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.
The girls, including the most adorable curly headed flower girl, hustled all morning to get ready. The guys on the other hand had time for a hike before they showered and changed in no time at all. They even had extra time to toss a football with the ring bearer and take a few sips of liquid courage without the ring bearer before heading out togreet the guests.
The ceremony site was full of beautiful people, smiles, tears, and laughter. The occasion was less traditional and more natural and relaxed. During the ceremony Kelly and Ben had three chords wrapped around their hands to "Tie-the- KNOT." The chords represented the spiritual commitments they made to one another. Nice touch.
After the ceremony we took a few photos with family and friends and then went straight to Slide Rock State Park to get some more fantastic Oak Creek Canyon backdrops. Kelly and Ben were flawless and easy to photograph as if I had hired them as models or something.
The reception was full of lovely speeches, more laughter, and LOTS of dancing! =)
Kelly and Ben, thank you for making my job so easy and making us feel so welcome. What a perfect wedding day! You two are truly a magical match that was meant to be. Kizmet!