Posts Tagged Orange
September 10, 2013

Melissa and I photographed Caitlin and Jason’s engagement session last February and couldn’t get over how sweet this couple is together and with their cutie daughter Emma.  They were so amazing we could not wait for their August wedding! Caitlin and Jason were married on a gorgeous stormy day at  Sedona Golf Resort.  We were lucky enough to sneak away for a few photos to bell Rock pathway with Jason’s restored yellow Corvair.  The clouds and scenery were beautiful and dramatic for their couple photos.  We arrived back at Sedona Golf Resort to have a evening ceremony with red rock views as the backdrop.  Caitlin and Jason enjoyed the night dancing and drinking with a close group of family and friends.  They ended their special day with a fantastic sparkler exit!  Congratulations to Caitlin and Jason! ~Kristen


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September 29, 2012

Alicia and Max were married at the Nordic Center, one of our favorites outdoor venues for a wedding in Flagstaff. It really boasts some spectacular scenery for a wedding, with the meadow carpeted with wildflowers and the ceremony site surrounded by an enchanted aspen grove. When we first met this sweet couple, we found out Alicia was a veterinarian at Continental Animal Wellness Center here in Flagstaff and planned to incorporate her client’s horses in the wedding. And oh, where they spectacular! We’ll never forget pulling into the Nordic Center parking lot and being greeted by two these majestic creatures, Major and Tyson, in full celebration costume, pulling the most fairytale like carriage we’ve ever seen at a wedding. (I suspect the owners, Paul and Terry, are going to get a few requests for this again!) However, it turned out that Tyson had a taste for calla lilies, and we almost lost the bridal bouquet to him when he tried to eat it! We also learned the evening of the wedding, from a heartfelt speech from Alicia’s father, that her first word was “horse”, and her love for these sweet animals is what led her into a career in veterinarian science.

After the beautiful ceremony led by Jim Dorman, minister at Christ Church of Flagstaff, we got to go to a remote meadow and aspen grove to take some more photos of the wedding party and Alicia and Max. Everyone was so wonderful to work with, and kept us laughing with their lightheartedness and jokes. The day went by so quickly and we were so blessed to have been able to be there. Congrats Alicia and Max! ~ Melissa

Rustic Outdoor Wedding

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Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception: Flagstaff Nordic Center

Wedding Planning: Peak Events

Rentals: Verve Events and Tents

Hair: Angie at All About Hair

Officiant: Jim Dorman, Christ Church of Flagstaff

Bridal Gown: Lilian Lottie Couture

DJ: Andy Sasser at Jam-n-Sounds

Catering: BigFoot BBQ

Horse and Carriage: Paul and Terry Kimbrell

February 17, 2012

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!


Paris France


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 Vendors:

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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February 02, 2012

Ever since Pantone announced that Tangerine was the Wedding Color of 2012, I’ve been thinking of this wedding we photographed at Lake Tahoe.  Stephanie and Eugene used a pallet of tangerine and yellow to decorate their destination beach wedding at the Zephyr Cove Resort in Lake Tahoe.  This morning, we received notice that this wedding was to be featured by our friends at Head Over Heels!  I started looking at the images this morning and I just had to put together a blog post on this beautiful wedding.   It seemed that every photo brought back so many memories for me.   Everything seemed perfect at this event:  the beautiful gown, the heirloom handkerchief,  gorgeous flowers, Stephanie and Eugene’s sweet family and friends, the delightful speeches and of course, the handsome honorary groomsman, their dog Roscoe.  I remember how we only had about two minutes to RUN  to get to the rocky point we wanted to take sunset pictures at, and how I almost passed out from hyperventilating.  But, in the end, my almost passing out with completely worth it.  And, most notably, Stephanie beat me in a wedding dress and fancy heels.  She’s a rock star!  We hope you enjoy this post and a little reflection on that perfect weekend.  Enjoy! ~ Melissa

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