Christian + Sydney

Flagstaff Whimsical Wedding Day

This one was for the books!! Looking out over Rodgers Lake on a warm August afternoon, Christian + Sydney got married under the pine trees and with their best friends. This cabin is where Sydney grew up as a child with her sisters running in the forest and fields. It was so special for her to get married at the very place that formed her wild spirit.

They met in California at school. They are both down to earth, kind, genuine kind of people. But I also need to add FUN!!! Oh the joy of young love and exuberant personalities! This backyard Flagstaff wedding was a dream. From their sweet kisses to that sunset to the BEST wedding dance party I’ve been too. It was one of those!!!

Alex + Amber

South Mountain Farm Wedding

Green trees swaying in the wind in the 110 degree weather in Phoenix, Arizona. It honestly was not as hot as it sounds! The trees at South Mountain cover the venue with sprawling green grass and beautiful mountain views. Alex and Amber have a sweet love story that involves pursuit and honesty and deep passion. Their romance was over the course of a few years and this wedding was the perfect representation of God’s love for his creation.

Christian + Sydney

Flagstaff Whimsical Wedding Day

This one was for the books!! Looking out over Rodgers Lake on a warm August afternoon, Christian + Sydney got married under the pine trees and with their best friends. This cabin is where Sydney grew up as a child with her sisters running in the forest and fields. It was so special for her to get married at the very place that formed her wild spirit.

They met in California at school. They are both down to earth, kind, genuine kind of people. But I also need to add FUN!!! Oh the joy of young love and exuberant personalities! This backyard Flagstaff wedding was a dream. From their sweet kisses to that sunset to the BEST wedding dance party I’ve been too. It was one of those!!!

Helpful Tips: wedding day details

Beautiful Wedding Day Detail Shots

I’m sure you see all the beautiful detail shots on instagram, from your friends wedding or on Pinterest. Well that is not just up to the photographer to create, we need your help! Here are a few tips to remember as a bride. 

1.ORGANIZED: Have a box set aside filled with all the details for me to grab while you are getting ready. This would include rings, your perfume, a few EXTRA sets of invitations or any other papery with envelopes, shoes, jewelry. Have your maid of honor gather all the things you need after or before rehearsal dinner and set the box in an easy spot to remember.

2. RINGS: Remember BOTH sets of rings need to be at getting ready location!! Sometimes the best man will have the grooms ring and I am not able to photograph all the detail shots when the given time is. So triple check to be sure your engagement ring, wedding band, and his ring is ready to go together in the morning. 

3.SENTIMENTAL ITEMS: Whether your special items are from grandma or mom, they create a beautiful memorable setting for details. If this is jewelry, a handkerchief, or a special item passed to all the women in the family- these little pieces help the imagery make it special to your wedding day to remember. 

4. FLOWERS: Asking the florist for loose flowers when she drops off the bouquets!! For lay flat images, loose flowers really help pull in all the wedding colors throughout the day. I’m not in direct communicate with the florist often, until during or after the wedding, so if you could make a note to ask her for some extra (1-5 flowers) and extra foliage left over from your florals it would add to the details. 

5. TIME: Add time in for these shots in your timeline. I usually spend 1 hour on wedding detail shots the morning of. For most photographers these detail shots happen during getting ready shots in the morning. The rest of the day is CRAZY- so this is the best time. They are beautiful images to create but take time because most items are so small and must be placed correctly.

EXTRAS: Here are extra little things on etsy that help a wedding details page I’ve seen brides include in their details box that helps me:

The Mrs Box

Silk Ribbon – sometimes found on bouquets

His + Her Vow Books

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 

 

Bernadette + Luigi // Sedona,AZ

Bernadette + Luigi

Destination Wedding // Sedona, Arizona // November 12th

The sun rises into the Arizona sky while I make my decent down from Flagstaff to Sedona. I zip through the switchbacks, with soft melodies drifting from the radio in my car. I prepare myself for the day, I had no idea, as I was mentally going through my normal creative visualization process, that today would be so full of beautiful moments shared between two families joining as one.

Bernadette and Luigi are from the great New York City. She is a NICU nurse and he is a Neurosurgeon. They make this beautiful mix of Irish and Italian, sweet and direct, personable and highly intelligent. 

The day before their wedding it was dark and rainy. Those days don’t come too often in Sedona but the following day (the wedding day) was full of light. I often become friends with my clients so much so I wish we all lived in the same town and could hang out on a regular basis. It was no different with Luigi and Bernadette! We spent the entire day together running through the red sands of Sedona capturing their bridal portraits all around. We were having the best of times… and THEN  I met their families and friends who mostly all came from NYC as well. The rest of the night was one big celebration.

It’s a beautiful thing to be surrounded by the people who have poured into your life so deeply. From brothers and sisters and colleagues and college rooms, these people are the ones who have seen it all. In some way weddings are not just about the bride and groom but the gathering of their people in one space to celebrate a moment in time together. Weddings are a thanking of sorts, a recognition for helping to get the bride or groom to this spot in their life. Bernadette and Luigi honored their family and friends during the wedding through food and wine and creating new memories to carry on with. Dancing, dancing, dancing they did!!!! ALL night. It was amazing. From the Irish step dance, to the hip hop funk, to the sweet Italian love songs.

Destination weddings are not for the faint of heart. They are for ones who want to emphasize their people and honor them by giving a wonderful vacation full of new memories.

Vendors: Wedding Dress: Noel and Jean // shoes: Hobbs of London // Rings: NYC Wholesale Diamonds // Florals: Mountain High Flowers // Venue: Seven Canyons // DJ: Sedona Sounds // Cake: Take the Cake AZ // Cake decor: Succulent Source /