Adventure to Merry Go Round

Sedona, Arizona’s top engagement session location

THIS spot…it’s one of my favorites in not only Arizona but Sedona specifically, but it’s not an easy place to get to. Many many photographers dream about shooting here but you have to have the right off roading vehicle to get up. For example: a Rubicon Jeep, truck with high suspension, or a Forerunner with big ass wheels!! Rental car companies won’t let you take their cars out there because the road is so bad that many get stuck or end up with a flat tire. I highly highly suggest going with a company like Pink Jeep Tours or Red Rock Rubicon. These vehicles are made to go on roads like this!

I’m so happy Anna and Selam wanted to go dance in the sun and explore the cliffs of the Red Rocks when they were visiting Arizona. I grew up with Anna in Ohio and was SO excited for when she told me they wanted to fly out for their engagement session. Now this is my fifth friend to come out to Arizona from the midwest for their photos. And I think it gives them a good excuse for a vacation and I get to see my people, so I’m not mad about it!!

Nicole + Justin // Sedona, AZ

Oh the beauty of Sedona and this couple took my breath away. The day started with hovering thunderstorms and soft winds. Nicole and Justin wanted to get married up in Sedona because of the beauty. They have been together for years and years and have two twin four year olds that are the cutest things in the world. This day was all about family and the love between these two.

The Red Agave venue is perfect for small weddings because everyone can rent out a cabin to stay right on site!! The ceremony and reception is all on the same property with a gorgeous red rock landscape right behind. Justin and Nicole are kind, gentle, funny kind of people. I want to be around them all the time if I could! Justin is a chef and Nicole is a nurse. They wanted their day to be revolved around family, beauty, and good food of course!!

Moments right before the ceremony the lighting struck and let out a big rain storm for 10 minutes! When all was done the wedding day went on without an issue. I always believed the rain is a lucky thing on a wedding day. The heavens are clapping along with everyone else in those moments. The burrito truck was probably their best idea at the wedding!! What a fun idea. They danced the night away with the most lovely speeches given by family members and close friends. It even got me in tears.

Bella + Johnny // Arizona Engagement

Sedona in the spring is magical! It’s coming back to life with colorful green trees and cactus blooming every once in a while. Bella + Johnny met in Flagstaff but are in love with the Sedona red rock setting. It was a must for their engagement session!

They met years ago while both working at a local salad/sandwich shop. They hit it off. He says she is truly his best friend. They do everything together! She is the sweetest human with a hint of spunk and drive. He is gentle and constant- not moving while things get hard. Together they make a beautiful match that will stand the test of times.

Katie + Jasper // Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

Destination wedding // September 26th 2018

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.

VENDORS:

Venue: Sky Ranch Lodge // Florals: Foster-Wright Floral Design // Cake: Jacqueline Rose Cakery // HAMU: Sedona Beauty Team // Catering: ROUX 66 // Dress: Rembo Styling // Planning: Gettin’ Hitched

Ali + Bryan // Sedona,AZ

September 30th// L’Auberge Sedona

Chicago natives, Ali and Bryan fell in love with the Sedona Red Rock vibe long ago while visiting out West. Just like the spark between them, there was that same spark with Sedona. With having your wedding L’Auberge in the heart of Sedona, you get creekside beauty along with red rock vistas. The resort is filled with tiny romantic cabins, pathways with beautiful trees hanging down, and the sound of the creek rushing by. It was an obvious to Ali and Bryan- this will be the place they get married.

Ali and Bryan met a few years ago while at work. He a public defender, her an OD. They are right amounts of fierce, sassy, sweet, and playful. You won’t find another couple better for each other- that I’m sure of!!

Their wedding day was filled with family, laughter, and a lot of love. Family is very important to them and they were lucky most of their family was able to fly out from all over the country to attend. Pops of light pink and green scattered the wedding day! With clouds overhead the ceremony was this perfect lighting I had never seen before in Sedona. Usually, the red rocks are hard to photograph because the Arizona sun is SO bright but, that day lended itself to perfection in the sky. Their vows were sweet and honest. Their kisses were passionate and happy. Their day was truly beautiful.

Vendors:

Florals: Mountain High Flowers // Cake: Sedona Cake Couture // DJ: Vox DJ’s // HAMU: KLM Artistry // Dress: Madeline’s Daughter // Rings: Ed Schmelzle & Sons // Invitations: Minted // Wedding Planner: Hitch Without a Glitch