V+L | Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding | Gilbert Wedding Photographer

My weekend dates are usually totally booked weeks, or sometimes months in advance, depending on the time of year. So when Vanessa contacted me a couple of weeks ago about shooting her backyard wedding in Mesa, I was super happy to be able to tell her that I could absolutely squeeze her in! While a lot of brides plan for months, YEARS even, backyard weddings often run on a totally different timeline. Often that means having to sacrifice some things when time is tight, but photography should not be one of them! If you are thinking of having a small wedding or elopement on a short timeline, scheduling your wedding for off-peak hours will help ensure you can snag someone amazing without too much notice. Whether your plan is the courthouse, or your own house, having some special photos to remind you of this huge day in your life is still important! Of course, sunset on a weekend is going to be tough, but late morning, mid-day, or even during the week, gives you a much better chance of finding a fabulous photographer who can fit your special day into their busy schedule. If you are planning your own small wedding on the fly, be sure getting your date on my calendar is one of your very first calls!

Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding
Mesa AZ Backyard wedding

Family Photos at Riparian Preserve | Gilbert AZ Family Photographer

The desert is blooming! My photographer heart is bursting with all of these amazing colors we are seeing around the desert right now. After a chillier winter and lots of rain, we are reaping the rewards in some amazing backdrops for family photos. And bonus, it’s staying cool way later than usual, so it is still totally bearable outside. What an awesome time to get a jump on those holiday card photos, while the weather is amazing and the landscape is too!

This sweet family took advantage of the Spring bloom at Riparian Preserve in Gilbert to update their extended family photos. These kiddos could be straight from a magazine, they know how to turn on the charm for the camera and they were troopers during our extended session, even right in the middle of dinner time. I was thrilled when, towards the end of our session Grandma asked if we could take a silly shot – my favorite! Bunny ears, funny faces, and the whole nine yards, I think it is a perfect memory. ❤️

Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos
Riparian Preseve Family Photos

Milkweed and Mimosas | Desert Botanical Garden | Phoenix Events Photographer

Spring is here! Nowhere is that more evident than the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and the butterflies are everywhere! The Monarch Council celebrated Spring’s arrival with a fantastic event just for the gardens’ Monarch Society members, comprised of young professionals working to support the future of the gardens. After a light brunch (and of course Mimosas!) members were treated to a short talk about the benefits of Milkweed and how to help save the Monarchs. Each attendee was able to plant their very own milkweed plant to take home to further this mission. To cap off the morning, members were invited to tour the newly opened Butterfly garden, which is just a flurry of activity and packed with these beautiful creatures!

The Desert Botanical Garden is an absolutely breathtaking place to host events and weddings. The grounds could not be more beautiful, and the various venues within the gardens add character and a unique architectural style. The Binns wildflower pavilion might be my favorite spot in this very special location!

Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix Photographer Asea Tremp Photography

J+M | Mesa Backyard Wedding | Gilbert Wedding Photographer

Backyard weddings are my jam, friends! Don’t get me wrong, I love the thrill and the insanity that comes with shooting big weddings, but there is something so magical about a small, backyard wedding. The low key, intimate atmosphere lets all of the love of family and friends become the focus, and you can just feel it! Jessica poured her heart into all of the little details of the day, while still keeping things perfectly simple. I think her table cards summed it perfectly… Nothing fancy, just love.

After some quick I Do’s at their home, we snuck away for a quick session in the desert with the amazing Superstition Mountains as our backdrop. They are so breathtaking at sunset! Then we hightailed it back to the party, for an incredible Italian feast and a super laid back bar set up with Adopted Coffee as the main feature. Guests mingled around the gorgeous pool with the desert sun blessing us with the most beautiful sunset. Short, simple, sweet, and perfection. ❤️

Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019
Mesa AZ Backyard Wedding Superstition Mountains Asea Tremp Photography Mar 23 2019

Family Photos at Mother Nature’s Farm | Gilbert Family Photographer

If you are really lucky in life, you get to meet someone who just exemplifies the word amazing. Someone so selfless and generous and kind and humble, you just know that the world is made SO much better because they are here. These two people right here – they define amazing. They adopt, they foster, they tackle special needs and medical complexity head on. And they are truly awesome people to be around.

I met Mom a little over a year ago, when she was desperately searching for someone to come reshoot this adorable little girl’s newborn photos before she grew too much! I am so glad that fate sent her my way, or me hers. Since then we have done a great big happy family reunion shoot, a cake smash, and now some pure and simple family photos with her incredible little clan! I am so thankful she chose me to be her photographer, but even more thankful that I get to call her a friend.

And, um, this location?? If you’ve not been to Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, you are missing a seriously adorable little farm in the middle of suburbia! We squeezed in a session just as the Christmas tree lot had opened for the season, and hiked back to the beautiful grove of tall trees. The kiddos loved checking out the goats, giant turkey, horses and other animals in between shots. This location is rustic, woodsy and beautiful, without ever leaving Gilbert! (The farm does charge a small fee for photography use, but it is SO worth every penny! Photographers have access to the entire property which we did not even scratch the surface of!)