El Chorro Wedding Photography: Alex + Katie

It’s almost the weekend! 10 more days until Christmas- are you as excited as we are?? Typically we take the month of December off work but this year we booked 5 amazing weddings in December. While it’s been a month full of work, it truly has been magical! There is just something about December- something about this time of year that makes people happier, that makes weddings more joyful and celebratory, and that makes dance parties that much bigger. Not to mention all of the beautiful wintery white weddings we have been photographing- it has all been SO wonderful!

I have to start this post by saying- we have never seen a dance party as big as Alex and Katie’s before. Maybe it was that The Instant Classics truly rocked the place (like they always do) but I believe it was also a combination of the incredible people that Alex and Katie choose to surround themselves with. It was a crowd ready for celebrating! A crowd that truly understood the meaning of marriage and how special it was that they were invited that day. A crowd that laughed so naturally and cheered anytime they had the chance. I’ve said it before but I truly believe you can tell who a person is by the people they surround themselves with. There was so much genuine love and undeniable excitement on Alex and Katie’s wedding day, that even if you didn’t know them, you would know deep down that they were truly incredible people.

My absolute favorite parts of their day included all the natural in-between moments: The look on Katie’s mothers face as she was zipping up Katie’s dress, the smile on Katie’s father’s face as he watched us taking pictures and walked up to congratulate his daughter and new son, the way Alex teared up as he watched his bride walking town the aisle towards him, the way Alex and Katie laughed as they tried to figure out how to pose with their Beer Burro, and the way Katie walked into the bridal suite during the reception, hugged her wedding planner and announced to us both “I am having SOOO much fun!” It was one special moment after another and full of so much emotion- which is our FAVORITE kind of wedding day!

Congratulations Alex & Katie- thank you for being such a light to everyone around you, and thank you for inviting us to play a role in such a PERFECT day! Cheers to Marriage!! -A&EJ


A HUGE thank you to our amazing wedding team:

Wedding Planner: Cara Morrison with A Day To Cherish Weddings
Venue Coordinator: Lindsey Rendon

Venue: El Chorro | Florals: Petal Pusher Arizona | Bride’s Hair: DryBar | Makeup: Allison Pynn | Band: The Instant Classics | Officiant: Courtland Alves | Ceremony Pianist: Steven Schermitzler | Transportation: Dunn Transportation | Furniture Rental: Glamour & Woods | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Beer Burro: Haul N’ Ass Productions | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Bride’s Dress: Kleinfeld | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

Sassi Wedding Photography: Andrew + Jennifer

Happy Monday, friends!

Our fall wedding season is quickly coming to an end in just a few more weeks. We have the joy of capturing 15 amazing weddings this fall, and we have already captured 12- just 3 more to go for 2016 before we start again in 2017!

I absolutely LOVED Andrew and Jennifer’s wedding day! Jennifer has been dreaming about her wedding day since she was a little girl (don’t we all??), and for as long as she can remember, she has loved the classic movie The Father of the Bride and dreamed of having a wedding similar. From the moment I met with Jennifer, one main word popped in my mind- Classy. The way she talks, the way she moves her hands, the way she smiles, the way she dresses. She is sophisticated, polite, kind, and everyone adores her. Andrew is her perfect match as he is just a genuinely good guy- he is loved by everyone around him, he comes from an amazing family, and he loves the daylights out of Jennifer.

The wedding day was nothing short of perfect. The prettiest flowers. The classiest reception. The happiest bridesmaids. The friendliest guests. The most perfect vendor team that made sure everything ran smoothly and punctually. I asked Jennifer towards the end of her day “You waited a long time for this day. Is it everything you hoped it would be?” She smiled brightly and replied, “It’s more. Way more.” Congratulations, Andrew and Jennifer!! It was a joy and an honor to document your perfect day!


Our amazing team of wedding professionals:

Wedding Coordinator: Katie Benson with Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events
Venue Coordindator: Vicky Magana

Venue: Sassi Weddings | Florals: Sarah’s Garden Style | Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade | Beauty: Allison Pynn | Cake: Honeymoon Sweets | Wedding Favors: Ruze Cake House | DJ: Ray The DJ | Officiant: Mike Kennedy | Rentals: You Can’t Beat This Party Rentals | Transportation: Driver Provider | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile Jeweler | Wedding Gown: Destiny’s Bride | Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Videography: Simply Cinema | Photography: Andrew&Jade Photography

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!!



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


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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