Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dreamy Paseo Wedding | Megan + Kelvin | Phoenix Wedding Photographer

Friday was a beautiful day in Arizona--made even more beautiful by this celebration of love for these two transplanted mid-westerners! Shooting a wedding at The Paseo wedding venue has been a dream of mine for a while! I'm a lover of the great out doors, and the view of the Superstition mountains at this venue is hard to rival! When I asked Megan and Kelvin why they booked this particular venue, they said they wanted somewhere that really showed off the beauty of Arizona and this place they've come to love!

Some of my favorite beautiful moments of the day stemmed from the two main men in Megan's life--Kelvin and her dad. It was so incredible to see the amount of love Megan is blessed with! From the daddy daughter first look, where her dad was tearing up even before seeing her. Then there was the moment he walked her down the aisle, and when the officiant (Megan's uncle) asked the question, "who gives this woman..." and he was too choked up to speak, and Megan's mom piped in and said "we do!". And finally to the tender moments of their daddy daughter dance!

And then there was Kelvin. Their first look was longer than most first looks that I do! The day and the reality of getting to marry his sweetheart finally hit him, and the joyful tears just flowed. Next was when Megan walked down the aisle. Some people worry that having a first look might dim the groom's reaction as the bride walks down the aisle, but I would say it might actually be the opposite! And finally through those special moments where the officiant opened up the floor to the crowd for just a few minutes asking people to stand and share what "love is." It was beautiful to see him and Megan both openly show their emotions and those joyful tears as their friends and love ones shared the meaning of love from their hearts. It was such an incredibly beautiful ceremony.

I really could go on and on about every single special moment I got to witness and re-live through looking back at their photos. But I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves! But first, I asked Megan a while ago to share their love story with me, and I'd love to share that here with you in her words.

"Kelvin and Megan met in sunny Arizona in 2010 after both moving from their Midwest hometowns for jobs and adventure. Kelvin swept Megan off of her feet after offering to buy her a cocktail at their favorite watering hole. As fate would have it that same night Megan lost her cell phone. This left what seemed to be no option for further communication between the two. However that didn't stop Kelvin. Smitten and determined he sent Megan "smoke signals", better known as Facebook messages, and arranged to take her on their first date to an Arizona Cardinals football game. After that as they say, the rest was history! Now after a few job changes, two dogs, countless Big Ten filled Saturdays, the purchase of their first home, and seven years later they have planned to finally tie the knot! The couple feels that after attending 35+ weddings over the last couple of years that they are now more than prepared to have their own!

The proposal took place on the couple's trip to the Grand Canyon. It only took Kelvin seven years! To make it to the Grand Canyon that is… Kelvin had arranged for a helicopter tour. You may assume that Megan had to know something was up for Kelvin to plan such an extravagant outing. On the contrary Megan had purchased the helicopter tour a year earlier under Kelvin's name at a silent auction benefiting the Arizona Humane Society. Kelvin was less than thrilled with the big-ticket purchase and after seeing that the voucher was about to expire, he planned the excursion. To top it all off the couple made a pit stop at a gas station on the way up. While in the restroom Kelvin decided he should stretch out to prepare for his upcoming big moment and in the process split his pants. He ended up having to buy a pair of sweatpants from the convenient store to continue their trip. Following the helicopter ride the couple drove into the park to get another look at one of the wonders of the world. As a family took their picture in front of the majestic backdrop, Kelvin dropped to one knee in his gas station sweat pants, tears in his eyes and asked Megan to marry him."

Megan told me, on the day of their wedding, that she actually slept in those gas station sweat pants from their proposal the night before.

Every single detail was so absolutely perfect and beautiful and it made this day even that much more special.

Thank you again Megan and Kelvin for choosing me to document your day! I hope you love this little sneak peek! I can't wait for you to see the rest!

Also, special shout out and thanks to all of these amazing vendors who went all out to make Megan and Kelvin's day so special!! You all are amazing!

Planner: Shine Events 
Florals: J Barry Designs
Venue: The Paseo
Dress: Bella Lilly Bridal
Stationary Design:  Alexa Nelson Prints
Bridesmaid's dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
DJ: Downtown Browne Productions
Video: Mandy Woodman Films

 The florist and the bridesmaid who wen to get these flowers the day before deserve and award! Thank you ladies!!

Megan ordered this gorgeous guest book below from Artifact Upraising! I LOVE them! I was definitely fan girling when I saw it, haha!
Kelvin's aunt made them this custom wine for their wedding! Not just a custom wedding....but custom wine!!

 Megan gave Kelvin a note for when he was getting ready, and a few special gifts including this watch and a custom wallet!

 Popping the champagne!

Daddy daughter first look!

Then Kelvin's turn!

When your maid of honor is your sister you have to get a snuggle shot like this!

 Their friends and family gave THE best hilarious toasts!

Congratulations again to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hendrikson!!!



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Megan and Kelvin Engagement Session


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