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October 16, 2018

Lauren and Matt’s wedding was in the ever gorgeous downtown Flagstaff.  They planned to have their ceremony on the lawn of the courthouse, but the weather had other plans.  Luckily, these two had a resourceful bunch supporting them.  With a little flexibility and resilience, their wedding still went off without a hitch!

October 11, 2018

Sometimes, you just don’t have time to make it to the gym.  Or maybe you are new to this working out thing and don’t have a gym membership.  The former is what happened for my husband and I recently.  We were planning on going to the gym, but just didn’t have the time to squeeze in the drive and an entire workout.  The weather is lovely here in Arizona, so we headed out into the backyard to sneak in a quick workout.  After some body weight exercise, we took the dogs out on a quick walk around the neighborhood.  (And then planned to hit the gym the next morning, because my husband is a gym rat!)  At the end our of workout, we decided it was a great date night!  So I wanted to share my tips for a great backyard workout while the weather is still amazing.

October 9, 2018

Ashley and Dan’s wedding was in the beautiful North Scottsdale desert at Troon North.  The desert views from this venue are nothing short of amazing.  And these two brought the lovely cloudy weather from their engagement session to their wedding day.  Making for some amazing and unique desert portraits.

October 2, 2018

Venyse and Melvin were married at the Encanto Park Clubhouse in Phoenix.  There sunset ceremony overlooked the gorgeous lagoon at the park.  The Clubhouse is an amazing Spanish Mission Period Revival historic building.  Between the architecture of the Clubhouse and the enchanting trees surrounding the park, this place is a dreamy venue for a wedding.

Venyse and Melvin met on eHarmony and there first date was at a coffee shop.  They bonded over a love for Doctor Who and other SciFi movies and shows.  When they are not hanging out with their cat Oliver and rambunctious pup Roxi, they love traveling together!  There favorite place to visit is Amsterdam.

September 25, 2018

I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family.   I really wanted to make prickly pear/blackberry jelly.  But, we were not able to find any blackberries this year, so Prickly Pear Jelly it is!  (You can read about our harvesting adventure here.)
Step 1: Removing Glochids
This was an adventure all in itself.  To make the jelly, first, you have to get all the glochids (tiny thorns) off.  The most common method is to burn it off.  The guys on youtube all use crazy torches, but I figured any fire would be fine.  Right?  Wrong.  We made a fire in our fire pit and grabbed our marshmallow roasters.  We stuck the prickly pears on and put them over the fire.  What happened is we just cooked the prickly pears and did not get the glochids off.  Good thing we only tried with a few.

September 18, 2018

Do you ever feel like you are seeing the same wedding over and over again on wedding blogs?  I do. That is why I love these 5 wedding blogs. Not only do they make a point to post a diverse array of couples and wedding styles, they have amazing articles to help plan your wedding!

September 11, 2018

I am so excited to share this amazing styled shoot with you.  It was put on by the ever lovely Moelleux Events and Meg Brooke Photography.  This “Walk in the Garden” shoot was held at Gather Estates.  This is an amazing venue if you are looking for a homey, backyard feel without having a wedding in your actual backyard!  It is a quaint white house with a huge grass yard big enough for a ceremony and reception.  Not to mention a huge pallet wall!

September 6, 2018

I have always had this dream of harvesting fruit from the wild and making gifts for my friends and family.  I had so many Sedona engagement session this year, that I got to watch the Prickly Pears ripen.  I was so excited, because I usually miss them at peak picking time!  But of course, prickly pears are not enough for me.  I also wanted to harvest black berries!  I mean, prickly pear and blackberry jelly; how amazing does that sound?!  So, my husband and I planned a berry picking/prickly pear harvesting date in a location where we knew there was berries and pears.

September 4, 2018

When you are looking for a wedding photographer, the biggest part of their packages is based on the hours of coverage for your wedding day.  So you may be wondering how many hours of coverage you really need. Do you really need a photographer for 8 hours or even 10? Well, it depends on what you would like captured by your photographer.  Here is what is most commonly documented by the hours of coverage.

August 29, 2018

Today is my 15th anniversary with my husband.  That’s right, 15 years ago since this dude started talking to me about bands in a pool and held my hand while watching Finding Nemo.  I have known him exactly half of my life.  Since the day I met him his has encouraged me to follow my passions and inspired me to push myself to become a better person.  To celebrate the past 15 years, I wanted to share 15 pictures from our relationship.  Ready?  Let’s go!