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Megan & Tommy – The Farm at South Mountain Engagement

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We thought we might get rained out, but it just turned out to be a nice overcast afternoon for Megan & Tommy’s The Farm at South Mountain engagement photos.  They even brought along their little furry friend Lucy for some fun!  I kinda wanted to stick Lucy in my camera bag and take her home with me.  So adorable!!

I asked Megan about how she and Tommy met:

“It was a brisk February Saturday morning in Phoenix. A group of us girls rolled out of bed, still dark outside and a little tired from the Friday night before. I’m pretty sure we were less than happy with my friend Emily, as she was the one that signed us up to wake up at 5am, but we were excited to go on a hike, a hike for a great cause, Climb to Conquer Cancer.  So off we went, no makeup, hair in messy buns, on our way to climb and conquer.

As we parked in the dim parking lot we immediately began meeting up with Emily’s coworkers before the hike began. That was when Emily introduced me to Tommy. I had heard about him before through Emily’s stories and was excited to meet him. They were already great friends at work, and I could tell that she was excited to introduce me to him and the group in hopes that we would all become friends. And that is exactly what happened–we made plans for me to join their co-ed softball team (Tommy was the captain) and the rest is history. We became friends, but not just any kind of friends, inseparable friends from that day forward.

The rest of the day was a blast. It turned out to be a beautiful day at South Mountain and I had so much fun hiking, goofing off and meeting new people. They all made me feel like I was one of the crew from the very beginning. Little did I know that day that Tommy would become the love of my life and the man I was going to marry.”

I love hearing stories like this!  So excited for your wedding!!

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Film Processing: The FIND Lab

Location: The Farm at South Mountain

Sara & Corey – Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Sara & Corey chose an absolutely beautiful day for their Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos!  They even brought along their doggies Porter & Frankie to join in on the fun!

They met in high school through mutual friends, but didn’t start dating until about 6 years later.  I asked Sara how Corey proposed:

“We were engaged in February of this year, in Costa Rica!  We had an amazing suite overlooking the bay. Corey was extremely nervous, but eventually he got the courage to propose that night out on the patio!”

So excited for your wedding!!  Can’t wait! Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4700 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4701 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4702 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4703 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4704 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4705 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4706 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4707 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4708 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4709 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4710 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4711 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4712 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4713 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4714 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4715 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4716 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4717 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4718 Boyce Thompson Arboretum engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4719 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4720

Film Processing: The FIND Lab

Location: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Desiree & Paul – Japanese Friendship Garden Engagement

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What a beautiful day for Desiree & Paul’s Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos!  This was my first visit to the garden and I’m so thankful that Desiree and Paul chose it.  The light was incredible, the greenery and surroundings were stunning, and we pretty much had the place to explore by ourselves.

I asked Desiree how she and Paul met:

“It was New Years Eve 2011, and I had decided to stay in that night. But, one of my girlfriends was begging me to go out with her. I was cozy on the couch, wrapped up in my favorite blanket, with a glass of wine and my pup at my side, watching Criminal Minds and definitely wasn’t ready to go party. By 10pm she finally had me convinced to go out and meet up with her and some friends. When I got there, I saw one of our mutual friends and went to stand in line with him to get into the bar. He introduced me to Paul and I thought to myself, “Hmmmm, maybe it was a good idea to come out tonight!”

I was texting my girlfriend asking, “Where are you?! I’m here!” She responded with, “Almost there!” “Had to stop for gas” “Ran into a friend in the parking lot!” Then she said, “Did you meet Paul?” Right before midnight, hours after I had arrived, I finally realized I had been set up! She never came… never even left her house!!! We enjoyed the night, and when the ball dropped at midnight, Paul looked at me (while everyone else was kissing) and without hesitation, kissed me! I was completely caught off guard, and this might sound cheesy, but I knew right then and there that he would be the last man I ever kissed. From that day forward, we’ve been inseparable!!”

So fun!!  I had a fabulous time with you both and can’t wait for your wedding!!  Yay!! Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4682 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4683 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4684 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4685 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4686 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4687 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4688 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4689 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4690 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4691 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4692 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4693 Japanese Friendship Garden engagement photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4694 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4695 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4696 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4697 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4698

Film processed by: The FIND Lab

Location: Japanese Friendship Garden

Kyla & Eric – Windmill Winery Wedding

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So excited to share Kyla & Eric’s Windmill Winery wedding photos with you!  The weather was gorgeous, we were blessed with some beautiful Arizona sunshine, and the venue was just stunning.  Kyla & Eric met in high school and have been together ever since!

Kyla: “We actually were friends for a few months before he asked me to be his girlfriend. He baked me a strawberry cake with strawberry frosting, with a note that said “Kyla Shea, will you be my girlfriend?”

I asked them when they knew they found “the one.”

Eric: “When she became my best friend.”

Congrats to you both and best wishes in your marriage!

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Film Processing: The FIND Lab

Venue: The Windmill Winery

Florals: Razzle Dazzle Flowers

Cake: Lesley’s Creative Cakes

Caterer: Kiss the Chef

DJ: Ellagant Entertainment

Videography: Tyars Media

Gown: Allure

Gown Boutique: Lillian Lottie Couture

Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang

2nd Shooter: Genevieve Hansen

Meg & Nick – Hotel Congress Wedding in Tucson

Hotel Congress Wedding Photos - Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_4575 Meg & Nick had a super cool wedding starting with their ceremony outside Maynard’s Kitchen in Tucson, next to the rail station, then we headed over to the awesome historic Hotel Congress, where the one and only John Dillinger was capture in 1934!  I felt like it was a trip back in time with all the architecture, woodwork, and detail in the building.  Such a great place to celebrate with family & friends!  Their Hotel Congress wedding photos went off without a hitch thanks to the fabulous creative team and staff at both venues.

When I first met Meg & Nick, I asked them each to describe Nick’s proposal.  I love hearing how each of them see the story differently!

Nick: “I tried to propose while skydiving, but due to bad weather we made reservations at the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas. I never officially asked her. I told her I wanted to marry her, but couldn’t ask because I was nervous she’d say no.”

Meg: “Nicholas ordered champagne after dinner, which is very unlike him. He was so nervous I thought he was going to be sick. He got down on one knee, very traditional. I loved that he put so much thought into my ring, designing it himself. Very unique.”

Huge congrats to both of you and best wishes to you in your marriage!

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Film processing: The FIND Lab

Ceremony: Maynard’s Market & Kitchen

Reception: Hotel Congress

Florals: LaFleur

Hair: Tera Stidvent, Hair or Dye

Gown: Vera Wang

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Invitations: Pear Tree Greetings

Catering: Hotel Congress

Cake: Hotel Congress

DJ: Hotel Congress

 

Teresa McKeirnan - Wow! What great pictures-made me cry all over again! Such a beautiful couple and a wonderful start to their life together!