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Bradie is a girl you never forget. She’s full of life and bubbly as all get out! Just my kind of gal! Her and I met about 12 years ago…when we were mere pups pitching in high school. It’s always too much fun meeting brides that we’ve known in other seasons of life and catching up on this adventure of adulthood. Her sweet fiance, Jake, is the perfect match for her and we couldn’t be more excited about their wedding this July! Also, Jake gets extra awesome points for hanging out with me for their engagement session on Super Bowl Sunday…I owe the man some cookies! Bradie, you’re just the sweetest and I’m so thankful for you both! Enjoy some of my favorites from our sun drenched winter Sunday!tarno engagement session_0502tarno engagement session_0511tarno engagement session_0503tarno engagement session_0505tarno engagement session_0504tarno engagement session_0506tarno engagement session_0507tarno engagement session_0508tarno engagement session_0509tarno engagement session_0510tarno engagement session_0513tarno engagement session_0514tarno engagement session_0515tarno engagement session_0520tarno engagement session_0516tarno engagement session_0517tarno engagement session_0524tarno engagement session_0518tarno engagement session_0519tarno engagement session_0522tarno engagement session_0521tarno engagement session_0523

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Ben and I always talk about taking a little trip during the off season but for some reason or another we’ve never done it. We love to travel but since we’ve been married we literally have never taken a trip that wasn’t for work so this was a little change of pace for us! We woke up super early Tuesday morning and jetted off to Scottsdale. We didn’t have any expectations we just knew that Ben was going to golf and I was going to unplug and chill. I must say from the other side that IT WAS AMAZING! We ate good food, took a few naps, drove a car we’d never buy ourselves and really had a minute to reconnect. When you work with your spouse a lot of conversations end up about the business whether we mean it to or not and after a while it can be easy to leave marriage on the back burner so to have a chance to get away and be together without a schedule, deadline or a worry in the world was JUST what this husband and wife team needed. We are back and rested and ready to kick off 2016 in the best way! I took some photos of our trip and I’m so excited to give y’all a little sneak peek into what was the best vacation we’ve ever had! We highly recommend Arizona and we will certainly be back! tarno_0430

The first day we landed just as the sun was coming up so breakfast was our first stop! Matt’s Big Breakfast was everything Triple D promised. I had a breakfast sandwich and Ben had the Pork and Chick! All of the amazing food was trumped, however, by the Blueberry honey lemonade! Wowza, SO tasty! After that we got to our resort, The Boulders, and we were immediately in awe of the scenery. Our little villa was tucked between two massive rock formations and speckled with cactus of all sorts. I have to admit my biggest fear of the whole trip was being attacked by a jumping cholla! I’m happy to report I made it back without any extra holes. My clumsy nature was challenged a few times but I skirted by relatively unharmed:)We spent the rest of the day being tourists at Frontier Town and soaking up the local flavor and amazing weather! Hellooooo 70 and sunny!tarno_0411tarno_0414tarno_0415tarno_0412tarno_0413tarno_0416tarno_0420tarno_0418tarno_0419tarno_0425tarno_0421tarno_0422tarno_0423tarno_0424

Day 2 was spent at the Stadium Course. If you know us at all you know how much Ben loves to golf. The TPC Scottsdale course hosts a PGA event every spring and it was so neat for him to get to play it right before the pros do! He played like a total pro and we had a blast with his caddie, Brad. Ben even eagled(which means two strokes better than par for those golf illiterates like me) the hardest hole on the course! The high fives a few images down are from that hole. tarno_0447tarno_0426tarno_0427tarno_0429tarno_0445tarno_0444tarno_0443tarno_0428tarno_0463tarno_0464tarno_0432tarno_0433

After we finished golf I made him shower and take me to a state park so we could get a few self timer photos of us in the delish Arizona sunset! It’s harder than it sounds but when your husband has a wing span of almost 7 feet you get lucky and get a few:)tarno_0434tarno_0435tarno_0436tarno_0437tarno_0438tarno_0439tarno_0441tarno_0440tarno_0442tarno_0446

The last day of our trip we drove north two hours to Sedona! We bought a self guided CD tour and drove up and down the mountains and hopped out at every stop to capture the amazing red rocks. Talk about feeling small! The views were spectacular and these photos in no way do it justice. You guys have to go see it for yourself! tarno_0448tarno_0431tarno_0449tarno_0450tarno_0454tarno_0456tarno_0451tarno_0452tarno_0453tarno_0455tarno_0457tarno_0458tarno_0459tarno_0460tarno_0461tarno_0462

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When I got Cera and Dustin’s initial email I had to do a double take! Dustin’s last name is Benedict which SMALL world is mine too! I geeked out a little in my return message so thank goodness they looked past my geekiness and chose us to shoot their wedding in May! We cannot wait for this spring so we get to hang out with these two again. They’re hilarious, so sweet and most of all head over heels for each other. We shot their engagement session back in the fall and upon arrival I promptly dubbed Cera my personal style icon. I mean, really? How cute are her outfits. I can’t. Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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Oh MAN, you guys! I love this session. With all the rain we had last spring this gem of a location was flooded and we weren’t able to shoot here for the longest time. When it was time to shoot Chaney and Graham’s session, though, it was perfect! It was a gorgeous December day. Perfect weather, perfect light. Graham and Chaney are the kind of couple that are instantly comortable in front of the camera. They laugh big and snuggle close and all day I swooned! I can’t wait for their wedding this fall! Yay!white rock lake engagement session_0300white rock lake engagement session_0309white rock lake engagement session_0301white rock lake engagement session_0308white rock lake engagement session_0305white rock lake engagement session_0303white rock lake engagement session_0302white rock lake engagement session_0304white rock lake engagement session_0306white rock lake engagement session_0307white rock lake engagement session_0315white rock lake engagement session_0317white rock lake engagement session_0314white rock lake engagement session_0313white rock lake engagement session_0312white rock lake engagement session_0311white rock lake engagement session_0319white rock lake engagement session_0310white rock lake engagement session_0316

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When we walked towards the bridal suite I stopped Ben in the hallway and said for about the 30th time, “I’m just so happy for these guys. I’m so glad Todd found such a sweetheart.” You see, I’ve known Todd since we were in junior high. His sweet Mom, owns an amazing boutique and I’ve always looked up to her as a business person and just a human in general and when she called me saying Todd was engaged I melted and couldn’t wait to meet this dream girl she described. Heidi is such a joy, full of love for everyone she meets and a light every life she walks in to. As soon as I met her and I knew their wedding day was going to be so fun and that my sweet friend was going to be so happy for the rest of ever.

This wedding was HANDS down the prettiest floral setup we’ve ever shot and they perfectly complimented The Laurel. At every turn I swooned and I could shoot their wedding every. single. day. All of that aside though, their wedding was amazing because a) they are so happy b)their families rock and c) Heidi had the best day ever. Never have I seen a bride cut lose and have a blast like her and it was so fun to be a part of! Enjoy so many of our favorite moments. Herndons, we love you! Thank you so much for letting us be there. It was truly magical! Happy Monday!

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