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Sam + Nate are two people that not only love one another deeply, but they love deeply in their lives as well. This was made evident by the 22 people that made up their wedding party; dear friends that have been touched by Sam + Nate’s friendship and stood beside them in their new journey together as husband and wife. If I could use one word to describe their wedding day it would be ‘celebration’. The day was filled with joy and laughter by all who were in attendance. Joy for this beautiful couple who were committing their lives to one another for the rest of their days. It was a blast to be a part of!

Their ceremony was beautiful and Christ-centered full of wonderful truth and great reminders for all of us that are married. The location was gorgeous, a photographers’ dream! Sam had been praying for a beautiful sunset ever since they got engaged and man did the Lord deliver! It was one of the most incredible sunsets I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Vibrant colors filled the sky and served as the perfect backdrop for their romance photos. As the night went on, the celebration only got better with LOTS of dancing and tons of fun. We finished out our 2012 wedding season with this wedding and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to end on!

Congrats again Sam + Nate!! We LOVED working with you and your friends :) xoxo

Team Bride!!

The guys…

The lovely ladies…


Romance shots…my favorite part of the day! That moment when the couple gets to love on one another :)

H for Mr. + Mrs. Hutchinson!!!

The backdrops at Gold Canyon Resort were incredible!

As we were finishing up the romance shots, the sky lit up. It was perfection!

Let the celebration continue…!

The tears were flowing during the toasts!

  • November 30, 2012 - 2:55 am

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Catherine+Matt are the type of couple that when you meet them you think, ‘these two were meant for each other…’. Their love for one another is evident in every smile, every glance and every quirk.

It was a pleasure capturing their special day amidst the beauty of the Desert Botanical Gardens with my good friend Charity Maurer as my second shooter for the day. The sweet desert light played in our favor from the moment we started shooting. And Catherine+Matt’s adorableness certainly didn’t hurt!

Congrats again to your beautiful new life together :)

Vendor Love:

Venue: Desert Botanical Gardens

Second Shooter: Charity Maurer

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Cake: Caketini

Hair: Autumn’s Hair Studio

I was loving the flowers. Butterfly Petals rocked it, as usual!

The gorgeous bride and groom :)

First Looks are my fave. F’reals!

Can’t get a better backdrop than this! GORGE!

Desert Romance portraits….be still my heart!

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of doing our first adoption photo fundraiser. It was SO amazing to have people come out for this event to support us through our adoption journey and get some fun photos at the same time!

In a few hours time we photographed 2 families including three kiddos, a couple, three dogs and one portrait session. It was so, so fun and such a blessing to us.

A million thanks go out to each and every person who came out for this fundraiser. We are so very grateful!!

Here are some behind the scenes action shots!

We started out the day with my past clients Rhiannon and Brad and their three dogs.

Then the gorgeous Kendra came to us for some quick head shots.

This sweet boy stole my heart! Malachi was adopted by this AMAZING couple. Seeing them all interact brought me so much joy and made my heart explode with anticipation for when we get to bring our sweet son home!!

Lastly we had the pleasure of ending our fundraiser with our good friends. the Parrish Family. I just adore all of them!!

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Jaci and Rob said ‘I do’ as the sun set over their Camelback Mountain backdrop. Their ceremony was heartfelt and their reception was nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to the amazing coordinating of Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings, the day was picture perfect! Jaci and Rob, we are so thrilled for the two of you and were grateful to be a part of your big day.

Thanks to all the wonderful vendors that made this day so beautiful:

Venue: The Sanctuary Resort

Wedding Coordinator: Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings

Florist: The Flower Studio

Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections

DJ: Mike Mancini

Hair/Makeup: Allison Pynn

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I haven’t had a Monday feel like a ‘Monday’ in a long time. I remember back to when I was working a ‘real job’ as I call it, I use to feel the weight of Monday. The alarm clock going off in the morning. The drowsiness I felt as I drove to work. Oh yuck! I don’t miss that one bit. Since my commute to work has been a walk down the hall from my bedroom to my office for the past 3 years, I haven’t had to experience ‘the case of the Mondays’ very often. But today I’m feeling it. From the moment Joe turned the light on in our bedroom at 7:30am, I felt the familiar sting of ‘I don’t wannnnnaa get up yet!’ and really it hasn’t gone away. Fortunately though, I did not have to get out of my pjs and I’m still happily wearing them right now :).

It’s funny how things change as we get older. I remember when I was 16, I was ‘car crazy’. I was so excited about the idea of getting my license and hopefully getting a car someday that it was always on my brain. I noticed the make/model of every car I passed and made a mental note of what kind of car I hoped to get someday. I don’t notice cars too much anymore. Sure, every once and a while one catches my eye but it’s just not a priority anymore. So what does catch my eye these days? Stollers! I notice the make/model of every stroller that passes by me. In fact, at yesterday’s wedding I noticed a lady ‘driving’ an Uppababy Vista (one of the strollers on my maybe list). We had just finished doing photos of the bridal gown outside and were transporting the dress back inside to the bride but I had to stop to ask her…“So, how do you like that stroller?”. My, how my interests have changed!

Oh, speaking of strollers! I got a killa’ deal on a gently used City Mini off of Craiglist (surprise, surprise) for $120! I am one happy mama-to-be :)

Now that the weather is finally cooling down here, I am ready for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Perhaps I’ll have Joe take me there on date night this week. Or maybe I’ll have one at my consult tomorrow. Or MAYBE I’ll do both! Is that allowed?! Two PSLs in one week? Oh, my poor hips!

Hope you all are having a non-case-of-the-Mondays kinda Monday :)

xo, Stacy

Looks like everyone at the Kokes house caught the Monday Lazy Bug today!

(sorry about the Iphone quality)

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