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21
Apr
Desert Botanical Garden Engagement Shoot | Sara & Bobby
categories: Engagement, photography, Wedding Inspiration

Did you know that one of our very favorite wedding venues, Desert Botanical Garden (DBG), is also one of our very favorite engagement session locations? See, we kind of adore our desert plants and terrain and DBG is THE place to get our cactus/mountain/flower fix. Apparently cutie pie couple Sara and Bobby like it too because they chose to have their engagement photos taken there! Explore this Desert Botanical Garden engagement shoot with us…

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So there’s a few reasons we were drawn to Sara and Bobby’s Desert Botanical Garden engagement shoot- of course the location is one reason- but do you SEE them? They are seriously the cutest, sweetest, gushiest couple! And then to top it off, their outfits are perfection! We love how the blues and reds pop against the neutral desert color palette. But we know there’s more to Sara and Bobby than their adorableness so we asked them a few questions:

How did you meet? We lived near each other and went to the same high school but never really knew each other. Back in February 2014 my friend Travis invited me, and his brother Geno invited Bobby, to go on a snowboarding trip in Telluride, CO and that’s where we got to know each other.

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How did Bobby propose? In December 2016 we went on another snowboarding trip in Telluride with Bobby’s family and on our way down a run Bobby pointed out a spot off in the distance and said that’s where we were going to meet up with our group. Being the slowest one on the mountain I was the last one to get there, everyone was sitting so I sat too to catch my breath. Bobby scooted over to me and said, “I got something for you”, pulled out the ring, and asked, “Will you marry me?” It took me a minute to say, “Yes!” because I instantly started crying (happy tears!). Everyone else took pictures of the whole thing and his youngest sister Bailey yelled, “Yay! I get another sister!” He kept the ring for the rest of the day so I wouldn’t lose it in the snow.

The photo of Bobby tucking Sara’s hair behind her ear is one of our very favorites by Elite Circle photographer Fully Alive Photography- it’s a caring and natural gesture that adds a touch of authenticity which we thoroughly enjoy in engagement sessions!

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Tell us about the wedding! Since we met in Telluride and got engaged there, we thought it would only make sense to have the wedding there too! Our date is September 21st, 2017 at San Sophia Overlook. We are most looking forward to spending such a special occasion of our lives with our closest friends and family with the incredible view and scenery that San Sophia has to offer.

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What’s your favorite thing about each other?

Sara: I love that I know he will always be there for me. I sometimes let stress and anxiety get the better of me and he knows exactly what to say to make me feel like everything is going to work out and be okay. I’m always learning from him and he makes me laugh every day. I know I can count on him no matter what.

Bobby: My favorite thing about Sara is that she understands me completely. She is always there to support me with anything that comes up in our lives. I know that no matter what she will always be there for me. I find myself excited every day when I think about how soon she will be my wife.

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How did you choose Tracy/Fully Alive Photography and DBG for your engagement photos? Bobby’s sister Lindsey found Fully Alive Photography at the Phoenix Bridal Expo. With work, school, MRI clinicals and planning the wedding I was feeling a little overwhelmed so for my birthday, Bobby offered to handle setting up engagement photos for me. Tracy teaches photography classes at the Botanical Gardens so she suggested doing our shoot there and that sounded like a perfect idea! The scenery was beautiful and the pictures turned out great. She was easy going and made us feel very comfortable during the whole thing too.

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We feel like Sara and Bobby just know exactly what to do in front of the camera so if you’re ever not sure how to act during your engagement session, feel free to consult these photos!

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What’s your ideal date night? Our ideal date night is just to spend time together. But our go-to date night is usually an Asian-fusion restaurant called Tottie’s. He took me there for our first date and we’ve spent a few Valentine’s day dinners there too. Plus he can get his sesame chicken and I can get my sushi fix!

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We enjoyed getting to know you, Sara and Bobby (and adore your e-session style). Thank you for sharing your Desert Botanical Garden engagement shoot with us and congratulations on your upcoming wedding in Colorado!

All photos taken by Elite Circle member Fully Alive Photography at Desert Botanical Garden.

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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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10
Nov
Engaged: Samantha and Austin’s Arizona State University Engagement Session
categories: Engagement, Wedding Inspiration

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: Samantha and Austin are CUTE. Soooo cute. Like, they have great style, their hair is perfect, & they can work the camera cute. The fact that they’re ASU alumni who chose to return to the place where they met for their engagement session makes us love them even more. Enjoy this sweet love story and tour of ASU’s campus!

