I’ve known Miranda since she was about seven years old and I could hardly believe it when her Dad, Dave, called me for her senior photos. Dave and I have served on the board of Flagstaff Biking Organization together for a long time. It’s a bicycle advocacy group here in Flagstaff with a mission to get more people and kids on bikes for health and the environment. Specifically, he and I have a passion for Bike to Work Week and our elementary school children program of Bicycle Rodeos, which teaches safe riding for kids. Dave also recently retired from the Flagstaff Police Department and has participated in the Police Unity Tour for many years. I’ve always been thankful for his service and dedication to the public.
When I first met Miranda, she was just getting into mountain biking. I remember her first ‘race’ in downtown Flagstaff where she and her sister rode one mile and at the end, collected a medal with hundreds of other kids. Her big grin and laugh were contagious. While her Dad lived in Flagstaff, Miranda, and her sister live in Camp Verde, so a couple of years would go by before I would see them again. This was the case when Dave called for her senior session. When Miranda showed up for her photo shoot, I almost didn’t recognize her. She is no longer the little girl of my memory, but a beautiful and smart young lady. However, that gorgeous smile is still the same. Miranda will be graduating from Camp Verde High School this coming May and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for her. Congrats Miranda! xoxo ~ Melissa
We chose Red Rock Crossing State Park for her senior session. I love discovering old locations and being inspired by the changes in the landscape and foliage. I’m usually at this park as a Sedona Wedding Photographer, and it’s always wonderful to be able to photograph seniors and families at my favorite locations. I’m loving being a Camp Verde Senior Photographer this year and getting to know many of the students there!
Sometimes it’s sureal living so close to Sedona. In 21 short miles from downtown Flagstaff, we can be looking at scenery that every time, blows me away. If you’ve ever had the chance to visit there, you know what I’m talking about. And if not, get it on your bucket list.
One of the cool things about Sedona is Oak Creek. In Flagstaff, we don’t have a lot of water, so it’s a real treat to have a running creek so close to home. It’s nice to escape there during our warmer months, and be able to stick our toes into the clear, pristine water or fly fish the native trout. As Sedona Wedding Photographers, Red Rock Crossing is one of our favorite places to shoot. The grounds are diverse, with trees, tall grasses, and of course the creek. Depending on the season, the water could be high or low making for unique photos every time. But, one of the most amazing things, in my opinion, is the breathtaking overlook on the way to Red Rock Crossing. It’s one that many people drive by all the time with out stopping, and definitely off the beaten path. If you ever find your way in Sedona, plan on a sunset stop here.
Erik and Alyson joined lives surrounded by blue skies, red rocks and their closest family and friends. Alyson looked gorgeous in her vintage inspired lace gown and her updo with delicate roses in her hair, and Erik looked very dashing in his bowtie. The day wasn’t without a glitch (most weddings have them!), and no one even knew that Erik had to borrow his uncles pants just moments before they walked down the aisle. We loved the sweet Catholic ceremony, and how easily the couple laughed and cried all through it. As Sedona wedding photographers, one of our favorite venues is Sky Ranch Lodge. It offers breathtaking views, a gorgous ceremony site over looking red rocks and a desert trail just steps from the ceremony. It’s definitely one on the short list of places we love to shoot, for obvious reasons. Congrats Alyson and Erik! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Ceremony and Reception Site: Sky Ranch Lodge
Catering: Heartline Cafe
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
Michelle and Barry were married a couple weeks ago on the spirit song deck at the beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona. The couple both work for Continental Airlines, Barry a pilot and Michelle a flight attendant, and met on a trip to Amsterdam. They instantly knew that they had met someone special! Since they met, Michelle and Barry would escape to Sedona for a few days of relaxing and hiking. So when it came time to plan their wedding they knew they had to have a destination wedding in Sedona. Amy Mills from Bliss Extraordinary Floral created a magnificent bouquet and creek side reception area. The reception area was dripping with beautiful florals, cactus, lights and candles. It made for a romantic intimate setting for the beautiful couple and their out of town guests. Because of Michelle and Barry’s love for Sedona they chose to book a day after session with us. This allowed us the time to take them to many beautiful and scenic locations around Sedona. Our first stop was at the Sedona Airport where we stumbled upon this amazing vintage red biplane. A special thank you to Scott “Scooter” Sibson for allowing us to use his beautiful plane. After the airport we traveled to Los Abrigados and Schnebly Hill to take advantage of both the creek and scenic red rock views. We wish Michelle and Barry a wonderful marriage and hope to see them again soon in Sedona! ~Kristen
Floral: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
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