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I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers; thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.  // Pablo Neruda

The very talented Andrew Abajian made a short-film capturing the story of these Runaway’s. Thank you so much Andrew for your talent, time & incredible passion for storytelling!

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors that made this shoot possible!

Cinematography Direction: Andrew Abajian

Table Design: She’s in the Details

Fashion Stylist: Kaley Lodeen

Hair & Make-Up: Jolie Beauty – Sara Wilson

Badass Florist: Bloomwell & Co.

Dress: The Dress Theory

Props: Archive Rentals 

Calligraphy: Hello Makenna

Bride & Groom Models: Emily Duncan & Austin Jones (thank you so much Emily & Austin for getting fake married & sharing your real life couple awesomeness!)

A special thank you to my friends (& incredible family) that made the ride out to the desert to join in on all of the fun! You guys are the best & I hope you had some fun 🙂 And a very special thank you to Emma — thank you for all of the support behind the scenes, the month leading up to the shoot & all of your amazing help the day of! I could not have done it without you all 🙂 Thank you!

This was an adventure! I had been at a bachelorette party in Vegas all weekend, trekked out to Joshua Tree (which I had never visited before) and met these AMAZING humans to make some rad images! There is a lot of love, friendship and joyful hearts in this post. I really enjoyed hiking around the park, looking for epic shots with Ariel (who is also an amazing Videographer) and chasing after the light. Good times were had by all.

A side note: the nighttime shots….THANK YOU Ariel & Nikki for staying late, climbing crazy rocks in the dark and being willing to stand still for an unusual amount of time. The night shots are 45 second exposures, using (2) LED panels and the gorgeous stars by a pretty magnificent creator to light up the subjects and background. I hope you enjoy this shoot! It definitely was a blast to capture!

Cannot wait to shoot their wedding next week!

  • June 26, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Emily Arnold - THESE ARE SO SWEET NICOLE. You captured such tender moments, and I just love the peacefulness and joy in these. The way Ariel holds her face! SO cute.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Emily Arnold - OH MY GOSH AND THAT DRESS. AND THOSE STARS. I can’t believe those last 3 images. I hope they blow one up HUGE in their new home.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Emily - SUCH GREAT WORK.ReplyCancel

This engagement session was all about capturing a Utah girl’s & California boy’s love for one another. On vacation visiting Austin’s family, they were able venture down to Laguna Beach to sneak in a shoot complete with a 1966 Ford Mustang that Austin & his dad restored. Rad points! My heart was filled and cheeks were hurting from laughing so much with this amazing couple. Austin & Chandra, congratulations and keep adventuring through life together!