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This session made my photographer heart skip a beat. Beach cruiser bikes, oversized balloons, cotton fields AND a guitar!

 Katie + Mike are incredibly fun to be around and I am just SO excited to shoot their wedding next spring. Until then, enjoy their engagement session goodness :)

Sun flare and bike riding through a grove. My day was made!

I can’t even handle their cuteness right now!

We ended the session with just a tiny bit of light left and caught these shots of the two lovebirds!

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Planning a wedding is…intense. Can I get an AMEN?! That’s why I always, always, always tell brides to hire a professional.

Not only will a planner take away some of planning stress off of you, the bride, but they will just make your whole wedding ROCK! Christina Clark is an amazing event planner and designer here in Arizona. I have had the pleasure of working with her on a styled shoot last spring that rocked my socks. She designed and executed our Western Glam theme perfectly. Needlesstosay, all you brides out there, hit up Christina Clark!

I was honored when she asked me to take some fun portraits of her for her new website. Um…yes please! Of course, the shoot wouldn’t be ‘Christina Clark’ without some great props and details. Special thanks to Page & Mason for supplying the stationary, 21 cakes for supplying the macaroons, cake and cupcakes and Butterfly Petals for supplying the florals.

I was loving her bright dress and red lips. This girl certainly knows what looks good together!

Professional AND fun. My favorite combo :)

Special thanks to Christina’s assistant Arlee for stepping in for a few shots as ‘bride’ :)

  • October 16, 2012 - 8:11 pm

    Linda Hauze Schneider - Beautiful!

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Intimate. Personal. Breathtaking. That was exactly what Kori + Mike’s vineyard wedding encompassed.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, this online-matched couple said their ‘I dos’ and became husband and wife.

It was an absolute honor to be a part of :)

Congrats again Kori + Mike. We are thrilled that we got to document your love story! xo

Getting ready…

Gorgeous doesn’t even cut it! Dang girl :)

Could their be a more beautiful backdrop for saying ‘I do’?!

They each surprised their moms with flowers during the ceremony to thank them for making them both who they are today. Loved it!

Their awesome entourage

Vineyard romance portraits…be still my heart!

Their outdoor reception was perfectly intimate.

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Happy Monday everyone!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a proper CTM post. My life has been such a blur of airports, weddings, edits and adoption that its rare that I even remember what day of the week it actually is! But today I remembered that it is in fact Monday AND I made time just for you :).

I absolutely LOVE shooting weddings with my hubby. Not everyone gets to pinch their employee’s butt or give flirting glances back n’ forth on the job but WE do! And it’s so fun!

This weekend we were up in Chino Valley shooting a beautiful winery wedding. When we first stepped out of the car we heard this roar of cicadas coming from the trees. There had to be thousands and thousands of them. They were SO loud! Anyone who knows me knows that I am TERRIFIED of bugs. Like terrified. Even a cricket in the house sends me into a high-pitched squeal. It’s totally illogical I know but nonetheless.

With all the benefits that come from working with your spouse, there are a few not-so-great things as well. Say that said spouse decides to play a prank on his unsuspecting wife knowing full well that said wife won’t fire her own husband! The story goes a lil’ something like this. While I was taking a much-needed potty break, Joe spotted a HUGE dead cicada on the ground. After poking around at it for a while and verifying it’s ‘deadness’, he got an idea. A very not-nice-hubby idea. I told him to watch my camera while I was gone. Oh, he watched it alright! He placed said dead cicada right by my camera and camera bag and then sat back with his camera and watched. As I walked back towards him, I noticed that he had his camera pointed at me so I happily waved at my dear, sweet husband. Seconds later, I reached for my camera and squealed and Joe was there to capture the whole thing. When I looked back at him and saw him cracking up, I knew this was result of his doing. After I got done hyperventilating, we both shared a good laugh about it.

Although, I hope he knows that this means war!

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