i love me some adventurous, life-loving, fresh-air thriving couples who value those simple, beautiful things in life.

couples like steph and russ, who are head-over-heels in love, completely comfortable with who they are, who take the time to notice the bugs, the dust, the stars, and live every minute mindfully, especially on their wedding day. their love-celebration was nothing short of a true representation of their story and personality. a laid-back, love-fest, focused on having a “real good time” from start to finish.

there was early morning fishing and swimming in the cold creek nearby, exchanged love notes tucked in their dog ruka’s collar, favorite home recipes served at the reception, framed portraits of absent loved ones, a walk down the isle in mom’s wedding dress..

brandon and i looked at each other with euphoric mad smiles as we howled at the “super moon” with steph and russ, overjoyed, fulfilled, and intensely inspired by it all.

once the night fell, i took a few steps back, and a few more, and a few more.. until i could grasp all the elements i wanted in my frame. the strangely bright yet dark blue sky, the jagged tree line of ponderosa pines, and in the distance, a long glowing strand of light scalloping above the banquet tables surrounded by dearest friends and family.

come, and have a seat there as well..

this is the meaningful wedding story of steph and russ, in payson arizona.

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venue: the retreat at tontozona
coordinator: susan jacobson of an enchanted occasion 
dj: push play entertainment
caterer: misfits 260 café
hair & make-up: amber crain & alex foss
bride’s dress: mom’s / seamstress: mrs. lombardi
bride’s shoes: tom’s
bridesmaids outfits: urban outfitters
graphic designer: andrea heser of featherpress design
photographers: brandon & galaxie 
music: gracious by ben howard

here are some fun behind-the-scenes shots of us capturing steph & russ by the creek.

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our vision might be a little more adventurous than we are, and it has us taking our gear to risky places.. but we think it’s worth it.

 

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3 COMMENTS
  • Andrea on August 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Absolutely beautiful Galaxie! You captured everything so perfectly. I just can’t get over the fact about how talented you are. xoxox

  • Erma Zajkowski on August 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Galaxie, you and Brandon do very well capturing all those precious moments. Thanks again.

  • Melissa on February 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Absolutely stunning. Your photos paint such an amazing story of this wedding. Makes me wish I was there.