The behind-the-scenes, lovey-dovey, eyes-and-smiles looks that a new wife and husband give each other!! Hands down – this is one of the best things about being a wedding photographer. Especially for me, because I always end up with the SWEETEST couples!! Being behind the camera gives me an up-close look at these beautiful expressions. When we got to kidnap Jessie and Josh for their glorious sunset portraits (the golf course let me drive our very own golf cart to chauffer the newly wed couple!), it was such a joy to watch them simply be together. From the moment they hopped into their limousine golf cart, they longingly looked into each other’s eyes with the deepest of affection. They snuggled and cuddled. They laughed, smiled and giggled! An incredible joy filled their faces! Just being around their forever-lover made them alive and happy. What a privilege and an honor to capture these memories on this incredibly special day!
Everything about this day was beautiful. The flower arrangements (which the fabulous Kathy Lynch put together) captured the perfect hues to represent the romance and joy of the day. The stunning wedding dress, the perfectly coordinated bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen suits, the most delightful weather and, most importantly, the glowing faces of all the loving family and friends made this day absolutely wonderful, memorable and glorious! Did I mention how much I loved the smiles on these two after they were married?! It was literally the best!
Jessie and Josh, the officiant at one of my best friend’s wedding wisely shared that he of course loved to celebrate wedding days, but he especially loved celebrating anniversaries. This is because anniversaries reflect the lasting strength, love and beauty of a marriage. May these wonderful and beautiful wedding-day memories bless you and your family year-after-year for all the wonderful anniversaries that are out to come!! You are an amazing couple and I know the very best lies straight ahead for you both!! Congratulations you two!!
Venue – Foothills Golf Course
Dress – Brilliant Bridal
Food – Texas Roadhouse
Engagement Ring – Shane Company
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!!
It is pure joy to watch the face of a bride and groom light up when they see each other on their wedding day!! Taylor and Jacob were exemplified this perfectly – during their first look and when she was coming down the aisle – both faces were gleaming with giant, ear-to-ear grins. Their fervent happiness was powerful, beautiful and contagious. And it lasted through their entire wedding day!
Every detail was intentional and perfectly represented a piece of their unique personalities, hearts and passions. One of the most fun elements of this wedding was the incorporation of their beloved canine Diego into the ceremony. Diego was incredibly well mannered and seemed to magnify the fun and joy throughout each moment! You could see signs of this couple’s love for Diego everywhere. Taylor surprised Jacob with cufflinks that had Diego’s image on them. Their scrumptious cake had a representation of Diego at the bottom, taking a big bite out of the cake. So Cute! And of course, perfect floral arrangements were everywhere, including Diego’s collar! Capturing this stunning bride and groom on their beautiful, intentional day was an absolute joy!
Taylor and Jacob, I hope these photographs of your incredible Secret Garden Wedding bring you warm, happy memories now and for generations to come! Congratulations to you both!!!
Venue: Secret Garden By Wedgewood Weddings
Bride’s dress: Wedding Belles
Bride’s ring: James Allen
Bride’s shoes: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Catering: Wedgewood weddings
Floral: In Bloom Floral
Groom’s Ring: Ooh Aah Jewelry Albuquerque
Groom’s suit: Nick’s Menswear
Makeup: Danika Prager
DJ: Starz Entertainment
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 special and glorious day this was! I already knew that this beautiful bride and stunning groom were an adventurous, loyal and intentional couple after photographing their engagement session. On their wedding day I caught a glimpse of just how sweet and loving and kind and full of joy this amazing couple is!!
There were so many sweet details in this beautiful day. For example the necklace she wore was handcrafted by him. (He’s quite creative.) Also, music is such a special part of their lives. The music their friends played and sang through the entire ceremony was beautiful. And then I loved listening to Josh play music before his first touch with his wife. You could feel his passion through the keys. There were timeless elements, like the baby breath in the bride’s hair and fresh surprises too like the game that they used to toss the bouquet. (It involved all their party guests and one of the beautiful flower girls ended up with it.) They were so honoring of their family, which only magnified the joy and celebration! What a special and glorious day this was!
Hannah and Josh, your wedding was a true delight from beginning to end. All the memories!! All the moments!! Every single part of the day was full of sweet love, bursting joy and deep commitment. I’m so grateful to have been able to capture this wedding and so excited to share these photographs with you!! May they bless you and your families for generations to come. All the best!!
Piano: Josh Stefanski | Piano: Kathy Wright | Vocals: Sam Stefanski | Harp: Holly Ciampi | Officiant: Robb Brunansky | Event Coordinator: Maggie Stallard
If you want a burst of joy, just hang out with Katelyn and Noah for a day!! Their beautiful garden wedding was a joyful, wonderful, love-filled experience from beginning to end!
I love when my couples do first looks. Many people don’t realize it when they’re planning a wedding but brides and grooms rarely get any time with each other to be alone during the wedding day. Carving out this special time and space gives couples a moment to be together and simply enjoy each other’s company. Noah is generous, kind and fun-loving. He absolutely cherishes his bride. In the moments right before his first look, he became really quiet as he anticipated getting to see his soon-to-be wife. As soon as the first look was set up, Katelyn charged toward him with fireball energy. She tapped him on the shoulder. As he twirled around, his face filled with sweet emotion. He embraced his bride and pulled her in tight. After a beautiful moment, the two of them laughed, smiled and laughed some more. Their faces shone bright. If you know Katelyn, you know she has a big, beautiful, glowing smile. She lit up his face. And then she lit up the entire day. What a joy this wedding was!!
