Verenice & Wesley | Julieanna's Patio Cafe

WHEN YOU FALL IN LOVE, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO STAND AGAIN – EINSTEIN

Julieanna’s Patio Cafe is like a little oasis hidden in an otherwise inconspicuous corner of Yuma. It’s known for great food, whimsical artwork, and—of course—the glorious birds that grace the patio. It is quite a beautiful venue with its classic charm and quirky vibe.

Verenice and Wesley tied the knot there in a gorgeous, bilingual ceremony last fall among family and friends. The couple are kind, dedicated to each other and living a life of service, and have quick and enthusiastic smiles.

Here are a few of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!

Moody | Wedding | From the Farm

You’ve got to love the charm of a farm wedding. In true Yuman fashion, on a gorgeous December evening full of romance, friends and family, Megan and Robbie tied the knot at From the Farm. The venue was all rustic charm and they put their own personal touches on it with jars of Jolly Ranchers and a neat twist on the traditional guest book. Their families and friends are important to them, and it’s easy to see the devotion is mutual!

Enjoy!

Venue | From the Farm

Hair | Taylor Canan

Makeup | Eliza Moody

Dress | Cassandra Grace Bridal

Caterer | Robert Molina of 2Fifty1

Bartender | Lush

Karen & Skyler | Christmas Wedding at the Sanguinetti House Museum

When you are a photographer, it’s hard to hire a photographer. You have preferences when it comes to ISO, contrast, depth of field. You see hints of magenta and green and blue in skin tones. You see grain and eyelashes and pores. You know exactly how you’d like to take certain shots. You know how you’d edit, how much contrast, how dark you like your blacks and how blown out you like your highlights.

Point is … it’s HARD to turn all that over to another photographer.

When Skyler first approached me about photographing his wedding, I was a bit nervous. I know he has his preferences, just as I would, and I know he’ll be able to spot all of my mistakes. (( mean … not that I’d ever make any … right?!)

However, he and his wife, Karen, ended up being some of my favorite clients ever. Being a photographer makes it hard to hire a photographer, but it also means you value photography. They gave me any time I asked for, were up for anything—including dancing in the street and knocking on stranger’s doors—gave me free rein to go anywhere and do anything to get the shot I wanted. They were flexible and cool. They respected me and my vision in a way that reignited my sense of creativity and love for the craft.

Skyler and Karen, it was such a true pleasure and honor to have worked with you. Your wedding was beautiful and I’m so pleased to have been able to share it with you.

Oh, and it was Christmas! I can’t not mention that this was some of my favorite decor ever!

Venue | The Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens

Catering | Tacos el Joroco

Officiant | Fausto Lopez

Martin | Wedding | Fiesta Park

I first met Courtney … gosh … years ago? She hired me for their wedding, warning me that she and her fiance were “awkward.” The wedding was rescheduled. Our kids shared a kindergarten class. They contemplated eloping to the Garden of the Gods and bringing me with them. Finally, this October, after years of loving each other and building a family together, they finally tied the knot.

Enjoy.


Venue |Fiesta Park | 10830 Somerton Ave

Dress |David’s Bridal

Catering |Uncle Bubba’s Tri Tip and Texas Roadhouse

Makeup | Makeup by Gabby

Flowers | FLWRS & Co.

Suits | Code Boutique

Old Town Wine Cellar

I don't know if you know this about me, but I'm an avid wine drinker. More avid after having two kids within two years.

So, I was pretty excited to get a request to do a shoot at Yuma's Old Town Wine Cellar. I'd never been there before, and was absolutely charmed by the place and its owner, Mike. To put your mind at ease, Mike is not at all judgy about those of us (me included) who adore everything about wine but know next to nothing about it besides, "Hey, this tastes good!"

It's nestled in one of those cute little alleys off Main Street, behind the Pint House. 

When you enter through the unique double-doors, you find yourself in a beautiful, historic building, with wooden shelves lining the walls and cork and glass topped tables where you can sip a glass of wine from the tasting menu.

Mike holds daily wine tastings, where you can bring a few friends, samples some wines, enjoy a glass, and take home a few bottles. 

Go check it out! I know I'll be back. 

Old Town Wine Cellar | Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-& PM | 265 S Main St E
Yuma, AZ 85364 | www.yumawine.com

Accurate Automotive Attention

I was hired recently by Ratchet & Wrench magazine to take some photos for their January 2018 issue highlighting one of our local businesses. So, I had the opportunity to spend a morning with Russell McCloud of Accurate Automotive Attention in Yuma.

The shop is on 3rd Avenue, just down the block from the new Sprouts market, although they have multiple locations, including one in the foothills. 

This is a family business, Russell tells me. His father, Dennis McCloud, started it, he took over, and he introduced me to several members of the third generation who were working there including his two sons. And sure enough, the shop is infused with history: family photos adorn the walls, alongside images of historic Yuma. Even the people who work there who aren't technically related still seem like family. 

McCloud, who also serves the community as a County Supervisor, is being featured due to his work with 20 groups, where shop owners meet in groups of 20, do intensive education, and bring their knowledge back home to revolutionize their businesses. He credits Accurate Automotive Attention's success to their impeccable customer service.