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Sharon & David – Farm at South Mountain Engagement

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Such an enchanting afternoon for Sharon & David’s The Farm at South Mountain engagement photos!  We spent the afternoon exploring the lush grounds, pecan groves, and peace and quiet!  Sharon & David are getting married here in April and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to have their portraits here as well.  They even brought along their furry friend, Pigeon, for a few shots!

I asked David how he proposed to Sharon:

“I had Sharon’s great-grandmother’s ring in a container in the office in our house, waiting to take it in to be re-set. From time to time, Sharon checked to see if the ring was still there. One time, she noticed the ring wasn’t there anymore, so I think she had anticipated that it would happen sometime soon. On the day I proposed, I left work early to come home and get the house ready. I placed roses along the path that Sharon would take from her car into the house. I set up a bouquet of flowers on our dining room table, and had a bottle of her favorite champagne chilling on the back patio. I tied the white engagement ring box to our dog Pigeon’s neck with pink ribbon, and once I saw Sharon pull into the driveway, Pigeon and I ran onto the back patio to wait for her to come into the house. I had the ukulele version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ playing outside, and when Sharon came out, I got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me.”

Love it!!  Can’t wait for your wedding!!

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Sharon - We love these so much! Thank you for such a fun afternoon! We can’t wait to see the beauty that you will capture on our wedding day :)

Sharon & David

Kelly & Nick – Sassi Wedding in Scottsdale

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I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Kelly & Nick’s Sassi wedding in Scottsdale was!  Perfect light, lovely outdoor ceremony, and that dress and Juliet veil!  Ahhh!!  I asked Kelly how she and Nick met, and how he proposed.  I actually got to hear this story during the toasts as well and needless to say it was pretty funny!

“Nick and his roommate Nate went to Barcelona after hosting a Christmas Party at their house. Needless to say they were in rare form. I was at Barcelona with my roommate Emily. When we were sitting at the bar my old friend Nate walked in whom I hadn’t seen in over a year. Nate introduced me to Nick, and we began talking at the bar. Nick had the very first iPhone which had just come out, and I was obsessed with the Restaurant Shake app. It was sitting at the bar shaking his phone that true love happened.

I came home from work on a Thursday and Nick had rose petals and candles leading from the door to our back yard. When I walked outside there were homemade chocolate covered strawberries, yellow roses and a bottle of champagne on the bistro table outside. Nick then sent me on a scavanger hunt in the house. Each clue had a picture of us dating back to when we first started dating. The last clue ended at the bistro table where he had the ring box taped to under it. After he proposed we went to dinner at The Mission.”

So much fun and it was truly an honor to be there on your big day!

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Venue:  Sassi

Wedding Coordinator:  Caitlin Lindell

Florist:  Sarah’s Garden

Cake:  Let Them Eat Cake

Hair & Makeup:  Jessica Fierro

DJ:  DJ Mars

Acoustic Guitar:  Austin Carthell

Chair Rentals:  Us to You Party Rentals

Gown:  Pronovias

Gown Boutique:  Lillian Lottie Couture

Bride’s shoes:  Coach

Sash:  Lillian Lottie Couture

Veil:  Sibo Designs, Etsy

Men’s Attire:  H&M

Table Runners:  Fantasy Vintage Bridal, Etsy

Invitations:  Swell + Grand, Etsy

2nd Shooter:  Brealyn Nenes

Heather & Daniel – Engagement at Sahuaro Ranch Park

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Heather & Daniel were so sweet together for their engagement at Sahuaro Ranch Park!  Both photographers themselves, they immediately got comfy in front my camera as we spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and dodging mosquitos (mostly unsuccessfully).  These two have a genuine love for one another and for God and it is evident in everything they do.  It’s truly an inspiration to me!  They also have a really great sense of humor and had me laughing the whole time!

I asked Daniel how he proposed to Heather:

“June 7th, 2014. We started the day getting manicures from a small woman and a smaller man. It hurt me more than it hurt Heather. Then we went cosmic mini golfing (a thing that no one has heard of for a reason). Then I treated her to a surprise massage at the Red Door Spa at the shops at Biltmore. She thought I was getting a massage too, but I had left to go set the stage for the rest of the night. So I came back pretending I got a massage, and she had no clue.

Then we went to dinner at Blanco. Delicious tacos. After that, I barely convinced her to come with me to explore the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and all of its rich “history.” Little did Heather know, I was planning on making us a part of the history there.

Once I finally got her to join me in exploring, she reluctantly followed me to the third floor “history room.” Then, we “heard music” from the balcony. I urged her to come see what it was. She refused to interrupt somebody’s private event at a hotel we weren’t even supposed to be at. But I looked her in the eyes and said “trust me,” so she took my hand and followed me out.

There she discovered what I had been up to. My best friend Isaac was playing the piano facing the city that the balcony overlooked, and there was a table with a beautiful gold table cloth and rose petals all around. We approached the table and I held her close. Isaac played on, and I sang “Needle and Haystack Life” by Switchfoot. Heather cried. I told her how important she is to me and my life, and how I could not and would not imagine a world apart from her. I got on my knee, and asked her to be my teammate, helper, best friend, and bride. She responded “yeah, absolutely, of course.”
She was surprised, very smiley, and a little bit speechless (a lot, she says). She had tears and has never hugged me so tight. It was the best.”

Ah, you guys!!  So awesome.  I’m so excited for your wedding and it was so fun spending time with you!  And Happy Birthday, Heather!!

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Aubrey - These are beautiful of my Brother and soon to be new sister. Thank you for capturing their love. Love you both. XoxoxoX

Castle Cliff Estate Wedding Inspiration

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I’m so excited to share this Castle Cliff Estate Wedding Inspiration shoot from the Lemonade & Lenses Inspired by Laura Murray workshop in Denver!  This is the 2nd Lemonade & Lenses workshop I’ve attended and I was just blown away by the styling, instruction and general overall flow of the workshop.  It was impeccably planned by Lexi Vornberg, who taught us some fabulous tips about shooting details, movement, and getting published.  I learned a lot, put her instruction to work, and shortly after the workshop had my first wedding accepted for publication by Style Me Pretty!

The inspiration for this shoot pulled from the stunning horse country scenery of the Denver area, with tons of romantic elements and natural organic florals and table settings.  I especially loved Corie Cook Floral‘s take on all the floral design for the shoot, with bold colors and big flowers, moving away from the popular blush colors toward a more dramatic statement.  I can’t wait to see these types of colors in more and more weddings! Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3427 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3428 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3429 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3430 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3431 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3432 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3433 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3434 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3435 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3436 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3437 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3438 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3439 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3441 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3442 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3443 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3444 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3444a Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3449 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3450 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3451 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3452 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3453 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3453a Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3453b Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3453c Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3453d Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3454 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3455 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3456 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3459 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3461 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3462 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3463 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3464 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3465 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3466 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3467 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3468 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3470 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3471 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3472 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3473 Scottsdale Wedding Photographer | Rachel Solomon Photography_3474

Instructors:  Lexi Vornberg & Laura Murray

Location:  Castle Cliff Estate

Food Styling:  Lauren with Three Tomatoes Catering

Event Coordinator/Styling:  Isabelle Kline Design

Calligraphy:  Signora e Mare

Florals:  Cori Cook Floral Design

Dresses & Veil:  Anna Be

Dress Designer:  Augusta Jones

Hair:  Harmony Kilgore

Makeup:  Cassandra Garza

Rentals:  Event Rents

Sponsors:  ProDPI, Photo Impact Imaging, Rachel Brenke

Karena Dixon - Stunning, as always!