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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

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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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

Kirstin & Austin – Fall Engagement in Munds Park

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What a fun trip up north for Kirstin & Austin’s fall engagement in Munds Park!  They even brought along their fur babies Penny & Baby for some fun.  It was so nice to escape from the heat (in October!) of the valley and enjoy a nice 60 degree day.  Austin’s mom has a cabin in Munds Park it’s one of their favorite getaway locations, and holds so many memories for them!

And who doesn’t want to get proposed to on top of the Empire State Building?!  Here’s how Kirstin describes Austin’s proposal:

We had planned a trip to New York City back in November 2013, for June 2014. A month after planning, Austin went over to his mom’s and told her he wanted to take the opportunity and propose while we were there. She was more than ecstatic! He saved money for a few months during the busy season at work and went to Ganem Jewellers to pick out a ring. Well, in April we attended a wedding for my boss and just so happened to sit at the same table as the girl Austin visited at the jewellers and she quizzed me all night about what I wanted. She told him he needed to come back and pick out something else because he didn’t quite nail it. 

Fast forward to June, we are about to leave to go to the airport and I jokingly show him a picture of a ring style I like on Pinterest. He laughed and said, “Someday.” On our second full day in New York, we had tickets to see the Empire State Building. Austin’s mom had carried the ring on the airplane, through the subway, and all through town, and it was finally his turn. When we got there, security made him empty his pockets and he had to sneak it back to her without me seeing! Success! He pretty much pushed me to the top of the building. When we finally got outside, he got down on one knee, and I remember thinking there was no way it was happening! I was in shock! (What’s funny is that the ring is pretty much exactly what I showed him on Pinterest!)

From Austin:  She didn’t say anything for what felt like 15 seconds. I didn’t know what her answer was. I was so happy she was surprised! I went through hell to get the ring and the secret across the country.

So amazing you guys!!  Can’t wait for your wedding.  It’s going to be so amazing!!
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