Independence Day

My most vivid memory of the 4th of July comes from when I was maybe six or seven years old.  Our family lived on the outskirts of our small town in New Mexico, and it was tradition to hold what – in my six year old eyes – was an epic fireworks display out in one of our pastures.  Our extended family would come over and set up lawn chairs, blankets, and any other form of seating to watch what seemed like an endless rotating door of every type of firework imaginable.  And this year had yet to disappoint.  My Dad being the emcee of the event, as always, announced that the grand finale was set to commence.  This grand finale included what can only be described as one massive circular firework that made my dad’s biceps bulge as he carried it to the perfect spot for lighting such a firework-beast.

It was essentially a huge cheese wheel of  a gun-powder-filled explosive device.  His plan was to detonate said device; sit back and revel in yet another year of firework mastery.  He sent us children away from the lighting area to our lawn chairs, lit his grandest of finales, and took a step back to marvel at his work.  But this time, it didn’t go as planned.  A roundhouse of bouncing roman-candle-like fireballs came shooting from the disc, Russian roulette-style, but without the Russian as every single caliber was loaded.  Screeching fireballs came shooting into the direction of our lawn chairs which sent the peanut gallery sprinting to safety.  For me, safety meant across the pasture, through the horse pen, out the gate, across the drive way, through the carport, and onto the back porch.  With the screen door acting as my shield.  It was downright awesome.  Exhilarating.  And death-defying at the same time.  And the only thought that I can remember going through my head is… “Whooooooooa…my dad is so bitchin’.”

Wishing everyone a happy, and fireball-free holiday weekend!!  xo.

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Las Vegas Engagement Photographer :: Paige & Colby

It’s easy to tell the story of love at first sight.  The story where all of the stars align the moment two sets of eyes meet, and then the yaddy yaddy yaddy’s until the happily ever after.   Yes, that story is easy to tell, but it is also very boring.

Paige and Colby’s stars didn’t align the first time that they met.  Were they instantly attracted to one another?  Yes.  Did they want to be together?  Yes.  But there was one thing that didn’t fall into place… the timing.  They met in New York City.  Paige lived there at the time, but Colby was just visiting while he was on the all-star break from professional baseball with the Phillies organization.  Paige knew one of Colby’s teammates, which is how they ended up meeting, but Colby knew that New York was just a fleeting moment for him.  Playing baseball meant that Colby would be traveling often, and he and Paige were both still so young, so he made the decision to not start anything serious.  But, they stayed in touch.  And as time went by, Paige never left Colby’s thoughts.

Finally, two years later, Paige went to visit Colby and it was then that they finally made their relationship exclusive, and official.

They are to be married early next year in Paige’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, and I am beyond ecstatic to head back to Charleston to photograph their wedding!!

We were able to roam around Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for their engagement photos, and everything about them and the location was just dreamy!!
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Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding :: Erica & Joseph

Of all of the things that I learned about Erica & Joseph; they are steadfast in their love, and they know exactly what is important to them.  They focused all of their wedding-planning-attention on making sure that their friends are family were happy during their wedding… and they splurged on items that were so personal and important to them.  This focus led to the entire wedding having the feeling of genuine happiness.  Which is exactly what Erica & Joseph share, genuine happiness.

We began our day at Flamingo Hotel & Casino to photograph the wedding party getting ready before we headed over to Springs Preserve.  Erica & Joseph had a small wedding party which really allowed for the day to flow smoothly and easily with an abundance of laughter shared between an intimate group of friends.  Both the bride and the groom beamed with excitement as they got ready for the day ahead.

One of the most adorable personal touches that this couple added to their day was their love for these lucky glass kittens.  Each of their guests received these lucky tokens as a way for the couple to thank them for sharing in their wedding day.  They added an adorable touch for what became one of my favorite images from this wedding!!

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Erica’s BHLDN gown was so so so stunning!  The petals that adorned the gown ombre’d into soft blush pink at the bottom!!Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0003 Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0004 Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0005

Erica and Joseph were really on the ball when they took their rings to Tiffany to have them cleaned before the ceremony, which made for a perfect detail photograph since everybody enjoys a little blue box in their life.  And then Erica requested the most amazing photograph of her engagement ring with her best friend’s engagement ring since they were both engaged at the same time!  I was incredibly happy to oblige!Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0006 Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0019Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0008

It is likely that I don’t even have to mention this, but Layers of Lovely killllllled it with the beautiful florals!!  The dark purple accent is simply perfection!!! Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0009Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0010Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0011Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0013Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0015Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0016Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0020Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0025Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0017Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0024Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0023

Erica always looks stunning, but she was really on point with her hair and makeup looking effortless and romantic… which was executed flawlessly by the team over at Amelia C. & Company.Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0018Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0022Las Vegas Springs Preserve Wedding _ Erica & Joseph_0021

Venue: Springs Preserve
Coordination: Scheme Events
Caterer: DiVine Events
Officiant:  Wedding Vows Las Vegas
Cake: Freed’s Bakery
Photography: J. Anne Photography
Entertainment: High Flyin’ Entertainment
Floral: Layers of Lovely
Hair and Makeup: Amelia C. & Company
Bridal Gown: BHLDN

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