What a delight!! Michaela and Josiah had just shared their first kiss as they were pronounced husband and wife, their friends and family gave a loud cheer and non-stop applause. The world seemed to stop for just a split second. Their outrageously fun, kind and servant-hearted bridal party was just steps behind them. They were the first to reach the side of Hope Barn and Garden. They took advantage of this private moment to steal another kiss! And then laughed in pure delight as they each peered into the eyes of their forever best friend!
This was the beauty of the entire day!! Each moment was filled with delight and joy!! There were so many beautiful expressions to capture – proud moms, a joyful ring bearer and flower girl, glowing family, supportive friends and of course a stunning bride and groom!
Michaela and Josiah, your wedding was an absolute wonder to capture. Every moment and detail was filled with love and intentionality. I hope that these photos bring you wondrous memories of this most joyful, special day for decades to come!! What pure delight this special occasion was!!
Every guest and family member was sitting on the edge of their seat. Nancy positioned herself to listen intently at the alter and Ernest carefully prepared to start their personal vows. His voice was slow and trembled. “You are the most amazing, wonderful person I have ever met. There was a long and beautiful pause as Ernest composed himself. “You were born amazingly perfect – without flaws in your cheeks and that smile where you look at me like you are doing right now. Your eyes – you make me feel alive.” Every heart was instantly warmed and overjoyed. Many faces welled up with soft tears. This was the tone of this entire, beautiful, joyful day. Every moment was full of deep love and commitment to celebrate this amazing couple and their incredible future together. Nancy and Ernest, I was so blessed to be able to help capture these special memories. May these photographs remind you and your children and your children’s children of the great and wonderful love you share for each other and the blessing that your marriage is to everyone around you. Congratulations!!!
Emma and Max, your day was AMAZING!! I know with the pandemic, this event was really two years in the making; it was so worth it!!
You were both stunning, the Phoenix Art Museum was beautiful and your friends and family celebrated like there was no tomorrow! Your brother officiated a sweet ceremony and together he and your dad threw an epic dance party with their special DJ powers!! I love that the place that has meant so much to you both (and was the location of your first special date) became the place where you got to celebrate your marriage with your family and friends. It was so fun to photograph you both in front of the very paining that helped inspire the look and theme of the wedding. I was honored to help you capture these memories. May these photographs bring you joy every single time you look at them and help you re-live this special day!!
Bride’s Dress: Brilliant Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dear Cleo | Catering: Bruce Brown Catering | Florals: PJs Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Bella Bridal Beauty | Decor Rentals: Something Borrowed Blooms | Wedding Bands: Dear Noemie | Custom glass sculpture: Unity in Glass | Venue: Phoenix Art Museum | Cake: A Bakeshop
What a sweet love story!! First you have to know Andrew was Macy‘s first crush when she was about eight years old. How awesome is that!! Their families went to church together and she thought he was cute. Fast forward years later. Andrew’s sister (The Amazing Caitlyn Freeman) stayed in touch with Macy this whole time. This was the key to the whole thing!!
Now during their high school days Macy and Andrew didn’t hang out in the same circle of friends; however, Andrew had a major crush on Macy for two years…from a distance. He needed to find a way to get to know her better so he plotted a game night with his sister Caitlyn where they could all hang out with mutual friends. Macy responded within 15 minutes of the invitations going out – this was a good sign! It took a little time but Andrew eventually asked Macy out to Elevate Coffee for their first one-on-one date.
Their relationship quickly blossomed as they spent time together. They had a lot in common–their families had similar values and they loved being together. They both knew fairly quickly that they had found their forever someone. Overlooking a beautiful view in Sedona, he said I love you for the first time; he wrote a note and gave her a necklace. When it came time to propose he flew her out to Coronado where his Dad had proposed to his mom. (The time of the year was actually within one day of his parents’ proposal!) He gave her another love note and asked her to marry him on the beach. She is a happy crier so she cried happy tears and of course said yes.
Their wedding was BEAUTIFUL!! It was a glorious day in May. Macy and Andrew committed their undying love to each other. With a glittering dress, heart-melting vows and the sweetest affectionate looks, this was a truly special day. Here is the story of the gorgeous bride Macy and the stud of a groom Andrew as they committed their brilliant love for one another in forever matrimony.
