Hailey + Samuel Flagstaff Wedding | Arizona Film Wedding Photographer

Summer wedding love today! I love this small and quite unique venue in Flagstaff. It’s owned by the Flagstaff Museum and it is my 2nd time photographing a wedding there. It is the perfect location for a June or July wedding because the weather is beautiful up north and not hot at all. If I do photograph a wedding in the summer in Arizona, it is usually up north and I’m very happy about that! Hailey and Sam hired me last spring and it was perfect! They are both so gentle and kind people and I feel like these photographs show how amazing they are. Their wedding was so laid back and relaxing. Check out these two love birds and their gorgeous mountain wedding.

Venue: Museum of Northern Arizona | Photographer: Steph Wahlig |  DJ: Traviste  | Makeup & Hair: Make it Makeup| Bridal Dress: Bella Lily Bridal

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Grayhawk Golf Club Wedding | Alex + Kyle

I have been holding onto sharing this wedding since June. The colors and tones just scream fall to me and I really wanted to start off my fall season sharing the gorgeousness that was Kyle and Alex’s wedding. These two amazing people are some of the most low key couples I’ve had in a long time. They are incredibly kind and I just wanted to squeeze them all day. When Kyle saw Alex walking up to him during their first look, I just wanted to stop time. His eyes lit up and the tears streamed down his face, which then created happy laughter. I want all first looks to be this way for the rest of my career. I am getting chills just remembering it.

In addition to just loving them for being cool humans, they also brought their baby girl golden. I’m a sucker for golden retrievers. If you follow my instagram, you will know that I have a boy version. Our fur babies are almost a month apart. You have to see how cute these photos were. I was sad to see her leave before the reception but I am so glad we were able to get some family photos of them before she left.

The best part about working in the Phoenix wedding market is the vendor relationships that are created. I’ve know Bernadette (Alex and Kyle’s wedding planner) for little over three years. We met right as I was switching back into film and I knew instantly I had to refer her for this gorgeous day. I was so pumped when they picked my dear friend for this wedding and for all the additional vendor friends that helped create an incredible day for them. Coming together to watch two amazing people get married is such a special thing and to witness everyone’s art unfold was a magical experience.

Thank you so much Alex and Kyle for letting not only myself but all of us watch your love story!

Planner: Desert Whim | Venue: Grayhawk Golf Club | Photographer: Steph Wahlig | Floral: Fiori Floral | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Stationary: Beacon Lane | DJ: Starz Entertainment | Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions | Makeup & Hair: Kensington Makeup | Bridal Dress: Luv Bridal | Suit: The Black Tux | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Wedding Rings: Shane Co |

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The Cabins at Strawberry Hill Wedding | April + Danny

The beauty of photographing weddings is that each one is unique. Every wedding not only has a blend of different details and location but the people are what create that uniqueness. When I capture a small wedding like April and Danny’s I am given so many different opportunities to capture things I can’t capture at a big wedding. The biggest being, I can truly spend time on the guests and the family. I love this about small weddings because I get to give these people not only some great portraits of them and possibly their families, but I get to learn about the person in front of the camera. I’m also able to sit back and wait for those important shots that happen in an instinct. I laugh, cry and just smile because there are so many beautiful moments happening all around.

One of the most beautiful takeaways from April and Danny’s day was that prior to their wedding, I did not know their history. Once I got to their ceremony, I noticed their welcome table. Turns out, April and Danny met in kindergarten. Now how romantic is that?! Makes you really believe in true love!

Thank you April and Danny for letting me capture your love story and your gorgeous wedding day! Take a look at their beautiful wedding I shot in Strawberry, Arizona.

Planner: She Coordinates It | Getting Ready Venue: Strawberry Inn | Venue: Cabins on Strawberry Hill | Dress: David’s Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Bridal4theWin | Rentals & Decor: Material Girls | Cake: Sue Jacobs Cakes | Band: Austin Carthell

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Boho Themed Wedding at Desert Botanical Gardens | Kelsey + Sam

If there are pops of color, flower crowns, cactus and Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, then you know that THAT is my kind of wedding. Below you will find one of my favorite weddings this past spring.

Arizona is known for destination weddings. Lately I’ve been photographing a lot more bride and grooms that are visiting and planning their weddings in our beautiful state. Kelsey and Sam live in the windy city of Chicago; one of my all time favorite places! Go Cubs! They are lovers of cactus and mountains and if you know me, you will know I LOVE these types of weddings.  Kelsey and Sam hired local wedding planner Bloom & Blueprint, whom I have worked with several times in the last year.  I love fun, colorful weddings and even better having a wedding ceremony and reception that is both outdoors. If you like lots of color, beautiful people and boho make sure to check out their gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden Wedding!

