La Mariposa Resort Wedding / / Kelly & Ben
 
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Kelly and Ben could not have asked for a more perfect September day. Blue skies, gentle breezes, and the warm sun filtering through the trees created a storybook backdrop for their wedding at La Mariposa Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

Kelly and Ben are the dream couple that all photographers hope for. Not just because they are a stunningly gorgeous couple, or for the warmth and kindness that they exude. But it is their deep adoration and love for one another make them a treasure to capture on camera.

From the moment I met Kelly at her bridal consult, I knew it would be an honor to be on this wedding journey with her. She is an absolute gem! Her thoughtfulness and attention to detail all came together to create so many beautiful moments on her and Ben’s wedding day.

One of my favorite moments of the day was their first look. I love first looks because it is such a treat to see the groom’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time. I have to say Ben’s reaction to seeing Kelly was priceless! I couldn’t help but smile watching these two!

I also loved Kelly’s first look with her Dad. She is a daddy’s girl through and through. When her Dad opened the bridal suite door, Kelly was perfectly posed in the middle of the room looking like a princess. This is a fitting description, since the nickname she has been given by her Dad is Princess Buttercup. Tears immediately welled up in her Dad’s eyes as he embraced his little girl. Kelly had an embroidered hankie that she gifted her Dad. It was such a thoughtful and beautiful keepsake.

I already knew how much I adored Kelly and Ben, but meeting the Engle and Genzman families was such a treat! The love and gracious hospitality that was shown to myself and all their wedding guests was humbling. There is no question as to why Kelly and Ben are such kind and remarkable human beings. To give an example of the incredible love these families have for each other, I would like to share one more moment from the day. During the toasts, Ben’s brother Ryan gave one of the most funny and touching speeches I have ever heard. At the end he and his darling wife Dannaka, wrapped the newlyweds in prayer shawls they had brought back from a trip to Israel. They gave a beautiful prayer for the new couple. It was so touching to see everyone there bow their heads and pray in unison for the happiness and success of Kelly and Ben. My heart was just bursting it was so sweet!

From the breathtaking JBridal gown that Kelly wore, to the artfully designed bouquets, the Eagles touches, and the sophisticated black and white wedding attire, Kelly and Ben’s wedding day was the epitome of elegance. Kelly and Ben, I know you will both adore each other all the days of your lives. Your love story is why I do what I do. Thank you for trusting me with it!

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There were so many remarkable vendors who made Kelly and Ben’s wedding absolutely beautiful. Kelly wore a stunning JBridal gown while her bridesmaids wore black dresses from Lulus . Kelly and all her girls had their makeup done by Hannah with Glam by Hannah. I’m not just saying this, she is so sweet and does incredible work! Kelly’s lovely bouquet was desined by Thistle located in Tucson, Arizona. The venue Kelly selected was La Mariposa Resort, a little oasis in the middle of the Tucson desert. Lastly, her three tiered delicious cake was created by the talented Genevieve with Cakes by Genevieve. The buttercream on her cakes is to die for! All fo the incredible vendors did an amazing job bringing Kelly and Ben’s vision to life!

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Tucson Arizona Temple Wedding and Highlands at Dove Mountain Reception / / Madalyn and Steve
 
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Madalyn and Steve’s wedding was nothing short of timeless elegance. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Tucson Arizona Temple, where the majesty of this building never ceases to amaze me. The blue dome and white exterior pop beautifully against the desert landscape. Family and friends welcomed the newlyweds as they exited the temple with excited cheers and hugs. With the hot summer temperatures, Madalyn and Steve chose to have their reception at the Highlands at Dove Mountain. This is one of my favorite venues in Tucson! The picturesque views of the city are absolutely breathtaking! Blush pinks, calming whites, soft greens, and touches of gold comprised the color palette Madalyn chose for her wedding. These colors coupled with luxurious draping and sparkling chandeliers adorning the ballroom, let the beauty of the venue shine!

I have known Madalyn’s family for several years, and it was such an honor to capture her and Steve’s big day! I had so many favorite moments, but I will share two. One was when I was watching Madalyn’s Dad carry her gorgeous train around so that it wouldn’t get dirty as we moved from location to location for photos. My heart melted as I watched this dedicated father caring for and serving his little girl as he had for so many years, knowing that his role as the “man in her life” was changing. I couldn’t help but get a little emotional thinking of my own boys and how much joy there must be for a parent on a wedding day, but also a little heartache knowing that child that you have nurtured and loved, is beginning their own family and you aren’t going to be a part of every moment like you had been. It was such a humbling moment for me. I also loved Steve dancing with his Mom! He surprised us all as he lifted her up and glided with her around the dance floor. It was such a fun moment to watch. Immediately after their dance, Madalyn, Steve, and his Mom huddled together sharing a heartwarming embrace. Watching these two women who will always love Steve the most, drawn together was so sweet to witness. The entire day, I was so overwhelmed by all the love that surrounds Madalyn and Steve!

