Sean proposed to Tiffany by taking her back to where they first met.

Now, I know this in and of itself is not unheard of... however, there is just something about their story that makes the part of me that adores old, high-school romantic comedies so happy.

The place where Sean first met Tiffany? A middle school!
No. They did not meet IN middle school...
They met TEACHING middle school!

They were going back to see their "first class of students" graduate, and Sean suggested they take a quick detour over to the middle school building. You know, to see how it had changed in the 5 years since they had been there. They walked the halls lined with lockers to Tiffany's old classroom and then over to Sean's. Sean trailed behind her as they approached the door and when she turned around, Sean was down on one knee.

With the unique echo that only middle school hallways have, Sean told her that this was the very first place he ever saw her - and would she marry him.

Not even GLEE can write a scene that good!

Sean and Tiffany have moved on together and are currently teaching overseas in China at an International School -- she, 3rd grade, and he, elementary music. They are intelligent, goofy and fun -- everything you would want in a teacher. And I had SO MUCH FUN getting to know them and photographing their wedding day. They only had one week in the states for all of the festivities, and not wanting to be too jet-lagged, they decided to have their wedding in the middle of the week -- on a Wednesday. Only 50-some family and friends came, most from out of state, so it was an intimate affair.

The day started quietly with Tiffany getting ready in her hotel room with her mother:
I adored the flowers by Butterfly Petals, complete with succulents befitting their desert-themed wedding:
Tiffany made a gorgeous bride:
Sean couldn't stop kissing Tiffany when he saw her for their first look:
Sean and Tiffany made sure to let me know that they love the Chihuly Sculptures on display at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens right now, so I made sure to incorporate some of them into their portraits:
There was a looming gray cloud over us most of the day, but the sun would occasionally pop out to say hello. This was one of those divine moments:
I also love this angle that my 2nd shooter, Janelle got:
Moments later, the clouds spilled on us and thankfully Victoria Canada was ready with some umbrellas! It always seems a bit magical to me when it is sunny and raining simultaneously and I love this image we got. What a fun memory!
Sean wore cufflinks that were a fun nod to his beloved profession:
And I couldn't get enough of these cute flower girls!
To begin the ceremony, Sean walked his parents down the aisle then awaited his bride:
Thank goodness the rain stopped in time for the ceremony. We only had a bit of wind and cold to deal with, but no amount of weather could dampen this celebration.
Here's a bit of that fun I was talking about:
The guests dined under the open sky with a few heaters for warmth:
And the gorgeous flowers continued to pop up everywhere:
A mariachi band kept the guests company during cocktail hour:
And the celebration of the sweet newlyweds continued into the night:
What a fun wedding! Congratulations Sean & Tiffany! Thank you so much for allowing me the honor of photographing your wedding day!

Vendors who made this event amazing: Preparation Venue: Tempe Mission Palms // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens // Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings + Events // Florist: Butterfly Petals // Glass Artwork: Dale Chihuly // Officiant: Mike Hall // Ceremony Music: Mike Hall Quartet // DJ: James with Ray the DJ // Hair & Make Up: Dolce Salon // Dress: Essense of Australia from Uptown Bridal // Caterer: Atlasta Catering // Cupcakes: Kick Ass Kakes // Mariachi Band: Mariachi Corazon de Phoenix // Photobooth: Shutter Booth


Equipment used for this wedding: Canon 5D Mark III // Canon 50mm 1.2 lens // Canon 24mm 1.4 lens // Canon 70-200 2.8 lens // 2 Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites // Gary Fong Lightsphere // 2 Battery Packs // Light Stand with umbrella bracket and cold shoe
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