Brooke & Rick | Tucson Engagement Contest Winners!

For the many of you that followed the “Platinum Engagement Contest” sponsored by Sheffields Diamonds, myself and the other sponsors, the contest ended last week and the winners were selected. Brooke & Rick are a very deserving couple and their love is so tangible its awesome! As part of the contest, I provided the future bride & groom with a complimentary engagement session, and also to document the amazing day they were about to have. The winners received the following: 1ct Platinum Diamond ring by Tacori, engagement session and photojournalist documentation of their engagement, Allison limousine provided the transportation to the Imagen Creative Hair Salon, return to the Westin La Paloma who also provided a complimentary 1 night stay in one of their awesome suites, including dinner and so much more. The day was set for a truly magical afternoon and I was so excited to be a part of it. I must say, I’ve photographed some pretty special events and traveled to some really exotic places, but this engagement is not only the second real engagement that I have photographed (see Amanda & Jason’s for the first!), but, this one ranks up there with the most memorable moments I have photographed.

The day started at the Imagen Spa for their pampering. Rick obviously didn’t need a hair trim, but the staff was very accommodating for their special event. We then traveled back to the Westin La Paloma for some quick portraits before dinner. Brooke knew that she was going to end the night as a newly engaged women, but she didn’t know how nor when. Rick and I have previously planned the perfect spot: atop the 2nd floor balcony near the ballrooms. It offered a tremendous view and perfect location for such an amazing event. As we meandered around getting some awesome portraits en-route to the final engagement ring rendezvous point, the hotel had prepared a nice table with some champagne and the ring for Rick’s proposal. As we walked up the stairs, I don’t know if Brooke was expecting it, but she must have known as she saw the table, champagne and ring box. It was a whirlwind of excitement, and as much as I wanted to sit back and watch the moment unfold, I was busy trying to stay out of their hair and photograph the event at the same time. I didn’t hear a word that Rick said, but he had obviously prepared something. Of course she said yes and a celebration ensued. I took a few more awesome portraits of their excitement and the awesome view from the balcony and then left to let them enjoy their moment alone.

We met up again as they were ready for dinner and spent a little while more with them. Brooke even trusted me with the brand new ring (which is obviously the most expensive ring I have probably photographed), which turned out to be an AWESOME ringshot . . . won’t lie :) I had to finish it off with something different, so I had a great idea of photographing them going back to their hotel room . . . I think it worked :)

Big thanks to everyone who was involved with the preparation and publication of the event, it was awesome to be a part of it all!

To all you photographers, consider this a sneak peak for the latest presets from Presetopia, Presets v2 baby!


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tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I’ve never had a manicure myself, but it looked pretty comfortable all the stuff they did :)
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
AWESOME makeup lounge, pretty shnazzy I’d say
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Interior of the stretch Limo provided by Allison Limousines
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the sky in this one as she went outside to check the makeup application
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Rick showing off his new manicure
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Arrival at La Paloma, they were SUPER excited about everything, made my job super easy!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
SO MANY AWESOME THINGS about this shot, hard to even begin! The view was breathtaking!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
This is also the view from my apartment :) La Paloma has some serious views unlike all other resorts in Tucson
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Not many people were at this dinner location so that were able to enjoy some R&R alone
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Of course, hard not to love a beautiful ring! Shot this one handheld too FTW!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Escape back to their room, LOVED this concept
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple

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28 Comments

  1. October 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm ·

    I love this story! The photos and story go together perfectly. What a lucky couple!

  2. Tara
    October 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm ·

    There are not even words….. How incredible….

  3. Roxanne Konzal
    October 14, 2009 at 10:12 am ·

    Great photos! I know Brooke said the shoot was really fun and she didn’t want the day to end. I don’t blame her and am so excited she and Rick got this great opportunity. Way to go Rick, you are one of a kind. So happy for you both.

    Roxanne

  4. Peter
    October 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm ·

    Congrats Rick and Brooke. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Nice pics!

  5. Cynthia Penner
    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm ·

    Great couple and beautiful photos! The setting is very romantic.
    Congratulations.

