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Stephanie & Caleb's Royal Palms Wedding

Stephanie & Caleb's Royal Palms Wedding

Stephanie and Caleb. These two are so sweet and we feel so honored that they chose us as their wedding photographers. We met Stephanie when she was one of the bridesmaids in Lizzie & Alec's wedding last year. Little did we know when we did this iconic bridesmaid shot at Lizzie's wedding, we would get to recreate it with Stephanie and her bridesmaids just a year later (scroll through the post to see that sweet shot)!  Shooting at the Royal Palms is always a dream and Stephanie & Caleb's colors and florals coordinated with the vibe of the resort beautifully. Isn't it so gorgeous? We love how to warmth and color shows through on film! The ambiance of Royal Palm's seemed to fit Caleb & Stephanie perfectly. Caleb has a relaxed, calm sense about him and Stephanie is sweet and elegant with a little bit of sass! They are the perfect balance. Caleb is so gentle and kind with her, it sort of melts our hearts! You can tell by the photos that these two are a match made in heaven! Stephanie was surrounded by an amazing bride tribe who loved her, cried with her and lifted her up the entire day (side note: we seriously love all these gals!!). Caleb had family come support him from across the world. It was clear that these two are so loved and cherished by their family and friends.

It was so fun to be a part of this amazing day. We adore you Stephanie & Caleb! 

Hugs, Betsy & John 

Venue: Royal Palms Resort

Florist: White Poppy Floral

Hair & Makeup: Chanel Molleo Beauty Co.

Bride's Dress: Lilian Lottie Couture

Bride's Shoes:  Imagine Vince Camuto

Vows Books: Define Design 11

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus

Grooms Tux: Nicks Menswear

Chalkboard Signs: DIY by the bride! 

Cigar Bar: Royal Palms

Cake: Royal Palms

Videographer: Cultura Productions

Fall Desert Elopement Inspiration | Tucson Elopement Photographers


Fall Desert Elopement Inspiration | Tucson Elopement Photographers

We love styled shoots and this one is pretty special to us. These shoots create unique experiences to connect with wedding vendor friends and allows each person involved to put their creativity and talents to use. If you've been following us for the last year, you might have noticed that we've been shooting with film a lot lately. It's completely stolen our hearts and sparked a new passion for photography. This shoot is almost all film and it's safe to say that we're thrilled with the results! An added blessing is that this shoot was featured on Ruffled blog yesterday! Check it out, here.  

We love the desert and it's no secret that it's so on trend right now. For this shoot, we wanted to inspire couple's eloping to consider the desert as their fall "I do" destination. What the desert lacks in red and orange falling leaves, it makes up for in stunning views, unique landscapes and fantastic fall weather. Basically, the perfect place to elope and spend a few days soaking up the sun with your new hubby or wife by your side. 

While we love gorgeous white dresses and lavish wedding details, we wanted to inspire couples who want to plan a meaningful, low-key, but hip wedding day. We thought of the girl who had always dreamed of wearing something unique on her wedding day, so this bride donned a stunning lace burgundy dress while her laid back groom sports his favorite jeans and hat. Rachel of The Powder Room Bridal created a stunning look for our bride with a natural look paired with a pop of fall color on her lips. Incredible designs by Alexis Grace Florals brought a little romance to the desert scene and tied in those gorgeous fall colors with a southwest twist. Your wedding day is all about marrying the one you love, so forget about the social norms and plan a wedding that is uniquely you.

Our good friend Kelly of Le Champagne Projects, designed a romantic private dinner party for two, complete with candlelight, a twinkling fireplace and wild florals. Burgundy, plum and lavender tones are woven throughout the scene and pair with the desert colors beautifully. What boho desert bride wouldn't want that beautiful cake on their wedding day? Alia of Crumbs Cake Boutique made this gorgeous white cake that we paired with an ever so fitting real cactus & succulent topper.

To present a unique, authentic feel we used real couple, Meredith & Caleb who are madly in love desert dwellers, with a fun, hip style all their own. We love to see creative couples express themselves on their wedding day and hope this shoot will inspire more couples to think outside the box! 

Thanks for sharing in our joy, friends! If you follow us on instagram, prepare to be inundated with these photos for a long time! :) 


Photographers: Betsy & John Photography

Planning & Design: Le Champagne Projects

Florals: Alexis Grace Florals

Hair & Makeup: The Powder Room Bridal

Cake: Crumbs Cake Boutique

Bride's Dress & Accessories: Forever 21



Salt River Phoenix Desert Elopement


Salt River Phoenix Desert Elopement

When Jane and Blair told us they were eloping and wanted to book us for a photo session to celebrate, we were so excited! Not only are these two model material, but they have a sweet, gentle love for each other that really shines through their images. We strolled along dirt paths, surrounded by grassy fields of mesquite trees. He held her hand and looked at her adoringly as they carefully walked through the thick grass. A long week of rainy days preceded their session, so the once deserty landscape was lush and beautiful. Jane & Blair were quiet and pensive, but so connected even in silence. It was a cool day and the clouds hung low, but peeked out just in time to give us those gorgeous golden hour portraits that we can't live without. It was such a stunning day to celebrate marriage! We feel so honored when couples choose us to document their wedding days and this instance is no different. Big or small, every wedding day is just as special as the next. Congratulations Jane & Blair!!

