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Welcome to where the fun is! This page is the gateway to some of my all time favorite shots from the amazing Prickly Pear VIP couples I've had the honor to work with along with all the information you need to know if the Prickly Pear VIP experience is right for you!

Click above on the Featured Galleries button to the left to see a preview of the specific types of sessions and wedding experiences I offer, click on the wedding or couples portfolio links on the right to get a broad view of my style as a whole! 

Welcome to where the fun is! This page is the gateway to some of my all time favorite shots from the amazing Prickly Pear VIP couples I've had the honor to work with!

Click on the wedding or couples portfolio links to get a broad view of my style as a whole, or select the Featured Galleries to see a preview of the specific types of sessions and wedding experiences I offer! 

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She’s not only a great photographer,

Marquette is a dream to work with.

she takes great care of you

"She made me feel so comfortable behind the camera. She takes beautiful photos. At our wedding, we had cupcakes and they went really fast. Before they were all gone, Marquette brought us a plate of cupcakes so we were able to enjoy them too. She’s not only a great photographer, she takes great care of you! I highly recommend her!."

Tad and Jennifer

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Just like no two DIY projects are alike, no two weddings are identical. Every couple has a story and should have a day infused with their life and love!

It is so important to me that I am able to connect with each couple I serve so that I am able to tell their story well. Only if I feel like I will be the best fit to tell your story will I agree to be the one there to capture your wedding day. Because I honestly don't think you deserve anything less. 

Info & Pricing

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I offer two main types of wedding experience pricing: 

The Full Experience:
Starting at $3550

The Mini Experience:
Starting at $1600

Contact me if you don't see what you need here!

want to see featured weddings from a specific experience? 

TAP HERE! 

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you are my very

Just like no two pine cones are identical, no two weddings are identical. Every couple has a story and should have a day infused with their life and love!

It is so important to me that I am able to connect with each couple I serve so that I am able to tell their story well. Only if I feel like I will be the best fit to tell your story will I agree to be the one there to capture your wedding day. Because I honestly don't think you deserve anything less. 

I offer two varieties of wedding experiences: 






Info & Pricing

The Full Experience: $3550
The Mini Experience: $1600
Need something a little different? Send me a message!


want to see featured weddings from a specific experience?

CLICK HERE! 

loves to laugh

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believes that simple is stunning

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embraces the silly

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LOVES A MOUNTAIN VISTA

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ENJOYs an evening 
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HAS A PLACE IN THEIR HEART FOR THE DESERT

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I believe two things about your love story. Well, I believe many things about all love stories, but they all boil down to these two truths: 

1. Your story is not boring, cliche, or lame. Every love story is beautiful, and every story is worthy of being told. Don't believe me? Let me show you just how awesome your story is!

2. Your story can be a support and strength to you and your family for years and years to come. Generations in fact!

Want my super not-so-secret method for telling stories? It all boils down to planning, writing, and telling the story. And then of course every good story has a sequel! Click the options below to learn about each section of the process, how I approach it, and how it builds your story!

 

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As an English major, all my best papers started out with a good outline and plan. Once there was a good foundation to build on, everything else went smoothly! I believe the same process makes a huge difference in your wedding! Let me be your planning sidekick! 

Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you're an official Prickly Pear VIP and we can jump into all the fun details! Like...


timeline planning

This is likely the first time you've planned a wedding timeline! I'm sure thoughts like these are flying through your brains:

"Do I really need that much time to get ready?"
"Oh, Family Portraits, I bet those could be knocked out in 5 minutes!"
"When is the best time to be taking photos?!"

After shooting over 50 weddings I've learned tips and tricks to planning out an amazing timeline that gives you the best light and photos AND maximizes your time with your loved ones! The timeline is one of the first things we address, and then that big hairy monster is off your to-do list!


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As an English major, all my best papers started out with a good outline and plan. Once there was a good foundation to build on, everything else went smooth! I believe the same process makes a huge difference in your wedding! Let me be your planning sidekick! 

Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you're an official Prickly Pear VIP and we can jump into all the fun details! Like...


Engagement session planning

The Engagement Session is such a big part of the wedding experience! It helps us get to know each other and is actually one of my secret sidekick weapons! You see, at the Engagement session we learn to work together and I discover your strengths and killer posing skills to help you feel like the rockstar and superhero you are! That way once we get to the wedding you already know you can rock your photos and we make magic happen together! 

I'm always available to help with finding just the right location, matching outfits to fit personalities, seasons, and settings, and making sure that you guys leave your engagement session more in love with each other than when you arrived!


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As an English major, all my best papers started out with a good outline and plan. Once there was a good foundation to build on, everything else went smooth! I believe the same process makes a huge difference in your wedding! Let me be your planning sidekick! 

Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you're an official Prickly Pear VIP and we can jump into all the fun details! Like...


assembling your vendor team

Working in the Wedding Industry I've had the honor of meeting so many talented creatives and business owners who have a heart for their couples and for providing an amazing product and experience. From cakes, venues, and signs, to caterers, dj's, and florists, your team makes a difference and I would love to give you some referrals to the amazing men and women I have had the honor of working with! 

Going the DIY route with some of your vendor slots? I've also got some great resources and tips there with where to get supplies and any extra help you might need. 





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As an English major, all my best papers started out with a good outline and plan. Once there was a good foundation to build on, everything else went smooth! I believe the same process makes a huge difference in your wedding! Let me be your planning sidekick! 

Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you're an official Prickly Pear VIP and we can jump into all the fun details! Like...


wedding wednesday

On the blog you will find a category called Wedding Wednesday that is full of posts written especially for my Prickly Pear VIP couples. With posts about what details to bring (and why), to simple tips to improve a reception, to what to wear for engagement sessions, the Wedding Wednesday series is a great resource for planning! And it is constantly growing! 

Click here to scroll through the Wedding Wednesday posts on the blog.
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As an English major, all my best papers started out with a good outline and plan. Once there was a good foundation to build on, everything else went smooth! I believe the same process makes a huge difference in your wedding! Let me be your planning sidekick! 

Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, you're an official Prickly Pear VIP and we can jump into all the fun details! Like...


the prickly pear vip facebook group

Want tips from veteran Prickly Pear VIP couples? Looking for a place to get unique bridesmaid dresses but don't know where to start looking? Need someone to bounce an idea off of about favors? There is a Facebook group exclusively for all the past and present Prickly Pear VIPs, and you'll find some of the most amazing people in there full of great ideas and support! 

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Planning Your Story

Capturing Your Story

From the excited anticipation while getting ready, to the details you searched for on the internet and in stores for months, to the way your Dad looks when he sees you for the first time, to your first kiss as husband and wife, to the party on the dance floor, your story is playing out before everyone's eyes.





But even as hard as you might try, you can't take it all in. I know I couldn't take everything in on my wedding day! There were moments I didn't get to see, moments I couldn't be a part of. I don't want you or your family to miss any part of your wedding day! 

My team and I can be your extra set of eyes! 







All through the day we coordinate to make sure that we cover as much of your day and your story as possible so that when your gallery comes in and your snuggled on the couch together to relive your wedding day as you look through your photos, you get to see the entire story play out before your eyes! Without these photos you would miss seeing the antics of the flower girl as she walks up the aisle, or the guys' man hug as they send your groom off to the First Look, or the wedding burro sneaking a cookie, or the way your Mom is crying as she watches the two of you dance for the first time as husband and wife. These are the special moments in the story that you will treasure for years to come! That is why I take this role so serious! 

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In the Living Room of my childhood home was my Mother's beautiful china cabinet, handmade by my Dad. There on the bottom shelf sat a blue and white checkered album next to two black bound albums. I spent hours of my childhood sitting on the floor by the china cabinet, pulling those books out, and turning each page as I dove into the stories there in front of me.

Mom and Dad's engagements in the mountains where we have our family reunion every year. Mom's beautiful long white wedding dress that I swore I would wear someday for my wedding (but which I outgrew when I was 10!). Photos of my aunt and uncle singing at the reception. Mom and Dad dancing, something I still love watching to this day.

Seeing the photos, and being able to match them to the real life love story I saw between them every single day was powerful. Those books still sit in my parents Living Room, and I still love going through them. Those albums are treasures. 

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When you face trials in your marriage, and like my Mom and Grandma both told me, "it's not IF you will face trials, but WHEN," I challenge you to sit side by side on the sofa and look through your wedding album together. I don't know any couple who could do this and not be reminded of their love and the fact that they can make it through anything...as long as they have one another.

An album tells the story of your day in a way that no other product can. And it lives on to tell that story to your children and grandchildren. It strengthens marriages for generations!

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Each album is custom designed and printed on the finest quality Fuji Crystal Archival photographic paper and bound with your choice of a beautiful crisp linen or a 100% natural Italian leather cover that is soft to the touch yet durable. 

Lay-flat pages with a protective coating allow the story of your wedding day to shine through while helping the album stand the test of time. 

These albums look and feel beautiful! 

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You can leave the cover blank, or choose to personalize it with a few key features:

Showcase a key shot with a cameo window on the front cover! 

Include your names and wedding date in a classic and elegant font through either debossing or embossing on the front cover!

These touches are simple but can add so much to an album!

Telling Your Story

Your Story: The Sequels

Star Wars. Harry Potter. Anne of Green Gables. Pirates of the Caribbean. (I bet you never thought to see those titles all in a list together!) Which part of those stories is the best? The first story, or one of the sequels? I can never decide! 

So many see the wedding as THE story, and while it is a HUGE story in your life, it is not the final saga. There will be anniversaries, babies, graduations, new homes, grandchildren, and so many other beautiful parts of your love story. Helping you preserve and tell your story, each sequel of it, is such an honor. I always do what I can to make room in my schedule for sessions for my Prickly Pear VIP's and the continuing sequels in their lives! Once a Prickly Pear VIP, always a Prickly Pear VIP.

Because just like the Value of Albums video says, "Seasons change, but your memories should last forever." 

I do! LDS Weddings take a different approach, so I have a whole separate pricing structure and plan! Send me a message and I can get info to you for a temple wedding!

+ do you shoot lds temple weddings?

FAQ

If you're not from the Southwest, you may have no idea what a Prickly Pear even is! It's my very favorite cactus, and the fruit makes the best jelly! The photo on the homepage with the ring in the cactus blossom-that's a prickly pear!

+ What is a Prickly Pear?

I offer a limited number of portrait sessions each year, starting at $250 (travel fees outside of Payson will be applied). Contact me for more information. 

+ Do you shoot only weddings?

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