Basic Invite! They are amazing!

Guys so we are teaming up with some awesome friends over at Basic Invite today because we all know its engagement season and from experience I can tell you, a bride needs as much wedding planning help as you can get! 

My hubby proposed to me on December 23rd, so we definitely fell in the range of one of the couples that was excited to share our big news to all of our family come christmas day. I was literally shaking as we drove to my grandma's house as I stared at my ring. I couldn't believe he had proposed!

I was one of those brides that could not WAIT to get the planning part going. We picked a date quickly and guys I wish so badly that I had all the options that Basic Invite offers to help get the first impression of your big day out to your guests!

It took me like .4 seconds to figure out this super friendly website and I quickly was able to design different samples of save the date cards that I absolutely loved! They have instant previews and allow you to change the colors of all the writing! The colors were endless! 

I made these two save the dates with just a few clicks with our own Jenn Wagner Studio couple and I already think it looks awesome, and it had so many custom options as well as a huge color palette to choose from! Plus how cute are Derek and Jenna from their recent engagement session with us? I know they look like models for Basic Invites, but they are one of our own cute Bride and Groom getting married in the spring! 

Plus who doesn't love a little gold foil??

I am absolutely in love with their wedding invitation suites they have! 
This is like a photographers dream when we show up and their are multiple pieces that actually FLOW together! It brings the whole day together when your invitation matches the colors and theme of the day! Guys order the whole suite, its worth it and is a huge wow factor to your guests when they receive their personalized invitation
The Coolest Part! 
They will print out your design and send you a sample of it in the mail! Talk about really getting to visualize! You also get to feel the quality of the paper and see how the color turns out before you order a 500 of them. How sweet is that?!

One last example that I made with one of our own couples, Dan and Lissa! Uhhhh the options are endless! Like, in a good way! Custom to the max! 

 If you are sporting a new shiny ring and looking to get some beautiful and highly personalized wedding invitations, you have to go check out Basic Invite! Their invitations and Save the dates are seriously amazing! 

Sedona Wedding, Sophia and Josh

We sat at Chopshop in Downtown Chandler just a couple months before these two were getting married. We sipped coffee and munched on goodies and as soon as she said it, I felt an instant connection to this sweet couple sitting before me whom I had just met minutes before... "We were planning a huge Cali wedding with all the big things, and then we decided to scrap that and instead focus on our marriage." 

If you didn't know, I had a small wedding with just my closest family and friends. It was an intimate destination wedding on the beach and it was everything we ever wanted. For us it was perfect, and when Sofia said the exact things that my own hubby and I focused on for our day, it just struck a nerve. I immediately was overwhelmed with excitement, like i HAD to be there for this day. I think I would have crashed it if they hadn't have asked me to photograph it! haha! 

They wanted a small, reverent wedding in Sedona. 

And guys when Kayla and I arrived in Sedona not two months later to capture their day, we watched these two beautiful people devote their lives before Christ, it was everything they ever wanted. I don't even have to ask them if they were happy with how it turned out, because I witnessed it. We watched the day unfold and the smiles galore. I know their wedding went exactly how they envisioned; it was perfect. 

Sophia and Josh, it was such an honor to watch your day unfold and capture this beautiful part of your love story! Thank you for trusting us with the vision of your day! We are so incredibly happy for you guys and see so many years of amazing marriage ahead of you both. 
All our love! - Jenn and Kayla

“It's hard to choose just one part as my favorite because the entire process w It's hard to choose just one part as my favorite because the entire process was a dream. There's a lot of favorite moments for me: getting tea and coffee the morning of with my best friend and maid of honor, getting ready with my best friend and casually figuring out my hair and makeup as we went, my girlfriends getting excited with me right before walking down the aisle, walking behind Josh with his eyes closed so I could get ready for the processional, seeing my grandfather's face when he first saw me in my wedding dress, our vows and witnessing our rings be blessed, walking around the grounds after everyone left the Church to enjoy the sunset against the red rocks, listening to our maid of honor and best man give extremely heartfelt and sweet toasts at our intimate dinner.”- Sophia

I would say that the part that sticks out in my mind most was when I started saying my vows to Sofia.  I was trying super hard not to start crying and made it through the first couple repeats ok, but when I got to the "I will love you and honor you all the days of my life" part I totally lost it and I wasn't sure if she knew what I even said.  To me that part was so important because I deeply want to show up always and forever for Sofia and I was finally able to reiterate that through prayer and sacrament in front of everyone.  It's the part I'm most excited for and the part I want her to understand the most.  I think saying our vows was when our marriage finally felt real to us.”- Josh

