Secret Garden Wedding Photography: Austin + Janea

I remember the first time Janea reached out to us about shooting her wedding day well over a year ago. She had not even chosen a wedding venue yet but she was so excited to get in touch with us and talk about the possibly of us documenting her day. Reading her words on her initial wedding inquiry to us made me feel more loved and valued than just about any words I have ever read before and I had no idea who she was then! ;) She said “We are still in the very prelimary planning stages, but we’ve absolutely fallen in love with your photos and artistic style on your blog and can’t stop looking at them. You’ve actually inspired our whole list of venues so far.” I jumped to email Janea back after reading that, and I remember telling Andrew that day that we absolutely HAD to shoot their wedding, whatever it took, no questions asked. Because people like Austin and Janea inspire us. They see the good in everyone before the bad, they see the beauty in the world before the turmoil, and they genuinely love and accept everyone they meet exactly as they are. They are just GOOD people and they are SO easy to love.

The wedding day flowed beautifully thanks to Janea’s calm demeanor and joyfulness, her friends and family’s encouragement and excitement, and everything our dear friend Cara with A Day To Cherish did to go above and beyond for these two as she does for all of her couples- making the day flawless. I sobbed when Janea saw her dad for the first time and he cried as he held his baby girl in his arms, I was so moved when Austin and Janea spoke their vows with a deep assurance in their voices, and I felt such a joy in my soul as I watched these two dance the night away. They are another perfect example of why we are passionate about this job- it’s not even about the photography to us. While we do love photography, it’s about the PEOPLE. It’s about relationship. And it’s about deep meaning and undeniable joyfulness. We are so, so lucky to get to capture weddings… :) -EJ

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Our amazing vendor team:

Wedding Planner: Cara Morrison with A Day To Cherish Weddings

Venue: Secret Garden Event Center | Florals: Rita’s Floral Design | Hair: Ashley Macias | Makeup: Sonia Almarandez | DJ: Mancini Entertainment | Transportation: Carey International | Catering: Creative Hands Cuisine | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Cake: Inspired Sugar | Officiant: Mike Kennedy | PhotoBooth: Clique Photo Station | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

Country Club at DC Ranch Wedding Photography: Vince + Carmen

As I type the words to this post, I am feeling very emotional. Call it hormones, maybe. But I just cannot believe that Carmen and Vince’s wedding has already come and gone. They hired us more than a year ago and we have spent the last year emailing and texting about every little thing. I have watched all of their exciting moments over the last year on social media. We have cheered them on from afar as Carmen opened an amazing fitness gym with her sister, and as Vince’s luxury home building business has grown. We have watched their parties and birthdays and holiday celebrations and I swear we have seen their relationship grow closer and closer and their love for each other deepen. We have mailed each other letters, sent each other encouraging texts, and I feel like these two have become family to us. We just love them so much!

When the wedding day arrived last weekend, we were over the moon! As soon as we walked into Carmen’s bridal suite, we were greeted by a joyful screech and big hugs. It’s moments like that where we are immediately filled with a deep contentment- knowing that what we do is so important and so rewarding. The day was perfect… warm and sticky… but perfect nonetheless. A huge smile never left Carmen’s face. Vince was calm and such a peaceful presence throughout the day, their friends and guests were so genuine and happy- it was TRULY a wonderful celebration!

Vince and Carmen, thank you for choosing us and for being some of the most genuine people we have ever met. Thank you for loving each other so deeply and so joyfully. Thank you for being the definition of our DREAM clients. Thank you for being such a light to everyone around you. Cheers to new beginnings!! -A&EJ

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Our AMAZING team of wedding professionals:

Wedding Planner: Kayla Bellitt with Some Like It Classic Events
Venue Coordinator: Sharon Bishop

Venue: The Country Club at DC Ranch | Florals: Carte Blanche Design | Makeup: Courtney Montes | Hair: Carissa Mott | Ceremony Music: Sarah Vanell | DJ: DJ Ashken | Calligraphy: Freed Hands | Rental + Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions | Photo Booth: The Foto Booth Bus | Wedding Gown: Kenneth Winston by Lillian Lottie Couture | Groom’s Tux: Vera Wang Mens | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Hayley Paige | Videography: Corona Films | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography |

El Chorro Wedding Photography: Tyler + Jenna

It all started when Andrew and I were capturing another wedding this past spring at El Chorro (one of our absolute favorite wedding venues!). Tyler and Jenna were touring the property and started to imagine it for their own wedding day. Andrew ran into them outside as he was prepping his camera gear, they hit it off immediately, and Jenna asked Andrew to take a photo on her phone of them at the ceremony site to represent where they planned to say “I do” months later. By the time I arrived at El Chorro, they were already gone, we were back to work, and the day moved on. Much to my surprise, I received an email several weeks later from their amazing wedding planner Andrea Leslie Weddings who proclaimed that we made an impression on Tyler and Jenna and they wanted to hire us to capture their own wedding day. We were OVER THE MOON excited! I was able to meet Jenna at the tail end of her food tasting later that month and immediately LOVED her. I love her for so many reasons but the one that stands out the most to me is her joyful spirit. It is one thing to have a joyful smile and to laugh a lot, but Jenna is different- her SPIRIT is joyful. Her eyes are joyful. Her body language is joyful. Everything inside of her is joyful. She is the kind of person that you want and NEED to be around constantly. Her joy is contagious and she is one of the most incredibly genuine women I have ever met. Every time I left an interaction with her, I left feeling challenged-how can I add more joyfulness to my own life? How can I be at such peace like she is and have a more joyful spirit??

