Rustic Superstition Mountains Wedding Photography: Chris + Rebecca

Happy Monday, friends!

I am getting emotional as I type this blog post- I just really, really love Rebecca and I cannot believe her wedding day has already come and gone. Chris and Rebecca booked us to capture their wedding well over a year ago and they were one of the very first weddings on our schedule for our Fall 2016 season. Rebecca and I met over lunch for the first time and as soon as I saw her, I was immediately drawn to her smile. She has the most beautiful smile and the most genuine eyes. I knew I was loved and valued by her before she even opened her mouth to greet me. I was blown away!

Rebecca and I sat outside and chatted for over 2 hours that warm day. She shared the deep places of her heart and her love story with me and all about how Chris was the man of her dreams- she just had to go through a little bit of heartbreak to finally find him. We laughed and cried and I absolutely fell in love with her. I felt such a deep peace in my soul sitting there with her, and I left that meeting knowing that she would forever be one of my favorites. Her gentle demeanor and her genuine heart was so refreshing. Without even saying it, she reminded me that day that happiness is worth fighting for, there are always second chances, and that loving yourself is SO important.

When the wedding day arrived, I loved the special time I got to share with Rebecca as we drove to the ceremony just the two of us, I cried as we documented Chris crying as he watched her walk down the aisle, and we rejoiced as Rebecca walked into her reception room and screamed in excitement that Amy Bacon and Veronica with Juliet Le Fleur truly designed the wedding of her dreams! It was the perfect day, full of so much love and meaning. It was intimate and romantic and so very personal. Andrew and I were truly honored to be there. Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Rumbaugh!!

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Thank you to our incredible wedding team:

Wedding Planning & Design: Amy Bacon- Celebrations by Amy Bacon
Venue Coordinator: Amanda DeMoss

Venue: Siphon Draw Livery | Florals: Juliet Le Fleur (Thank you Veronica!) | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Bride’s Hair: Babydoll Weddings | Bride’s Makeup: Debbie Verver | Cake: Piece of Cake | Officiant: Bill Erwin | Transportation: MB Sedan | Photo Booth: SnapBooth | Stationery: Envelope Envy | Wedding Gown: Uptown Bridal | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

El Chorro Wedding Photography: Will + Meghan

As we spend the day preparing for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I can’t help but get emotional as I think back on the last 7 1/2 years. Andrew and I started our business in early 2009 with a dream but no real vision, and we had no idea if we could make a living doing what we were most passionate about. I remember telling Andrew those first few months “If this business fails, it doesn’t mean that WE fail. It just means that we weren’t meant to do it and we will find something else to do.” It took a solid 3 years of hard work, lots of tears, lots of failed marketing strategies, lots of practice shooting on friends and family members, and lots of rejections for our business to start “taking off”. We never imagined that we would be where we are today, shooting at some of the most beautiful venues in Arizona and working with the most incredibly talented people. We never knew that something as simple as a camera could help us to build our dream life and provide for our family. And most days, we are still in shock. I often still feel like that young married couple praying in our tiny little apartment that we would be successful and that we would make enough money to buy a can of formula for our newborn. While I am thankful for many, many things this Thanksgiving, I have to say here for all to read- I am SO thankful for our couples. We have captured over 280 weddings in the last 7 1/2 years- that is 280 couples who have trusted us with the most important day of their lives. 280 couples who believed in us and saw something special in us. 280 couples who have loved us and let us capture their overflowing joy. I am in awe- we are SO grateful.

Will and Meghan are included in that number and there is really no better couple for us to use their wedding blog to express our gratitude. When I received Meghan’s wedding inquiry over a year ago, I knew she was special. When we met in person over coffee, we connected so naturally and it wasn’t long before I got an excited text saying that they would love to hire us- we both knew there was a deep connection and I knew Will & Meghan’s wedding was going to be one of our favorites. Not just because of the incredible details (that we didn’t even know about until we arrived at their venue on their wedding day!), but because Will & Meghan are the nicest, most genuine people I think we have ever met. All throughout their planning process, they were so laid back about everything- letting us choose their engagement session location, never questioning our thoughts on their timeline, and even on the wedding day, they never questioned us and were happy to follow our direction and our photo ideas. We knew without a doubt that they trusted us so fully and they made us feel SO valuable and so loved. Andrew and I were beaming their entire day as we felt complete creative freedom. The weather was gorgeous, their vendor team was incredible, they didn’t stop smiling the entire day- it was the PERFECT wedding. And I will say it again and again, we just cannot believe that THIS is our JOB! I’ll let the photos below tell the story of their day, but I have to end with this:

Thank you to our clients, our friends, our friendors, and our supporters for making our dream a reality. We are so, so, so thankful for you all. Happy Thanksgiving!! -A&EJ

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A BIG thank you to our incredible vendor team:

Wedding Planner: Brooke Molumby & Victoria Canada with Victoria Canada Weddings & Events
Venue Coordinator: Lindsey Rendon

Florals: Carte Blanche Design | Hair: Andrea with Glam Lounge Artists | Makeup: Lillian Fogle | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Entertainment: Obadiah Parker | DJ: Desert House Productions | Stationery: Victoria York Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Cake + Cookies: Ruze Cake House | Videography: The Good Vibe Media | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

Phoenix Engagement Photography: Nelson + Erika

When I look at Nelson and Erika’s engagement photos, all I can think is YES, YES, YES! These two represent exactly the kind of couples that we dream about photographing. And I am not talking about how beautiful or stylish they are (because they truly are!). I am talking about their smiles. Their JOY. The kind of joy that isn’t just on the surface, the kind that runs deep through their souls. The peace in their smiles and the contentment in their eyes. They KNOW they belong together and they deeply respect and care for each other. They are two of the most amazing people we have ever met.

