Courtney's Bridal Session

It's hard to know how to begin a blog, it's even more difficult when the person you're photographing has been one of your oldest friends.  Courtney and I first met at 4-H horse camp in Sonoita when we were barely teenagers.  If you're not familiar with 4-H, it's a local group that gets together and each month we would either have a horse show or gymkhana.  Once a year over the summer, the Maricopa County and Pima County 4-H group would have a camp at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. You would bring your horse and learn from some amazing trainers for one week. Not only that, you got to be away from home for a week with your horse and ride every day, what could be better than that?!  I looked forward to camp every year, I made a ton of friends that were from Tucson, including Courtney.  I could tell you so many stories, it was honestly one of the greatest times that I can remember and I'm fortunate enough to still have those friendships today (over 10 years later, yikes!).  If it weren't for Courtney, I would have never met my husband.  I'm deeply indebted to her and so thankful that she was persistent enough to finally get us together.

Fast forward to 2016 and Courtney got engaged to Mike!  They got an amazing venue, Saguaro Buttes, and in a few short months they would be getting married in May.  I was fortunate enough to stand right next to her as she said her vows to the man she's been waiting for.  I knew that I wanted to take full advantage of photographing Courtney in her wedding dress since I would be in the bridal party and not behind the camera (really weird to be on the other side). She was going to get her hair and makeup trial in March, so I had this crazy idea to go up to the top of Mount Lemmon.  If you ever get the chance to visit Tucson, this place is a necessity!  It takes about an hour to get to the top but the views are stunning and theres trees everywhere you turn.

Now, it was the middle of March and Arizona was starting to warm up.  We brought jackets with us because it is a mountain and we figured the temperatures would be a bit cooler.  We were wrong, it was a lot cooler, like 50 degrees with snow still lingering AND wind. But you know what, Courtney freaking rocked it!  We didn't hang out there very long because, in all honesty, I was wearing three jackets and freezing my butt off so I knew she was too.  We quickly headed back down to the base of the mountain and before we knew it the sun was starting to go down.  Now, around this time is when the wildflowers start blooming and at the base of Mount Lemmon they were everywhere!  But there was no place for us to turn off, so I said, "Screw it!" and we ended up in some random person's front yard full of wildflowers and cactus.  

At the end of the day, it was everything I dreamed of!  I got to hang out with my gorgeous friend and photograph her in her wedding dress before she got married, now look at how stunning she is!

She seriously was getting blown away from the wind!

Hair and Makeup: The Powder Room

Dress:  Maya Palace