XO, Betsy & John 

Stunning purple and white bouquet with tons of greenery by Butterfly Petals! 
Bride and groom, walking through the mesquite trees along the Salt river in Phoenix after their elopement.
Gorgeous, romantic purple and burgundy bouquet filled with greenery by the talented Butterfly Petals! 
Couple smiling at each other just after their elopement!
Groom smiling, holding bride's bouquet
Groom hugging his new bride at their Phoenix bride and groom session, the day after they eloped! 
Such a sweet photo of groom kissing his new bride on the forehead at their Phoenix elopement.
Stunning bouquet shot on film
Gorgeous bride embracing her groom who is holding her bouquet. Gorgeous salt river views in the background.
Black and white photo of groom holding bouquet and bride smiling and hugging her groom.
Straightening his tie, wearing a classy burgundy jacket.
Bride holding her bouquet having a quiet moment on her wedding day.
Romantic Phoenix Elopement along the salt river by Phoenix wedding Photographers, Betsy & John
Stunning burgundy, purple bouquet by Phoenix florist, Butterfly Petals laying on a rock along the banks of the Salt River.
Beautiful bride and groom embracing at their Phoenix elopement with the Salt River in the background.
Groom buttoning his burgundy jacket on his wedding day.
Dreamy bridal portrait of a gorgeous bride on her wedding day.
Black and white film photo of groom along the Salt River in Phoenix, AZ.
Couple embracing on their wedding day with amazing desert views in the background.
Stunning desert views with an incredible sunset in Phoenix, Arizona.
It's the little details like this about a wedding day that we cherish so much.
A romantic moment on their wedding day in Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix elopement, bride and groom session near the Salt River in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cactus and saguaros with desert and mountain views in the background. Phoenix, Arizona wedding. 
Stunning desert elopement by Phoenix wedding photographers, Betsy & John.
Beautiful couple smiling at each other on the day of their elopement in Phoenix, AZ.
Kissing his bride's forehead. Romantic wedding day portrait in black and white.
Groom twirling his bride in the desert on their wedding day.
Hip groom in the desert on his wedding day in Phoenix, AZ. 
Phoenix, Arizona desert at sunset. Love the cactus in the foreground.
Bride and groom smiling at the camera with a gorgeous Phoenix sunset on their wedding day! 
Peacefully looking our over the desert on their wedding day with a gorgeous Phoenix sunset in the background.


Looking Back on Our Wedding Day


Looking Back on Our Wedding Day

We can't believe it's already been three years since we said "I do", surrounded by family and friends  at our backyard wedding in Tucson, Arizona.

Our wedding day was so special, you guys. We have a group of wonderful family and friends who surrounded us with love and made our backyard wedding something that we would never forget. It was spring time in Tucson, the wildflowers were in full bloom and like most things in our life, we envisioned a wedding day that was colorful and full of joy. It was such a blessing to get married in Betsy's parent's backyard. We did everything ourselves, with the help of our very patient friends and family. We had very little experience with weddings at this point, but by the grace of God, everything came together beautifully. Though trends have changed and our personal style has evolved, we wouldn't change a thing, even if we could.  

It was March 15, 2014 and we had only shot a handful of weddings at that point. We had just discovered the resurgence of film photography and absolutely fell in love with the look and feel of it. We found Constance Higley (who unfortunately doesn't offer wedding photography anymore) and knew she would be the perfect fit for our big day. Our wedding put a spark in our hearts for documenting love stories. Its been an incredible journey and we can only hope that our clients love and appreciate their wedding photos as much as we do our own. We hope you enjoy this tiny glimpse into the start of our life together. Thanks for sharing in our joy, friends. 

With love, 

Betsy & John 

agave cactus in tucson arizona 
Teal wedding invitations designed by Betsy and John
handcrafted tree branch vases filled with florals
Bright and colorful hanging paper tassels 
Catalina Foothills mountain views 
Adorable teal volkswagen beetle wedding car decorated with florals
Paper airplanes backdrop for the cake table
Tucson desert wedding florals

Notice a paper airplane theme? We met in 2009, when Betsy threw a paper airplane at John that had her number on it, then, in 2013 John proposed via paper airplane!! 

