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“We are all just visitors to this time, this place, we are all just passing through. Our purpose is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home”.

-Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 Reflecting today on when you have the most amazing time or moment and you wish it would just last a little longer or never end. Like a dream adventure, like a wedding day… It’s the images that are captured by the magic of photography that allow us to return to these moments again and again. Learning and teaching at the Weddings Defined Styling Intensive in December 2014 was a time that I hope will not become a faded memory. Being in the middle of this gorgeous place, surrounded by like minded creatives was the type of experience that feeds the soul and mind. It was truly an honor to meet and spend time with our amazing attendees, I am so grateful to have to opportunity to have met them all.

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The Weddings Defined Styling Intensive was such a meaningful and unique experience. Getting an amazing group of creatives together to share inspiration and knowledge was one of our highlights from 2014. The bridal styling inspiration was drawn directly from this amazing eucalyptus forest at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. The Weddings Defined team worked together to create cohesive and innovative images for the attendees. Jacki from Foil and Ink created the stunning invitation suite and body paint design including the eucalyptus motif and the amazing stippling art by the Australian Aborigines.

photo credit: brushfire photography  styling and floral sarah’s garden coordination kdpevents invitation suite foil and ink model samantha white from theagencyaz gown paolo sebastian via nearly newlywed hair and makeup jessica fierro

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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!

photos by brushfire photography

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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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