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How they met: The couple met their Sophomore year at Arizona State University through a mutual friend. They all went out one night but Austin’s shyness ALMOST led Samantha to start dating his friend. What’s really sweet is that Austin thought he was flirting with Samantha that evening! Not too long after that first meeting though, Samantha and Austin’s stars aligned and they started dating.

Ideal date night: Our ideal date would obviously be a Sun Devil football game, followed by dinner at any place with great calamari or spinach and artichoke dip. 🙂

Austin and Samantha fit together perfectly and you can tell in their photos- they’re so easy going with each other and aren’t at all concerned about the camera.

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The Proposal: Samantha was going with Austin to what she thought was a surprise party for Austin’s aunt at a resort in Laguna Beach but it turned out to be their engagement party! She recalls: Austin and I showed up “early” and decided to walk around the resort. Austin had been to the resort before so he wanted to show me a beautiful area. When we sat down at a bench with an amazing ocean view at the end of the resort grounds, we chatted for a while about nothing in particular. Austin then told me that he loved me and that I was his best friend. It was sweet but not unusual so our conversation continued. After he said it TWO MORE TIMES, he finally stood up and got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I cried hysterically and said “what?!” over and over before finally saying yes. He surprised me again by revealing that both of our families and closest friends were there to celebrate with us. 

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Favorite things:

Samantha’s favorite thing about Austin is his sense of humor and laid back, positive attitude. He makes even the most menial tasks fun and exciting.

Austin’s favorite thing about Samantha is her sense of humor and how she can always make him laugh. She knows how to cheer him up no matter the situation.

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Not only did Austin and Samantha have some nicer outfits planned for their engagement photos, they also brought a Sun Devils pitchfork prop and ASU t-shirts to the shoot. School pride always makes for fun photos!

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Palm Walk is an iconic place on the ASU campus- it runs right through the center of everything and the towering palm trees make it a favorite spot for photos.

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Congratulations Austin and Samantha and thank you for sharing your engagement photos with us! Go Devils!

All photos courtesy of: April Maura Photography

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25
Sep
Engaged: Lacey and Jonathan’s Engagement Session In Sedona
categories: Engagement

Lacey and Jonathan couldn’t be more photogenic- even in their moments of laughter (which can be a photographic challenge for many couples) they look adorable – and their chosen location makes their Sedona engagement session even more perfect. Join this cute couple and Elite Circle photographers Holley Photography along West Fork Trail for a lovely little engagement session!

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How They Met: Even though their paths nearly crossed a few times prior, they eventually met through Facebook in 2011 due to their shared love of soccer and Jonathan’s “trolling” skills- ha ha! Good thing Jonathan invited Lacey to a pick-up game (and thank goodness she accepted).

Favorite Things: Our favorite thing about each other is our share of interests and values like soccer, family, and friendships, while still having completely different individual personalities. We balance each other out while doing the things that we love together.

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The Location: Sedona is our favorite place in AZ! We have gone there many times for day hiking trips and getaways. We even considered having our wedding there. We heard about West Fork Trail and went to scout the area a couple of weekends before our session with Holley Photography. We loved the many different scenes on the trail with the mountains, bridge, grassy field, old worn-out house, and the creek in the red rock. It is now a place we can revisit and hike down memory lane forever!

See their complete and utter cuteness, even when caught mid-laugh? Adorable.

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The Perfect Date Night: We are extremely busy people so our ideal date night is cooking and eating dinner together then curling up and watching movies with some dessert (normally ice cream).

Sedona provides some unbelievable scenery for photos- the greenery is so lush it makes for lots of “stolen moment” images!

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About Holley Photography: Lacey and Jonathan won an engagement session from Holley Photography while attending the Arizona Bridal Show. They quickly became fans during their session: We absolutely love the work that Holley Photography did! Working with Shayne and Des was so natural and they made us enjoy our day so much! We were an even happier couple after our experience with them.  

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Congratulations Lacey and Jonathan and thanks for sharing your engagement with us!

All images courtesy of Elite Circle Photographer Holley Photography (signs and props are from local artist Engrave My Memories via Etsy)

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