Charlotte + Ben // Arizona

“As we grow old may it be told that we never lost our flame. If love is a fire then our desire it to burn a whole tank. “ -Josh Garrels

THE tension between Ben and Charlotte, all the time, but especially on their wedding day can be described using these words: spicy, sexy, and steamy. 

So if that helps you at all understand their first dance, or the kiss during the ceremony, or the portrait session. They are so incredibly in love with each other which is apparent not only through the physical but also their deeply connected hearts and minds. 

Arizona offers a variety of venues and theirs was ON POINT! Filled with willow trees, windmill, and Italian looking stucco, I didn’t have a hard time finding places to photograph! This is my fourth wedding with this great group of friends in Flagstaff. The groomsmen were so use to my directions. BTW- they all love being in front of the camera, it’s hysterical. The girls, I mean just look at them, SO freaking beautiful. I couldn’t take a bad photo even if I tried at their wedding. 

I really love it when couples don’t do a first look. The tension in the room is full of wonder, excitement, and celebration. When we invite our community into that place I think we are offering a human experience that is rare and honest. To see the grooms reaction as he sees his bride walk down the isle, to watch the father of the bride give his daughter away, and to see the space between two people be almost visible, doesn’t happen anywhere else. I think it’s an honor to be invited into that shared experience. That it was for Ben and Charlotte. I might have teared up a little bit when photographing. It’s always when the guy starts crying during his vows is when I tear up. I watch the parents face through my camera lens, which mind you no one other then the bridal party can see, and I loose it. Both sets of parents have prayed and thought about this moment in their child’s life. It’s as if you can feel the father’s happiness yet sadness of the reality that his little girl is no longer little. And the mother of the groom’s face holds all the years of doubt and unknowns for her sons future. It all gets tied up during the ceremony, with a wash of relief as the couple kisses and walks into the next stage of their life together. 

Logan + Parker // Ajo, AZ

On the Mexican border lies a tiny little town that offers much. Ajo, Arizona. Logan and Parker would drive to the beach in Mexico and always joked they wanted to get their engagement photos taken in this corky little town. Well- I help dreams become reality for people!

Logan and Parker met on Bumble. On their first date they both knew it was meant to be! From then on they have been inseparable. Their hearts are united so closely as friends and lovers. They are so sweet on each other and towards each other. I am always amazed by all the different types of relationships I get to see through photography. Their’s is truly special.

Ajo has streets and streets filled with artwork and it’s AMAZING! Down every alley there is amazing street art that lines the walls and fills the town. We HAD to stop and grab a few fun shots in front. The colors popped!! Then we raced out into the desert to find the most perfect cactus and scenery. Logan is from Louisiana so cactus are so amazing to her. Parker is a phoenix boy but loves the desert vibes. We ate Mexican food, had margaritas, and danced till the sunset. Cannot wait to photograph their Phoenix wedding next year!!

Jon + Lauren // Lee’s Ferry

On a windy afternoon Jon, Lauren, and I jumped in the car to drive 2 hours to Lee’s Ferry. It’s a spot known among fly fisherman as one of the best spots in the world. Nestled in the Grand Canyon with the Colorado river racing through it. It’s magnificent and the perfect place for Jon and Lauren’s engagement photos!

Northern Arizona as some of the most unique landscapes I’ve ever seen. Extreme desert living up there is what they are known for. People come from all around the world to hike in the Grand Canyon, fish at Lee’s Ferry, and explore through Antelope Canyon. For us who live in Northern Arizona, it’s our backyard to play in on a random Friday evening. Lauren and Jon have been dating for years before he popped the question last year at Disneyland. It came as a sunrise to everyone, especially her twin brother, who was capture in a photo of the proposal with mouth wide open in shock.

Lauren was always obsessed with the rushing water at Lee’s Ferry and big rock structures. So we took the adventure up to the desert and dance around in her magnificent beauty. Enjoy these photos!

Jamie + Cody // Sedona, AZ

Freaking Cuties!!!

These to love birds met and fell in love in Flagstaff AZ. She is gentle, sweet, kind. He is goooofy, genuine, and a gentleman. We explored the creek side desert of Sedona. It was also autumn which added to the beautiful colors mixed with the red rocks. They danced, LAUGHED A LOT, and twirled in the sun. They get married next April in the warm Phoenix, AZ sun. And I’m so excited I can’t wait!

Dani + Kyle // Flagstaff, AZ

September 29th // Forest Highlands Golf Course

oh the sweet smell of pine trees with a crisp autumn breeze in the air is Flagstaff’s normal during the months of September and October.

Dani and Kyle met while attending NAU as students. They worked at the school newspaper where they were caught flirting ALL the time. Up until this day, they both denied it. While everyone around them knew there was something between them, they ignored it for a while. Finally, they gave into the sweet feelings of love and their lives have never been the same since.

Forest Highlands golf resort is one of Flagstaff’s best venues. With mountain views, pine trees consuming you, and a great outdoor wedding venue option, their wedding was not to disappoint. The ceremony was outside on the green lawn under the shade. Like I said above, there was this perfect fall breeze in the air on September 29th. Dani and Kyle’s relationship is the best mix of friendship and romance. There is this goofy, sarcastic, humor to them at the same time you can feel their mutual respect, loyalty, and spark.

AND HER DRESS omg. I can’t even. You’ll see when you scroll down!

Vendors: Florals: Shawn Foster Wright // Cake: Stephanie Crowe // DJ: Colin Strang // HAMU: Chriss Francis Boomshell beauty // Venue: Forest Highlands // Wedding Dress: Soterro and Midgley Amalie // Rings: Artcaved //

Jac + Steven // Munds Park, AZ

Backyard Forest Whimsical Wedding

Sept 8th 2018 // Arizona

On a warm September day Jac + Steven got married in the forest of Flagstaff with their family and friends surrounded. Where else would they get married other than Steven’s parents back yard? It’s where they would rest from the stress of college and enjoy family time and where he proposed to Jacqueline last year. And now it’s the location of where they are united as one. This wedding was really family focused with his grandparents making the food, her ring from her grandmother, and a lot of family in the wedding party. It was full and happy!

Pops of color, eucalyptus leaves everywhere, and an old fashion car gave all the right fall feels to this wedding. Simple, colorful, and whimsical. I could say those same words to describe Jac + Steven’s relationship. They are full of joy and laughter, always. They are the best of friends and you will always find them ready to have a good time. With Steven’s grandfathers homemade pulled pork, made that morning, their reception was easy going and relaxed. Yard games and a sunset was the perfect touch to their backyard wedding.

Now Jac is now your traditional bride. She wanted a different type of dress….one that would stand out in your mind. A grey/purple tulle skirt kinda of dress! She ordered it off of Etsy from a lady in Europe. Love her unique style so much throughout the whole wedding day. Hope you enjoy all the colors + romance + whimsy in this wedding!

Vendors:

Florals: 50 Flowers // Cake: Family // DJ: Peaks Pro Events // Catering: Grooms grandparents // Wedding Dress: Etsy // Brides Shoes: Free People // Ring: Grandmothers // Planning: Jamie Bayless // Video: Sarah Lillie // Venue: Private Backyard