  6. Karen H
    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm ·

    OK, drying my eyes now. Awesome photos, beautiful day. Very memorable. Rick, as I told Brooke, if you hadn’t got busy soon, I was going to have Xander give you a few pointers :-) Congrats to both of you.

  7. Mom
    October 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm ·

    These are most beautful and romantic photos I have ever seen. Your photographer has captured the love you both share as well as the joy of this special day. Congratualations, Brooke and Rick!

  8. Heather Smith
    October 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm ·

    You guys look amazing! He did a great job capturing your awesome moments!!

    I love you guys!

  9. Brook Smith
    October 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm ·

    Congratulations you two!! Finally when Evelyn says “Uncle Rick” we can say YES!!

  10. Justin
    October 14, 2009 at 9:47 pm ·

    Congratulations!

  11. Brook Click
    October 15, 2009 at 8:25 am ·

    Wow- Congrats Brooke and Rick! We are so excited for you. And how amazing are these photos?! And the experience?! An incredible experience for two amazing people! We love you- Brook & Koby

  12. Heather O'Regan
    October 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm ·

    Such stunning pictures of such a beautiful couple on the inside and out. I am so happy for you guys and how awesome is it that you will be able to cherish this moment forever?!! Love you!!

  13. Emily Turmelle
    October 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm ·

    Congratulations!! You both look beautiful and so, so happy! Love you guys!

  14. Mom Paz
    October 15, 2009 at 5:01 pm ·

    To my wonderful son and his beautiful future wife. I am so happy to be able to see the amazing photos of your special weekend. I will share these with our entire family and all our loving friends. I couldn’t be happier for you both, and wish you Peace, Love and Blessings in your life together. I LOVE YOU!!!

  15. Cammi Hernandez
    October 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm ·

    Beautiful, fun pictures. Congratulations!

  16. Connie Yaeger
    October 16, 2009 at 8:05 am ·

    Congratulations Rick & Brooke! Awesome couple, awesome ring, and what a great day to experience.. Best wishes to both. Love Connie

  17. MJ Slazak
    October 16, 2009 at 8:33 am ·

    Congratulations, Rick and Brook! What an amazing contest to win, and what a gorgeous setting!

  18. ronald j anthony
    October 16, 2009 at 9:24 am ·

    Congratulations Brooke and Ricky..could not have happened to a better and more deserving couple! I am proud of you and wish you the best of everything,always. Love Uncle Ron

  19. Juliet Miller
    October 16, 2009 at 10:21 am ·

    Congratualtions again to you both! These pictures are wonderful:)! xo

  20. Tim O'Regan
    October 16, 2009 at 1:40 pm ·

    Congrats BRick!!! Lisa and I wish you all the best. GREAT STORY!

  21. Kerry Doucette
    October 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm ·

    Congratulations! These pictures are just beautiful! How awesome that you will have such an amazing way to remember this evening by forever. Looking forward to the wedding…. ;-)

  22. Carolyn Anthony
    October 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm ·

    CONGRATULATIONS Brooke and Cousin!!!
    I am sooo happy for the two of you! This news made my day!
    Keep in touch please!! Miss you! =)

  23. Anne Marie Wiegers
    October 19, 2009 at 11:07 am ·

    Ricky,
    What amazing photos! You two are gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your beautiful fiance! Love ya

  24. DONNA ANTHONY
    October 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm ·

    10-19-09

    AUNT DONNA- MUCH PEACE, JOY, AND HAPPINESS IN YOUR NEW COMMITMENT.

    THE PICTURES ARE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. LOVE YOU.

  25. Aunt Barb
    October 22, 2009 at 8:28 am ·

    Dear Rick and Brooke I am so happy for you both Sorry I hadn.t read my eamil until your mother called Much hapiness to you both and may you grow old on one pillow Love you much Anut Barb

  26. Bob B
    October 22, 2009 at 11:02 am ·

    Cousin Rick, Congrats man. You look really happy. Im so glad for the both of you.

  27. Andy Burke
    October 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm ·

    Well done Rick! This is a beautiful shoot with beautiful people. Nice job and congratulations to you. Enjoy each other always.

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