Gina Meola Photography

Katie + Derek :: Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding Photography

Past the fountains, around the gardens, through the gate, and beside the pool, a private villa’s massive wood doors separated the world from the transformation going on inside. A girl, cherished by so many but given solely to one, sat with flickering eyelashes as she fought to hold back tears. She was a bride, and in hours, would be a wife. Isn’t it remarkable how great a change can happen in one day? Surrounded by the women who had shaped, nurtured, and loved her soul, the excited heartbeat and gaping smile told everyone how ready and thankful she was to be her darling’s forever. Katie is so special – special from the deepest parts of her heart to the extension of her hands in the way she sees, moves, speaks, and does. Covered in prayer and enough cheering to put World Cup fans to shame, this bride slipped into the white, simultaneously stealing everyone’s breath. She was a composed, radiant, and ethereal vision.

Derek, meanwhile, meticulously put himself together nearby. With his bow-tie in the perfect knot and his pocket square neatly tucked, this man was beyond ready to embrace his precious gift and never let her go. He had patiently waited and pursued the woman he refused to live without, and on this day, his heart was overwhelmed with gratitude. Derek is such a talented, intelligent, well-traveled, hard-working and magnetic man. People are drawn to his sincerity and playfulness, and together, these two are unmatched.

As guests poured in from across the world, it was evident this day meant far more than dazzling decor and the finest food… the oneness of Katie and Derek literally moved every one involved at their core. There was nothing ordinary about the miracle of marriage that happened that day.

Katie + Derek :: It’s so obvious we captured the wedding of world changers (which makes us kind of a big deal). We’ve always been so impressed by your character and capacity to love unabashedly, that witnessing you both on your wedding day made our hearts nearly explode. Cut it out! We are grateful to know you, and blessed to love you. Your families are incredible and God-honoring in every sense of the word, and we know you will take that and so much more with you as you start your own. Thank you for trusting us with this experience and making our lives fuller in the process. We love you SO much!!!!


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Dear Katie, I would personally like to steal all of your best friends from you. Love, Gina.

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DEREK! You’re such a stud.

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Literally, breathtaking. Top to bottom, in and out, you. are. gorgeous.

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Derek wasn’t totally sure about seeing Katie before the ceremony, but as soon as he laid eyes on his bride, he literally RAN to her! Amazing.

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She’s so delicate and poised. I have a girl crush.

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This is SO them! Blissfully happy!

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Katie and Derek were the first wedding to be held in the Montelucia‘s renovated chapel!

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Such a moving, passionate ceremony.

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Ready to drool over these amazing details? Amina and her team are unreal!!!

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Just running in a wedding gown.

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We had to share their precious video footage!

 

This wedding couldn’t have gone off so effortlessly without the all-star team who created thee most EXQUISITE day!!

Wedding Coordination :: Some Like It Classic
Venue :: Montelucia Resort & Spa
Floral Design :: Events by Show Stoppers
Cake :: Let Them Eat Cake
Makeup :: SN Makeup
Hair :: Sean Huskisson
Gown :: Vera Wang
Shoes :: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Party Styling :: AVE Styles
Videography :: Everly Films
Band :: The Instant Classics
Our amazing third shooter!! :: Joshua Snyder (We couldn’t have done this without you!!)

 

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  1. Sara

    This is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. Wow.

  2. Sarah Bradshaw

    This is DARLING!!!!! Love it!!

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