W E D D I N G || Amy & Tom- Rider Ranch, Idaho

Amy & Tom have a love story that leaves single people sighing. Their infatuation with one another goes beyond the shared love of guns, law inforcement, and their sweet boy Carter. It goes into their kindness and respect for one another. You can tell they genuinely want the best for each other. They seek to help the other be the best person they can possibly be, while cherishing and celebrating who they already are. That’s the caliber of love that challenges other marriages–it certainly challenged TJ’s & mine.

When it was all said and done, we left while they were still laughing, mingling, and music was still blasting through the air. Between the nerf gun shooting range, the incredible selection of spirits and pizza, and their history-steeped handfasting ceremony, this wedding has to be one of the most emotive, organic examples of what it means to truly love another person. As we watched them greet their guests with hugs, laughter, and real joy, and as they moved through the crowd, hands subconsciously intertwined any time they were forced to separate and moved back together, eyes constantly resting on one another, you could see that each table went from being happy to completely overflowing with joy. It was an incredible phenomenon, to see their love and personalities create such a warmth and happiness in those they chose to surround themselves with. It’s one of the few receptions I’ve gone to where everyone was having so much fun, hardly anyone left by the time we were done shooting.

We’re still swooning, but while we could wax eloquent about the details and the kilts and the brooch and the pizza, Amy & Tom hired us to document their wedding with cameras. So we did.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out a special surprise link at the bottom. Those vows of theirs….gah.

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Gah. They light up the whole ranch with their smiles, right? Check out more from their day, and some special video highlights that we snagged!

Special Thanks to the following vendors:
Makeup/Hair: Ashley Cook
Florist: Flowers by Paul
Catering: Nate’s New York Pizza
DJ: Ward Crawford

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W E D D I N G || Miranda & Robert — September 6th, 2014

Some of my favorite weddings have been held in a backyard, surrounded by family, friends, and food. To be honest, I *adore* them. To be surrounded by familiarity, to know where all the bathrooms are, to be able to raid the fridge when nerves hit–it’s pretty invaluable.

Add to that the gorgeous country chic look of this house, surrounded by wheat fields and gorgeous trees, and the beautiful laughter of each person there to celebrate the day, and you have a recipe for an amazingly gorgeous, incredible day.

Miranda and Robert laugh at the same jokes. They danced to music we couldn’t hear, they drank heartily, they kissed heartily, the said their vows with intense grins on their faces….all in all, they’re completely and perfectly meant for one another. To say I adore them both is an understatement. I demand they get remarried at least once a year, so I can recapture their amazingness. That’s not a lot to ask, right?

A link to their gorgeous FUSION Video (which includes a couple surprise video clips!) is at the bottom!

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W E D D I N G || Taija & Desmond – Spokane, Washington

There’s something about getting married in a house full of memories. Antiques, beautiful walls crowded with family portraits, delicate figurines on shelves, and an atmosphere of comfort greeted me as we arrived to capture Taija & Desmond’s incredible day–as well as a host of the most cheerful bridesmaids in THE ENTIRE WORLD. While booming laughter sounded from the basement, where Desmond and his Merry Men were getting ready, Taija and her girls were laid back, chill, making jokes, and remembering great moments from their friendships.

One of the most incredibly important parts of this day, for me (as a nerdy girl that loved Sailor Moon in High School and felt awkward and “different” all through high school) was the level of acceptance for Desmond and Taija. They played Korean Pop Music, they locked arms and skipped into their reception, laughed with wild abandon, danced as if they were the only ones in the world, and made nerdy reference after nerdy reference–and everyone there smiled, laughed, and enjoyed it.

I know that you’re probably thinking “Well, yeah, it’s their wedding.” But…to me, it was even more special to see people that I genuinely think are some of the coolest people I’ve ever captured, in their element, surrounded by people who celebrate their unique and awesome personalities. It was, without a doubt, one of the happiest and most jovial celebrations we captured, and I have no doubt it went on for quite some time after we were finished.

