Deborah Allen

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Yariela and Manuel both share their warm hearts with anyone that comes their way. Upon meeting their family, it was clear where they gained their charm and sincerity. When describing their wedding plans to me, their main focus was family. From the ceremony to the end of the reception, toasts of love and gratitude cheered through the event hall while traditional music rang. Their white, blush and grey Flagstaff, AZ wedding was absolutely beautiful.

One of the sweetest highlights of this wedding – Manuel’s father officiated the wedding!


I encourage brides to incorporate two smaller bride and groom portrait sessions instead of one long one. That way we can capture those sweet moments of just the two of them are married.

And then they are free to visit their loved ones and not be held up continually for photos.

But lighting is magical at sunset. So, just before sunset, I steal the bride and groom for a brief bridal session. I love this because they are able to slow down for a moment and remember why they are celebrating.

It’s safe to say we all concur that Yariela is exquisite!

I loved watching Yariela and Manuel greet their quests with love, respect and gratitude.

Flower toss!

Yariela and Manuel, thank you for including me on such a sweet and special day! Absolutely beautiful!


Makeup: Yariela’s cousin

Hair: Natalie fromĀ Aveda Salon

Gown: Brilliant Bridal

Photographer: Deborah Allen Photography


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