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
We are over the moon excited about this latest feature in Aspen Bride Magazine of Samantha and Stephen’s mountaintop wedding at The Little Nell Resport in Aspen, Coloardo. We just took some screenshots from the Aspen Bride website of the ten page spread and can’t wait to show you the actual magazine when it comes in the mail. It was wonderful working with some local Flagstaff vendors; Glamorous Occasions who did the wedding and reception design and floral art and Ann’s Alterations who redesigned Samantha’ coutour dress to perfection. We also got to make so many new wedding professional friends up in Aspen at The Little Nell! Thank you Samantha and Stephen for choosing us as your photographers! ~ Melissa & Kristen
Sylvia and Steven were married on the deck of the Arizona Snowbowl Resort surrounded by family and friends, and the oh so gorgeous scenery that only 8000ft altitude can provide. Monsoon clouds blanketed the skies and the meadow was literally carpeted with wildflowers! Beautiful details were everywhere, from the handmade strawberry jam favors made by the couple to the beautiful flowers at the ceremony. As guests arrived for the event, they signed into a book crafted by Steven. He also made the wonderful wine box the couple used during the ceremony. Sylvia walked down the aisle in a gorgeous A-line gown which suited her to perfection. After the ceremony, we spent time in the beautiful meadow and aspen grove that surrounds the property. It was a perfect day and evening and we felt so fortunate to have been able to be there for the couple. Congratulations Sylvia and Stevan! ~ Melissa
Ceremony and Reception: Arizona Snowbowl Resort
Wedding Planner: Northern Arizona Wedding Planner
Officiant: Reverend Simone Shepherd
Wedding Cake: A Touch of Sugar Bakery
Floral Art: Mountain High Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Carrie’s Day Salon
Favors: Strawberry Jam handcrafted with love by the couple
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
After this weeks snowy start we were blessed with a gorgeous day yesterday! Melissa & I spent our afternoon on the Northern Arizona University campus photographing college senior Kati for her upcoming graduation. She was such a doll and dealt with the mud and melting snow so well. Here are a few of my favorite photos so far, what a great smile!
This past fall, I traveled to Dade City, Florida for the wedding of one of my dearest friends, John Sessa. I met John back in 2003, when I was on the trip of a lifetime, to cycle part of the Tour de France. In an act of serendipity, John was the bike mechanic for the tour group company, and he quickly became friends with myself, and my friend, John, who accompanied me on the trip. I left France with the cell phone number of John Sessa, knowing that somehow, our paths would cross again. Those paths intersected once again just four months later when he came out to Flagstaff for Thanksgiving, and eventually moved in with my then friend, Grant, who four years later, became my husband. Do you feel like you need a flowchart, cause sometimes I feel like I do. 🙂 Over time, we lovingly nicknamed him “The Bike Whisperer”. He was like the McGyver of bikes, he could fix anything. But, although we loved having him here, John got restless. His favorite thing to say was “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is on the road“. John soon accepted a job as the lead mechanic with a pro cycling team and he was off to Europe, Asia and many places in between for bike races. One of my favorite things was for him to roll into town with the various bike team buses (Fakta, Rock Racing, Jelly Belly, and most recently, Team Type II). I loved the look on my neighbors’s faces as they spied the 20+ foot cycling trailer parked in front of my home.
I remember when John came back to Flagstaff for my wedding in 2007, I asked him what was new. He said, “Well…I’m kinda seeing someone” (which is, just so you know, dude talk for “I’m in a serious relationship”). I asked him a few questions about this gal, and she sounded like the coolest chick I could ever imagine, smart, a talented journalist, beautiful and caring. John even described her, in his own endearing way of making up his own words, as “awesome-a-fied“. It wasn’t long before I got to meet Molly myself when she visited Flagstaff, and I agreed with John, she WAS super awesome-a-fied!
Fast forward to September 2011 and John was here for our friends, John and Zsuzsi’s, wedding. He stopped by the studio to say hello, and then, I remember he said to Kristen and I…, “So….you chickas wanna go look at some engagement rings with me?” Yes! First of all, it takes NO arm twisting to get Kristen and I to look at sparkly, beautiful rings, and secondly, I was so happy for John that I wanted to explode. After a couple of hours of looking at several different options, John ended up picking up a beautiful set from our local jeweler, Will McNabb, and I can honestly say, it’s the perfect ring for Molly.
Molly and John were married at the gorgeous Dade City Garden Club and had their reception at the Dade City Women’s Club. Everything about this wedding was so thoughtful, from the mini cupcakes favors baked by her friends Amy and Zsusi, the delectable dinner made by their friends at Pearl in the Grove restaurant to their friend, Jan as their officiant. The tangerine colors beautifully accented the natural green surroundings and complimented the citrus decorations to perfections. As Molly walked down the aisle, I held my breath. I love the look on the couples face at that moment…it’s like if time stands still. And when they said their vows, I cried. But, happiness does that to me. 🙂
I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite photos from the day!
I just found this photo of John, John and I in Paris. I just had to share this photo of the three amigos. What a great time we had! It’s funny just how quickly nine years can pass. I’m am so fortunate to have such a great group of friends. Friends that has really become my family.
I am a lucky woman.
Congratulations to Molly and John! Thank you so much for having me as your photographer, but mostly, thank you for your friendship.
Wedding Rings: Will McNabb
Invitations: Chris Campbell
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from CC’s Boutique, St. Petersburg
Hair and Makeup: James Geores at the Garden of Eden
Ceremony: Dade City Garden Club
Officiant: Jan Glidewell
Reception: Dade City Women’s Club
Linens: Classic Party Settings
Catering: Pearl in the Grove
Wedding Cake: Heather Frederick at KupCake
Entertainment: Beaumont Family Band
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