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Happy Monday! Oh and Happy Spring too! I am totally feeling the springtime mood with this beautiful weather, budding trees and chirping birds. Ohhhh how I love spring in Arizona!

With this amazing weather comes out of town visitors and boy have we been having fun! My parents have been here with us for a little over 3 weeks now and we have been having so much fun. Then sandwiched in the middle of their stay, my sister and her family came to stay with us as well. It was Hotel Kokes around here for awhile! We converted my office into “the photography suite” for that week :). What fun we had! Our lives have consisted of eating great food, enjoying the sunshine and laughing in a way only family can together. What a true blessing my family is to us. We will be sad to see “Grandma+Grandpa” (aka my parents) leave tomorrow. Then Bella will have to get used to hanging out with boring ole’ Mommy all day again. Poor girl ;).

We officially have ALL NEW windows in our house! Okay, I’m not sure when this kinda thing became exciting for me, but it is. Humor me, k?! We live in a late 70s home that when we moved in, had all original windows. Little by little, my dad has been replacing them with dual pane, efficient windows and just finished replacing the last two on this trip. It may seem like a small change to some, but slowly but surely we are turning this house into a home. And there is something so special about that!

We took Bella to the zoo for the first time this past weekend. This girl LOVES animals, so we were expecting this to be a beloved trip for her. But we were mistaken! She couldn’t have cared less about the animals. She just wanted to climb on rocks and try to steal other kids Cheetos lol! I mean I can’t blame her. Rock climbing is super fun and Cheetos are classic. I get it ;).

Happy Monday from all of us at SKP!


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It is always such an honor when I get to have my work featured and recognized by others in the industry that I admire and respect. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing Leslie+Tristan’s wedding published on the lovely blog One Hitched Lane. What a beautiful gift! Make sure you check out this ADORABLE blog that is full of love, beauty and grace! Thank you Allison for sharing my work with your readers!

Here is the direct link to my feature:

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Lauren+Marcus are married!!! Congrats to the newest SKP newlyweds. My second shooter Lindsi and I had a great time hanging with the happy couple, their lovely family and fun friends.

As always, the Villa Siena was absolutely gorgeous; the perfect backdrop for any wedding.

It was a pleasure watching these two commit their lives to one another and documenting their love story. Congrats again, you two!

xo, Stacy Kokes


Go Sundevils!


  • March 4, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Lindsi Luffman - Love it! They are such a fun and sweet couple!

  • March 4, 2014 - 11:53 pm

    Ryan Riek - great pics, how can I buy one?

  • March 5, 2014 - 12:53 am

    Mary Martin-Quinlan - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!! Many happy years ahead!!!

  • March 16, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Stephen - Very cute, nicely done.

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This weather has got me in spring cleaning mode. One day I just woke up and thought, “I must reorganize the house today!”. So Bella and I ventured out to my Fave of faves, Hobby Lobby, to look for some new, fun items to help spruce up the house. We came out with an AWESOME new toy chest for Bella. This thing is legit! Like heavy duty, real wood kinda legit. In fact, it took two of Hobby Lobby’s finest to load it into my car. When I got home, I ran into a problem. I desperately wanted to get this new treasure into the house pronto, but Joe wouldn’t be home for a number of hours. I attempted to lift it out of the car to no avail. I went back into the house defeated and disappointed and quickly talked myself into the idea that this toy chest needed to be in the house immediately and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. Sometime between walking out the front door and to the back of the car, I must have gained super woman strength because I lifted that bad boy out and carried it all the way into the house: ALL.BY.MYSELF! To say I felt accomplished is the understatement of the century. Applause is welcomed ;)

My parents got into town last night….hooray!!! Bella was SO excited to see Grandma+Grandpa, she could barely contain herself. We are looking forward to three weeks of making memories, updating the house a bit and enjoying life together.

So I just made these amazing and simple little treats that only have 5 ingredients: coconut oil (I’m obsessed!), cocoa powder, peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Mix together, pour into ice cube tray, freeze and you have yourself little bite-sized piece of paradise. SO good!

Confession: I like miracle whip. Hopefully you’ll still be my friend.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Here is Bella’s AH-mazing new toy chest. Don’t you just love it?!


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