We hope these images make you smile as big as they make us smile. We cannot wait for Nelson and Erika’s wedding day with our good friends from Outstanding Occasions next spring!

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Dreamy Backyard Wedding Photography: Andrew + Morgan

As a good majority of our couples do, Morgan and Andrew found out about us from Instagram (Yay!). I’ll never forget the first inquiry I received from Morgan… every single sentence she wrote sounded so energetic, excited and ended with an exclamation point! I knew right then that she was my soul sister. If you haven’t been able to tell, the way I write often sounds very excited! But I just cant help, I am an excited person! Especially when it comes to talking about weddings or sharing about our couples. Periods and commas are just way too boring for me- I need even my writing to sound exciting so it matches my voice!

After a year of knowing Andrew and Morgan, I don’t think I have ever seen them NOT smiling. They have such a profound joy running deep within them and they smile and laugh constantly. I am so moved thinking about their joyfulness as it is my life’s goal to genuinely be and appear more joyful. In every area of my life. These two are such a beautiful example of that, and I feel like I could sit at their feet and learn from them. :)

When their wedding day arrived, all of their details were what backyard wedding dreams are made of. Each and every flower, place setting, and chair was placed perfectly thanks to their amazing wedding planner Shannon with Sassy Soirees and OH SO TALENTED florist Sarah with Sarah’s Garden Style. The way they decorated and celebrated was exactly how I would dream of having a romantic backyard wedding. It was perfect and I swear we heard each and every one of their guests gushing about it. I could go on and on, but instead I will let the images below tell you the story of their beautiful day….

Morgan and Andrew, thank you for being SUCH a blessing to us and everyone around you with your unwavering spirit of joyfulness and your deep commitment to one another. We adore you both. -A&EJ

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Our amazing wedding team:

Wedding Planning: Shannon Smith with Sassy Soirees

Florals: Sarah’s Garden Style | Rentals: Tremaine Ranch | DJ: Ellagant Entertainment | Catering: Robert’s Catering | Makeup: Courtney Montes | Hair: Beth Woodford | Cake: Robert’s Catering | Ceremony Music: Bruce Pickering | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Holly Kristen | Officiant: Kevin Hanger | Bride’s Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Groom’s Suit: Parker & Schmidt Clothier | Invitations: Hadley Designs | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

Royal Palms Wedding Photography: Brik + Alli

The first moment I heard Alli’s sweet voice on the phone with her thick Texas accent, I knew I loved her. She used the word “y’all” probably 30 times in that 30 minutes and I smiled from ear to ear every time I heard it. I have yet to meet a Texan that I didn’t love. I am so enthralled by their family values, their hospitality, and the way they treat everyone they meet with such genuine kindness. Alli had already made up her mind that she was hiring us for her wedding before we even spoke on the phone, and so I felt like I was chatting and giggling with an old friend that day as she shared her love story with me and we talked through all the details.

The engagement session was our first time meeting these two in person, and I have to admit, Brik and Alli were made for each other. They are PERFECT opposites, with just enough in common to make a beautiful friendship, but enough differences to add some spice and excitement to their relationship. We loved watching Alli roll her eyes every time Brik cracked a joke, and the way Brik looked at Alli with pride in his eyes as he stood back and watched her as we took portraits of her. He doesn’t say much to express his feelings in public, but his eyes speak VOLUMES of his love for Alli.

When the wedding day came, it was exactly as we imagined it would be. The day ran smoothly and joyfully thanks to our friend Lara with Sealed With A Kiss Events, and we loved each and every friend and family member (and their adorable Texan accents) just as much as we thought we would. The details were classy and beautiful, but the FEEL of the event was just what Alli hoped for- couple focused, family oriented, relational and personal. The decor was stunning, but PEOPLE matter most, and their wedding day truly reflected that. It was perfect.

Congrats you two! We are so thankful to know you and to have been there for SUCH a special day in your lives!! -A&EJ

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A BIG thank you to our amazing vendor team:

Wedding Planner: Lara Kreutner with Sealed With A Kiss Events
Venue Coordinator: Emily Anzalone

Venue: Royal Palms Resort & Spa | Florals: The Flower Bar | DJ: Desert House Productions | PhotoBooth: Traveling Photobooth | Videography: Something New Media | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Hair&Makeup: Carissa Mott | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

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