<![CDATA[There's something really magical about winter weddings.  I don't know if it's the light, the crisp air, the stunning winter bouquets or what, but I love them and Alex and Sariah's bridal session is one of my favorites.  We had limited time together but the light was perfect, they were beautiful subjects and we had a lot of fun together.
Photographed on the Mesa LDS Temple grounds, which are some of my favorite.]]>

<![CDATA[This is my oldest daughter Maryn and this is her best frousin (cousin/friend) Sage.  We haven't always lived near each other, but recently Sage moved down here for a few months and the girls got to spend lots of time together.  Family connections are the best and I need to do better about capturing those in my own family too!
Here’s a little pic of them years and years ago.  Cuties.


 
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<![CDATA[I have photographed a lot of weddings and what I have learned is that all of them are beautiful and all of them are unique to each couple and family.  Sometimes you are photographing the event for one hour and sometimes you're there for eight.  I love every hour!  I have offered a la carte bride and groom sessions, just ceremony and formal photo coverage and just temple exits (which in the LDS culture is after they come out of the temple and greet their family and friends and then take their formal family and bridal party shots on the grounds) because sometimes that it all the coverage that is needed if there isn't a big party afterwards.
This couple came from Alaska to get married in the Gilbert LDS temple.  They were from here originally so wanted to come back where so many of their close family and friends were.  We photographed a few pictures for them on the grounds after their ceremony.  I wish I would have had five hours to photograph this beautiful couple and this gorgeous, gorgeous dress!
 
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<![CDATA[The McClures are one of my favorite families.  Ever.  I have been photographing their family and life event pictures for 6 years and it is always a pleasure.  Their youngest was just a baby when we started taking their pics and now she is growing up!  Here she is at eight years old, all ready to be baptized.  And catch the delish slippers at the end!
I started as a film photographer years and years ago.  I also started as a studio photographer too.  It was fun to get back to those roots in this shoot.
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<![CDATA[Brent and Stephanie traveled all the way from Canada for their beautiful fall wedding at The Wright House.  Florals by Array Design AZ.
Stephanie was an ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL bride.   Oh man, the dress.  The veil.  The florals.  The couple.  The venue.  Here’s a few of my favorite images:
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<![CDATA[I loved meeting Ryan and Emily for their engagements earlier this year.  You can see those here.
They are both so sweet and kind.  They both love music, cats and are seriously a match made in heaven.  I have looked forward to their wedding day since then!
Here are a few sneak peaks of their beautiful day at Schnepf Farms.
 
His reaction to her walking down the isle was priceless…
Ryan and Emily surprised their guests with bagpipe players at the end of the ceremony.]]>

<![CDATA[COORDINATED BRIDE
Another session featured.  So excited about this summer session.  Being an Arizona girl, I love all things desert but I also love all things beach and the challenge in putting together an elopement here was super fun.  Thanks to an amazing style team for sharing all of their talents, and of course, to our awesome bride and groom Austin and Audra.  Here are a few of my favorites from the session but you can see the featured on their wedding blog here.:
All the warm and happy feels right now!

Shoot Design:  me, Erin Pace Makeup, Jennifer Cluff at Simple Means Designs

Photography:  Me

Decor:  Simple Means Events

Makeup:  Erin Pace Makeup

Florals:  Emily Burton Floral Design

Makeup:  Erin Pace Makeup

Hair:  Taryn Moser

Arch Rentals:  Altar Grace

Table Rentals:  Native Events Co

Calligraphy:  Kelly the Hobbyist

Invitations/Printables:  Kelly Rupp

Swimwear:  Old Navy and Albion Fit

Treats:  Al and Karen Schmeiser/Bahama Bucks

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<![CDATA[I must admit, self-promotion does not come easy to me.  I never know if sharing stuff comes across braggy or like I'm an expert on something or whatever…you know what I mean.  I am honestly just happy to get to do this as my profession because I love it so much and get to work with so many awesome people.  It's really the best.  In all of life, sometimes you have highs and sometimes there are lows.  This year has been a great year for being recognized for my work efforts.  It is humbling and exciting and fun, and it just makes me want to keep upping my game and doing better and better work.
This summer, our 4th of July styled shoot was featured in Southern Bride magazine and it was such a treat.
How did this shoot come about?  Our amazing group of vendors loves to collaborate on holiday/seasonal styled shoots.  We love holidays, celebrating and all things love and connection.  Well, my dear friend Jeni used to live in New York. When she moved back to Arizona, she brought plans for this amazing farmhouse and built it on some farmland here. I've always been inspired by it and we've had many a party there, but I always envisioned it was the perfect home for a 4th of July celebration.  And thus this shoot was born.  Americana decor can be done many ways, but we wanted to step it up a notch with simple, yet elegant details: farmhouse table, greenery, brass and candles, china, cute welcoming printables and of course…pie. Our model is your All-American gal and one of my former brides, but whether this was for a themed wedding, dinner or party, I think anyone would find themselves at home here.  Anyone wanna join us next summer?!
Shoot design:  me, Erin Pace Makeup, Jennifer Cluff with Simple Means Events
Florals:  Erica Scott Designs
Printables:  Lisa Rupp
 
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<![CDATA[I have a lot of cousins.  Awesome cousins.  And we are close.  I grew up thinking my cousins were like siblings and we spent a lot of time together and have some great memories.  I'm lucky to live in a town with several of them.  Some of them have kids that are starting to have kids of their own and it's so fun!  Here are two of my cousin Sharman's daughters.  They are both expecting within a month of each other and are both beautiful and fun.  Love them both!

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<![CDATA[I was delighted to meet Jonah and Kimberly for their engagement session and so excited to photograph their wedding this fall.  If I haven't met and talked with my brides (and sometimes the grooms), engagement sessions are a fun way for us to get to know each other and work together before the big day.
Kimberly and her mom requested a location with green trees, some flowers and a little water.  They wanted light and airy, fun images.  I was happy that I had a spot that would work and they provided the cuteness and romance.
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