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Oh, but that’s not even close to all. We also made a FUSION Video of their incredible day, highlighting all the amazing, throwing in even MORE sneak peeks, and maybe even a couple video clips of their incredible day! Just click below!

Thank you again for allowing us to capture your special day, Taija & Desmond! We adore you, and your entire amazing group of family and friends!

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W E D D I N G || Brina & Shane Carrigan – Commellini’s Estate

In school, they promised they’d only date as long as it was fun. Shane has one of the best laughs ever, and an easy smile. Brina is one of the most compassionate, encouraging, hilarious friends I’ve ever made. And when they get close to each other, you’ll often find them absent-mindedly intertwining fingers and propping each other up, constantly seeking each others eyes and smiles. It’s the most adorable relationship ever.

Their wedding was incredible. Brina has a gift for decorating and creating an atmosphere that’s warm, inviting, and full of laughter and friends. Beyond the gorgeous floral decor (from the talented Just Roses Plus), Brina infused a delicate, classic theme into every aspect of her day, which fit perfectly with the timeless, polished look of the Commellini’s Estate. Couple that with amazing, customer-driven service from the wonderful event coordinators of Commellini’s, and the fantastic DJ from Ruby Frog Entertainment, plus the amazing cake from Celebrations Bakery (shout out for your pink champagne cupcakes, Celebrations, they are soul-shatteringly good) it was the best kick off to our 2014 wedding season EVER.

Our favorites from the day are below–but we also want to share something new and exciting that we’re offering with all of our packages, our Fusion Videos. What is a Fusion Video? It’s where we incorporate gorgeous music with our favorite portraits, and also some sneaky video clips from the day. If you have family that couldn’t make it, or you just want to relive your day, we have the perfect way for you to share the essence of your incredible day. Check out Brina & Shane’s Fusion Video at the end of the blog post, and let us know what you think!

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Pinspiration Abounds!!!

If you’ve ever been on the Internet, chances are, you’ve heard of Pinterest. The chances that you’ve fallen in love with Pinterest apparently rises sharply if you’re a woman. The chances skyrocket if you’re getting married, love crafting, love photography, love plants, love making your house pretty, etc.

So basically, I’m on there about 2 hours a day, mostly in the evenings. Sometimes, after Liam goes to bed, I relax my sore muscles by languishing on my ultra-plushy couch (read: it swallows you whole when you sit on it), sip some bubbly (read: Ginger Brew), and slowly flip through the Pinterest boards, lovingly curating a selection of my favorite laughable moments, gorgeous portraits, nifty posing techniques, and hairstyles I’ll never, ever have the upper arm endurance to complete (read: waterfall braid). It’s how I wind down.

It was inevitable, really, that I would find a few boards that become a special arsenal for me. Gorgeous bouquets, stunning dresses, fantastic foods, HAIRSTYLES. So, because I love all of you, and because my toddler is making it difficult for me to edit these last two days (read: I’m furtively editing at 4:30 in the morning, praying he’ll sleep in, just to make it happen), today, I’m gonna share a couple of these beloved treasure troves with you in the weeks to come. Today’s trove is this fantastic Pinterest board from Flower Bar, located in Scottsdale, AZ.

This gorgeous board has a collection of my favorites, but I selected a few that I couldn’t help falling in love with, and shared my personal thoughts on them below. Because my thoughts are super valuable, and you all listen to me all the time. Right? RIGHT? Right.

**DISCLAIMER: I do not know who took all these gorgeous portraits, nor do I claim to have taken ANY of them. This is simply me sharing Pins**

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Shut the front door. I dunno about you guys, but I'd rather have a ring sage than a bracelet on my other hand ANY DAY. How gorgeous is THIS.

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Move aside mason jars and vases, the cascading table runner creates a lush, natural bohemian vibe that's perfect for any wedding. Just mix and match your favorite flowers (but we recommend you talk to your florist to make sure they can put it together for you <3)

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Just when we thought we had the boutonniere (I have to spell check that word EVERY. TIME) down to a SCIENCE, they come along and create the absolutely AWESOME POCKET SQUARE. Besides, most of the time, those pockets are sewn shut anyways, right? Put the handkerchief in your pants pocket, grooms, this pocket has a greater purpose!

