Heather and Randall’s wedding day was a perfect mixture of all the things that matter most to them… spirituality, music, signing, family, friends, fun, love, partying, dancing, food & drinks, sparklers, and more dancing.
The outdoor location they chose for their ceremony and reception has huge sentimental value as it’s right across from their loving home.
Heather put a lot of time and energy into organizing everything and making sure the focus would be both on the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. It was obvious she wanted all of her loved ones to feel blessed and have an amazing time celebrating. The pictures show just how successful she was!
As guests arrived they were ritually fanned in sage smoke with a feather wand to clear away any negativity and bring in an abundance of love and joy in preparation for the ceremony.
When Jodi and I started planning the family photo-shoot she wanted two things out of it: First, he was not interested in posed photos, Instead, she wanted photojournalistic shots that she could look back on and remember her 4 year old, Jace, and 2 year old, Jordan. I told her she’d come to the perfect person. I love letting kids be kids and finding fun things for them to do that bring out their smiles and expressions for me to photograph.
Second, she wanted a location that had lots of wild life and plants around. It should be a place close to their home that didn't look super groomed and city-like. We picked the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert and it was on spot.
Ben and Kelly’s relationship was kismet. They were invited by a mutual friend to go hiking the upper Salt River to a beautiful waterfall. Kelly almost didn't go but something inside her made her reconsider. Little did she know she would meet "her person" There was an instant connection and it changed the direction of their lives. As Ben drove to the river he played his favorite music including Bob Marley, Incubus, and Pearl Jam. As fate would have it, those were some of Kelly's favorite bands too. Ben felt different around Kelly; her smile, sense of humor, and loving spirit intrigued him. Ben wanted to make sure Kelly was safe the whole day. He helped her cross the slippery rocks and they later shared laughs over Mexican food. Before the night was over Kelly asked Ben for his number so she could send him some photos of their adventure. Ben used this opportunity to ask Kelly out the following night and this began a budding passionate connection that seemed it was "meant to be."
Their first date, the very next night, was so dreamy that they didn’t notice getting soaked by misters and Kelly lost all track of time. They began spending almost every day together. Their friendship grew and with it a romantic connection. They would sit and talk, slow dance in the living room, and stare into each other's eyes while listening to playlists they created to express all their "feelz."
Ben surprised Kelly with his proposal during a staycation that turned into a full on celebration with family and friends he had secretly invited. Finally, Ben and Kelly chose Sedona for their outdoor wedding for its beauty, healing, and energizing properties which brings us to their wedding day…
As I drove through the canyon to the Oak Creek Luxury Cabins, I noticed it was a very popular day to be in the canyon because Kelly and Ben chose one of the most beautiful times of the year to get
married there. The tree leaves were turning shades of yellows and reds complimented by the natural greens of the plants. The red rock walls all around added to the splendor. I could tell Kelly put a lot of thought and time into her invitations and wedding plans. She even attached fresh lavender sprigs to the invites!
The rings were beautiful and fun to photograph but when I saw the wedding dress... I melted. I loved the lace AND the style. The dress looked even more perfect once Kelly slipped it on. She and all her girls also made these beautiful green braided leaf crowns that went perfectly with the lavender colors of their dresses and bouquets.
There are few things as intimate and romantic as eloping. Add Sedona’s Creekside Inn plus the most important people in your life and you get the lovely elopement of Kelly and Charles. Originally, they had wanted to elope to Italy just the two of them but once their kids caught wind of it there was no way to get married without them. So, they googled destination weddings and found the perfect setting… Creekside Inn at Sedona. They both live in California, love surprises, and spontaneity. True to form they decided not to let each other see the rings until the day of elopement.
As soon as we got to Creekside Inn I photographed the beautiful rings and other lovely details of the day. After some shots of all the guys looking dapper, it was off to see the girls helping Kelly with her dress, final touch ups, hugs, and kisses. Kelly was gorgeous!
From the moment I met Maria on her wedding day I was like YES another perfect match! This girl is awesome and this wedding is going to be good! While she was getting ready she had on a cute and sporty baseball jersey and tall socks.
Right away, I was obsessed with her big curly hair and big friendly smile. Her mom, grandma, best friend, nieces, and yes, even her dog, Caliber, all gathered around in her hotel room in Sedona to take part in the pre-wedding excitement.
Who doesn’t love a great coffee shop?! I know I do. I also know our new clients Raimie and Rob love a good coffee shop. When I suggested the lovely Creekside Coffee in Sedona for our consultation meeting they knew exactly which coffee shop I was talking about. They had been there before on one of their prvious dates to Sedona.
Right away, I felt a great connection to them both. They smiled a lot, laughed a lot, and were so easy to
converse with. It felt like it was match made in heaven to be working with them! After a little getting-to-
know-you conversation, we decided to plan the engagement photos.
We are practically living in an online world now! More and more often I am being asked to do photoshoots for website, branding, and social media.
I worked with Kelly Rose for three months. We had meetings to form ideas and set up mini shoots to get headshots of her, photo's that would create a peaceful online environment, and photos of her working on various people.
Sophia is hands down one of the sweetest most cheerful ladies I've ever met. She is also extremely talented! She is working towards her career as a musician and artist. When we decided to work together she sent me a taste of her new single and I absolutely loved it! She is no doubt destined to succeed as a singer songwriter. I knew we would get along well just based on the fact that we are both native "Sedonians". This up and coming artist is currently living in Nashville but wanted to get her portraits taken in her home town Sedona Arizona.
"The path to love is our spiritual destiny." Deepak Chopra
This beautiful quote fits this soon-to- be bride and groom quite nicely because it was their spirituality, common values and mutual friends that first brought them together to begin walking their path to love.