I am so thrilled for these two! They are this incredible power couple that are going to do amazing things! During couples portraits I was able to see the playful side of their relationship. I was dying as Maddie sang all the lyrics to “Baby got Back”!  We all had a good laugh as she impressed us all with her musical talents! The chemistry that these two share is perfection! Between the laughs, adoring looks, and sweet kisses, I was in wedding photographer heaven! I could have photographed them all day!

After portraits, the rest of the evening was filled with dancing, laughter, and delicious food! Claudette and her team pulled out all the stops creating a decadent buffet line. Smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail served in ice blocks, chicken skewers paired with sweet sauces, along with a gorgeous charcuterie board filled with seasonal meats, cheeses, nuts, and fruit were a crowd-pleasing success! The evening wouldn’t be complete without some sugary goodness to satisfy Madalyn’s sweet tooth :) Family favorite cookies, See’s chocolates, creme brulee ( my favorite- yes, it was delicious!), popcorn, pots de creme, and many other treats were the perfect ending to a day full of sweet moments!

Thank you so much Madalyn and Steve for inviting me to capture your special day! I absolutely adored spending time with you both and I am looking forward to seeing where your journey together takes you!

XOXO Melissa


Vendors

Reception Venue: Highlands at Dove Mountain

Wedding Coordinator: Claudette Halpern

Invitations: Katie Steck

DJ: Carl Thurber

Hair: Megan Asay

Flowers: Highlands at Dove Mountain

Cake: Village Bakehouse

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Gilbert Arizona Temple Wedding / / Sophie and Tanner
 
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Gilbert Arizona Temple Wedding


When Sophie asked me to be her wedding photographer I was thrilled. I love the Gilbert Arizona Temple. It is so beautiful with all of its architectural details. My excitement grew exponentially when my mother made the connection that I had in fact known Sophie’s family as a child when both our families lived in Maryland! It truly is a small world! It was such a fun connection to make!

The inspiration for Sophie and Tanner’s wedding came from the desert that surrounds them. The theme of succulents and cacti were perfectly incorporated throughout the day. Sophie’s bouquet created by the talented AZflorations featured several echiveria. Sophie and Tanner chose to share a first look. I so wish this was a trend when I got married. I love that they both were able to have a quiet moment where they could be alone and honor the first time that they saw each other on their wedding day. Tanner was so excited to see Sophie, and once he turned around and saw her, he wrapped her up in a warm embrace.

After their sealing ceremony, the newlyweds were welcomed and cheered on by family and friends. I never tire seeing all the people who come from places both near and far to celebrate the union of a couple. It is humbling to see all the love and support that surrounds two individuals as they pledge themselves to each other. We were able to capture some wonderful moments that highlight the love that Sophie and Tanner share for one another. They are truly made for each other, matching Vans shoes and all. :) I hope you enjoy this glimpse into their big day! Thank you Sophie and Tanner for allowing me to celebrate with you both! Congratulations!!

Vendors

 Dress A Closet Full of Dresses

Florist AZ florations

Cake Piece of Cake


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Tucson Engagement Session / / Kelsey and Ryan

Kelsey and Ryan are such an adorable couple! These two were friends for a long time before they decided to start dating. Once they did all their family and friends were like, “Finally! :)” It is easy to see how everyone around them knew these two belonged together! They have such an amazing chemistry and energy surrounding their relationship. I loved how they would share knowing looks and sweet kisses throughout their engagement session. One of my favorite conversations we had was when they were telling their proposal story. They both had me smiling and laughing as they told of their engagement up on Mount Lemmon. They will be getting married this fall in Salt Lake City. I know it will be an absolutely beautiful wedding! It was such a joy getting to spend a few hours with these two. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

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Tucson Family Session / / Gastelum Family

I love photographing families! My session with the Gastelum family was no exception, I couldn’t wait to see them again! The last time I had seen Priscilla and Carlos was during their maternity session on Mount Lemmon. I hit it off right away with Priscilla. She was finishing up nursing school at the time, and we both bonded over that connection. When Priscilla reached out to me to set up a family session, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait to meet their sweet baby girl! We had a great time together during their family session. Baby Natalia was all smiles, looking adorable in her pink tutu! She couldn’t get enough of her Mama’s pink earrings and her Daddy’s snuggles. A favorite moment during our session was when Priscilla was tickling and kissing Natalia’s cute toes. At the end of the session we were able to get Natalia into her beautiful christening gown. It was special to be able to capture those memories for her parents. It is such an honor to capture families at different stages and to be able to watch them grow! Thank you Gastelum family!!

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