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When Brooke + Chip told me they wanted a desert feel for their engagement session, I knew just the spot to take them. In my opinion there is nothing better than pairing sweet desert light and the sweet love between a couple. The result is magical!

I had SO much fun hanging with the two of them. They were absolute naturals in front of the camera, being themselves and bringing their love. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Looking forward to their wedding in the spring :)

  • November 3, 2012 - 1:26 pm

    Molly Todaro - You two are adorable! Grace wanted to know why you were at the beach? I had to show her the cactus and explain that there was only sand, no water.

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This wedding was one of my faves of the year. I had been looking forward to it ever since their engagement session last February. I knew that their wedding would be full of eye candy, amazing vendors and LOTS of love!

The wedding was held at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, a best kept secret if you ask me. This place was bomb! Nina looked simply breathtaking, especially after Ashley Nicole worked her makeup magic and Jolie Luna rocked her bridal up-do. She was a total bridal babe to say the least!

I can only imagine how killa’ their wedding video is going to turn out. They hired the one, the only, the AMAZING Kale Fitch. He is legit, folks. And my personal go-to for any video goodness. Brides, do yourself a favor and hire him. F’reals! But I digress…

Nina + DJ wed after 8 years of loving one another deeply. Their day was full of snippets of their love story; music, travel and all sorts of adorableness. It was so special watching these two beam all day long and witness DJ’s sweet tears that he couldn’t seem to hold back no matter how hard he tried. I am honored that we got to be a part of it.

Congrats Nina + Deej!!

xo, Stacy Kokes

Nina surprised DJ with a new guitar

Nina…you are making us all look so average! Dang girl!!

First looks are my fave…truly

Loved their sweet wedding party

Details. Sweet details. Be still my heart!

Husband + Wife

Gaaahhhhhh! Does that properly express my excitement for these? ;)

This is why I love living in Arizona…

Beautiful table display

How sweet is DJ’s face watching his wife dance with her dad?


The garter and bouquet toss got pretty interesting at the end…LOL

Congrats again, Nina + DJ!!!

Photography: Stacy Kokes Photography

Videography: Kale Fitch Films

Makeup: Ashley Nicole

Hair: Jolie Luna

Florals: Flowers by Jodi

Baker: La Grande Orange

Dress: Arizona Bridal + Formal

DJ: DJ RoB Young-Got You Covered!

And in case you wondered how the magic happens, here is a behind the scenes look at Kale Fitch and my hubby Joe workin’ it! ;)

  • October 31, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Faria Munmun - These are beautiful!Love bride’s headpiece

  • October 31, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    The Desert Bride - HOLY MOLY! Insanely fabulous :)

  • October 31, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    Brooke Buckman - Stacy, these are AMAZING! seriously… my favorite wedding at El Chorro by FAR.

  • October 31, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    Tammy Riley Golbach - Wow! Love these photos…beautiful subjects, beautiful photography!

  • October 31, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Mickie Berry - Beautiful wedding and location. Where were pictures of you?

  • November 1, 2012 - 2:49 am

    Connie Smith Barr - The “outtakes” are fun!

  • November 1, 2012 - 4:00 am

    Tammy Riley Golbach - Pictures of who?

  • November 1, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    Lindsey Young Rendon - amazing!

  • November 1, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    Cindy Willis - This wedding album is beautiful. Congrats, again! <3

  • November 2, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Susan Forman - Wonderful memories of a fabulous event..

  • November 16, 2012 - 11:04 pm

    Kale Fitch - How did I miss this? AMAZING work as usual my friend, you are just too dang good at your job!

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Happy Monday, everyone! This week’s CTM post is going to be a little different. I’m going to break it up into two sections: Boos and Woo hoos! aka things I don’t like and things I do. Let’s see how it goes, shall we?


1. Stubbing my toe. I was barefoot on my way back into the house when I stubbed my middle toe on the doorway. Gosh, why does that hurt so bad?! It’s still throbbing….ouchie!

