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3
Feb
RISTYLE Down the Aisle: When a Stylist Gets Engaged
categories: Engagement, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a person who works in the wedding industry to plan their own wedding? Well, our special series, “RISTYLE Down the Aisle” is your chance to find out! Join us for a very special peek into how newly engaged stylist, Risa Kostis of RISTYLE Consulting, approaches her wedding planning. You’ll find her to be stylish (of course), insightful and completely endearing. We begin the series with When a Stylist Gets Engaged…enjoy!

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

It’s surreal to imagine myself FINALLY in a white dress tearfully saying I do. For years I’ve had the pleasure of doing for others on their wedding days and I certainly never dreamed my passion for all things bridal would bring me to where I am today…nor did I think an editorial campaign I was hired to work on would play such a huge role in my long-awaited engagement story.

My fiancé Jason and I couldn’t be more opposite. He prefers Patagonia and saves his Seven jeans strictly for ‘fancy’ nights out with me, so when I come home from styling on set to show him my behind the scenes images, it’s very rare to capture his attention for longer than a quick minute. This wasn’t the case after a perfect day of shooting the cover and fashion pages for the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride and Groom last September. It was one of the most important shoots of my now 3-year career as it was my first bridal cover and a chance for full creative control from top to bottom. Knowing that, he patiently sat through my photos and stopped me abruptly when I got to one in particular. The ring.

Here’s the ring front and center from our cover shoot- it’s pretty gorgeous!

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(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

When I described how much I fell in love with this ring from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company, and how I’d seen it before for another project I worked on, he had to see it. It wasn’t at all what I ever thought I wanted in an engagement ring, but there was something so unique about it. When I showed it to him he gave me a look that told me it was probably never going to happen.

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

As we talked more about our future and getting engaged, twice over the next couple of months I visited the jewelry store to chat with the owner and see ‘the ring’. The second time I went in…it was gone. I called Jason to tell him the devastating news and he told me, ever-so-politely, to let it go.

Shortly after the release of the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, I was thrilled to see that special piece of jewelry made it onto the cover! But it was bittersweet…that ring still held a special place in my heart.

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(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

With our winter getaway to Mexico coming up, Jason broached the subject of engagement rings. He said,“I’m confused about what kind of ring to get you. Can you introduce me to your friend the jeweler?” And he’s right…I’m impossible to shop for, but I was so confused…hadn’t he already been thinking about this? I made the introduction to the jeweler via text and felt immediate relief.

In Mexico, we settled into Estrella Del Mar overlooking miles of private beach and the most perfect view in the world. During a walk on the beach, we talked about our goals for the year and walked hand in hand. The next thing I knew, he was telling me how much he loved me, and with barely any time to respond, he was down on one knee. It was all a blur until he asked me, “Are you going to say yes?” Of course I blurted out a teary, “YES!”

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Then he told me to look down at my finger. I looked down to find THE ring on my hand. Apparently he and Jill from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company were in cahoots ever since my magazine shoot. The alleged text introduction, the fake sale of the ring to some other lucky woman…it was all part of his secret plan to give me the ring of my dreams and give me one more reason to cherish the memory of working with the team at Phoenix Bride and Groom.

 

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Congratulations Risa and Jason- we are so happy for you and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding planning!
Photography: Round Lens Photography 
*Follow Risa’s journey right here and on Instagram and Facebook (or search using: #weddingplanningwithPBG & #RISTYLEdowntheaisle) as this lovely gal plans her wedding
*See our Behind the Scenes feature of our Winter Spring cover shoot that Risa styled on our website!
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2
Dec
Katie & Marc’s Outdoor Engagement Session in Arizona
categories: Engagement

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Sometimes you hear a couple’s story and you just know they’re extra special. Katie and Marc’s story is one of those stories. Fully Alive Photography, an Elite Circle photographer who seems to have a knack for bringing out the most natural and pure beauty in people, photographed the couple for their outdoor engagement session in Arizona and we love it!

For today’s post, we’re mostly going to let the couple tell their story because we wouldn’t do it justice.

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How did you meet? We met working at Starbucks at Rural and Baseline in Tempe in 2002…there weren’t any sparks at that point. I wasn’t interested in a relationship (much less Marc) because I had my heart set on going overseas to serve people living in poverty and do humanitarian work. As for Marc, he was really content as a single. And while he may have had some interest in me, he knew I wanted to go overseas and he certainly didn’t want to get in the way of that. Before I left the US, Marc gave me his email address so I could send him my newsletters. So for years, our only communication was me sending out mass email newsletters from the Middle East and West Africa. 

