Phoenix Bride and Groom Feature


Photography: Monique Hessler Photography

Phoenix Bride and Groom

John and Emera’s rustic chic wedding in downtown Phoenix was pure romance- we’re pretty sure John wanted to kiss Emera alllll day long…

After the Wedding Chicks feature, we were on cloud 9! And so you can imagine how excited we were when Phoenix Bride and Groom Reached out to us to also feature our wedding on their website.

You can find our full wedding feature HERE!

Xo Em

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Wedding Chicks Feature


Photography: Monique Hessler Photography

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Modern, retro and oh so chic this fabulous pink and gold modern romance wedding in Arizona was put together by the self proclaimed Pinterest addict bride.

    In honor of our ONE year anniversary as a married couple, here’s a little snippet about an amazing wedding feature on Wedding Chicks!

    When John and I got engaged, I had several versions of our wedding planned/ pinned/ inspiration board/ etc. As your style changes, so does your idea of the “dream wedding.” The story of our wedding planning (and the fiasco with having to find a whole new venue two months before our wedding) is better saved for another post! But lucky for us, through the chaos came a few blog features. The first one being, Wedding Chicks!

You can find our full wedding feature HERE!

Xo Em

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Thornybush, South Africa

C H A P U N G U | TENTED BUSH CAMP


Photography: Yours Truly

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“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you! There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do! I bless the rains down in Africa. Gonna take some time to do the things we never had…”

-Toto

Now that Toto’s on replay in your head (Sorry, not sorry because I’m seriously obsessed with this song lol), let’s talk Safarimoon! Again, through the help of Go2Africa, Shelly, our agent booked us a 4 night stay at Chapungu Tented Lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. We traveled to Hoedspruit from Cape Town, which took about 3 hours total. We hopped on a tiny plane and got to see an awesome aerial view of South Africa.  Chapungu is about 30+ minutes from the airport (I’m pretty sure it’s because of the miles of unpaved roads we had to travel slowly on).

LODGING: C H A P U N G U

Welcome to Chapungu! Isn’t it a dream?? I mean, I was NOT happy about leaving this little paradise in the savanna (but the hubs wouldn’t let me stay).

I so wish we came in the summer time so I could’ve taken dip in this ridiculously cute pool! I should’ve jacked one of the wet suits from our shark dive– next time!

Oh high zen garden! There were zero phones and televisions in our rooms. It was so neat to see people really embracing being unplugged and cuddle up with a blanket and book in between our drives.

R O O M | W I T H  A  V I E W

And that cute little canvas tent was our little abode (have I mentioned I never wanted to leave??) There is a total of 8 tents on property- limiting the number of guests to about 16-18. I LOVED how intimate this set up is.

Can we talk about this view?? Every morning, John and I woke up to the sounds of monkeys and birds! So cool! The double doors to our rooms easily opened up to have an indoor out door feel. At night, the staff would turn down the rooms (including the mosquito nets). Such a dreamy sight to come back from a chilly drive to have the heaters on, and the curtains and canopy let down.

HONEYMOON SURPRISE:  V I N O | B U B B L E S

I mean, check out this awesome surprise we walked into after one of our evening game drives!

Warm bath drawn for us overlooking the wilderness and a yummy bottle of wine! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take advantage of the bath tub considering it was 1) outdoors and 2) winter! I said brrrrrr!

DINING:  F A M I L Y |  S T Y L E

This area hosted our EARLY morning coffee/ tea and post morning game drive breakfasts! I love that all of the guests were situated together and we were able to share stories from our drives as well as get to know everyone personally. We met some of the sweetest visitors on this trip (and even had a couple of Americans to relate to!)

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Seriously, one of my favorite things about our accommodations is the family-style set up they created for every meal. Our dinner location would change every night, so it was always such a fun surprise after our game drives! I think my favorite spot is the hidden gem where they held their braai’s (barbecue). Can we stop for a second and talk about South Africa’s barbecue 2.0?? This seriously trumps what we have here in the states. A braai revolves around food and fire (see picture above). Food is cooked on wood (not gas grills) and it’s truly a process. This was one of my favorite nights. Our Ranger, Henry, was able to join us allowing us to actually talk without having to yell from a car’s distance. After dinner, a few of us gathered around the fire to finish the rest of our drinks before we headed back for another early morning game drive.

SO MUCH to talk about so I’m splitting up our trip and dedicating a separate post just about the game drives and our Chapungu Tribe!

-Xo Em

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South African Honeymoon Shoot

S M I L E | S U G A R


Photography: Yeah Yeah Photography

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I consider myself relatively savvy when it comes to social media- I mean, I’m on it Every. Day. Instagram is one of those portals that I feel people are missing out on its full potential. Sure it’s a great way to post pictures and keep up with blogs/ brands on a daily basis BUT I also use it as my personal “Google.” Let me explain…

When looking for vendors such as photographers, make up artists, hair stylists, etc. most people probably Google and/or use blogs such as Wedding Wire or The Knot, I choose to hashtag! I hop on my Instagram account and start looking for hashtags for vendors. For instance, I live in Arizona, so if I was looking for an Arizona makeup artist, I’ll do a search for #muaaz (Make Up Artist AZ). For photographers, I go into a deep rabbit hole! Once I find a photographer in an area that I connect with, I then look at the people THEY are following. Like a tiny community, like-minded vendors are friends with another and typically share similar styles and interests. Voila! That’s how you get your hands on AWESOME vendors while getting a sneak peak into their work through Instagram!

Loooooong story short, that’s how we found Yeah Yeah Photography! Helena is the magician behind the lens and she was BEYOND accommodating. After a few short weeks of communicating via email and brainstorming on sites, we finally met Helena at Llandudno Beach, Cape Town.

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We chose this spot for its large boulders and white sands! I was expecting sunshine and a Snapchat- worthy glow at sunrise. Instead, we got gray skies and light sprinkles! I still adore the pictures and love its unique mood!

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 The second location, which Helena was so gracious to drive us tourists to, is the beautiful town of Bo-Kaap. Known for its pastel colored homes and cobble stoned streets, the three of us walked this rainbow connection to take the rest of our photos!

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 I know! I feel like I had a “double rainbow” moment too when I saw first laid eyes on Bo-Kaap! If you plan on going to Cape Town on holiday, we URGE you to go to Bo-kaap and see if for yourself! Hopefully you’ll get our sunshine!

Xo

-Em

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