of his life with me.

At the end of the isle Cody popped out from behind the altar and popped the question! Of course I said yes, with tears in my eyes, then we all went out to celebrate with nothing other than the classy In and Out Burger. It’s our favorite place to stop when we are in AZ! We then celebrated the rest of the night at Toby Keith’s bar and grill. It was truly a magical night with all my favorite people at some of my favorite places to visit in AZ! It was definitely my version of a fairy tale and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night!”

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Film Lab: The FIND Lab

Hair & Makeup: Jaime Bravo

Nicole & Mycal – Firesky

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Such. A. Great. Day!!  Filled with love, laughter, sentimental emotion, and a guest list that knows how to party, Nicole & Mycal’s Firesky wedding photos are ones for the record books.  I asked Nicole about how they first met and the story behind how they got together:

“We first met in May 2011 at my cousin Molly’s wedding. Mycal was an usher in the wedding, and he and the groom were in the Marines together.  Mycal saw me first! He knew when he saw me that he wanted me to have his babies. Ha! I didn’t even know he was in the room. He found me later and told me at the reception that he wanted to make it work, and that he would treat me like the Princess I was.  I thought he was crazy!!!  

We both knew each other was the one in the same moment, after we re-connected in Springfield, IL. I went to watch him compete in a CrossFit competition. We had breakfast together, I watched him compete, he took me to dinner after the competition before I needed to get on the road back to Chicago. He kissed me, I knew in the moment of the kiss that I would spend the rest of my life with him.”

What did I tell ya?  The love between these two was so evident on their wedding day.  It was an honor to be a part of it and watch them together.  I’m so happy for you both!!

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Film Lab: The FIND Lab

Venue: FireSky Resort

Planner: Sandy Walker, In Awe Weddings & Events

Florist: The Flower Studio

Cake: PJ Cakes

DJ: Rock Around the Clock Entertainment

Videographer: Something New Media

Makeup: Cortney Weedman

Hair: Antoinette DiCarlo-Hennessy

Gown: Maggie Sottero

Gown Boutique: Schaffer’s Bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Gowns Designer: Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaid Gowns Boutique: Francia Bridal

Groomsmen Tuxes: Celebrity Tux & Tails

2nd Photographer: Elizabeth Haase

Flower girl’s necklace: DLN Expression Jewelry

Flower girls Leotards: GNJcrochet

Flower girl’s headband: PetitePeppermint

Ceremony Seating Sign: CHALKdesignsBYme

Social Media Sign: DarlingSailorDesigns

Date Established Guest Book Print: FrittsCreative

Ring Bearer Pillow: StarBridal

Toasting Flutes: SharonsCustomArtwork

Cake Knife and Server: AllAHeartDesires

Lacey & Cody – Sahuaro Ranch Park Engagement

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These two were such a blast during their Sahuaro Ranch Park engagement photos!  They are currently stationed in South Dakota, so they got to come home for a few days before their wedding, and we were able to squeeze in a session two days before their wedding.  Whew!  They must have brought the weather with them, because the day before this, it snowed in Phoenix!  It was chilly, but you’d never know.

I asked them both when they knew each other was the one.  I love hearing both perspectives!

Lacey: “Honestly, it’s hard to narrow it down to the exact moment, but there are a couple moments that I always replay in my head.

Like our first kiss in Vistancia after a long run together we jumped in the pool and it was freezing, so Cody hugged me as tight as he could then we had our first kiss.

Then there was the Alan Jackson concert when I tried to teach him how to two step behind the bleachers, and he kept stepping on my feet so he just ended up holding me swaying side to side.

The night after our first real “date” he walked me to my door step and he went to give me a hug good bye and couldn’t let go, and I didn’t want him to leave again for another year. We never dated until I told him he either needed to ask me out or stop being my friend because he couldn’t just come home once a year and keep breaking my heart. So I think I knew he was probably the one when only after spending a week together I quit my job, packed my things, and drove to South Dakota to date him! It was a risk worth taking.”

Cody: “When I returned to South Dakota after our first “real” date, she visited me for about a week, and I took her to all of my favorite places in the state–The Black Hills, The Badlands, and Spearfish Falls. She enjoyed the hiking and sight-seeing as much as I did, and although I had been to those places so many times in the past, it felt different when she was with me, and I was so happy to share those views and memories with her.

At the end of her visit I took her to the airport, and it was the hardest going-away that I ever had to endure. She cried in my arms and I didn’t want to let her go, I knew I wanted to keep her there in my arms for the rest of my life.”

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