Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shirley and Nate's Wedding!

Last night one of my dearest friends tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Nate. It was beyond just an amazing wedding; it was truly an amazing experience to be a part of. We headed up to Sedona the night before for the rehearsal dinner, and when we arrived at the house where the wedding would take place, we fell in love. Their family friends' home is nestled right in the forest, surrounded by lush foliage and towering red rocks. The creek went right along the side of the house, and all of the sounds provided the most beautiful soundtrack to that first evening.

Shirley and her mother-in-law created everything for the big day from the flowers to the cake to every decoration there, so when we arrived back the next morning for hair and makeup, I got butterflies in my stomach as I saw the beginning of the set up. I was absolutely blown away with all of the gorgeous details and personal touches.  The whole thing was just so Shirley and so perfect.

The night went by far too quickly, but it was filled with a million laughs, smiles, and hours of dancing. We ate delicious food, one too many slices of cake, and best of all, the bride and groom looked to be having the time of their life. This was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever been to, and I feel so lucky that I was able to stand up there for Shirley as one of her bridesmaids.

Shirley's wedding was also very emotional for a different reason - this was the last wedding from this group of our college girlfriends. Since we all graduated NAU in 2004, we've been a part of each others' wedding over the past 7 years. To say we've all grown up together is an understatement; most of us lived together in college, some of us after, and we've all been a part of the milestones in each others' lives over the past decade. It's pretty amazing.

The photos speak for themselves, so I'll leave you with a glimpse into Shirley's beautiful day.  These are just the photographs I took, so I'll be sure to share the professional photos once she gets them back.

Congratulations again Shirley and Nate, I love you both so much!



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31 comments:

  1. an absolutely adorable wedding! you look so stunning :)

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  2. What a fun and colorful wedding! The bouquets are lovely and you looked beautiful! I am LOVING the hanging votives...gorgeous!!! So glad you had such a great time and your friend looks so happy! It does seem that those nights go by in a flash, but at least you have some wonderful pictures to look at later and re-live the nice memories!

    Liesl :)

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  3. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Such beautiful details throughout! Love the label on the wine bottle and the gorgeous bright flowers she chose for the day, all of the bridesmaid look stunning!! So glad you had a lovely time, I think it's really nice that you are all still close so long after college:)
    x

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  5. Beautiful wedding! I was in Sedona yesterday too, I thought of you guys! So many beautiful touches.

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  6. Her dress is beautiful. Looks like such a fun wedding. I love your tattoos against the black dress. Pretty! xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  7. That wedding is so beautiful! The scenery is just amazing! I just love all of the details!

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  8. Danielle! your friends have the most amazing weddings and this one was so spectacular!!! amazing!!!!

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  9. What a nice wedding. You look so purty!

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  10. I adore this wedding! Such lovely colors! You look gorgeous too, of course. =]

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  11. Weddings never last long enough. My sisters just just last weekend in Tucson! :]

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  12. Great photos! Your friend picked a bunch of lovely colours that all worked together amazingly in the photos! Looks like a very lovely day indeed! Black bridesmaid dresses are completely underrated, you all look so lovely and tasteful!

    Lauren
    http://tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

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  13. beyond gorgeous. i especially love all of the lights in the trees. the setting is so beautiful.

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  14. oh my gosh the setting is just breath taking and the color just pops against the green back drop. GORGEOUS wedding!

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  15. What a divine wedding. Every time I see your chect piece I want one more and more. :)

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  16. beautyfull wedding.. :)

    http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/

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  17. Stunning! Where do I even begin, I love it all! The colours are amazing and the outdoor setting.....*swoon* Thanks for sharing such a special day. : )

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  18. I LOVE the pink ribbons on the chairs. They are so effective.

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  19. SO pretty! So many things that make this such the unique and perfect setting for a beautiful wedding.

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  20. Amazing! The pink fabric on the chairs and the lights were beautiful, you looked gorgeous too !!!

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  21. I had the best time celebrating with you, and am just sad that it's over! You got such great shots - you captured the essence of the night perfectly!

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  22. Nate and I just had so much fun reading this and the pictures that you took were amazing! Thank you for being by my side on the most important day of my life! Love you tons!

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  23. HOW did all those tree candles get lit??? amaze balls.

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  24. Hi Danielle! It was so great to finally chat with you at the wedding. It was a great evening and you took some AMAZING pics! Love your blog :)

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  25. so pretty, i especially love the nighttime photos. and don't you stick out like a sore thumb ;)

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  26. Holy smokes, that wedding is gorgeous! I love how close all of you girls are! What an amazing story. =]

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  27. How pretty, you look great on those pictures.

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  28. i am absolutely swooning over these pics. her wedding was simply stunning. every little detail. location, decor, flowers, WOW WOW AND WOW. I love her colors. It was perfect!

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  29. One of the most gorgeous weddings I have ever seen.

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  30. Where was this wedding? I live in AZ and I'm looking for wedding locations and came across this blog. This place is beautiful!

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