We met Jack and Joanne last year and instantly fell in love with them! As we got to know this sweet couple a little better, it was very clear that they are a perfect match. The best part about them is how lucky they both feel to have found each other. Sedona holds a special place in the hearts of Joanne and Jack. They love to escape from their home in Phoenix and come up to Sedona for hiking and relaxation. When Joanne and Jack got engaged they immediately knew that Sedona would be the perfect spot to say I do!
When we arrived at the Poco Diablo Resort we found Joanne finishing getting ready, she was glowing! Patricia Vega from Le Petit Spa de Sedona did an absolutely beautiful job on her makeup and intricate up do. Joanne chose a simple yet very elegant dress from Azteca Bridal, it fit her perfectly! To finish off her bridal look she had a gorgeous summer bouquet by Mountain High Flowers.
Joanne and Jack’s ceremony was held outside on the golf course underneath a beautiful willow tree. Reverend Andrew Murphy performed a very meaningful wedding ceremony, incorporating many personal touches from the couple. Jack showed so much love and emotion during his vows, what a sweet guy! We loved at the end of the ceremony when the couple released butterflies in memory of Joanne’s father.
Jack and Joanne love photography and wanted to maximize all the scenic areas of Sedona. We met the newlyweds two days after their wedding to capture these beautiful couple photos in several different Sedona locations. We started at Red Rock Crossing, stopped by Tlaquepaque and then finished the evening shoot at Bell Rock. Jack and Joanne were so fun to work with, they just smiled and laughed the entire evening!
Joanne and Jack held their reception in the ballroom at the Poco Diablo Resort. The couple spent the night dancing and enjoying their family and friends. One of the sweetest moments was when they did the traditional money dance. Instead of keeping the money Joanne and Jack were choosing to raise money for an Orphanage in Tanzania. The couple will be traveling to Tanzania for their honeymoon and gift the money to the Orphanage at that time. They are wonderful people!
Congratulations to Joanne and Jack, we truly enjoyed being apart of your day and story. Enjoy your honeymoon adventure in Tanzania! ~Kristen and Melissa
Ceremony and Reception Site: Poco Diablo Resort
Florist: Mountain High Flowers
Officiant: Reverand Andrew Murphy
Wedding Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Bridal Gown: Azteca Bridal
Tuxedos: LeSueur’s Tuxedos
Hair and Makeup: Patricia Vega Le Petit Spa de Sedona
DJ: Sedona Sounds
Kristen and Adam are dear to my heart, in so many ways that I hope this blog post will do it justice. I met Adam in 2003, when he (and his 13 bicycles :)), became my roommate. It was a strange thing, one day someone asked me if I wanted a roommate, and the next week a complete stanger moved into my house. Except, Adam was never a stranger. Do you ever meet someone and you feel like you’ve known them for a 100 years? Well, Adam is definitely that person to me. He was the little brother I never had, but always thought was out there. I remember when I was a little kid, I would ask my mom if I was adopted, over and over. She finally asked why, and I said I wanted to find my other sibling that I thought was “out there”. She laughed, but in all honestly, I really did think that. He and I became best friends quickly and even more quickly, he was family.
When Adam started to date Kristen, I knew even before he did that she was “the One”. She was spunky, smart and loved to laugh….a lot! I just adored her and she quickly became my soul sister. She and I are one of the 4 founders of our invented adult sorority group called “Chippies”, but that’s a whole different story…:) Now, like all little brothers, Adam really started to annoy me when he didn’t know as quickly as I did that she was the One, but a couple of years later, it hit him like a ton of bricks had just fallen from the sky. So, I found myself going to the jewelers with my ‘adopted’ little brother, helping him pick out the perfect setting for his mother’s heirloom diamond.
I was so honored when they asked me to do their engagement photos! We choose this location, a section of the Arizona Trail, because this is where they fell in love, spending hundreds of hours over the years in the outdoors of Flagstaff riding their mountain bikes and hiking with their dogs, Cindy and Sapphire. It was a near perfect day and I really think these photos show their adoration perfectly for one another. As sedona wedding photographers I was so glad to have my good friends at Sierra Blanco Photography (Tina and Angie) photographed their wedding (I was a bridesmaid!!), so check out their wedding photos on their blog. I really do wish someone had videotaped my speech. It was one of my best ones ever, and I don’t mind saying so myself. 🙂
Imagine your husband opening a beautiful book, with artistic and sexy photos of you, made especially for him, on your anniversary! We recently had a boudoir session just for that and we added a special twist. The wife scheduled a private, projected slideshow viewing for her husband at our studio! She told him we were going to discuss a future family session and wanted to talk about location and clothing choices. So, he showed up, and was greeted by his beautiful wife with a bottle of champagne. We giggled as we told him she had a present for him and then gave him a comfortable seat and loaded the show! Five minutes later, he jumped up and gave his wife the biggest hug and kiss I’ve ever yet to see. THEN, when presented with his 5×5 keepsake book, he cried. Yes, cried. When they left soon after, he gave us a huge hug too and thanked us for the best anniversary present ever! Now THAT’S a compliment! Congrats on your 15th Anniversary! We love being Scottsdale and Sedona boudoir photographers, helping woman celebrate themselves. ~ Melissa and Kristen
Meet Tracy, Greg and little Angus. It’s hard to believe that I’ve known Angus since he was only a few days old and now he’s almost four! I remember Tracy bringing him to a SafeKids Coalition meeting, where we both were volunteers, and how he wrapped his two week old newborn finger around mine. That moment I’ll never forget. Where does the time go? You might recognize Greg if you’re a runner. He’s the genius behind McMillan Elite, a non-profit Olympic development running team based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kristen and I were fortunate enough to photograph most of their runners for a fun project called “We are Athletes and More“. It was truly amazing to get to spend time with people chasing their Olympic dream. But, back to this family session! The McMillans chose West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon for their family session, and we love the versatility of this place. It has beautiful trees, rock formations, bridges and streams, pretty much a photographer’s dream! It was a bit muddy, but as you can tell from the photos below, Angus preferred it that way!
We’ve always said, that we enter a photo session with clients, but leave with friends, and this family is no exception. My husband and I now regularly enjoy evenings and outings with this wonderful family, and for the last two years, we’ve even spent Christmas day with them! It’s truly a blessing to get to know families as they grow, I love my job so much!
Julee and Ben are getting married next month in Utah, and wanted to squeeze in an engagement session in Flagstaff before their wedding. They chose to have part of the shoot downtown Flagstaff with a urban feel. The second spot was a more rustic local in the forest on the way to Sedona. We had a lot of fun finding props and using the ones her parents brought along! What a sweet couple, I absolutely fell in love with them and Julee’s parents that joined us for the session. Julee’s parents even brought the coolest props like the vintage bench and looked perfect in the woods. Julee picked out her outfits to perfection and Ben just adored this girl. Congratulations to you two! ~Melissa and Kristen, Sedona Wedding Photographers, Tangled Lilac
Turning 40 is a huge milestone that used to be grouped with an image of ‘growing old’. In the past decade, however, I was happy to see the media celebrate the passage of this time as they showed that turning 40 was really about beauty, grace and loving your own body. Heather, a scottsdale friend, choose to celebrate turning 40 by creating some incredible images at one of of our Boudoir sessions! And she rocked this session! Congrats on celebrating YOU Heather, we enjoyed being your boudoir photographers!!