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Friday, October 1, 2021

Monday Moments Of Me #237

I can not believe it is October 1, 2021!!!

Back at the End of August I was able to go to the Van Gogh Exhibit in Scottsdale!

I went with my parents which made it extra special! My dad and I planned it out and surprised my mom with tickets!

It was breathtaking and such a treat to learn more about Van Gogh. Spectacular how his art was displayed 'immersively' along with music.

I love making memories through experiences!

immersive van gogh exhibit







Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Moments Of Me #236

 Hello and Happy Monday September 6, 2021!!!

When I attended my last August Wedding of this year, the couple had these cards available for guests.

I have seen them before. Many times actually. That day though it hit me differently.

What a great idea these are! Whether the responses are comical or serious, sitting down and reading through them as a couple and especially seeing who wrote it to you...has got to bring the wedding day memories back in full force! Advice from your favorite people who love you and support you to read anytime you want is such a gift.

I hope I see more of these this coming wedding season!!!!!

advice card for the new mr and mrs


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Monday Moments Of Me #235

 Second Chances

Years and years ago I tried the Barrio Queen Restaurant and for whatever reason I was not impressed and did not visit again until June 2021. I was hesitant and even resisted to trying it again when it was suggested. Good thing I believe in Second Chances 😉

My most recent visit has me wanting to go back on a weekly basis. Seriously so good! The meal I ordered is life changing!!!!!!!

"CHILES EN NOGADA  A roasted poblano pepper filled with chicken, apples, pears, dried apricots, golden raisins, walnuts, onions and garlic. Covered in a delicate almond cream sauce, finished with the colors of the Mexican flag: fresh cilantro, queso fresco, almond slices and pomegranate seeds. Served with chipotle mashed potatoes and calabacitas "

Next time you visit Barrio Queen let me know what you order and if you tried the Chiles En Nogada and love it as much as me?!

This lampshade pic was at the Tempe Marketplace location and I love the vibrant colors and overall uniqueness and even the choice of rope it is hung with :)



colorful lampshade at barrio queen


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Elizabeth and Justin's Gilbert AZ Wedding

Elizabeth and Justin had an absolutely perfect wedding!

The weather was rain and wind and then sunshine off and on all day up until about 45 minutes before the ceremony where the rain and wind was gone and the rest of the evening was great!

It was always Elizabeth's dream to get married in her parents backyard surrounded by her and her fiancés closest friends and family. She got her dream!

It was truly a great day and I am so grateful to have been asked to be a part and capture all the memories!

Elizabeth and her family are long time family friends so naturally this day was extra special!!!

Captured July 15, 2021



gilbert az backyard first look at a wedding in july

gilbert az backyard bride and groom photo at a wedding in july

gilbert az backyard wedding partry photo at a wedding in july

gilbert az bride and groom portrait at a backyard wedding in july

ring exchange at a backyard AZ wedding in july

first kiss at wedding ceremony at a backyard AZ wedding in july

wedding cake at a backyard AZ wedding in july

wedding cake cut at a backyard AZ wedding in july

bride and groom wedding rings

wedding sparkler exit at a backyard az wedding in july


What To Do After Your Micro Wedding

 Alright, so you are having a micro pop up wedding with Meander Gatherings!!

Now that you are married, Now What?!?!

Check out Meander Gatherings blog post giving several ideas on what to do after you said "I DO"

Sneak Peek of a few of the ideas are:

Having a spa day 

Spending time at The Zoo 

Adult arcade such as Dave and Busters or Fat Cats or Main Event

Going to a cooking or art class or even axe throwing

Road trip and spending the night at a fabulous resort.


Read more by clicking the link above!


cupcake sharing between bride and groom at micro wedding

cider toast between bride and groom at micro wedding





Top 5 Reasons To Have A Micro Wedding

If you do not know, I am partnered with Meander Gatherings which is a super fun Micro Wedding service with an adorable Vintage Metro Van.

Have you seen it?

If not check out their Instagram!

