Katie+Mike :: Hotel Valley Ho Wedding

Katie + Mike’s day was just FILLED with fun, celebration, joy and love. It was one of those days when I have to stop a moment and think, “Is this really my job?!”. It was such a blessing to watch these two love on each other all day and to witness the joy and excitement that their family and friends had for them. Katie + Mike have the kind of love that when you see it, you can’t help but smile. It is infectious. You can’t help but rejoice with them! I am so, so glad that I got to be one to capture their love on the day they became husband and wife. What an honor!

Congrats Katie + Mike! I am happy to call you two friends :) xoxo

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors involved in their day. Including my second shooter Charity Maurer, as well as:

Venue: Hotel Valley Ho

Florist: Lori Elliot

DJ/Band: Desert House Productions

Videographer: Urbane Media

Hair/Makeup: Sara Faella

Cake: La Dolce Pesca

Have you seen a more adorable bride in your life?! I didn’t think so ;)

First Look awesomeness

Ceremony go-time

Katie + Mike roll with quite a FUN entourage

Family love <3

And the ‘most adorable couple’ award goes to…..

Warning: their reception was uber fun. Like you might be kinda jealous you weren’t there ;)

See what I mean? FUN! SO fun!

p.s. I have been to many weddings and the BEST DJs I have ever heard, without a doubt: Desert House Productions. If I was getting married right now, I would hire them hands down. Without question. Check.Them. Out!!!!!

A couple caught the garter and bouquet. Awwww :)

And of course, had to get a photo with my lovely second shooter and my beautiful bride, Katie!

  • April 25, 2013 - 8:45 am

    Brooke Langston - Oh my goodness, Sweet Friend! These are so so so beautiful! I don’t know much of anything about my future wedding hahahaha, except for the fact that you will be the designated photographer for SURE. You are so so so talented, and it’s obvious you are in the right profession, because you capture allllll the joy that is in this amazing moment and make the memories last a lifetime. I love these so much! Love you too!

  • April 25, 2013 - 10:36 am

    mike cuthriell - AWESOME – what a great party, I’m reliving it with every single pic. Nice work ladies.

  • April 26, 2013 - 1:23 am

    Molly Oberst - OFFICIAL WEDDING PHOTOS!

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Amanda + Jay :: The Farm at South Mountain Wedding

The sunlight danced between the trees and gently kissed their already glowing faces. The weather was beautiful, the Farm at South Mountain location was magical and their love for one another was overflowing. With the tall pecans as their backdrop, Amanda + Jay exchanged their vows and became husband and wife. Tears rolled down the cheeks of those in attendance and the celebration ensued. Amanda + Jay’s farm wedding was such a joyous affair and I am beyond grateful that Joe and I got to be the ones to capture it.

Congrats to the new Mr. + Mrs. Jenkins!!!

Elegant lace and grandma’s pearls. In that moment, I knew just how great this day was going to be!

take your breath away kinda beauty, right here!

Mr. Jay lookin’ pretty snazzy!

Proof that I’m not the only one who thinks I’m funny ;)

Enter Amanda’s beautiful bridesmaids

First looks are my fave. Always.

There she goes again with that breath-taking beauty!

Showtime!

This moment always gets me.

Handmade arch by the bride’s father. Awesome!

No such thing as dry eyes at a wedding.

Mr. + Mrs. JENKINS!!!

One thing is for sure…these two LOVE to kiss! Amen to that!

Beautiful reception details

Cocktail hour with cornhole and oversized JENGA! Woop woop!

Rockin’ out to the first dance

Father/daughter dance sweetness

And onto the PARTY!!

  • April 18, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    Chris SuperEffective Grinstead - These pictures turned out so good! Awesome night!

  • April 18, 2013 - 10:20 pm

    Barb Lynch Watson - Beautiful Work

  • April 18, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Amy Grinstead Weiler - My niece and new nephew and everyone look amazing. Beautiful pictures.

  • April 18, 2013 - 11:36 pm

    Natalie Carey - Great job Stacy Kokes! So many beautiful moments!

  • April 18, 2013 - 11:43 pm

    Jamie Nicole Payne - I’m tearing up right now, what a beautiful wedding, feel like I was there just by seeing the pictures!

