Living up in northern Arizona, most of the weddings I do have the same similar landscape full of large rocks and pine trees. So getting to capture Rosie and Brandon’s wedding down in Parker at the Havasu Springs Resort was something so different and fun for me. I really could not have imagined a more perfect spot to share such a beautiful moment with all of your family and friends. Every single part of the day had breath taking views. Their getting ready room had a huge window where the girls got to look out onto the water and docks below while they sat there getting their hair and makeup done. The ceremony took place overlooking the Colorado River right before sunset with the most breath taking view. They even had speed boats going by when they were exchanging their vows (as you can see in one of the ceremony images). I mean how cool is that?! Even their reception overlooked the water with giant windows so we all had the most spectacular views of the sun setting over the river during the cocktail hour.
*Funny side story: since they were getting married up on this hill by the water, they had a golf cart on the venue where drivers could take you up instead of having to walk it. Which I was grateful for since I was hauling all of my photography gear with me. There were so many of us we divided into groups to be driven up. I went up with the first group so I could get situated before everything started, along with a few of the other bridesmaids. We start going up the hill and didn’t have enough power to get up so the we started rolling back… The driver goes all the way down to the bottom and tries again with more power, but we get stuck right in the middle of the hill again.. so I immediately jump out and started pushing the golf cart up the giant hill (let me remind you I’m in a dress and carrying at least 20 pounds of photography gear on my back). It was a sight to see I’m sure! Haha but thankfully it helped and they made it up the hill! So just know, if you hire me for your wedding day, I’ll go above and beyond and help with anything you need at all, even with pushing golf carts up hills 😉
Anyways… since the desert is known for its incredible sunsets, I was really hoping it would live up to that on their wedding day. Well, it sure did. After all of the family formals and bridal party pictures, I got to pull Rosie and Brandon away to take their bride and groom portraits, standing up on a mountain overlooking the water, while the sun was setting behind them. I feel like it doesn’t get much more perfect and epic than that when it comes to wedding photography. We lucked out and seriously got one of the best sunsets I have seen in such a long time. They really are the best in the Arizona desert!
Once I was done gushing over Rosie and Brandon and how beautiful everything was, we headed in for the reception. It started out touching and emotional, with Rosie’s younger sister, Maggie, giving a maid of honor speech that brought the whole room to tears. Everything she said reminded me so much of the relationship I have with my own sister, so I was even getting a little choked up myself, which usually doesn’t happen! But after all of this, the real fun began. I even danced with them most of the night! (with my camera in hand and snapping away images all at the same time of course) But sometimes its fun to get out on the dance floor with everyone, plus you get more close, intimate shots this way!
This was definitely one of those weddings where I would do over and over again and I honestly can’t wait to do another one in the desert again! As much as I wish I could share every single picture, these are just some of the highlights from this beautiful day!