Planner & Florist: Bloom & Blueprint | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Valley Ho | Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Dress: Alexander Grecco at Lovely Bride in Chicago | Hair + Makeup: Allison Martin at The Beauty Bar | Rentals: Dang Fine Rentals | Cake: A Bake Shop | Band: Lucky Devils Band

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Meghan + Kevin | Saguaro Lake Ranch Wedding

Meghan and Kevin found me online and I am so glad they did. I love meeting like mind clients who have gorgeous vision and those that don’t need much to plan a gorgeous day. Meghan and Kevin are some of my first clients to not have a wedding party. They had a lot of amazing close friends (who you see photographed here) and instead added in gorgeous florals, details for their reception and the amazing team at Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events did a fabulous job! I am so excited to share their vision with you!

Venue: Saguaro Lake Ranch | Planner: Andrea Leslie Weddings & Events| Bridal Gown: Willow by Watters Dress Hanger: Fox Blossom Co | Robes: Kim & Ono | Purchased: Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique | Ring Box: The Family Joolz | Suit: Brother’s Tailors | Invitation: Honey Hue Paper Co| Floral: Butterfly Petals | Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts | Hair & Makeup:  Christopher Bullock Beauty | Rentals: Glamour & Woods  + Classic Party Rentals | Photobooth: Cruisin Photo Bus | Signs: Game Master Woodcraft

 

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Hacienda Del Sol Inspired Wedding

Arizona has some of the most unique and beautiful wedding venues. You can go up to the mountains with only a few hours drive and or go down south and see stunning mountain ranges. Today’s inspiration shoot was shot at the beautiful Hacienda Del Sol resort. I was asked to do this shoot for Arizona Weddings Magazine and today you can find it on the shelves of their 2018/19 issue. I’m very proud and excited to show you these because not only was the day beautiful and perfect, but the styling and design by these amazing vendors was so spot on that I just want to take them to every wedding with me.

Venue: Hacienda Del Sol | Planner: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings and Events | Bridal Gown: Grace Style & Bridal | Tux: Tuxedo on Broadway | Invitation: Victoria York Design | Floral: Alexis Grace Florals | Cake + Food: Hacienda Del Sol | Hair & Makeup:  Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair | Rentals: Glamour & Woods | Tabletop Rentals: The Confetti Studio | Linen: Creative Coverings | Videographer: Love Story Films

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Hawaii Oceanside Romance | Fine Art Inspiration

Next month I’m headed back to the beautiful islands for a wedding and I’m reminiscing on this beautiful inspiration shoot I did almost a year ago. I never got around to share it. We did this in one afternoon and thanks to the amazing help from Tara at Passion Roots. She is amazing!! Enjoy!

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Pride & Prejudice Inspiration | Arizona Film Wedding Photographer

A few years ago I worked with an incredible florist Annie. We met while on shooting a cover for a local magazine and just instantly connected. Our brands tied so well together and still am obsessed with the shots today. This spring we wanted to come together again and produce something that spoke equally to the two of us and thanks to some incredible vendors we were able to collaborate on an gorgeous styled shoot. We worked inside of Annie’s beautiful floral studio and spent an afternoon capturing some beauty. The vision for this shoot was to bring a soft elegance and simplicity that I’ve been craving in my photography. My favorite book as a kid and today is Pride & Prejudice. I love Jane Austen and wanted to create a feel for 19th century England. Since I live in Arizona we are often strapped on what we can produce. However, Annie’s place was a beautiful setting and I believe it came together perfectly. Thank you to these incredible vendors who helped us create. This shoot would not have been possible without each of them.

Floral: Garden Gate Flowers | Cake: Sift Bakehouse | Cake Topper: CakeWords | Videography: Steponme Photography | Dress: Grace Style & Bridal | Invitations: Lola Lee Invitations | Hair & Makeup: Vidogi Salon | Photography: Steph Wahlig

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Mountain Shadows Arizona Wedding | Haley & Cory

This gorgeous Scottsdale, Arizona wedding was my final wedding of 2017  and I am so honored to share it today. This stunning venue and amazing couple could not have ended the year off on a better note. Haley and Cory are such beautiful people inside and out and their incredible attention to detail and love for one another is what I love about what I do. They are the kindest and most genuine people you will ever meet and I am so thankful that I got to be with them on their wedding day. I wish I could put into words how special their first look was to witness. The love Cory has for Haley will make anyone tear up. These two are such an amazing couple and I can not wait to watch their love grow. Thank you so much for allowing me to witness your beautiful day!

Film Lab: Photovision | Venue Mountain Shadows | Planner A Day to Cherish |  Photographer Steph Wahlig  |Florals Avant Garde | Dress Essence of Australia | Suit Calvin Klein | Invitations Minted | DJ SKM Entertainment | Rentals Top Notch Rentals AZ | Hair & Makeup Bombshell 7 Beauty 

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