2. Buying Halloween candy two weeks early. I thought I was being smart by planning ahead and getting a better deal on the candy early BUT instead it resulted in Joe and I eating 2 bags on candy. So not only do I have to spend more money on candy, I also need to run extra hard to burn off all those calories!

3. Trying to pick out a stroller. There are SO many of them! I have been researching practically nonstop for days and even went to the store to umm…test drive? them. This has only left me more confused that before I started!

Woo hoos!

1. Fall-scented candles. I just love when the house smells of apple cider, pumpkin spice or vanilla nutmeg. Even though it’s still in the high 80s here, the candles help to put me in the fall mood.

2. Apple crisp. Last week I made apple crisp for our small group and it was a total hit. That’s a big win for this girl!

3. Craigslist/Etsy/Pinterest/Zulily/Amazon. I have become best friends with these sites as I am searching for and purchasing baby stuff. So much fun, but also very dangerous!

4. Baby boy clothes. Before we knew we were having a boy, I was ALL about the girl stuff. I couldn’t wait for ribbons and tutus and hairbows galore. But since finding out we are having a boy, I have fallen in love with all the sweet things out there for boys. Just this weekend we picked up the cutest knit owl hat (perfect for newborn baby photos).

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I just love HS seniors! It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that I was in their shoes. I remember being so excited/nervous about what the future would hold for me, not knowing what the blessings and challenges would be awaiting me. It’s a really cool place to be in. I get excited for their futures, hearing about what college they plan to go to or what field they wan to study.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of hanging out with Brooke, a Cactus Shadows senior, and photographing her gorgeousness. She has hopes of going to ASU or San Diego for college and delving into business. This girl is so bright, beautiful and sweet. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!

xo, Stacy

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Happy Monday to all my faithful CTM readers. For all of you reading this, thanks for sticking with me through the sparse postings as of late. Many of you know that we are in the process of adopting a baby, and well, he’s taken priority ;)! I do miss you though and am excited that I am actually writing today.

Today I want to share with you our recent trip we  took to New York earlier this month. We headed out for a weekend of sight-seeing and visiting with my sister-in-law and her fiance. I must say, I am quite impressed with how much we accomplished in just a couple of days. We even had time to get (mostly) caught-up on Teen Mom. Awwhhhh yea! ;)

Let me give you the highlight reel, yes?

I am proud to say that I survived my first and all subsequent subway experiences. If anyone knows me, they know that I am somewhat of a germaphob. I don’t like dirt. I don’t like touching things that thousands of other people have touched. And I certainly don’t like being crammed into a tiny moving box with people that are definitely invading my ‘me bubble’! But I put my big girl britches on and rode that subway like a champ. Well, a champ that refuses to touch the hand rail at least ;).

After surviving the subway, I felt it was fitting to reward myself with a musical. Okay, so we had the musical planned all along but irregardless! As a child, I watched Newsies about a hundred billion times (is that possible?!). I straight up loved it! The music, the dancing, Jack Kelley, Spot Collins, ohhhhh I loved it. So when I found out that my favorite childhood movie had become a musical you better believe we made sure we saw it. Goodness gracious, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was the highlight of my trip. I was beaming in my seat the whole way through. And proceeded to sing ‘I’m the King of New York’ throughout the remainder of the trip. I’m sure Joe’s sister really appreciated that;).

The other highlight of the trip was all the fantastic food! Right outside of Becca’s Brooklyn apartment is this amazing food schmorgishbord full of 100s of food tents. We were lucky enough to come across an all gluten-free baker and her stuff was legit. Butternut squash, goat cheese and bacon tartlet….my stomach still thinks of you. May we meet again someday :)

And let’s not forget the frozen yogurt and macaroons. They deserve a shout-out as well!

Among my firsts of this trip was my first ferry ride experience. It was surprisingly better than I expected. Until I got back on land and felt like I was still swaying!

We even had time to check out David Blaine’s Electrified thingy. I don’t really know what to say about it other than he stood on a platform for 3 days and got zapped by electricity (while wearing a protective suit). Not real sure what the point of it was, but he still got us to show up so I guess that’s the point lol.

And here are some buildings. Because New York isn’t New York without buildings, right?

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