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Wedgewood Ocotillo Golf Resort Wedding / / Nicole and Denis

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November 21, 2019

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Nicole and Denis’ wedding at the Wedgewood Ocotillo Golf Course in Chandler, Arizona was nothing short of amazing! This darling couple’s story began when they met online. Their wedding day started with lots of hugs and laughter. As I photographed all the stunning bridal details, Nicole and her bride tribe all settled into the bridal suite. Honestly, photographing details is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day. I love carefully arranging the flowers, invitations, jewelry, etc in a way that visually represents all the months of planning and thought that the bride poured into creating such a magical day!

After details and getting ready candids, we then moved into getting Nicole into her wedding dress. Never have I seen a dress that was more made for a bride. It fit her like a glove. Prior to the wedding day I love to spend time finding out which moments the couple most looks forward to on their wedding day, so that I can dedicate a little extra focus to those moments. One of these moments that Nicole expressed she most looked forward to was her mother helping her into her dress. It was so touching as I watched her mother gently button up the back of her dress and delicately place her veil. I wanted to create a quiet moment for the two of them, so I invited them to hold hands and for Deba, Nicole’s mother, to express her love and pride for her daughter on her wedding day. Guys, it was heart-melting!

We then made our way outside for a first look with her bridesmaids. These girls were truly a delight to be around, and their faces when Nicole came around the corner were priceless! They all wrapped her up in a supportive and loving hug, and her darling maid of honor and cousin, Anita, even started to get teary. All day these girls were so incredibly sweet! Throughout the day they were so kind, inclusive, and encouraging… just like Nicole.

With a bride as gorgeous as Nicole, we couldn’t just do one first look. Minutes before the ceremony, we set up a moment for Mehran, Nicole’s father to see his daughter before walking down the aisle. When Nicole turned the corner and started walking towards her father, you could feel the pride and love Mehran wore on his face as he looked at his only daughter on her wedding day.  As a parent, I recognized that look well. There is truly nothing better than seeing your child happy and successful.

I can’t forget to gush on our groom. Denis is equally as amazing as Nicole, are you surprised? 🙂 He has such a great sense of humor and what I noticed most about him was his calming demeanor. He is a very steady and supportive partner to Nicole. It was entertaining watching the groomsmen all hanging out before the ceremony. Joking, pouring shots, and overall just having a good time! They all had a good laugh as Kimberly and I posed them for a few getting ready photos prior to the ceremony. They were all such good sports putting up with us. 🙂

In case you have never visited Arizona in November, it is absolutely perfect. It is what keeps all of us locals here through the blazing summer temperatures. The weather is mild and warm and with the scenic backdrop of Wedgewood Ocotillo golf resort, all of the wedding portraits were beautiful! Even though we were working quickly after the ceremony to get everything accomplished, you would never know it looking at their portraits! Nicole and Denis are so in love it was so natural and easy to pose them. They are both such warm, fun-loving people. I feel much as Nicole did when she commented on one of her sneak peek photos, “Can we do it [the wedding] again?!”

The rest of the night was amazing! Family and friends shared touching words during their toasts and the dancing was absolutely the best! I failed to mention before, but this wedding was a blending of two cultures. Denis is from Russia, while Nicole’s family is Persian. From the ceremony to deserts to music, the entire day was the perfect fusion of these two cultures. We even got to have a belly dancing performance at the end of the night when two guests came out with their  hip scarves. Nicole and Denis, I just adore you both! Your day was magical and it was such an honor to be the one to capture it all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with telling your love story through my photography!


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Groom with Groomsmen posing ideas Ocotillo Oasis by Wedgewood in Chandler, Arizona


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Creative Team

There were an amazing team of vendors who made Nicole and Denis’ wedding so dreamy. The scenic venue this couple chose was Wedgewood Ocotillo Weddings. Natalia who is the wedding coordinator for the venue did a phenomenal job! Nicole chose to wear a stunning off the shoulder wedding gown that she purchased at Brilliant Bridal. The blush, ivory, and yellow florals were artistically arranged by Beloved Lily Flowers. Courtney Ness-Footitt with Seventh Ave Beauty did an incredible job with hair while Viviana did an amazing job with make-up. The elegant three tiered cake was created by Piece of Cake AZ. All of these vendors came together to create a perfect wedding day!

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