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Kevin + Emily

Water's Edge Country Club Wedding

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Emily and I texted a few days before the wedding when the forecast looked a little worrisome. She was praying for the storm to change course but it didn’t. In fact, it became increasingly more and more threatening as the day went on.

However, a storm can really only be threatening if we allow it to be on a wedding day. When I started with Emily and her bridesmaids at her parent’s house on the lake, she had already accepted that she was having a rainy wedding day. She was ready to celebrate and get married no matter what and let me tell you, that changed EVERYTHING. It changed everything for her friends, family and even her photographers! It’s so encouraging to have a bride not only trust me on a rainy day but also not be in tears. Her joy was contagious and her attitude was uplifting. She knew that this day, despite her love for photos, was really about starting a new life with Kevin. She even prayed that God would use this day in a powerful way and you want to know how that prayer was answered? …. Their ceremony was incredibly beautiful and their ceremony location SAVED their portraits. The most meaningful part of their day also provided the very thing she hoped for beyond a heartfelt ceremony…. beautiful pictures!!

When you scroll to see their portraits, you can see drops of rain and you can tell it was storming… but if you just look at Kevin and Emily, all of that melts away. It was truly such a joy to capture their day. Rain and all!!! I can’t wait for you to see it! Enjoy and please don’t miss three of my favorite things: 1. Her cat portraits… he’s her baby and these are just the sweetest portraits!  2. The pictures of her with her sweet grandma. Precious!!! and 3. Kevin’s parent’s reaction to the cutting board with their family sauce recipe engraved on it!

Ceremony + Reception | Water’s Edge Country Club

Dress Store | Schaffer’s Bridal in Scottsdale AZ 

Dress Designer | Maggie Sottero

Florist | Antonina’s Floral Design

Bridesmaids Florals | Ling’s Moments

Planner | Top Shelf Event Services

Hair | Eric & Company Salon Suites

Makeup | C Hope Makeup

DJ | Barry Tosh DJ Services

Sweet Treats | Homestead Creamery

Catering | Water’s Edge Country Club

Bridesmaids Dresses | JJ’s House

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Florals | Ling’s Moments

Rentals | Aztec Rentals

View their Engagement Session HERE!

Thanks for reading!

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