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I had been wanting to shoot an engagement session at the San Xavier Mission in Tucson since before I moved to Arizona!  When Vanessa and Frant told me that they wanted to shoot part of their engagement session there, I was so excited!  The mission is such a stunning piece of architecture, I knew it would make a great backdrop for their photos.   I was equally excited about shooting at the place Frant proposed to Vanessa, since I am all about sentimental moments!

Vanessa shared their proposal story… “Frant proposed on February 2, 2019 at Gate’s Pass.  Frant had been in Phoenix all day where he was coaching a hockey game.  When he returned home, he asked me if I wanted to go watch the sunset.  I had been wanted to go so I said yes, even though I wasn’t feeling that well.  We went to Gate’s Pass, hiked up a little bit, and sat on a large rock to watch the sunset.  It wasn’t the best sunset, but as I jumped down off the rock to head back to the car, Frant stopped me and told me that he had something very important to ask me.  He got down on one knee, pulled the ring out of his pocket, and asked “Will you marry me?” I stood there in shock and couldn’t say anything because I was SO surprised!  Frant said it felt like five minutes that I was quiet.  I gave him a hug and kiss and Frant said “So…is that a yes?” and I said “YES!”

Vanessa and Frant will tie the knot in Sedona next May and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding!



Wedding Planner ~ Mandy Marie Creative 

Make up and Hair ~ Chanel Molleo Beauty 

Vanessa’s Dress ~ Lulu’s

When I first moved to Arizona, I didn’t really know anyone, let alone anyone in the wedding industry!  It was daunting knowing that I would have to start all over again, not only making new friends, but meeting fellow wedding vendors as well.  I was determined to make some connections as soon as possible, but wasn’t sure where and how to start.  I never expected that I would meet one of my favorite wedding “friendors” early on, and at a doctors office of all places!  Megan is talented make up artist and one of the sweetest people I know!

I was excited to partner with Megan, not only as the make-up artist, but also as my model for this gorgeous bridal portrait session at Andaz Scottsdale Resort.



Venue: Andaz Scottsdale
Photography:  Lesley Bodwell Photography 

Florist: The Wildflower AZ
HMUA: Make Up by Megan Marie
Dress: Luv Bridal


Every year, during my birthday month, which is April, I’m going to do a giveaway of some sort!  This year, I decided to do an Engagement Session Giveaway.  I was surprised by the large number of entries we had, but the winners, Alyssa & Patrick, we’re so deserving of this shoot!  They have been together for 8 years and are planning and October, 2020 wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I partnered with Reagan of Copper & Bloom Floral, and Megan of Make-up by Megan Marie.  Reagan created one of the most beautiful bouquets I’ve ever seen and Megan, as always, took Alyssa’s natural beauty to the next level!  In addition, we included a dress from Rent the Runway for Alyssa to wear.  She decided to add an additional dress for two looks which was such a great idea!