Martha Stewart Weddings!

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So beyond thrilled to announce we made it into Martha Stewart weddings! This wedding was a dream to work on, and I’m so thrilled its been see all over! To see the feature in Martha click HERE. To see the whole wedding as published on Style Me Pretty last year click HERE. 

Thanks to the amazing vendors: The glamorous “goldie” dress from Sarah Seven, the gorgeous bouquets, tables and floral halos by Butterfly Petals and glam details planned and hand crafted by Hello Gem.  You ladies are amazing! 

 

Styled Barrio Viejo Shoot with Butterfly Petals!

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This was truly one of the most fun shoots to do, ever! The ever so talented Amanda from Butterfly petals, dreamed up this romantic little Barrio/ Mexican inspired shoot and brought me on board to photograph it. It was such a treat to get to photograph all her beautiful floral creations. From her saguaro skeleton ceremony pieces, to her beautiful bougainvillea head pieces, everything she does is unique and gorgeous. EMcDonnellPhotographyBarrio (1 of 1) copy copy

 

Once we got a plan together, I asked my ever to talented friend Jenny of  De Filippis Designs to create one of her amazing invitation suites to fit the style of the shoot. The colors were amazing!EMcDonnellPhotographyBarrio (1 of 1)-2 copy copy

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My second shooter, and fellow friend/photography Kelsey of Kelsey Shirley Photography came along too…and brought her ADORABLE kids for us to photograph. Love these two!

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The location for the shoot was in the old Barrio Viejo in downtown Tucson at El Tiradito Shrine. Click the name to read more about the history there…amazing!

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All the jewelry and vintage clothes were thanks to Alexis at Avenue Boutique how handmade most of the jewelry you see. Check out her gorgeous creations on her website!

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This cute face!

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The shoot was fun for obvious creative reasons, but it was also fun because everyone involved was so fun! We even had food, drinks and of course- a tequila shot!

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These tables were exquisite!

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Beautiful menus and table numbers by   De Filippis Designs!

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This is my favorite shot from the shoot!

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The earrings! Again,  Avenue Boutique.

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The amazing  Sugar Sweet Bakery even got involved, making some delicious cupcakes and cookie favors for the shoot. Their dessert is INSANE. The best cookies I have ever had in my life…and I am a cookie SNOB. Everything they do in that bakery is perfection, aestitically and taste-wise!

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Love these table favors- cookies in a jar with custom tags that say “Mr. & Mrs.” great idea!

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Bunny the donkey shoed up to make an appearance at the end of the shoot too! He is the sweetest donkey, and was so easy to work with.

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Of douse ever model, needs to take a snack break…

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A very special thank you to our amazing models! You both are such awesome and gorgeous peep and friends!

Vendor Credits

Flowers/ Design/ Styling: Butterfly Petals

Cupcakes/ Cookies/ desserts: Sugar Sweet Bakery

Vintage Clothing & Jewelry/ Styling: Avenue Boutique

Invitations/ Placards/ Menus:  De Filippis Designs

Photography assistant: Kelsey Shirley Photography

Location: El Tiradito Shrine 

A special thank you to-Bunny the Donkey as well how made a last minuet visit on short notice and even had a bath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica & Brett: Barrio & Desert Engagement

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I have to say this is one of the funnest shoots I’ve done. These two were full of ideas, laughs and stories. I felt like I was just amongst friends the whole time. Relaxed, sweet and  charismatic describe these two best. This shoot started off in the old Barrio, and then moves into the desert for our final hour of shooting.

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The great things about the barrio is that there is so much beautiful landscaping and color. Love this next one…Erica & Brett- Engagement 2014 (39 of 568) copy

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Is she the cutest or what?
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Brett, or Brad as I accidentally called him the whole time- had all of us craving up. Erica & Brett- Engagement 2014 (327 of 568) copy

 

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Erica is the cutest….I got so many cute shots of her I had to make a composite.

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The couple got this amazing bag while traveling in Spain…had to incorporate.

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Erica & Brett- Engagement 2014 (565 of 174)Congrats you two! Thank you so much for sharing your evening with me! XO

 

Fallon & Richie: Engagement Session

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These two are the quinessential classic couple. Elegant, polite and ever so beautiful. It was so fun getting to photograph them for their engagement shoot, along with their pup! For this shoot, we meet in downtown Tucson- and then wandered into the desert near the Tucson mountains for some more casual shots.

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The Palo Verdes were STUNNING this year…so many yellow blooms. Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 5.11.31 PM

Love this green, yellow and navy look we were able to capture.

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This little guy was so well behaved! And adorable to boot!

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My favorite shot of the shoot…

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Love this one- these two are so loving…

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Karina & Stephen: Stillwell House Wedding, Tucson, AZ

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When I first met these two I could immediately see how easy going and sweet they were. Karina, the bride had every detail of this wedding planned down to the napkins. Being a huge DIY kind of gal, she made almost everything for the wedding. Her classic, but whimsical style really showed up in every element….Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 2.48.42 PM

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This dress! It fit her like a glove.

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Karina, you are just stunning!

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This bridal party was so fun!

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One of my favorite shots from the wedding…

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After family and bridal party photos, we headed downtown for our bride and groom shoot…

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Love this little candid below.

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This bride is just stunning- photographs so well too!

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Love this sign….

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My favorite doors in all of Tucson!

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Kelly and Danny: Engaged

This was one of my favorite shoots of all time.  This couple is gorgeous  the setting was incredible, but most of all the couple was truly fantastic. Danny, if probally on of my favorite people to photograph. He is the most easy going guy I have ever photographed. He will do anything we ask! And his gorgeous bride to be? Don’t get me started.

Kelly and Danny are getting married this fall at a gorgeous vineyard in Northern California (jealous!!) and I can not wait for the big day.  For their engagement shoot, we first took some shots in the morning in downtown Tucson. We even made a quick pit stop at the train station and got some great and romantic shots. Later that afternoon, we took a drive south of Tucson, to Patagonia and Sonoita to get some incredibly romantic, fall inspired shots.


These doors at the train station are so beautiful.

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This was a sweet moment. I love the embrace.

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I really like this shot of Danny. He is so sweet.

After walking around downtown Tucson, we headed over to the Train Station by Maynards Market. If features a vintage train that is absolutely beautiful.

 

This couple truly has an old world charm. You could swear that they were out of a movie in 1920…classic.

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I love how this groom to be poped up out of his seat to kiss his girl…

After this morning shoot, we went home for naps (let’s face it, I was pregnant at the time, so I needed one!) and then met later to travel down to Patagonia and Sonoita (about an hour drive south of Tucson).

We Stopped first for a casual rustic shoot, then went to Sonoita for a romantic sunset, formal shoot. This setting was special to Danny because if reminded him of where he grew up.

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This setting was a dream!

And now for the formals!

Obsessed with these next few!


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Finally we popped a little champagne to get the celebration started!

 

This makes me so happy!

Ohhh the colors!!!

How adorable are these two!

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Thank you Kelly and Danny for such an amazing shoot! I can not WAIT for your wedding! EAK!