 “The moment that is the most vivid to me is when the priest asked Josh and I to turn to one another to say our vows. I was trying to hold it together and Josh already had tears welling in his eyes. As he said his vows, it was like the whole audience disappeared and time stood still. He got really choked up as he said, "I will love you and honor you all the days of my life". I remember hearing the emotion and overwhelming joy in his voice and thinking, "He is my husband" with such a profound feeling of awe and gratitude. It made me so excited to be marrying a kindhearted and genuinely loving man who brings an immense amount of light into my life.” - Sophia
 “The moment that is the most vivid to me is when the priest asked Josh and I to turn to one another to say our vows. I was trying to hold it together and Josh already had tears welling in his eyes. As he said his vows, it was like the whole audience disappeared and time stood still. He got really choked up as he said, "I will love you and honor you all the days of my life". I remember hearing the emotion and overwhelming joy in his voice and thinking, "He is my husband" with such a profound feeling of awe and gratitude. It made me so excited to be marrying a kindhearted and genuinely loving man who brings an immense amount of light into my life.” - Sophia
“ I tried and failed multiple times during the mass not to start crying when I looked at her, but I couldn't help myself.  Everything about her was perfect, not just how she looked in her amazing dress but her happiness at being there, how deeply she stared into my eyes when her grandfather handed her off to me, and when she put her hand into mine to exchange vows.  I felt completely overwhelmed and in awe of Sofia, I still can't believe that we are married and we've been together nearly 5 years now.  She is my person and I love her tremendously.”- Josh

“The florist we worked with was really sweet and incredibly knowledgable about her work! When she dropped off the flowers, she leaned into my mother and I and said, "That little guy over there looks more nervous than the groom". We looked to who she was nodding to and it turned out to be the best man! I had to stop myself from crying from laughter (to preserve my makeup of course, ha!) because Jake is notorious for getting nervous before big events. He always turns out fine during the event, but beforehand, he spends his time pacing and running his hands through his hair, which was a great scene to watch while Josh casually and calmly talked with guests.”- Sophia
 “ I would like to go back and re-live the entire day if possible, but I think that I would probably go back and re-live the first hour of our post-wedding dinner with all our guests.  Most of that day was difficult for me because I couldn't spend time with Sofia, but after the wedding and the photos (which we had a blast taking!) Sofia and I sped back to our hotel and got changed out of our clothes for dinner and made our first casual appearance as a married couple with all of our most beloved people at one table together.  I loved it because I felt like we were functioning as a team and I felt extremely united with her the entire night. “- Josh
Sofia and Josh! Thank you so much for letting us witness the happiest day of your life! It was truly breathtaking and we will never forget it! 
All our best, 
Jenn, Kayla and the Studio Girls

Moon Valley Country Club, Phoenix AZ, Aaron and Savannah's Wedding Day!

I walked through the wedding venue a week before their big day and planned out where I would take all the family, bridal and of course bride and groom based on where the sun would be. Because in Arizona if its one thing you can pretty much count on, its sun. Even on Christmas, even when its cold. We get an average of 211 sunny days and an additional 85 that qualify as "partly sunny". Seriously thats a lot of sun! People flock to our great state for its Vitamin D and consistent rays. So I had mapped out in my head some great spots for Aaron and Savannah as we have to find shade so that our couples get beautiful photos-  but when the day came, we were given a glorious overcast sky! Glorious? What's so glorious about cloud cover?

It opens so many doors to really use any angle at any time of day as there is consistent light pretty much everywhere! There were some beautiful trees just beside the parking lot that I was dying to use for Savannah's getting ready, and because of the cover we were able to get some of my favorite (ever) getting ready shots! Thanks Savannah for hiking it outside for those! haha : ) The green and beautiful mountain backdrop was fair game throughout the day  especially during the ceremony when light would have usually been very harsh! It was a beautiful gorgeous day! And that's without saying anything about our awesome couple! 

You know as a photographer, I always feel like I get to know my couples best during the toasts. This is when their best friend, brother, sister, the person closest to them gets to really give us a behind the scenes view of the person. They are the ones that know the dirt and the glory of the person. They've been there as their history was being written and can attest to the true nature of the person.  

It was after the toasts by Aaron's brother and Savannah's best friend and new sister in law, and also Aaron's mom, which had me both laughing and crying. This when when I realized how great these two people are. They are truly kind souls with a love for each other that outweighed any other emotion in that room. They've been there for each other through thick and thin - and together have a beautiful history that will continue to only deepen and grow with time. It was beautiful to watch and made the entire wedding day even more special as these two amazing people became man and wife. 

