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The cutest wedding proposal ever!

surprise wedding proposal

Now, this was a truly special moment to be a part of as Bobby asked and Nicole said “YES!” But this was no ordinary proposal. Yes, he got down on one knee but the planning and execution that went into orchestrating this moment took time, care and creativity. At her ophthalmologist appointment unsuspecting Nicole read through a custom eye cart and slowly spelled out letter be letter, W.I.LL.Y.O.U.M.A.R.R.Y.M.E.? It took a minute for the letters to form a sentence in her mind and when it did, there was Bobby, diamond ring in hand on one knee. This man gets major points for originality and thoughtfulness! So awesome! But that was not all, a second surprise for Nicole awaited at the couple’s home where family was gathered for hugs and to celebrate! What an honor for me to have been there to capture Nicole’s reaction and the joy of the day!

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

surprise wedding proposal

Taylor Upsahl, portrait of an artist

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl is a poised and beautiful young woman with a gifted voice and musical legacy. I photographed her for Phoenix Magazine’s May 2017 issue. The indoor images were taken at her home in the living room that also serves as a rehearsal space. I wanted the photos to be intimate and cozy. Music is a family affair, her father has been in touring punk and rock bands since he has 17 and Taylor released her first album at 14. For a second location I wanted the pictures to feel like Phoenix and the desert but in a place that gave Taylor height and purpose and possibility.

Click to read Taylor’s Spotlight in Phoenix Magazine.
Click here for more about Taylor’s music.

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Taylor Upsahl singer songwriter Phoenix Arizona

Amber and Josh’s Desert Botanical Garden engagement session

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

I have known Amber for years and we have talked about doing a portrait session for forever so I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally get her and her fiancé in front of my camera! Amber knows the Desert Botanical Garden very well and we had fun exploring some of her (and my) favorite spots. It was also wonderful to meet Josh! A perfect night and sunset didn’t hurt either. Congratulations on your engagement Amber and Josh.

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Desert Botanical Garden engagement session pictures

Chelsea and John’s Secret Garden wedding

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

It was a bright and sunny Arizona afternoon for this beautiful destination wedding. The day started with John and Chelsea getting ready at an amazing house of a family member on Camelback Mountain with clear views of the city below. Not a cloud in the sky. The ceremony and reception took place at the Secret Garden in Phoenix, one of my favorite locations. During cocktail hour the couple had a live owl and hawk for their guests to see and learn about which was pretty cool. It was wonderful to be there to photograph such a fun and emotional wedding day for John and Chelsea! Congratulations to this lovely couple!

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona
My favorite shots of John & Chelsea the night before their wedding.
Camelback Mountain

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Camelback Mountain wedding

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

groom with grandma

Chelsea and John’s Secret Garden wedding

bride and father

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

first kiss

outdoor wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

wedding portrait

black and white portrait

black and white bridal portrait

bride and groom

bride and groom

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

flowers

wedding reception details

gold wedding cake

owls

first dance

first dance

first dance

party with the band

party

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

wedding cake

father daughter dance

limbo dance

limbo dance party

singing with the band

wedding band

Secret Garden wedding pictures Phoenix, Arizona

Wedding venue: Secret Garden
Officiant: Arizona Ministers, Gwen Waring
Caterer: Creative Hands Cuisine
Cake: Inspired Sugar
Flowers: Rita’s Floral Designs
Band: The Instant Classics
Hair & Makeup: Allison Pynn
Wedding dress: Nordstrom Wedding Suite
Linens: Classic Party Rentals
Rentals: Dei Zinz
Invitations: Art & text by the groom
Limo: Arizona Corporate Coach

Favorite wedding pictures 2015

I was lucky enough to meet many wonderful people in 2015 and photograph beautiful weddings large and small. Smiling faces, tears of joy and forever memories make my job so much fun. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!