El Chorro Wedding

As I reflect on this wedding, I begin to feel an overwhelming sense of peace and encouragement. 

I'm sure I have these feelings due to my very first encounter with the mother of the bride. She secretly reached out to me to create some calligraphy and paper goods as a surprise for her daughter. We met at a nearby, local coffee shop for introductions, ideas, and planning. I was immediately greeted with a warm hug. She then sat across from me with the most peaceful, endearing aura, admiring every detail and idea that I suggested with the sweetest of encouragements. Within the first few moments of meeting of her, she was a mother,                she was a friend, and I could have hugged her again. 

A few days before the wedding, I met her daughter, Marissa- the radiant bride you see below; she beamed with every single bit of her mother's genuine, soulful spirit. They are the duo that bring an everlasting light to your life. It's moments and people like this that make me fall in love with what I do.

To be such a small part of such a big day, is enormous to me. 


The wedding and reception were held at El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. With a natural, picturesque mountain backdrop, not much was needed to grace the beauty of this ceremony. A wooden arbor drenched in white roses and vines of soft greenery perfectly framed the bride and groom. Simple and inviting wooden benches and a soft guitar were the only details to add to this warm, outdoor ceremony.

The bride looked stunning in a romantic and effortlessly elegant Watters gown. Her bouquet set the color scheme filled of white roses, fresh succulents, and popping anemones. The lovely bridesmaids were all so eye-catching in refreshing blue, knee length gowns. 

Guests were greeted with Jenga blocks to sign to help the newly wed couple build their memories. Alongside was a tray of vintage hankies collected by the mother of the bride as sweet tokens. The reception decor was clean and airy. A variety of white table linens allowed for a bold pop against the blue place settings. Calligraphy place cards sat on top which had been made of dipped, handmade paper. To finish each setting, was a single fresh succulent. Mercury glass centerpieces were filled with roses and white lilacs which were so soft against the striking contrast of blue thistles. An array of mini pies, tarts, homemade cookies, and a simple, fresh white cake made guests feel right at home when dessert hour came.  Mia, the sweet donkey awaited the bride and groom to kick off reception festivities. As seen in the photos, Mia may have stolen some thunder; but, nothing can end an evening like this better than the incredible saturated hues from a mountainside sunset such as this night.

Wedding colors: white, sage, blue, green. 

FULL VENDOR TEAM | Venue, El Chorro | Photography, Pinkerton Photography | Wedding Planner, A Day to Cherish | Floral Design, Studio Fiore | Cake Design, Ruze Cake House | Calligraphy, Paper & Posies | Wedding Gown, Watters | Bridesmaids Gowns, Donna Morgan | Bridal Hair, Mariam Jagodzinski | Bridal Make Up, Angela Deutsch | Vintage Hankies, Etsy | Linens, La Tavola Fine Linen | Mia the Beer Burro, Haul N Ass Productions 

Sunny Sedona Wedding

It's safe to say that it's impossible not to get lost in this day. Each photo will leave you endlessly dreaming of the photography that is so full of beauty and inspiration. I think what I love most about these photos is the effortless joy that was captured in each and every moment.

Soft and delicate colors of cream, sage, blush, and grey were so graceful in this airy, outdoor Sedona, Arizona wedding. Bold, peach peonies, white roses, and bundles of rosemary were displayed in every corner of the ceremony and reception. Hand-painted, floral watercolor signage welcomed the guests. A heart warming "First-Look" of the bride and groom was captured prior to the ceremony that will warm your heart for days.  Finally, a mountainside view for an infinity of life's new wonder and adventure together as husband and wife.

I am honored to have been even just a small part of this dreamy wedding. I am even more honored to have connected with the bride and formed a new friendship through my passion. She truly is just as beautiful on the inside as she is the outside, the photos so easily reflect that.

Photography: Vienna Glenn Photography

Styling & Event Coordination: Margaret Van Damme

Venue: Creekside Inn Sedona

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Florals: Events by Showstoppers

Signage & Calligraphy: Paper & Posies

Hair: HBH Studio

Make Up: Chanel Warwick Beauty

Bride's Gown: Lillian Lottie

Groom's Heirloom Watch: Omega Watches

Brazilian Inspired Bridal Session

I always love anything Grit + Gold produces, so to be a part of this shoot, was just ahhh...

We love this sweet and simple design that took place at Los Portales.  As a designer it’s fun to play with new colors, new textures and new flowers. So for this shoot, we kept the linens clean and simple with an organic, Belgium selection, lush oakleaf hydrangeas with pops of bougainvillea, and rich bold colors in our bouquet. All pulled together with the purpose of romance. Our model wore a beautiful soft gold Badgley Mischka gown with hair and makeup by Something You.

Full Vendor Team: Paper | Paper & Posies | Design | Grit + Gold | Tabletop Items | CB2 & World Market | Photography | Courtnee Murphy | Floral | Oh Deery

NYFW Inspired Shoot

I am so excited to share this same-sex editorial shoot which was recently featured on the amazing wedding inspiration blog, Green Wedding Shoes. The shoot was influenced by the always swoon-worthy New York Fashion Week. It is rich with organic, jewel tone elements and modern industrial settings. 

 “The team behind the concept, led by Danielle Sabol, with Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold and wardrobe designer Nicole Johnson, styled the models in black and white ensembles and the setting with a masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic. With a color palette of white, grey, amethyst, black, deep rich greens, and a pop of gold, we’re loving the dimension and depth to the design.” – GWS
The tablescape consists of a mixture of lush floral, black taper candles, and custom hanging Edison bulb lighting by W. Durable Goods. Texture is utilized by featuring a gold burst charger topped with matte grey plates and a delicate chunk of amethyst crystal for each place setting.” – Peyton Frank

Shot with a Contax645 and Yashica Mat-124G with Fuji400h film by Jeff Brummett Visuals and processed by The Film Lab.

Planning + Design – Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold

Concept + Design – Danielle Sabol

Wardrobe Design – Nicole Johnson

Stationary – Paper & Posies

Floral – We + You Studios

Venue –  Sixty Five Hundred

Tabletop Rentals – Ducky Bob’s

Table + Bench Rental – AFR

Cake – Sugar Bee Sweets

Hair + Makeup – Dallas Hair & Makeup

Lighting Fixture – W. Durable Goods

Models – Lindsey Hagemann and Meica Bradshaw