Aug 15, 2017

Martin and Kara’s Fort Tuthill, Flagstaff, AZ Wedding

Neither Martin nor Kara could quit smiling as they got ready for their Fort Tuthill Mexican Fiesta Wedding in Flagstaff, AZ this past weekend. They were so ready, so happy, and so full of awesome emotion. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a bride as happy as you are!” and all of us in the room had to agree with Amy, the talented Hair and Makeup Artist for the day. Kara and Martin just radiated joy and happiness!

Everything about this wedding was awesome. If you know me at all, you know I have a deep love of anything orange, so I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for months now! From the orange dresses, to the GORGEOUS cascading bouquet, to her beautiful gown and his immaculate mariachi suit, and the scrumptious food, their wedding was beautiful, fun, yummy, and full of life all the way through! The emotions packed into the day were incredible to take part in.

What kind of people are Martin and Kara, you ask? Well, when the owner of the restaurant where they both work shuts the place down for the day in honor of their wedding, you know these two have to be pretty special.

The day started at the Home Away they had reserved in Flagstaff for the bridal party to get ready at. We walked in and the atmosphere was so laid back, happy, and full of fun anticipation! We immediately got started on Kara’s details, and they just made my heart do happy dances!

At our first meeting, Kara and Martin told me their plans for Martin’s suit, and I couldn’t wait! It was PERFECT on him and for the day. Super fun!!

As the bridal preparations wrapped up, the rain clouds moved in. We’d all been watching and hoping they’d stay away, but they moved on in and drenched the town! We waited the worst of it out and then the show had to go on! For the Bridals and Bridesmaid shots we went out to the spectacular Arboretum at Flagstaff. Guys, this place is gorgeous! I’m totally sold!

And then it was time for the ceremony! The paper flower arch with the beautiful forest backdrop couldn’t have been a better combination. As I walked up to the ceremony site and say Martin for the first time that day, he ran over and gave me the biggest hug. He was so excited, and so excited to see me, and it made my entire day! Martin makes everyone around him feel better and appreciated!


I loved that Martin and Kara made sure that their sweet pups were a part of the day! Lucy’s tutu was quite the hit, and the boys’ bowties were adorable!

Kara and Martin wrote such heartfelt vows. Martin read his to her in English, and Kara read hers to him in Spanish. They created the most beautiful bilingual and blended wedding! It was touching on so many levels!

Going through the photos I got teary when I came the the shots of Kara’s Dad walking her down the aisle, and then nearly lost it when I got to this shot. Look at the love and joy shining out of his face!

You guys, they had the cutest first dance I’ve seen yet! They choreographed the first half and slow danced the second half, and it was so fun!!

Dinner was amazing. SO AMAZING! These “street tacos” were to die for, and the salsa were phenomenal. Oh man!

Between dinner and dancing, the evening was filled with heartfelt toasts, emotional dances with their parents, a dog pile to catch the garter, and as the sun set beneath the clouds we all got to see the prettiest rainbow light up the sky. It was all so beautiful, and such an amazing celebration of Kara and Martin.

Martin and Kara, thank you so much for inviting me into your day. I went home on cloud nine! From the way you both hugged me hello and goodbye, to the roller coaster of emotions I got to witness and feel all day, to the sweet way everyone there wanted to be near you both, the love you have for life and everyone around you is evident! Thank you for your goodness! I can’t wait to catch up with you guys again!

Vendors and Creative Team: 

Wedding Venue: Fort Tuthill County Park
Bridal Venue: The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York
Bridal Store: Bella Lily Bridal
Groom’s Apparel: El Charro
Bridesmaid Dresses: El Mercado de Cielos
Wedding Planner: Kara and Martin
Hair and Make Up: Amy Martinez, Unique Salon
Officiant: Andrew Ohumukini
Florist: Kelly Trotter, Safeway
DJ: Douglas Garner Jr: DJ D-Frsh
Cake Artist: Dawn Kirkham
Caterer: Taquiza Yiyo

And a HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Lara Gabrielsen!!

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  1. Karen Shoufler

    August 16th, 2017 at 6:51 am

    These are awesome!! I love all of the color!!! And those shoes!!

  2. Marquette LaRee

    August 16th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Those shoes were my favorite! I just happy danced all day long!

  3. Kristy L Tucker

    August 16th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Oh man, that groom….if anyone could look at his smile and not start smiling themselves they’d have to have a cold heart!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    August 16th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Right?!?! My face hurt from smiling all day when I went home!

  5. Misty

    August 16th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I love all the flair of this whole day!!!! His suit is amazing!!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    August 16th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    It really was all so fun! I loved every bit!

  7. Marley Caliendo

    August 16th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Such a beautiful couple and such amazing photos to capture the love of the day! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sandra Villalobos

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I love both of them so much and I feel so honored to have been part of this wedding. I wish them both the best and I wish then eternal happiness. This wedding was so beautiful and so fun!

  9. Mckenna

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    So beautiful! All of it!

  10. Loralie

    August 16th, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Amazing pictures!!! Beautiful bride and such a happy groom. Love the pops of colors!

  11. Megen

    August 16th, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to Kara and Martin!

  12. Carly

    August 16th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    It was a beautiful day! So happy I could be a part of it. Love you guys!

  13. Hawken Gore

    August 16th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Kara and Martin you guys are glowing. It is such an honor to know you guys and share in your love.

  14. Noah Gooby

    August 16th, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Kara it is such an honor to work with you and you look so beautiful. Martin I loved the suit!

  15. Riley Wise

    August 16th, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful wedding! It was really fun and the food was great too!

  16. Ashley Smith

    August 16th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Kara you looked amazing! You and Martine are such great people to work with and im so happy for you both!

