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Angel and Michael met and fell in love while working together as backstage techs at the Mesa Arts Center. The two have since moved to New York and are getting ready to become husband and wife next fall. They wanted to go back to where it all began for them, so they pulled a few strings and got us backstage at the Mesa Arts Center. Talk about beautiful! Not gonna lie, my inner performer felt like leaping across the huge stage. It was so cool back there! I usually shoot all my sessions outdoors, so this was a fun and exciting change of scenery.

These two have such a playful love that comes bubbling out the more time we spent together. I am SO looking forward to their wedding next fall. But for now, here is a peek at Angel and Michael’s e-sesh!

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Some of my favorite moments with these two were the ones where they had no idea the camera was on them. They came alive in the “in between” moments.

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Maybe these two should have considered being ON stage. Rock stars right here :)

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I had the pleasure of spending part of my Labor Day weekend in Flagstaff with Meredith, Steven and their doggies Bear and Tucker. I’m pretty sure my dogs Hope and Moby were a little jealous when I got home. They must of been able to smell the good weather on me :).

I was swooning over the surroundings, the weather and of course, Meredith and Steven themselves. They are just adorable! And Bear and Tucker even made an appearance in some of their photos. So much fun!

I can not WAIT for their Munds Park wedding next month. Eeekkk! It’s going to be here so soon. Until then, enjoy their engagement images.

xo, Stacy Kokes

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We met when we were just 8 years old and it was friendship at first sight. On that day some twenty plus years ago, I knew I had met my best friend for life.

Stephanie and I have shared so much life with each other. As kids we had wild imaginations and spent our days creating our own little world full of skits, dance and playing pretend. As we grew up, our friendship was strengthened by our shared passion for dance and our deep love for the Lord. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to grow up with.

After high school, our friendship survived moves across and even out of the country. We saw each other through blossoming and broken relationships and the awkward phase of trying to figure out what the heck we want to do with our lives.

Steph and I both have always dreamed big, but especially Steph. I have never doubted her ability to achieve whatever she puts her mind to. She just has that “it” factor that sets her apart from a crowd.

One of the things we have talked about since we were kids is wanting to open a dance studio one day. While I still have a love for dance, my life took a different path. Steph, however, has continued to pursue dance and it has blessed her tremendously.

While working for a professional dance company in Mexico, she met a fellow dancer that swept her off her feet (literally and figuratively!). Her and Tavo fell in love and eventually had their precious daughter and got married. And that dream she had of opening a dance studio someday? Her husband had the same dream!

So two years ago, the three of them took a leap of faith and moved back to the states to work towards that goal. This past weekend, their dream came true!

My best friend and her husband just opened their new dance studio Everything About Dance and I had the pleasure of taking their promo photos!!! I couldn’t be more proud of the two of them. Their hard work and diligence is to be admired.

Wisconsin friends, if you are looking for some lessons please check them out. Please check out their website HERE to get more info.

Way to go, Bestie! You made your dream come true :)

 

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Happy Monday, friends! We just got back from an AH-MAZING week in Maine and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Grab your coffee and let’s chat!

Okay, first of all, Maine is as beautiful as everybody says it is. Seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

What brought us out to Maine, you ask? Good question!

Joe’s aunt and uncle have a vacation home in a tiny fishing town off the coast and every year they invite Joe’s mom’s side of the family there for a little rest, relaxation and reunion. This was the first time we were able to make it out there and goodness, I wish we would have started going years ago!

Can we first talk about this house?? It was built in 1850. Yes, that is 1850 as in more than 150 years old! Those of you who know me, know I am such a sucker for homes with charm, character and history to them. You walk in them and can feel the stories and memories the walls hold. I was in love the moment we pulled up. Wouldn’t you be??

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Oh, and there was a BARN on the property!

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Oh, and you can’t tell from this picture but we had a view of the water right from the front porch. Be still my heart! We spent much of our days front-porch sitting, enjoying the perfect weather and playing outside in the glorious green that surrounded us.

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The home was filled with plenty of old charm that made my heart beat faster; like the vintage books, original door knobs and an old school pencil sharpener. Love it!

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This was one of my very favorite rooms of the house.

The combination of the wood beams, dreamy light and shelves of books made this room feel magical. I loved watching Bella play in here.

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Don’t worry, we didn’t just spend all day in the house. We enjoyed plenty of outdoor fun.

Bella loved playing with her cousin Caroline’s dog Nutmeg (who got an unfortunate nickname thanks for Bella’s mispronunciation!) and enjoyed being both a ballerina and baseball player :).

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Maine wouldn’t be complete without some hammock and patio chair goodness. I spent many a time reading on this bad boy (the hammock, that is!).

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I’m a Wisconsin girl, so I had no idea what “tide pools” were. Joe kept talking about them before we left for the trip and I just nodded my head and smiled.

I can now officially say that I not only know what a tide pool is but I have been to several. And even touched some snails in them!

Joe and Bella were much more adventurous that me in the “tide pool creature holding”. They found and held snails, crabs, hermit crabs and even a little lobster. Bella takes after her Daddy in being fearless like that!

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And of course, our adventures wouldn’t have been complete without the people we shared them with.

We are so grateful for the time we got to spend with Joe’s family.

The week was such a blessing to our family and we will hold it dear to our hearts for life.

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The group: cousin Laura, Aunt Kerry, Bella, Uncle Joe, Aunt Connie, Kristi (Joe’s mom), Becca (Joe’s sis), Joe and Me

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Did any of you do any cool traveling this summer? I’d love to hear your adventures!

  • September 30, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Audra Garbinski - Please take me with you next time. What a gorgeous vacation.

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