Happy Halloween, friends! Okay, how fun is Halloween?! We don’t know about you, but we’ve been on Instagram WAY too much today! We can’t get enough of seeing everyone’s costumes…you, your kids, your pets… we just love it all!
Okay, guys, we’ve got such a fun session for you today! We met Leslie and Robby for coffee what seems like ages ago, and these two have so. much. personality! Seriously. The giggles and laughs we saw from them the first time we met totally translated in front of the camera for their engagement session last weekend. Even better, they’re getting married at a really cool, colorful hotel in Downtown Phoenix called Hotel Palomar. Because they’re getting married there, we got to do the first half of their engagement session on the third floor deck that overlooks parts of Downtown Phoenix. How fun is that?! We loved the combination of pops of color and metallic textures on the rooftop combined with their adorable outfits and big smiles! For the second half of the session, we went to Desert Botanical Gardens. Leslie and Robby are both proud Phoenicians, so it was important to them to showcase not just what our downtown has to offer, but also the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. We just love the way she coordinated their outfits for both venues, too! Gotta have some cowgirl boots in Arizona!
Leslie and Robby, what can we say?! We had SO much fun together. We laughed harder than we’d laughed in a long time, because you two are so enjoyable to be around. We cannot WAIT for your wedding next spring and all the giggle and fun we’re surely going to have together. It’s going to be a blast! We’re so glad you suggested trying out two locations that were important to you, because we love the way the images turned out and feel like they set the perfect tone to get everyone excited for a wedding in the Valley of the Sun! We love you both tons and tons! Here are some highlights from our time together!
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DC Ranch Wedding | Scottsdale, Arizona
We are so thrilled that one of our favorite wedding inspiration blogs is featuring one of our favorite weddings of the year today! Elizabeth Anne Designs is a national inspiration blog that makes us swoon on a daily basis because EAD lives and breathes timeless, classic weddings for the elegant bride. It is an absolute honor to see Allie & Jon’s beautiful DC Ranch Wedding featured there today!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out their entire wedding, you can see our original post with all the pretty from their breathtaking here.
To see the feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs, click here.
The Westin Kierland | Scottsdale, Arizona
Where do we even begin with Lauren and Duke? How about the beginning! Lauren moved into Jordan’s neighborhood in third grade. They were friends from elementary school all the way through high school. If you’re counting, that’s almost 20 years of friendship, which made this wedding extra special for us! You know what else made it so special? Amy cheered on the track with Lauren in pom during her senior of high school. That’s right! Lauren was there when we first starting dating. She was there for those first moments under the Friday night lights. We first met Duke 14 months ago when we sat down for the first time over coffee to discuss their wedding. At the time, it was our farthest out booking we’d ever had, and we were so glad, because October was the craziest busy month we’ve ever had, and we couldn’t have imagined being anywhere else on October 25, 2014. Jordan found himself getting just a little bit emotional all day, too, because standing there with Lauren for portraits, so much had come full circle. He and Lauren could’ve never imagined 20 years ago that Jordan would be the one responsible for documenting such an important day in her life. When Lauren’s mom walked into the getting ready room, it felt like a family reunion!
From start to finish, though, Lauren and Duke’s wedding day was so much fun. They’re both such easy going people. Laid back. No stress. They wanted a wedding day that was smooth and, most importantly, something they could enjoy every moment of — and they did! There was some super special moments, too, like a first look with Lauren’s sweet dad. There’s nothing quite like when a father sees and hugs his daughter on her wedding day. It was so sweet. It’s a second in time we’ll never forget.
Lauren and Duke, we told you on your wedding day as we were riding in the golf cart together that our only regret is that this 14 month journey has come to an end. The only consolation is that this 14 months was just part of a longer 20-year journey of friendship that we’re sure will continue until we’re all old and gray. Thank you both so much for your friendship and love. We adore you both and felt so honored to be the ones you chose to document your wedding. Here are a few of our favorite highlights from your day! Hopefully you’re viewing them right now from your bungalow in Tahiti or Bora Bora! Either way, thank God for the Internet, right?! Enjoy, you two lovebirds!
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Bride’s Dress: Schaffer’s/Pronovias
Catering: Westin Kierland
Ceremony Location: Westin Kierland
Dessert: Westin Kierland
DJ: Eric Cheroske
Floral Design: Cactus Flowers
Getting Ready Location: Westin Kierland
Hair Stylist: Melissa Welker
Makeup Artist: Tamara Jakubos
Officiant: Keith Bierman
Photographers: Amy & Jordan
Reception Location: Westin Kierland
Wedding Coordinator: Sally Hilow
Videographer: Everly Films
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Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
We’ve only known Cara and Kevin for a few months, but from our first correspondence with Cara in June, these have held a special place in our heart. Cara is a professional writer, which Jordan thought was so cool right from the start, since one of his secret ambitions is to write and publish a book some day about marriage. We went back and forth with Cara over email for months before we ever met in person and that was enough, because her personality jumps right off the screen with every word. We seriously found ourselves getting excited every time our email dinged and we saw her name, because we knew it some witty retort to something we’d written. It was fantastic. We were all Internet pen pals! Kevin is an engineer by trade (a really good one!), but he’s got just as much personality as Cara, and a killer smile, too, just like her! Not exactly what you think of when you think engineer! Cara’s most recent writing assignment was reviewing all of the local resorts, including their spas and restaurants.
PAUSE! Her job was staying at 5-star resorts, tasting all the food, trying all the treatments, lounging by the pool, and living to tell (and write) about it! Confession: I think we were mistaken before when we said we have the greatest job in the world as wedding photographers. Cara’s might be it!!
Since that was her writing assignment, it was important to her that we showcase some of her favorite properties in her engagement photos and wedding pictures, too, which is why we did her engagement session at the prestigious Omni Montelucia and are shooting her wedding at the Royal Palms. Here’s the fun thing: their wedding is in two weeks, so we’ll (and you’ll) be seeing them again really soon!
Cara and Kevin, we didn’t think it was possible for you two to be as good in person as you were through the written word — and we’re not saying one is better than the other — but we are saying that we feel so thankful to have a relationship with written you and in-person you, because both are equally as awesome. Here are a few highlights of our time together on your engagement session. We hope you love them as much as we do… and we hope our spelling and grammar in this post is correct, too, because you’ll know if it’s not!
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