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Shelby & Jason – Sanctuary at Admiral Wedding in Seattle

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Such a beautiful day for Shelby & Jason’s Sanctuary at Admiral Wedding in Seattle!  Even though it rained a bit, it created some beautiful overcast skies and nothing that would ruin their day.  Shelby and I are first cousins, and we grew up together in the rural country of southern Indiana.  It was such an honor to be able to photograph one of the most important days of her life.  I asked Shelby to tell the story of how she and Jason met, and some of the inspiration behind her big day.

Jason and I met in the small town of Bloomington, Indiana, where we were both were traveling for our work, and ended up in the same facility for our jobs.  My first day on the job, Jason was the first person who greeted me, and all I can remember was his huge smile! As we got to know one another, Jason attempted to ask me on multiple dates.  All he ever wanted me to do was go to a state park with him, because he knew that I loved being outdoors, and so did he.  I finally gave in, and we went to this beautiful park with thousands of blooming trees, greenery, water, rocks, flowers…it was just so calming and relaxing.  I fell in love with that park and as I started to realize that day, the park wasn’t the only thing I was falling for.

Jason knew immediately that he loved me and that he was going to marry me one day.  For me, it took going to the park to know that we had something special that was indescribable and unable to hide!  As the winter went and the first day of spring came, it was beautiful outside.  Jason asked me to go to the park where we had our first date.  I did not expect anything unusual, because it was a beautiful day and we loved being adventurous and going hiking.   As we approached the water along the path, there was a log across the water.  We always went out to the middle of the log to rest and enjoy the beauty of the water running below us.  It was there on the log that Jason asked me to marry him!  Of course I said YES!  

From that day we started planning our lives together.  We decided that we were going to take a leap of faith and relocate across the country to Seattle, Washington!  It was there that we decided to have our wedding, and from there the planning began!

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My bouquet included my something borrowed, which was a handkerchief from a very special friend of our family, Lori, who was unable to make it out for the wedding.  I wanted her to be part of the day and what better way to know she was with me on my special day but to have her close to me on my bouquet.  Secondly, my something old, was just beautifully displayed in my bouquet!  My something old was my great grandmother’s quilting Thimble.  As a little girl, my great grandmother and I were very close, and she will always have a special place in my heart.  

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As I thought (and thought) about what I wanted on the top of the cake, I came up with an idea of a teacup!  Teacups are elegant and beautiful.  I thought a teacup on top of the cake, along with a few teacups spread throughout the design of the tables, would be perfect!  But on top of the cake didn’t just sit any normal teacup.  It belonged to my Aunt Pammy who passed away from cancer.  She was very special to me.  To represent her free will,  humane personality, and beauty, we placed a teacup she owned on top of our cake with a beautiful arrangement of flowers.
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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, elegant and romantic wedding!  It was absolutely perfect, and to kick our lives off together, we made a grand exit with sparklers!  We wouldn’t have changed one thing!  We kept everything true to who we were and stuck with the theme of keeping everything super simple!!!!  Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3205

Again I’m so honored to have been able to capture  your special day for you!  Best wishes to you both in your marriage!

 

Venue:  Sanctuary at Admiral

Event Coordinator:  Davi Sobotta, Sanctuary at Admiral

Catering:  Foodz Catering

Florist:  The Flower Lab

Cake Artist:  The Sweet Side

DJ:  Seattle Music Solutions

2nd Shooter:  Candice Hackett, Ivy & Tweed

Gown Boutique:  Petals & Lace (Nashville)

Gown:  Mori Lee

Groom’s Tux:  Vera Wang

 

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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