The day of their engagement session came, and I had the pleasure of meeting Tyler for the first time then. They trusted our vision for their engagement session, drove 2.5 hours to meet us, and we had such a blast together capturing what is surely one of our most favorite engagement sessions! We didn’t think we could love anyone more than Jenna, but Tyler proved to be just as amazing. When He speaks you can feel an authentic love coming out of him, and he adores the daylights out of Jenna!

We really feel like we scored the lottery with these two. A chance meeting turned into such a profound wedding day- where we were often speechless and found ourselves just wanting to wrap these two in a hug all day long. Jenna and Tyler- your steadfast love for each other, your faith in God, and the deep joyfulness that radiants from you both is and has been such a blessing to us. You are truly a light in this world and we are so thankful to know you both! -A&EJ

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A big THANK YOU to our incredible wedding team:

Wedding Planning: Andrea Leslie with Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events
Venue Coordination: Lindsey Rendon

Florals: Lux Wedding Florist | Ceremony & Reception Venue: El Chorro | DJ: MT Sounds | Ceremony Musician: Tami Reinke | Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts | Videography: Something New Media | Hair/Makeup: Kensington Makeup | Decor: The Dotted Bow | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography |

 

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Wedding Photography: Anthony + Jackie

Oh how we love Anthony and Jackie! This may come as a surprise, but we actually did not have the pleasure of meeting these two at all until the day of their wedding! I think this is the first time we have ever walked into a wedding day totally unsure of how we would click with a couple. From what we knew and heard of Anthony and Jackie, we were already impressed by how joyful and laid back they were, but we didn’t have a full understanding of just how amazing they are until we met them last week. We feel like the universe aligns with each and every one of our couples because without a doubt, we seem to attract the absolute BEST couples in the world. Seriously, I cant help but smile ear to ear as I type this…

Anthony and Jackie have a deep and inspiring kind of love. They have been together for over 10 years already and they have been deeply committed in their hearts from the beginning. It was incredible watching them on their wedding day as they glowed with excitement (the day was finally here!) and loved on their friends and families. I don’t know that we have ever felt so valued by a couple either. So many times throughout the day, they pulled us aside to thank us, encouraged us, smiled our way, and even sent a thank you note just a few days ago before even seeing their photos! We are blown away by their generosity and how genuine they are as people and as a couple. I wish we could relive their day again with them, it really went by just way too fast, and it was just so amazing.

Anthony and Jackie, thank you for your hearts. Thank you for choosing us to document your day and for being so wonderful along the way. The world needs more people in it like the two of you. We will forever cherish your wedding day! xoxo -A&J

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A big thank you to our INCREDIBLE vendor team:

Wedding Planner: Regan Sullivan with Imoni Events
Wedding Venue: Mallory Morse with the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Florals: Avant Garde Studio | Videography: Something New Media | Hair: Danielle Murray | Makeup: Sarah Sanmarco | DJ: Dave with Desert House Productions | Draping: Quest Drape | Reception Lighting: Karma Event Lighting | Ceremony Quartet: Sweetwater Strings | Officiant: Ian | Catering & Cake: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale | Rentals: Us to U Party Rentals | Photography: Andrew Jade Photography

Julia - You guys are seriously amazing! Every single shot is just drop dead gorgeous <3

Tucson Wedding Photography: Colin + Lindsey

As I sit down to write this wedding blog post, I feel like I am still living in a dream. We have now captured 4 incredible and seriously diverse weddings in the last three weeks and we cannot wait to see what the rest of our season holds. We are tired, and our kids are already tired of us working so much, but I honestly don’t think any other job in the entire world could bring us the joy and fulfillment that this one does. Getting to capture the happiest day of someone’s life EVERY.SINGLE.WEEKEND is just incredible. The joy, the fun, the joining of two families, the romance… I could go on and on…

Colin + Lindsey’s wedding will go down in history as one of our absolute favorites. The romantic details were out of this world thanks to our dear friend Randi from Carte Blanche Design, and the day flowed flawlessly thanks to our AMAZING wedding planner friend Courtney with Ashley Gain Weddings, but even more than that, we just really, really love Colin and Lindsey. We love the way they smile at each other, the way they cling to each other when they hug, the way they giggle when they’re together even though they have been together for many years already, the way Colin lovingly confirms Lindsey again and again, the way Lindsey respect Colin and treats him with such kindness. We love the way they hold hands, the way they are up for any adventure, and the way they selflessly love not only each other, but all of their friends and family.

They are two of the most amazing people we have ever met. In fact, their day spoke volumes of that as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife, and immediately turned around for a toast with all of their guests. During the toast, Lindsey said “Everyone says that weddings are for the bride and the groom and not about the guests. I don’t believe that is true. Colin and I would not be here today and we would not be who we are without all of you, so this wedding is a thank you and a party to celebrate all of YOU. Cheers to you, and cheers to us!”. The gratitude in her eyes and the smiles on their faces will forever be engraved in my mind. Andrew and I felt SO honored to be there to witness it all! Enjoy this one, we seriously love it. ;) -A&EJ

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A big thank you to our INCREDIBLE vendor team:

Wedding Planning + Coordination: Courtney with Ashley Gain Weddings | Florals: Carte Blanche Design | Ceremony & Reception: Gallery Golf Club | Getting ready location: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain | Hair: Chelsea Sprinkle | Makeup: Angelica Warwick | Rentals: Red Diamond Rentals | Band: The JJ’s Band | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography |

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