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Man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers
in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.

Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae,
older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath.

And when, throughout all the wild chaos of love
slowly a gem forms, in the ancient, once-more-molten rocks
of two human hearts, two ancient rocks,
a man’s heart and a woman’s,
that is the crystal of peace, the slow hard jewel of trust,
the sapphire of fidelity.

The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love.

Fidelity- D.H. Lawrence

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Working with Melissa Jill was such a joy and honor. When she proposed that we trek to Northern AZ and play in a field of wildflowers, I was all in! The way she captured the love of our real couple, Arielle & Matt, was truly breathtaking.

The styling inspiration came from the beautiful location in scenic Flagstaff, AZ. In an open field of wildflowers, the soul feels free, yet connected with the Earth and nature. One can breathe and clear the clutter from their head. Promising everlasting love with a clear mind and heart connected with nature is an ideal scenario.

Jenny Sanders hand wrote the D.H. Lawrence poem,“ Fidelity ” meaning to me, that when there is a true bond, it is solid, even though they go through many seasons and changes. True love is as strong and natural as an open field of wild flowers.

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photography-melissa jill photography, gown-rue de seine via the dress theory san diego, ribbon-frou frou chic,

hair and makeup- jessica fierro, calligraphy- grace line art

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“The more I’m with you, pretty baby
The more I feel my love increase
I’m building all my dreams around you
Our happiness will never cease
Cause nothing’s any good without you
Baby you’re my centerpiece”

-Joni Mitchell (Harry’s House/Centerpiece

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Centerpieces should be creative, unique, focal, full & fragrant. Gone are tightly designed, civilized balls of floral. The best centerpieces are a bit wild and unruly. Like flowers themselves. Trust your florist or stylist to consult you on a design that is unique to your day and that doesn’t look like someone else’s wedding floral. You’ll be happy you did!

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“When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart. “

-Dan May

No place on Earth is quite like Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. A forest of thousands of Saguaro cacti inhabit the base and as you climb, the foliage transitions into Manzanita as you reach sheer rock formations and cliffs, until you reach it’s Alpine summit. The rocks ravaged by wind and erosion stretch out in all directions creating a sensation that if one reached enough momentum, they could launch into flight. The ominous clouds of the seasonal monsoon filtered the sun to cast the most ethereal light, as they rumbled with thunder around the lookout point. As dusk settled, the luminaries created glowing towers to light the way.

We styled minimally and soft to juxtapose the hard rock and jutting edges. Her bouquet was soft, yet tough, much like the landscape. The colors were kept light to blend with the otherworldly landscape.The unique natural beauty was our inspiration for this elopement shoot.

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photo:brushfire photography, dress: jenny packham from the dress theory san diego, menswear: j crew, coordination: kdp events,  hair and makeup: jessica fierro, calligraphy: jenny sanders of grace line art, models: hannah & matt  featured on OnceWed

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“The desert, when the sun comes up…I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the Earth began.”

― Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

This wedding inspiration shoot was truly a fun and memorable experience. It’s always a joy to work on a shoot with Brushfire Photography and Kdp Events, but it was even more amazing because it took place in our backyard in the San Tan Mountains. Every day I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful and unique place. I look at these mountains daily and it was a treat to create there. Joe and Kathleen from JoPhoto joined us all the way from Tenessee. Our models Kelsey & Adam were also amazing to work with and they really kept the whole shoot relaxed and so enjoyable!

We really wanted to showcase unique Arizona desert landscape and citrus, which is grown allover this area in nearby orchards. The greenery of lemon leaf and eucalyptus in the florals are also trees that are widely planted in landscapes in this area.  The color palette inspiration was taken from the vibrant colors of all varieties of citrus. It was also poppy season, I always love to be able to use them in design. We all felt it would create a beautiful juxtaposition between with the pale, neutral colors of the desert. We also decided on dark, bare wood and the fruitwood chivari chairs provided by Classic Party Rentals added a touch of elegance. I really wanted to push the envelope with non traditional colors for the florals and the limited edition Frou Frou chic was a pretty compliment to them. The soft, backless lace gown by Allure Bridals provided by Wedding Belles boutique was so light and the delicate headband from Lacielle Roselle was the perfect finishing piece.

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photos by brushfire photography, gown by allure bridals from wedding belles bridal boutique, coordination kdp events, headpiece lacielle roselle, chairs and dining ware provided by classic party rentals, models kelsey groetken & adam wallis via the agency, bouquet ribbon froufrouchic, featured in issue 7 of magnolia rouge magazine

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