I returned to the US in 2013. I knew it would be a difficult transition coming back to the US, but I thought I’d be fine. I had already spent years traveling the world and living in other countries as a single woman. How hard would America be? But I had no idea what I was in for. Marc, on the other hand, knew. He had seen how other people struggled when they came back from serving overseas. So he committed to pray for me—even though we hadn’t seen each other in nearly a decade.

So as I navigated the traumatic terrain of reverse culture shock, heartbreak, and loss over the next year, Marc faithfully prayed for me and emailed me encouragement in the form of written prayers, stories from his life, Bible verses, and links to songs. I can’t tell you how many times I would read one of Marc‘s emails in which he shared just the thing I needed to hear or confirmed just what I was sensing from God. I could tell Marc was special, and that he had a really close relationship with God. And that was attractive. I eventually got up the nerve to email and tell him I was interested in him—romantically—and that if it was mutually, he should do something about it!

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What is your favorite thing about each other? Katie: For me, it’s what I first found attractive in him: his obedience and faithfulness to God. Marc: I most like her capacity to feel deeply.

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Katie and Marc’s Outdoor Engagement Session in Arizona took place at Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake- the couple says the locations represent many things about us: our love for Tempe, music, and modern architecture.

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The Proposal: The couple went out for a fancy meal to celebrate their 2 year anniversary but ended up being stuck for hours on the freeway due to an accident and eating at Chipotle instead (they are having Chipotle cater their wedding as a nod to this special anniversary!) . So, the next day, we met up to walk through a large city park. Marc was determined to find the perfect spot. So for the next two hours, we wandered the park as he insisted we needed to find the right spot to sit down so he could stretch. It was a legitimate excuse. He was recovering from a mild running injury, and I knew he’d been instructed to stretch multiple times a day.

Did I know that a proposal was coming? Well, I did think, Maybe he’ll propose. I knew it was bound to come at some point over the next few months. But honestly, I didn’t think this was the day. So I took his insistence on finding THE right spot as a challenge. After all, my guy is really particular when he knows what he’s looking for. We would most certainly find it. And we did find it. Well, nearly. We sat down in front of a parking lot underneath a dying arbor and he started telling me how thankful he is for me and about how much we had grown over the past two years, and I thought, “Oh, he’s being so sweet for our 2 year anniversary!”

Then, after a pause, he said, “Nope, this isn’t the right spot.” It was true. I was kind of afraid that spiders might start falling from the dead vine above us. So we backtracked about 50 yards to a nearby fountain in the sunshine and THAT was the perfect spot where he simply said, “You want to marry me, right?” “Are you asking me to marry you?” I asked. And he had the biggest smile on his face as he said, “Yes!” and got down on one kneed and formally asked.

Later, he said, “It may not have been very romantic, but I hope it was memorable.” Memorable, yes. And it WAS romantic!

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How did you choose Fully Alive Photography for your outdoor engagement session in Arizona? Choosing Fully Alive Photography was one of our very first decisions in the whole wedding planning process (technically, our first decision was cupcakes; second was deciding on Fully Alive Photography). We had seen a lot of Tracy’s work and we loved her style and artistry. As we’ve gotten to know her, we’ve also seen how naturally she creates beauty and fun all around her. We knew we were hiring the best photographer who would help us relax and have fun during our photo sessions, as well as really capture our personalities as individuals and as a couple.

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Ideal Date Night: Sunset on the patio of Postino’s Annex—me drinking a white wine and Marc eating a bowl of fresh potato chips while listening to a retro playlist.

We love the quiet strength Katie and Marc exude. There’s no frills, no fuss. Just a closeness and love that is sort of…ethereal (the gorgeous glowing sun that Tracy expertly captured doesn’t hurt either!).

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Katie and Marc, our hearts are full- we thank you for sharing your story and photos with us and we wish you much love and happiness on your wedding day (and every day thereafter)!

Outdoor engagement session in Arizona photos taken by: Fully Alive Photography

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28
Oct
Outdoor Engagement Session in Arizona | Phoenix
categories: Engagement, photography

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OK Natasha and Crosby, we see you. We adore you. We need to redo our own engagement photos… ha ha!

