“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One of my greatest joys in life is to pull together a creative team and conceptualize fresh wedding inspiration. I love nature and I feel like when it’s a more natural wedding, the aesthetic flows much more freely and beautifully. When Montana photography duo, Jesse and Karen of Danford Photography approached me to style a shoot here in Arizona, I knew the quiet patience of nature needed to be conveyed. Megan and Zach our real engaged couple have are getting married this Fall, we are thrilled to be a part of their wedding day!

featured on wedding sparrow, photography: danford photography, gown: carol hannah bridal, hair and makeup: makeup by destiny, table rentals: fancyloudesigns, calligraphy:paper and posies, styling and floral: yours truly 

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“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

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Gretchen Wakeman Photography, Paradise Valley Wedding, Palm Lake Oasis Wedding, Scottsdale Wedding Photographer

Jaymee and Ben’s beautiful pastel wedding inspiration was perfect for an Arizona spring day! Following their traditional church ceremony, they partied the night away at the beautiful Palm Lake Oasis. The day was perfectly coordinated by Shine Events and captured by the super talented Gretchen Wakeman.

Venue: Palm Lake Oasis in Paradise Valley Wedding Coordinator: Jessica Gelder with Shine Events Florist: Sarah’s Garden
Rentals: Yknot and Prim Rentals Linens: La Tavola Hair: Jenny Strebe / Confessions of a Hairstylist Makeup: Jessica Fierro
Cake: Kick Ass Kakes Videographer: Simply Cinema Dress: Monique Lhullier from L’atelier Couture in Minneapolis

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“Come live in my heart, and pay no rent.”

Samuel Lover
pinkerton photography

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pinkerton photography

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Morning light and awakening to the day, to love’s possibilities was the inspiration for this shoot. Also, we had to shoot super early, at 6:00am to beat the Arizona heat. Boyce Thompson Arboretum provided lots of shade and gorgeous diffused light. Our sweet married models showed their palpable love for each other in this beautiful morning light. The styling was inspired by the beauty of the park and meant to blend and compliment with it.

photo: pinkerton photography, location: boyce thompson arboretum, gown: casablanca bridal via lillian lottie, hair & makeup: makeup by destiny, rentals: classic party rentals, linens: la tavola linen, calligraphy: wildfield paper co

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“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

– Anais Nin
Brushfire Photography

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When people have strong visions for something and then make it reality, it’s magic, it’s a dream. In prepping for this blog post I came to learn that Tlaquepaque in Sedona was created by a man’s vision to bring his love of Old Mexico to the bank of Oak Creek. The name Tlaquepaque derives from Nahuatl and means “place above clay land”. Which is also very appropriate for the red clay beauty that is Sedona. It was such an honor to be a part of Marissa and Chris’ dream wedding alongside the very talented Brushfire Photography that captured these gorgeous images for them. Enjoy!

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