Katelyn and Noah, everything about your special day was beautiful, sweet and intentional. The warm, energetic people, the gorgeous, idyllic setting, the stunning florals – literally everything was fantastic! I loved photographing this momentous day! What really made this occasion beyond special, however, was the effervescent joy that you both radiate. May the coming years of your long and wonderful marriage be filled with many such glorious, joyful moments! I hope that you love looking through each of these memories and that they prove timeless for you and your family. (Maybe someday these very same photographs will fill your grandkids with delight as they recount your happiness!) Much love to you both!
Venue Hope Barn and Garden | Cinematography Kaye Shae Film Bride’s Dress Bella Lily Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Dresses Kennedy Blue | Catering:Tacos El Buen Gusto | Bouquets and Boutonnières – Tammi Plummer | Table & Arch Florals – Sam Stefanski | Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits Mens Warehouse | Hair Grace Calvert | Makeup – Sarah McLaughlin & Whitney Stefanski | Officiant – Jeff Gentry
You could see it in their eyes – Caitlyn and Daniel were ecstatic. Whenever their eyes locked on each other, their faces glowed and they could not stop beaming. This phenomenon lasted from their first look all the way to the very end of the day with their private sunset husband and wife portrait session.
Faith and family were clearly the foundation of this special event. At one point I had the incredible honor of hearing glorious singing – from the guys getting ready room of all places! Daniel and his groomsmen were a well-tuned choir, singing powerful hymns before the wedding celebration. Watching the bridesmaids and the bride’s mother, Karen, flood Caitlyn and her future with blessings through prayer before the first look was sweet and inspiring.
Caitlyn’s family and friends from her local church beamed with joy all day long. How perfect it was to have the ceremony on the grounds of a place that has been such a significant part of her life. And of course it was also wonderful to have all Daniel’s family and friends from Michigan come! (If you haven’t read Caitlyn and Daniel’s beautiful long-distance love story yet, you can find that here.) I’m pretty sure this awesome family brought the rain last week from Michigan. Supremely grateful for that! The entire day was a joy-filled celebration with Caitlyn and Daniel.
And we can’t forget the delightful donut display board! Family helped construct this masterpiece the week of the wedding and it was glorious. It was the most perfect work of art to help display their splendid cake. It was also the perfect representation of the absolute sweetness of this couple!
Caitlyn and Daniel, your day was beyond wonderful and I was so blessed to be a part of it. Thank you for letting me capture these precious memories. Much love to you both!!
Bouquets/Boutonnieres Tammy Plummer | Floral Design Judy Heusman with help from aunts and mother of the bride | Musicians Benjamin Freeman, Jon Ross, Tawnya Raber and Janna Srutowski | Master of Ceremonies Mike O’Brien | Venue Northwest Community Church | Officiant Roy Agustin
What a special and beautiful day Kylee and Edward’s wedding was!! The weather was simply glorious. The venue Forest Highlands Golf Course was like an enchanted magical forest. Close friends and family surrounded this beautiful couple. The whole thing was like a dream.
The entire day was beautiful. This gorgeous bride and handsome groom had written the most genuine and caring vows for each other. The stunning dress came complete with a fabulous, long train and cathedral-length veil. Kylee‘s mom helped arrange hundreds of perfect flowers in bouquets and décor around all corners of the ceremony site and the banquet room. Then there was the simply glorious vegan cake! Literally, every detail was intricate, elegant and beautifully suited for this special day. The bride and groom, the details the friends and family – literally everything was just absolutely beautiful!
Kylee and Edward, it was such a special experience to capture your wonderful day. You are an amazing couple with an incredibly bright future ahead. May these memories always remind you of the special day and the powerful love you both share. With lots of love, congratulations to you both!!
Bride’s Dress Elite Dress Bridal| Bakery Mozelle’s Downtown Bakery | Floral Design – Kylee’s Amazing Mom Carrie | Groom’s Suit Nordstrom | Hair & Makeup Jessica Izaguirre | Rings Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler | Venue Forest Highlands Golf Course
Magic! Yes, magic! Real life magic is a wonderful and beautiful thing. There’s something transcendent when a husband and a wife choose each other forever in the presence of their closest friends and family. I believe magic moments are made up of simple, often seemingly small moments that weave together to create an epic and auspicious memory. This is why I call my photographic endeavor The Moment Photography. Our lovely setting was Hope Barn and Gardens. Kaitlyn & Dennis were the lovely couple. And this special day was filled with all such manner of special, beautiful, magical moments.
You could see it in the light that greeted both the bride and groom‘s eyes as they met each other during their first look. You could feel it in the quiet moments when they prayed together early in the day. You could see it in the joyful tears and tight embrace of loving family members. You could see it in the father’s ginormous smile during family photos moments before he was to give his daughter away. You could see it in the absolutely perfectly exquisite and gloriously complementary details throughout the entire wedding day; many of these gorgeous details were intentionally handcrafted by the beautiful bride. It was an absolute joy to capture this stunning couple from beginning to end. We even escaped for a few minutes for a romantic husband and wife sunset portrait session in the desert. Yes, there was magic in the air.
Kaitlyn and Dennis, you are one stunning couple. You were so fun, thoughtful and kind throughout your entire wedding day. You complement each other beautifully, and it was a wonderful experience to capture the magic moments of your special day. May these photographs bless you and your family for generations to come.
Bride’s Dress Pronovias| Bride’s Ring Shane Co| Bride’s Shoes Keds x Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Dresses David’s Bridal | Catering Butcher Block Catering | Floral Design- Kaitlyn (Using Sola Wood Flowers) | Groom’s Suit Nick’s Menswear | Groom’s Shoes Thursday Boots | Groomsmen Suits Nick’s Menswear | Hair Stephanie Hoang (Last Wave Salon) | Makeup Cristal Daniela | Music Just Weddings DJ Service | Venue Hope Barn and Gardens | Officiant Paul Sorensen