Red Rock State Park Elopement // Kevin + Danielle // Sedona Elopement Photographer
I am continually humbled and honored to be a part of every bride’s wedding day. I love that I get to help share her story of love. It’s not often though that I get to witness that story unfold from beginning to end (well, at least through the wedding day!). I have had the privilege of watching a special bride fall in love, say yes, and marry the man she loves. That bride is my little sister, my sweet younger sister whom used I to torment to no end. As we’ve gotten older, and life has progressed, we’ve become very close. She’s my confidante, my soul sister. My kids’ “Tee Tee”.
Knowing someone your entire life means you see them through life’s up’s and down’s. I have been blessed to see her marry not just one amazing man, but two. Let me explain. At a tender young age she married her first love, Mike. They were young, passionate, and so in love. After only a couple years of marriage, my sister lost Mike to tragic circumstances. Our family loved Mike as our own and this time in all of our lives was incredibly difficult. My sister was now a widow at only 25 years old. I would not wish this on anyone. Throughout the heartbreak, life continues on as it usually does. As a big sister I was grieved to see my little sister go through this.
Then came along Kevin. He is unequivocally my sister’s other half. I saw her laugh for the first time in a long time. Little by little I saw a bit of the old Danielle begin to emerge again. She has become a much wiser and beautiful version of former herself. I thank Kevin for that and how his love has helped heal a broken heart. He is her lobster (for my “Friends” fans out there). The one who can make her laugh like no other. The only one who drink the gross beer she likes (I kid! Kind of…). So when he proposed on the beaches of Hawaii with an amazing Art Deco ring, I was excited to say the least.
I was truly overjoyed when I was asked to photograph my sister’s wedding. Of course I would have been happy being a bridesmaid but capturing the culmination of this love story meant so much to me and my photographer/romantic heart. I was able to stand alongside my sister and now brother-in-law in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona on a sunny Arizona day as they exchanged their vows under The Wedding Tree. Nature only knows what that tree has gone through and yet it still stands so majestic and strong. I feel a little like nature having watched my sister go through so much and come out as a beautiful, strong woman who I could not be more proud of or happy for. <3