An Arizona Engagement with Paper Antler Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Engagements

A few weeks ago I had the honor of working with an extremely talented team on a fresh Southwest-inspired style wedding photoshoot (coming soon)!  To get warmed up, we snagged our models (the newly engaged and totally lovely- Brigette and Alexis) for an engagement shoot in the mountains near Tucson, Arizona.  Paper Antler worked their (as usual) incredible photo magic… and captured these two lovebirds in the scenic desert landscape.  My sweet friends at Tres Boutique styled their ensembles with a mix of new and vintage pieces. Before sunrise, we headed up to a spot called Gate’s Pass to catch the morning light in the rugged desert mountains.  It happened to rain a little that morning (a welcome treat for Tucson), so there was a lot of cloud cover in the typically clear southern Arizona skies.  We wanted Brigette and Alexis’ charm and an amazing wardrobe to be the focus of the shoot, against the awe-inspiring backdrop.  Akiko, owner and head stylist of Tres Boutique, outfitted Brigette in a gorgeous, translucent pink and melon colored dress (which retails for just about $50 if you can believe it)!  Alexis wore a vintage plaid button down, a very cool bomber jacket and fitted jeans.
Brigette and Alexis are such an awesome duo… Brigette is a master yoga instructor and Alexis is a nationally-renowned rock climbing guide….And they’re incredibly sweet… and so gorgeous.  

For me, one of the highlights of this photoshoot was getting to meet Jonny and Michelle of  Paper Antler.  I had been following their work for the last year, corresponding with them tons… totally in awe of the way that they’ve paired their talents photographing couples with a way to do extraordinary global service work.   The rundown:  They’re photographing 50 weddings in 2012 around the country.  They’re donating $1,000 from each wedding to benefit She Dances, an organization that provides holistic restoration to victims of human trafficking.  Wow.  It’s seriously good work they’re doing.  Did I mention they are two of the coolest peeps I’ve ever met?  Yup.. hire them for wedding if they’ve got your date open.. (You’ll thank me : ) You can find out more about their efforts at www.thefiftynifty.com or in the video down below!

Photographs by Paper Antler

Wardrobe Styling by Tres Boutique

A special thanks to Jonny, Michelle, Brigette, Alexis and Akiko for making this gorgeous shoot happen… stay tuned for more from this talented group…

And last, but not least, Jonny + Michelle on The Fifty Nifty:

fifty nifty from paper antler on Vimeo.

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