The church doors opened, glints of light peeking through the stained glass windows on either side, cutting across the pews and aisle. And there she stood, like Maria in the The Sound of Music. A snowy white dress. A wispily draped veil. And a smile that commanded warmth and happiness. With a bouquet in her right arm, the one she’d always dreamed about as a little girl, and her left threaded through the elbow of the first man she ever loved, Nichole made her way through a sea of wet, we’re-so-proud-of-you faces, toward the one who swept her off her feet. He was crying too — shaking even — his eyes a combination of a fountain and fireworks, his body like a tremoring earthquake. There are few things more breathtaking in this world than a bride beaming on her wedding day, and a groom reacting to her is one of them. And react Joe did, in such a real and powerful way. When Jordan was little, his mom told him, “The mistake most people make at weddings is this: they only watch the bride when she’s coming down the aisle, so they miss the groom, and that’s the second half of the best part.” Oh, how right she was. How right she is. How right she’ll always be.

Nichole and Joe, your wedding was a fairytale from start to finish. Your love and devotion and deep passion for each other is an inspiration, and we’ve been so blessed by your friendship from the first time we sat down for coffee until now. Thank you for your happiness and down-to-earth kindness. It made every minute of your wedding joyful for us, too. We love you both and hope that you’re enjoying your time on the sands of Hawaii. Do us a favor, okay? Find a few reclining chairs or a hammock to share, grab one of those fancy drinks with an umbrella in it, and soak in just a few of our favorites from your wedding day. It was one to remember. In fact, we couldn’t think of a better way to start 2015. Mahalo, you two. For everything. For being you.

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the WEDDING TEAM…

Catering: McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church
Coordinator: Kristina Gelb
Dessert: Ritzy Cakes
DJ: DJ Mars
Getting Ready Location: The McCormick Scottsdale
Hair Stylist: R Salon
Invitations/Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup Artist: R Salon
Officiant: Father Micah Muhlen
Photographers: Amy & Jordan
Reception Location: McCormick Ranch Golf Club

the GEAR USED for this WEDDING…

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50 1.2
Canon 70-200 2.8
Canon 100 2.8
Canon 24-70 2.8
Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT
Entire Gear List

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