Arizona Wedding-Boudoir-High School Senior-Photographer » I'm Stacy Kokes, and I photograph love...

It is always so special when I get to photograph people I love. While in WI this past week, I got to meet my newest niece, Harper Grace and take their first family photos.

After 14 years of marriage, my brother and his wife welcomed their first child into their lives. God’s timing is so different than ours, but oh so perfect.

Harper more than they could have ever hoped for, and you can see their joy written all over their smitten faces.

I am SO excited to share a piece of my heart; my family, the Fritzs.

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I just love seeing my brother as a dad. He has been such an incredible big brother to me and I know he is going to such a wonderful dad to this little girl <3.

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Sweet Harper, your mama has been praying for you for so long. You are so loved by so many!

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Maybe it was the way Kelly & Nathan stole glances of love and adoration throughout the day.

Or the words they vowed to each other at the altar.

Maybe it was sweeping green vineyards and rolling hills that surrounded them.

Or the beautiful letter-pressed details made by the bride herself, perfectly placed throughout the day.

Maybe it was seeing my once college roommate adorned in her wedding gown, glowing with love as she danced with her new husband.

Whatever it was, this wedding will forever stand out in my heart.

This wedding was special.

And I am honored, to say the least, that I got to witness it and even more so, document it for all it was.

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Venue: Arista Winery

Planner: Ashley Mauritson of So Eventful

Arista Event Planner: Meredith Kanbergs

Paper goods: Kelly (the bride) of Paper by the Bay

Caterer: Park Avenue Catering

Florals: Willow Floral Design

Baker: Sift Bakery

Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel

Musician: Bobby Jo Valentine

Hair+Makeup: Wash & Brushup

Videographer: Kale Fitch

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love watching The Bachelor/Bachelorette. My Mondays are never quite the same without them ;). Hands down, one of my favorite Bachelorette’s was Desiree Hartsock. While she is most well-known for her time on the show, she is also a very talented bridal gown designer. Combine my love for the Bachelorette and weddings and I am sold haha! Not to mention, she is teaming up with Maggie Sottero (who was the designer of my wedding gown) to create a beautiful a custom gown for her and Chris’s wedding day, as well as a new line of gowns. I can’t wait to see they come up with. I know they are going to be AMAZING!

Today, I am SO honored that Desiree has chosen to feature one of my recent styled shoots on her blog. It feels great to be recognized by someone that I respect in both the wedding industry and outside of it. Please go check it out and leave some love!

Click on the photo below to be taken directly to the post or visit: http://www.desireehartsock.com/arizona-desert-love/.

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  • June 14, 2014 - 9:27 am

    Courtney - Hi Stacy,

    I found your page via Desiree Hartsock’s blog – just wanted to say that I love your work!

    Courtney

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Oh my sweet Bella. How I loved you from the moment I saw your precious face! You mean more to me than my words can utter. I never knew someone so small could teach me so much about life, faith and the love of God. You have grown me and changed me in countless ways and I still am in awe that God chose me to be your mommy. You are more than a gift, you are a blessing in it’s truest form. I love you SO much!

One year ago today, I received an email that changed our lives forever. Below is the first picture I ever saw of Bella and somehow I knew in that instant that I was looking at the face of my daughter. It was as if my heart and hers were already intertwined and the child I had been longing for all these years was staring back at me. And so began our journey towards adopting Bella! I can’t believe that just over a year ago, we didn’t know of each other. It seems as if she has always been a part of us and us a part of her. I can’t even imagine a life without her. She has brought unspeakable joy into our world and is a constant reminder of God’s intimate love for me. God heard my prayers to be a mother all those years and made it so by bringing this precious girl into my life. When I think of all that God had to orchestate to bring the three of us together, I still get chills. When I look at her face and hear her call me “Mommy”, I am continually reminded that we serve a big, mighty, GOOD God!

I will forever celebrate the day that I first learned of you and saw your beautiful face, for my life and my heart will never be the same. Love, Mommy

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I am THRILLED to share this session with all of you! It started off as a small idea that grew into a beautiful collaboration between friends and local vendors. There is something so fulfilling and exhilarating about working with other creatives to create something more beautiful than we could ever do on our own. Together, we were able to tell the story of love, beauty, and adventure in the Arizona desert. Check out the photos and video below!

Special thanks to all that made this shoot what it is:

Models: Chris + Lauren

Fashion Styling: Alex of AVE Styles

Flowers: Sarah’s Garden

Makeup: Ashley Nicole

Video: Ryan Blake Films

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