They wrote a great blog post with 5 reasons to have a Micro Wedding.

Three of the reasons:

1. Smaller Guest Count

2. Focusing more on YOUR priorities

3. Packaged options to make getting married easy


Sound like you and/or want to know the other 2 reasons and learn more?

Click HERE to check out the blog post :)


metro van with wooden ceremony chairs


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Elena and RW's Wedding

Elena and RW had a destination ceremony/reception. It was beautiful, intimate and at a private estate in AZ. It was perfection! They were all about creating memories with their best of friends and family and I am so grateful to have been included in this family's 2nd wedding celebration! I photographed the brides sisters wedding 10 years ago and it was such a blast seeing everyone again!

Captured June 26, 2021




wedding ceremony with big tree

family photo at wedding reception

bride and groom photos in fruit tree orchard

bride and groom photos in fruit tree orchard

bride and groom photos

bride and groom photo

bride and groom photo


Amy & Brandon's AZ Micro Wedding with Meander Gatherings

Amy and Brandon chose Shenandoah Mill as their location for their AZ Micro Wedding to tie the knot! They found Meander Gatherings (the awesome micro wedding/pop-up wedding biz) and loved the idea, the concept and the metro van! 

Their guests all shared in the excitement and love as these two became one. It was a beautiful morning spent with all in attendance!!!

Captured June 26, 2021



shenandoah mill ceremony space at the arbor with wooden chairs

ceremony signage

first dance in front of international metro van

bride and groom portraits with a vintage metro van

bride and groom portraits with a vintage metro van and meander gatherings

bride and groom portraits with a vintage metro van and meander gatherings

bride and groom portraits under shenandoah mills arbor

groom portrait with vintage international metro van

cupcakes with vintage pepsi crate and a vintage international metro van

cake cutting with an international metro van during a pop up wedding in az

bridal portrait during a pop up wedding in az


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Monday Moments Of Me #234

Sometimes camping looks like the photo below... 

camping with can am at the cinders in flagstaff


Do you see the photo bomber? haha (bottom right corner)
Yes, the cat and dog go camping with us 99% of the time!

We went to the Cinders in Flagstaff in June to get out of the heat in the valley (Phoenix, AZ) and we actually came home a day early because it was TOO HOT. Yes, everyone was uncomfortable and there is no point in camping if all you are gonna do is hide out inside the trailer and run the air conditioner all day taking a nap. Good times were still had though.
I am always grateful to get away for a few days and enjoy the great outdoors :)


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chris and Julia's Regency Garden Reception & Gilbert Temple Wedding

Chris and Julia are such an amazing couple! Their family and their friends could not be happier for them either! Their entire day was perfect, starting at the Gilbert Temple and ending at Regency Garden in Mesa. 

These two have known one another for years and have even travelled the world together. They had a slideshow playing at the reception with all the amazing photos from over the years and all parts of the world together.


Their connection and love for one another was a gift to be in the presence of !

Captured June 5, 2021


Bride and Groom Exit From Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom and Families at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Gilbert AZ Temple

Bride and Groom portraits at Regency Garden in Mesa AZ

Bride and Groom portraits with a fountain at Regency Garden in Mesa AZ

Bride and Groom portrait

grand exit from reception at regency garden wedding venue


Delmy and Matt's AZ Golf Resort Wedding

Delmy and Matt had a beautifully intimate wedding with their closest family at the AZ Golf Resort! It was a dream being a part of their special day and the joy I felt and saw. 

Captured June 16, 2021


az golf resort wedding place setting for dinner

wedding rings

ceremony at arizona golf resort in mesa az

bride and groom photo at arizona golf resort ceremony space

bride and groom in a golf cart at the AZ Golf Resort

AZ Golf Resort Courtyard area bride and groom portrait

AZ Golf Resort Courtyard area with wall fountain and bride and groom portraits

bride and groom wedding portraits near the lake at az golf resort in mesa az

bride and groom wedding portraits az golf resort in mesa

white single layer wedding cake with mr & mrs topper