You guys, there is so much I could say about Rachelle and Steffen and their stunning wedding day, but the thing that I will always remember from spending time with them is the fact that these two are the real deal; totally and obviously head over heels in love with each other, and their joy in each other's presence is electric. I was so happy that Phil and I were able to capture some of that love on their wedding day. Saddle up, because this is a long one, but I just loved so many photos that I couldn't cull it down to any less!
And best last name award goes to Mr. and Mrs. Vroom. Hands down, no contest at all ;-).
Obviously it takes the ladies a bit longer than the gentlemen to dress on a wedding day, so I love to see what Phil comes back with when he spends the morning with the guys... For this wedding, Rachelle was having some fun with her niece/flower girl, and Steffen was...
I love when wedding couples know what is most important to them and stand by it. Steffen absolutely did not want to see Rachelle before the ceremony, but they did want to take a moment to pray together. Cue the beautiful sunscreen blocks designed by Ralph Haver that were saved from the original Mountain Shadows resort. It was the perfect corner to make sure that Steffen couldn't see his bride, but could feel the assurance of holding her hand. This moment was so special.
Then it was Ceremony Time, and what a stunning spot for a ceremony. That view of Camelback & the early evening sun (okay, that early evening sun is still Phoenix sun, and it was hot, but that didn't diminish how beautiful it was ;-). Rachelle's brothers walked her to the aisle and as the only sister of multiple brothers, I can tell you that it was such a special moment. It reminded me of when two of my brothers opened the doors to the church for me when I was a bride.... a memory that I will keep from my wedding for the rest of my life.
That look is everything, isn't it?
How stunning is this black tie wedding party? We had to get these formal shots in! Love them.
The sunset was crazy intense... very yellow, then very red. I loved that everyone was ready to move quickly so that we could get as many angles as possible before we lost the light completely. Taking a golf cart onto the course so that we could use the beautiful views of the mountain and trees was brilliant, and I think we made some magic out there. And Steffen did not tip us over in the golf cart, even though he was Vrooming pretty fast ;-).
After all of that, can you believe that we haven't even gotten to the reception yet?!? I will say, there are MANY photos of this group of people dancing and they are all amazing, so here is just a very small sample...
Have I mentioned that I LOVE the mother/son dance. Gets me every time.
These two... they even look perfect just hanging out on the dance floor together!!
Thank you so much for trusting us to capure your day, Rachelle and Steffen. Happy one week anniversary!! I hope you are on a great date night and that these memories bring a smile to your faces!!
Venue: Mountain Shadows | Wedding Planner: Wise Girl Weddings | Video: By the Hedges | Floral Design: Covet Florals | Cake: Lux on Central | DJ: Joe Martin | Bride's Hair: Harley Ann Artistry | Make-Up: Jamie Kouri | Rentals: Material Girls Weddings | Linens: Classic Event Rentals | Lighting: Encore | Groom's Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Dress: Grace, Style & Bridal