When Elite Circle photographer Tracy Battaglia from Fully Alive Photography sent us this gorgeous outdoor engagement session in Arizona- at Desert Botanical Garden and Papago Park to be exact- we had some serious engagement session envy. These two have it all- a fun demeanor, a good dose of sexiness, the most perfect desert backdrop with pops of color and a very cool sense of style. Enjoy every juicy minute of this one readers!

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The couple met through a dating app, chatted online and eventually met in person. It’s been 2 years since that fateful meeting and here they are, engaged and getting married in December!

Desert Botanical Garden is such a lovely setting for an outdoor engagement session in Arizona because it has all kinds of winding paths, desert flowers and cacti and interesting architecture as well.

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Favorite Things: 

Crosby: How she can make me smile every single waking second. We have such a similar taste of culture and lust for adventure, and she’s really opened my eyes to a lot of awesome stuff that I don’t think I would have experienced so fully. 

Natasha: He is the best partner to journey through all the winding paths of life with; his passion for life is infectious. He helps me see the brighter side of the darkest of situations, and never fails to make me laugh.

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With the warm sunlight and cool shady spots, Fully Alive Photography took full advantage of the perfect weather for this outdoor engagement session in Arizona

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We’re a whole lot in love with the quiet tenderness captured in this photo

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Ideal Date Night: Good food followed by live music at a dive bar, maybe skee-ball.

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The Proposal: Crosby proposed to me on 12/26/15, which also happens to be my birthday. He, along with my closest friends, arranged a circus themed birthday party for me at their house, but kept the surprise of the proposal. Crosby even had my best friend from California come down to be a part of the event. I was dressed as the ringmaster, and he in full vintage clown makeup. He filled the room with so many of my dearest friends and actually dropped to both knees while proposing. Needless to say, I said yes immediately! I was totally surprised and spent much of the night in awe of how much love filled that entire home.

How did you choose Fully Alive Photography? When I was first planning my wedding, one of my closest friends and I went to a bridal expo in downtown Phoenix. I was immediately struck by how gorgeous Tracy’s photos were; so many beautiful compositions and colors. After I had the opportunity to experience her warm and genuine demeanor in person, I was sold. 

Congratulations Natasha and Crosby and thank you for letting us feature your engagement session- we can’t wait to hear about the wedding!

Photos: Fully Alive Photography

Location: Desert Botanical Garden & Papago Park

Hair and Makeup: Primp & Blow (Arcadia)

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18
Oct
Engagement Photo Session in Tempe, Arizona
categories: Engagement, photography

Angel and Imelda’s love story starts in the cutest way- they were enrolled in a high school French class and Imelda, who had recently moved to the States and hadn’t refined her English skills yet, knew she needed a partner who would be willing to help with both her English and French. She spotted Angel, who seemed very nice and sweet, and they hit it off! Today we’re sharing their engagement photo session in Tempe and you’ll love this couple’s sweetness and adoration for each other.

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What is your favorite thing about each other?

Imelda: He makes me feel extremely comfortable with myself. Even from our first date I felt like I could be the best version of myself without even trying.

Angel: I love how creative and kind she is. She’s always working on something. And she’s outgoing and she takes so much initiative. For example, the house. She goes over every detail; inside to out.

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Ideal date night: Going out to a new restaurant with food from a different culture with a group of our best friends. Definitely trying new food and trying something new.

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The Proposal: After many years of dating, we decided to start attending a church together and eventually a Friday night Bible study with friends. Valentine’s Day was coming up and Imelda wanted to know if we had plans. I had something up my sleeve but didn’t let Imelda know; we were just going to bible study that Friday evening, nothing else. During the prayer exchange, everyone wrote notes and threw them into a fish bowl to read aloud. When it came time for Imelda to read hers, she started reading and realized it was the first half of First Corinthians 13:4. As the words ended, I finished the rest of the Bible verse and got down on one knee to propose to her. She was surrounded by her closest group of friends and family and it could not have been more perfect.

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The couple’s engagement photo session was in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue- the street has so much energy so it’s definitely a fun location!

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How did you choose Something New Media for your engagement photo session? We had seen their work through social media and from the moment we saw it, we knew they were right choice. In talking about our wedding with friends and family, we knew exactly what we wanted and Something New Media was it. 

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What are you most excited about regarding your wedding? We are most excited to have everyone enjoy the wedding with us…after the ceremony, we envision people just surrounding us. It’s only really one day ever that you get everyone you love and enjoy surrounding you. It’s just amazing to have that captured.

