Posts in Weddings
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 Temple Wedding and Mount Lemmon Reception / / Bella & Mikey
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You know those couples that are so in love that you can’t help but feel inspired by their devotion to each other? That is how I felt when I listened to the sweet vows these two shared with each other. I was so touched when Bella listed the qualities she loves and admires in Mikey. She spoke of her parent’s example and her determination to wait for a worthy and righteous companion. Likewise, Mikey shared his tender feelings for Bella in such a way that you could feel that this truly is a special couple. For Bella and Mikey their love started when Bella heard Mikey giving a sermon at church. From there, the two began dating, and quickly realized that they were supposed to do life together as husband and wife. These two were sealed at the Tucson Arizona Temple and then an intimate ring ceremony was held at her grandparent’s Mount Lemmon estate followed by their beautiful reception. I was in awe of all the love and talent that went into creating their reception. From the romantic lights, to the exquisite floral arrangements, everywhere you looked was gorgeous! Tokens of love were seen throughout the entire day as well. The ring that Bella wore belonged to Mikey’s grandmother. Her Sophia Webster shoes were a gift from a childhood friend and the necklace she wore was a gift from her cousin, someone whom Bella sees as a role model in her life. She shared with me that her mother’s signature scent growing up was Chanel Mademoiselle, the same perfume she chose to wear on her wedding day. The earrings she wore were a gift her mother had received on her sixteenth birthday. I was humbled to see how deeply Bella and Mikey loved their families. A favorite moment of the night was watching three generations slow dancing with their eternal companions- Bella’s grandparents, parents, and Bella and Mikey. A more comical event of the evening was when the garter got stuck up in the trees during the garter toss! However, boys will be boys, and they worked together to get it down! I am so grateful I was able to capture Bella and Mikey’s wedding day. It warms my heart and feeds my soul to capture the love that surrounds a couple as they begin their lives together! Congratulations you two!!

Here are all the amazing vendors that helped create this beautiful day!

Invitations: Vistaprint

Rings: Jared

Dress: Gigi Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus

Florist : Yosi’s Creations

DJ: DJ Herm

Cake: Village Bakehouse

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Tucson Arizona Temple Wedding / / Lindsey & Ryan

I have been so excited to share this beautiful wedding at the Tucson Arizona Temple! The morning of Lindsey & Ryan's wedding, I met Lindsey at her hotel room where she was getting ready. Her cute sister and cousin were busy doing her hair and makeup. Everyone was all smiles as the big day had finally arrived!

As Lindsey finished getting ready, I was able to take some photos of all the beautiful details she had thoughtfully incorporated for the wedding. One of my favorite pieces was an heirloom bracelet that belonged to her grandmother.

When I arrived to the Tucson Temple, a crowd of friends and family was gathered outside by the fountains. Everyone anxiously waited for the new couple to exit. As the doors to the temple opened, Lindsey and Ryan were beaming with joy! Their happiness was infectious! Cheers for the couple errupted and everyone welcomed the bride and groom with warm hugs. After family and wedding party portraits, I was able to capture some beautiful images of the newlyweds!

The slight windy breeze that day added to the light and romantic feeling that day! I loved how sweetly these two looked at each other the entire day! I loved catching them stealing kisses and whispering I love you to each other. Not too long into pictures Lindsey ditched her high heels and both she and Ryan swithced into their coordinating converses. I just LOVED that these two traded their dress shoes for something more comfortable! Lindsey's gold converse were AMAZING by the way!

After the Temple, we all headed to the reception venue. It was so beautifully and lovingly decorated by friends and family! My favorite part though was the “Sveddy Soda Bar”! It was darling! There was a menu of combination suggestions so that guests could create the perfect soda!

Their first dance together was so touching, and I was in tears during the father/daughter and mother/son dances! There is so much love and support surrounding this couple! It was truly touching to witness! After a playful cake cutting, and more dancing, these two exited under a canopy of sparklers! Lindsey and Ryan are truly a wonderful couple and I feel so honored that they invited me to capture their special day! Congratulations you two!

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Skylar & Khalid / / Private Estate Wedding / /Tucson, Arizona

When I first met with Skylar and Khalid, I was drawn to their warm smiles and easy-going personalities. I was thrilled to be invited to capture their wedding and I couldn’t wait for their big day to arrive! Their wedding was held at a gorgeous private estate tucked back in the Tucson desert. The ceremony was held in the front atrium of the home and was officiated by Skylar’s mother. It was so heart-warming seeing Skylar’s Mom beaming as she was escorted down the aisle by her Father. At the end of the ceremony, Khalid gently kissed his Mother’s hand, keeping with tradition. Skylar chose a stunning bouquet and floral crown to wear on her wedding day designed by the talented Bloom Maven floral studio here in Tucson. Accents of succulents carried from her bouquet to the ceremony decor. Skylar and Khalid chose to share a first look before their ceremony, and boy am I glad they did! Khalid’s reaction to seeing Skylar for the first time was epic! As these two shared a quiet moment together, friends and family couldn’t help but peek from the windows! After the ceremony we were able to capture some gorgeous portraits. One of my favorites was when Sparky, their adorable pup, came in for a full family photo! It was such a joy capturing the love these two share for each other! They both have the most infectious smiles that just make you smile too! As the reception started, these two shared their first dance as husband and wife. A special moment of the night was when Skylar’s sorority sisters surrounded her and sang the sweetest song, wishing her joy, love, and happiness! The rest of the night was filled with good food, dancing, and conversation. Congratulations Skylar and Khalid! I am so honored to have captured the celebration of your love!

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