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Ashley and TJ’s Sedona engagement session

Sedona in the fall is a perfect escape from the seemingly never ending heat of Phoenix so I was thrilled to meet Ashley and TJ up north for their engagement session. We explored a quiet little hiking trail that we had all to ourselves, meandering through the forrest and red slick rock by Oak Creek. We also saw a beautiful sunset and moon rising over Bell Rock. After such a nice afternoon I can’t wait for Ashley and TJ’s wedding next year!

Margie and Mike’s Paradise Valley wedding renewal

Margie and Mike celebrated their 10+ years of marriage with a gorgeous vow renewal at their Paradise Valley home. The ceremony celebrated both the commitment Margie and Mike have for each other as well as the love they have for their blended family and three daughters. In addition to their three girls Mike and Margie have two furry children, groomsmen Fred and Leo, who were an integral part of the day and really stole the show. The two Basset Hounds got belly rubs from most of the guests and looked dashing in their polka dotted bow ties. The reception and decor was Moroccan inspired with bright and vibrant flowers and details galore. I wish Mike and Margie and their family many years of happiness and joy.

Many thanks to Care Schmidt with Sterling Event Design for creating such a unique, well planned and detailed event for this wonderful couple.

Mike with Fred and Leo.

The first look.

Wedding Planner: Sterling Event Design
Venue: Private residence in Paradise Valley, Arizona
Catering: Fresh From the Kitchen
Flowers: Petals and Lucy
Officiant: Larry James, Celebrate Intimate Weddings
Ceremony and Reception Music: Kip Fox
Wedding Dress: Almond Tree Bridal
Make Up: Sarah Sanmarco
Hair: Danielle Murray
Parking: American Valet
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Jill and Aaron’s Tempe wedding

Jill and Aaron are simply a perfect match. They have know each other forever and even went to prom together in high school. Their wedding was full of personal touches and handmade details although the pièce de résistance had to be Aaron’s 1966 Chrysler New Yorker which he not only restored himself but it is also the car Aaron drove on their first date. Jill and Aaron had a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Newman Center, built in 1903, it’s a National Historical Landmark and the oldest Catholic church in the Valley. The reception followed at the Fiesta Resort with lots of dancing and some really great 90s music.

Click here to see their totally cute engagement session.

Jill and her mom.

Aaron and his brother.

The 1966 Chrysler New Yorker.

Jill and Aaron wave goodbye to their friends and family at the end of the night.

Ceremony: The Newman Center
Reception: Fiesta Resort
Flowers: Butterfly Petals
Ceremony music: Tim and Julie Smith
DJ: Jimmy J DJ
Wedding dress: WToo by Watters from La Bella Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: H&M
Invitations & stationary: Exclusively Weddings
Cake: AZ Cake-A-Holics
My awesome second photographer: David Wallace


Amanda and Bill’s Foothills Golf Club wedding- Phoenix, Arizona

Amanda and Bill stood together under a Chuppah, handmade by a friend, and were married in a sunset ceremony at Foothills Golf Club. Amanda was nothing but smiles, from the moment she put on her wedding dress and throughout the reception. She didn’t stop smiling- and that smile was contagious. I have noticed a hazard of my job is that my face hurts the next day because behind my camera I can’t help but to smile along with the bride and groom. Both Amanda and Bill are family oriented people. When I asked Amanda what she was most looking forward to about the wedding- besides marrying Bill of course- she said it was being with friends and family, the people who love and support her and Bill no matter what.

Click here to see Amanda and Bill’s engagement session.

Amanda and Bill sign their Ketubah and participate in the Bedecken where the groom lowers the veil over the bride’s face.

My favorite part of a Jewish wedding reception is the Hora!

Wedding Venue: Foothills Golf Club
Foothills Golf Club wedding coordinator: Laurie Stricklin
Officiant: Rabbi Martin Scharf
Cake: Barb’s Bakery
Flowers: Blume Events
DJ: Desert House Productions
Hair: Madison Avenue Salon and Day Spa
Wedding dress: Ella Rosa Bridals-Suzanne’s Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Angelo
Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse
Linens: Southwick Linens
Videographer: Images by Reed


Welcome behind the scenes

I have started a new category on this blog called “Behind the Scenes.” I thought it would be a fun and informative way to talk about my experiences behind the camera. In my career as a photographer I have found that some images are lucky and spontaneous while others require a lot of planning and logistics.

My first post in this new category was about photographing a destination wedding, click here to read.

Loosing the light:

Driving from the ceremony site to the reception venue I watched as the sun got lower and lower in the sky. I knew I would have just enough time to get the shots I needed but I wouldn’t have a lot of wiggle room. I understand that sometimes weddings get off schedule but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I use the above photo as a good example of making the most out of a situation. By the time the bride and groom got to the reception from the church and were ready for photos (we had done all the other formals at the church) the sky had lost its classic orange and pink sunset colors. What I had in front of me was an ever darkening horizon. So that blue is what I embraced. I always have lots of gear with me and in this case my power pack and portable studio kit came in handy. I lit the bride and groom with a nice big soft box and dragged the shutter just enough for the rich blue sky and yellow street lamps in the distance to shine through. In the end I think the groom’s white tux looks pretty great in theses portraits. Would I plan for this to be my only portraits at the resort? No. But I hustled to make it happen and truly enjoy the final result.