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Al & Donna

Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting Al and Donna's wedding at their private residence in Fountain Hills. I didn't get the chance to meet this couple until the day of their wedding because half of their year is spent living in Canada. But I already knew they would be amazing clients and have great taste because they hired one of my favorite wedding consultants--Emily Edwards with Your Heart's Desire--to coordinate the day.

Check out the amazing details and the gorgeous backdrop for their ceremony and reception:

I loved Donna's bouquet--done by Tyler's Custom Design--so unique!

Al and Donna's wedding took place in the backyard of their home with an intimate group of family and friends gathered informally around. Donna's two daughters walked her down the short isle:

Donna was radiant:

And I love this look on Al's face:

Pretty quickly it became apparent that Donna's daughters were struggling to hold it together. Donna turned around and everyone started laughing:

And crying some more:

It was such a touching moment.

There's something so serene in this photo of Donna:

Man & Wife!

After the ceremony family and friends gathered around the couple and mingled the night away.

Flamenco dancer Linda Machado was brought in for some surprise entertainment:

At one point one of the guests joined in:

A quick portrait of Donna, Al, Donna's girls and Al's boys. If they each had one more it would be the Brady Bunch! :)

What an amazing evening!

Thanks Al & Donna for allowing me to be a part of your day!

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92. Refine workflow to get album designs done 2 weeks after weddings

Woo-hoo! Another big one checked of the list. This year I've really been working on tightening up my workflow to get it fast and consistent. The biggest hang-up for me has been albums. They're a ton of work! But with the combination of trained assistants (who are amazing) and the Photojunction Templates I designed we are now getting album designs online within 2 weeks after weddings. Chris and Tiffany tied the knot last Saturday and we just posted their album design! I love it. You can view the entire design by clicking here. Keep in mind that the finished album is much larger -- 14x10 inches in size.

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sweet sis

Sorry I've been such a blog slacker this week! No excuses. But I do have a few things in the works that I'll be sharing soon.

Tonight my sweet family took me out for an early birthday dinner to Shabu Fondue--one of my favorite "special occasion" restaurants. It was SO yummy. My thoughtful sister came up with the perfect gift that really hits home with me. She made me some pumpkin bread and then gave me a gift certificate for one baked good per month for the next year! I feel so spoiled. This gift is definitely going to work against #6 on my 101 in 1001 list but I will most certainly enjoy it! Thanks so much Nat! Love you!!

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Tip O' the week on Pictage's Blog

I almost missed this but I was featured on Pictage's Blog yesterday giving their Tip of the Week. This time I talked about breaking the ice with clients in an initial consultation. Click here to check it out!

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Chris & Tiffany

Chris and Tiffany were married on Saturday at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.

But the day started out at Lifetime Fitness where Tiffany works. I was quite amazed with this:

The gorgeous bride putting on the finishing touches:

Chris gave her this necklace from Tiffany & Co. as a gift:

Chris and Tiffany chose to see each other before the wedding which made the day run so smoothly. Here's their first look:

Tiffany with her maid of honor Mindy:

Chris and the guys:

Tiffany was glowing as her dad walked her down the isle:

Tiffany's brother Greg (who is one of my former grooms) officiated:


If you'd like to see a slideshow with even more photos from the wedding day, click here!

Thanks Chris and Tiffany for allowing me to be a part of your day!

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