And if you would like to see even more moments from their beautiful day, here is their Memories Feature. Their family and friends supported them, encouraged them and threw an outrageous celebration with them!! This is one for the record books! Fair warning: you may want to grab some tissues for this one 😉
Photography – Cami Facer Photography | Event Coordinator – Carol Turner | Backyard Venue – Cassidy Custom Events | Hair – Trisha Bloom | Florals – Kellie Gatgewood | Dress – Almond Tree Weddings | Cake – Baking It Sweet Bakery | DJ – Ray The DJ | Catering – Boca Taqueria
Ryan grinned as he opened up one of the many wonderful presents Kendra had gotten him before the ceremony (they exchanged gifts and letters before the ceremony) – it was a photo book with a picture they took right after he proposed. In the photo, they were holding up champagne glasses against the backdrop of a vivid sunset. Ryan took a break from opening his presents to share the story of how they were engaged. “All of a sudden these clouds come in and the temperature dropped like twenty something degrees. So it was like seventy-seven degrees in the middle of July in Phoenix.” Ryan shared just how perfectly the moment worked out. The weather turned perfect and the sunset blazed glorious shades of pink, red and purple at just the right time. I smiled back at Ryan. It seemed that Heaven had been smiling down on their sweet proposal just like He was now smiling down on this special day. And what a wonderful day it was!
I love the brides and grooms I get to serve because they are the kindest, most joy-filled, most loving couples on the planet. I literally have the best couples!! There were so many things that I could say about this wonderous day. There were the beautiful grounds of the JW Marriott Resort at Desert Ridge, the stirring love notes Kendra and Ryan personally wrote each other, the classic Chevy Bel Air, the epic desert portrait session, the special song that Kendra surprised everyone with after their first dance, the lush greenery at Hope Barn and Garden. This couple was stunning, beautiful and fun throughout the entire day. But I think my favorite thing was actually watching how they interacted with children.
You could probably guess that marriage is very special to me. I do love weddings after all! But one of the other things that is very precious to my heart is parenting and raising amazing kids and investing in children. (They are our future after all.) Parenting is one of the greatest things I look forward to in my own future. Kendra and Ryan were such a blessing to everyone around them (including myself and my assistant) but they did not overlook even one of the many children at their event. They were a highlight of the ceremony coming down the aisle. Kendra and Ryan had an entire table of special toys as gifts for them. They took time to play and laugh and dance with them. These tiny moments gave me a glimpse into the wonderfulness of their souls. Kendra and Ryan are a beautiful, stunning, couple, inside and out.
I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this amazing couple!! I know infinite, wonderful adventures lie ahead it. Kendra and Ryan, thank you so much for letting me capture these special moments. May these films always remind you of how strong and powerful your love is; and may they also remind you how incredibly rich your community of friends and family is as well. Much love to you both!! Cheers to the great adventure ahead!!
Photography Trisha Rose Photography | Second Shooter Morgan Weaver Creative | DJ Andres Music with Personality | Dress Boutique Forever Bridal | Dress Designer Eve of Milady | Rings Shane Co | Shoes Badgley Mischka | Hairpiece Dareth Colburn Designs | Bridesmaid Dresses | Shop Revelry Suits| Men’s Wearhouse | Makeup bszem | Website Zola | Bridal Space JW Marriott Desert Ridge | Ceremony St. Thomas More | Reception Hope Barn and Garden | Transportation Roscoe + Louie | Catering Butcher Block Catering | Bartenders Arizona Bartenders | Cake Lisa’s Rum Cake | Cupcakes Nothing Bundt Cakes
Jamie and Michael radiated joy all day long!! Ginormous smiles on their faces and their quivering voices completely gave away their deep love and tender emotion for each other. It was a delight to behold and an honor to capture.
Because we did a destination photo shoot for Antoinette and Adrian’s engagement session in Sedona, I had the pleasure of re-counting stories with this very precious couple on our adventurous road trip. I’ve known them both since they were freshman in college through Young Life. (Actually I had the pleasure of knowing them individually before they even knew each other.) Needless to say weddings like this are extra special. Antoinette likes to say that they grew up together and it is really true – if you watch their relationship, the way they communicate with each other and the way they love everyone around them, this pair of total opposites complement each other better than peanut butter and jelly. And I love peanut butter and jelly a lot!
This day had so many precious moments. I think my favorite part was watching their family and friends–you could see the palpable love when the corner of their eyes would glisten with tears. You could see it when Antoinette’s uncle and brother accompanied her and her mom down the aisle. You could see it as Adrian‘s brothers next to him watched his reaction as his beautiful bride walked down the aisle to greet him. You could see it as just about every member of the bridal party cuddled Antoinette’s baby niece, Madison Grace. (And she is so cute in absolutely every photograph—she’s in a lot!) You could see it in the whole-hearted dancing of this joyous community. And the Arabic tradition of dancing under the bride and groom as they are lifted up on chairs is just plain fun. The only thing better was watching Adrian and Antoinette lock eyes on each other. They have this ability to release a special magnetic energy with each other. The entire day was a special memory—a true joy to capture. I can only hope to ever dance as good as this Latin and Arabic crowd one day!
