Dallas & Emily- 3 Year Anniversary

Dallas and Emily are always a blast to get in front of my camera!  And I love that we do an anniversary session every year!  If you want to look back through the years, check it out:

Their Engagement
Their Wedding
1 year anniversary
2 year anniversary
This year we decided to do something different for their session and we did a fun lifestyle session in their home!  Emily decorated her home so cute, so it was a great background for their photoshoot! Emily is the owner of Queen B Home and she hand makes wooden signs.  You have to check out her site if your looking for some cute decorations!

Monica & Ben- Windmill Winery {Phoenix Wedding Photographer}

Monica and Ben’s wedding day at the Lakehouse at Windmill Winery was a gorgeous mix of lace, cowboy boots and cotton (yes, cotton!) and it was absolute beautiful!  Even though it was a little warm for this October wedding, nothing, not even the heat, could wipe the smiles off of Monica and Ben when they were together.  The love and care they had for each other was made obvious just by looking at their faces, and I loved being able to capture it! (Also, a fun little tid bit… the last time I photographed Monica, she was a senior in high school!  I love that she thought of me to capture her wedding 5 years later!)

While everyone was admiring how stunning Monica looked while she was walking down the aisle, I turned around to see Ben’s reaction.  This is the first time he was seeing Monica on their wedding day and I noticed that his smile was different than what it was when the bridal party, who walked before Monica, were walking down the aisle.  As soon as he saw his beautiful bride his smile grew huge.  From a soft, no teeth, smile to a big, showing teeth, eyes lighting up smile.  It was then that I could see his love for Monica written all over his face.  And it was equally awesome, when I turned back around to capture Monica walking toward Ben, and see her smile was just as big!  Scroll down to see!

Ben’s soft smile

Ben’s huge smile when he first saw Monica

Monica’s smile right back at him!


Shout out to all the vendors that made this day possible!
Venue- Windmill Winery
Coordinator- Karen with Windmill Winery
Baker- Lesley’s Creative Cakes
Florist- Garden Gate Flowers
Photographer- Stacey Poterson Photography
Caterer- Kiss the Chef Catering
Videographer- Haley Schneider
DJ- Elegant Entertainment, Jermaine Johnson
Hair- Anna Lentz
Dress- Marry Me Bridal (Minot, ND)

Brittany & Joey’s Wedding Featured on Artfully Wed

I’m so excited that Brittany and Joey’s Rocky Point Beach wedding was featured on the fabulous wedding blog, Artfully Wed!  Go check out the feature HERE

Dear Baby Girl {My Maternity Pictures}

Dear baby girl,
You are being born into a tough world. You’re being born into a society that places pressure on us (girls and women) to look a certain way and act a certain way to be accepted, to be viewed as beautiful/sexy/hot. As hard as I will try to shield you from these false standards, you will be surrounded by them whether I like it or not! As you grow up and get older, there’s a really good chance you will be objectified and judged based on how you look. I absolutely hate it, but it’s the truth. I want you to always remember that you are not an object made just for man’s pleasure and remember that you are loved and valued by not only your family, but by the creator of this world!  I pray that will you learn and know early on that God’s opinion of you is the only opinion that matters; the only approval you should be seeking. And that seeking first his kingdom should always be top priority in life. I pray that you will learn early on about having a healthy body image, knowing your value comes from something deeper than looks. I pray your relationship with food and exercise will be a healthy one and that I can demonstrate and be a good example to you.  I pray that you will be strong and confident yet gentle and calm. You are already loved so much and I can’t wait to meet you!
I love you!
Love, Mom
Maternity Pictures by Ashley Rae Photography
Hair and Makeup by Jessica Fierro

Kitchen Renovation Complete- Before & After!

My kitchen renovation is finally done!  And wow, it looks soo different and LOVE it! Goodbye yellow, brown & dark… hello white, bright and airy!

Here’s what we did…  We got new countertops, added a backsplash, painted the cabinets, added hardware to them, painted the walls white and added shiplap to the nook area!  When it came to the counters and backsplash, I hired Alexander Enterprises to help!  They helped me choose materials then coordinated and scheduled demo and installations.  They were able to remove the old counters and sink and install the news ones all in one day.  Then they guys came to install the backsplash, which took one day.  After that I hired Arizona Wood Renovations to paint the cabinets.  I thought about saving the money and painting them myself, but I’ve heard how big of an undertaking painting cabinets is and decided it would be well worth it to hire it out…. and it was!  It took them 3 days to complete.  After the cabinets were painted, we painted the walls white!  During this whole time I was getting the shiplap walls done.  I installed them myself!  If I can install shiplap- all by myself- while being 30 weeks pregnant, anyone can do it!  The shiplap walls will be in another post coming soon.

Here’s the materials we chose:
Counters- New Cararra Quartz
Backsplash- Ancient Tumbled Travertine 1×2’s
Sink- Blanco Diamond Silgranit Super Single under mount sink in Metallic Gray
Faucet- DXV American Standard semi pro faucet in stainless
Cabinet Color- Woodlawn Colonial Gray (found at Lowes and color matched to Behr Marquee brand)
Wall Color- Linen White from Behr.