Tina + Jordan // Flagstaff,AZ

Flagstaff, AZ

Tina + Jordan

They met in Flagstaff during nursing school together. Here in this sleepy slow mountain living town they fell in love as friends and then as partners. Soon after graduation they moved up to Portland, OR where Jordan is originally from. They both had a desire to get married in the town they met.

I individually met each one of their guests. It was a small wedding with an intimate gathering feeling. Outside in the backyard of a friends house they vowed to always be each others firsts and only. They danced and then moved the celebration to downtown Flagstaff at a local pub. Each person they talked to, gave their undivided attention to, and laughed with. It’s a beautiful thing to have a small gathering of your favorite people all in one room together.

 

Randi + Mark // Cornville, AZ

Cornville, Arizona // DA RANCH

May 28th RANDI + MARK

With the romantic lyrics of Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”, Mark and Randi danced under the Arizona stars and strung lights all around. Their vineyard ranch wedding was a site to take in. With lush green overhanging trees and a warm summery breeze right around the corner. The friends that came up from Phoenix and around from all over the country filled the ranch with a buzz of excitement and energy!! They said I do underneath the weeping willow tree and drank wine in the vineyard. Mark and Randi met in New York where they became the best of friends. Their love is sweet and kind. Randi is sassy and one of those friends you want always by your side. She is fun and full of life. Mark is kind, intelligent, and loves deep. This is one of my VERY favorite Arizona venues!!

Audrey + Kevin // Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Kevin + Audrey 

My oh MY did we have a fun time up in Page for this shoot.  I’ve been waiting to meet these two in person for a while and it was well worth the wait to make new friends! After months of engagements over email and facetime we got to meet on a hot mid may evening in Page,Arizona. MANY people think Horseshoe bend is in Utah….but come on people it’s in Norther Arizona!!! Arizona is diverse in ways I never knew existed . From the deserts of Phoenix to , the red rocks of Sedona , to the snowy mountains of Flagstaff, you can reach three different climate zones in the matter of an hour. You could explore all that Page has to offer not in one day but multiple. We just hit the surface of Horseshoe Bend- which is a part of the Grand Canyon and below you can gaze at the slow moving boats grazing along the Colorado River.

Can we talk about that blue skirt though?!! My inner child leaped with joy when she stepped out of the car with that skirt on. I want one.

Kevin and Audrey hugged each other tightly while the sun went to sleep under the painted desert sky. It was windy, as it always is when you are out in the desert, with nothing but cactus to catch the breeze. These two met at in Phoenix between mutual friends over drinks and dinner. They sat in the corner at a bar talking, as if time as stopped and everything was in slow motion. Their love grew and grew to where it is today. The way Kevin looked at Audrey swept me off my own feet!!! Their love is one of those movie kinds of love; sweet, intimate, and romantic. I’m pretty obsessed with these two. Their wedding is not till March of 2018 but after our Mexican dinner late in the evening, I plan on seeing these two many times before than.

Jessica + Tanner // Sedona,AZ

Tanner + Jessica

HELLO beautiful people and beautiful sunset this session was!!! Do you see those red rocks?! They were showing off that night we explored the creek and enjoyed the sunset. Jessica grew up in Arizona, born and raised but decided to go south for college. Tanner is homegrown southern man from South Carolina! While visiting family out here Jessica really wanted some photos of them two in Sedona for their house. Little did she know Tanner had a surprise at the end. Jessica is this cute, petite, gorgeous woman that has kindness in her eyes. Tanner is like your older brother who wants to watch out for you and would help anyone when they need it. Their love is sweet and what they have between them is this kind of friendship we all dream of.

 

Now even though Jessica had no idea the proposal was going to happen, she planned a sunset couples session. Tanner didn’t even tell me it was going to happen! We all laughed a lot while we got to know each other and took a walk down to the creek. We were racing back up to the top to grab the last bit of light before then sun went down when Tanner gets down on one knee! He got nervous when I said “oh no! Gotta hurry because we are loosing light fast”. She was SO SHOCKED, said YES, and did a little happy dance. It’s one of those moments you won’t forget. No matter how many proposals I see, they never get old, they are all beautiful and intimate, and I feel honored I get to be there at that moment.

