Brett & Stephanie’s Wedding Day was absolute Joy. From beautiful weather and clouds gracing our morning to everything just running smoothly and everyone enjoying a peaceful and fun joyous day! I also shot their rehearsal dinner the day before, and caitlin from Outstanding Ocassions knocked it out of the park with a Movie Night with Steph & Brett. Everyone who attended had so much fun! I must say I was so excited to see their Wedding Day finally arrive to see their vision come together for this special celebration with all their family and friends! I loved getting to hang with them and miss them already haha :). Their Wedding was in Spring and got featured on the amazing Style Me Pretty’s Front Page and amidst a very busy season I did not get to blog it until now.
Brett & Stephanie loved the Tuscan (Olive Tree) feel that this Venue had to offer so they asked me to accentuate those details while photographing their Wedding Day. They wanted their family and friends who traveled here to feel like they were in a little piece of Italy surrounded by the stone and beautiful trees.
Steph explained it perfectly so here is an excerpt from the feature:
From the Bride… Brett and I met online in 2012 when I moved to Boston after graduating from college. We talked online and texted for a month until he asked me on a date. We met for dinner in the city, got hot chocolate at a dessert place around the corner, and played 20 questions while walking around Newbury Street, my favorite place in Boston, in the freezing cold.
The date lasted 4 hours and we planned our next date before saying goodnight. We dated for over 5 years when Brett’s job moved us across country to North Carolina from our new home, Los Angeles. Brett asked me to pick one vacation spot in SoCal before we moved and I chose Laguna Beach. He planned an amazing weekend and proposed while we were having a picnic on the beach. He planned an amazing weekend and proposed while we were having a picnic on the beach.
Choosing a venue was the toughest part about wedding planning for us since Brett and I are from different states, lived in a place we had no connection to during the planning process, and were set on an all outdoor wedding. We went to Napa/Sonoma to look at venues and fell in love with the Tuscan charm of so many of them but the logistics of planning there overwhelmed us. We ended up choosing Arizona because Brett’s family has a home in Scottsdale and April guaranteed us (we hoped!) a rain-free, not too hot and not too cold wedding day.
Arizona was a destination for a majority of our guests. It was so fun to see many of them making a trip out of it and visiting Sedona and the Grand Canyon. While our venue had views of the mountains and cacti it also had the Tuscan feel we were looking for with olive trees, stone archways, and romantic lighting. Our vision was to have a smaller space to make it cozy and offer family-style dining to encourage conversation amongst our friends and family. Even though we had an incredible sunset at cocktail hour, the dinner was our favorite part. We sat at a long head table under the stars with our wedding party with the most romantic florals and table setting. The night turned out more beautiful than we could have ever imagined!
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