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Scottsdale’s DC Ranch Engagement Session

Jennifer and James were so fun and so sweet together! They met online about a year ago and have been inseparable ever since. So laid back and sweet with gentle spirits, these two are so ready to start this new chapter of life together. When they contacted me a few weeks ago about the Sedona wedding they were planning at The Bridge at Hillside… and it was just seven weeks away so we kicked it in high gear!! I can’t wait to get out of the heat here in Phoenix the first week of June and spend the day with these two and their families! For now I hope you enjoy their DC Ranch engagement session.

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Scottsdale Desert Engagement Session

Snooping thru your boyfriends luggage hoping to find the engagement ring you two had been shopping for… That’s what Rachel did but had no luck finding it in his bags. Last summer Rachel had graduated from pharmacy school, which is where the two met, and Colton wanted to celebrate her graduation with a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. She thought maybe it was too much a hassle to get the ring on the ship without her knowing so didn’t bring it. They enjoyed a few days on the cruise with lots of sun and relaxation. The formal dinner night of the cruise came and they got dressed up and headed off to get some cocktails before dinner. They met another couple on the cruise and started some conversation with them and found they had been married for 40 years!! Rachel and Colton joined them for dinner and listened carefully as they shared some wisdom on lasting relationships. After dinner the two headed back to the cabin where Rachel stepped out to the balcony to take in the view of the massive ocean and giant waves. After a few moments, she turned around to find Colton on one knee with the ring in his had asking her to marry him. Thru the happy tears she is able to say the word she wanted to say for a while… YES!

During Colton and Rachel’s Scottsdale desert engagement session I learned these two have such a great love for each other. The smiles tell all. The way he looks at her and hold her close. Not to mention their favorite quality about each other is very similar… compassion and caring attitude. Counting down the days till they say “I do!”

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Liana and Keith’s Japanese Friendship Garden Engagement Session

Meeting thru an online dating site can be a scary thing but when your first date lasts for five hours you just know there is a great connection. Talking so open and comfortable with one another as the time flew by is exactly what happened for Liana and Keith. And it turns out, that date was their favorite date.

“My favorite thing about her is her smile, it lights up any room.”

As I am learning about how Keith proposed, I can even comprehend how he kept all these plans a secret from Liana!! When the day came, he told her they were going to a murder mystery dinner for her birthday and to wear a nice dress. As they walked into the hotel, Liana was thinking they would be walking into someones wedding reception. Keith assured her this is where their dinner was so go on in. She walks thru the doors and sees her family and friends sitting at the tables (lots of them coming from California!). The DJ starting playing “their” song and she looks around for Keith to dance, Liana’s brother and son find her and escort her to the dance floor where Keith met her. He dropped to his knee, diamond in hand (and it’s one amazing diamond!!) and asked her to marry him. She described the room to look like a wedding reception with a three tier cake, center pieces, a DJ, catering, open bar and even a butterfly ice sculpture. The butterflies, which were everywhere, symbolize Liana dad who she lost in a recent accident. And she was in awe! Keith told her “I wanted you to know your dad was here with us and I want you to feel his presence.”

“The best thing about him is his generosity and giving heart.”

When Liana mentioned they wanted the engagement session at the Japanese Friendship Garden I may have done a little happy dance as the property is beautifully maintained with such great scenery! The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix has footbridges, lanterns, flowing streams and waterfalls, a koi pond, tea garden and tea house. A perfect location for fun & romantic engagement. Then add Liana’s smile Keith mentioned and it was like pure magic! I can’t tell you how great these two are, how much fun we had and that I can’t wait for their wedding next spring. It was a blast! Love you guys and great big HUGS to you both!!

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Chris and Kim’s DC Ranch Engagement Session

It was sophomore year in English class, Chris sat behind her every day trying to get her attention regardless of the cost. She pretended to be completely uninterested. Every day before class he would hold the door greeting every single person with a hug… just so he could hug Kim. After all his persistence and her “lack of interest” she gave in. She gave him a chance. They’ve been together now for 10 years but it didn’t take that long for Kim to know that she would one day marry this man she made work so hard for her attention. He loves how caring and funny she is and she adores his genuine, sweet and loving spirit.

The Proposal

Chris did his homework for his proposal… he doesn’t like water and has never driven a boat. It was at Pier 54, a cute little outdoor restaurant on the water, that Chris went a few days earlier to make his dinner reservation and learn to drive the boat. A few days later he took Kim to dinner after a tough nursing school final. She knew something was up after he went to the bathroom twice in less than 10 minutes. After Chris excused himself the second time the restaurant manager came over and offered them the keys to the boat since they were first time dinners and you know, anyone can use the boat (wink wink)… again Chris doesn’t like water and Kim thinks he’s never driven a boat. They accept the keys and he takes her to the middle of the lake, stops the boat and invites Kim to sit in the driver seat. Once she’s seated she finds him on one knee asking her to marry him. To be his bride forever. Kim’s favorite part was the fact that he had a small video camera on the dash recording the whole thing!!

Chris and Kim, thank you for spending this time with me! If your marriage is anything like the two hours we spent together, I know it’s going to be full of laughter!! I can’t wait for the wedding day! Hugs to you both.

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Desert Botanical Garden Engagement

Six years ago, Jordana moved to the Phoenix area for Med school. She knew she wanted to meet people outside of med school and pretty quickly she met Eric. From the first night of meeting him they were pretty much boyfriend and girlfriend and for the last 6 years they’ve done life together. It was at the Desert Botanical Garden this past November that Eric asked her to be his bride. We had so much fun moving around the abnormally extremely busy gardens… in fact it was like a game to see how long the two could hold their pose so I could catch one frame without a “photobomber”! Once we were finished at the Desert Botanical Garden, we raced over to catch the last bit of light hitting the red buttes at Papago Park.

Eric and Jordana, I am so excited for you both and can’t wait to see where life and love take you two… counting down the days till your Villa Siena wedding day is here!!

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