It’s a beautiful thing that which we call life. 

 

Melissa + Shea // Sedona,AZ

Melissa + Shea

Sedona, Arizona…where the sun is warm and the desert runs wild. These two were a hoot to hang out with for our shoot. We laughed the entire time!! They even brought some music along for us to dance to. My favorite part of my job is to meet these kind of people. The wildly fun random people I would have not otherwise have met. They are getting married in Mexico for a destination wedding and HELLO it will be beautiful. These two fit like a glove. He is goofy and she is creative. They both are extroverted and outgoing. Let’s do it again guys, cause we had a ball.

 Adriann + Tyler // Horseshoe Bend

 Adriann + Tyler

It takes a certain kind of couple to elope. There is this carefreeness about Adriann and Tyler. They seem to never in a rush. There is this slowness to their movements and laughter. Not in a boring kind of way at all but, more in a way that they allow the time between them to pause and to enjoy it. Their sweetness towards each other is rare. And most of all, their friendship goes deep.

Adriann messaged me about their elopement months before I planned my trip to Hawaii. She wanted to get married in the middle of February but due to Hawaii I said I would have to push it back. From her response I knew we were the same type of person and this elopement was going to be one of my favorites. She said something like, “oh it’s okay we can push it back till March even. Whatever works for you”. Can you get a feeling over her type B, easy going, carefree spirit yet? If not you will.

I was literally the only person at their wedding ( and my wonderful assistant Emily Carlson). I feel not only honored but trusted when I am the single sole in attendance. It was as if I got to document the truest nature of their love, without the hype, without the guests, without all the planning and stress. I got to amplify who they are individually and together through this intimate gathering of us four.

We walked a mile or so through the sandy canyons, laughing and trying to find just the right spot. Slot Canyon looks a lot like Antelope but due to the influx of people the last couple years we thought we would have more privacy and intimacy at Slot Canyon. It’s one of a kind, this canyon with it’s orange sand, red tone curvy long walls and, intimate tightness. She walked down through carrying her basket of goodies in one hand and her long flowy dress in the other. He has another bag with beer and a blanket just in case.

I love when people value art and details. Every part of their day was picked specifically with intention. From her recycled wedding dress, to boutique style gold & denim lapis earnings, to her vegan leather wrap sandals and, her handmade herb bouquet. He understood the value of light and why we needed to be places at a certain time. To the little picnic they brought to share vows on with pillows, blankets, and candles, I could have thought we were on a hippie magazine shoot for free people. Each detail was crafted for a purpose.

We photographed all day at slot canyon, took a break to eat chips and guac, and raced to horseshoe bend to catch the sun saying goodbye to the earth that evening.

What Tyler loves most about Adriann is: how kind she is.

What Adriann loves most about Tyler is: his intelligence.

We run up the sandy hill and down to the canyons edge in hopes of grabbing the last bit of sunlight. They dance, kiss, and gaze at the beauty of this earth we live on and this canyon we all live so close by. All the people walk back to their cars, the stars start to make their way out behind the dark blue veil, and the two share their vows together written on goofy cards they picked a few days before. They had threw out a blanket and what looked like handmade pillows. I walk away thanking the stars and God for inspiring love like theirs. Hoping to have something just as kind, sweet, and deep of friendship.

Dress – Reformation  // https://www.thereformation.com/weddings-slash-parties

Earrings – 2 bandits – gold & denim lapis //http://the2bandits.com/products/roped-in-earring-22k-gold-plated

Wedding Band – etsy  // https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1202025995 – 14k yellow gold / turquoise

Engagement Ring – Natalie Marie Jewelry  //http://www.nataliemariejewellery.com/

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