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August 14, 2018

The unity ceremony is a common part of wedding ceremonies from all cultures.  It symbolizes the two individuals or families coming together as one. Before I got married, when I thought “unity ceremony” I immediately thought of the unity candle.  You know, the two small taper candles that the bride and groom use to light a fat candle. And that fat candle will sit in their house to collect dust and maybe even melt in Arizona!  But that is no longer the only option! There are many unique unity ceremonies from you to choose from (or create your own!). This is a great opportunity to personalize your wedding ceremony without breaking traditions.

August 9, 2018

Ashley and Dan met through mutual friends in San Diego.  They may have different accounts about how they first met, but one things is for sure, they are so glad that they did.  They love doing everything together: from traveling to camping to their annual trip to San Diego where they met.  Over the past five years they have built a life together with their Shepard mix Lucy and their son Abraham.

August 2, 2018

Cheslyne and Shane’s Flagstaff engagement session was absolutely magical.  They knew that they wanted to escape the summer heat and enjoy the beauty of Northern Arizona for their session.  We decided on a sunrise session on the Campbell Mesa Loop Trail.  So, with Dutch Bros in hand, I left the valley at a brisk 3:00 AM to head up the mountain to the trailhead.  And it was so worth it!  There is just something so magical about the rays from the morning sun shining through the pine trees.

July 10, 2018

As a wedding photographer, I think engagement sessions are an absolute must before your wedding.  So much so, that I have photographed an engagement session just two days before a wedding because the groom lived in Ireland!  But once you have done an engagement session, what do you do with the photos?  There are actually a lot of fun options!  Here are some of my favorites.

July 3, 2018

You know that family portraits are important for your wedding day.  But, thinking about it is starting to stress you out.  What photos do you want?  What photos will your mother-in-law be disappointed that you missed?  Will there be enough time?  What if Grandma Julie forgets about pictures?  And the list goes on.

But it does not have to be that way!  Family photos can be easy breezy and stress-free, even on your wedding day.  I promise.  Here is how.

June 26, 2018

As the bride and/or groom you are quite literally the center of attention on your wedding day.  Your friends and family want to celebrate your and your relationship.  You want to enjoy the day to the fullest.  Because, believe me, it goes too fast!  The key to enjoying your wedding day?  Delegation.  Here are some of the top things to delegate on your wedding day.

June 13, 2018

Andrea and Matt’s engagement session was at one of my favorite places: Papago Park.  We scheduled this June session close to sunset so that we can have the amazing summer vibes without dying in the heat.  And Arizona did not disappoint.  There is a beautiful summer glow on these two throughout the session.  And, my favorite part of summer, the evening breeze that made Andrea’s dress dance.

June 1, 2018

Ingrid and Scott were married this past weekend at the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The Riordan Mansion is a historic state park near the NAU campus.  The rustic venue features gorgeous stone arches, log buildings, and amazing trees surrounding the mansion.  The ceremony took place in the Veranda, the front yard of the mansion with a entry gate and beautiful garden.

Ingrid & Scott met online and quickly hit it off.  Ingrid lived in Flagstaff and Scott in Utah, so Scott drove down to Flagstaff for their first date.  After that, it was history.  They knew they had met the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with.  They spent their time traveling between Cedar City and Flagstaff to see each other.  Ingrid & Scott would adventure around their cities together cracking jokes to make each other smile as much as possible.

May 29, 2018

I am exhibiting at the Arizona Bridal show this weekend!!!  I am completely re-designing my booth for this year and am really excited to meet all the engaged couples!  This is my third year doing the bridal shows.  I feel confident in my experience at these shows to give some tips for attending a Large Bridal Show!  These are the shows with more than 100 vendors vs smaller shows that venues put on of their preferred vendors.

May 20, 2018

For Venyse & Melvin’s engagement session, we went to one of my tried and true spots: Roosevelt Row.  I always love going down to Roosevelt Row because it is ever changing.  In fact, we saw a new mural being painted while we were taking their engagement photos!  There is always something new to find in this wonderful arts district.