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Friday, March 03, 2017
By Carmichael Studios
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Heidi called us from Minnesota to arrange for her wedding photography.  They were to fly out and spend a week in the desert to get married on March 5th.  We loved the sound of this from the very beginning!  There is something about an elopement that we absolutely love to be a part of.  And when we heard that their ceremony was being held at Sunset Point at The Boulders, we were even more thrilled to be able to capture this elopement!  A desert elopement at sundown hillside?  Yes, please!



A little more about Heidi and Jim.  They met online and have been together 4 years.  He proposed on their 2 year anniversary by taking her out to the same restaurant and places they went on their first date. They drove up the north shore ( Lake Superior), where he made a fire on the beach, pulled out a bottle of champagne out and got down on his knee to ask her to be his forever.  They always had loved visiting Arizona, so they didn’t even consider getting married anywhere else.  With a little research they found the ideal spot to exchange vows.  Sunset Point at The Boulders was truly the perfect place for them to tie the knot.   After a fun hike through the hills they said “I do” at sunset and we were so happy to be a part of it.


So gorgeous, right?


 
Friday, March 03, 2017
By Carmichael Studios
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I’m so excited to be sharing our first wedding as a mother-daughter team! Marcella (my oldest daughter) was my assistant for Kenzie and Nick’s McCormick Ranch wedding in Scottsdale and we had so much fun!



Here is a little bit about Kenzie and Nick’s love story in Kenzie’s own words:

Nick and I met when we were in high school between mutual friends and soon became best friends. It wasn’t until three years later when Nick joined the military that we decided to start dating. Almost our entire relationship was long distance but having such a great foundation as friends helped us get through the tough times. Soon after Nick completed boot camp he was stationed in Sasebo Japan for three years where we only saw each other a few times a year. Our relationship became stronger because of it and we appreciated the little time we got together. Once those three years were over he finally got orders for San Diego! We were so excited to finally be living in the same country! We decided to celebrate with a trip to Belize. That is where Nick decided to propose. He had been planning the proposal for a month and did it all without me finding out. When we were in Belize Nick carried the ring around everywhere we went because he didn’t know exactly when he wanted to do it. We went on an adventure to the Mayan ruins where we climbed to the top of one of the ruins that looked over the entire jungle. Once we were up there he knew that was the perfect moment and he got down on one knee. I was crying and shaking and it was the perfect moment that neither of us will forget.
 
The wedding planning was very easy for us. I knew there were a few things that he really wanted and had an opinion on but other than that he let me make most of the decisions on my own but was always there to help me when I needed it. He was so supportive and caring and helped me get through the stresses of wedding planning. Our wedding went exactly how I had imagined it. We were so happy with all of the decisions we made. My favorite part was me walking down the isle and Nick’s eye’s tearing up as he watched my father walk me down.
 
Now we have been married a few months and couldn’t be happier. We live in San Diego and we got a new dog that we love. Life is better when we are together and we are liking the military life style of getting to live in new places and make new friends.
 
Friday, March 03, 2017
By Carmichael Studios
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Friday, March 03, 2017
By Carmichael Studios
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Tom and Erica met at John C. Lincoln North Mountain hospital on Erica’s first day of work as a nurse.  With both of them cracking jokes and sharing similar humor, they became friends quickly.  They were friends for about a year before they went on their first date.  After that, things continued to progress and improve and it wasn’t long before they became inseparable.  They got married on April 9, 2016, three years to the date of their first date as friends!



Being that Erica is from Wisconsin they went to visit for the Christmas holiday.  They went to a Green Bay Packers game (Erica is a HUGE Packer’s fan) and had tickets 7 rows from the field.  During half time, they went to the field to “take a picture” where Tom got down on one knee and asked Erica to marry him.  When she said yes, he pulled a sign out from under his jersey that said “She said yes!” and the entire crowd in their section cheered, hugged, and high 5’ed them!  It was surreal for Erica to get engaged not only in her home state, Wisconsin, but at a Packer’s game as well!



They got married with a lovely traditional Catholic ceremony held at Brophy Chapel.  Their reception was held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, complete with a fireworks show.  Congratulations Tom and Erica!




 
Friday, March 03, 2017
By Carmichael Studios
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I am always up for an adventure, and when we decided on a hike in Sedona for Sarah and David's engagement photos I was giddy.  I can do that all day, every day.  We started out at a scenic bridge on the outskirts of town, and then made our way to Devil's Bridge Trailhead.



At Devil's Bridge we took on a little more hike than we had planned for, making our day even more of an adventure.  The views, however were well worth the hike and we were glad it worked out the way it did!  Lucky for me, I get to return to these gorgeous red rocks next weekend for yet another engagement session.

 
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