Just when we thought we had the boutonniere (I have to spell check that word EVERY. TIME) down to a SCIENCE, they come along and create the absolutely AWESOME POCKET SQUARE. Besides, most of the time, those pockets are sewn shut anyways, right? Put the handkerchief in your pants pocket, grooms, this pocket has a greater purpose!

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If you're having a romantic wedding, a classic wedding, or a vintage wedding, pearls are your secret weapon. Wear them like a badge, my sisters, and then add them into your decor. Use them in the bottoms of vases to stabilize flowers, hang them delicately to add a sense of whimsy to your centerpieces, even purchase long strands and hang them from one side of the reception to the other, for a gorgeous, textural look. *swoon*

If you’re having a romantic wedding, a classic wedding, or a vintage wedding, pearls are your secret weapon. Wear them like a badge, my sisters, and then add them into your decor. Use them in the bottoms of vases to stabilize flowers, hang them delicately to add a sense of whimsy to your centerpieces, even purchase long strands and hang them from one side of the reception to the other, for a gorgeous, textural look. *swoon*

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Two things: First of all, the headpiece is just as stunning as the bouquet, but I personally probably wouldn't do both. One or the other is probably best, unless you have severe allergies, then maybe neither. Secondly, I didn't think the ombre trend could get any better, and then they did this. I'm considering renewing my vows every 6 months to keep up with all the gorgeousness.

Two things: First of all, the headpiece is just as stunning as the bouquet, but I personally probably wouldn’t do both. One or the other is probably best, unless you have severe allergies, then maybe neither. Secondly, I didn’t think the ombre trend could get any better, and then they did this. I’m considering renewing my vows every 6 months to keep up with all the gorgeousness.

These are just a few of the ideas on this board, and I *love* going back through and seeing when they add new ones. If you’re a lover of geometrics, modern weddings, or unique backdrops, be sure to also check out their gorgeous geometric backdrop pins!

S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || OffBeat Brides Concept Shoot

It’s been almost a month since I went to United, and I’ve been holding on to these shoots jealously, because after I publish each one, I get to spend the whole day reminiscing about the amazing, sometimes surreal setting for the United conference I attended. And with only a couple more shoots to share, and wedding season starting this weekend, it’s a bittersweet post I write.

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I’ve heard over and over from friends, family, and my brides that I seem softer and more at peace since I came back. My outlook seems brighter, my photography is much more organic and emotional, and my feelings of heart-bursting joy for the people in my life has come to the front–I’m not nearly as reserved with my enthusiasm for the people I adore anymore.

These people are the reason why. They broke me down, reminded me of why I started shooting, and gave me my passion back–but more than that, they showed me, by leading from example, how to give that passion away and multiply it’s return. When you have kindness and a giving nature on a scale of over 400 people, well….that’s a lot of passion and heart to soak in–and I was the best sponge ever.

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One such example is our Offbeat Brides Shoot–a really amazing shoot that focused on showcasing brides that went off the beaten path. So often, we focus on the model brides with the million dollar weddings and amazing soirrees, but the truth is, these brides have a completely different aesthetic to what they love about their relationship and wedding–and man oh man, do I love that about them. There were three couple total, and the first pair, rocking the epic sunglasses, was my soulmate couple. Fiesty, funny, and rocking every tattoo they had, I wanted to capture them all day. Then I got sidetracked by a conversation with another photographer, and when I turned around, they had disappeared down the stretch of the beach–and I dunno about you, but walking through the sand is hard enough when you’re just holding a towel, but I had all of my gear with me. So I peace’d out that rad couple. Then there was this other couple that I literally only got one shot of, but wanted a zillion more, because the bride was an absolute SIREN you guys, she was drop-dead gorgeous, and her groom had an epic beard.  But again, I was sidetracked by conversations. In fairness to me, my husband is quiet, my son isn’t talking yet, and I was geeking out about gear, shooting in direct sunlight, and the perils of shooting on a beach. It’s rare for me, okay? Okay.

