How to make an apple pie

The last few weeks have been jam packed busy for everyone in our house. I recently took a little time before heading out to a wedding to do something with Nathan that he has been wanting to do for quite awhile. He really wanted to teach me how to make an apple pie. At his school, he has cooking once a week and just over a month ago he learned how to make an apple pie. Ever since then he has been telling me, almost on a daily basis, how much he wanted to teach me. I’m not a big dessert cook and have never made one myself. He had some help on slicing the apples, but he did the rest of the cooking himself. I made sure grab the camera and snap some shots as he went through the process.
What was Nolan doing during this time? Being a good little nerd and doing his homework of course :) Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and we will be home cooking and out shooting on the weekend. We hope you have a fun filled holiday weekend and enjoy spending time with those closest to you. 

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Melissa & Jonathan – 11/15/14 Arizona Grand Resort

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Melissa & Jonathan this past year. If you follow the blog and they look familiar to you, we recently did their engagement session at the end of summer. My second shooter for this wedding, Scott A. was able to capture the guys getting ready while I was with the girls. Their first look was so fun to see, full of excitement and tears. Scott captured the reception set up in the Vista Room, while we were finishing up photos outsideCongrats Melissa & Jonathan! Have an amazing time on your honeymoon! 

Vendors for this wedding: 

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Site: Arizona Grand Resort and Spa

Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Nicole Arend Weddings & Events - Nicole Arend, Assistant – Alexis R.

Floral Design: The Pink Petal Shop

Officiant: Reverend Giovanni Weddings – Reverend Miguel

DJ: Custom Fit DJ Services – Mike Moyer

Make-up: Creme de la makeup - Arielle Rondeau

Tuxedo: Celebrity Tux & Tails

Dress Shop: Schaffers

Photography: Memories Through Time – Amanda Howard, Second Shooter – Scott A.

Photo Booth: Memories Through Time

Wedding invitations and custom paper creations: C. Lacey Design

Party Favors: Pretzels from Corleones 

Chalk board sign: Modern Revival 

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Brooke & Alec – 11/1/14

I really loved their first look! The reactions were very touching and it was great to see them take it all in. Great shot above left and below by my fabulous second shooter Brian M.

Brian was able to capture the reception details beautifully, above and below, while we were finishing up photos at the church. 

Congrats Brooke & Alec! Have a wonderful and relaxing time on your honeymoon! 

Vendors for this wedding:

Pre wedding photos: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Wedding Ceremony Site: The Grove

Reception Site: Private Residence

Wedding Planner and coordinator: Nicole Arend Weddings & Events - Nicole Arend, Assistant – Alexis R.

Floral design – bouquets & boutonnieres: The Pink Petal Shop

Floral design – ceremony & cake – Bella Dolce and Flora

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

DJ: Birkett Entertainment

Photography: Memories Through Time - Amanda Howard, Second Shooter – Brian M.

Videography: Memories Through time – Mike Howard, Assistant – Tanner W.

Caterer: Straight to the Plate

Cake: Inspired Sugar

Hair & Make-up: Baby Doll

Transportation: Platinum Ride Limo

 

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The calm before the storm

This week my two boys had fall break from school so we headed over to Vertuccio Farms near our house for their fall festival. I’ve been editing like a crazy lady for the last couple of weeks and getting ready for the fall wedding season that is almost upon us! I haven’t shared much on the home front for awhile; mainly we’ve been busy with everyone’s day to day schedules. This week I really tried to slow things down a bit, so the boys could get a breather and finally spend some time outside somewhere other than in a swimming pool! For those of you that live in Phoenix, you know that we are now coming out of hibernation. Congrats, we survived another summer! Nolan showing me how big his pumpkin will be.

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