The last few years I’ve been able to photograph this amazingggg local juicery owned + run by Summer Sanders. She is a woman boss on a mission to produce the most healthiest, tastiest, whole natural recipes out there. She opened her first restaurant in Sedona, Arizona and last year opened one in Flagstaff. Full of vibrant colors, exotic flavors, and extraordinary textures, you won’t an item on the menu you won’t like. Here are some of my favorite images from our shoots over the last year.
Each year, during my CRAZY wedding season, I some how find time to fit in Fall Mini Sessions with amazing Arizona families. Without fail, they are some of my most favorite sessions because of the laughter, challenge, and people I meet. This year I had over 15+ fall family sessions. Here are some of my favorite sessions.
When I met Jessica and Tanner a year ago in Sedona I would have no idea I would be photographing their destination wedding in Charleston, SC. Jessica set up a couples session with me in Sedona, while Tanner was planning a surprise proposal at the end. I had no idea this was happening and was so happy my camera was ready when he popped the question!! I made friends that day that knew we would be friends for much longer.
With Jessica’s modern artistic style, she brought together all these pieces to create an unbelievable wedding day. Cannon Green isa venue in downtown Charleston with a modern flare. Palm trees, strung lights, and white stone creates an inviting feeling for all types of parties. Their ceremony was outside under the palm trees while moving inside for an amazing reception. Live band, donut wall, and four different food stations, this was a unique wedding.
Tanner is funny and warming and one of those nice guys you trust.
Jessica is stylish and fun loving and the sweetest human.
These are my kind of people!! They are so inviting and fun I wish I lived closer to them!
Charleston offers bright colored walls I don’t normally get to play around with in Arizona. I’m not complaining about the trees and mountains at all BUT I do miss photographing a couple near cool architecture. It pushes on parts of my creativity I have not touched in a long time. And WOW did we have a fun bride + groom portrait sessions with those bright walls and fun buildings. I didn’t want to give them the classic Charleston wedding photographs because they are a little bit more stylish and trendy then preppy! If I didn’t already say it- you might think this wedding was in California with the palm trees and urban style.
Did someone say Oktoberfest wedding?!? Taryn and Ryan created the most autumn themed wedding I have ever been to!! Bratwurst, beer, pumpkins, and pies- it gave you all the right October feels. I cannot express how the detail that went into this wedding. Taryn left no stone up turned.
Taryn and Ryan’s families new each other growing up. They are the most unlikely of couples but they work so perfectly together. He is this wild, extreme, kind, happy guy. She is this creative, smart, organized, beautiful woman. They connected again while dancing at the local two step bar one night and felt an instant mutual attraction. They run together, hike together, travel together, and cook together. They are the best of friends!
The day did not go according to plan but when does a wedding ever happen on plan? Within the last decade it has not rained on October 13th. It rained the whole day this year! Due to a fluke tropical storm we had a beautiful rainy wedding day! I know if it rains on your wedding day it’s good luck- they got luck piled up for the rest of their lives if that is true!! Taryn’s wedding vision was amazing. Every detail came to light. While it thundered strong during the ceremony, the reception went all night long in that tent!
Oktoberfest was the theme! Her mother made homemade german bratwurst, sourcrout, and potatoes. With hints of blackberry everywhere in the candy popcorn, infused water, and homemade blackerry pies it was a treat!!
They danced and danced with a sparkler exit at the end!!
While the aspen leaves were in full splendor and the mountain stood tall, Shelby and Gabriel united as one in nature. After meeting in high school, dating through college, it was time to get married! They both attended NAU for college and fell in love with Flagstaff’s organic living. Time is slower, people are friendlier, and the trees are bigger.
Flagstaff has a wonderful venue up at the mountain in the ski lodge. Half the year skiers from all over the state come to play in the white powered snow on Humphrey’s peaks while the other half of the year people hike up it in the hot summer sun. The wedding venue over looks the valley of rolling hills and mountains Arizona has. Shelby wanted the autumn leaves so bad she was willing to hike into the perfect spot for them! Thankfully she is so down to earth and easy going that this was no issue for her. Her and Gabriel spun in the fields with the yellow trees glowing.
Shelby is compassionate, sweet, and a little wild!
Gabriel is mysterious, kind hearted, and loving.
Together they create this beautiful friendship where love flourishes.
We got all the desert Sedona vibes at this wedding hello!!!! This is one of my FAVORITE venues in Sedona because of the views. They are specular and breathtaking to say the least. Katie and Jasper wanted something very special for their Wednesday destination wedding.
When Katie and Jasper met years and years ago on a random chance one night on the streets of Flagstaff…they fell in love almost instantly. Well at least he did!! He from Holland, her from Connecticut. Jasper was passing through by chance from Page, AZ to California and happened to stop in Flagstaff for the night. He had no intentions on staying or returning but once he met Katie that all changed. For the next few weeks he was visiting America, he would make his way back to Flagstaff to spend time with Katie ANY chance he got. I mean COME ON..so romantic.
After a year of long distance, Katie decided to move to Holland! YES, she made the move to be with the man she loves. Although not easy, it was worth it she says. Their love has no limits. And their wedding…wow was it incredible. With 50 of their closest friends and family from literally all over the world- they were wed with the mountains of Sedona looking down on them. It was the perfect September Wednesday. Blue skies, light breeze, warm sun. All was right with the world. They danced ALL NIGHT till the sun went down and the moon came out.