I think it’s time for me to book a plane ticket to Sedona because this engagement session amongst the city’s signature red rocks is utterly breathtaking. And if the gorgeous setting wasn’t enough to make your heart skip a beat, I promise this couple’s love and smiles are contagious! Fall in love with it all—thanks to gorgeous photos from Melissa Jill Photography—in The Vault!
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From Melissa Jill Photography…The day Murphy realized he wanted to spend all of his days with Alexis was a day they spent in Sedona. The two hour drive was their very first road trip together. They drove up from Phoenix one Sunday morning and hiked the red rocks before having lunch in town. On the way back to Phoenix, they stopped by the Out of Africa zoo to watch the live feedings of the lions, hyaenas, bears, and tigers. At this point in the day Murphy remembers feeling hot, tired, sweaty and fairly stinky … but strangely he didn’t care about any of those things. He was having one of the best days of his life because he was sharing it with Alexis. From that point on, he knew that he wanted to spend ALL of his days with her.
Murphy and Alexis are always up for an adventure. And thank goodness for that, because getting up to Merry-Go-Round Rock in Sedona is no small feat! They rented a 4-wheel-drive SUV to make the trip up the rocky mountain road. It took 45 minutes to make the 6.5 mile journey. But once at the top, it was SO worth it! The red rocks and stunning vistas of Sedona are the perfect backdrop for Murphy and Alexis’s engagement photos, and a fitting way to remember the day Murphy knew he wanted to be with Alexis forever.
Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Venue: Sedona Arizona
Said best by Paper & Posies….It’s safe to say that it’s impossible not to get lost in this day. Starting with this adorable first look, then this proud Dad, of course this little upside-down monkey, and how could you not melt with this first dance. And packed in between all those special moments? Is a wedding planned by Margaret Van Damme filled with details galore. See even more captured by Vienna Glenn in THE VAULT.
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From Paper & Posies….It’s safe to say that it’s impossible not to get lost in this day. Each photo will leave you endlessly dreaming of the romantic photography that is so full of beauty and inspiration. What is to love most about these photos is the effortless joy that was captured in each and every moment.
A heart warming “First-Look” of the bride and groom was captured prior to the ceremony that will warm your heart for days. This moment was followed by an intimate mountainside view for an infinity of life’s new wonder and adventure together as husband and wife.
The bride wore a strapless, sweetheart neckline gown by Lillian Lottie Couture, which was later adorned with a laurel wreath in her hair. Long, effortless curls, and natural make up completed this bride’s soft look. Her bridesmaids complimented her in backless, blush Lulu gowns.
The groom offered a cheerful approach in a navy suit, polka dot tie, festive dress socks, and an heirloom watch passed down by his grandfather. Soft and delicate colors of cream, sage, blush, and grey were so graceful in this Sedona, Arizona wedding. Bold, peach peonies, white roses, and bundles of rosemary were dripping in every corner of the ceremony and reception. A hand-painted, floral watercolor signage welcomed the guests.
The reception table displayed rosemary tied escort cards which were finished with a modern calligraphy. The bride chose a large globe to use as her “guest book” for a unique and personalized approach. Leafy garland rested upon the simple and delicate white, three tier cake. The guests spent a wonderful weekend away at the Creekside Inn Sedona, which offered a weekend of full festivities for their celebration as family and friends.
Photography: Vienna Glenn Photography | Event Planning: Margaret Van Damme | Floral Design: Events by Showstoppers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sedona Cake Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Makeup: Chanel Warwick Beauty | Hair: HBH Hair | Venue: Creekside Inn | Calligraphy + Signage: Paper & Posies | Groom's Heirloom Watch: Omega
If you haven’t been lucky enough to travel to Sedona, I totally insist you do. It’s the kind of place where casual, laid-back elegance and downright romance mix and mingle with the majestic Red Rocks and breathtaking scenery. In other words, it’s a true lover’s paradise… and the perfect place to celebrate impending “I do’s” with an engagement session captured by Amy Leah. Click here for the full gallery.
From Amy Leah Photography… When I first met Lauren and Andy, there sweet and gentle personalities really allowed me to dream up a day that personified everything they were. Words like romantic, gentle, sweet, soft, floral, organic, intimate, natural, calm, quiet all came to me as I planned out their engagement session in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The day of the session, the sky was dreary with clouds and gave the perfect moody tint… and at certain points of the day, there would be lovely splashes of sunshine that created a dreamy glow through the trees.
With such a soft scenery set, their choice of outfits for the day played right into their love story. A flowy, white, backless maxi dress from For Love and Lemons on Lauren was an exquisite choice as she was crowned with the delicate roses adding a beautiful, romantic and poetic touch. In contrast, Andy look absolutely handsome in his suit with the laid back feel of the open collar and no tie. I loved the girlish charm of dress number two from Free People with the sweet lavender pattern on it coupled with fantastic boots and a matching fiance.
The two have an obvious love for one another that is not LOUD but sweet, soft and whispered. I am really proud of the images and how we really captured the essence of their love for one another. We had an awesome time adventuring through the humid Sedona summer day and finding different hidden locations that would showcase their love in a romantic, organic and intimate way – it was absolutely perfect. My favorite part of the session was at the very end where we did some moody shots in front of a line of trees. In the quiet, we could hear nothing but sprinkles from the light rain as Lauren and Andy embraced and really leaned into the moment. It was absolutely beautiful. Such an amazing way to bring this session to a close. Its really amazing to see a couple bloom right in front of you as you document their love. I am honored to have been a part of this moment in their love story. The two have a stunning wedding planned for this June in Maui where they will say “I Do” in an old sugar mill that was built in 1858.
Photography: Amy Leah | Flowers: Amy Leah | Location: Sedona Hills | Location: TLAQUEPAQUE Galleries And Shops | Short Dress: Free People | White Dress: For Love And Lemons