Bright and colorful wedding florals 
Paper airplane wedding
 Tucson backyard wedding
Bright and colorful spring Tucson wedding
Honeymoon fun jar
Vines climbing up pink wall 
Swing in courtyard with vines 
Sparklers with matches attached
Bride with colorful bridal bouquet 
Betsy with her bridesmaids
Bride with her sisters 
Bright & Colorful bouquet by Alexis Grace Florals
Bride with Bridesmaids in bright pink and salmon dresses
Bride in Tucson wildflowers
Ceremony for Backyard Wedding
Groomsmen succulent boutonnieres
Handsome groom in gray suit
Groomsmen with groom
Groom Buttoning Jacket
Groomsmen laughing in gray suits
Bright & Colorful Spring Tucson Wedding 
The bright and colorful backyard wedding of photographers Betsy & John 
Succulents in Pot 
Orange Tree with oranges
 Hand Painted Ceremony Sign 
Bright & colorful desert wedding arch with florals by Alexis Grace Florals 
Groom's first look as his bride walks down the aisle 
Parents walking bride down the aisle
Desert wedding, bride and groom at the alter
Bride & Groom at Alter exchanging rings
Groom looking at Bride
Bride & groom first kiss
Bride & Groom walking down the aisle with confetti 
Bright & Colorful Spring Tucson Wedding | Table Setting with florals and smore's favor in bag
Spring Wedding Table Setting with lanterns and florals 
Gold sequin tablecloth
Spring, teal table setting with menu & s'mores favors in muslin bag 
Spring table settings with colorful florals and teal lanterns 
Sweetheart table with gold sequin tablecloth and colorful florals

This is one of our favorite parts! How gorgeous is this dessert table by our sweet sister in law Camille from BeWhatWeLove?! 

Gorgeous Dessert Table by Camille Hawley from BeWhatWeLove
Backyard wedding dessert table with pink macarons
Gorgeous gluten free wedding cake
 Dessert table with gorgeous Wedding Cake
Vintage car decorated with florals by Alexis Grace Florals
Bride & Groom with getaway car 
Bride & Groom with teal blue volkswagen beetle getaway car
Volkswagen beetle
Bride and groom smiling looking at each other
Teal volkswagen beetle 
Bridal Party walking and smiling
Bride & groom smiling at each other and cuddling
Tucson bride & groom portraits in Tucson wildflowers
Bride & Groom kissing
Bride & Groom kissing in wildflowers
Bride & Groom smiling at camera
Tucson backyard wedding
First dance with cafe lights and confetti

Thanks for sharing in our joy, sweet friends! We hope you liked this glimpse into our wedding day XOXO

Photography:  Constance Higley 

Videography: Timeline Video Productions

Design/Styling/Paper Goods: Betsy & John

Florals: Alexis Grace Florals

Dessert Table Design: Camille from BeWhatWeLove

Day of Coordination: Jeanne from A Fine Line

Catering: Annette Hartman Catering


Chelsea & Brian's Phoenix Backyard Wedding


Chelsea & Brian's Phoenix Backyard Wedding


Chelsea and Brian are two of the most fun and funny people we have ever met! They had Gorgeous, colorful handmade backyard Phoenix wedding. Their wedding took place in Phoenix, AZ, but Chelsea and Brian did most of the planning from their home in Charlotte, NC. With the help of family and friends, Chelsea put all her creative power to work to create a whimsical, elegant backyard soiree and it came together beautifully. She created the gorgeous hand lettered signs, the beautiful paper goods, the spice jar wedding favors and the button place cards...all by hand. Can you believe that?! She is so incredibly talented! The bridesmaids wore gorgeous shades of emerald greens and the bride's mother created some stunning jewel toned bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. The bride's sister is our sweet photographer friend Lexi Moody.  This family is full of talent! Browse through the photos below and prepare to be blown away at the stunning day that these two created. Not only are the details amazing, but more importantly, the chemistry and connection between Chelsea & Brian is something of wonder. These two fit hand in hand perfectly. It's their kind of relationship that makes us so thankful to be wedding photographers.  Thanks for letting us be a part of your gorgeous wedding day Chelsea & Brian!! You guys are wonderful! 

XO, Betsy & John


Paper Goods, Handpainted Signs, Placecard Buttons, Table number Animal Holders & Spice Wedding Favors: DIY by the Bride!

Florals: DIY by the bride's mom!

Hair & Makeup: Krystal Makeup

Ceremony: Christ Church of the Ascension

Reception: Bride's parent's back yard! 

Wedding Dress: New York Bride & Groom

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom & JCrew

Guys Attire: Ralph Lauren Suits

Ties & Clips: The Tie Bar

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: Kwesi