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Here’s a few more shots to share with you, and credit absolutely has to go to the creator and leader of our shoot, Carrie Swails. She’s an amazing teacher and mentor, and everyone goes away from her knowing something new that can help them. She’s amazing.

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In any case, you can bet that I’ll be going back again next year, but this time, with TJ. And we aren’t done yet! I still have MY shoot to share with ya’ll, and the Great Gatsby shoot, which you might die of happiness from looking at. Those will be coming up in the foreseeable future, friends!

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Julie Wilmes – juliewilmes.com
Mycah and Bobby Burns – redmonddigitalmedia.com
Lauren and Seth Pinson – laurenpinson.com

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Lauren Pinson – Dress and shoes 

Shoot Organizer: Carrie Swails – carrieswailsphotography.com

S T Y L I Z E D . S H O O T || Tori & Brett || Grassini Family Vineyards

I’ve been editing like a mad woman since I came back from Santa Barbara, home of the gorgeous, aesthetically themed Spanish-Villa town on the ocean front, and home of the best photography conference in the world, United. It was such a treat to go down there, and be with a ton of photographers who believe in the same philosophy that I have, in regards to photography, in that we all believe that once we give you the pictures, you should be able to have them both digitally, and physically, as you desire–because they belong to YOU. While it’s a controversial business method, I believe that with the rise of technology, and the rise of sharing more of our lives online, it seems silly to make you pay to have the images you already paid for — and that’s the philosophy shared by this conference.

Further, our goal was to get down to the nuts and bolts of celebrating stories, organically. For me, something I wanted to get more in tune with was telling the love story of my brides and grooms without crazy posing and tons of props. I want to be able to share the way my couples look deep into each others eyes, I want her smile when he tells her he loves her to be captured for him to see. That is the real couple–not making them stand back to back, and hold hands, haha.

This shoot, done at the gorgeous Grassini Family Vineyards, was a gorgeous 50 minute drive away from the hotel. We first stopped at the ridge before the vineyard, to capture the sunrise–and even though large clouds snuffed out those lovely golden rays only seconds after that sun came up over the hills, we still had enough time to capture these gorgeous moments:

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After we lost our rays of sun, we focused on using the couples knowledge of each other to create real, organic moments that resulted in absolutely gorgeous portraits.

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After we finished shooting on a simple dirt road, (yes, those were all shot on a dirt road, which just goes to show, emotion trumps background any day!) we loaded back up and drove down to the vineyard–a stunning, well-loved vineyard. The trees were gorgeous, and HUGE, a testament to the attention they had received at the hands of the family that had worked and lived on those rolling vineyard hills for 4 generations. Even as we worked with our bride and groom, I could see the people carefully tending to the vines several hills away.

Speaking of their gorgeous, large trees, they immediately captured the attention of my lens, and the pictures that we captured under those weaving, thick branches were jaw-dropping. I actually had a incredibly hard time finding a way to share what I saw, and the emotion that was shared under that tree, because there were SO. MANY. GOOD ONES. But here are a few of my favorites, because there’s still MORE.

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And then we watched them wander through a row of the vineyard, intertwined and focused only on holding one another, and my heart hurt from how sweet the entire shoot had been. This is what I want to capture in my clients! This sort of organic emotion and love! And, thanks to our amazing instructor, Montana Dennis (yes, that’s his name, yes, he can grow a beard, and yes, he is awesome) we were able to learn exactly how to guide our couples into that sort of posing. It was so magical, out there in the vineyards, with huge, desert mountains around us, and large grey clouds hanging low over our heads.

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It was such an awesome, deep experience, and it’s transformed my way of capturing my brides, and I think it’s actually better, wouldn’t you agree? 🙂 I’d love to know what you think!

Stay tuned for next week, when I’ll share the shoot that *I* led, using simple paper cranes, some fishing line, two gorgeous models, and some gorgeous paper bouquets.

Instructor: Montana Dennis

Venue: Grassini Family Vineyards
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Production Coordinator: Kristin Renee
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Floral bouquet by Rincon Floral
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