  • April 19, 2013 - 12:37 am

    Catherine Lynette TeVault - Such a beautiful and fun wedding!

  • June 9, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Dolly Musante - I was so happy to be with this couple on their special day. Everything was so lovely, I wish them a long life with as much happiness as their wedding day gave them. My daughter Denise Mosegaard was happy to meet more family. We came down from Coeur d Alene, Idaho.
    Love,
    Great Aunt Dolly

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Jeremy + Alicia :: Desert Botanical Gardens Engagement

For some people, work is just a place you go in order to pay the bills. In fact, Alicia’s intentions went no further than that when she first started working at Loco Patron, an amazing mexican restaurant located in Old town Scottsdale, Tempe and Ahwatukee. Little did she know that her place of employment would also be where her love story would begin.

Side note: Loco has a sweet place in my heart as it is where I worked for 2 years during college :). I was so incredibly stoked when they opened up their new location on Mill ave in Tempe, only a couple miles from our house. If you haven’t been in there yet, you MUST check it out! But I digress…

Jeremy started out as Alicia’s boss but after much convincing ;), Alicia finally agreed to let Jeremy take her out on a date. Now they are just months away from becoming husband and wife! I am beyond thrilled for the two of them and feel honored to be the one to capture their big day.

I apologize ahead of time for the lengthy blog post but I just kept adding photos. I mean…can you blame me?! This is one dreamy couple!

Flawless. Simply flawless…

Dreamy light and sweet whispers of love…

I see some beautiful babies in their future…just sayin’ :)

I think I’m getting a toothache from all this sweetness!

People shouldn’t be allowed to look this good this close up ;)

Had to give her ring some love. Dang!

Caught the last little bit of sunset!

  • April 9, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Jenna Leigh - Stacy! These are GORGEOUS. What a beautiful couple, gorgeous light, amazing setting. Beautiful work, girl.

  • April 18, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Tom Harmon Photography - Really great connection between the couple. These images are breathtaking!

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Happy Birthday to my Bestie!

When I was 8 years old, I met my best friend for life, Stephanie. From the moment we met, there was not a person in the world that I could have more fun with. We spent countless hours playing pretend, being creative, talking about boys and laughing until our stomachs hurt.

Today my best friend turns 28 which means we have now been friends for TWENTY YEARS! There is something so special about childhood friendships that stand that test of time. We have been through so much together; awkward phases, innocents crushes, broken hearts, moves across and out of the country, ex boyfriends, finding the loves of our lives, getting married and starting families. Steph just moved back to the states after living in Mexico for the past 6 years. Despite our physical distance, we have remained ‘besties’ and I know that will never change.

Even though I didn’t know much when I was 8 years old, I sure knew how to pick a great BFF. Happy Birthday Bestie! I love you SO much! xoxoxo

  • April 8, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Jen Fritz - Happy birthday to Steph! Awesome picture, by the way.

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Brooke :: College Senior Graduation Session

There is no more rewarding time in my job than when I get to have my dear friends in front of my camera. This week I had that opportunity once again when my sweet friend Brooke asked if I would photograph her college graduation photos. It was an honor and a pleasure for sure! We had way too much fun!!!

Brooke is one of the most genuine, god-honoring, joyful women I have ever met. She came into my life recently, yet we have quickly established a deep friendship centered around our sweet Jesus. Brooke calls me her ‘big sister’ and I love having her as a little sis. There is much to admire about this sweet woman; the fact that she set a goal of graduating in 3 years and she IS, her vibrant and evident love for Christ, her wisdom beyond her years and her contagious laughter!

She is amazing. She is my friend. She is my sista’. She is Brooke. Isn’t she lovely?!

True beauty starts in the heart and radiates from within…

‘She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.’ Proverbs 31:25

Don’t you just adore her?!

And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without some ‘behind the scenes’ from our WAY too fun session! Enjoy!

Love you Brookers! xoxo

  • April 2, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Lisa - This is so fun! Brooke- you’re beautiful, it’s true! Loved looking at the behind-the-scenes pics at the end. Soooo you! Good work, Stacy!

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