Nettie and Adrian, you always have a very special place in my heart. I love your wedding but I already love your marriage even more. Keep enjoying each other, investing in your family and following God‘s plan for you day-by-day. Your wedding was amazing! Many more beautiful adventures lie straight ahead for the both of you! Enjoy every moment! Cheers!!
The music started. Fred was poised to begin his father-daughter dance with his beautiful daughter. She had just married the man of her dreams. The Elton John song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” was about to play. The voice that sang out of the speakers was actually Megan’s dad—Fred! He had recorded his own personal rendition of the song with his own voice for their special dance. The dance was beautiful and eyes were moist around the room. This is how the entire day felt–-sweet, full and beautiful.
Jeremy had proposed at the beach with a beautiful ring in a specially made clam shell. Now they were getting married! Megan and Jeremy were surrounded by incredible friends and family who supported them, laughed with them and encouraged them throughout the entire day. The event was full of sentimental, intentional moments too. Like when Jeremy and Megan exchanged shoes during their first touch, having signed the bottoms of each other’s footwear. Or when they shared their meaningful, beautiful vows with each other during the ceremony. It was difficult to not find tears in my own eyes as this beautiful couple confessed their love for each other and demonstrated it throughout the entire day.
Megan and Jeremy, it was such a wonderful joy to capture this magnificent day. I know your relationship is already built on an incredible foundation. You are an amazing couple! Thank you for letting me capture these beautiful moments for you!! The entire day was so special from beginning to end!!
They embraced hands from around the corner but they couldn’t see each other yet. It was a special first touch before the ceremony. A first touch is what couples sometimes decide to do when they don’t want to see each other before the ceremony but want to have a few quality moments alone together. It’s very sweet and romantic.
“How are you feeling?” He asked. They realized they both were nervous and he had a brilliant idea—on the count of three, they screamed as loud as they possibly could to get all the nerves out!! And somehow it seemed to work perfectly for these two free spirits. Surrounded by incredible friends and family, they committed their lives to each other amongst tears of joy, beautiful smiles, and lots of laughter!! It was a truly magnificent moment, a truly joyous day and a truly special blessing to remember.
I had already gotten to see the beauty of their love on the day of their proposal and their gorgeous engagement session. Today was a whole other level. Courtney looked like a princess in her stunning dress and shoes. Her veil flowed majestically behind her. Surrounded by roses and chandeliers, the beautiful Wedgewood estate was made to be the perfect location for this beautiful day. The wedding ring was exquisite-it shone with a fiery red color to always remind these two of their love for each other. Every little detail was beautiful and perfect!
Of course what made the whole day most special was love. First of all their love for each other–Courtney and Tate literally couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other! Also their families and friends were so full of support, celebration and care–love literally flowed through every moment. What a special day from beginning to end!! Courtney and Tate this day was beyond special and I loved capturing every moment of it!! Many blessings to you on the wonderful adventures that lie ahead!!
Wedding Venue: Wedgewood Weddings Lindsay Grove
Oh my goodness!! What a sweet and beautiful wedding to capture!! It was literally a delight from beginning to end!! First of all, I already know that Julia is one of the finest human beings on the face of the planet because she helps me photograph weddings. Yes, that’s right! This was extra special because I had the opportunity to photograph one of our very own Moment Team as a Moment Bride!!
Of course it got even better when I met the Austinn Hallman. As I heard their love story and photographed their engagement session I soon came to realize that Austinn was also one of the finest human beings on the planet. But that would only make sense right?! (I think Julia may be the very first bride in human history to receive a coupon for a proposal several months later as part of an elaborate Christmas present!!) Together they radiate love, intentionality, and fun with every interaction – it’s truly a gift to know them both.
This special wedding day was the perfect representation of Julia and Austinn. We laughed. We cried. It was beautiful. For the first time ever I saw a couple eat a unity sandwich, heard their epic love story before their first dance, and watched a beautiful snowball grand finale exit. Both of their families were filled with love and laughter. Seeing Julia and Austinn’s joyous expressions as they experienced their first look and knowing that they have found their perfect complement completely fills my heart with joy and brings a smile to my face.
Julia and Austinn, you are a truly special couple. This day captured so beautifully the many dynamic aspects of your personality and relationship. I hope you know what a joy it was to capture all of these memories. May you always look back on this special day with the greatest of joy, peace, and celebratory wonder. A wedding is a starting line and that means the wonderful adventure now lies straight ahead. May these photographs always remind you how truly special and perfectly brilliant your starting line was. Know that these photos come with much love and happiness. To your forever and always! Cheers!!