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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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11
Dec
Wedding Colors: Pink and Blue from our Summer Fall Cover Shoot
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Grooms, health and beauty, Meet Our Friends, photography, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Somehow, we always manage to be just one step ahead of the wedding trends- particularly when it comes to wedding colors – and while you may not have noticed it, our Summer Fall 2015 cover was way ahead of the trends (certainly you’re aware that the 2016 “Color(s) of the Year” have recently been declared as pink and blue, right?)!

We begin with the incomparable “Papillon” gown by Ian Stuart. The soft pink and blue petal decorations make it completely unique and the jacket and veil take it to a whole other level. You don’t have to choose blue and pink for your wedding colors to wear this gown from Mariee Bridal- it could be just enough all on it’s own!

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Speaking of wedding colors, how handsome is this guy in his blue Ted Baker suit and pink shirt?

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The soft and feminine bouquets were created by Brady’s Floral Gallery

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Tiffany & Co. jewelry is always a good choice

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This cover shoot was our 15th Anniversary issue so of course we had to get some champagne flowing!

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And here’s the cover! If you’re inspired to choose pink and blue as your wedding colors for your wedding in 2016, you’re welcome for the inspiration! It will be fun to see how what our magic crystal ball tells us for 2016’s wedding colors…

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Our Elite Circle cover shoot team:

Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers

Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Stylist: Jennifer O’Bannon, Fashion Stylist/Consultant

Photo Shoot Coordinator: J. Starr Stylized Weddings

Floral Design: Brady’s Floral Gallery

Hair Styling: Ruca Bowman, Hautie Rouge Salon

Makeup Artist: Linda Wagner Makeup & Style

Gowns: Mariee Bridal

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Models: Alex Zin, Max, Taylor and Kendall of The Agency Arizona

(Menswear: Ted Baker, Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Props: Petite Party Studio)

Explore our Summer Fall 2015 issue online

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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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10
Mar
Meet Hannah and Owen, Our Snuggle, Savor, and Sail Giveaway Winners!
categories: Engagement, fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends, Scottsdale Weddings

Little did engaged gal Hannah know that when she entered our Snuggle, Savor and Sail giveaway from Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch not only would she and fiance Owen be getting an AMAZING prize, they would also be doing a mini-photo shoot with us!

The couple gladly met up with Elite Circle photographers Ben and Kelly Photography for some quick photos on grounds of the beautiful Hyatt Scottsdale- the venue gave them some Blue Champagne to accompany them on their visit.

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How did you two meet? We met out freshman year at the University of Arizona because we were both working on a committee for the annual Spring Fling carnival. We had met a couple time previously, but one night at a small get together, we sat next to each other while playing Apples to Apples. We made a pact to pick each other’s card (well, basically cheat) every round to help the other person win the game. We basically spent the whole night talking and getting to know each other, and we really hit it off. Our first real date was not long after that!

What do you like most about Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine? The first thing that always makes me grab the magazine is the cover. You guys do such a nice job with the cover and the brides always look beyond perfect. That’s what initially gets my attention! We definitely looked at the magazine when it came to venues. Its really helpful to have pricing and info about venues all in one place, and the magazine does help with that. I also love looking at all the pictures of venues, brides, and everything else inside. It gets me really really excited for my own wedding! The real weddings are also really nice because it gives me good ideas for decor!

The Snuggle, Savor, and Sail giveaway includes one night in a Preferred View King guestroom, dinner at Alto ristorante e bar, and a romantic gondola ride (along with all taxes, the resort fees, and gratuity). You can imagine how excited Owen and Hannah are, right?!

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What are you most excited about regarding your wedding? I am very excited to wear my dress! I absolutely love it, and I can not wait to see Owen’s face when he sees me in it! I am also really excited to just celebrate our love with the people that mean the most to us and who have supported us the last five years. It going to be a big party!

What’s your ideal date night? Our ideal date night would include getting kind of fancy and going to a nice restaurant (one that probably has a good steak for Owen). We would take our time and eat many courses! Then we would go on a walk around a lake and just talk while our food starts to digest. The night could conclude by going to a movie. Seeing movies is something that we always do together. After that, we would just go home and hang out with our dog, Brandy, have glass of wine and probably watch another movie! That would be a perfect date.

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Congratulations Owen and Hannah and thank you for being fans of Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine!

Many thanks to Ben and Kelly Photography and Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa Gainey Ranch.

To enter our current issue giveaway, visit our giveaway page online

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