Colby + Jamie | Mummy Mountain Engagement!

It was a warm Arizona day and what better place to be to capture two people in love but at Mummy Mountain! The desolate little Southwest Town was the perfect backdrop for the three of us to meander and get some amazing photos of these two. I love love love their story and so I'll let Jamie share her rendition of how they got engaged... Colby, way to go on including the family *and* having the cameras there to capture it! So great! 

It was December 22nd and I had just gotten back to Arizona from finishing a a hard semester and week of finals. I was extremely lucky because I came home to Colby setting up an entire day of being pampered- I got a massage, a manicure and pedicure, and he turned on my favorite Christmas movie (Love Actually). He told me he set up dinner reservations as well, but he wouldn't tell me where we were going, just that I had to be ready by 5:30pm. Side note: I'm obsessed with Michael Buble's Christmas album so I had been asking him all day to play it. At 5:30, I finished getting ready and came out to the main area of the house to hear my favorite Christmas song- "All I want for Christmas is You" by Michael Buble, as we began to leave the house I noticed on the christmas tree a new ornament that pictured Colby, myself, and our two dogs on it with the date and a cute quote about it being our first Christmas together as a family.. as I turned around excited about how much I loved it, Colby was down on his knee. After he proposed and I of course said yes, both of our families showed up a few minutes later with champagne (he also had 3 different video cameras set up taping the entire moment!). After a few hours of celebrating with everyone, we continued the night filled with love and celebration at the Melting Pot. I was extremely surprised because I was not expecting him to propose to me in that moment, especially because he always said that if he were to propose to me it would be in front of everybody, which I always said I didn't want. We had gone ring shopping around Thanksgiving so I "hoped" it would be Christmas morning so he took me by surprise asking me 3 days before!- Jamie

"Jamie is my best friend and my companion in life.  There isn't one thing in particular that I'm looking forward to more than just experiencing life with her.  I'm looking forward to laughing until it hurts, making the most mundane activities (road trips) exciting and adventurous, and traveling the world together.  I am happy to share my life with someone who is lighthearted and easy going who shares my passion for good food, good drink, and good times." - Colby

"We dated for a year and a half in high school and then split up for almost 3 years.. when we connected again and began dating again I knew almost immediately that I was going to marry him. We began dating in a long distance relationship and it was worth it because I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with him." Jamie 

 I know exactly when I fell in love with her and knew that it was the real thing.  My birthday was the first major event we had in our relationship where she was around family as my girlfriend.  Birthday's in my family are always a party.  All my brothers and their significant others were over at my parents house, and my dad grilled up a massive surf and turf feast.  He had grilled up filet mignons and lobster tails, potatoes, corn, and every side you can think of.  We were all eating out in the backyard at a banquet table.  The food was so good we had to go for seconds, and maybe even thirds.  Somewhere around the time my parents brought out the cake and ice cream, Jamie got faced with the biggest challenge of our relationship thus far, and probably since.  In the middle of this massive family meal, her dress completely splits down the side and falls down.  She was stunned for a second, but then just started making jokes about the whole situation and laughing it off.  My mom took her inside and got her closed up with the help of some safety pins, but I knew right then and there that I was in love with her.  To be able to face a situation like that and laugh about it, and not let it ruin her night and all the good times we were having, I knew right then and there that she was the one for me. 

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Nema, Alethea + baby girl!

For Nema and Alethea... life is about to change a whole bunch... 
But in the *best* way possible. 
They just celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary, and have been together for 15 years!! 
Being 'Nema and Alethea" for all those years has created some amazing memories, and now they pause to reflect on that time together and capture the last moments together when it is 'just them'. 
In just a few months, they are going to welcome little baby girl Elliana into their family. 
And they couldn't be more excited. 

"We heard the name Elliana before we were even pregnant and loved it. It has 2 beautiful meanings, one is daughter of the sun (which is super appropriate for AZ) and in Hebrew (we aren't Isreali or Jewish) it means "God has answered." - Alethea
"We can't wait to meet Elliana and see her sweet little face. I am most excited to see my husband and bestfriend become a dad and for our little twosome to become a family." - Alethea

She has consistently craved lemonade this whole pregnancy! : ) 

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Jay + Kirsten | Wedding

It was a beautiful Saturday in May when Kirsten and Jay celebrated their nuptials.  Kirsten was in the side room of the Danforth Chapel on ASU's campus, putting on her makeup, bridesmaids zipping up the back of her dress. Kirsten slipped confidently into her bright blue shoes that added the perfect pop of color to her white ensemble.  A smiling Jay approached the chapel looking calm and dapper, groomsmen in tow. The guests were chatting amongst themselves in the intimate chapel, waiting for the ceremonies to begin. And without skipping a beat and in the same calm demeanor that led up to it, the ceremonies began. 

It was the most relaxed and intimate wedding I have ever witnessed. Kirsten and Jay surrounded by their loved ones pronounced their self-written vows, Kirsten holding back tears, and Jay grabbing her hands. 

It was simple, it was beautiful. 

And now, Jay and Kirsten's day in photos...

"The memory that sticks out the most was when I had just walked down the aisle and was listening to Trevor (the officiant).  I got very emotional because it had been a whirlwind between the first and second ceremonies and I suddenly realized that I was looking at my amazing husband, in a pretty dress, surrounded by all of our family and close friends. I felt extremely blessed that I had the privilege to marry my best friend twice and so many people were there to support us!" -Jay

"We did not have our own vows the first time, however did the second time. She stuttered with her words holding back tears and it instantly made me tear up a little as well." Jay

"I feel like I cannot complete this without mentioning the chair that Kirsten wanted to set up for my Mom. She passed away a long time ago but is still a big presence in my heart and life, and Kirsten made sure she was far from forgotten on this day. With my Mothers favorite color purple flowers on the chair and my Uncle "her brother" with his arm around the chair, I felt she was right there with me. I get a little emotional just thinking about it. On HER day she made sure my Mom was front and center, and she never even had the privilege to know her, but obviously knows me." - Jay

"My most cherished memories from the ceremony are as follows. Seeing your wife walk down the aisle is a treat all on its on, and you would think that the second time wouldn't be as memorable. When I saw her Mom and Dad walking Kirsten down, no one else in the room had my attention, as happy as I was that they were all there. When she made it to me, and her Dad once again said "please take care of her", it was just as important this time as it was the last. I could see the glimmer of a tear in his eyes and could truly feel what he was feeling." -Kirsten

"I also remember when I was alarmed to see that I was still wearing a silly band on my wrist when I walked down the aisle. Jay noticed it during the ceremony, rubbed my wrist, and smiled at me. Later on, he almost apologized that he wasn't wearing a silly band and then proceeded to put one on once we got home for the reception! :)" -Kirsten

"Jay and I have a lot in common including evolving goals, desire to learn, our ideal living logistics...and the fact that we both act like small children. I have found it to be rare to find someone else who will act like an adult when making big decisions or when they are around other people and then a kid when things aren't so serious. We have so much fun while providing incredible support to each other, and I am excited for that love for life and each other to grow and develop throughout our lives." - Kirsten

Kirsten and Jay, thank you so much for letting me capture your gorgeous and perfectly intimate wedding day! You guys are amazing together and I'm so excited for your silly-band-filled life together! : ) 

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