  17. Ethan Gooby

    August 16th, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Kara! Martin! You both look stunning. Bless both of you and I can’t wait to see the rest.

  18. Cloe Sliva

    August 17th, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This turned out so amazingly! Love the ones of the dancing. And yes, the shoes are fantastic.

  19. Daniel Crutchfield

    August 17th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Amazing shots! Tina, Kara; you guys look amazing and that was hands down one of the best weddings I’ve ever been to. I love you beautiful people! Stay golden. Also, to the photographer, great job on the shots.

  20. Mama Self

    August 17th, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    These photos carry the essence of the day. Marquette has a way with words and pictures. I love everything. So happy for my baby girl and new son.

  21. Jesse Quisido

    August 17th, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    You captured their wedding perfectly. I love all of these pictures, you did an incredible job capturing the vibe and smiles at the wedding. Thank you!

  22. Kim and Vene Quisido

    August 17th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I love these pictures, you did a wonderful job with your pictures. You did a beautiful job capturing their wedding.

  23. Martin Delgado

    August 17th, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    My son and new daughter look so happy.

  24. Sarah Valasakos

    August 18th, 2017 at 10:03 am

    This blog is really really spectacular. I love everything about it! The photos are absolutely gorgeous and perfectly capture the whole day. While reading the post, I felt like I was really at the wedding! Congratulations Kara and Martin!! No words can truly express how happy O’Keeffey and I are for yous twos! We love you guys to the stars!

  25. Christopher Rechel

    August 18th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Whoa, what an awesome fantastico time! These photos really capture the love and beauty that I see in Martin and Kara everyday.

  26. Ryann Dubose

    August 18th, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Kara you look so glowing! It is such an honor to have you as my manager!
    Cannot wait to see the rest. Congrats!

  27. Sean Kempf

    August 18th, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Kara, I love seeing this side of you in contrast from work. It is amazing to see the beauty and spectacle that came from this wedding. Congrats!!

  28. Rae DuBois

    August 18th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Love these photos sorry I missed the wedding!

  29. Ashleigh Turk

    August 18th, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Kara and Martin this truly captures the love between you too! I’m so happy to know the both of you.

  30. Ashley Thomas

    August 18th, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Martin you look fabulous! Great job capturing there moment.

  31. Patrick Ford

    August 18th, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Dang! you guys really clean up nice! It is awesome to see how your vision has turned out!

  32. Tyler Knott

    August 18th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    You look amazing! So awesome to see you out of work clothes! Sorry I missed it!

  33. Charlotte Evans

    August 19th, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful wedding, beautiful people. So lovely to see all the joy and happiness surrounding the day. Congratulations Kara and Martin!

  34. Samuel Yellowhorse Kesler

    August 19th, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations! Many happy Returns!!!

  35. Helena Decker

    August 19th, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful photos! So nice to see your hair down for once! Lol

  36. Jacob McDaniel

    August 19th, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Ever since I started working with Kara, I have been looking forward to seeing pictures of her wedding! You guys looked beautiful! Great photos!

  37. Russell King

    August 21st, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Incredibly beautiful ceremony!

  38. Fionna

    August 21st, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Love these! Loving how happy you two are!! Im glad to have shared your special day woth you! ❤️❤️

  39. Joey Thomas

    August 21st, 2017 at 10:53 am


  40. Billy

    August 21st, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Best wedding I’ve been to in awhile congrats again Guys!!!!

  41. Martín delgado

    August 21st, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Loved it thank you so much!!!!

  42. Pedro

    August 21st, 2017 at 11:25 am

    La boda de Martin y Kara fue Hermosa

  43. Stephen Shannon

    August 22nd, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Wow, just spectacular!!! Beautifully done!!!

  44. Casey Gilmore

    August 24th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    O! MY GAWD!! SO CUTE!!!!!!

  45. Marisa Jack

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    So sorry I missed your special day but you guys look so amazing and happy!

  46. Henry dominguez

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Beutiful love you guys

  47. Alana Kolesar

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    The venue was so beautiful and the ceremony was very peaceful

  48. Matthew Pritchard

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Awwwww you guys are so cute!!

  49. Carly Lessar

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    You guys are so perfect for each other! Such a beautiful couple 🙂

  50. Cole

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    It was very Mexican. And I like Mexican.

  51. Brent schepper

    August 24th, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Beautiful ceremony. Captured every moment.

  52. Pete Schepper

    August 24th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Loved it!!

  53. Lisa Bifano

    August 24th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Love love love

  54. Connor

    August 24th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    You both have really nice hair so you know that’s true love

  55. Micah Butters

    August 24th, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Kara, it is truly awesome to see your vision come true! I love how your happiness was captured.

  56. Amber Self

    August 25th, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Love all these and love you guys

  57. Yariela Villalobos

    August 25th, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Congrats yoyo and Kara. I wish you the best in your journey together!!!! Love ou guys

  58. Claudia vega

    August 25th, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Amazing pictures! The love these two share together is incredible. Im so happy martin my cousin found such an Amazing and humble person like kara to spend the rest of his life with. Congratulations you two !

  59. Aileen Nolasco

    August 26th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Kara and Tina, your wedding was a blast, everything had katlady and tina written all over it, even the photos captured who you guys are and the love you guys have for each other. #weddinggoals #relationship goals

  60. Aileen Nolasco

    August 26th, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    kara and tina, your wedding was a blast. everything had your names written all over it, even the photos captured who you guys are as a couple #weddinggoals

  61. Marissa McCaffrey

    August 26th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Wish I could’ve been there! Love the photos😊

  62. Emily Buechel

    August 26th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Such a beautiful wedding. You two are great together and I’m so happy for you!

  63. Anthony Carrillo

    August 27th, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Martin and Kara look so in love. It is nice to see you guys out of your normal element. Thank you for sharing!