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Well, if Erin’s comments about her Air Force husband and their love don’t make you tear up, we don’t know what will. The couple fell in love fast and hard and Jack’s waterfall proposal soon-after was totally romantic. The couple has endured many long-term separations, including Jack’s deployment to Afghanistan, yet they remain strong and in love. Erin and Jack enlisting the talents of  Elyse Alexandria Photography  to mark their one-year anniversary of marriage with a gorgeous desert engagement session and we’re totally smitten.

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From the Bride: My husband, Jack, is the most genuine, straightforward, and generous man I have ever met. When we first met, we immediately became exclusive and every hour we were not at our jobs, we were together. We both fell fast and hard—I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Almost 6 months to the day after we met, we were in his hometown in Northern California hiking to a waterfall. Jack asked a stranger to take a photo of us in front of the waterfall and after a few smiles, Jack turned to me. When he started telling me how much he loved me and cared for me I knew exactly what was going on. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes, of course! Not only did he propose with a beautiful ring, he had the ring custom made from a boutique jewelry shop in Washington. He even had our initials engraved on the ring. To this day, I still stare at it every day and smile.

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Twenty seven days after Jack proposed, he left for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. From that time until now, we have gone through many short-term physical separations because of the Air Force. Enduring those separations is not always easy, but through the hard times Jack has stayed the same man I fell in love with only a few months after meeting him. He encourages me, he pushes me, and he supports me.  He makes me feel beautiful and loved with not only his words, but his actions as well. He is my dessert recipe guinea pig, my handyman, and my gardener.

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The months and days leading up to our wedding and our wedding day went by so fast. Even though we’ve only been married for a year, we’ve already moved from Northern California to a home in Las Vegas. And now that it’s been one year since our wedding and we have finally settled into our married life, we wanted to celebrate our marriage and our new home.

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Photography: Elyse Alexandria Photography // Florals: Layers of Lovely // Stationery/Calligraphy: EG Letters // Makeup: Makeup by Cassidy // Dress: Rent the Runway // Film Scans: The FindLab // Location: Mt. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV

 

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Cory and James fell in love in the desert, so it was a natural choice for their engagement session. Michael Radford Photography captured the couple at Joshua Tree, capitalizing on the different textures in landscape and the magnetic colors in the sunset as our backdrop. We’re loving the simple styling of the couple and their easy smiles. Of course it all came naturally as Cory and James chose their “happy place” for their session. It serves as a great reminder to all the engaged couples out there—work with your photographer to pick a favorite place to capture your most authentic selves.

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Photography: Michael Radford Photography // Dress: Stone Cold Fox // Shoes: Sam Edelman // Suit: Custom // Makeup and Hair: Anna Irving // Jewelry: RoamRumah

 

We always love a twist on a wedding tradition and this one from Ooh Events is adorable. Bridal portraits are a longstanding Southern tradition and real bride Kate and her friends joined a team of fabulous professionals for “Brunch and Bridals.” Kate invited her wedding party out to Rockville Retreat to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits. Stylist Candice Lorraine created a fresh, breezy look highlighting an organic vibe with watercolor invitations by Olive Juice Press and a delicious spread from Harvest Catering and ABCD Cakes. We love the mood and how perfectly Marni Rothschild Pictures captures it all!

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from Ooh Events: Here in the South, bridal portraits are kind of a big thing. Rather than post an engagement photo of the bride and groom together in a newspaper announcement, a formal bridal portrait is typically published the day after the wedding to announce the news. Shooting formal bridal portraits beforehand also offers a great opportunity for the bride to get comfortable in front of the camera and do a trial run with her hair and makeup team.

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Real bride Kate Francis chose to do her portraits in Rockville, just outside of her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Rockville is a 45 minute drive from the city and is a charming, laid back, waterside village, boasting little more than a historic yacht club, grand live oaks and winding dirt roads.  Kate invited her wedding party out to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits.

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Anna at Olive Juice Press printed a stationery suite and escort cards using colors that reflect the calm nature of the surroundings. Harvest Catering prepared a sumptuous brunch with seasonal produce that included a spring asparagus tart and local crabs served benedict style and topped with a quail egg. After Kate’s portraits were complete, the group previewed a taste of the cake Kate chose to serve her wedding guests…a lavender almond cake with whipped wild berry filling and a blackberry compote drizzle from Charleston cake artist Ashley Brown at ABCD Cakes.

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Event Planning: Lisa Thomas, Ooh Events // Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures // Styling: Candice Lorraine // Paper Suite and Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press // Producer: Vail Duggan, Loulu Agency // Venue: Rockville Retreat // Rentals: Ooh Events // Hair: Michelle Atwood // Catering: Harvest Catering // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Cakes: ABCD Cakes // Engagement Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box // Looks: Out of Hand and BHLDN // Wedding Gown: BHLDN // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Lab: Indie Film Lab // Bar: Batch Bar Service

 

 

 

We’re loving this hauntingly beautiful boudoir shoot from Haley Nord Photography. The deep reds and burt oranges of the incredible bouquet by The Potted Pansy offer stunning seasonal inspiration and the breathtaking scenery is out-of-this-world. The intricate, vintage-inspired intimates from Siobhan Barrett shine against the backdrop of mountains and streams while the veils and hairpieces by Danani Handmade give the look an ethereal editorial appeal. Go ahead and get lost in these daydream inspiring images by the talented Haley Nord Photography.

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Photography: Haley Nord Photography // Florals: The Potted Pansy // Intimacies: Siobhan Barrett // Hair / Makeup / Nails: Salt Lake Hair Design // Veils & Hairpieces: Danani Handmade // Model: Amy Arburn, McCarty Talent Agency

 

YOU GUYS! This gorgeous photo session is the perfect seasonal inspiration for a sparkly and personalized engagement shoot. We love Veronica and Ryan’s fab style—a perfect blend of vintage-inpsired and timeless-chic. And, we’re completely mezmerized by the way photographer Sarah Libby navigates a beautiful visual tour of Oklahooma City featuring both the couple’s favorite hip, local haunts and their contagoius smiles and love for eachother. Make sure to read on for Sarah Libby Photography‘s words on what made this such a successful session and enjoy all the stunning images!

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from the photographer: Ryan and Veronica love a fancy night out! They love to dress up, dance around, have so much personality and know have a good time. They have serious style and wanted an engagement session that reflected their love for each other, their city, and their love for fashion. We had a perfect night running around downtown Oklahoma City, full of laughs and non-stop fun. We started at their favorite spot for coffee, hit up the farmer’s market, and ended on the cutest roof in Midtown. Ryan and Veronica love each other big and have huge hearts. They are the kind of people you feel like you have known forever after about five minutes with them. They never stop smiling and absolutely adore one another. They are a photographer’s dream.

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Photography: Sarah Libby Photography // Venue: Kitchen 324 // Venue: Midtown OKC // Hair: Blo // Makeup: Sam McCloud