Angel and Imelda, thank you for sharing your engagement photo session with us and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Photos: Something New Media Weddings | Email: booking@somethingnewmedia.com | Call: 602-730-0478

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5
Aug
Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer
categories: Engagement, photography, Tips and Advice

Just like parents on their child’s wedding day, we’re pretty darn proud of our Elite Circle wedding vendors. The Elite Circle is a group of wedding vendors in the Phoenix, Arizona area that surpass the ordinary with their talents, level of expertise and customer service. Whenever you see a styled shoot, wedding, or engagement session online that you absolutely adore, chances are at least a few Elite Circle vendors are involved so when we saw an article with engagement session tips from a photographer, we knew the advice was sound.

Eyes 2 See Photography writes about why you should have an engagement session and we pulled a few tips for you and some of our favorite engagement photos taken by Eyes 2 See. Embrace the love!

Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer: Connections matter! Engagement sessions help you and your photographer get to know each other. As a photographer, it is important for us to get to know how to best photograph you. We want to see how creative you are and teach you how to look great in front of the camera. As a couple, take time for an engagement session to help you practice for the wedding day. We promise it will help you open up, look great and feel comfortable with your photographer.

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Engagement Session Tips from a Photographer: Decompress, go on a special date. Wedding planning can be stressful. Engagement pictures are your chance to do something fun with your partner. Make it a date! We suggest you take a few minutes to plan a perfect day together and have your photographer document the adventure. These candid moments of you making a meal together, skiing, or exploring the city will be more memorable than just a headshot. Your options are only limited by your imagination. Our photographers and videographers love to get creative with ideas. Let us know if you need help brainstorming your engagement session/date.

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To read the complete article from Eyes 2 See about why you should do an engagement session, click here!

Read some of our own tips for engagement sessions including how to choose a location, timing and how to work best with your photographer

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22
Jan
Sara and Eric’s Modern Classic Arizona Engagement Photos
categories: Engagement, photography

“Engagement season” just wrapped up and since we’re headed towards Valentine’s Day, which can also be a big day for marriage proposals, we think Sara and Eric’s Arizona engagement photos are perfectly timed. What do we especially love about this session from Elite Circle photographer Eyes 2 See Photography? Besides the gorgeous pictures themselves, we really like the couple’s modern classic style and the 2 distinct locations for the engagement photos- Sara and Eric live in New York but returned to the desert for their engagement photos because Sara grew up in Arizona and has an appreciation for the desert scenery.

The couple began their session at the Arizona Science Center where the architectural angles and textures of the buildings create a cool urban vibe

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The proposal: We had a trip planned to Jamaica and Eric wanted to propose ahead of time, using the trip as an engagement celebration. He planned an elaborate night out in NYC and wanted to propose in front of an iconic NYC landmark. I broke my ring finger the day of the planned proposal and Eric had to improvise. He brought the ring with him to Jamaica a few days later and proposed under a beautiful gazebo on the water on our first night in Jamaica. Needless to say, we still got to celebrate on the trip.

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Eyes 2 See Photography also captured some of that golden Arizona sunlight- now were feeling all cozy!

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Ideal date night: We love going for dinner and drinks at a restaurant we’ve never tried before.

Favorite things: We love that we make each other laugh. Sara loves Eric’s kindness and sincerity and Eric loves Sara’s tenacity and warmth.

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The location for Sara and Eric’s engagement photos then took a turn to South Mountain- the largest municipal park in the United States and one of the largest urban parks in North America.

Engaged couples love this location for their engagement photos because the desert landscape is unique (sometimes you’ll cross paths with a rattlesnake or gila monster!), the views are breathtaking, and there are quite a few unique buildings to explore. The rustic slab stone buildings provide an excellent juxtaposition for engagement photos (the structures are the result of the government’s efforts to put Americans back to work during the Depression).

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Things got dark a took a sexy little turn…

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What are you looking forward to most at your wedding? That moment when we first see each other. We plan on doing a first look, so we are excited that we will have some time alone to cherish that special moment together and then join our friends and family for the ceremony.

Why Eyes 2 See Photography for your engagement photos? They are so talented! Their work is the perfect mix of traditional and artsy, as evidenced by our amazing engagement pictures. And Nicole is so friendly it’s hard not to like her!

All photos: Eyes 2 See Photography

Sara and Eric, thank you for sharing your engagement photos & story with us. Congratulations!!!

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