February 15, 2013
January 8, 2013
They were young. She was his best friend’s little sister. In reality, he was basically part of the family. When it was time for college, Derek ventured from the warm Arizona sun to Columbia University in New York, taking with him memories of that beautiful girl he couldn’t release from his mind. Patiently waiting until Katie herself was in college, Derek knew he needed to share his feelings lest he, literally, explode. Katie was settling into new waters at George Washington University when Derek ’swung by’ for a casual visit. A few awkward exchanges, and the idea of being together just didn’t seem to fit – That is, until the idea of being apart was unimaginable. They were such close friends before any feelings grew, that as the relationship naturally unfolded, it felt so solid and genuine. And after a delightful picnic and stroll through MLK Memorial, Derek surprised Katie with the proposal she’d longed to hear.
Katie and Derek celebrate firsts and milestones, love coffee and travel, and could read until their eyes fell out. Their personalities are dynamic and intoxicating, as anyone who comes in contact with them will tell you. They laugh and cuddle, dream and uplift. Outwardly, inwardly… these two are amazing.
Katie + Derek :: Marcus and I were so blown away by you two and can’t thank God enough for bringing you into our lives!! It felt like we’d known you forever after meeting you for ten minutes. We can’t wait to walk with you through this journey and be part of a marriage so incredibly powerful and exciting. WE LOVE YOU!!!
We started our time at the fabulous Burton Barr Phoenix library.
Can you even handle Katie?! I know. Obsessed.
These two are self proclaimed nerds, but their drop-dead look and social awareness disqualify them from any such title. We’ll go with geniuses.
Our wonderful friends at Giant Coffee let us come by for caffeine.
When I heard sequins would be involved, my heart skipped a beat.
Moments like this, where you can feel love by looking at it, give me goosebumps.
Derek’s parents have a gorgeous home near Camelback with sprawling views! TOO beautiful!
Sir! You make your grandfather’s vest look GOOOOD!
Just some rocks in the backyard. No big deal.
How are they so gorgeous?!
THANK YOU to the incredible talent who helped make this session so pretty and fun!!
November 30, 2012
She just wanted to see him. Not a curl was out of place and her crisply pressed gown hung waiting to be worn. Christine flipped through the beautifully bound book of letters her sister surprised her with, and with a gaping smile, peeked her watering eyes to the sky. The day couldn’t have been more ideal, with the clearest of clear skies and a morning breeze that made the girls’ dresses dance effortlessly. As her poise and calmness covered her being, she knew she was ready.
Across the greens in a villa bursting with cheers from a broadcasted football game, Kyle and his friends laughed and enjoyed one another. It became evident that Kyle was the glue holding these friends together. But even with all the excitement surrounding him, his mind and heart just wanted to be with Christine. Once they saw each other, Kyle was all about his bride. He made sure she knew she was the most beautiful girl in the world.
This story started on a neighborhood block, where two families who had become best of friends, watched their children do the same. For Kyle and Christine, their love story holds years of memories, riding bikes, and a particular baseball game that changed everything. Growing up together allowed them to grow in together, learning how to love and respect their best friend. To see so much love unfold on one single day is to be admired and cherished, and we could not have been more grateful to be part of it.
Christine + Kyle :: THANK YOU for trusting us to capture your new beginning! We love you both to pieces and are beyond excited for your new life as one in fabulous Chicago!! Paula + Jay :: We’re in your lives for the long-run, whether you like it or not! Thank YOU for being the warm, wonderful family you are and for taking such good care of us. We love you!!
You go, you gorgeous girl!
They are so darling together.
Christine has some of the most loving, encouraging girlfriends ever!! And how gorgeous do they look? Thank you to the fabulous team at Blow Dry Bar!
Christine and Dad practiced their walk down the aisle. Precious!!
Marcus, literally, drooled and drooled over their gorgeous 1930s Rolls-Royce. Impeccable.
The ceremony took place at Brophy’s beautiful Chapel.
Ok… so here’s the deal. Ashley Gain literally blew (Buh-LOO!) our minds with her unending enthusiasm and meticulous execution. We are SO incredibly blessed to work with such a genuine, talented, and unique planner. Just look at this!!
Classic Cakes and Confections, you never disappoint!!
The ease of the day couldn’t have been pulled off without these incredible wedding creatives involved::
Hair and Makeup:: Blow Dry Bar
Gown:: Watters from Mariee Gallery
Shoes:: Kate Spade