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The clouds rolled in over Pinnacle Peak mountain, making Sassi’s already-perfect atmosphere even more beautiful. If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then Amy and Shane are off to a great start! These two didn’t let a little rain put a damper on their day, rather they embraced it fully. Which made me adore them even more than I already did!

Here is a peek into their first day as husband and wife…

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Amy’s Lillian Lottie Dress in all it’s glory.

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Classy, beautiful perfection.

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Amy and Shane decided to forgo a first look but opted for cards prior to the ceremony. Love this!

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Wow. Just wow. Isn’t she bridal perfection?!

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Amy’s beautiful entourage. What a great group of girls!

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The handsome groom and his good-looking’ crew

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I could not get enough of these littles. Just precious!

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Here comes your bride!

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This moment right here is what gets me every time.

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Mr and Mrs Staples!!

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A good best man right here :).

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Doing what we gotta do. Rain don’t stop us!

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Dang. Good looking’ couple!

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And then they were gifted this beauty to remember forever. What a sunset!!

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Enjoying their Let Them Eat Cake cake

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The dance floor was HOT thanks to their great guests and the AMAZING talent of Desert House Productions 

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Big thanks to all the vendors who made this day possible, especially the staff at Sassi. Shoutout to Jessica Rae who was my #2 for the day!

If you or someone you know is in need of wedding photography, contact me HERE. I’d love to be your gal for the big day!

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Oh, these two! I just adore them together!

Joe and I have known Matt for many years through church. We always knew he was such a solid guy and that he would make a wonderful husband one day. I was SO thrilled when I heard that he had found the one he has been waiting for in Bri.  I am honored that they chose me to document their wedding day. I can’t promise I won’t cry :).

Here is a peek into their engagement session <3.

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Okay friends. I’m about to show you our sanctuary, our little piece of paradise, our backyard!

Being from Wisconsin, I am used to homes being on big lots. I grew up on more than an acre and Joe grew up on FIVE acres! We got used to the small lots in AZ when it was just the two of us, but my heart broke thinking about our kiddos growing up without a REAL yard. A yard that they could have room to run. A yard with mature trees. A yard that makes you feel small.

It was always a dream of ours to have a big yard here in Arizona, but we put it on the “probably not gonna happen” shelf. But oh, how God provided! Our new house is just shy of a third of an acre. Granted that is not BIG compared to what we grew up on, it is HUGE for AZ standards. And that’s not all…it has mature trees! Citrus trees and desert trees and my favorite of all, the olive tree.

This yard is a dream come true for us. It was hand picked for us by God, we’re sure! It checks all of our boxes and more. When I see Bella running down our little grass hill giggling with delight and getting lost in adventure while searching for olives and oranges, my heart overflows. Thanks be to God for providing more than we could ask for!

Welcome to our yard!

Section 1: The Main Space

This is the area that we spend most of our time. It has plenty of room of run and it houses the swing set and our outdoor dining area.

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Section 2: The Pool Area

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Section 3: Our work in progress

Let me tell you a bit about what we’ve been doing on this section. It’s kind of a long story, but I like stories, don’t you?

So, the night before we moved in we were at the house painting and unpacking some small stuff when there was a HUGE thunderstorm. After the rain let up and we were getting ready to leave, we looked out in the backyard and saw that TWO of our big trees were knocked over. Seriously?? We hadn’t even moved in yet. Sad face :(.

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But it wasn’t the end of the world. We had our great lawn crew remove the trees and we thought we were done.

WRONG!

We soon realized that the gravel/rocks were an invitation for our dogs to dig and roll around in the dirt. Not cool dogs, not cool!

So we came up with a new plan. Grass (and pavers)! Hooray!

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It took a LOT longer than we thought, but it turned out great in the end. Below is a before and after.

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And another B + A.

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Last on the to-do list for this side is the playhouse. Oh, the plans I have for this!! But in the meantime, Bella sure loves it as is :)

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And that, my friends, is our new yard. Thanks for stopping by!

  • December 14, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Chiazor arah - That is my dream yard! I have been looking in phoenix for months. Not to be a creepy stalker but this looks like Arcadia to me. Am I right? I don’t see anything close to this on trulia. Lol. No one has a yard and a sparkling pool like that. God sure is smiling down on your adorable family. Question. Are you doing mini sessions for the holiday?

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We’ve been in our house for a little over two months and boy have we been busy! Making this house into a home has kept my creative cravings well fed and the place really feels like home.

I promised that I would give you a house tour, but I have been hesitant since it’s “not done yet”.  As I look around the house, I see it all the things that I have yet to do: the furniture that I want to change. The cabinets that I want to paint. The walls that have yet to be filled. Add in the fact that there is always a floor that needs to be vacuumed, dust somewhere and toys in places they shouldn’t be and I have plenty of reasons why I don’t feel ready to show the house yet.

Then I realized….I’ve always kept it real, so why should I stop now? Truth be told, my house doesn’t look like it came out of a magazine. I have an active almost-3-year old who creates a toy tornado on the regular.  I often have dirty dishes in the sink. My dogs shed at an incredible rate. My days are filled to the brim with running a business, taking care of my little and attempting to have dinner ready each night. I don’t have it all together. And I’m guessing neither do you. So rather than wait until everything is “done” and “just right” (which would only add to the cycle of us feeling like everyone else has it together so we should too), I’m going to give you a peek at the house as it is right now; with projects that have yet to be done and walls that have yet to be filled.

Welcome…
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Stay tuned for pics of: my office, the bedrooms and the backyard (my favorite!)

  • December 5, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Elizabeth - Stacy it’s beautiful, I can’t get over that awesome fireplace! Can’t wait to see what you guys do with that room!

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Kyle and Jessica’s engagement session was nothing short of an ADVENTURE! We all made the trip up to Sedona from Phoenix for some epic E-sesh shots; the two of them with a car-full of three dogs and Jess’s trusty maid of honor/dog sitter for the day and me with a car-full of my two dogs, hubby, daughter and mother in law. We drove along winding roads (which about did me in with my motion sickness!), chased the sun, hiked down paths that we weren’t entirely sure were safe and “borrowed” someone’s property for the sake of some gorgeous shots.

In the end….TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Here is a peek at Kyle + Jess’s “Adventure in Sedona” Engagement Session:

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  • December 4, 2014 - 10:52 pm

    Patty Borella Kelly - love, love, love…such a beautiful couple, such a beautiful keepsake… xoxo

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