Savannah and Aaron - it was truly an honor to watch you say your vows, dance your first dance, and laugh your way through the day. You guys really have a supportive group of people around you and I couldn't be happier for you as you begin your lives as Mr. and Mrs. Hugs and many blessings!
- Jenn Wagner and the Studio Girls! 

Such a great team of vendors came together to make this day such a beauty! Many thank to the following for your artistry and your vision! 
Grooms Outfitting: Mens' Warehouse
Video: Legacy
Shoes: Zac Posen
Paper Goods: Vista Prints
Photographers: Jenn Wagner Studio
I love how joyful Savannah was all day. Just stunning.
“The thing I loved most about my bride Savannah was that she had fun! I have heard of many stories of bridezilla and I could not imagine such a situation. Watching her smile, tear up, and even laugh during the many people teeing off behind us was the best sight of my night. Everything was perfect for me and I was so glad that everything was perfect for her as well!”- Aaron
"Blue has always been my favorite color and I've always wanted to have it incorporated in my wedding, which is how the blue came about (plus it was one of the only colors we could even agree on)! After more time passed the blue and gray that we chose just kind of fell together and we fell in love with the colors. We looked up multiple pictures online of the color schemes and it finally just stuck for us! I chose to go with pearls for myself and the girls because I felt like it gave a softer and simple look to the wedding, which is what I am all about. That's one thing that we never wanted, a crazy extravagant wedding."- Savannah
“The moment that stuck to me was how they played Savannah’s entrance song three times and she came out on the third; third time is the charm! It was also hilarious how our flower girl ran out on the third time and fled back into the reception area. It was as if she cracked under the heavy pressure of tossing those flowers! Along with the delayed entrance, listening to people play golf in the background was equally hilarious! The ceremony was so amazing and I loved everything about it!”- Aaron

“As I walked down the aisle all I could think about was seeing Aaron's face and what his reaction would be. I have always wondered if he'd cry, smile, cover his eyes or stare right into mine (the grooms reaction is always my favorite part of weddings)! And now, I got to see what my groom did, with a big heartfelt smile he looked me straight into my eyes as I walked down the isle (I get teary all over again just thinking about how special that moment was)! Right before the ceremony my lack of eating & nerves all kind of hit me as I was stuck in a small room while I waited and I started feeling really nauseous and as if I'd pass out (which I was terrified I'd do at the alter byway haha-reasoning for the orange juice behind our sand box). As soon as the doors opened for me to walk down, every single one of those feelings went away and a whole new emotion of feelings came about. I've never been so excited in my life, the happiest tears I've ever cried. I still can't believe it's all over because that day was the quickest day ever, but it's so much fun seeing pictures and videos to relive the day I've always dreamed of, especially since I've been dreaming this day with Aaron since I was 14 years old!”- Savannah
“It's funny because MVCC was the first place we looked at, and before even really seeing it I said it'd probably be a "no"; but little did I know apparently. We saw it, it all seemed accommodating of what Aaron & I had wanted for our wedding day and the scenery was beautiful! I always wanted something really green, & green is what we got! Plus the mountains in the back, added bonus for sure! After seeing other venues we kept comparing them to MVCC, by the end of the day we didn't even see the last venue we had booked & decided we were going to get married at the place we clearly couldn't get off our minds!”- Savannah
They had the cutest bridal party! They were so much fun all day!
“If I could relive one hour, it would be the pictures with Savannah that happened immediately after the ceremony. I loved these pictures because this was the first time I could reflect on my emotions that had built up to that point with Savannah. It was wonderful having the opportunity to finally be together and exchange many stories about our days.”- Aaron
Ignore my goofy face, but I LOVE being able to show my couples their photos as we go! It is one of my favorite parts as I preemptively see the vision for their day and this or that location - so to be able to share that vision in the moment with them and see their smiles is so priceless! 

“We just wanted an intimate day with the people we love most, to do what we have been dreaming, waiting and planning so long for--and that's exactly what it was! Flowers were something we didn't want to go crazy with, a simple baby's breath for the bridesmaids and a big, beautiful ivory bouquet for me. Our center pieces were one of my favorites, I felt as if they had a delicate touch to the wedding with the flower and candle combination, which I absolutely loved! Everything about our wedding was all I've dreamed of, so once I saw all of the details, flowers, colors & people together, it was complete!” - Savannah
Yes she is dancing to "I've Had the Time of My Life", and he hoisted her up at just the right moment. 
It was perfection!
We love you guys!