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About the time I graduated from college, I reached a crossroads. I had just spent four years growing accostumed to life away from my family that was back in Wisconsin. I missed them dearly, but I had made great friendships in Arizona that eased the pain of being away from family. However, now that college was over, all of us were going our separate ways. I always thought that someday, after I finished college, that I would move back “home” to Wisconsin. Then I met Joe…

I was in my senior year of college when we met. Joe had just moved here from Oregon after getting his masters degree. He had a “real” job, had just bought a house and was setting down roots in Arizona. I, on the other hand, was longing to go back to Wisconsin and start my life there. I soon realized that being with Joe was going to mean staying in Arizona. My heart was so torn. On the one hand I was so smitten and so sure that Joe was the one I wanted to spend my life with, yet my heart longed for the community of my family. I knew that God was calling me to be with Joe and start our life together as husband and wife, so I committed to started a life in Arizona.

It wasn’t always easy. In fact, there were days when my heart missed my family so much I would just cry and cry. I longed for genuine community and prayed that God would bring deep friendships into my life.

Throughout our marriage, God brought some amazing people into our lives through our church. Three years ago, Joe and I began leading a small group and it changed our lives. The community I longed for all those years was being fulfilled through these amazing people. These people have seen us through some of our darkest days, have sat with us in the midst of great pain, celebrated with us during times of joy and given us a glimpse of Jesus. These friends challenge me, grow me, encourage me, correct me, and push me to be more like Christ. They are my family; my brothers and sisters in Jesus and I am beyond grateful to God for answering my prayer for genuine community.

Last weekend we did our first annual FriendsGiving in our new backyard with our small group and it was a dream come true. When we decided to buy our new house, we prayed that it would be a place where memories would be made and fellowship would be experienced. We hoped that the walls and outdoors would be filled with laughter, good conversation, food and drink. We prayed our new home would be a place where we could welcome others in, like Jesus welcomed us. Seeing our yard filled with our dearest friends enjoying food, drink and friendship filled my heart and soul.

Thank God for your friends today. They are a gift!

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  • November 17, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    Charity Oxley Maurer - Love it! :)

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The weather was perfect as the sunset over the Biltmore the day of Ashley and Bobby’s wedding. Surrounded by only their closest family and friends, the two became husband and wife.

And their lives will never be the same….

I present to you, Mr and Mrs Crowder!

Special thanks to Charity Maurer for second shooting with me. Always a pleasure!

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  • November 4, 2014 - 12:15 am

    David Collins - Absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing. May they be blessed with a relationship that lasts eternally.

  • November 5, 2014 - 2:11 am

    Dallas Swan - Wow. These are a beautiful recollection of a perfect evening love was definitely in the air!!!

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There are few places that are more beautiful than Munds Park in the fall. Add in a fantastic couple saying their “I dos”, an amazing dog (Bear) serving as ring bearer and one of the greatest venues in Arizona and we’ve got darn near perfection!

I present to you the wedding day of Meredith and Stephen, the new Mr + Mrs Burr!

Super congrats you two! Thank you for trusting me to capture your day. It was an honor (and lots of fun too!)

xo, Stacy

Venue: Foxboro Ranch Estates

Second Shooter: April Robert

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  • November 17, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Charity Oxley Maurer - Stace, this is beautiful!! So well captured.

  • November 17, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Charity Oxley Maurer - Stace, this is beautiful!! So well captured.

  • November 17, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    April Robert - Great job Stacy! It’s fun to look through and see the storyline of the day through these photos.

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Little by little, our new house is coming together! One of the spaces I am most excited about is the playroom area. In our old house, we didn’t have a separate space for toys and activities. Bella’s toy were started to invade the whole house! So I am SO excited (maybe more so than she) that we now have a dedicated space where her and her friends can play, create, imagine and be kiddos.

Here is a peek into the (almost done) playroom:

Starting with our READING AREA.

This papsan is a perfect spot to curl up and read books and also makes for a great place for me to sit and watch Bella “do her thing”.

Oh, and the pillow?! I’m obsessed!

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Her little teepee tent where you spends time with her stuffed animal friends. This is also my go-to hiding spot when we play hide n seek. Shhh don’t tell Bella ;)

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The playroom has tile flooring, so I knew we would need plenty of rug space to sit and play comfortably. I thoroughly adore both of these!

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I just love all the natural light that pours in here <3

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Welcome to the CRAFT CORNER!

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And the KITCHEN AREA. Bella makes some darn good smoothies here ;)

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The DRESS UP zone and her very own Adirondack chair

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And that’s it, my friends! Keep your eyes open for more House Tour posts to come!

xo, Stacy

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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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  • October 7, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Tia Laura - These are absutely beautiful!!!! I can’t believe my Angelgirl is old enough to get married. Best wishes my loves!

  • October 7, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Tia Laura - ABSOLUTELY!!!!

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