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June 15, 2017
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This couple came from the gorgeous area of San Francisco and San Diego to meet in Sedona to enjoy some quality time together.  They choose the Enchantment Resort and I can’t think of a more relaxing and rejuvenating place to be.  Once you’re on site, every care in the world just melts away as their staff makes your stay easy and restful.  If you’ve never been to the Enchantment, put it on your bucket list.  It makes for a luxurious and wonderful long weekend or week splurge.

Shaila and Jarod were so wonderful to work with and I loved getting to know them as we hiked along a trail in Sedona.  Since they live so far apart from one another it was important to them to choose a location where they could have some romantic quiet time and I loved that I was so lucky to have been able to document their relationship.  As the sun dipped below the horizon, I enjoyed using my off-camera-flash to capture some dramatic looks and dreamy sunset skies.  Being a Sedona photographer is such an amazing job, especially when I get to spend it with such wonderful and caring people like Shaila and Jared.

I hope you both enjoyed your trip and I can’t wait to see you next time!  xoxo ~ Melissa

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June 12, 2017
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When I photographed Julianne and Andrew last summer for their engagement session in Oak Creek, they told me about planning their wedding full of Scottish details.  I love being a Sedona wedding photographer, but I’ve never had the honor of photographing a Scottish wedding!  Andrew’s family is from Scotland and brought with them rich cultural heritage and customs. I loved seeing all the traditions unfold during the wedding.  Andrew’s family presents the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival here in Flagstaff every year!  And it goes without saying…those Kilts were fantastic! Julie was breathtaking in her lace gown and her Badgley Mischka shoes were what so many women dream of :).  The couple chose to have their wedding at the panoramic Sky Ranch Lodge over looking the red rocks of Sedona.   They definitely have one of the best views in Sedona!  But what I loved most about this wedding was meeting the couples’ family and friends and seeing just how much they were adored. It was so wonderful to spend a day surrounded by so much joy, love and laughter! Congrats you two!  xoxo ~ Melissa

Wedding Team:

Photographer:  Tangled Lilac Photography

Ceremony Site:  Sky Ranch Lodge

Reception:  Agave of Sedona

Hair and Make Up:  Northern Arizona Glam Squad

Bride’s Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Floral Art:  Jazz Bouquet of Sedona

Wedding Cake:   Sedona Cake Couture

Catering:  Heartline Cafe

Linens and rentals:  Verve 

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June 02, 2017
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It’s been over a month since I’ve posted any of my work to my website. The first quarter of 2017 was the busiest I’ve ever been in ten years and I’m so grateful to all my clients with trusting me with their memories. And then there came new equipment to learn and new computers to install, a new employee to train and priorities were just redirected.   Being a full-time photographer for the past ten years in Flagstaff has been a blessing.  But, I’m always amazed at how much time I spend doing other things than actually photographing.  When I had college photography interns, that was their greatest disappointment, they were not using their camera.  I crunched the numbers one afternoon and found out that I only click my camera shutter about 12% of my working time.  While it wasn’t a surprise to me, seeing that small number stare back at me was an eye-opener to how I spend my time.  However, I’m getting into a rhythm now and I wanted to kick off my return to posting with one of my most cherished clients, the Byers Family.

Amee has been my hairstylist for the past ten years and owns Shanti Salon here in Flagstaff.  When I’m in her chair, I feel loved and with a friend.  Her husband, Thomas, owns Thomas Byers Guitar Studios and teaches music to students and adults in Flagstaff.  I’ve been with this couple every step of the way from their wedding to their first baby,  Cohen and their rescue dog Maple.  Amee and her family are now expecting their new little boy any day now and I can’t wait to meet this little angel! I love that they are going to wait to name him until they get to meet him face to face.  What a lucky soul to have chosen these kind and loving people to be its parents. Congrats! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa

Amee chose the gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon as her backdrop and it was so fun watching Cohen play in the creek while we did her photos.  If you’ve never been to Oak Creek, I highly recommend you go, but on a weekday.  The secret is out about this enchanting slice of Arizona and the weekends are crowded and chaotic.  Amee’s rose colored maternity gown was gorgeous and her gold headband enchanting.  Amee has always been very stylish!  Amee was even brave enough to step into the creek for a few photos despite the creek being freezing!  (Snow melt is very cold, lol).  Thanks for being so adventurous Amee!

Congrats to the Byers Family! I can’t wait to see him! ~Melissa

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April 08, 2017
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On a beautiful day in Sedona, AZ, I met Celia and Sergio for a maternity shoot to celebrate the birth of their first child, a baby girl.  Sedona is a magical place, and somehow, it seems that every time I photograph there it looks different.  It’s almost as if the landscape is matching the mood of my clients.  On this day, the skies were muted and dreamy, just like this loving couple so excited for the arrival of their new baby girl. Being a Sedona maternity photographer is so much fun, watching clients get married and grow into families is so rewarding and heartwarming.  I could almost feel the love permeate from both Celia and Sergio and I couldn’t help but think, what a lucky baby to have chosen this amazing couple to be her parents.

Congrats you two and I can’t wait to meet her! ~ Melissa

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April 06, 2017
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They say that babies are the closest to heaven as you can get.  I take this advice quite literally and often ask these sweet little ones what heaven was like.  I always get a laugh out of the parents, but I secretly think our smallest humans might have all the answers if they could only communicate.  Sometimes, the sweet little angels look at me with the most serious gaze and I feel like they desperately want to tell me details.  Little Gracie had that look and I could almost feel the heavenly love permeate through her.

Welcome to the world sweet girl.  xoxo ~Melissa

 

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December 01, 2016
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Laura and TJ met two decades ago when TJ hired Laura for a job at a video store.  TJ said he hired her because he fell in love with her instantly…her smile, laugh, and beauty immediately stole his heart.  But, he said, it was her kindness, her strength and her boundless love for her family and others that made him love her forever.  Laura and TJ were friends for a long time before they got engaged just two months ago.  And once they realized the beautiful love that had grown between them, they didn’t want to waste any more time.

Originally, this sweet couple was going to get married on the San Francisco Peaks, but scheduling problems with their wedding party changed the plans and Laura and TJ decided to elope in Casa Grande and drove up immediately after for our photo shoot.  It was Veteran’s Day, so traffic was heavy and they didn’t arrive in Flagstaff until just before sunset.  We got some great photos downtown into the night, and the next day headed up to the peaks near Snowbowl for more.

I loved spending time with Laura and TJ and hearing about their love story.  Congrats you two!  Thank you for including me in your special day! ~ Melissa

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